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Star Light, Star Bright

Hello Trailmen,

Guess what this post is about?  The trip to the University of Maine’s planetarium!!  Are you ready to learn more about the things that God put into the heavens?  I know I am!

Schedule of Events:

  • This Saturday (5/13) Regular Meeting @ Crossroads
  • Next Saturday (5/20) No meeting
  • Sunday (5/21) Hit the Trail: Planetarium Trip!

Trip Details:

  • We will be viewing the show: Earth, Moon, Sun
  • We will meet at the Emera Astronomy Center at 1:30 pm, and the show runs from 2pm until 4pm.  (Directions below)
  • This trip is open to all family members.
    (Parents are responsible for any other children they wish to bring.)
  • TICKETS: Each parent will be responsible for buying tickets.  It was suggested to us that our families purchase tickets in advance.  Ticket prices and purchasing info can be found at the website (from the above link).



From Main Street (Rt.2) in Orono: Go north across the Stillwater River bridge and bear right at the traffic light onto Park St. In about half a mile, turn left onto Rangeley Rd on the University of Maine Campus. Follow Rangeley Rd. for about 0.8 miles and the Astronomy Center will appear on your right. Visitor parking is conveniently located behind the building.

From Interstate 95: Take exit 193 and follow Stillwater Avenue toward Old Town to the fourth traffic light. Turn right on College Avenue and one mile later turn left onto Long Rd. next to the Alfond Arena. Continue 0.7 miles up Long Rd. The Astronomy Center should be visible at the top of the hill. Turn left in front of the Astronomy Center onto Rangeley Rd. and then right into the parking lot. Visitor Parking is conveniently located behind the building.

Directions Link:

Change in Venue



After review, the University of Maine’s  art museum turned out not to be such a good choice.  Ninety percent of the artwork easily met our Christian standards,  the other ten percent, not so much.

In keeping with our art theme, the Troop is going to try another University of Maine facility.   Hudson Museum is more along the line of a traditional museum.  I believe, however, that we will find it in keeping with both our art and our collection themes.

Cost: There is no charge for admission.

What:  Hudson Museum

When: This Saturday (Dec. 10) from 1:00p until 4:00p.

Where:  We will meet at the door of the Hudson Museum on the on the          UM-Orono campus (directions below)

Here is a link to the type of collections at the museum.


From the Exit 191 N:

  • Coming from the south on I-95, take Kelley Road Exit #191(formerly exit #50).
  • Turn right at end of exit ramp. Drive 1 mile to the traffic lights.
  • Take left onto Route 2. Drive 2.5 miles, through downtown Orono, to the third set of traffic lights immediately after the bridge.
  • Bear right and proceed to the University entrance which will be on your left next to the Bangor Savings Bank. Turn left there, at the Y intersection, bear left and the Collins Center will be straight ahead.

From the Exit 193 N:

  • Exit # 193 (formerly exit #51) – Stillwater Avenue/Old Town – I-95 (either north – or south-bound.) See Orono Area Map for details.
  • Turn towards Burger King and the shopping center.
  • Turn right at the fourth traffic light by McDonald’s and KFC and go down College Avenue.
  • Take the third left onto Munson Road, located immediately after the Alfond Arena, at the first University of Maine sign. Drive towards the fieldhouse with the big M. Follow the road around it and turn right on Flagstaff Road. At the end of the road you will find the Collins Center for the Arts.

For a campus map with our location highlighted in red, click here.

Double Fun

Hello Trailmen-

Are you ready for double fun? This weekend, the Troop is going to Leonard’s Mills.  First, we are going to tour a logging and milling community from the 1790s.  After that, we are going to hike the trails in Penobscot Experimental Forest located next to Leonard’s Mills.  The hike will be a little under 4 miles, and the trail is rated as “easy.”

Admission Cost:  Leonard’s Mills charges admission.  The charge is $10 for adults and $5 for our young men.

Meeting Time: We will meet at Leonard’s Mills entrance at 12:30 on Saturday, October 1st.  From there, we will start the tour.   We will regroup at the entrance to start the hike. The hike will start at approximately 2:30 pm. We should be finished about 6:00 pm.

Directions: From Bangor and Brewer, take ME Route 9 from Brewer 4 miles towards Eddington. Turn onto ME Route 178 and follow towards Milford for another 4.5 miles. A large sign will be on the left but the entrance and Government Road will be on the the right directly across from the sign.

