Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Troop 9 Wreath Sales - 2017

It's wreath sales time again!  Sale begins October 24th and continues until we sell all products.

Important:  There are two sales windows.

BEFORE Thanksgiving wreaths and centerpieces will be available beginning the week of Nov. 13th.

AFTER Thanksgiving wreaths and centerpieces will be available beginning the week of Nov. 27th.

You may pick up wreaths and centerpieces directly from our front porch located at:

6 Monterey Ct.
Champaign, IL  61820

Please coordinate with Jennifer Walters BEFORE picking up anything.  She can confirm what's available and may even prepare your order before you arrive.  jlwalters@sbcglobal.net or 898-8697.

A clipboard will be located on the porch.  Be sure to fill out the sheet when you take anything.

All money collected for sales must be turn into Jennifer Walters.  Do not turn in any money to the Troop Treasurer.  All money is due to the Troop by 1/3/18.

The following resources are available: 2017 Wreath Sale Phone Script (Wreath Fact Sheet is on the back page), 2017 Take Order Form, and 2017 T9 Wreath Flyer

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Zipline Trip - November 2017


Troop 9 is down to MegaCavern in Louisville on Friday November 3 to go ziplining.   It will be an adventurous trip that will allow the boys to not only go ziplining, but also try out a fun obstacle course in the cave.


The cost of the trip will be $100 per participant.  This includes ziplining, Mega Quest (a huge obstacle course), and two nights in a hotel.  It also includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday. We will stop on Friday night for dinner and scouts will need to pay for that meal.



The trip will be a 4.5 hour drive from Champaign to Louisville including time to stop for dinner.


The troop will be staying in the Radisson Hotel Louisville North in Clarksville, IN.  We will prearrange a set of hotel rooms and occupants for all participants ahead of the trip.  Typically we will appropriately assign four people to one room.  This is short drive to the Louisville MegaCavern.

Contact Info:

Radisson Hotel Address: 505 Marriott Dr, Clarksville, IN 47129
Radisson Hotel Phone: (812) 283-4411
MegaCavern Address: 1841 Taylor Ave., Louisville, KY 40213
MegaCavern Phone: (877) 614-6342

Tentative Schedule:

Friday 4:00 PM - Depart from Holy Cross. Some drivers may depart later.
Dinner - Each vehicle will stop on their own for dinner on the way up. 8:30 PM - Start to arrive at Louisville Saturday
Breakfast - Troop will provide breakfast at the hotel.
7:30 AM - Depart for MegaCavern
8:00 AM - Check in at the MegaCavern and Zipline
Lunch - Troop will provide lunch.
1:00 PM - Mega Quest
4:00 PM - Travel back to the hotel where the boys can swim
Dinner - Troop will provide dinner at the hotel.

Sunday Breakfast - Troop will provide breakfast or eat on the road. 9:00 AM - Depart from Louisville Lunch - Each vehicle will stop on their own for lunch on the way back.
12:30 PM - Arrive in Champaign, IL

Menu:


Friday dinner: Eat on the road.  Participants should bring money to buy their dinner.
Saturday breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
Saturday lunch: Sandwiches, chips, fruit, and drinks will be provided by the troop at the resort.
Saturday dinner: Pizza at hotel.
Sunday breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel or eat on the road.

What to bring:


  • Long pants for the cave
  • Jacket, sweater, or sweat shirt for the cave
  • Closed-toe shoes suitable for walking over dirt and rock surfaces
  • Change of clothes for after ziplining and/or swimming
  • Swimming suit
  • Permission slip and payment for trip
  • Money for dinner
  • Waiver

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fighting Illini Football Camporee

Greetings:

The Fighting Illini Football Camporee is the Troop 9 outdoor event for October.

Date: October 14, 2017
Time: TBA
Cost: $35/participant*
RSVP and Payment Due: September 27, 2017

*Any registration or payment after the due date increases the fee to $45/participant. 

Sign up using the following link.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c44a8af2cabf94-fighting

Parts A and B of the BSA medical forms are required.  This is the medical questionnaire portions of the form. Not the physical examination portion.


An event waiver is also required and will be posted when the Council makes it available.

As we get closer to the event I will follow up with registered participants with detailed information about the game time, ticket pickup, and other event specific information.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Medical Forms needed for Summer Camp

Good evening,
Just a reminder that if your scout is going to summer camp this year they have to have parts A, B, and C of the BSA physical form completed. This goes for any adults that are spending the week. The camp will not accept photocopies of the form, so it must have "live" signatures on them. Most of the time you can just drop the forms out at the doctors office, and they will fill them out without an appointment, or you can go get a physical at urgent care. Please see the following link to get the forms, I will also have hard copies for Tuesday's meeting.
Summer Camp Medical forms

If you have any questions please let me know.

