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					ISSUE 112                   TROOP 226 BSA NEWSLETTER                   February 2008

 February Theme – Winter Camping                        SCOUTS:
 Feb 4: Troop Meeting
                                           Ryan D.              February 20
 Feb 4: Webelos Pack 126 visit             Zach A.              February 22
 Feb 7: District Round Table
 Feb 8-10: Spearhead /                             ADULT LEADERS:
                                           Darren Utech         February 8
 Feb 11: Troop Meeting                     Larry Gard           February 14
 Feb 14: PLC Meeting                       Andy Clements        February 18
 Feb 18: No School/President‟s Day         David Radtke         February 19
 Feb 21: Troop Committee Meeting           Dennis McGinn        February 28
 Feb 23: Pack 126 Blue & Gold
 Feb 25: Troop Meeting
 Mar 3: Troop Meeting
 Mar 6: District Round Table
 Mar 15: Church Parking Lot Sweep
                                                         THIS „N THAT
                                           “The more insulation you have between
                                           yourself and the ground, the better off you
 Abbreviations used in the Reveille        are.”………..……... Matt Lloyd
 PLC - Patrol Leader Council
 SPL - Senior Patrol Leader                        Troop 226 Adult Needs:
 ASPL - Assistant Senior Patrol Leader            Troop Secretary
 TG - Troop Guide                                 Adults as Patrol Mentor(s)
 JLT - Junior Leader Training                     Assistant Scout Master(s)

                                                   Scouting is for parents too!
                                           Active, committed parents are the heart
                                           and soul of a successful Boy Scout Troop.
                                           A little time and a little effort can make a
      NEW TROOP POSITIONS                  huge difference in a young man's life.
             SPL – Thomas C.               Volunteer to help at one of the many
             ASPL – Michael B.             events, or step forward and become a
              QM – Cortland F.             committee member; you'll be glad you did!
              Scribe – Ryan D.
            Librarian – James B.            Items Needed – Can you Donate?
             Historian – Ryan K.
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White Copy Paper – Troop 226 is able to          looking forward to more organized and fun
use the Afton Preschool copy machine and         meetings.
copy paper which is located in the church.
The Preschool is asking for donations of         We had a total of 8 scouts attend Fred C.
reams of white copy paper. If you are able       Activities included JLT, orienteering, board
to donate a ream, bring them to a Troop          games, rank requirements, and FUN!
meeting and give to Lorie Danielson.
“Thank you, on behalf of the preschool!”         I am looking forward to Spearhead and
                                                 Snowhuskies. I hope that it all goes well,
            Aluminum Cans                        and everyone going has a fun time.
Last evening, returning from work, I
stopped to see a friend in Minneapolis and       The Order of the Arrow (OA) Troop
came back to the valley with a real treat.       elections are coming up on March 3rd. We
When I tossed the bag into the bed of my         need to have at least 50% of the troop in
truck I heard that familiar sound – “the         attendance.
sound of money!” My friend Tom crushes
his soda cans, tosses them in a bag and                       Thomas C. (SPL)
saves them until the bag is full; I then pick
the bag up and drag those cans back for                SCOUTMASTER REPORT
the benefit of our troop.                        We had our first troop event of the year at
It„s a story often repeated. Since Troop         Fred C. Anderson Boy scout camp. We
226 began collecting aluminum cans               spent two nights in cabins. One cabin was
nearly fifteen years ago we have raised          for the scouts, the other cabin was for the
nearly $7,000 for the high adventure fund.       OGP (Old Guy Patrol). Fun was had by all.
It is designated as “seed money”, the cash       Rank advancement requirements were
to turn a high adventure idea into reality.      signed off at a rapid rate. Many cooking
So far that effort has resulted in the           requirements were completed as some of
purchase of canoes, paddles, packs, water
filters and more for the canoeing program;
                                                 the Scouts did the cooking for the others.
helmets and harnesses for the climbing
                                                 Lunch on Saturday was a big deal as some
program; and the down payment for a new
                                                 of the Scouts worked with some adult
troop trailer.
                                                 leaders to fix and cook hobo dinners. Of
                                                 course a fire had to be built and tended as
It‟s a great opportunity to do a good turn
                                                 part of the preparation and cooking. Even
that benefits your troop, your community,
                                                 with the fire we had no one complain of
the state, the nation and the world. With
                                                 heat stroke. The weather on Saturday was
the price for aluminum at record highs it‟s a
                                                 clear and nippy.
great time to crush a can, toss it into a bag,
and repeat often.                                An introductory orienteering course was
                                                 set up for the Scouts to practice their
       ~ Bob Kasowan                             compass skills. One pair of Scouts
                                                 completed the course with a better score
          NOTES FROM SPL                         on three legs than a pair of adults did on
The patrols have been finalized for the          one leg. I will follow the Scouts when it is
year! The three patrols are the Aliens, the      time to find our way with a compass.
Wolverines, and the Nighthawks. I am
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We have one of the Nighthawks (first year         questions if you are interested. The
Scouts) trying to catch up with his brother       minimum requirement of you to attend a
in rank. They missed being the same rank          Troop event would be to have taken the
by about a half hour.                             Youth Protection training (this can be done
                                                  online). Most other events the adults would
We celebrated Jon Barclay's advancement           be required to be a registered leader (not
to Eagle at his Eagle Court of Honor at the       difficult and I have applications.)
church. Jon was excited, his mother was
relieved and his father was proud (and            As some of you may know, this will be the
relieved).                                        last year that I will enjoy the position of
                                                  Scoutmaster. It is also the last year that I
Colin successfully completed his Eagle            will be serving as Scoutmaster. This will
Board of Review. We have three others             give someone a chance to earn first dibs
who are very close to becoming Eagles:            on the adult leader list and then you get to
Andy B., Damien R., and Jared Z. The              go camping for free.
final obstacle for all three of them is getting
all the paperwork completed.                      If you have any interest in the free camping
Spearhead and Snow Huskies is coming              you may contact Jeff Bridges, Lorie
up. Sign up for Philmont is just about due.       Danielson, or myself. The position of
It is not too early to be thinking about          Scoutmaster is easier to step into if you
Tomahawk. There is a lot of fun to be had         have spent some time with the Troop as
this year in Scouting. Come along and             an
share in the fun!                                 assistant Scoutmaster. The more time that
                                                  you spend as an assistant Scoutmaster
                                                  the better it will be when you take over the
                                                  position of Scoutmaster!

