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It’s time to start thinking about Summer Camp

Tired of winter, snow, ice, and cold? Well believe it or not summer camp is only 4 months away!

When, Where, and How Much?
This year we’ll again trek to Camp Horseshoe from July 13 to 20 and share the Rothrock campsite with Troop 117.

If your scout plans on attending camp please complete the following no later than March 27:
1) RSVP via TroopTrack at
2) submit a $50 deposit to the Troop via check, scout account, or PayPal

The full, early-bird cost of camp is $340 per scout including the deposit. So to secure this lower cost the remaining $290 is due to the Troop by May 8. After that the cost goes up to $380.

All scouts will need a current BSA yearly medical form which includes a physical from a doctor so keep that in mind if it’s difficult to schedule time with your doctor.

Why go?
Summer camp offers over 50 merit badges, swimming, shooting, hiking, tubing, crafts, opportunities for completing rank requirements, scout games and skills, making new friends, and much more… In addition, new this year is the opportunity to earn an extra merit badge or 2 through the Independent Study program.

Last year all of our scouts participated in the Trailblazer program which completed many of the requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. This year they will have the opportunity to select from just about all of the other merit badges offered at camp plus have some free time to do other camp activities like open swims and shoots, or just relax. Each scout has the opportunity to choose what he is most interested in. Scouts attending for the first time should discuss with a Scoutmaster what program best suits their current situation.

More specific information about camp will be provided in the coming weeks and we’ll be spending a good bit of Troop Meeting time discussing and preparing as we get closer to July.

Provisional camping, what’s that?
Does your scout really love summer camp? Is he looking for other opportunities for the summer, want to earn more merit badges, and/or make more Scouting friends? Provisional camping is the answer. It’s the chance for your scout to attend a second or even third week of summer camp with another host Troop. Interested? Just let us know.

The Chester County Council believes that every scout should be given the opportunity to take part in summer camp and therefore has established a campership fund. This is meant to ensure that Scouts who, without financial assistance, would not be able to attend camp. So if you feel that your personal financial situation would not allow your Scout to go to summer camp this year, please speak to a Troop 12 leader about this fund. The application for a campership including full details can be found at Simply fill out Part A of the form and submit it to council by April 15 and a Troop leader will complete Part B and submit that for you as well. Funds are not guaranteed and 100% of the camp fees will not be paid but significant assistance may be provided.

Activity Opportunities

Here are some extra activity opportunities in the next few weeks.

Sat February 22: Pack 42 Pinewood Derby
This coming Saturday between 11:00 and 4:00 Pack 42 will hold their annual Pinewood Derby at the Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Kemblesville. We’d like to have a few scouts present throughout this time to help run the event as needed and also to setup and display a mini campsite (as long as we can get a few items out of our snow-bound trailer) to promote summer camp and our Troop to the Cubs. Class A uniform please.


Sat March 1: Merit Badge Medley
Please see the post below for the details about this opportunity. Please be sure to RSVP using the form at the top of the link by this Friday (Feb 21) if you are going so we can submit everyone’s information to the host Troop. Class A uniform please.

Sat March 8: Wreaths Across America Cleanup
The wreaths that were laid during the Wreaths Across America event in December need to be cleaned up. If you are available to help please plan to arrive at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church cemetery in Oxford by 9:00am. Merry Wills will coordinate those in attendance. Class A uniform please.


Fri-Sat March 14-15: Pack 42 Camporee / Blue & Gold
This event has 2 options:

Saturday Only:
Pack 42 needs help from any Boy Scouts available to run activity stations (fire building, hike/scavenger hunt, tenting and knot tying, etc), Pack games, and other more logistical functions at their annual Camporee on Saturday March 15 at Camp Ware. Most of the assistance needed is between 7:00am and 2:00pm however there will still be plenty to do throughout the rest of the day until after the bonfire around 8:00pm.

Friday through Saturday:
If the adult leaders are able to free our trailer from its ice and snow tomb, and inventory and organize its contents before Friday March 14 then we’d also like to offer the option of a Troop overnight campout that Friday night at Camp Ware. We will plan to leave some time after dinner on Saturday evening. Even if you cannot stay for the day on Saturday, come out to add to your camping requirements for your next rank. We will let you know as soon as possible if we are able to do this or not.

Please indicate in the Note field at the bottom when you can attend (e.g. Friday night through 9am Saturday, all day Saturday, Friday and Saturday, etc).

