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.  


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.


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.

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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.


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

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


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
  • 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.

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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.


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


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
  • 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


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

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Ski Trip - February 2018

Troop 9 is heading up to Devil's Head Resort on Friday February 9 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


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


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:

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

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)