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  9-4-0!  
Where we gonna go?
To the top of the mountain,
or the river down below?
With a pack on our back,
and a paddle in our hand.
We'll leave no trace,
across this land.
9-4-0! 
Where we gonna go?
To the top of the mountain, 
or the river down below?
With a pack on our back,
in the cold clean air.
On the trail of life,
we'll be prepared.
9-4-0! 
Where we gonna go?
To the top of the mountain, 
or the river down below?
With a pack on our back,
helping everyone we know.
We're Dan Beard's best,
We're 9-4-0!!!! 
 

Troop 940 is chartered by St. John Parish of West Chester, and is in the Fort Hamilton District of the Dan Beard Council.  We meet on Thursday nights, 7:00pm to 8:30pm, at the St. John Center. Celebrating 35 years of Scouting.

 

2018 Summer High Adventure Trip

Posted on Sep 19 2017 - 8:37pm
I have opened signup for Troop 940's high adventure trip for summer 2018.  We will be canoeing on the lakes of Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.  In the past, the troop has had trips to Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota.  This trip will be similar, but with a new location and a somewhat shorter drive.  You can read about the park here.
 
The dates for the trip will be June 1 - 9, 2018.  This date allows for scouts to attend both summer camp and this trip, if they choose.  
 
Scouts should be at least 14 years old and have significant backpacking experience (i.e., an extended backpacking trip, or multiple weekend trips).  The Scoutmaster will have the final authority over who can participate.
 
We expect the cost of the trip to be $500 - $600 per participant, depending on choices we make for food, outfitting, transportation, etc.  We are asking a $100 deposit for each participant, and have tentatively set Oct 26 as the registration cutoff.
 
We will try to organize an informational meeting in late September or early October.  We are doing the signup early since every participant will need a valid passport to enter Canada and reenter the US.  Since getting a passport can take substantial preparation and weeks of processing time, we are starting this process early.  
 
More info to come, but start thinking about planning for this great trip!
 
MR. BUSH
 

Steve Bush

Troop 940 Outdoor Activities Coordinator

Patrol Backpacking - FINAL DETAILS

Posted on Sep 19 2017 - 8:35pm
Here are the final details for this coming weekend's patrol backpacking outing.
 
We have combined patrols (to a total of two groups) in order to make the best use of the limited number of adult volunteers.  Both groups will be traveling to Vesuvius Recreation Area in the Wayne National Forest.  We will depart the church at 6:30 PM on Friday evening September 22.  You should have eaten dinner before arriving at the church.  
 
Friday night we will be staying at the Two Forks group campsite at Vesuvius.  Saturday we will move the vehicles to overnight parking at the boat ramp and the two groups will depart on their chosen routes.  Due to the fact that we will need both groups to hike back in from backcountry campsites Sunday morning, it will be difficult to pin down when we will return.  Best guess will be about 2:00 Sunday afternoon.  Scouts should bring a small amount of money for fast food during the return trip.
 
Scouts will need to pack a cold breakfast and lunch for Saturday during the day, and plan for a hot dinner Saturday evening.  Adults will provide stoves and boiling water for meals, and will have filters for drinking water in the backcountry.  Scouts will need another cold breakfast for Sunday morning.  There are conflicting reports of the availability of water in the national forest beyond the lake, so scouts should pack no less than 2 liters of water.
 
MR. BUSH
 

Steve Bush

Troop 940 Outdoor Activities Coordinator

Survival Skills Outing - SIGNUP NOW OPEN

Posted on Sep 19 2017 - 8:34pm
I have opened the signup for October's outing, Survival Skills.  This traditional outing had fallen off the schedule for a number of years, but is now back again this year after a wildly successful return last year.  The outing will be October 14-15 at Dan Beard Council's Camp Michaels in Northern Kentucky.  Unlike other outings, we will leave early Saturday morning from the church and spend only one night at camp.
 
Scouts will get the chance to learn and practice some great orienteering and scoutcraft skills.  We will set aside some of the luxury campsite items we all take for granted (like tents, propane, and cookware) and learn to improvise in the wilderness.
 
The cost for the outing will be $35.  As usual, you may pay via PayPal on the troop website, or by check or scout account form at an upcoming meeting.  Registration closes for this outing on Wednesday October 4.  Please remember that you MUST register by this deadline, and that when you are signed up at the close of registration, you are making a financial commitment to the troop, which will spend money on your behalf.
 
Due to our busy outing schedule this fall, we will have another short window to sign up.  You have a bit more than two weeks to sign up.  Don't get left out, sign up today!
 
MR. BUSH
 

Steve Bush

Troop 940 Outdoor Activities Coordinator

Save the Dates - Ropes Program Training

Posted on Sep 19 2017 - 8:32pm
This message is for current and prospective ropes program members.  Our annual ropes program training will run on October 12, October 19, and November 2.  The training will be held roughly during troop meetings, from 6:45 to 8:30.  We ask participants to be there at 6:45 to help set up, and so we can work one-on-one on some individual skills.
 
Ropes training is open to all adult volunteers (or if you are not yet a volunteer, this would be a great time to start) and by invitation to a limited number of experienced scouts.  Our November rappelling outing requires a large number of ropes crew volunteers, so this is a great opportunity to contribute to the program and learn some really interesting and useful stuff.  
 
No special physical ability or experience is needed.  We will teach you everything you need to know, and we will put you in a role where you are comfortable.  You may not even need to leave the ground or be near a cliff edge.
 
If you are going to be NEW to the ropes training program, we ask you to do three things:
* Please send our ropes instructor Matt Knollman a note (mknollman@hotmail.com) so that he can put you on the ropes program mailing list (separate from the troop-wide list) and training roster
* Please plan on attending the classroom training Oct 12, 19, and Nov 2.  Attending all classes would be best, but even with the early classes you will be able to check harnesses and belay.  Please also plan on attending the Nov 4 hands-on practice session at Paint Creek State Park
* Please take the BSA Climb On Safely training, available by logging onto your account at https://my.scouting.org/ and navigating to the training.  This teaches no practical skills whatsoever, but we need you to be aware of the general guidelines under which we operate the program.  Our fantastic ropes instructors will teach all the practical skills needed.
 
Please volunteer - we need you for our signature rappelling outing!
 
Matt Knollman and Steve Bush
 

Steve Bush

Troop 940 Outdoor Activities Coordinator

FINAL NOTICE - Patrol Backpacking Signups Closing

Posted on Sep 12 2017 - 10:46pm
Calling all backpackers - 
 
Signup closes for patrol backpacking Wednesday September 13 (today for most of you reading this).  We are in particular need of a few more adult volunteers to provide supervision and seat belts.  This is a great opportunity to get in a weekend of fall backpacking.

Nick Branson Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Posted on Sep 12 2017 - 10:37pm

If your free Sunday afternoon sign up and join us for Nick's Eagle Court of Honor starts at 1 pm at the Scout Achievement Center

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