Reminder – There will be no meeting this Thursday (July 30th). We will have our next meeting on August 6th (the first Thursday of August).
Stay tuned to this page for pictures and details from the Troop’s first camp-out. As they say, a great time was had by all.
Talk to you soon
Dads –Here are a bunch of camping related requests, comments, suggestions, and a packing list for your Trailman.
Date/Time: the camp out will be from Friday, 7/24 after you get out of work (4-5pm, if possible), until Saturday, 7/25 in the mid-afternoon.
This event is for boys and dads – please plan on being there if you can. We have activities planned for all of us to work together and play together!
(You and your sons may not need all of the things on this list. If you don’t have something ask around. If you have to buy an item, I would suggest that you try Marden’s or Walmart first. This should cover everything that you and your son need for this camp-out.)
- sleeping bag or blankets
- sleeping pad
- something to sleep in (top and bottoms, please)
- swim suit
- old sneakers or water shoes for swimming
- complete change of clothes
- any other clothing the weather may dictate.
- You don’t have to worry about food – we’ve got you covered
- (If you or your boy has any food allergies, it’d probably be a good idea to mention them to Simon and/or Steve)
- personal medicines
- tooth brush/tooth paste
- suntan lotion
- pack, duffel bag, or other type of bag to carry your the stuff
Here are some matters of camping etiquette we are trying to instill in the boys:
- No electronics, please.
- If you don’t bring it, you won’t lose it.
- There are no showers at the camp.
- No food in the tents.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Now hear this! Now hear this! Troop 316 is planning a camping trip for it’s trailmen and their dads this July. That’s right folks, pancakes, hot dogs and s’mors under the stars. Sleeping in tents. The great outdoors. Camping!!
This Father/Son camp out will begin in the evening on Friday the 24th and run through the afternoon of the 25th. We will be using the large field at Crossroads Christian Camp. Worship and Bible studies will be mixed into trailman training and games. What more is there?
Dads – for us to get a good handle on things (like how many hot dog buns we need) we are asking you to RSVP this event by the troop meeting on the 16th. In your RSVP, please let us know whether you have a tent (or two) or a camp stove (or two). Also, we’d like to get all involved dads and boys registered and trained before the day of the campout, so please get those registrations in!!
The very youngest of our boys (the Foxes) will be tenting with their dads. The two older patrols will be tenting by patrol, with the older boys’ dads enjoying the peace and quiet (ha ha) of their own private tents. That means if your son is a Rocket Rider (the patrol name for our younger boys, 2nd through 5th grades), he will tent with other Rocket Riders. If he is a Fearless Phoenix (the patrol name of our middle school-aged boys) will tent with other Fearless Phoenix members.
More details will be posted just as soon as they are available.
Our meeting yesterday evening was the first of a few opportunities in the next couple months where we got the boys in the water for swim tests! We had some really brave boys that conquered fears and pushed their limits.
The testing allows us to determine who our non-swimmer, beginners, and swimmers are. In turn, this will allow us to make sure that the right boys are in the right part of the swimming area when we are cooling off from the heat.
Please make sure that your trailman has a bathing suit and a towel in his pack when he comes to meetings. Old sneakers or water shoes might be nice for walking around by the water, as well.
Crossroads Christian Camp is lending us one of their lifeguards to conduct the tests, and help the boys out with some basic swim instructions. The camp also has changing rooms that we will be using.
We hope to see you next Thursday (7/16) at 6:15 pm!
Walk (and swim) Worthy
The long awaited HIKE at Central Penjajawoc Preserve went off without a hitch. No injuries or lost Trailmen, even! Our high-energy boys did a great job trekking through the woods, encouraging each other, and having a great time out in the wilderness.
While taking a break for water and a snack, Mr. Steve taught from John 15:1-10. He discussed how we produce fruits of the Spirit when we’re connected to the Vine (Jesus) and that God wants us to continue to produce fruit. Also, how we don’t want to walk away from God, since that causes us loose our ability to produce fruit – we would be like a branch cut off the vine. Something for us all to remember as we continue to grow in our relationships with our Lord.
After about 45 minutes we finished the one and a half mile hike. The boys proceeded to burn off the rest of their fuel with a rousing game of tag while the parents talked about upcoming plans for a little while. Here’s what we discussed:
- Next Meeting: Thursday, July 2nd at Crossroads. Be there at 6:15!
- Swimming: we will be working on swim tests over the next couple months, so please send your boys with swimsuits/towels in their packs (no goggles or swim toys, please!)
- Fire and Knives: Our older boys (those who will be going into 4th grade and up this fall) will be learning knife and fire safety in upcoming weeks.
- Camping overnight: we will plan on discussing more details at the meeting regarding our next Hit the Trail! event, which will be on July 25th.
It is a blessing to have this chance to invest in our boys’ futures. Thank you so much for being a part of the program!
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Knives…Fire….Swimming… what could possibly go wrong?
The next couple of months are going to be busy for our troop. This will be the first time that we separate the Fox Patrol (boys that are 5 and 6 years old) from the rest of the boys. While we plan to test all of the boys’ swimming skills, we will only be working with boys over the age of eight on Woodsman and Fireguard certifications.
Crossroads Christian Camp has areas roped off for non-swimmers, beginners, and swimmers. Working with a certified lifeguard from the camp, the trailmen will be have their swimming competency tested. This will allow us to let the boys play in the appropriate areas of the lake when it is hot. Please send your boy with swimming trunks and a towel for all of the meetings during the next couple of months. A trailman must have completed a swimming competency test before they can participate in aquatic activities.
For the Woodsman (pocket knife safety) certification, the boys will learn all of the aspects of working with a pocket knife. This will include such things as the Safety Circle and taking care of a pocket knife.
Fireguard (camp fire safety) certification shows that a trailman has been trained in all aspects of camp fire safety. He will be trained in areas such as use matches and extinguishing camp fires. S’mores are possible for the whole troop.