                                                         Denny McGinn - Scoutmaster

              Free Camping                                  “My Point of View”
                                                  From my point of view the weather is
Every BSA camping event requires two (2)          perfect. With temperatures measured in
adult leaders. More than two adults are           minus numbers there is no better time to
welcome to come to the event. Troop 226           plan summer fun! The best way I know to
will cover the camping expenses for the           keep warm on days like these is to get
two required adult leaders; the rest of the       your patrol together to reminisce about the
adults at the event will have to cover their      fun you had last summer. Sitting in the
own expenses. The Scoutmaster gets first          warm glow of the fireplace, your hands
dibs as one of the required leader spots.         wrapped around a cup of hot chocolate
An assistant scoutmaster would get dibs           conversation inevitably turns to what to do
on the second spot. If one of the required        when summer comes again. “Hey,
spots is open, the first adult volunteer gets     remember when…” quickly turns to
the spot.                                         “wouldn‟t it be cool to…” and the process
There are some detailed requirements for          has begun. Out come the journals, maps,
who is qualified depending on the event.          pictures and books; thoughts of winter
Please see me regarding this or any               have been banished, replaced by
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memories of sweating over a tough                Nighthawks: Zach, Phillip, Jacob, James,
portage trail, or that last push to top of the   Ryan D, Steven, Blake
trail; talk quickly to turns great fishing,
paths not followed, gear that needs repair,
food that rocked, lousy fishing, tough trails,           Community Service Hours
food that sucked, and finally where to go        Church Parking Lot Sweep - Saturday
next.                                            March 15th starting at 9:00am. Please
                  Bob Kasowan                    bring gloves, brooms, and shovels.
        (Outdoor Activities Coordinator)         Remember, many hands make less work!

