Tree Lot Opens this Weekend

posted Nov 22, 2012, 7:21 AM by Scout Secretary

Troop 353 15th Annual Christmas Tree Lot opens Thanksgiving Weekend!  Visit the Tree Lot page for details.

New Eagle Scout

posted Nov 22, 2012, 7:20 AM by Scout Secretary

Congratulations to Cameron D. for earning his Eagle Scout in October!

New Eagle Scout

posted Nov 22, 2012, 7:18 AM by Scout Secretary

Congratulations to Kevin R. for earning his Eagle Scout in March!

Troop 353 Celebrates 75th Anniversary in 2012

posted Nov 22, 2012, 7:17 AM by Scout Secretary

 Visit the History pages to trace the Troop roots from 1937 in Dardenne, MO to present day in Weldon Spring, MO.

Zipline Campout

posted Oct 18, 2011, 5:33 PM by Scout Secretary   [ updated Oct 18, 2011, 5:43 PM ]

Prepare for a fun filled weekend of zip-lining, hiking, geocaching, and having a chili cook off at Beaumont Scout Reservation on 11/4/2011-11/6/2011

Fall Camporee

posted Oct 18, 2011, 4:32 PM by Scout Secretary

 October 21-23 is the fall camporee, a weekend of Scouting and family friendly activities. Cub Scouts will also camp and participate with us. Program and camping are taking place at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Rd, Troy, MO 63379.

Summer Camp Reminders

posted Jul 21, 2011, 1:40 PM by Scout Secretary   [ updated Jul 21, 2011, 1:48 PM ]

Following are some important details and last minute reminders.  Please read closely and contact anyone on the summer camp committee if you have questions: 

Lisa Christman – medications/physicals

Brent Cole, Ruel Davis or John Nauman – itinerary/transportation

Donna Englert – fees

Sheila Mitchell, Ruel Davis – merit badges

Bob Scott – gear drop off

Important Packing Note

Pack a small bag/backpack with a change of clothes for Sunday (including your gray Troop 353 t-shirt), toiletries, and your swim trunks, towel, sunscreen, etc. for Sunday’s swim test.  This bag will go with you in your vehicle – and will avoid having to dig in your big bag in the trailer for one day’s stuff.  Other gear and bags will go in the trailer. (More info on packing below.)

Transportation / Food
  • Depart – Saturday, July 23
    • Meet at Francis Howell Middle School at 7 a.m.  Leave no later than 7:30 a.m.  DO NOT BE LATE.  Everyone should wear “Class B” uniforms.  Pack your gray Troop 353 t-shirt to wear on Sunday.
    • If anyone would like to send a batch of brownies, cookies, etc. for break stops on the way down (hint – hint), the travelers would be very grateful.  (35 people are in Saturday’s caravan.)
    • Lunch – Picnic stop, outdoor sports/activities
    • Afternoon – Activity & snack break at Maple Hill Sports Center, Lebanon, TN.  Mini golf, aeroball, batting cage, etc.
    • Dinner / Overnight / Breakfast – Camp Latimer near Spencer, TN.
  • Sunday, July 24 Lunch – On the road
  • Return travel – Saturday, July 30 - Sunday, July 31
    • Depart Camp – travel to Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN.  Inclement weather alternate is the American Museum of Science & Energy, Oak Ridge, TN.
    • Lunch – Pizza/salad buffet near Sevierville, TN
    • Dinner – On the road
    • Overnight – Church near Clarksville, TN
  • Sunday, July 31
    • Breakfast – On the road
    • Lunch – On the road, unless making good time
    • Arrive – Sunday, June 31
    • Return to Francis Howell Middle School, approximately 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Scouts will call on the way back with a more accurate time.

The Leaders Guide contains a lot of good information, including a list of what to pack – don’t forget deodorant and Gold Bond J – and what NOT to pack. 

  • See note above regarding the small bag to pack for Saturday/Sunday.
  • The Troop will arrive at camp on Sunday wearing the gray Troop 353 t-shirts.  Pack this in your small bag.  Put your name inside your gray t-shirts using a permanent marker.  An adult will wash them during camp to wear home.
  • Class A uniforms are required at camp.  You should leave pins, hanging patches, sash, etc., at home, but otherwise bring your full uniform along with a neckerchief and slide.  Your shirt may be on a hanger.
  • No aerosol cans are allowed.  Deodorant, bug spray, deodorant, sunscreen, deodorant, etc. must be a product other aerosol.  (Did someone mention deodorant?)

Camp Gear

Gear (except for your small bag/backpack) can be dropped off at Mr. Scott’s house on Friday, July 22, between 7 and 9 p.m.  Please call to tell him you are coming – (314) 882-1183.  His address is 50 Turnbridge Court, Dardenne Prairie, 63368.

