Troop Tribune 03-08-17

First, apologies on the length of the Tribune!  There is a lot going on with the troop right now!  Read on…

Troop Communications/Websites
If you have not already done so, if you would like to go ahead and register for the Troop 750 website so that you have access to the Troop calendar/information and start to receive the weekly Troop updates (Tribune), follow the steps below…

  • Go to
  • Click on Register
  • Fill in the registration information and click on register
  • You will receive a confirmation email once your registration has been approved.

Both Scouts and parents can/should create their own account.

If you have any questions about the website, please don’t hesitate to contact me @ or Ben Zumkehr @

Also, check out our Facebook page at

This Week’s Meeting Theme
This week’s theme for second year Scouts and above is Orienteering.  If you have a compass (and all Scouts/Scouters should!), please plan on bringing it to the meeting.  While we do have spares, bringing your own will help a great deal.

Next Outings
Our next outing is our annual BSA 101!  Mark your calendars for March 17th-19th.  The last day to sign up was last week, this week is menu planning and duty rosters!  If you have not already done so, we must have your $35 and signups by the end of Thursday’s meeting to cover costs for the campout.  BSA 101 will be held at Camp Bear Creek in Connorsville, Indiana.  This campout is also open to first year parents, and anyone other “Scouter/Adult” that is interested in IOLS training for adult leaders with BSA.  If you are an adult/scouter and just want to come camp and don’t want IOLS training, you can do that too, but we need to hear from you! Please see Matt Goodrich or Zoe Bouche with any questions.  We will meet at HPC on Friday, March 17th, 5:00 PM, for a 5:30 departure, and plan on returning Sunday, March 19th, normally around noon time.  If you are attending BSA 101, please make sure our One Call notification system is current.  We will call everyone prior to arrival back at HPC for pick-up time.

April, 2017 will be the Hopewell District Spring Camporee at Camp Friedlander.

Backpacking Events
Again, clarification on our backpacking program!  We are running two programs simultaneous this spring/summer.  Our general backpacking program and our Philmont Trek Training Program.  Our general program is open to any second year Scout and above, and our Philmont program is open to all those planning on the high-adventure trip this summer, with some exceptions.

For our general program, we had a great turnout for last weekend’s trip to Germantown.  We had 15 scouts and scouters join us on the trail and many for the first time.  Future troop backpacking trips are scheduled and will continue throughout the year. Please see Gary Hayes with any questions.

April 14-15.  1 night at the Red River Gorge, KY
May 5-7.  2 nights at Tar Hollow, OH

For our Philmont crews, we have several upcoming hikes planned to prepare for Philmont. Please make every effort to attend as many of these prep hikes as possible. While these hikes are primarily intended to help prepare scouts and scouters attending Philmont, they are open to any scouts second year and above with the approval of Dan Clabbers, Gary Hayes, or Ben Zumkehr.

Day Hikes
March 25th
April 1st
– Apirl 8th (possible overnight trip)
May 13th
June 3rd

Overnight Trips
April 14th – 15th
May 5th – 7th
May 27th – 28th

To sign-up, click on the link below.

Equipment Day is this Sunday, March 12, 2017, 12:30 – 4:30pm.
The following are requested to attend the full day – SPL, ASPLs, Troop QMs, Troop Guides.
Here is the schedule.  Scouts and Parents, please see your Patrol Advisor for details.
12:30 – Many hands needed, meet at the shed to bring gear inside the Church.
1:00 – 2:00pm  Titans patrol and Wolverines patrol
2:00 – 3:00pm  Doges patrol and Marshmallows patrol
3:00 – 4:00pm  Sea Turtles patrol and Hydras patrol
First year scouts:
1:00 – 2:30pm  Goats patrol
2:30 – 4:00pm Thunder Wolves patrol

All first year Scouts and their parents are expected to attend!  First year parents and those interested in IOLS, we will hold the adult patrol meeting during equipment day.

Scouters, if you are not working directly with a patrol, please see Adam Kehl to help with the Wise Owl Patrol gear.

Important:  Daylight Savings starts this Sunday – remember to turn your clocks ahead by 1 hour.

Cub Scout/Webelos Crossovers
Pack 500 is 3/11 (Saturday) at 4:30 pm and the St. Susanna Meyer Center in Mason.  Pack 57 Crossover is 3/19 (The Sunday of BSA 101) at 5pm at the United Methodist Church in Lebanon.  If you can assist (both Scouts and Scouters), please see Matt Goodrich and Josh Clabbers.  Sign-up sheets are available at the troop meetings.  We need your help to welcome our newest Scouts!

