April, 2010

  • April 5 – 5:30 PM – Patrol Leader Council Meeting, Troop Room – Bring $3 for pizza. We’ll be reviewing April program, planning logistics for the April outing, and doing May meeting planning.
  • April 5 – 7:00 PM – Troop Meeting – Troop Room – Backcountry Cooking Skills. IMPORTANT: Bring your (1) Mess Kit, (2) An appetite (we’ll be sampling a variety of trekking food recipes), and (3) $10 cash for supplies to make your own ultralight backpacking cookset (that will include a cooking pot and stove) that will be used on the April, June, and July outings.
  • April 8 – 4:00 PM – Food Planning and Shopping for April Outing – Meet at Holy Rosary Catholic Church Basement – Bring $3 for pizza dinner – Attendance by SPL, ASPL’s, PL’s, and Troop Guide is required whether or not you are going on the April Outing, in addition to one other patrol member as designated by PL – This event will be organized and run by the SPL, no adult participation necessary except transportation
  • April 9 – 5:00 PM – Absolute deadline for getting your Glacier NP Service forms to Mr. Hall or you will not be registered and won’t be able to go. See bottom of this page for links to download the forms.
  • April 10 – 7:00 AM – Yellowstone National Park Bicycling Day Trip – Meet at UMC Church – Back in Bozeman by 9:00 PM – Make sure your bike is tuned up and ready to ride – if your bike (or borrowed bike) doesn’t pass the safety inspection Saturday morning (brakes, tires, shifters, chain), you’ll have to rent a bike in West Yellowstone. Bring a sack lunch, $15 cash, bike repair kit, helmet, gloves, rain jacket & pants, an extra warm layer for torso, warm hat, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, small pack.
  • April 11 – 2:00 PM – Jeff Kuntz’ Eagle Court of Honor Flags Practice – Holy Rosary Catholic Church Basement
  • April 11 – 3:00 PM – Jeff Kuntz’ Eagle Court of Honor – Holy Rosary Catholic Church Basement
  • April 12 – 7:00 PM – Troop Meeting – Troop Room. Campout planning meeting.
    • ATTENDANCE REQUIRED IF YOU ARE GOING ON THE APRIL OUTING.
    • Pack inspection, issue patrol gear and food.
    • Participant Fees Due for April Outing: $15 per Scout, to cover food, fuel, and supplies
    • Bring your gear, all packed! Download the gear list below.
    • BLUE CARDS AND RANK ADVANCEMENTS DUE TO MR. KUNTZ IF YOU WANT YOUR AWARDS AT THE 4/26 COURT OF HONOR!!
    • Also: BSA Medical Forms Due for Summer Activities! Download below!
  • April 13 – 6:45 PM – Harlem Globetrotters – MSU Fieldhouse. Meet at the Fieldhouse’ South entrance at 6:45PM, event starts at 7:00 PM. Scout uniforms required. Bring $16 for your discounted ticket + snack money. This will be a troop activity qualifying for one of the requirements for the BSA 100th Anniversary Award.
  • April 16 – 18 – Beartrap Canyon Outing
    • WHO CAN GO / WHY THIS OUTING IS IMPORTANT
      • All registered Troop 676 Scouts and registered Adults who pass the gear inspection at the April 12 meeting, and confirm (see “ROSTER” below) by April 6 may participate in this outing.
      • This outing is strongly recommended as a PREREQUISITE if you plan on going on either the Glacier NP or Beartooth treks, and is REQUIRED if you plan on going on either the Glacier NP or Beartooth treks AND you missed the March outing.
      • This will be another “training-intensive” outing, with even more independence given to Scouts. We’ll be evaluating Scouts very carefully on this trek for their ability to implement their new backpacking skills, and assess whether or not they will be ready to participate in the Glacier National Park trek in June. We are also looking for increased physical fitness and stamina, and this will be a tougher outing than the March outing. See the physical fitness section of the Troop Backpacking Handbook (click “Resources” above to find it) for more info.
    • ROSTER
      • Scouts (Andrew, Tyler, Jordan, Alex, Chase, Michael, Quinn, Nate, Jackson, Walker); Adults (Mr. Hall, Mr. Jordan, Mr. Smith, Mr. Hickey, Mr. Roy).
    • TIMES
      • Meet at the church at 4:30 PM Friday
      • We’ll be back by 3:30 PM on Sunday.
    • PROGRAM
      • Patrol leadership and teamwork (Focus of this outing is on backpacking with your patrol – patrols will hike separate, camp separate, and have separate activities. Adults will float between patrols.)
      • Backcountry water treatment for groups (gravity filtration)
      • Backcountry hygiene
      • Personal (solo) cooking methods
      • Trekking and Camping Efficiency
      • Leave No Trace
      • Poison Plants and Dangerous Animals of Bear Trap Canyon
      • Wilderness Act of 1964
    • HAZARDS:
      • Poison ivy (long sleeve hiking shirt and pants, cap with brim, and thin gloves for hiking recommended)
      • Ticks (100% DEET repellent recommended – apply to neck, wrists, and ankles, tuck pant legs into socks, tuck shirt into pants, check your buddy for ticks frequently, consider treating outer clothing with Sawyer Permithrin)
      • Rattlesnakes (we’ll probably be too early in the season but if weather is warm (60s or higher), watch your feet!)
      • Snow (bring emotional fortitude)
    • GEAR & FOOD:
      • Download the gear list below, and note the following changes/additions to it:
      • Add your personal cook kit that you received at the April 5 meeting. Be sure to FINISH your cook kit construction BEFORE you arrive, or it will not work properly! Note that the storage caddy doubles as your bowl (bottom of the caddy) and mug (top of the caddy) and you can also use the cook pot included in the cook kit for a mug, so you just throw a spoon into your new cook kit and leave your old mess kit at home!
      • Consider bringing a lightweight fishing rod with a few flies or lures. Leave waders, fishing vests, and tackle boxes at home please.
      • Everyone should bring their “Troop 676 Trekking Card” (keep this in a secure pocket at all times, and don’t lose it!), which you received at the April 5 meeting.
      • Patrols will plan, shop for, and package the following meals: Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast. These meals will be distributed at the April 12 meeting.
      • Scouts are responsible for Friday dinner (no-cook “sack dinner”, but include hot drink mix), Saturday lunch/snacks/drinks/desserts, and Sunday lunch/snacks/drink mixes.
      • Each adult should be self-sufficient with respect to water treatment kit, shelter, food, bear bag hanging, and cooking gear. Adults can share this gear with each other, but not with Scouts. Ryan will provide group water treatment kits for each patrol, including each adult patrol.
    • MORE INFO:
      • Every Scout, parent, and participating adult should Download and READ (yes, the whole thing!) the Troop Backpacking Handbook (link below). If you ask Mr. Jordan a question that has an answer in the handbook, your likely response will be “It’s in the Handbook…” In other words, read the handbook thoroughly, THEN ask your questions! :)
    • April 19 – 6:30 to 8:30 PM – Summer Camp Meeting – Adults only – Mandatory information and organization meeting for all adults who are planning on going to summer camp or are parents of Scouts going to summer camp (No Troop Meeting)
    • April 23 – 6:30 PM – Hike the “M” (Required for those planning on backpacking in Glacier and the Beartooths) – meet at the “M” parking lot 6:30 sharp, with a 15 pound pack.
    • April 26 – 6:00 PM – Spring Court of Honor – United Methodist Church Fellowship Center (in basement). Please RSVP to Mrs. Cichon with #’s attending and check with her about what dish your family will bring.