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.  

31 October 
Centennial Recruiting Event
  • Location:  Golden Lake Park in Circle Pines, MN 
    • 67 West Golden Lake Road, Circle Pines, MN 55014

  • Date:  31 October 2020
  • Time:  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Notes:  Help recruit for Troop 236! 
  • Uniform:  Class A
  • Transportation:  Each family will drive there individually
  • Notes: 
Halloween party
  • Is canceled for Covid reasons.  For you new families that haven’t seen Mr. Czech’s impressive collection of animatronic figures, just wait to be amazed next year.  
November - Cooking

7 November 
  • Hike! 
    • Meeting location:  St. Gens Parish Center parking lot in Centerville, MN 
    • Meeting time:  10:15 am - depart on hike at 10:30 am.  The anticipated completion is 12:00 - 12:30.  Duration is about 90 minutes. 
    • Route:  Around Centerville Lake with a quick loop through the Anoka County campground 
    • Distance:  5.15 miles
    • Dress:  Ideally class A, but most importantly dress for the weather. 
    • Cost:  Free! 
    • Sign up
14 - 15 November
  • Base Camp! 
    • Location:  Base Camp (6202 Bloomington Rd, St Paul, MN 55111)
    • Where to Meet: St. Joe's Church (north west parking lot behind the kitchen). 
    • Date:  14 - 15 November 
    • Time: 8:00 pm on the 14th to 8:00 am on the 15th 
      • Meet at St. Joes at 7:00 pm and drive down as a group
    • Cost:  $30 per person
    • Uniform:  Class A to and from the event, casual/class B while attending event.  
    • Notes:  We need at least 1 more adult and a larger group of kids.  The council will refund our cost of we cancel for Covid reasons. 
    • Sign up here.
17 November
  • Court of Honor - canceled 
    • Location:  St. Joe's church
    • Date: 17 November
    • Time:  7:00 
    • Cost:  None
    • Uniform: Class A with sash
21 November 
  • Wreath pickup:  Sign upon Mrs. Mancl's SignUpGenius site to allocate a time to pick up your wreaths.   
December - Art/Games

12 December
  • Christmas Boxes for our Deployed Military/Blanket Tying/Games Night
    • Location:   St. Joe's Church 
    • Date: 12 Dec 2020 
    • Time:  TBD
    • Cost:  None other than an item to donate
    • Uniform:  Class A
    • Sign up here
    • Meal:  There will not be a meal with the event this year for Covid reasons.  
    • Notes:  This Christmas event will be a little different this year.  We are planning to merge 3 events into one.  We'll do the box packing for deployed military from Minnesota, blanket tying and the gaming night in a single evening.
      • Event process
        • We'll do the Christmas box packing with all who want to attend.  Then anyone who doesn't want to remain for the rest of the event can go home.  The scouts will remain to tie blankets then do the gaming night. 
      • Christmas boxes for deployed military from the local area. 
        • This year we'll be sending 10 boxes to MN Nat Guard troops stationed in Djibouti.  I'm told this is sometimes a very emotional morale booster for young troops deployed overseas for the first time.  It helps them to know that we are thinking of them and are grateful for the protections they provide us.  
        • Please bring
          • 10 of a single item from the list below.  I recently picked up 10 Mio drink mixes. 
        • At the event each family will separately place their own items in the boxes.  Social distance will be maintained. 
        • Once complete, Cindy & I will pack the boxes and address them.  
        • We'll need a careful accounting of the retail cost of each item for the very detailed customs forms we have to fill out.  
        • If one or two parents wanted to stay behind and help fill out forms, that would be very greatly appreciated.  
        • I'm told the person to whom we are sending these boxes may get Public Affairs invovled in the event which means we may be on the news or in print media!  This 
      • Blanket Tying 
        • For the last several years we've made fleece tie blankets that are donated to families in need for Christmas.  
        • Please bring
          • Two pieces of fleece fabric of the same size that can be cut and tied 
          • A pair of sharp scissors. 
      • Gaming
        • We've also had a video gaming night for the last few years.  
        • Please bring 
          • Video gaming systems
          • Monitors or projectors (to your comfort level)
      • Items liked by deployed military
        • Jerky (beef, turkey, etc.), Slim Jim
        • Wet wipes
        • Mio flavor drink mixes
        • Protein Bars
        • Granola bars
        • Non-melting candy
        • Dried fruit
        • Snack crackers (peanut butter, cheese)
        • Gum
        • Nuts (but no peanuts)
        • Breath mints
        • Tins or packets of flavored coffee
        • Chapsticks 
        • Q-tips
        • Camping sized (very small) toilet paper packets 
        • Fruit leathers
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