SAVE THE DATES – Please mark your calendars today – We need everyone to participate!
Mulch Sale
March 2 – April 6th, 2017
Mulch Delivery Day
April 29th, 2017

Our annual fund raiser, selling mulch, started last week.  All questions related to our one and only fund raiser should be directed to our mulch committee chair, Rhonda Peischl.
High-Adventure Awaits
High Adventure 2018 – We’re going to FLORIDA SEA BASE !
Please come to our informational meeting on Thursday 3/16 – scouts and parents are welcome. At the time of the trip, scouts must be 13 years old and graduated the 8th grade (or 14 years old by 9/1/18), must be in good health, and must pass the BSA swim test.

Scouts & Leaders will sign up for Sea Base 2018 on Thurs 3/16, or Thurs 3/23/2017. A deposit of $150 deposit is due at time of sign ups.

The trip is expected to cost ~$1,750, plus personal spending money.  The total cost will be set once travel arrangements are made.  Subsequent payments will be due in Sept & Nov 2017, with the final payment in February 2018. Proceeds from Mulch Fundraiser in 2017 & 2018 can be used towards this trip.

Scouts can choose from two Sea Base programs:
1. Out Island Adventure
* Tentative dates: Thursday 6/14 – Saturday 6/23/2018
* This is the program that the troop has participated in past years, and is intended for current third year (Marshmallow patrol) and older scouts.
2. Coral Reef Sailing
   * Scouts must meet age requirements for Sea Base, and for registration with Crew 750.
* Tentative dates: Monday 6/25 – Tuesday 7/3/2018
* This is new for Troop (& Crew) 750, and is intended for older scouts and those that participated in Out Island in 2015.

Visit for additional information.  And please direct Sea Base questions to Mr. Peischl, and any specific Coral Reef Sailing questions to Mr. Clabbers.

Also, in 2017, the 2017 BSA National Jamboree – Live Scouting’s Adventure!!
Four Scouts from Troop 750 are already signed up and preparing to attend the 2017 BSA National Jamboree, held only once every four years at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in the New River Gorge area of West Virginia.
Please visit:, for a full-color tour of all the exciting adventure awaiting Scouts at the 2017 National Jamboree or see Mrs. Bouché for more information.

From the Dan Beard Council Jamboree Contingent website: There are only 5-7 remaining spots for the Jamboree.  Please give us a call at 513-577-7686 if you are interested in attending.

Merit Badge Opportunities
The troop generally offers the Personal Fitness Merit Badge once a year (Eagle Required Merit Badge).  It’s that time of the year and the merit badge work is beginning, so if you are interested in earning this merit badge,please see Ed Spencer or Jim Brady.
We are also beginning planning for the Automotive Maintenance merit badge for the older Scouts.  If you are interested, please see Josh Clabbers.
Service Opportunity
The Mason Chorale is looking for 4-6 Scouts to help out at their Spring Concert on 4/30/17 starting at 4:30pm for approximation 3 1/2 hours.  Please see Mrs. Peischl (or email or text her gpeischl@cinci.rr.com513-226-9165) if you are available to help out.
Troop 750 SpiritWear
The team store will be open for orders between February 23 and March 16. All orders will be ready to ship or pick up at Friday Threads at the beginning to mid – APRIL.
Go to to place your order. (Also listed under Resources on the Troop website)
This is a great opportunity to get your gear for summer camp!

Summer Camp Deadline!
Speaking of Summer Camp, we have completed merit badge registration.  If you have not already done so, we need your down payment of $140.  Total payments are $280 this year, and we plan on taking the troop to Camp Friedlander from June 25th through July 1.  Please see Mr. Washington for camp payments, and see Mr. Goodrich or Mr. McNeill for summer camp information and merit badge sign-ups.This is a great opportunity to pick up items prior to Summer Camp!
Advancements and Eagle Projects
Scouts needing a Board Of Review should contact our Advancement Chair, Mrs. Enouen at Scouts needing Eagle Scout Project Approval should contact Mrs. Peischl at  Before scheduling your Board of Review, please request your TroopMaster records so that we can confirm all rank advancement requirements have been met.