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Troop 412’s November camp out will take place at Jacob’s Cave near Versailles, MO on December 11, 12 and 13.
The cost of the camp out will be $25 per person over and above regular meal and fuel costs, but will be well worth it. Between breakfast and lunch, we’ll get a guided tour of the cave, along with a talk about geology, caves and minerals.
After lunch, the boys will be set free to explore the muddy section of the cave. And on Sunday morning all cave adventurers will receive a special patch!
Beyond your normal camping list, you will need the following to explore the cave without:
- A complete set of clothes that may get destroyed
- A sturdy trash bag for muddy clothes
- A hard helmet. (A bicycle helmet will do)
- A headlamp (Duct tape it to your helmet
- A flashlight
- Waterproof matches and a candle (a ziplock back works)
- Glow sticks (recommended for emergency)
- Boots (you do not have to throw away your boots, but they will get muddy)
- Duct Tape (to tape your boots to your jeans)
- Knee pads
- Gloves (disposable cotton gloves are fine)
- A beach towel (You’ll be getting hosed off after the cave!)
Summer Camp 2015 will definitely be remembered for years to come! Many things happened there this year: some good, like rank advancements and not as many bugs keeping us up at night; some bad, like the sweltering heat & humidity, and multiple storms (including a tornado warning) that forced us to spend hours in a cramped storm shelter. I have quite a tale to tell, so read on!
Day One. As usual, our Troop met at the church building in the morning. After everyone was accounted for at circle-up, we set off for Bartle. I rode with Tanner and Mr. McBee, and something happened along the way that gave us a scare. You see, after awhile we noticed that the door of the mini-trailer Mr. McBee was pulling had come open and was flapping in the wind! After coming to a stop on the side of the road, Tanner and Mr. McBee checked the trailer and were relieved to find they hadn’t lost any of their gear. Whew! The rest of the drive was uneventful. After our Troop arrived at camp, we did the swim test and then basically just hung out for the rest of the day.
Day Two. This was the first full day of camp and also when merit badge classes (some 3-day, some 6-day) began. Adam Shinski and I had several classes together, and we were able to find our way around camp pretty easily. At Opening Night Campfire, the staff did lots of funny skits and everyone enjoyed them. Afterwards we returned to our campsites and went to bed…but not for long! Staff woke us up in the middle of the night and we had to go to the storm shelter located below our pavilion. It was packed, and we were sweating and uncomfortable. A severe thunderstorm was the cause of such misery, and let me tell you now, there was more of that to come!
Day Three. During downtime between merit badge classes, the Scouts played board games like Risk, card games like Magic: The Gathering, and Frisbee. Also, something new was started at the trading post this year. It was a game called Gaga Ball, where the players are put into a heptagonal ring and can use only their legs to kick a volleyball. The object of the game is to tag players out by hitting them with the volleyball, and the last man standing is the winner. We had fun playing all these games, but I think most of us were excited for what the next day would bring: Family Day and Call-Out Night!
Day Four. Ah, Family Day, the second-best day of summer camp! Usually this occurs on Day Seven, but this year it came earlier. On Family Day, Scouts’ family members and close friends come to visit and bring good food for lunch so that we don’t have to eat nasty camp food. We always look forward to this day! Scouts and their guests line up at the food table according to rank, so for example Eagle Scouts and their families get to go first. The food was delicious as always! After the meal, Scouts took their guests to see popular sites like The Point and Iconium, and later in the afternoon, many attended the Dance of Joy performed by the Mic-O-Say Tribe. Towards the end of the dance, each dancer has his mom or another family member join him. Family Day was a great time and a lot of fun, but after our families went home it was time to get serious because Call-Out Night had arrived! This is when certain Scouts get called out for either Foxman, Brave, or Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. This ceremony must be taken very seriously.
Day Five. Today marked the halfway point of summer camp. The first round of 3-day merit badge classes was completed, but if a Scout didn’t earn one of his merit badges for whatever reason, he has to finish it on make-up day. Most Scouts got their merit badges done, though. As usual, the Old Dogs had their daily 3:00 Slushy Run to the Trading Post. Also, today was the Hike-o to Ico, which is mostly for the First Years. Oh, and guess what? Everyone had to wake up in the middle of the night again to go sweat and be miserable in the storm shelter because of another stupid storm.
