Troop News

Check back frequently for updates on Troop meetings, camping, and other activities!



The Mawat District Eagle Process

posted Jan 17, 2018, 7:58 AM by Scout Master

Attention All Trail to Eagle Scouts!

On Tuesday, January 16, Mr. Menchini presented information on the process for obtaining the rank of Eagle in our district. The slides he presented may be accessed here. Please contact Mr. Menchini with any questions!

Spring Siwash!

posted Jan 9, 2018, 7:08 AM by Scout Master

One of our most popular camping trips of the year is rescheduled for March 10-11 at Camp Campbell

What's Siwash?


Siwash was a originally a trade language used by European settlers and Pacific Northwest Indians in the 19th century, but the term "Siwash" has become a term commonly used to refer to camping without a tent. For our Siwash, Scouts will be camping without tents (building outdoor shelters), preparing their own food (foraged or packed), and enjoying the crisp fall weather!

What exactly will we be doing?


We will be learning how to build shelters & plan on sleeping in them, it would be a good idea to team up & build together.
We will work on starting fires without matches.
Fishing will be an option.

What do we need to bring?


Scouts are responsible for own food, there is water available at Camp Campbell.
Scouts should be prepared, and should dress appropriately for the weather. This means layering could be important for this trip.

Essentials to consider packing:
  • sleeping bag
  • pocket knife
  • rain jacket
  • change of socks
  • flash light
  • small tarp
  • matches
  • water bottle
  • Poly-cord rope (50-100 feet)
  • Mess Kit
Extras:
  • Fishing stuff
  • dryer lint (for starting fires)
  • hatchet or pack saw if you have your Totin' Chip
Food Suggestions
  • Breakfast bars, or Ramen, trail mix (think small and light)
  • Foil, oil, and spices if want to fish and cook your catch
  • Soup mixes
  • Bagged tuna or chicken


What are the Logistics?


We will meet at the Scout Shed 8AM Saturday the 28th, and departing by 830AM. 
We could stop for breakfast on Sunday if we wanted- if so, scouts would need extra cash.
We will return by lunch on Sunday the 29th. We will be sending out an ETA via the Troop Remind app.
A Scout is Courteous- Scouts should bring 5$ for their driver.

If you have questions about the campout, ask your patrol leader at the upcoming Troop Meeting. If you have logistics questions, please email the Troop Outdoor Chair.

Freezeree, January 12-14, 2018!

posted Nov 28, 2017, 11:50 AM by Scout Master   [ updated Jan 5, 2018, 7:16 AM ]

The troop will be hosting its annual Freezeree on January 12-14 of 2018! This is one of our most popular campouts, and we will be set to enjoy all of the cold weather fun at Camp Campbell. A Complete Packing List is attached below.

Morning events include skills of Wood Yard, Fire Building and Tot'n Chip. Afternoon competitions will include: Knife and Tomahawk Throwing, Sling Shot, Fire Building, and an Iron Chef Cook-off. 

Scouts working on Communication Merit Badge: this is a great opportunity to lead a campfire or scouts-own service.

Signups can be made here. We will post more preparation details as the date gets closer.

Cold Weather Packing List


Clothing

OTHER ESSENTIALS

Boots

Matches/lighter

Camp shoes (Tennis shoes, moccasins)

Notepad and pen/pencil

2 changes underwear

Watch

2 pair long underwear (polypropylene / Wicking best)

MISCELLANEOUS

3 pair outer socks (synthetic or wool is best) 2 pair normal socks

Compass

Rain gear / coat

Pocket knife

2 pair long pants (wool or synthetic best)

Sunglasses (Optional)

Nylon snow/wind pants (If snow or rain)

2 Plastic garbage bags

2 long sleeve shirts (wool/flannel)

Boy Scout Handbook

Sweater

EATING

Warm jacket

Sierra cup

Scarf, turtleneck shirt

Fork / Spoon

Stocking cap for normal use

Water bottles (1-2 1-quart bottles)

Extra stocking cap/head covering for sleeping only

Hand or foot warmers

1 pair heavy gloves /  mittens (wool is good)

TOILETRIES

Gear

Towel and washcloth

Sleeping bag. (20 degree or below rated)

Camp soap

Extra sleeping bag, liner, or blanket, emergency blanket

Toothbrush & Toothpaste

Ground pad (ESSENTIAL!!)