Troop 51 Merit Badge Medley

This message is from Mona Cook, Troop 51 Committee.  If you are interested in attending, please fill out this form by February 21, 2014.

Our annual Troop 51 Merit Badge Medley is coming up on Saturday, March 1 and will be held at the Olivet United Methodist Church, 310 East Chestnut St., Coatesville, PA.   Registration and Lunch fee will again be $10 per Scout. $5 for the registration to cover cost for the use of the building and $5 for Lunch. Pizza, snack and beverage is on the menu, no kitchen available at the facility. If a scout wants to bring his own lunch then he would need only the $5 for the registration. Please have all boys bring worksheets for the merit badge they sign up for and any prereq. completed. The following Merit Badges are being offered.


Citizen In The World: prereg. Need to complete merit badge workbook in its entirety before that day (Class will be used for discussion on these topics).  The class times will be 9am-12:15pm or 1pm-4:15pm

Crime Prevention: prereg. 2, 4a, 4b, 6a (use the checklist off The class times will be 1pm-2:30pm or 2:45pm-4:15pm

Computers: prereg. 6,7, and 9. The class times will be 9am-10:30am, 10:45am-12:15pm, or 1pm-2:30pm

Traffic Safety: prereg. All of 1d, 2b, 4c, and 5b. The class times will be 9am-12:15pm or 1pm-4:15pm

Fishing: Prereq. Catch a fish and consume it, OK with letter from parent to confirm. The class times will be 9am-12:15pm or 1pm-4:15pm

Environmental Science: NO prereq. The class times will be 9am-12:15pm or 1pm-4:15pm. This merit badge will not be completed at the end of the session, work will be required to be signed off when completed

Dog Care: Prereq. #4, #8 and #9 (read dog care book prior to day). The class times will be 9am-12:15pm or 1pm-4:15pm

Cooking: Prereq. #1a, #2 and #8. The class times will be 1pm-2:30pm or 2:45pm-4:15pm

Indian Lore  Prereg. 1,3,and 4. The class times will be 9am-12:15pm or 1pm-4:15pm. There will be an additional fee for this merit badge for materials to make 3 Indian lores

Lunch is from 12:15pm-1pm

Please have boys there by 8am to start registration. The first session will start at 9am and the last session will end at 4:15p.

Please have boys help out with clean up(Leave no Trace!!). No food allowed except for designated eating area.

Thank You,
Mona Cook, Troop 51 Committee

McDonalds Fundraiser – January 2014


Wreaths Across America

WAA-RHT-Logo-New  To honor America’s deceased veterans, Troop 12 is participating in Wreaths Across America (  Please consider making a sponsorship of wreaths.  To do so, visit the website to complete your transaction online, or print the 2013-Wreath-Sponsorship-Form and mail it to the address listed along with your donation.

In 2007, the Worcester family, along with veterans, and others who had helped with their annual Christmas wreath ceremony in Arlington, formed Wreaths Across America™, to continue and expand this effort, and support other groups around the country who wanted to do the same. This nonprofit organization continues the Arlington tradition as part of its mission to Remember, Honor and teach.

In 2012, Wreaths Across America and our national network of volunteers laid over 420,000 memorial wreaths at over 800 locations in the United States and beyond. They accomplished this with help from 1382 fundraising groups, many corporate contributions, and donations of trucking, shipping, and thousands of helping hands. Their annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery is known as the world’s largest veteran’s parade, stopping at schools, monuments, veteran’s homes and communities all along the way to remind people how important it is to remember, honor and teach.

Proceeds place a wreath at one of the participating cemeteries; help support our fundraising partners, educational and veteran’s services outreach. Please note that all sponsorships are sent directly to the location and no wreaths are sent to the individuals purchasing sponsorships.

Thank you in advance for participating in this program to honor those that protected and defended our freedom and way of life.

Donation Delivery to A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital

For our Troop Meeting this week Lisa Yaletchko has made arrangements with the A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, DE to deliver the monkeys we have been selling.  We will travel as a group to the hospital where we will meet with a representative that will accept the donation, talk with us for a few minutes, and then take a photo with our donation.  We will not be entering any care-giving areas of the hospital.

In order to work with the hospital’s schedule we will need to meet at West Grove UMC at 5:30pm so that we can be on the road by 5:45 and at the hospital by 6:30.

We realize that not everyone will be able to make this event due to the earlier time however we’d love to have as many scouts (and adults) as possible in attendance.  Please let us know if your scout (and you) can join us so that we can arrange carpooling.