Anthony

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Snow Sports Merit Badge and other MB issues

Good evening,

I fully admit that I dropped the ball on the snow sports merit badge. That has been remedied, and the boys that earned it will receive the award at their next meeting.

If there were any other merit badges that your scout thinks they should have been awarded please have them talk to me at the next meeting. I beg patience please. I will get it figured out if there is an issue.

Anthony Frasca
Advancement Chair

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Adults Needed for Summer Camp, invoices for cam

Good Morning Troop 9 Scouters,


With the number of people that we have going to scout camp this summer, we receive 3 paid adults. I know that I am going for the week, but not sure about others. If you are interested in going please let me know ASAP. I am just about done with the invoices for camp, and will send them out ASAP. 


Anthony

Monday, April 3, 2017

Summer Camp Fees due April 21st

Good evening,

I am writing to let everyone that is going to summer camp know that final payment for camp is due on April 21st. I would like the remainder of what your scout owes in by the 20th if possible. I will be sending out invoices ASAP with your balance. Please let me know if you want any or all of your scouts fees taken from their scout account. I will include their scout account balance with the invoice. If you have any questions let me know.

Anthony

Monday, March 6, 2017

2017 Troop 9 Merit Badge Seminar

By Jack Williamson, Troop 9 Historian

This years merit badge was very interesting. There were over 500 people at the merit badge seminar. There were over 30 merit badges taught.


The opening ceremony went really well. We had a flag ceremony after that people who had offsite classes left early.


Next people went to their first class. There were eagle scout merit badges such as citizenship in the world, cooking, and personal management. There were fun ones too like chess, railroad, and aviation.


After the first classes we had lunch which was papa John's pizza, soda, and chips. It was very good.  After lunch there was another set of classes.

After the other troops left we cleaned up the school.  The event couldn't be done without the help of three groups of volunteer people from other troops, volunteers from the U of I, and people from troop 9.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Skiing Report

By Jack Williamson

This year’s ski trip was very exciting. The drive up was fairly fast. About roughly 40 people came including parents and siblings. Here is how skiing went.

This year the weather was very warm causing the slopes to be slower. Which was good for people trying out the harder slopes. Josh, Paul, Zack, Evan, and Khalil got there snow sports merit badge. It was really fun to watches skiers ski across water.

After we got done with skiing we had mass. This mass was different. Instead of having a homily father explained the mass as it went on. I couldn’t tell if that made it longer or shorter, but I learned a lot. Then after mass we went back to the hotel where we had pizza and soda for dinner. After that we all either went swimming or to our rooms to relax. All in all it was great trip.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Campfire Ash

At the Klondike Derby and the latest troop meeting, Mr. Walters talked to the boys about the Campfire Ash ceremony.  If you are interested more information can be found here and a log can be found here.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Klondike Derby 2017 Report

By Jack Williamson

This Klondike Derby was a very eventful one as we had the most scouts at a Klondike in a very long time. It was very cold so I believe the new scouts received their polar bear patch and we had a lot of fun.



Setting up camp was a difficult process because we had to teach the younger scouts what to do but they caught on quickly. We only used one dining fly which surprised me. For dinner we had grilled cheese which kinda becomes a theme.


The entire day we had to pull a sled around. Luckily we had wheels. The events were tricky but we figured them out. The junior scoutmaster coffee patrol won the compass award. Along with the compass event there were others events like fire starting, first aid, slingshots, and more.  For lunch we had grilled cheese again.


The race had 5 heats not including the final race between the winner of the first 5 heats.  Each of our patrols were eliminated in the first round. It really was fun!




After the race we all went back to camp and changed into clean clothes. Then we went to the dining hall where Father Mike had mass. For once it was a short one.


It was very cold which affected morale negatively.  However the troop pulled thru and everyone who stayed two nights got their polar bear badge.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ski Trip - February 2017


Troop 9 is heading up to Devil's Head Resort on Friday February 17 to go skiing.  The trip is open to skiers of all levels and their families.


The cost of the trip will be $90 per scout, $100 per adult who ski, $40 per adult not skiing, and $20 to stay an extra night.  This includes ski rental, lift ticket, and lessons for those skiing.  It also includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday. We will stop on Friday night for dinner and scouts will need to pay for that meal.

