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Troop 53 Bedminster ­ Far Hills Boy Scouts

November ­ December 2009

BSA Troop 53

Troop 53 Scouts (Leon DaSilva and Dylan Harris) working on Horsemanship Merit Badge with Snarky. Pierce Henderson is also working on this badge. New Website: http://troop53bedminster.com

Upcoming Events

Nov 21 BSA Merit Badge Fair ­ signup online at www.ppbsa.org Survival Skills Camping at Somerset Airport in Bedminster Archery at Camp Wheeler ­ cost is $3 per scout paid in advance to Ms. Harris Medieval Times in Lyndhurst ­ Cost is $43.50 per scout deadline to signup is Nov. 20th with payment in full. Scout Shed at River Road Clean-Up

Nov 21 - 22

Troop 53 Phone Chain

To help with better communication, the committee agreed to a phone chain. Whenever there is a change in plans, an email will be sent as normal. In addition to the email, a phone chain will be started. The first scout on the list will call the next one listed. He will not stop the chain until he reaches someone. For example, Evan calls John but there is no answer. Evan will leave John a message and call the next person on the list ­ Nathan. Evan speaks to Nathan and Nathan calls the next person listed... This will continue to ensure everyone has spoken to someone and the message is passed along. Phone Chain Master List distributed at the October 19th Parent Meeting.

Jan 9th

Feb 7th

TBD

Not sure what to pack?

It can be confusing what needs to be packed for a campout. If you are unsure, there is a clothing packing list on page 5 of the newsletter. Don't forget the first aid, KP, eating, sleeping, fire, personal, food and rope kits too!

Troop 53 Bedminster ­ Far Hills Boy Scouts

November ­ December 2009

Efficient Packing Thoughts...

By Rob Lee-Own

One of the most important parts of good packing is minimizing empty space. That sounds very obvious, and it is. What isn't always obvious is what counts as good, usable space. The inside of cups, bowls and pots, the air that gets trapped inside sealed plastic bags, and the space around a square object that you've crammed into a round pocket are all signs of misused space. Get rid of those things and you'll be using space in your pack that you never knew you had. One easy change to make if you're trying to figure out the best way to fit gear into your pack is to start off by putting some gear in each pocket. It's always tempting to try and fit the largest number of kits you can into one pocket then move on to the next one, until you run out of pockets or stuff. However, overstuffing one pocket makes it harder to fit gear in the pocket right next to it. Also, the pack becomes funny-shaped and the weight distribution is awkward which will end up keeping you off balance. Put the large items in the large pockets, and then fit the small items in between the larger ones to use up empty space where they don't fit together perfectly or where they don't use up the pocket perfectly. When something is flexible, put it in an oddly-shaped place. You don't need a perfectly shaped spot to fit your KP kit- if you need to shape it like an "L" to make it fit, don't hesitate. Your steel wool pads and rubber gloves can handle it, trust me. A bag of rope (provided there is enough empty space in the bag) can take any shape it needs to. Remember, not everything you load your pack with has to be a definite shape like a perfect cube or cylinder. Use this to your advantage. You're probably packing kits into zip lock freezer bags, which is a great method to use. The thing that is often overlooked is that you need to get all the air that you can out of them before you seal the bag. If you haven't found your own favorite way to do it, place the items in the bag and close the ziplock all but a few inches. Then squeeze the air out. Keep the ziplock pinched so the whole thing doesn't burst open and press down with your other hand. If it's really durable stuff like clothes, place the bag on the floor/ground and kneel on it with one knee. If it's really delicate stuff, consider putting your lips on the bag and sucking the air out (on clean bags with clean contents only, please!) The same goes for bigger trash compactor bags stuffed inside a stuff sack (for items like a sleeping bag or bulky extra clothes). Place the items in the bag and gather up the excess. Press down or kneel on the contents to press all the air out then hold the excess bag tight and twist the contents so you close up the opening. Fold it over and place a rubber band around the bend and you're all set! Always remember to pack stuff inside empty bowls, cups and pots. A good way to pack your bowl is to place it around a larger item so it conforms to a soft corner. Never just throw the lid on an empty pot and put it in your pack, fill it with stuff! If you pack it completely full of stuff, it takes up almost no space. It's also good protection for delicate items. For the smaller pots, you can fit a few of your smaller kits in them. Fitting a tarp into a small pot or a coffee pot usually works out pretty well. For the medium pot or the large pot, you'll need bigger items to avoid empty space. You might find that the best way to pack a large pot is to put it over your sleeping bag stuff sack. Strap it in to the pack frame the same way as you would your sleeping bag normally. Always remember to pack stuff inside empty bowls, cups and pots. A good way to pack your bowl is to place it around a larger item so it conforms to a soft corner. Never just throw the lid on an empty pot and put it in your pack, fill it with stuff! If you pack it completely full of stuff, it takes up almost no space. It's also good protection for delicate items. For the smaller pots, you can fit a few of your smaller kits in them. Fitting a tarp into a small pot or a coffee pot usually works out pretty well. For the medium pot or the large pot, you'll need bigger items to avoid empty space. You might find that the best way to pack a large pot is to put it over your sleeping bag stuff sack. Strap it in to the pack frame the same way as you would your sleeping bag normally. Remember that certain parts of your pack are there to compress certain pockets and keep everything down tight. It might seem obvious but remember to let off all the tension if you're still trying to fit in more items. Often the top flap is held in place and tightened down by clipping it to one corner of the big bottom compartment. If the bottom isn't full, it will bunch it up and take away that usable space. If you're adding to the bottom compartment, make sure you unclip the straps that are holding down the top flap.