                                                 Remember, service hours are needed to
             THANK YOUS!                         fulfill rank requirements.
Thank you to Tom Folz for your “Family
Friends of Scouting” presentation to the            Scout Slogan: Do a Good Turn Daily
Troop at the January Court of Honor. We
appreciate your dedication to this program
and all that you do for the youth of our                        Venture Crew
valley. If you have any questions, or want       Afton Alps is the Charter Partner for a new
more information on Friends of Scouting,         Venture Crew. All adults, and boys and
please contact Tom Folz at 651-436-5741          girls (ages 14-21) interested in skiing,
or email him at               snowboarding, mountain biking, and golf,
                                                 should contact Marty Chalupa, the
The OGP would like to thank the adult            Riverwood Membership Chair. You can be
leaders for the great food and service           a Boy Scout and also attend the Venture
provided at the January weekend campout          Crew activities.
at Fred C. Anderson.

UPCOMING SCOUTING EVENTS                               Spearhead / Snow Huskies
                                                 February 8-10, 2008 – Spearhead
Troop Meetings – Patrol Assignments
                                                 February 9-10, 2008 – Snow Huskies
Which meeting is your patrol in charge of?
                                                 Spearhead is a high adventure winter
         Wolverines – February 4
                                                 camp for all 7th grade and older scouts
            Aliens - February 11
                                                 that hold a 1st class scout rank.
         Nighthawks – February 25
           Wolverines – March 3                  Snow Huskies is a winter camp for all 6th
             Aliens – March 10                   grade and older scouts. You do not have
          Nighthawks – March 24                  to be 1st class rank to attend Snow
                                                 Huskies. Cost is $56.00; please see
Wolverines: Matt, Kyle, Ben, Michael,            Thomas if you are still interested in going.
Jared, Ryan K.                                   Spots may still be available!
Aliens: Erik, Cortland, Wade, Tony, Alex,
                                                          “WHAT TO PACK-
Frankie, Derek
                                                     SPEARHEAD / SNOW HUSKIES”
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Cold Weather Clothing / Camping Gear          Scouts must be at least 12 years of age
Lists are attached.                           and in good shape to participate.

Cold weather clothing consists of 3 layers:   Cost is $39.00 per person (cost does not
 Wicking – removes body perspiration         include transportation or food). A $10 per
                                              person deposit required by February 15th
 Warmth – insulates and retains heat
                                              and full payment due April 1st.
 Wind – prevents loss of heat
Items you should NOT bring:
    Cotton Clothing                                     Philmont Scout Ranch
    Jeans                                    Mark your calendars! Dates for Philmont
    Gloves                                   are August 9 – 21, 2009. Those of you
    Earmuffs, Baseball Hats,                 that registered for this; you only have 20
       Bandannas, Etc.                        months to get ready for this high adventure
                                              expedition! Check with Thomas for more
    Pull-over type Jackets
                                              information and to sign up.
    School Letter Jackets
    Moon Boots / Hiking Boots
    Metal eating gear                                 Scout Family Events
    CD Players, Walkmans, MP3                Harlem Globetrotters “Chalk Talk Offer”
    Game Systems, Cell phones                Have fun with the Globetrotters. You have
                                              the opportunity to attend a special session
    Pop/Soda
                                              where the Globetrotters will show you
    Scout Handbook
                                              some of their magical ball handling skills.
Snow Huskies - Sleeping bag and pillow        Friday April 11th and Saturday April 12th.
used in the bunkhouse (indoor camping)        See Lorie Danielson for an information flier
                                              on how to order tickets.
Spearhead - Sleeping bag and pillow used
in the bunkhouse (indoor camping – 1st

                                              Minnesota Wild “Scout Hockey Nights”
night). Campers will check-out sub-zero       The Minnesota Wild will be offering tickets
sleeping bags for the (outdoor camping -      for Scouts and families. Only one game
2nd night). Need rain gear and a backpack     remains: Friday March 28th at 8:00pm
with a frame.
                                              Cost is $29 per ticket which includes one
              Gadget Campout                  upper level seat and a hockey puck.
Tony E., and Cortland F. are planning this    Scouts and siblings can participate in a
event. Camping will be March 28-30,           post-game slap shot. Tickets are
location will be announced and a sign up      limited! Online orders will be mailed within
sheet will be available at February and       seven days of receipt of order. Any tickets
March Troop Meetings.                         ordered within one week of a game, those
                                              tickets will be left at will call.
                                              Order information:
     Whitewater Rafting Adventure
Saturday May 31st, you can be part of the
Northern Star whitewater rafting team that
takes on the St. Louis River near Duluth.
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fault.asp?Group=North96172                      James B.      Fishing