Toilet paper

Small flashlight and extra batteries

Lip balm

Tent (Troop can supply if needed)

Sunscreen


Special considerations when packing:

  • Cotton is bad, wool is good. Cotton retains moisture. Blue jeans and sweatpants are not advisable for winter camping, although dry sweat pants can be worn in the sleeping bag. Wicking synthetics are great for clothing next to skin. They wick moisture away from the skin and allow it to evaporate.
  • Layering is important. One-piece snowmobile suits are good only when inactive and not recommended for winter campouts. Throughout the day Scouts will be active, and need to wear layers of clothing that can be added and removed.
  • Putting clean, dry underwear on when going to bed is crucial. Scouts will need to bring a spare pair of underwear and long underwear that they can change into and wear while in their sleeping bags, as well as a pair of dry socks for sleeping. That night’s underwear and socks can be worn the next day, as long as you have another dry set for the next night.
  • Most heat is lost from the head. Bring a 2nd dry stocking cap for night, or a hooded sweatshirt, to keep head warm and out of the sleeping bag.
  • When Sleeping- Do NOT breathe into your sleeping bag – you will get wet and cold.
  • Dehydration can help cause hypothermia. Drink 2-3 liters of water during the day.

Christmas Tree Lot Help Needed!

posted Nov 14, 2017, 7:03 AM by Scout Master   [ updated Nov 14, 2017, 7:24 AM ]

Come get some volunteer hours in helpng with the Aldersgate Christmas Tree lot. The Aldersgate Men will need help unloading trees this Sunday, November 19th, at 1PM. Scouts and adults can volunteer to help for any of three Tuesday nights in November and December by clicking here.

Please help support the organization that does so much to help out Troop!

Troop Resource Survey

posted Nov 13, 2017, 8:46 AM by Scout Master   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 8:47 AM ]

Scouting success depends on the teamwork between Boy Leaders and Adult Volunteers. Take time to let us know what your talents are! Please take a moment to complete this form to help us gather information on resources for Troop 400!

Climbing Lock-In, December 1st-2nd

posted Nov 9, 2017, 8:07 AM by Scout Master   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 8:37 AM ]

Enjoy a night of indoor rock climbing and bouldering at Triangle Rock Club! Get there on time for pizza and snacks- the doors close at 10PM, so plan on arriving at 9:45PM! Scouts can be picked up as early as 7AM on Saturday the 2nd. Cost for the event is $30. Signups close at midnight November 21st!

Scouts will be responsible for transportation to/from the Triangle Rock Club:

6022 Duraleigh Road

Raleigh, NC 27612


What to Bring: 


Sleeping bag and pad

Water Bottle

Climbing Shoes (shoes can also be rented at the TRC for $5)


Online waivers can be signed here. The Activity Consent form is posted below, and is required before Scouts can participate. 

BSA Activity Consent Form: Camp Campbell

posted Nov 9, 2017, 6:39 AM by Scout Master

In order to be in compliance with BSA's Safe Scouting guidelines, the Troop is now requiring each Scout to complete the form below before they can depart for any offsite Troop activity. The form below is a pre-populated PDF that can be signed electronically and emailed, or printed out in hard copy. Please make sure that you have these forms complete before we leave at 5:15PM, Friday, November 17th.

New Signup Form!

posted Nov 3, 2017, 7:09 AM by Scout Master

We will be using a new form to record online signups for upcoming Troop events. Please use the form below to sign up for all events.

Troop Meetings Nov 7 & 14

posted Nov 3, 2017, 7:05 AM by Scout Master

The next two meetings we will focus on the upcoming camping trip. This will be a great time for advancement, planning for cooking, and working on our Pumpkin Chunking Catapults. The troop has plenty of Bamboo & wood poles. Please come with catapult design ideas, and let's make this a great event! here are some great websites with sample plans:

Service Hours Opportunity November 2nd!

posted Oct 30, 2017, 1:18 PM by Scout Master

Scouts looking for service hours can find them at Aldersgate at 5:30PM, November 2nd. The Aldersgate Men's Group will need assistance setting up tent canopies, and could use some extra hands to make lighter work.

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