Thursday, December 20, 2018

2019 Merit Badge Seminar

Update 2/12/19
It's not too late to register!  Updated class availability can be found HERE.  Early bird registration ends 2/17 and registration closes 2/22.

Update 2/9/19
Homework for the 2019 Troop 9 Merit Badge Seminar was emailed last week.  The link to the pdf can be found HERE.  Please contact troop9mbs@gmail.com with any questions.


Update: 

The registration page is now available at https://www.regonline.com/2019meritbadgeseminart9.  

Please do not start your registration before 6 AM on Monday ​January ​21, ​ ​2019 or your registration will be deleted. 

As a reminder here is the class schedule. And before registering please make sure that you fully read the guidelines below.

If you have difficulties logging onto the link, please delete all cookies and try again. The other option is to try another computer or device that was not used to try and register.

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.

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Please mail a check (payable to BSA Troop 9) to:

BSA Troop 9 
c/o Mike Clapper
1550 North C.R. 350 East
Sadorus, IL 61872 . 


Please include a copy of your invoice and make sure the check includes  An attending Adult's Name, Council name and Troop number. This will ensure that your registration is processed properly. 



Payment must be made ahead of the event.  No payments will be accepted the day of MBS.



Checks should be mailed no later than February 16th.
   

Thank you.

We ​are ​very ​pleased ​to ​announce ​the ​Troop ​9 ​Merit ​Badge ​Seminar at 
Holy Cross School, Champaign, IL on March 1-2, 2019.  Registration will open on Monday January 21, 2019.

To view the class schedule click here.

Before registering please make sure that you fully read the guidelines below.

We ​are ​very ​excited ​to ​see ​you, ​ 

Troop ​9 

To ​register ​your ​troop ​you ​must ​identify ​one ​person ​(your ​registrar) ​to ​register ​your ​entire ​group. ​ ​All ​fees ​will ​be ​combined ​and ​billed ​under ​this ​registration. ​ ​Only ​the ​adult ​designated ​by ​your ​troop ​as ​registrar ​should ​register ​scouts ​for ​MBS. ​Parents ​should ​not ​register ​their ​scouts ​independently. 

WHAT ​YOU ​NEED ​TO ​BEGIN: 
1) ​Your ​Troop ​advancement ​contact ​name ​and ​email 
2) ​Attending ​Scout ​names. ​ ​Scouts ​must ​be ​registered ​with ​their ​actual ​names, ​NO ​NICKNAMES. 
3) ​Attending ​Scout ​age, ​rank, ​and ​if ​they’ve ​earned ​the ​First ​Aid ​merit ​badge. 
4) ​Attending ​Scout ​classes 
5) ​Attending ​adult ​names, ​cell ​phone ​number, ​email 
6) ​Attending ​adult ​classes 
7) ​Attending ​adult ​volunteers 
8) ​On ​Site ​adults ​who ​are ​not ​registering ​for ​classes ​or ​volunteering 

STARTING ​YOUR ​REGISTRATION: ​With ​your ​first ​registration ​provide ​your ​name ​and ​email ​as ​the ​registrar. ​ ​Online ​registration ​will ​open ​at ​6:00 ​AM ​Monday ​January ​21, ​ ​2018. ​ ​Please ​DO ​NOT ​register ​before ​6AM. ​ ​All ​registrations ​before ​6AM ​are ​automatically ​deleted ​by ​the ​program ​when ​the ​event ​goes ​live. ​We ​have ​no ​control ​over ​this. ​ 

ADULT ​ATTENDANCE: ​Each ​Troop ​MUST ​HAVE ​AT ​LEAST ​TWO ​ADULTS ​registered ​and ​in ​attendance. ​ ​Scouts ​attending ​individually ​must ​have ​an ​adult ​registered ​and ​in ​attendance. ​ 

ADULT ​REGISTRATION: ​Any ​adult ​taking ​a ​class ​MUST ​BE ​REGISTERED ​with ​the ​troop. ​ ​This ​includes ​any ​adult ​taking ​the ​Adult ​CPR ​class. ​Class ​fee ​includes ​lunch. 

ADULT ​VOLUNTEERS: ​In ​order ​to ​follow ​BSA ​two-deep ​leadership ​guidelines ​in ​classes, ​we ​ask ​each ​Troop ​coming ​to ​the ​Merit ​Badge ​Seminar ​to ​REGISTER ​AT ​LEAST ​ONE ​ADULT ​LEADER ​to ​sit ​in ​on ​at ​least ​one ​class. ​ ​They ​will ​not ​be ​expected ​to ​assist ​in ​teaching ​the ​class, ​but ​will ​be ​there ​to ​provide ​an ​adult ​presence ​in ​addition ​to ​the ​instructor. ​ ​The ​registrar ​may ​designate ​themselves ​or ​register ​another ​adult ​as ​the ​volunteer. ​ ​Lunch ​will ​be ​provided. ​ ​Registering ​volunteers ​in ​advance ​helps ​us ​coordinate ​& ​communicate ​with ​them ​more ​effectively. ​ ​If ​a ​Troop ​has ​additional ​volunteers, ​please ​register ​them ​as ​well. ​ ​We ​thank ​you ​for ​your ​help ​in ​making ​the ​Merit ​Badge ​Seminar ​a ​success ​for ​the ​Scouts. 

