Our Troop has put in about 120 hour this summer and last summer at the K-State Meadow Garden. We sowed t-shirts to make errosion socks and installed them to make terracing. We helped plant, weed, and water the Meadow, and have even served as guides for open house events. The K-State Meadow Garden project helped our Scouts accomplish community service and learn about conservation. Thank you to Mrs. Kathrine Schlageck and K-State for giving us the chance to help!
This past spring Troop 75 participated in a survival campout
near Mr. Manuel’s farm. Mitch Custer helped give a good summary
of what it is like to be on a cold weather campout.
Sheridan: What was your favorite part of the survival camout?
Mitch: The food was the best part, because I cooked it myself.
Sheridan: What was the most memorable thing that happened
at the survival campout?
Mitch: The leaders gave us all a snickers bar that we could
eat whenever we wanted to.
Sheridan: What types of things did you do?
Mitch: We built shelters, built fires, and cooked food.
Sheridan: Were you cold? What were some important personal
items to take?
Mitch: I wasn’t cold. Make sure that you take a warm sleeping bag,
warm clothes, toiletries, and water proof containers.
Sheridan: What type of sheter did you build?
Mitch: I laid a poncho over a tree branch to make a quick A-frame shelter.
Troop 75 is proud of our Eagle Scouts. In 2013 Timothy Miller, Patrick Zenk, Austin Gwinner, Quentin Jensen, Jared Brown, Nickolas Clark and Christian Gulker were awarded Eagle Scout. Christian, Austin and Nick are pictured above.
Mr. Kent Manuel is also pictured above with Nick, Nate, Austin and Christian after Mr. Manuel was awarded the Silver Beaver.
Troop 75 celebrated Veterans Day by participating in the Veterans Day Parade. Mr. Manuel brought
Deer Dancer and Como Se the llamas, and we took turns leading them down Poyntz Avenue.
It was great to have the Venturing Crew with us.
On November 8th we had a Mafeking/Thanksgiving campout at Pott Co. Lake, and we had lots of fun. The Mafeking challenge course gave us the chance to learn how to cross a monkey bridge, orienteer, build fires, make a stretcher and lash a ladder. . .and we did it all at night. My favorite part of Mafeking was trying to make it through the Boer’s mines. The Thanksgiving meal was really good. We had turkey and ham and all of the other Thanksgiving goodies. Our Troop cooked two turkey’s in Mr. Manuel’s contraptions. One turkey was cooked in an inverted trash can. One turkey was hung and cooked in a steel cube. It was great to have new Scouts, Webelos and our Venturing Crew join us. We had lots of fun!
One of our Troop Merit Badges was Engineering where you had to create something that could be dropped and prevent an egg malfunction. This pictures shows all of the projects that were tested for egg delivery during a recent Merit Badge Meeting. Mr. Manuel thought that it would be a great idea to drop a chicken. We were not able to prove whether the egg cracked, but the chicken seemed unharmed.
Congratulations to all of our scouts for their advancements and awards. Over the summer the troop participated in two summer camps, high adventures, and the National Jamboree. The troop earned 132 merit badges and 108 scouts spent 613 nights camping.
During the COH it was announced that the troop will work on the Family Life, Game Design, Engineering, and Sustainability Merit Badges.
Don’t forget to sign up for the K S U game day parking, Zoo Day, OA Conclave, Henry Doorly Zoo/Indian Cave Campout, the Fall Camporee and the Bike Ride Campout at one of our upcoming meetings.
Mitch Custer and Egan Dritz had a good time at Camp Hansen this past July. When asked about their favorite things about camp they said swimming and the variety of merit badges. They thought the most memorable thing was the bonfire with the Order of the Arrow. They thought it was a good experience and are looking forward to future campouts.
Sixteen scouts and six adult leaders from Troop 75 recently returned from a five day canoe trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe area in northern Minnesota with the Tuscarora Lodge and Canoe Outfitters. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a collection of stunning lakes and boreal forest laced with endless possibilities for canoe routes and adventures. Over 1 million acres in size, it is a part of the Superior National Forest which is operated by the US Forest Service.The group departed Manhattan on Friday Aug. 3 and returned Sunday Aug. 11. The group was divided into 3 different crews with each crew taking a different route. The group stayed in church basements on the way up and the way back and made stops at local swimming pools as well. The entire group also visited the Lake Superior Marine Museum in Duluth, MN on the way home. Pictures are available on the Troop 75 Photobucket page.
New members of Troop 75 completed their llama training. Our troop uses llamas to pack gear on our Colorado backpacking trips. The scouts learned about the llama species, how to care for them, and how to mount a saddle. We then took a 1.5 mile llama hike. All the participants received Llama Training Certification Cards to reward their efforts.