Day Six. The second round of 3-day merit badge classes began. This was basically another typical day at camp, but for me it was special because my dad came to Bartle as a part-time camper. He wasn’t able to come on Family Day because he had to work, so I was happy he was going to spend the rest of camp with us. I was also glad he was going to be able to watch me do the Mile Swim! Also, the Honorary Warriors and Honored Women were called out today, and my dad was part of that group.
Day Seven. Scouts continued their classes, and everyone continued to not be thrilled with camp food! Certain people in our troop began working on our skit for the Closing Night Campfire. Mr. McBee and Mrs. Wood changed the lyrics to the song “A Man Of Constant Sorrow” (from the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) and renamed it “A Scout of Constant Sorrow”. Oh yeah, and we had Round 3 in the storm shelter, losing sleep yet again!
Day Eight. I completed my Mile Swim in the morning. My dad and lots of troop members came to cheer me on, and Mr. McBee nicknamed me Jacob Barracuda! The day continued with the usual rotation of merit badge classes (final day) and free time to play games. The performers for the Closing Night Campfire skit practiced at a select spot in camp. I was part of that group and it was fun! Last but not least, we all had to go to the shelter for the fourth time because of another storm and a tornado warning. It would be the last time in the shelter, thankfully, but it was also the longest.
Day Nine. The last full day of summer camp–everyone was very excited and happy! All of the Called became Foxmen, Braves, and Warriors, and it was also make-up day for merit badges. My dad treated me to a Father/Son day by going to Ico for dinner instead of settling for Camp Salisbury Steak. At Closing Night Campfire, all the troops performed their skits, and we got a great reaction from the crowd when we did ours. Almost everyone stood up and cheered! Most of our troop’s gear got packed up today as well.
Day Ten. After packing our remaining gear and eating breakfast, Troop 412 left for home! Another summer camp was in the bag. Yeah!! And even though the bugs weren’t as bad this year, I still had so many bug bites, I didn’t even bother to count them. I was very happy to get home, and I’m sure everyone else was too!
Well, that about wraps it up. In my opinion, our Troop had a really fun summer camp with lots of great experiences…except for all those times in the storm shelter. But even that helped make Summer Camp 2015 one to remember!
The Ft. Leavenworth Haunted Tour camp out was a mix of seriousness, relaxation, haunted stories, and fun. This tale begins with driving to our campsite on the Ft. Leavenworth Army Post. I rode with Mr. Brewer, Jonah and Tyler. As we were going down the road, we came to a complete stop at an intersection where a motorcycle accident had just happened. People were crowding around an unconscious male who was lying face down on the pavement. Mr. Brewer immediately called 911 call and the police showed up at the scene in five minutes. A special thanks to Mr. Brewer for acting quickly! After we arrived at camp and set up, it began to rain so we basically just stayed in our tents. Some of us listened to the Royals game until we fell asleep.
After breakfast early on Saturday morning, most of the Scouts played a game of kickball. We also played catch with a football. After we had our share of running and catching balls, a group of us went on a little nature walk behind our campsite. It was nice to have lots of free time on this camp out so we could be active and have fun! When it was time to eat lunch, the Ravens made grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. How original, right?!
Once lunch was over, everyone went on a tour of Ft. Leavenworth. The first stop we made was at a museum, where we bought our tickets to the Haunted Tour that night. We then walked through the museum and learned about Ft. Leavenworth’s history and historic sites, including the old disciplinary barracks (the site of the Haunted Tour). After that, we drove to the national cemetery, where many of our fallen military heroes are buried. This was the really serious part, especially for my dad because a Soldier named Spencer Duncan is buried there. Spencer was a member of my dad’s unit and died on August 6, 2011, during their last deployment to Afghanistan. Spencer was only 21 years old. Our last stop was a visit to the Buffalo Soldier Monument, located by a lake on the Post.
After we returned to our campsite, we had to make dinner and eat quickly so we could arrive on time to the Haunted Tour. We visited a total of nine stations, each one explaining various hauntings that had been witnessed there. The actors there were silent as they walked around pretending to be the ghosts, not speaking, just looking at us and stalking us. It was kind of creepy! At one of the stations there were some actors playing the ghosts of three dead girls. They started getting really close to us, and one even hugged me! (What can I say, I’m a ladies man!) Colin was with me and he kept asking the girls for their phone numbers as a joke, but they wouldn’t answer. It was pretty funny!