The trip will be a 4.5 hour drive from Champaign to Reedsburg, WI.


The troop will be staying in the Super 8 in Reedsburg, WI.  We will prearrange a set of hotel rooms and occupants for all participants ahead of the trip.  Typically we will appropriately assign four people to one room.

The troop will ski at Devil's Head Resort. This is about a 30 minute drive from the Super 8.

Contact Info:

Super 8 Address: Super 8, 1470 E Main St, Reedsburg, WI 53959
Super 8 Phone: 608-524-2888
Devil's Head Resort Address: Devil's Head Resort, S 6330 Bluff Road, Merrimac, Wi 53561
Devil's Head Resort Phone: 800-472-6670

Schedule:

Friday 3:00 PM - Depart from Holy Cross. Some drivers may depart later.
Dinner - Each vehicle will stop on their own for dinner on the way up. 8:30 PM - Arrive at Reedsburg, WI Saturday
Breakfast - Hotel will provide breakfast. 8:00 AM - Depart for Devil's Head Resort
9:00 AM - Lifts open
Lunch - Troop will provide lunch in the lodge. 5:00 PM - 8 hour tickets expire
5:15 PM - Mass
6:30 PM - Travel back to the hotel
Dinner - Troop will provide dinner at the hotel.

Sunday Breakfast - Hotel will provide breakfast. 9:00 AM - Depart Reedsburg, WI Lunch - Each vehicle will stop on their own for lunch on the way back.
1:30 PM - Arrive in Champaign, IL

Menu:


Friday dinner: Eat on the road.  Participants should bring money to buy their dinner.
Saturday breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
Saturday lunch: Sandwiches, chips, fruit, and drinks will be provided by the troop at the resort.
Saturday dinner: Pizza at hotel.
Sunday breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel or eat on the road.

How to dress for skiing (Advice from Mr. Loftus):

short-sleeve t-shirt
long-sleeve shirt
sweater
outer jacket / shell (something wind & water repellant)
wind / water proof pant
long underwear
full length socks
gloves

That will provide you with enough cover for any weather conditions.  I expect you will start out cold, but as the day progresses, you will end up in just your t-shirt under your outer shell.  Be prepared to adjust several times during the day.  You probably won't need the sweater at all during the day, but best to be prepared and you might wear it at the end of the day if everything else is soaked through with water.  Also, remove layers as needed to avoid sweating.  Anything getting you overly wet will make you cold and miserable.

Pants should be some sort of wind / water proof pant.  Long underwear can be worn underneath if you're cold.  Be sure to strip layers if you're too warm to avoid sweating.  On a warm day, I typically end up wearing just the wind/water proof pant.

Socks should be a single pair of full length (not ankle length) sport sock.  Don't double up, it only restricts circulation.  When you put on your boots, make sure there are no wrinkles in the sock.  Wrinkles also restrict circulation and can also cause muscle cramps.

Forecast is predicting very warm temperatures, so expect that whatever you ski in will be soaked at the end of the day.  Bring a full change of soft, comfy clothes to the resort to change into after skiing.

Finally, for new skiers, I recommend to bring a pair of "throw-away" gloves if this is your first trip.  Beginner slopes sometimes use a "rope-tow" to get skiers to the top and that will tear up gloves after a few hours.  Also, due to expected warm temperatures, I suggest everyone bring a spare set of gloves so you can swap if one pair gets soaking wet.

In general, wet clothes lead to cold bodies, and that's no fun at all.  Staying dry is essential to enjoying this outing.  Feel free to ask any questions.  The only dumb question is one never asked.


What to bring:


  • Change of clothes
  • Warm socks (2 pair)
  • Weatherproof jacket
  • Gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Long underwear
  • Winter boots
  • Ski/snow pants
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses/goggles (goggles on sale at Dick's for 40% off right now)

Monday, January 16, 2017

2017 Troop 9 Merit Badge Seminar Opens at 6 am - Link


Good morning!

Online registration will open for the 2017 Merit Badge Seminar  at 6:00 AM today, Monday January 16,  2017.

Please DO NOT try to register before 6AM.  All registrations before 6AM are automatically deleted by the program when the event goes live. We have no control over this.

If you have difficulties logging onto the link, please delete all cookies AFTER 6 am and try again. The option is to try another computer or device that was not used to try and register. This will need to be done if you try to register before 6 am.


If your email is already shown and it asks for a password from last year (and you don't remember it), just click on "start a new registration" under the email box.

Thank you for registering to attend this year's merit badge seminar.  See you in March!