Aug 23

Court of Honor – August 30, 2020

Hello, Scouts, Scouters and Parents– It’s time…. time for a Court of Honor. The PLC has met, and discussed the results of the survey, and debated, and wondered about a third option, debated some more, and decided– that the survey results were so close, that the third option would be —BOTH— an in-person  and virtual Court of Honor.

WHEN — Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 3:00PM

WHERE — The parking lot south of the Worthington United Methodist Church

HOW — In-Person, for those getting awards (rank advancements, merit badges, other recognitions); we’ll have shelters set up in case of inclement weather.  Virtual, for those who choose to do so, and if that turns out to be Scouts getting awards, then we’ll find a way to make sure those awards are later received.  An invitation through Troopwebhost to Join the Court of Honor will be sent next week so that you can join from the comfort of your home.

It’s time to recognize those who have worked hard, sacrificed, sweat, bled? … well, we’ll not go too far. But thanks to our merit badge counselors who have zoomed badge classes, and Assistant Scoutmasters who have zoomed conferences, and Committee members who have zoomed Boards of Review, and our extraordinary Outdoor Chair(wo)man Mrs. Prosser and her team of merit badge counselors and assistants who organized an outstanding summer camp experience in the outdoors full of skills and merit badges, (I hope I didn’t forget anybody), we have had a busy summer, preceded by a somewhat busy spring. And we have new Scouts who have been waiting to be officially inducted into the Troop! We will also talk about what we might expect this fall, considering the restrictions related to the Covid19 pandemic. So, be there for the hard-earned recognitions, and be there for the upcoming plans!  BUT, if you want food, you’ll need to make it and bring it yourselves this time– a good opportunity for those who have earned the Cooking merit badge to impress your families with what you have learned… just clean up the kitchen afterwards!

Be looking for that invitation to attend virtually, and if you join us in person– remember your MASKS and your OWN OUTDOOR SEATING.

Mr. Roderick

Mar 15

COVID-19 Update

Hello Troop– As stated in nearly all communications I have received the last several days from county offices, federal courts, etc, Your safety and protection is of paramount importance during the Covid 19 pandemic. Therefore, Troop 365 will not be meeting during the next 3 weeks, consistent with public schools and state-indicated procedures. As I have recently learned, Worthington Schools is using the coming week as “Spring break” for students, which means for right now, students will likely be returning to school April 6. If that becomes the case, Troop 365 may meet that night as well, most likely as our Advancement Wrap-up meeting which was to be this Monday evening’s meeting. However, there is a possibility that things could change by then, depending upon when the risk period of the pandemic starts to recede.

For now, spend some time with your Scout handbook, learning new skills or reviewing old skills.  For our newly admitted Scouts, please review the Scout Rank requirements in your handbook with your parents/guardians, especially the requirement that you read the Scout Youth Protection insert in the front cover of your handbook with your parent/guardian. Be Prepared to review those requirements with me to complete the Scoutmaster Conference we started last Monday. If you are working, or want to work on merit badges during this time, our Troop library has nearly every badge book. Let me know what you need, and I can provide a blue card and a book for you.

For those who are now ready for a Scoutmaster conference and Board of Review, I will leave to the discretion of each ASM in charge of patrols as to whether he/she can meet to do that, and committee members as to whether they are available for Boards of Review. My information as it stands now shows no older Scout in jeopardy of missing out on Eagle Rank advancement requirement time frames. If you believe that you might be in jeopardy, please let me know as soon as possible to verify that.

Our Court of Honor was planned for March 30; that will be rescheduled to the first available date, after our Advancement Wrap-up meeting. We also have the flower sale in progress. I will leave issues of that to our Fundraising folks to see how best we can arrange for orders/payment/deliveries. Finally, we have a Chief Logan planning meeting scheduled for this Wednesday evening. That, too, will have to be rescheduled.  Payments for summer camp can still be mailed to me (993 Hartford Street, Worthington, OH 43085) or dropped off at that address. Put in the mail slot if we are not home. The cost for Chief Logan will be $300, which includes the camp fee, t-shirt and transportation.

For those who received invitations to our Leadership Retreat, we still plan to have that at a later date if possible. Arranging it depends on 1) venue availability; 2) instructor availability, and 3) Scout availability.  We wil try to coordinate that over the next week. A backup thought is to at least accomplish the “Troop Problems” with Scouts by internet; Mr. Roderick doesn’t skype, and in fact just found out skype is already out-dated, just like mp3 players apparently.

In the meantime, be safe and practice healthy procedures during this time. One thing of which we have an advantage is learning from history. And history has taught us that gatherings of people are one of the best ways to spread a health-crisis such as this one. I believe the State of Ohio is on the correct track in what those officials are advising. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, and use hand sanitizer as necessary, and as available. Once again, your Scout handbook has much important information, particularly relating to keeping healthy.  It’s a good read. 

Let me know if you have any questions.

Jerry Roderick

Apr 26

Thunderbase – May 4-6

THUNDERBASE!!!
SIMON KENTON COUNCIL CAMPOREE

What: ZipLining, Rocket Shooting, Archery, ScoutCraft, Military Displays, Native American demonstrations, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Fireworks!, Fishing, Geo Caching, Monkey Bridge and MORE!!! Simon Kenton Council’s Camporee that only happens every 4 years.