Once all this was over, we headed back to our campsite and went to sleep. The next morning, we packed up and drove home. Great camp-out, everyone!
Lots of fun activities and tasty treats were offered at this year’s Webelos Walkabout! For those who are not familiar with what Webelos Walkabout is, here’s a quick summary. The Scouts plan fun activities within their patrols to entice Webelos to want to join our Troop. This year, the Honey Badgers and Ravens created two fun activities for the Walkabout.
The Ravens decided to show the Webelos how to make won-ton dumplings. There were two kinds: sweet and savory. We stuffed the sweet dumplings with Nutella, Peanut Butter, and Marshmallows, and we put a little block of cheese in the savory dumplings. The Webelos were taught how to fold the ingredients in the won-ton wraps, which they did themselves, and then they watched from a safe distance as we fried their dumplings to golden perfection in one of our dutch ovens.
After they ate their won-ton, the Webelos got to participate in the Honey Badgers’ activity called Gladiator Games. Two to four Webelos stood on top of slightly raised platforms. Each received a pre-made sword/lance to try to knock the others off their platforms. The last one standing won the game. I later interviewed Ethan L., the mastermind behind this idea. He explained the object of the game and said that the Webelos had a really fun time.
Thanks to all who participated in the 2015 Webelos Walkabout event!
Scout Night at Sporting KC 2015 was a blast! On Friday, September 18, 18,861 fans came out to support the home team in a battle against FC Dallas. Two goals were scored by Benny Fielhaber and one was scored by Dom Dwyer. Sporting gave FC Dallas a beat down with a final score of 3-1. Way to go, SKC! But what made this exciting night even more special for me is that I had the honor of serving in the Color Guard (my second year in a row). Each year, five area youth who are in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venture Scouts are chosen to present the colors at a Sporting KC soccer game. This time we got to march with the Liberty Fire Department, who were all really great people. They did a good job training us for the presentation of colors. During halftime, we got to go back down to the field and give high-fives to the players, which was pretty cool. And since Sporting games are broadcast on television, maybe we got to be on TV, too! All in all, I had a great experience, and I encourage all Scouts to volunteer for the Color Guard!
The next day, I attended the Order of the Arrow 100th Anniversary event at Camp Naish. It was one of the most fun camp-outs I’ve been to! Because I arrived late morning on Saturday due to a Cross Country meet, I can’t give many details on the morning’s activities, but I do know there was ATV riding and racing, and that must have been super fun! Luckily, I arrived just in time for the Troop’s favorite activity to start: Bubble Ball Soccer! Basically, this game is where you’re in a round, inflated plastic bubble and you’re holding onto grip handles trying to kick a soccer ball into the goal, all the while ramming into people and sending them flying down the hill. A group from our Troop, including Tanner, Gabe, Jackson, Ben, Joey and me, played for well over two hours! The event also offered shotgun shooting and giant-sized Chess and Jenga. Scott’s Iconium Store was there as well, serving up Nehi and peach floats. A police officer and his trusty K-9 gave us an impressive demonstration of tracking drugs. After dinner, there was a cracker barrel in the mess hall and we had pizza, ice cream and brownies while watching the movie “Jurassic Park”. All in all, this camp-out was a great time! And last but surely not least, I’d like to congratulate Mr. Brewer on getting his Vigil rank in the Order of the Arrow. May the Order of the Arrow carry on strongly for many more years come to come!
Olathe Christian Church is hosting a course this fall/winter that you won’t want to miss.
Questions, contact Mr. Maddox.
Lots of fun was had at the August 2015 canoeing camp-out! The last two canoeing camp-outs had been canceled due to rain, so in my three years of Scouting, this was the first one we actually got to go on as a Troop, and boy it was fun!
We arrived at the campsite late at night. It was pretty good ground to be camping on since it was mostly flat, non-rocky soil. After the trailer was unpacked and camp was set up, everyone went to bed. The next morning we got up early, 6:30 AM to be exact. Once all patrols had eaten breakfast and cleaned up, the Troop went to our launching site to begin our 8-mile canoe trip. After getting situated two to three people per canoe, we set off on our adventure.
