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Want to help? We need you.

Posted on Jul 24 2013 - 6:15pm

To have a successful scouting program, a lot of " behind the scenes" activities need to take place. Some things are as simple as collecting and maintaining information (driver's list, permission slips, medical forms), others require a commitment for a limited time period (rechartering, equipment maintenance, merit badge instruction, fundraisers, trip registration's) and others require a more regular commitment (committee positions / participation, for example). All are very important, however, to ensure that the troop performs a safe, effective program that complies with BSA requirements.

The troop is looking to recruit volunteers to help with many of the activities and to free up adult leader resources to work on other things. We NEED your help! If you would like to help the troop, please contact Mr Wendt ( to let him know. Please include the following:

  • Area of interest (if known)
  • Any skills you might like to share
  • Level of commitment ( weekly, monthly, limited time period, etc)
  • Type of commitment ( lead role, supporting role)

Please also bear with us as we try to match interests with needs, and as we better define roles. If you don't immediately hear back, don't be afraid to contact us again! Watch for additional information on the website, in emails, and by direct communication. If you are interested in a particular position, also let us know, even if that position is currently filled (that person might like some help).

Check out the "Organization Structure" webpage for more information on where you might be able to help out.

Thank you for your anticipated help and support!

Great Time at Keowa

Posted on Jul 14 2013 - 9:57am

Congratulations to the 15 scouts who collectively earned 42 completed merit badges and 12 partial merit badges. Four new scouts also completed the Dan Beard program.

Congratulations, also, to Max W. and Kurt W. for earning the BSA Lifeguard award. This required a full week of dedication and both mental and physical stamina.

Despite a few showers, all campers had a fun time and everyone worked well together. Pictures have been uploaded to the website.

Thank you to Mrs Quincy, Mrs Philbrick and Mr Tripodi for their help with pre-summer camp activities and to Mr Grose, Mr Bonczek, Mr Townson, Mr Philbrick, and Mr Iken for their leadership during camp. Most importantly, thank you to Mr Quinlavin for all of the work he put in before and during camp to pull off another great summer trip.

New Adult Quartermaster

Posted on Jul 14 2013 - 9:54am

Congratulations to Bill Tripodi, Jr for taking on the adult quartermaster role. The adult leaders formally recognized him at their last meeting.

Thank you to Mr Barnes for his past leadership in this role. Thanks, also, to Mr Dutkowsky, Mr Quinlavin, Mr Philbrick, and Mr Iken for their help during this transition period.

Summer Camp Arrival

Posted on Jul 4 2013 - 6:24am

Please arrive at summer camp NLT 12:30 on Sunday, July 7. Please congregate in the tree line across from the headquarters. We will meet as a group and begin the check-in process.

Wear your Class B (red) shirt.

At the time of arrival, please have the following ready:

  • Money in a ziploc baggie or reclosable envelope with NAME and AMOUNT written on the outside.
  • Paper with Name and Combination for lock used on foot locker.
  • Medication in zip loc bag in original container, with prescription information, and name on bag. Provide any additional details of medication on paper inside of bag.

Pack your swimsuit and towel near the top of your gear - we will be doing a swim test as part of the check in process.

Most importantly - COME READY TO HAVE FUN!

Your Year is Planned (Subject to Change)

Posted on Jul 3 2013 - 5:15pm

Great job by the youth leaders putting together a great plan for next year. The troop calendar has been updated with the tentative schedule and detai

Summer Camp Merit Badge Registration Available Now

Posted on Jun 27 2013 - 5:48am

This is the last week for advance sign up of merit badges at Keowa. Sign up online and avoid the rush on the first day of camp. If you have questions, ask your fellow scouts for their opinion and contact one of the adult leaders.

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