Pierce & Evan ­ Winter Camping!

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November ­ December 2009

November 2009

All Troop meetings and Committee meetings are held at Bedminster School Cafetorium at 7pm. Scouts arrive a few minutes early to set-up and in uniform.

Theme: First Aid Merit Badge / Wilderness Survival Merit Badge

November 2nd, 9th, and 16th are regular

Troop meetings. These meetings will prepare the scouts for the Survival Skills Camping and focus on first aid.

may add it to the agenda.

November 21-22

Survival Skills Camping at Somerset Airport in Bedminster. The airport is located on Airport Rd, off of Burnt Mills Rd. The scouts will learn how to build a survival shelter where they will find their shelter for the night.

November 30th Troop

Meeting

November 21st Merit

Badge Fair at Randolph Middle School. This is a great opportunity to work on a few merit badges. Training will also be available for Road to Eagle and Den Chief. To register for this event go to https://www.doubleknot.com /openrosters/Calendar.asp Under November on the 21 is the link to register.

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November 23rd Patrol

Meeting ­ Scouts will bring their patrol equipment back and have a regrouping after the campout.

Wilderness Survival Merit Badge

November 23rd

Committee Meeting ­ If a parent or scout has a concern, submit in writing prior to this meeting so we

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Troop 53 Bedminster ­ Far Hills Boy Scouts

November ­ December 2009

December 2009

All Troop meetings and Committee meetings are held at Bedminster School Cafetorium at 7pm. Scouts arrive a few minutes early to set-up and in uniform.

Theme: First Aid Merit Badge / Wilderness Survival Merit Badge

December 7th and 14th Troop Meetings will continue to focus on first aid.

December 21st Patrol Meeting

December 21st Committee Meeting

Enjoy the Holidays!!

Merit Badge Updates

All Merit Badge requirements have been updated by the BSA. The new booklets with the new requirements are the ones with a color cover. The black and white books are no longer valid. All requirements can be found online at http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index. php?title=Merit_Badge_Worksheets http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index. php/Merit_Badge_Application 3. REMINDERS: 1. Scouts should obtain scoutmaster approval prior to beginning a merit badge. This means the scout meets with the Scoutmaster and the blue card is signed by him. Contact Jacquie Rogers to obtain a listing of counselors for the badge you wish to work on. Work should not begin until these first two are completed, however, some exceptions are permitted.

Worksheets are available for download and ease of use. Also, the blue cards are now available online.

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November ­ December 2009

Winter Camping Equipment

With winter upon us, it is time to think about what we are packing into our packs. Here is a list of important items to bring with you: Change Into Kit

Long-johns top and bottom

Loose the Cotton ­ Keep the Wool!

In the colder weather cotton stays in the closet. Since cotton absorbs moisture, you could find yourself with hypothermia rather quickly. Wool or fleece are your best bet. These can be picked up inexpensively at second hand shops, Old Navy and other local retailers. Maybe an older scout has some that no longer fit and can be passed down...

1 pair wool/fleece pants w/ belt 2 pair wool/fleece socks 1 pair PROPER WINTER SOREL BOOTS 1 pair felt liners Windproof jacket/shell (can be rain jacket) Sunglasses 1 pair mittens Wool/fleece shirt Wool/fleece sweater 2nd belt, knife, rope (if earned)

Extra Clothes Kit

3 pair wool/fleece socks 1 pair under shorts 1 handkerchief 1 wool/fleece shirt (button-down is best)

Symptoms of HYPOTHERMIA!

· · · · · Shivering, cold hands & feet Clumsiness, loss of dexterity Loss of reason and recall Shaking, muscular rigidity Collapse... death

1 Medium weight sweater/sweatshirt 1 Heavy wool/fleece sweater 1 pair wool/fleece pants 1 pair wool/fleece mittens 1 long john top 1 long john bottom Wool watch cap Rain suit (top and bottom)

ALWAYS TELL AN ADULT OR SOMEONE IN CHARGE IF YOU ARE NOT SURE!

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November ­ December 2009

Scouting for Food and Cell Phone Recycling

Troop 53 will be Scouting for Food by placing collection bins around town. We will also be placing collection receptacles for used cell phones. Two scouts will be assigned per bin. They will be in charge of promoting and emptying the bins. Did you know Troop 53 has a Boy Scout Trail in Bedminster? It is part of the Bike and Hike system and in need of repair. We are looking for a few good scouts to pull together and organize a day to clean up our trail!

Community Service

DO A GOOD TURN DAILY

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