ADULT ​ON ​SITE: ​All ​adults ​must ​register. ​ ​Additional ​adults ​that ​will ​be ​on ​site ​but ​NOT ​take ​classes ​and ​NOT ​volunteer ​should ​register ​as ​an ​adult ​on ​site. ​ ​Lunch ​will ​be ​provided. 

WAITLIST: ​There ​is ​NO ​WAITLIST ​on ​classes. ​ ​Classes ​will ​continue ​to ​show ​in ​the ​dropdown ​menus ​until ​they ​are ​full.

DO NOT CLICK FINISH until you have registered all Scouts and Adults in your troop

Classes will continue to be visible in the drop down lists until they are full.  Registration closes February 17, 2018.

COST:
Adults attending classes: $ 25  (includes lunch)
Adults volunteering: $5 (includes lunch)
Adults not attending classes: $5 (includes lunch)
Scouts before Feb 15: $35
Scouts after Feb 15: $40
Lunch is included for all attendees

REFUNDS: Refunds are only allowed if an attendee cancels before February 17th by 11 p.m. either by accessing your account using your password or contacting troop9mbsreg@gmail.com by email.  A service charge of $5 will be deducted from the refund amount.  Refunds will not be allowed on registrations completed after February 17.

SUBSTITUTIONS: As in past years, in the event a registered Scout is unable to attend the MBS, another Scout from his Troop may attend in his place taking his classes.  Changes to the class will not be allowed.

FRIDAY OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS:
$5 per person
The gymnasium is available for Troops needing Friday night accommodations.
Bring your own sleeping gear.
Shower facilities are no longer available.
Breakfast is included.

MEALS:
A la carte Breakfast will be available Saturday morning
Pizza lunch is provided and included in the cost.
Additional lunch items will be available for purchase.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Troop Shoot

Troop 9 is heading to Camp Drake for Rifle and Shotgun Shooting Saturday November 3.

Scouts have reviewed the Rifle and Shotgun merit badge requirements over the past few meetings.  Thank you to Mr. Walters for his time!


Permission form and fee

Permission form and $15 fee per shooter is due now.  


Schedule

Saturday Nov 3
This is a single day activity this year.  
8:30am    Depart from Holy Cross
9:00am    Ranges open
12:00pm  Lunch time
1:30pm    Ranges open
4:30pm    Ranges close / clean up
5:30pm    Arrive back at Holy Cross


Travel / Drivers

Adults who are planning to attend or can help drive, please contact Gabe Jackson asap if you've not already done so.


Weather / Dress

The weather should be partly sunny but brisk with light winds.  Dress in light layers with a wind breaker for a fun comfortable day.


Meals

We will discuss lunch plans at the meeting on 10/30


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Garden of the Gods - October 2018


Troop 9 is heading down to the Garden of the Gods on Saturday October 6 to go hiking and ziplining.

Image result for garden of the gods il


Each scout participating should reserve their spot by September 25. Each participant should complete their registration by returning the permission slip, release form, and $50 participation fee.

Schedule:


10/06/18:
0700 Pack and Load
0800 Depart
1200 Arrive at Garden of the Gods, eat packed lunch
1600 Depart Garden of the Gods
1610 Arrive at campsite
1700 Finish camp setup and start dinner preparation
1800 Cook supper


10/07/18
0630 Wake up, breakfast, pack-up gear
0900 Depart for Cave-in-Rock
0930 Arrive Cave-in-Rock
1100 Depart Cave-in-Rock
1300 Arrive at American Obstacle, eat packed lunch
1400 Zipline
1600 Depart zipline
1800 Arrive at HCS

Travel:

The trip will be around a 4 hour drive with stop from Champaign to Garden of the Gods.

The troop will be staying in the Saline County Fish and Wildlife campground for one night.  We will prearrange car and tent arrangements before the trip.


Contact Info:

  • Cave-in-Rock
    • 1 New State Park Rd., Cave-in-Rock, IL 62919
    • Phone: 618-289-4325
How to dress for ziplining:
  • Ensure to wear closed toed shoes ( No Sandals or Five Fingered Toed Shoes )
How to dress for hiking:
  • T-shirt (wicking is best)
  • Wool or wicking socks
  • Shorts
  • Sturdy, broken-in tennis shoes or hiking boots
  • Backpack
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Two 32 oz water bottles
Meals
  • TBA
Packing List

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Smoky Mountain Trip - July 2018


Troop 9 is heading down to the Smoky Mountains on Thursday July 19 to go ziplining, white water rafting, and hiking.

Image result for smoky mountain national park


Each scout participating should reserve their spot by May 8 with $50 down payment (non-refundable).  Each participant should complete their registration by returning the permission slip and $200 by July 10.

