Welcome to the Troop 236 website.

Voyager Camp, Many Point 2018

This site is designed to keep you in touch with what is happening with Scouts.  We will do our best to keep the site as up to date as possible.  

We have been given guidance from the state health department and the BSA that outdoor meetings of 25 or fewer are safe.  Please look at the documents below for new in person meeting guidelines. 

Web Page Documents

We will now be having meetings of 10 or fewer indoors.  More than 10 and we'll split into 2 groups. 

Important things to know

Mr. Scott Lewis, the original scoutmaster (Mr. Czech's only predecessor) passed away recently.  Mr. Bonnell contacted me recently and asked that I post an announcement.  Troop 236 sends its condolences to Mr. Lewis' family.  

Youth Protection
Any adult who interacts with scouts in any way as part of any BSA program must complete Youth Protection Training.  You'll be prompted to create a account if you don't already have one.  More information on Youth Protection Training from Northern Star Council can be found here.  Youth protection training is valid for 2 years and must be renewed at the end of that time.  Once you complete your training, please record your name & date in the YPT record.  YPT outlines the strict and specific rules BSA has regarding the interaction between youth and adults and among youth along with reporting obligations each adult has.  This is very well done and very important training that every adult in troop 236 should take. 
More important things to know 
After remaining unchanged for a number of years, the Youth Protection Training has been updated.  It is now multiple modules and most be completed again before this summer.  If all the adult scout leaders and committee members aren't trained with the new YPT by 1 Oct 2018, we won't be able to re-charter as a scout troop.  BSA wants ALL adults who interact with scouts to take this training.  

Troop 236 in the news 

Troop 236 Accomplishments 
Our scouts are making notable accomplishments all the time.  When we have things that can be shared on the website they will appear here.  

Congratulations to Ryan George, our newest Eagle Scout!  
Other recent Eagle Scouts:  Lee Moffat, Jamie Murphy and Braden Larson
  • Four of our scouts recently created the announcement videos at St. Joe's 
  • Our leaders have accomplishments also
    • Our very own Mr. Czech was chosen as the Minnesota Knights of Columbus Knight of the Year!  He was chosen from a field of 40,000 Knights in Minnesota.  This is quite an honor for Mr. Czech.  You can watch this Youtube video for an interview with Mr. Czech and some of his fellow Knights regarding this prestigious award.  
If an event is organized by the District or there is another reason why an event can't be moved, the event was marked with a final date.  If an event is organized by the troop, the date is final, but we have the ability to move it in a pinch.  Those were identified as 'troop event'.  Troop events likely won't move, but it's happened in the past. 

Every second Tuesday of a month, we do Boards of Review for our scouts.  These meetings are the last step for a scout to attain a rank.  The adults needed for a Board of Review cannot be people that the scouts regularly interact with so the scout leaders are excluded.  The Boards of Review for the year are scheduled in the sheet at the link above.  Please sign up for a few so we can be covered for these important meetings.  

Registration – aka Recharter – link and cost information
  • Recharter/Registration now done by each family at the Council’s website
  • Cost is $180 per scout and $42 per registered adult
    • Why do we have to pay to volunteer? – the fee buys us some very solid insurance.  Something we’ve used more than once in the past.
  • The troop will cover the cost of the scoutmaster and assistant scout leaders and the adult committee elected to pay for themselves.  If you are a registered adult, volunteer regularly and would prefer the troop cover your cost, please contact me (Paul Lundh, 651 494 7145 or Chair@troop236mn.com) and we’ll work something out. 
  • The cost can be reimbursed from your scout’s scout account.  You’ll need to cover the cost initially, but then contact Mr. Ben Johnson and he will workout repayment with you.  He has a variety of ways this can be done. 
  • There will be no more Friends of Scouting campaign.  That source of revenue is being rolled into the dues which is why they went up as they have. 
  • The council has scholarship opportunities if you need assistance with the cost.  I’m told these are available via the link below.  Word on the street is that they are very generous with this benefit.  Please don’t let the cost be an obstacle. 
  • If you are an adult registering, you'll need to complete your Youth Protection Training first. 
  • Deadline:  5 Oct 2020
  • Recharter here: Northern Star Scouting - 2020-2021 Program Registration FeesLook for the Youth/Adult Join or Renew Northern Star Council link in the upper right.  I’ve not done it yet.  Please let me know if you find troubles.  

