We are kicking off our Equal Exchange fundraiser! We’re offering delicious, organic coffee, as well as incredible chocolates and flavorful teas. Also available are handcrafted items, handmade giftwrap, and Ten Thousand Villages crafts.  The items are fairly priced and our group makes an excellent percentage on every product we sell.

We also have an online store where far-away friends and family can purchase items to be sent directly to their homes. Shipping is free for orders $75 or more!

Send friends to shop online through December 31st at:

You receive a higher profit margin for orders placed through the catalog (40% vs. 25%), so please continue to collect orders from local friends and family.


  • November 4th – order forms distributed.
  • December 2nd – final order forms and payments due.

Together we can raise the funds to support the boys of Troop 412!

Thank you for your support!

Ken Schefter (


Published on August 26, 2013, by in Campouts.

Troop 412 will be having our September campout on September 13 to 15 at Shawnee Mission Park. The scouts have decided to LARP. LARP stands for Live Action Role Playing. The theme for the LARP will be Star Wars. If you are a Star Wars junkie, you will not want to miss this event. If you’re not a fan of Star Wars, you’ll still enjoy the competition and the “capture the flag” games.

We will be gathering at the church at 5:30pm and leaving for the park at 6:00pm. Please eat dinner prior to arriving at the church. The troop will return to the church approximately 11:00am Sunday morning. Please complete the attendance survey below. If attending, please also complete the permission slip. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Bill W. at May the force be with you.


Now, please enjoy “Star Wars Kid”. Twenty-eight million others already have!


Published on August 6, 2013, by in Campouts.

What to pack on a canoeing campout:

▪   Sun block: This is very important, being on the water will intensify your exposure and you can get burned even on an overcast day.

▪   Chap Stick: Keep your lips healthy while on the water.

▪   Shoes for water: You should have shoes (tennis shoes or lake/water shoes) or closed-toe sandals with good support.

▪   Bathing Suit: Bring a bathing suit to paddle in or to wear while swimming.

▪   Towel: Towels are needed not only for yourself but also to dry things off.

▪   Sunglasses: Polarized sunglasses are great while on the water.

▪   Hat: Keep the sun off of your face with a hat.

▪   Undergarments: Bring extra socks and underwear.

▪   Non-Cotton Shirt: Polypropylene thermal wear is a good idea if the nights get cold.

▪   Extra Pants or Shorts: It’s always good to have a change of clothes when on the water.

▪  Hiking Shoes: Good shoes are important for around the campsite or if you want to hike.


Safety Afloat Principals

1. Qualified Supervision

All activity afloat must be supervised by a mature and conscientious adult age 21 or older who:

  • understands/accepts responsibility for the well-being and safety of youth members in his or her care
  • is qualified in the watercraft skill and rescue trained
  • is trained/committed to BSA Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense and (at least one adult) certified in CPR
  • BSA ratio, 1 adults to 10 youth / Cub Scout 1 to 5  (Minimum 2 adults)

2. Physical Fitness

Keep a Health History of Your Den, Pack or Troop!

Require evidence of fitness

  • Complete health history (from physician, parent, or legal guardian)
  • Adjust all supervision, discipline, and protection to anticipate any potential risks associated with individual health conditions
  • Significant health conditions require proof of an examination by a physician

3. Swimming Ability

Key to Personal Safety

Those NOT a “swimmer” can ride as a passenger in

  • A rowboat or motorboat with an adult “swimmer”
  • A canoe, raft, or sailboat with an adult certified as a lifeguard or a lifesaver by a recognized agency
  • Note: In all other circumstances, the person must be a swimmer to participate in an activity afloat.
  • Swimmers – passed the swimmer’s test
  • jump feet-first into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy resting backstroke.
  • The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and include at least one sharp turn.
  • After completing the swim, rest by floating.

4. Personal Floatation Devices

Everyone Must Wear One!

Personal Floatation Equipment

  • Properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal
  • flotation devices (PFDs) must be worn by all persons
  • engaged in activity on the open water rowing, canoeing, sailing, boardsailing, motorboating, waterskiing, rafting, tubing, and kayaking
  • Type II and III PFDs are recommended.

5. Buddy System

Similar to Safe Swim Defense

  • Buddy people
  • Buddy boats

6. Skill Proficiency

Know Your Mode & Safety Procedures

All persons must:

  • Be trained/experienced in watercraft handling skills, safety, and emergency procedures

 3 hours of training/supervised practice, or meeting requirements for “basic handling tests”

  •  Have special training for white water craft
  •  Have special training for powerboat operation

7. Planning

Planning Ahead for Every Contingency

  • Float Plan
  •  Local Rules
  •  Notification
  •  Weather
  •  Contingencies

8. Equipment

Have What You Need & in Good Condition

  • All equipment must be suited to the craft and in good repair (carry spare equipment when possible) Satisfy all state and U.S. Coast Guard requirements
  •  water conditions individual
  • Have appropriate rescue equipment BE PREPARED

9. Discipline

Be Sure Everyone Understands the Rules and Follows Them!

  • Rules are presented/learned prior to the outing  And reviewed at the water’s edge just before the
  • activity begins
  • Scouts are to respect/follow all directions and rules of the adult supervisor
  • Be strict and fair, showing no favoritism