  • Fees – All camp fees should be paid by this time.  Donna Englert has contacted you if you have an outstanding balance, which must be paid prior to camp.
  • Physicals – Lisa Christman has communicated any outstanding items.  No person will be permitted to attend camp with incomplete or missing information.
  • Medication – All medications must be in original containers, placed in a Ziploc bag with the Scout or Scouter’s name on the outside of the bag, and given to Lisa Christman prior to departure.  See Lisa’s July 6 e-mail regarding medication requirements.
  • Activity Consent Form – You’ve received an e-mail from either John Nauman or Donna Englert if this form is required.  Bring it with you on July 23.
  • Merit Badges / Costs – A list of the merit badges everyone has signed up for is attached.  Many of these have prerequisites that must be completed in advance.  Merit badge prerequisites and any additional costs are listed in the Leaders Guide, beginning on page 24.  Extra costs must be paid in person, in cash, at camp.  Scouts should bring enough money to cover those costs personally.
  • Swim Test – All Scouts must pass the BSA Swimmer Test to participate in water-related activities at summer camp.  This will occur on Sunday after check-in.  Pack your swim trunks, towel, etc. in your small bag.
  • Whitewater Rafting trip – Any person participating in the Whitewater Rafting trip must have the release form signed and should bring $35 cash to pay the Whitewater Rafting fee at camp.
  • Spending Money – Scouts should take enough cash for merit badge supplies, fees, white water, and any additional items they wish to purchase at the camp’s trading post (t-shirts, patches, etc.). 
  • Monday Night Patch Trading – Anyone wishing to participate in this activity should bring items with them to trade. (See Leaders Guide, page 17.)
Because this is a long trip, Scouts will be allowed to bring electronics for use during travel only – headphones are encouraged.  Each scout may bring, at his own risk, whatever electronics can fit in a one gallon Ziploc bag, with his name on the outside.  The bag will be turned into the troop leadership upon arrival at camp and will be locked up in a vehicle until departure for home.  If there is a concern about items being lost or damaged, please leave them at home.  Drivers have the final say over the use of any device in his or her vehicle. 
 Kevin Bartner

Whitewater Rafting

posted Jul 21, 2011, 1:37 PM by Scout Secretary

Bring parent-signed completed form
Bring $35
ANYONE planning to participate in the WhiteWater Rafting trip on Tuesday at Camp MUST have this form completed (click for form).  Parents signatures are required.  If you are a parent of a scout planning to raft, and are not going to be with us in camp, this must be signed prior to leaving on Saturday morning.
We need to register for the rafting trip as a group on Sunday when we get there.  Cost is $35 payable then.  We have not collected money from anyone for this. If your scout is planning to raft, send money with them.  Anyone rafting must also pass the swim test AT CAMP.  Anyone not passing the test will not be allowed to raft.  Their rules, no mine. 
Appropriate clothing for rafting required.  Shoes that can get wet.  They provide life vests and helmets.

Participation in the Rafting Trip is completely OPTIONAL.  If your scout does not want to go or you do not want them to go, no problem, They will be in their regularly scheduled merit badge classes that day.  Which brings up another point.  This does take one day out of the schedule to complete merit badges.  please make sure prerequisites are completed and books have been read.  anything the scout can do prior to camp the better chance they have of finishing all the requirements.  Friday is generally a day to finish up any merit badges that do not get completed by Thursday.  I think anyone rafting may be busy on Friday to get everything done.

John Nauman

Next Weekly Meeting

posted Jul 21, 2011, 1:36 PM by Scout Secretary

Troop 353 will resume with our regular Monday evening meetings 7:00 - 8:30 pm on August 15th at Mary Emily Bryan Middle School 605 Independence Road Saint Charles, MO 63304.   Our first campout is August 26-28 at Beaumont and will be on the Challenge ropes course.  This is a lot of fun and we will have to hit the ground running at the first meeting to get menus and signups completed.
I need to schedule a PLC planning meeting prior to our first Troop Meeting.  This includes our SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leaders, and Troop Guides.  I will be in contact with everyone involved and hope to set a date by the end of our week in North Carolina.  We will be planning our activities calendar for the upcoming year.  Get your ideas together for what you would like to do on our campouts.

John Nauman

Boone Trails shirt for $25

posted Jul 21, 2011, 1:35 PM by Scout Secretary

I will bring them with me the morning we leave for camp if you want to consider having one for the trip.  If you want to drop by and see them Friday evening, you are welcome to buy one before Saturday.  First come first serve.  Due to the close out sale and limited quantities, I have 29 Large and 20 Medium sizes.  The large fits me easily.  The Medium would fit the majority of our Scouts.

Ruel Davis

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