Minnesota Swarm “Scout Nights”                  WE ARE PROUD OF YOU SCOUTS!!!
The Minnesota Swarm are offering tickets
for Scouts and families.                           MISC. SCOUT INFORMATION
                                                         Recycle your Scout Items:
Cost is $17 per ticket. You can also            FREE: See Mr. McGinn if interested
purchase hot dog & soda vouchers for            2 pair official boy scout shorts, size 33
$6.25 and Swarm baseball hats for $20.          3 red Indianhead council 2005 Jamboree t-
Tickets are limited! Online orders will be      shirts (2 are XL, 1 is L)
mailed within seven days of receipt of
order. Any tickets ordered within one week                      Merit Badges
of a game, those tickets will be left at will   It‟s never too late to work on merit badges!
call.                                           Merit badges are needed to fulfill Star, Life
                                                and Eagle rank requirements.
February 8: 7PM - New York
February 10: 3PM - Portland                     Ask the Troop Librarian (James B.) for a
March 14: 7PM - Chicago                         merit badge book or visit the Web site for
April 5: 7 PM - New York                        requirements
April 12: 7PM - Philadelphia                    Information and worksheets are also on
                                                the Troop Web site at
April 19: 7PM - Rochester             
April 25: 7PM – Chicago
                                                Return Merit Badge Books to the Troop
Order information:                              Librarian as soon as you are done with        them.
                                                              Scout Uniform
        FUND RAISING NEWS                       Scout T-shirts and sweatshirts can be
     Plant Sale coming in March / April!        purchased by Scouts with money from
                                                their Boy Accounts. Order forms can be
 This is a great fundraiser to pay your way     found in the Forms and Policies tab on
               to Tomahawk!                     the Troop Web site at

     DECEMBER & JANUARY                         Official Uniform (Class A):
   AWARDS & ADVANCEMENTS                        Brown/Khaki shirt, troop neckerchief.
                                                Scout pants, shorts, socks are optional.
Jacob C.             1st Class                  Worn for a Scouting event or representing
Thomas C.            Star                       Scouting in a service capacity. DO NOT
                                                wear this uniform for fundraising events.
               Merit Badges
Damien R.     Personal Fitness                  Activity Uniform (Class B):
              Citizenship in the Nation         Any Scout related T-shirt.
              Citizenship in the Community
Michael B.    Citizenship in the Community      Worn for fundraising events or event that
Thomas C.     Family Life                       calls for the activity uniform.
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                                                  University of Scouting & Pow Wow
                                             Interested in learning new leadership skills,
     CALLING ALL SCOUTERS                    meeting new people, and running new
                  CPR                        programs? If so, then the University of
2008 Dates: March 3, 2008                    Scouting and Pow Wow is for you!
            April 1, 2008                    This event is held twice a year in the
            April 8, 2008                    Northern Star Council and is the
Times: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm                    LARGEST One Day Supplemental
Where: United Hospital                       Training Program available anywhere.
Address: 333 N Smith Ave-St. Paul            Choose from over 120 courses with an
Cost: $40.00 (per class)                     emphasis on programs, skills, and
Details: 2 year certification under the      resources to deliver high quality
guidelines of the National Safety Council    opportunities to the Scouting youth. New
and the American Heart Association.          Leader and Position Specific
                                             Training will also be offered. Plus a vendor
             Basic First Aid                 midway offers lots of exciting program
2008 Dates: March 31, 2008                   resources, materials, and ideas for you to
                                             browse. Be the best leader you can for
Times: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm                    your Scouts. Attend the next University of
Where: United Hospital                       Scouting!
Address: 333 N Smith Ave-St. Paul            The University‟s Spring Semester session
Cost: $40.00 (per class)                     is coming on Saturday, April 12th 8:30am –
Details: 3 year certification under the      4:30pm - More details to come.
guidelines of the National Safety Council.

          Wilderness First Aid
2008 Dates – February 4, 6, 12, 14
             March 4, 6, 18, 20
             April 3, 10, 17, 24
Times: 6:00 pm–10:00 pm (each session)
Cost: $115.00
Feb Dates: West Council Service Center
Address: 5300 Glenwood Ave, Mpls.
Mar/Apr Dates: United Hospital
Address: 333 N Smith Ave-St. Paul
YOU MUST attend all four sessions of the
specific month. Contact Chrissie Johnson
to register: 763-231-7265.

Registration forms on the Council training
Web site -
Council Website -

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