The beginning of the trip was pretty calm and quiet, but nevertheless we enjoyed taking in Nature’s beauty. Two lead canoes set the pace. We made three stops along the way: two were at random river banks where the Scouts were able to get out of their canoes and frolic in the water, and the third stop was for lunch.
After lunch, the Scouts played in the water again. It was a bigger area this time and the current was much stronger. Even the older boys had a hard time keeping their footing! We did current racing, where we raced each other to see who could get to the top of the current first. Scouts and Old Dogs got together and locked arms to do a big float down the current. We had so much fun!
When the adult leaders said it was time to go, we continued down the river. Everything was normal, until Michael Paulson’s canoe slammed into Mr. Paulson and Mr. McBee’s canoe and capsized them! Mr. McBee said there would be payback! After awhile, we reached the end of our route. We returned to camp tired, but we’d had a good day. At Closing Night campfire, everyone heard the story about the canoe capsizing and we all laughed! In the morning, we ate breakfast, packed up, and drove home.
One of the best parts of this camp-out was that each time we all played in the water, the older boys interacted more with the younger boys. That was pretty cool. From canoeing long distances with fellow Scouts on a beautiful river, to splashing and playing around in the water, to someone’s canoe capsizing, this turned out to be one of the best camp-outs our Troop has had!
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Troop 412’s September campout will take place at ShowMeZiplines near Rayville, MO on September 11, 12 and 13.
Located 45 minutes NE of Kansas City in the Hills & Hollers of Rayville MO at 15510 HIGHWAY C. Note: Google maps does not work with our address.
*MAXIMUM Weight is 275lbs
*Closed-toe shoes are required. NO FLIP FLOPS.
**Zipliners MUST wear pants or long shorts. ABSOLUTELY NO SHORT SHORTS.
TroopdfdfdfdfdfdAt the OA Summer Induction #2 at Camp Naish this June, the Ordeals and Elangomats had anything but fun in the sun! I did my first Elangomat to support my dad, John B., who was going through his ordeal. When I first agreed to do this, it seem like a fun idea because I’d get to tell my dad what to do. But as the camp-out neared and I realized I was going to have to go through ordeal all over again, I thought, “What have I done?” But it was too late to turn back!
Once all of the Ordeals and Elangomats got checked in, we proceeded to the campfire arena. Many other people were there, too, as it was Family Day at Naish’s summer camp. The Staff was doing skits before the Ordeals got called out to start their long and toilsome ordeal.
After we were led out of the arena, we Elangomats escorted the Ordeals to the ceremonial ring deep in the forest, where they were put on silence. Then we led the Ordeals to a clearing in the woods to sleep. All we were told to bring was night gear, a tarp, a sleeping bag and a pad. Then we had to “sleep under the stars”, with the bugs threatening to bite us every second while we were sweaty and sticky, trying vainly to get some sleep. I honestly didn’t get a minute of sleep that miserable night, and my dad said he got only about two hours. Yep, conditions are pretty bad if my dad can’t sleep!
The group was roused at 5:30 AM and led back to our campsites or vehicles to get the appropriate clothing and tools needed for the next step of our ordeal: the workday. It was a hot and muggy day with lots of bugs out. The Ordeals and Elangomats had to start a 2-part workday. The first part of the day we ate a scant breakfast and then had to renovate one of the camp’s trails. We heaved loads of what our guide called “chat” and “pea gravel” onto contours of the trail that had been worn away by the forces of nature (mostly rain). We did this for about five hours and then we went to eat a scant lunch.
We quickly finished our meager lunch, and then we thankfully got a little rest time. But soon enough, our guide came back and we had to hike about two to three miles to start the next part of our workday: weed-whacking. For those who don’t know what this is, you basically get a stick with a metal blade attached to the top of it, and you slam the blade into the weeds with all your might until they are pulled out of the ground. This was not an easy task, and we did it for 3 hours! After what seemed like an eternity, our workday finally came to an end and we were sent off to get ready for the Ordeal Ceremony.
We ate a scant dinner before the Ordeal Ceremony, and then we were led to the ceremony sight and it began. Quicker than you’d have thought, the ceremony ended and the Ordeals were given there own sashes and OA coups. After all the hardships of the ordeal, it was worth it in the end.