November Newsletter 2014
Cold weather camping –
On November 15-16th Troop 1 members participated in the Webelos Woods Camp at Smilin’ V Scout Ranch in Liberty Hill. This new acquisition of Capital Area Council had approximately 250 people attending and it is only 45 minutes North from FPC. We met Webelos who are getting ready to cross over in 2015 and in 2016 during the mingling period and a couple Webelos and their families visited during mealtime.
It was cold! Weather was a combination of wet, windy, and cold temperatures ranging from low to mid 40’s during the day and into the 30’s at night. Looking for the silver lining in the clouds that engulfed us in a steady fog throughout the camp would be that it gave us an opportunity to Start, Stop, and Continue. This process of evaluating includes:
Start doing that will make things better?
Stop doing because it is not helping?
What is our strength, and what is working well that we want to continue?
This can help provide a fresh insight into ways to improve winter camping. Layering is the key to tolerating the cold: turtlenecks, long underwear, and heavy jackets help one tolerate the cold. Wool items were warmer almost to the point of being too warm, while cotton let too much cold air through (beanie hats, gloves). Perhaps the “Smart Wool” works better, but it can be pricey. With activities and camping in cold conditions on the horizon, assembling some of these items will help “Be prepared” for camping in the colder weather. Texas weather is typically warm and we do not need these supplies very often here in the Sunny South, so if there are any gently used items that you would like to loan or donate to Troop 1 boys (men’s size small or medium) bring them to the next meeting and give them to the Quartermaster.
Some Suggestions & Tips for Winter Camping:
(Wool type) hat, covering for ears if not included with hat, cotton sleeping cap, gloves, glove & sock liners, wool or heavy cotton socks, layers of clothing, long underwear, Long sleeve shirt, Long pants, Sweater, Hiking boots or sturdy shoes, Insulated parka or coat, Mittens, Rain Gear.
Order of the Arrow
Provided by: Thomas Bizzell
The Order of the Arrow is likened to the honor society of the Boy Scouts of America: One that exemplifies the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life. The Order of the Arrow (OA) provides adventures in service and leadership, with opportunities in High Adventure, local leadership roles, and community service. This organization has been part of the scouts since 1915. This summer is the 100th anniversary and the celebration takes place at Michigan State University in August 2015 at NOAC (National Order of the Arrow Conference).
Bring extra gloves
Sleep in dry clothing, especially dry socks
Wear a sleep cap
Sleeping bag liners or put one sleeping bag inside another
Troop 1 Cold Weather Campouts:
December 5-7 Camp Green Dickson, Shiner, TX
December 27-January 1, NYLT
December 31-January 4, Lost Pines Scout Reserve, Bastrop TX
January 23-25 Lost Pines Scout Ranch, Bastrop, TX
Frequently asked Questions:
Q. Is there an OA program in Armadillo District?
A. Yes, Capitol Area Council Tonkawa Lodge #99 encompasses 15 counties in Central Texas. The lodge has approximately 1,500 arrowmen and calls the Lindsay Lodge at Lost Pines Scout Reservation near Bastrop, Texas our home ground.
Q. Who plans the OA program?
A. Boys under 21 (with guidance from adults as needed)
Q. What is the role of the OA Troop Representative?
A. A Troop/Team OA representative is a youth serving his unit as the primary liaison to the troop's lodge and/or chapter. He attends the meetings and relays info from the chapter and/or lodge back to the SPL, Scoutmaster, and Arrowmen. This role can count toward leadership with approval from SM.
Q. Who is eligible for OA?
A. Registered members of BSA with 15 days and nights of camping during the two year period including one long-term camps consisting 6 consecutive days and 5 nights of resident camping. Under the age 21 and minimum rank of First Class. With SM approval candidates are elected by members of unit. Adults are also eligible (age 21 or older).
Q. What do the OA members activities include?
A. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year round and long term resident camping and providing cheerful service to others. Service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich and help to extend Scouting to America’s youth.
Q. Where do the OA meetings take place?
A. Members of OA meet 1/month on the second Thursday of the month meetings take place at the same place as the Round Table meetings in our Armadillo District. Next get together is December 11th at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive near 2222 and MoPac. Arrive at 6:45 p.m.; meeting starts at 7:00. The OA helps with Report to state, Camporee, Conclave, OA trail group, and more.
Q. What is the Arrowman Service Award?
A. New in 2015 the Arrowman Service Award (ASA) is designed to recognize members who recommit themselves to the ideals of the Order, increase their level of service to their local unit, their council, and participate in the Order’s 100th anniversary celebration. The patch for this award can be worn on the sash.
Q. How much does the Order of the Arrow charge for annual dues?
A. Annual Dues are still only $10.00. Additional costs include the $35 candidate fee which includes the sash. Sash is worn at official OA ceremony on Right shoulder and never folded.
Q. Where can I find more information about the Order of the Arrow?
Reminder for Troop 1 OA members:
January 10, 2015 at LPSR Chapter meeting and Lodge Banquet beginning in the afternoon
February 7, 2015 Report to State
February 12, 2015 Chapter Meeting at Round Table location 6:45
February 13-15, 2015 LPSR Ceremony Workshop AIA, $30 supply fee
March 6, 2015 Camporee: Tap-out and Brotherhood
May 1-3, 2015 Ordeal and Fellowship
Service Projects: BIG Thanks to Shaun George for inviting Boy Scouts from Troop 1 to participate in conjunction with his employer to “Stop Hunger” on Saturday, November 13, 2014. Two of our members and two Cub Scouts helped feed the hungry. The goal was to make 10,000 meals, but it was exceeded by 300! Total meals were 10,300. This only took 2 hours and there were about 40 total volunteers.
--Committee Challenge at www.myscouting.org. This is a short online class and it is a once and done deal. Some of us discovered that we cannot take the class on our iPhones as it requires another application. While you are visiting this website you might also check out the additional interesting subjects like: Hazardous Weather, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, and more .
--CPR/AED/First Aid Certification is available for adults and kids age 14 and older. We have a trainer in our Troop who is willing to provide this class for $5.00 each. See the Committee Chair for more details.
--NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) for boy’s age 13 and first class winter and spring registration is now open: Winter: December 27 – January 1, 2015. Spring: March 16-20, 2015.
--Wood Badge for adults (similar to the boys NYLT) registration is open. Two weekends: First weekend - March 5-7, 2015; Second weekend - March 26-28, 2015. Fall 2015 TBD.
Nov. 25 – No Troop Meeting (Happy Thanksgiving!)
Dec. 8 - Last Day to request BOR & Turn in Paperwork to Council for 2014
Dec. 11 - Round Table/OA meeting (at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive near 2222 and MoPac. Arrive at 6:45 p.m.; meeting starts at 7:00)
Tuesday’s 7:15-8:45 meetings at FPC
Mr. Jackman’s Dutch Oven Apple Pie
6-7 apples cored, peeled, sliced
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon or apple pie spice
2 refrigerator pie crusts
Place one pie crust on foil lining in the Dutch oven. Add the apples and next four ingredients. Place the other pie crust over the mixture. Bake until golden brown or when you can smell the sweet aroma.