  Scout meetings

  • It’s getting darker earlier and starting to cool outside.  We’ll continue to meet as long as we can outdoors and adapt as we must into the cold months.  Troop 236 will abide by the executive orders issued by the state and federal authorities, and the rules of the BSA regarding scout gatherings.  Watch for further communication on this as we figure it out.  
December - Art/Games

December Meeting Zoom Link - this same link will be used for all of December

12 December
  • Merit Badge Saturday - Citizenship in the Community
  • Location:  Zoom (link to be sent in separate email) 
  • Time:  9:00 am to Noon 
  • Notes:  Citizenship in the Community is an Eagle Scout required merit badge

11/12 December
  • Christmas Boxes for our Deployed Military - Troop 236 packs gift boxes that are sent to young soldiers deployed overseas from Minnesota 
    • Location:   Paul & Cindy's house 
    • Two dates
      • Date: 11 Dec 2020 
        • 6:00 - 8:00 pm
      • Date: 12 Dec 2020
        • Noon - 4:00 pm (changed time) 
      • Other times by arrangement (Please call Cindy at 651-494-4575)
    • Cost:  None other than an item to donate
    • Uniform:  casual
    • Sign up here
    • Notes: 
    • Please bring

      • 10 of the same item to donate to the soldiers from Minnesota
      • Please sign up for the item you are bringing.  (So we don’t all bring the same item).  You'll need the unit cost and weight in ounces.  We need that information to fill out the customs forms. 
      • The signup sheet will also help us determine the appropriate box size to select from the post office. 

      What to Know for the Customs Forms

      • The cost of each individual item – if they come in packs of 5 and you paid for 2 packs, you’ll need to know the unit price for each individual item (e.g. cost / 5 in this case).
      • The weight of each item in ounces
      • There will be an inventory in the garage.  Please write down your item, its cost, description and weight on that form.  Cindy & I will fill out the customs forms based on your information. 
      • If you don’t bring 10 of the same item, please let us know.  

      When You Arrive

      • There is not a time slot.  We are counting on you to maintain distance from others.  Any time in the published windows works.
      • Please have your scout sign the thank you card for each box.  If you wish to include a note of your own, please do so.  We will ask the Guard Unit leaders to distribute our boxes to soldiers deployed for the first time.  Some of them are not much older than our boys.
      • We do not have specific names we send boxes to.  They are all sent to one person and he distributes them.  This one person is someone I know personally, so I can say with certainty that our boxes will be given to appropriate people.  

      Useful Items

      1. Jerky (beef, turkey, etc.), Slim Jim  (multiples of this are ok, this is a well liked item)
      2. Wet wipes
      3. Mio flavor liquids
      4. Protein Bars
      5. Granola bars
      6. Non-melting candy
      7. Dried fruit
      8. Snack crackers (peanut butter, cheese)
      9. Gum
      10. Nuts (but no peanuts)
      11. Breath mints
      12. Tins or packets of flavored coffee
      13. Chapstick
      14. Q-tips
      15. Camping sized (very small) toilet paper packets 
      16. Fruit leathers
Canceled Events
  • Gaming overnight 
  • Blanket tying 
Other items
  • Committee members: 
      • Chair:  Mr. Dan Hart
      • Co-chair:  Mr. Paul Lundh
      • Secretary:  Mrs. Jan Lehman 
      • Finance:  Mr. Ben Johnson 
      • Fundraising:  Mrs. Angela Mancl
      • Events & Activities: Mrs. Tiffany Ruff
      • Advancement:  Open
      • Training:  open 
      • Welcoming:  Mrs. Jan Lehman
      • Webmaster/Communication:  Mr. Paul Lundh
        • Paul Lundh's son Ethan will be aging out of scouts in May of 2022, about 15 months from the time of this writing.  We'll need to transition the website maintenance to one of the new parents if you plan to maintain this type of communication. 
  • Scout Leaders
    • Mr. John Czech - Scoutmaster
    • Assistants 
      • Mr. Joe George 
      • Mr. Chuck Bonnell 
      • Mr. Ryan George
      • Mr. Jamie Murphy
      • Mr. Braden Larson 
      • Mr. John Shepard