Troop 199 News

Addition to the Nest

posted Mar 15, 2018, 2:30 PM by Nicholas Opels   [ updated Mar 15, 2018, 2:30 PM ]

Congratulations to Peter, our newest Eagle Scout.

Peter's Eagle Ceremony will be on April 7th.  Talk to your Patrol Leader for more information.

Congratulations are in Order!!

posted Jan 13, 2014, 1:30 PM by Nicholas Opels

Congratulations to Troop 199, the overall winner of the 2014 Lighthouse District Klondike Derby!!!!

Nice job to all the Scouts who participated.

What do I take on our Hike?

posted Oct 1, 2013, 11:04 AM by Nicholas Opels

I'm going on a hike, what do I need to bring?  This is always a question for Scouts and parents alike.  The Mountaineers, a Seattle based organization for climbers and outdoor enthusiasts came up with the orignal "10 Essential" items to always pack in the 1930's, and the list was updated in the early 2000's.   Whether you are just going on a day hike, or are going to be backpacking or even car camping, here is the list of the updated 10 Essential items you should always pack with you.
  1. Navigation (map and compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)-- something small with fresh batteries
  5. First-aid supplies---Making a personal First aid kit is an advancement requirement.
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
  7. Repair kit and tools--swiss army knife, needle and thread, leatherman, it depends on what your taking with.
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter -- emergency blanket or small tarp that can be made into a shelter with your know how.
This is a list of things that hopefully, for a day hike, or a regular Scout outing, you will not need to have, but you sure will appreciate it is in your pack in case you ever do.

Going beyond the standard "Top 10"....REI an outdoor equipment company recommends these things to add to your pack when you want to go beyond the bare essentials.

  • Insect repellent: Your most effective options are: 1) Lotion or spray repellents containing DEET, and/or 2) Clothing that has been treated with permethrin.
  • Whistle: For summoning help, it will outlast your vocal chords.
  • Ice axe: For safety when crossing snow fields.
  • Communication device: Two-way radios, a cell phone or a satellite telephone can add a measure of safety in many situations.
  • Signaling device: As noted earlier, some compasses come with sighting mirrors. If yours does not, consider taking a small mirror to signal rescuers in an emergency.
  • Knowledge: Having items in your pack has no value unless you understand how to use them. As one search-and-rescue leader told us, "People talk about the Ten Essentials, but the most important essential is between your ears."
Have a question about gear you own, or maybe some questions about the next piece of gear you want to buy?  Talk to one of the Scoutmasters.  They are always glad to give you their opinions or advice on what works best when out in the field.

Some fun camping ideas for you

posted Sep 27, 2013, 6:00 AM by Nicholas Opels

  • How to clean your rusty cast iron: A half of a potato, course kosher salt and some water to rinse. Pour some kosher salt in the rusty pan, with a small amount of water. Scrub the kosher salt into the pan with the potato half. Once water gets dirty, rinse and repeat, adding salt as needed. Once all rust is removed, dry pan thoroughly and apply a small amount of vegetable oil before storing. ***No standing oil should be left in the pan, as it will turn rancid in time.***

  • Cheap and easy fire starter: Cardboard egg carton, paraffin wax, dryer lint/wood shavings. Double up a cardboard egg carton, then fill half way with melted paraffin wax. Take mixture of dryer lint and wood shaving (Just a pinch of each mixed together) and put into the wet paraffin. Allow to dry. ***If you don’t double up the egg cartons, the paraffin will leak through and make a HUGE mess.*** Cut the egg carton apart and you have 12 fire starters!

  • Air/water tight match storage: Take an old mason jar, preferably a smaller jelly/jam jar. Fill with matches, and once the lid is screwed on tightly, it’s air and water tight! Cut out a small circle of fine sandpaper (same size as jar lid insert), put it in between the insert and the jar lid, and you have a built-in match striker!

  • Camping spices: Need a way to keep your camping spices organized, separated and dry? Try using a M-T-W-T-F-S-S pill holder. Each compartment will keep your spices separated and protected from the elements.

  • Tired of tripping over pots, pans and utensils in your campsite? Find an old belt (if you’re really skinny, you might need to find a larger belt at Goodwill), and strap it around a tree. Attach some metal hooks to the belt and you have a place to hang your stuff!

  • Easy coffee for one: Don’t miss out on your morning cup-o-Joe just because you don’t have a coffee pot handy. Take a standard coffee filter, put in a scoop or two of your favorite blend, and then tie the coffee filter at the top with some light string. Boil some water, fill your cup, and use the coffee filter like a tea bag!

  • Toilet Paper Dispenser: Need a portable TP dispenser? Take a plastic coffee container, cut a slit long enough and wide enough for the TP to pass through smoothly. Drill a hole in the lid and the bottom of the container, then run some twine through to hold the roll in place. Leave the twine a little long, and you have carry handle and something to hang your TP dispenser from a tree branch! Need to keep spare TP dry? Keep it in a coffee canister, just don’t cut the holes!

  • Milk Jug Lantern: Fill a milk jug with water, then put the cap on tight. Take your headlamp, and attach it to the jug with the light itself against the jug. Turn on your headlamp, and you will have ambient light for your tent!