Troop 12 Spaghetti Dinner

Spaghetti Dinner To Benefit Boy Scout Troop 12


On Saturday October 26. 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, we will be having a Spaghetti Dinner complete with pasta, meatballs, sauce, salad, bread, desserts and refreshments. Tickets will be $8 per person and must be purchased in advance. The Troop will be selling tickets after Services on September 8, 2013.  You can also purchase tickets by emailing or by using paypal via the button below. All tickets purchased by mail can be picked up in our “will call” area the day of  the event.

We will also be holding a silent auction for some great items.  Some of the these include:

Brandywine River Hotel – a night stay in a Jacuzzi Suite
Paradox Vineyard – Wine tasting for two
Brandywine River Museum – Admission for Four
Inniscrone Golf Club – Round of golf for Four People
Rosci Salon de Spa—$25.00 gift certificate

West Grove United Methodist Church is located at 300 N. Guernsey Road, West Grove, PA 19390.

To purchase tickets for the dinner, enter your quantity in this box and then click the PayPal button.

If you are unable to attend the dinner, but would still like to donate to the Troop via PayPal, please click the Donate button below after entering your donation amount.

Court Of Honor


Just a reminder that we will hold our first Court Of Honor this coming Wednesday evening to celebrate all of things our scouts have learned and achieved, and how far we’ve come in the last six months. It will be a very special evening so please invite your extended family to share it with us.

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Time: 7:00pm
Location: West Grove United Methodist Church

Important notes:
– All scouts must be in full Class A uniform.
– Scouts should arrive at 6:30 for preparations and rehearsal so we can begin promptly at 7:00pm.
– We are asking every family to bring a snack/dessert to share with everyone after the ceremony.
– We need to know as soon as possible which scouts will be attending so we can make sure that all of the ceremony parts are filled. Please use this RSVP form on our website to let us know ( If you are having trouble logging in to the site please email Dave Wilson ( for assistance and Steve May ( to RSVP.

9/28/2013 Camp Information

Troop 12,

Campout details:
Dates: Saturday Sept 28 to Sunday Sept 29
Times: Between 5:00 and 6:00pm on Sat through noon on Sunday
Place: Anson B Nixon Park in Kennett Square

Very Important – we need an accurate count for this outing so we can plan for adequate supplies and food.  If you haven’t already please login to TroopTrack, go to the calendar, click on the event, and record your attendance.  If you still need help with TroopTrack please reply directly to me with your attendance.

We understand that families have other commitments so please just let us know if you’ll be arriving later than 6:00 on Saturday or need to leave before noon on Sunday.

Parents are welcome to come along however if you plan to stay overnight you must have completed the BSA Youth Protection Training.


  • Each outing requires a permission slip for all youth.  These were previously sent out by Tom Jaycox and are linked below if you did not get it.  If you have not yet handed that in please make sure you have it with you on Saturday.
  • The Troop is required to have a current annual medical form on file for all registered youth/adults for each outing.  Only parts A and B are required for this outing as it does not exceed 72 hours.  We have forms for almost everyone already.  If we do not have your form I will be in touch with you.  The form is linked below in case you need it.
  • Links to the forms from are here:

What to Bring:

  • If you have a tent please bring it.  We may not use it for more than practice setting it up but that’s just as helpful.
  • Tarp/ground cloth for under your tent
  • Sleeping bag/blanket(s) & pillow
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather
  • Water bottle
  • Mess kit (plate, bowl, utensils, cup)
  • Toiletries
  • Pocketknife and Totin’ Chip (If you haven’t earned your Totin’ Chip yet your knife has to stay in your bag)
  • Something to share around the campfire

What NOT to BringELECTRONICS (phone, iPod, DS, Walkman, etc)

Additional Information:

  • Scouts do NOT have to shop for any food. All food will be provided.
  • Class A uniforms should be worn when travleing to each outing unless otherwise announced.
  • We’ll collect $20 for each camper. Any unused money will be returned to the scout’s account with the Troop to be used on another outing or equipment.
  • Clarification on how to correctly RSVP for everyone in your household at once using TroopTrack:
  • Go to the calendar by clicking the Plan badge then Calendar
  • Click on the event in the calendar
  • In the popup window click on Details
  • In the RSVP section of the page (top right) click on the Change link next to each person’s name and choose the appropriate response in the top dropdown box of the popup window.

Yours in Scouting,
Steve May
SM Troop 12