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Webelos/Geocaching Campout - October 23-25, 2015
Firelands Scout Reservation, Wakeman, OH

This is our annual Webelos campout, which we had no Webelos attend due to a last minute family issue.  However, we still had a great time as the boys set up a geocaching course and the other boys used GPS devices to find those geocaches.  The cabin we stayed in was really a nice cabin and the wood burning stove kept the cabin extremely warm.  The weather cooperated as it only rained on Saturday morning while we were cooking breakfast and in the evening while we were cooking dinner.  Considering the forecast was for rain the entire day, we were very lucky.  We ate very well with bacon and eggs in the morning and burgers with both sweet potatoes and baked potatoes, both done in dutch ovens for dinner.  We finished the night up with monkey bread made in a dutch oven.  Overall, we had a great campout even though we didn't get any Webelos to tag along.  Please enjoy the pictures below (thanks to Mr. Burns):

Webelos/Geocaching Campout 2015

Troop 360 Fall Camporee - September 11-13, 2015
Perry's Victory National Monument, Put-in-Bay, OH

This is a trip we have done several times in the past as a troop but haven't done in about 3 years.  This year was the 100th anniversary of the monument and the 25th camporee.  We saw a couple of caves, including the world's largest geode, toured a winery, went to the top of the monument and saw reenactors.  We also did a lot of walking and unfortunately missed out on getting over to Stone Lab on Gibraltar Island because we got to the boat while they were still registering people but registered more than they could take.  We went to the Vespers and Campfire on Saturday night as well.  All in all we had a great time in spite of the rainy weather on Friday night and the wind for the entire weekend.  We had two dads of new scouts that camped with the troop for the first time as well.  Please enjoy the pictures below:

Put-in-Bay Camporee 2015

Summer Court of Honor - August 30, 2015
United Methodist Church of Macedonia, Macedonia, OH

This is our annual Summer Court of Honor which includes all the merit badges earned at Summer Camp as well as rank advancements.  This time we had 4 rank advancements (including 2 Tenderfoot scouts that crossed over in March.  We also had 36 merit badges earned by 12 scouts.  Thanks to Mrs. Pelsoczi and the United Methodist Church of Macedonia for the use of their pavilion for the Court of Honor.  Please enjoy the pictures below:

Summer 2015 Court of Honor

Canoe Trip on the Tuscarawas River - August 1, 2015
NTR Canoe Livery, Bolivar, OH

To make up for the missed canoeing campout in May, the troop decided to do a canoe day trip down to Bolivar, OH south of Canton to canoe on the Tuscarawas River.  We did the 8.5 mile trip using the NTR Canoe Livery.  We had 7 scouts and 7 adults that went.  Everyone had a great time.  The weather was perfect for canoeing, warm with a nice breeze.  Nobody tipped over after we got started (although Mr. Skerl tipped over his canoe with David as they started out the day)Please enjoy the pictures below:

Canoe Trip on the Tuscarawas River

Emergency Assistance Center Food Drive - July 20 and 25, 2015
Twinsburg, OH

After helping the Emergency Assistance Center earlier this year, they asked us to assist them with their Food Drive in Twinsburg to help stock up the pantry, which we agreed to do.  On Monday night, July 20th we passed out bags for the residents to put their non-perishable items in.  On Saturday, July 25th we then went out in the morning to collect the food that was left out by the residents.  We collected four SUVs and/or Minivan's full of food and other necessities for the EAC.  Thanks to all the scouts and their parents who helped out with this service project. The picture below shows the amount of food we collected on the morning of the 25th:

Emergency Assistance Center Food Drive

Summer Camp - June 28-July 4, 2015
Manatoc Scout Reservation, Peninsula, OH

Our Summer Camp this year was about a month earlier than normal due to some mix ups in the reservations.  We only had half the cabins that we normally have but we fared well.  We had 11 boys that went to camp this year, including 4 new first years.  It rained like crazy the first part of the week but was dry after Wednesday morning.  Yes, believe it or not, it didn't rain on Family Night.  For the most part, the boys had a great time.  Lots of merit badges were earned and we had one scout that completed the Mile Swim.  The pictures below are the initial photos from Family Night.  Thanks to Mrs. Fulton for providing these.  More pictures to come.  Please enjoy the pictures below:

Summer Camp 2015

Family Camp Trip - June 5-7, 2015
Four Mile Creek State Campground and Other Various Sites, Niagara Falls, NY

The troop's family camp trip this year was to Niagara Falls, NY.  This was similar to a trip we did several years ago.  Friday we hiked around Goat Island and Three Sisters' Islands.  We then went to the campground to set up camp and have dinner.  It wouldn't be a family camp without rain and we weren't disappointed as it rained while we set up camp.  After dinner we headed back to the falls for fireworks.  On Saturday we visited several sites including the Aquarium, the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, the Niagara Adventure Theater, Cave of the Winds and the Maid of the Mist.  We all had a great time, except for the loud campers behind us both nights that was blasting music and yelling until 2:30 am both nights.  All in all it was a great trip.   Please enjoy the pictures below:

