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Merit Badge Forum 2018

2018 Soaring Eagle District Merit Badge Forum

Troop 324 Scouts can attend the 2018 Merit Badge Forum for the Soaring Eagle District.

Goals:

  • take classes from interesting teachers
  • earn cool merit badges – 33 to choose from!
  • learn about interesting subjects and gain mad Scout skillz…
  • meet other Scouts from different troops in my District
  • make new friends!!!

Registration: 

Please see the 2018 Merit Badge Forum Information Packet link at the bottom of this page.  Page 5 (Scout Course Registration Form) must be completed and returned to me in order to attend, because we have to enroll as a troop instead of individuals.

Please note:

  • You’ll attend two 2-hour class sessions. Dates are January 6 and 27, 2018.
  • Location =  Church of the Resurrection (COR); 13720 Roe Boulevard, Leawood, KS 66224.
  • The first class begins at 8:30 AM each Saturday, while the second class starts at 10:45. The program runs until 12:45 PM.
  • Cost per Scout is $2.00.

Please note that even though the form indicates the deadline is December 4th, I need the completed form back no later than Monday, November 27th. I plan on attending the troop meeting that evening to collect forms.  Please note that no late registrations will be accepted.

Most importantly, I need parent volunteers!  For every ten scouts, I must supply two volunteers to monitor hallways or assist in the classroom to ensure two deep leadership.  Please consider helping out as I will be stationed in the church basement as our troop manager.

Feel free to call / text / e-mail with any questions.

Kimberly Mangual
dimpster72 *at* att *dot* net
(913) 515-7385

Registration Form:

Download and print the 2018 Merit Badge Forum Info Packet and Registration Form (.pdf format).

Bartle Summer Camp 2018

bartlecamppatchSummer Camp 2018 at the Bartle Scout Reservation is comin’ up! Register now if you haven’t – use the form at the bottom of this page.

CAMPSITE & DATES: We’re in Campsite Ottawa in Camp Lone Star during the 5th session from Monday July 17 thru Wednesday July 26. (Where in Camp Lone Star is Campsite Ottawa? Here’s a camp map…)

The cost to attend Bartle this year is $390 for each scout and each full-time adult leader. If you and/or your son plan to attend Bartle, a deposit of $50 each is due now. A second payment of $170 is due by February 7, 2018, with the final payment of $170 by April 11, 2018. Bartle summer camp is always a great experience and I am looking forward to another great year!

Dave Kendrick
Troop 324
2018 Bartle Summer Camp Scout Master  


PAYMENTS:

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PHYSICALS, HEALTH FORMS & INFO:


iconiumDIRECTIONS – in case you need them for Visitor’s Day

After you reach Highway 13, go South to Highway C. Take Highway C East approximately 12 miles to a stop sign – it’s just past the Toad Suck store. Turn right (South) to drive through the town of Iconium, MO and past Scott’s General Store. At the cemetery, turn right (West) on NE Scout Camp Road. Go another mile to the entrance for Camps Lone Star and Sawmill and turn right (it’s a giant Indian Statue). Drive slowly for about 1/2 mile, and park in the Sawmill parking lot on your right so you can walk to Campsite Oak. Bring a small wagon if you have stuff to carry.

Current Weather conditions at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation = Osceola Weather Forecast, MO

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Warrensburg Train Campout 2017

amtrak-trainJoin Troop 324 for an awesome trip on the Amtrak train to Warrensburg, Mo. We’ll depart from Union Station in KC on Saturday morning 12/2, take an awesome train trip, arrive at the Warrensburg Amtrak station, and then hike in with full backpacks to our campsite. Way cool!

This is just about the coolest and best campout of the year!!

Please sign up for the train campout by Thurs 11/30 at noon since we need to confirm the reservation and buy tickets on Thursday. Arrive at the church on Saturday morning by 6:15 as we will leave by 6:30 to head to Union Station. Scouts and leaders need to bring snacks and a lunch for Saturday as the patrols are not cooking lunch on Saturday. Patrols will cook dinner Sunday evening and breakfast Saturday morning. Lunch on Sunday will be pizza that is provided by the troop.