When: Friday, May 4 —meet at the Church at 5:30PM; leave by 6PM
We return to the Church by Sunday, May 6, 2016 at 12:30PM.

Bring: Your Class A Uniform shirt, other clothes for the climate, good boots, big appetite.

Cost: $45.00—includes transportation, food, camporee fee, and “the patch”.

BSA365 Thunderbase Permission Form

Apr 24

Earning Cyber Chip for Scout rank

Earning Cyber Chip for Scout rank

New scouts wishing to earn their Cyber Chip for the Scout rank can find the detailed requirements for their school grade on the Netsmartz site at https://www.netsmartz.org/ scouting

Scouts can prepare by

1) Working with their parents to create an agreement on what constitutes appropriate Internet and electronics use for the scout

2) Watching the videos on the Netsmartz site (Friend or Fake and two others of the scout’s choice, from here: http://www.nsteens.org/videos. aspx.)

3) Becoming familiar with the Troop 365 Electronics Use Policy. This can be found on the troop website at http://www.bsa365.org

Apr 09

Wilderness First Aid Training and CPR – April 14-15

Wilderness First Aid Training and CPR will be taught this coming weekend (April 14/15) at Premier at Sawmill Athletic Club. If you are interested in attending, we need to know by Tuesday. You can sign-up on TroopWebHost or by sending an e-mail to matt@williamskids.net.

Who: Scouts / Adults age 14 and older

When: April 14 & 15, 2018, starting at 8am (must attend both days)

Where: Premier at Sawmill Athletic Club (3111 Hayden Run, Columbus, OH, 43235)

Cost: $65, please make check out to BSA Troop 365

You should bring with you:

  •   Notebook
  •   Pencil / pen
  •   Sack lunch (both days)

As part of taking the course, you will receive:

  •   American Red Cross CPR certification
  •   American Red Cross Wilderness Survival and Remote First Aid certification
  •   CPR mask
  •   Training materials
Apr 09

Rockin’ the Ravine – April 13-14

Rockin’ the Ravine with Scooter!
Friday, April 13 & Saturday, April 14

Come help with Scooter’s Boy Scout Hornaday Badge Conservation project in the Colonial Hills Ravine this Friday night & Saturday morning. 

We’ll be installing landscaping fabric and six tons of rip rap in the creek bed to prevent erosion around Scooter’s Eagle footbridge.

Yes, this coincides with Earth Day!

Friday, April 13 – 5 pm to Dark
Saturday, April 14 – 8 am to Noon

Water, Snacks & Pizza dinner/lunch provided. Please bring work gloves!

Any questions? Text Scooter at 614-282-6424

Dec 16

High Adventure – 2018 & 2019

Come learn about two great High-Adventure opportunities. Get details, see pictures, help create the plans for these trips.

Canoe Canada 2018

INFORMATION MEETING – Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 7:00 PM at the church

What: Canoeing for 5 days in the Canadian Boundary waters. This is the most isolated trip our troop undertakes. Beautiful scenery, paddling, navigation, bald eagles every day, fishing (and eating).

When:
Depart Worthington June 15, 2018 @ 6 PM
Return Worthington June 24, 2018 @ 6 PM

Cost: approximately $700 includes transportation, canoes, and food.

Payment Schedule
January 30, 2018 – $100 (you must commit and pay by this date)
March 1, 2018 – $250
May 1, 2018 – $350

Philmont 2019

INFORMATION MEETING – Monday December 18, 2017

What: Backpacking 12 days in the mountains of Northern New Mexico at the Philmont Scout Ranch. There will be activities along the way such as black powder rifles, rock climbing, spar pole climbing, challenge events, burro racing, fishing, mountain biking, and many more.

When:
Depart Worthington Thursday evening (7 PM) June 20, 2019
Return Worthington Saturday morning (8 AM) July 6, 2019

Cost: $1,650 includes transportation, and everything at Philmont. Does not include meals on the trip out and back or souvenirs.

Payment Schedule
January 15, 2018 – $200 (you must commit and pay by this date)
August 1, 2018 – $500
November 1, 2018 – $500
February 1, 2019 – $450

All payments are non-refundable except in the case of injury (reason must be accepted by Philmont).

There are scholarships available, applications will be available in October of 2018.

 

Dec 12

Jerry Roderick awarded James E. West Fellowship Award

Jerry Roderick, scoutmaster, was awarded the James E. West Fellowship yesterday at the BSA Troop 365 Fall Court of Honor.

The James E. West Fellowship Award is named after the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America who exemplified Ralph Waldo Emerson’s observation that “an institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.” Scouting today is the “lengthened shadow” of more than three decades of the farseeing and dedicated leadership of Dr. James E. West.

Our own scoutmaster Jerry Roderick has cast his own “lengthened shadow” for everything that he has done to support the boys in our troop.

Please congratulate Jerry the next time you see him!

Nov 13

Wreaths Across America – December 16

On Saturday, December 16, Troop 365 has been invited to participate in Wreaths Across America, a national program to remember the fallen and honor those that serve.  We will be joining with others in the Worthington community to lay wreaths on the graves at Flint Road and Walnut Grove cemeteries. A short program at noon at Flint Cemetery is the start and Troop 365 has been asked to post and retire the colors.  We need as many Scouts as possible, parents too.  Service hours will be earned!  A sign-up sheet is available at each troop meeting.