Schedule:

Thursday July 19 - Travel
0700 Pack and load
1800 Arrive at Cosby Campsite and setup camp

Friday July 20 - Ziplining and Mountain Coaster
0700 Wake up call, prepare breakfast, prepare lunch
0830 Leave Cosby Campsite for Climbworks
0915 Arrive at Climbworks for ziplining (must arrive 45 mins before first time)
1000 First group starts ziplining
1030 Second group starts ziplining
1230 First group finishes ziplining
1300 Second group finishes ziplining
1300 Lunch at Climbworks
1400 Leave for mountain coaster
1500 Mountain coaster
1700 Drive back to camp

Saturday July 21 - Whitewater and Ghost Town
0700 Wake up call, prepare breakfast, prepare lunch
0830 Pack up campsite
0930 Leave Cosby Campsite for Smoky Mountain Outdoors
1015 Arrive at Smoky Mountain Outdoors for white water
1100 White water activity starts
1300 Lunch at Smoky Mountain Outdoors
1400 Leave for Elkmont campground
1500 Elkmont ghost town
1700 Leave for Cade’s Cove campground
1800 Arrive at Cade’s Cove campground and setup camp

Sunday July 22 - Hiking
0700 Wake up call, prepare breakfast, prepare lunch
0830 Leave Cade's Cove campground for hiking
1700 Arrive at Cade’s Cove campground from hiking

Monday July 23 - Travel
0700 Packup camp
0800 Leave for Champaign
1600 Arrive in Champaign

Travel:

The trip will be a 9-10 hour drive (with stops, not including a time change) from Champaign to Cosby Campground.

The troop will be staying in the Cosby campground for two nights and then moving to Cade's Cove campground for two more nights.  We will prearrange car and tent arrangements before the trip.




The troop will zipline at Climbworks on Friday July 20. This is about a 15 minute drive from the campground. After ziplining the troop will go to a mountain coaster. There are a couple of options for mountain coasters that are about a 15-30 minute drive from Climbworks. On Saturday July 21, the troop will go white water rafting at Smoky Mountain Outdoors. This is also about a 15 minute drive from the campground. After white water rafting the troop will move to Cade's Cove campground in a different part of the park. This drive is about a 90 minute drive. The troop will plans to break this up by going to the Elkmont Ghost Town on the way.

Contact Info:

Cosby Campground Address: 127 Cosby Park Road, Cosby TN 37722
Cosby Campground Phone: (423) 487-2683

Cade's Cove Campground Address: 10042 Campground Drive, Townsend TN 37882
Cade's Cove Campground Phone: (865)448-2472

Climbworks Address: 155 Branam Hollow Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Climbworks Phone:  (865) 325-8116

Smoky Mountain Outdoors Address: 3299 Hartford Road, Hartford, TN 37753 
Smoky Mountain Outdoors Phone: 1-800-771-7238


How to dress for ziplining:

  • Ensure to wear closed toed shoes ( No Sandals or Five Fingered Toed Shoes )

How to dress for white water rafting:

  • Proper Footwear - BARE FEET AND FLIP-FLOPS ARE NOT PERMITTED.  Sneakers, water shoes, and sandals with a heel strap work best.
  • Towel
  • Dry Clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof Camera

How to dress for hiking:

  • T-shirt (wicking is best)
  • Wool or wicking socks
  • Shorts
  • Sturdy, broken-in tennis shoes or hiking boots
  • Backpack
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Two 32 oz water bottles
Meals
  • Menu TBA
  • The troop will pay for the meals on travel days
  • Everyone will eat together
  • Adults will cook all meals with scouts helping
Packing List

TBD

Troop Equipment
  • Patrol box
  • Rain fly
  • Prefer use of troop tents as space may be limited

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Troop Positions of Responsibility


Troop Positions of Responsibility

Click on each patch to view position details and resources
These positions are ideally suited to First Class Scouts and above

  

  


  

  

    

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

2018 Klondike Derby

The 2018 Klondike Derby is this weekend January 26-28


Troop 9 Scouts will compete in Scout Skill activities in program areas at Camp Drake.

The day ends with the big Derby Race where each patrol races their sled down the plateau.  It's a ton of fun to watch!

Permission slips and packing lists were emailed last week.  You can find them linked below.



Departure Plan:
Friday January 26
Load trailer: 5:00pm
Hit the road: 5:30pm (approx)

Return Plan: 
Sunday January 28, 9:00am (approx)

Current Roster
We have 15 Scouts on the roster with 8 adults attending.  The roster will be emailed.

Permission Slips & Medical Forms
Scouts must have permission slip, payment, and parts A & B of the BSA medical form completed and turned in by the time we leave Friday or they may not participate in the event.


Weather and Packing List
It is supposed to be in the 40's and probably rainy.  Here are some additional packing suggestions:
  • Pack your gear in a plastic tote to keep clothing dry
  • Pack your sleeping bag in a small garbage bag to help keep it dry
Extra gear to pack:
  • Rain boots / galoshes
  • Extra pairs of thick wool/polyester blend socks to change throughout the weekend (at least 4 pairs)
  • Poncho or rain coat with a hood
  • Rain pants
  • Warm hat to wear under your hood
  • Extra pair of gloves to wear after the Derby events


Link to Packing List

Link to Permission Form

Link to BSA Health Form

Link to How to Sleep Warm