Family Camp Trip to Niagara Falls

Grave Decoration of Veterans for Memorial Day - May 23, 2015
Ohio Western Reserve Veterans' Cemetery, Rittman, OH

The troop decorated the graves of Veterans at the Ohio Western Reserve Veterans' Cemetery in Rittman.  The boys honored those who served and risked their lives for the freedom of our country and learned the real meaning of Memorial Day.  We had about 10 scouts and 9 adults that showed up to help and it was a beautiful day to do this.  On our way back to the car we were thanked by family members of someone that was buried there, so it is appreciated by the families of those buried there.  Please enjoy the pictures below:

Grave Decorating at the Ohio Western Reserve Veterans' Cemetery

Troop Meeting at Emergency Assistance Center - May 11, 2015
Emergency Assistance Center, Northfield, OH

The troop held their meeting at the Emergency Assistance Center in Northfield.  The boys packed donated Chex Mix and coffee into packages for the clients of the Emergency Assistance Center.  There were 14 boys that attended and they all did great work.  Please enjoy the pictures below:

Troop Meeting at EAC

Spring Court of Honor - April 27, 2015
Northfield Presbyterian Church, Northfield, OH

The troop held their spring Court of Honor at the church.  Several boys earned rank advancements and merit badges, including all of our new scouts that earned their Scout badge and their Totin' Chip and Firem'n Chit. This was Mr. Cingel's last Court of Honor as Scoutmaster of the troop. Please enjoy the pictures below:

Spring 2015 Court of Honor

Camp Stigwandish Campout- April 24-26, 2015
Camp Stigwandish, Madison, OH

The troop went to Camp Stigwandish in Madison, Ohio for their April campout.  The weather was beautiful (maybe a little cold at night) and the camp is a great place to hike around.  The first years earned their Totin' Chip and Firem'n Chit as well as a lot of other Tenderfoot requirements during the weekend.  We also went on a hike and skipped rocks in the river that borders the camp and some of the boys fished in one of the lakes on the property.  The campsite was nice and secluded and had a nice pavilion.  We had awesome food this weekend as well, with Mountain Man Breakfast in dutch ovens for breakfast and smoked pork shoulder in Mr. Cingel's smoker.  All in all it was another fun weekend of camping.  Thanks to Mr. Burns and Mr. Skerl for the pictures.  Please enjoy the pictures below:

Camp Stigwandish Campout April 2015

Visit to the Army Reserve Training Center - April 6, 2015
Army Reserve Training Center, Twinsburg, OH

The troop had their April 6th meeting at the Army Reserve Training Center in Twinsburg.  The group got to look and sit inside various military vehicles and heard some stories about what it is like in Iraq and Afghanistan from someone who served over there.  In addition, the boys (and some adults) got to shoot real military guns, set up for a training simulator at the Center.  The boys had a great time.  Please enjoy the pictures below:

Visit to Army Reserve Center in Twinsburg

New Scout Campout-Warther Museum - March 20-22, 2015
Camp Tuscazoar, Dover, OH

The troop had their March campout at Tuscazoar in Dover, OH, south of Canton.  We had a small group this month due to other obligations, with 6 scouts going in total, including our 3 new scouts.  We were in a cabin at the back end of the property with a view of the very swollen Tuscarawas River.  On Saturday, we went on a hike to see the Dover Dam and started working with the new scouts on some of their scout skills and rank advancement.  On Saturday afternoon we went to visit the Warther Museum in Dover, which has lots of carvings by Mooney Warther, who carved from the age of 5 through 85.  All of his pieces were tremendous and some, like the train carved out of a single tusk of ivory and Lincoln's Funeral Train (carved when he was 80) were amazing.  Although the weather was not as warm as predicted we had no rain (or snow) and had really good weather for our hike and working outdoors with the scouts.  As usual we all ate very well too!   Please enjoy the pictures below:

New Scout Campout-Warther Museum

Polar Bear Camp - February 21-22, 2015
Camp Butler, Peninsula, OH

The troop's annual Polar Bear Camp was held at Camp Butler again this year.  The boys and leaders built their own shelters to sleep in and cooked their meals over an open fire.  The weather was a little warmer than the previous weekend but still cold.  Oh and during the day on Saturday, Summit County, where the camp was at, had a snow emergency, so as you can see from the pictures they had a lot of snow.  The guys are all looking forward to getting their bear claws at the April Court of Honor. Please enjoy the pictures below:

Polar Bear Camp 2015