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.
The weather forecast is for the snow to hold off unitl after 10 PM tonight, so we will be having our Troop Leadership Council meeting tonight.
Bowling Night, Mon, Dec 17th – We will go bowling at the KSU Student Union bowling alley.
- The party will take place from 7 PM to 8:30 PM.
- We will meet at the Student Union Bowling Alley. Do not drop your scouts of at the Activity Center as no one will be there.
- Cost is $3.50 for the bowling and shoe rental, to be charged to the scouts account.
- The scouts many need some money for drinks and for the game room.
- Bring finger food, cookies, brownies, etc., for the party.
Winter Court of Honor – We will next meet on Monday, January 7th at 7 PM – We will meet in the sanctuary of the main church building.
- Parents and sisters/brothers are invited to come celebrate your scouts’ accomplishments.
Several scouts from Troop 75 and their families participated in the SWIPE Out Hunger food packaging event on Sunday October 28th at the National Guard Armory in Manhattan. All of the food packaged will be sent through the Salvation Army World Service Office to the Horn of Africa to assist in the famine. Participants also had the opportunity to meet senator Jerry Moran who was also volunteering that day. The Troop 75 volunteers are pictured below with Senator Moran (left).
Troop 75 Volunteers at SWIPE Out Hunger 10/28/12
Four scouts from Troop 75, 3 from Hoxie, KS, and one from Logan, KS, along with 3 adult leaders from 75, went on a 12 day trek at Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimmaron, New Mexico this year. On July 21st we left on a van provided by FUMC and drove to a KOA, stayed one night there, and then headed out to base camp. There we checked in and picked up all of our crew equipment (stoves, water purification supplies, bear bags, etc.) and attended an uplifting opening campfire featuring live music, sketches, and informative presentations on the history of the camp. We spent the night at base camp in tents before heading out on the trail the next day.
On the 23rd we left and saw a magnificent view from atop Lovers’ Leap before heading to a trail camp (as opposed to a staff camp, which would have activities and potable water among other amenities) where we would stay for the night. The next day we went to Crater Lake where the Continental Tie and Lumber Company staff camp was. There we had the opportunity to saw logs and go spar pole climbing. We attended another fantastic campfire later that evening. On the 25th we hit the trail and went to Black Mountain. There was a blacksmith’s forge there, and we all helped to make a dinner bell out of iron. We also shot black powder rifles and played baseball with our sister crew from Texas. The day after, we went to Beaubien. There was an active cattle ranch there (one of the conditions Waite Phillips, founder of Philmont, had so that the BSA could use his land is that an active cattle ranch was maintained). We got to have our personal gear, like hats and boots, branded with one of the two official Philmont brands. These made great souvenirs. Later we worked on a conservation project laying down mulch. Afterwards, we went to our campsite at Lookout Meadow. On the 27th we visited Buck Creek, where Waite Phillips’ fishing cabin was located. We tied our own flies and got to go fishing with them in the creek. The next day was our hardest hike of all. We stopped at Clear Creek to do some tomahawk throwing, and then climbed Mt. Phillips, the 2nd tallest mountain at Philmont Scout Ranch. The day after that we went to Upper Sawmill, where we got to reload and fire 30 – .06 rounds. On the 30th we went to Cimmaroncito, the largest staff camp. There we went rock climbing and rappeling. There was also a bouldering room indoors and a trapeze wall that only 6 scouts had scaled successfully. We spent the next day there and took a break from hiking. After that we went on our longest hike, 12 miles to be exact, to tooth ridge. There we climbed to the top of the ridge, the Tooth of Time and watched the sunset and the beautiful view of the mountains around us.
Finally, on the 2nd of August, we headed back to base camp and passed underneath the infamous “You Made It” sign. We returned all of our equipment, checked out, and ate lunch in the cafeteria. Everybody was excited to eat dinner at the St. James Hotel and try their famous bison burger. Later we attended the closing campfire and our crew leader was awarded a plaqu. The next day we headed back to Kansas on the van. Everyone had a great time there and I think we will all miss the beautiful surroundings at PSR.
Fifty Scouts and eight adult leaders of Troop 75 arrived at Camp Hansen on Sunday afternoon. It is hot and sunny out here, but everyone is busy and having a great time. The Trailblazers are all enrolled in the “Trail to Eagle” program learning basic scout skills as well as swimming and first aid.
The older scouts are doing all sorts of activities including motor boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, shooting sports, climbing etc.
Most of the pictures we are taking will have to wait until we get back to upload, but here are a few that we can share with the limited internet connectivity available at camp Hansen.
The new Troop 75 Summer Newsletter is now online. As always you can find the newsletters on the tab at the top-right corner of our troop website. We have a busy summer planned with trips to Camp Hansen, Lewis and Clark, Philmont, Kansas Sea Base, Omaha Zoo and Manko Lake.
Six scouts from Troop 75 took part in a fun and educational day at Kansas State University on Saturday March 3rd working on the Robotics Merit Badge. 2 Graduate students from the Computing and Information Sciences department helped our scouts to build and program “LEGO Mindstorms” robots. The scouts practiced programming their robots to maneuver through several obstacles and challenges. The robots had to use a color sensor to find their position and then move appropriately to complete a given task. Many thanks to K-State’s CIS department for this wonderful opportunity.
Leadership Training, Sunday, October 9th - We will hold two sessions–Both will start at 1:00 PM.
- Newly elected leaders will attend a Leadership seminar. You will have a chance to learn your responsibilities and practice leadership skills. We will finish be 3:30.
- First Year Scouts should attend the junior leader training course. This junior leader training is a great seminar, similar to professional leadership seminars that would cost managers in companies hundreds of dollars to attend, so don’t miss it! We will finish by 4:30.
Next Monday’s Meeting – We will be working on Camping Merit Badge. We will also do our campout planning for the District Camporee.
Konza District Fall Camporee, Friday, October 14th – The Konza District Fall Camporee will be at Canning Creek Cove at Council Grove Lake. Troop 65 from Council Grove is hosting this event and have many exciting things planned. For Saturday night, each patrol will cook a one-pot meal that will be included in a camp-wide pot luck supper. Hope to see you there. Cost will be an $9 registration fee plus the cost of food and gas.
Keep Selling Popcorn – Twenty percent of their total sales go into their camp account, so it’s a great way to raise money.
- Turn in your orders at the October 24th meeting or earlier.
- Popcorn will be delivered at the November 14th meeting.
- Money is due by the November 28th meeting.