Things you will need:

  • Bible
  • water
  • snacks
  • weather appropriate clothing
  • bag or pack to carry your supplies


  • Consider eating a good lunch before arriving at Leonard’s Mills.
  • This is a rain or shine event.


Leonard’s Mills:



Walk worthy!

Memorial Day Service Project


Memorial Day week-end is coming up. Guess what that means!  Bar-b-ques? Yep.   First day of summer? You got it.   A day off? You know it.

If you are a member of Trail Life Troop 316, however, it means something even more important. This week-end, we will join  American Heritage  Troop 316 and show our respect for Eddington’s fallen veterans.  The two Troops are going to work together and place American flags at the five Eddington cemeteries.

But, wait, there’s more. After the flag placement, the Troop is going to the Cole Land Transportation Museum. You guys know Cole’s, right? Home of cars, trucks, fire engines, and cool military stuff.

Meeting Date:  May 28

Meeting Place:  East Eddington Community Church

Meeting Time:  9:00 am

Finish Time: 5:30 pm

Cost:  Admission cost for Cole Land Transportation Museum is $7 for  adults.   The boys will get in for free.

Here are the things that you and your son will need:

  • Bible
  • brown bag lunch
  • water
  • bug spray
  • work gloves
  • some trail snacks
  • weather appropriate clothing
  • a small bag / backpack to carry your supplies in

Talk about a full day!  What a great way to start your summer.  A project to honor our fallen heroes and a chance to visit one of the coolest museums in the area.  Come and join us.

Walk Worthy

Biking Blast

Hey Trailmen-

Looking for fun?  Looking for excitement?  How about adventure?  Join us for this month’s Hit the Trail event!   We are calling it The Biking Blast because we are going to be biking.  And we’re gonna have a blast!  Here are the details:

Meeting Date:  April 23

Meeting Place:  Northeast Technical Institute (NTI) in Bangor.  NTI is in a mini-mall on the left hand side of Stillwater Avenue just past the Hogan Road entrance to Walmart.

Meeting Time:  3:30 pm

Finish Time: 5:30 pm

Here are the things that you and your son will need:

  • Bible
  • a bicycle
  • water
  • some trail snacks
  • weather appropriate clothing
  • a small bag / backpack to carry their supplies in

There are plenty of bicycle trails  at the City Forest for us to explore.   Plan on joining us.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Steve.

Walk Worthy!
(or should I say, “Pedal Worthy?!” ha ha)

Meeting Plans – Saturday, March 5th 2016 ::PLEASE READ and RESPOND::

Hello, Trailmen and Families!

This past month, we were focusing on teaching our sons about being Men of Honor. We looked at career paths, integrity, and heritage (talking about the generations that came before us), and ultimately taking a trip to the Central Fire Department in Bangor, to learn about men and women that we highly honor in our society…our fire fighters.

That transitions nicely into a great opportunity that we are being afforded this coming weekend.  I just spoke with someone at the Maine GOP office about having our parents and boys attend the Republican Primary Caucus this Saturday at Husson University.  They said that kids are certainly welcome to attend.  I’m also checking to see if there is anything the boys can do to help with event.

This is a great opportunity for us to show our boys a portion of the civic/government process. So, in lieu of meeting at Crossroads Camp this Saturday (3/5), we will be meeting at 3:00pm at Husson University (just outside the Peabody Room, in the Campus Center).

IMPORTANT: Whether or not you are planning to attend this Saturday, could you please contact me (click here for email) to let me know if you will attend or not.  Thank you!!

Walk Worthy,


P.S. Since I am a registered Republican, I am only allowed to participate in the Republican caucus. If any of our moms/dads are registered Democrats and would like to arrange a meeting at the Democratic caucus please contact me, and I’ll be glad to help you with the process of  setting that up! The Democratic caucus will be held on Sunday, March 6th.

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February’s Event

Hey Trailmen-

It is time to announce February’s event.  This month, we are going to visit a fire station.  So here is the information you will need.

WHEN:  February 27th

TIME: 3pm till 4:30pm

WHERE:  Central Fire Station, Bangor

COST:  none

Our tour starts promptly at 3:30pm and will take about an hour.  If we plan on meeting at the fire station at 3pm, there will be  some wiggle room for anyone who doesn’t know this part of Bangor well.

The fire station is located on Main Street (in Bangor) between Shaw’s Grocery and the Homeless Shelter.  The fire department has asked that we park in the fire station lot, on the right side of the station, as you are facing the station.  Or for people like me, the fire station lot between the fire station and the homeless shelter.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Steve Page or myself.

Walk Worthy