  • Camping Soap: Don’t want to bring an entire bar of soap with you to shower at camp? Use a vegetable peeler to slice off single-serving pieces of your favorite bar soap! Take it with you, and use it up until it’s gone. No more mess!

  • Mosquito Repellent Au Natural: Next time you have a campfire, bundle up a handful of fresh sage leaves, and place it in the fire on the hot coals. The smoke will smell nice, and the mosquitos will stay away!

Lock In Cancelled

posted Sep 3, 2013, 10:36 AM by Nicholas Opels

Please be aware that due to a conflict with availability at the church, the lock-in for Friday night has been cancelled.  We will look at trying to reschedule this at some point in the future.

A Change in Events

posted Aug 9, 2013, 7:11 AM by Nicholas Opels

Please be aware there has been a change in the Calendar.   the trip to the Indiana Dunes was replaced with a Saturday outing to the Bristol Renaissance Faire.  The trip will be on August 17th, and All Scouts will be getting a discount off the regular prices.  The price for admission for those 12 and under will be $6.50 - instead of $9.50, and for scouts over 12 or adults the price is $12.95 instead of $19.95.

Please bring money with to purchase something for lunch as we plan on spending the day there, and eating at the Faire.  Family members are welcome to come along for a day of fun.

Recipe for Mr. Blunt

posted Jul 28, 2013, 11:53 AM by Nicholas Opels

He asked for it, and here it is.  The CPCC Pie.

3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon butter, melted then cooled slightly
3/4 cup flaked coconut
3/4 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 - 9inch deep dish or 10 inch regular frozen piecrust - thawed

1.  Combine eggs, sugar, vinegar and melted butter in a medium size bowl and mix well.
2.  Add coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips.  Mix to combine then pour batter into piecrust.
3.  Place pie pan on trivet in Dutch oven and bake for 30-35 minutes using 16 coals on the lid, and 7 briquettes under the oven, until the pie is firm and the top is golden brown.
4.  Allow pie to cool before serving.

What should I pack for Summer Camp?

posted Jul 2, 2013, 6:52 AM by Nicholas Opels   [ updated Jul 2, 2013, 6:53 AM ]

This is a question lots of Scouts and parents are asking.  And while what each Scout brings may be slightly different, here is a suggested listing from the council on what to bring.  As always, if you have any questions on what to pack, ask a Scoutmaster.  They would love to help answer your questions.

Completed Personal Health & Medical History Form
(Be sure this has parent's signature!)
Prescription medications
(Please complete & bring Routine Drug Administration Record)
Duffel bag or backpack
Scout uniform
Extra socks
Extra underclothing
Shoes for outdoor use and extra shoes (closed toe)
or aqua socks
Sweater, sweatshirt or jacket
Extra shirt & long pants
Handkerchiefs (several)
Swimsuit & beach towel
Toilet kit: - Towels - Soap - Shampoo
- Comb - Tooth brush - Tooth paste
Poncho or raincoat
Extra batteries
Sleeping bag & linen (or 3 blankets)
Pencil & notebook
Eating utensils: Knife, fork, spoon, cup, bowl and plate
BSA Handbook
Canteen or water bottle
Sun block 

Optional Equipment
Fishing tackle
Pocket knife -must have Totin Chit also
Religious prayer book
Camera & film
Spending money including program costs
Sun block, lip balm & sun glasses
Sewing kit
Insect repellent - The Troop will have some, but always best to have some of your own
Air mattress or ground pad
Be sure to mark all clothing and equipment with your name

Camp and Sub Trip Money Due

posted May 27, 2013, 5:38 PM by Nicholas Opels   [ updated May 28, 2013, 1:50 PM ]

Parents-  please note:  money for Summer Camp is Due on June 3rd at the Troop meeting.  

Youth fee: The fee is $250.00 before April 12, 2013
$275.00 if paid by June 7, 2013
$300.00 if paid after June 7, 2013
$250.00 if paid by June 7, 2013 (Webelos Scout crossovers)
This means Troop 199 needs payment by Monday, June 3rd so we can send payment to Council by Friday, June 7.

Also, money for the Submarine trip is due on June 3rd.  Cost is $29 for scouts, and $44 for adults.  All people going on the trip need to have a waiver form completed and signed before leaving the meeting.  Please see Mr. Opels for the form and information.  He will also have information you can take home on what you should plan to bring.

Upcoming Training!!

posted Apr 23, 2013, 8:49 AM by Nicholas Opels

May 4th at the church, there will be TLT (Troop Leader Training) for all of the newly elected Leaders of the Troop.  SPL, ASPL, and all Patrol Leaders should plan on attending.  Training will start at 9am and run until about 5pm, lunch will be provided.

Also, on Saturday the 4th, we will be holding a Cyber Chip Training.  If you haven't earned your Cyber Chip patch yet, this would be the time to do it.  Cyber Chip training will also start at 9am, but will be over by lunchtime.  Lunch for the Cyberchippers will also be provided if they are interested to stay through lunchtime.  If we finish the Cyber Chip requirements a little bit before lunch, we will spend any remaining time working on any advancement you would like some assistance with.  Please let Mr. Opels know if you plan on attending the Cyber Chip training.

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