Dates:

Saturday Dec. 2 to Sunday Dec. 3, 2017

Goals:
  • ride the train with fellow Scouts
  • work towards earning the Railroading Merit badge (see the worksheet and requirements)
  • hike into the coolest campsite around with full backpacks
  • totally Peg The Fun Meter!!
Destination:
Departure & Return:
  • Meet at CLS at 6:15 AM; depart by carpool at 6:30 for KC Union Station.
  • Arrive Union Station at 7AM to board the train with your packs.
  • Other adults will transport Troop and remaining personal gear to park in limited number of
    vehicles.
  • We’ll return to KC Union Station around 3:00 pm on Sunday. Families must arrange transportation home from CLS. Due to carpooling, all Scouts will return to CLS.
Activities:
  • winter camping
  • hiking with a full backpack
  • exploring a state park
  • learn about trains by experiencing Amtrak
  • here’s the Railroading Merit Badge info…
Cost:
  • $48 per Scout and $44 per adult  if you ride the train to Warrensburg
Uniform:
  • Field uniform (Class A) during travel on the train and at the Station.
  • Seasonal camping attire at all other times.
Equipment:
  • Full backpack
  • Seasonal camping equipment, including rain gear and appropriate clothing for cool evenings and nights.
  • Scout Handbook
  • Canteen
  • Requirements sheet of Merit Badge book, if you are working on the Railroading badge
Food:
  • Eat Saturday breakfast at home. Scouts and adults riding the Amtrak may bring mid-morning snack in day pack (no soft drinks).
  • Patrols will purchase and prepare Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, and Sunday breakfast. Adults will do likewise, separately from the patrols. Troop will provide Sunday lunch for all.
  • Ground fires are allowed at campsite, presenting excellent opportunity to practice skille like bread making and Dutch oven cooking.
Directions:
Safety:
  • At the campsite, the Troop will assign Scouts to the safety tasks and responsibilities:
Emergency Contact:
  • To contact your Scout in an emergency, try calling:
    • Scoutmaster Ken Bredehoeft at (816) 674-1437
    • or, Tom Ring at (816) 853-6701 (assumes coverage).

 

Online registration for the 2017 Train campout is OPEN!!


PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW ASAP
SO WE CAN GET A HEAD COUNT TO PURCHASE AMTRAK TICKETS…

Katy Trail Campout 2017

Let’s go ride bikes!

The Katy Trail is a converted railroad track, and America’s longest “rails-to-trail” project. The trail stretches for 237 miles across most of the state of Missouri. More than half of it follows Lewis and Clark’s path up the Missouri River. We’ll ride our bikes beneath towering river bluffs with bald eagles circling high overhead.

Goals:
  • Plan and conduct a troop bicycle ride
  • Rank advancement
  • Have fun!!
Dates:
  • Friday, November 10th, through Sunday, November 12th, 2017.
Destination:
Departure & Return:
  • Meet at Church on Friday for departure at 05:30 PM.
  • Anticipate return to Church by early afternoon on Sunday.
Activities:
  • Cold weather camping at Katy Roundhouse Campground in New Franklin, MO.  Bike ride along the Katy trail from Rocheport along the Missouri RIver.
  • On Saturday morning, we will drive from New Franklin to Rocheport, where we will pick up the rental bikes (Other bikes must be carried on vehicles).  We will bike 15 miles to Easley, where we will eat lunch (Provided by the Troop), and then bike back to Rocheport.  Older scouts may organize and conduct a longer trek with adequate adult supervision and alternative lunch arrangements.  Troop will also provide a post-ride snack in Rocheport.  After all bikers have returned to Rocheport, we will drive back to New Franklin and work with younger Scouts on rank advancement.
Cost:
  • $35.00 Per Scout and $25.00 Per adult.
  • Bike rental is an additional $30 to $40, which includes a helmet.  Pay all fees at registration.
  • Although you may bring your own bike, you must make your own arrangements to transport it to and from New Franklin (and between New Franklin and Rocheport), and you must also bring your own helmet. The troop trailer will NOT be transporting bikes, and NO one (Scout or adult) will be allowed to ride without a helmet.
Uniform:
  • Field uniform (Class A) during travels to and from campsite.
  • Proper biking attire, including sneakers and a helmet, for biking.
  • Seasonal camping attire while at campsite.
Equipment:
  • Seasonal camping equipment, including biking gear-helmet, canteen, rain gear, hat, jacket as appropriate, etc.
  • Your Scout handbook to use in camp – (always!!)
  • Consider that the weather for this weekend could be significantly colder than expected.
  • This ride calls for a bicycle with gears to help you cover some miles. If you need to borrow a bicycle, please let your SPL know and we will try to make arrangements.
Food:
  • Either eat dinner before departing from the Church on Friday evening or bring a sack dinner to eat upon arrival in New Franklin.
  • Troop will provide lunch and post ride snack on Saturday.
  • Patrols will plan, purchase, and prepare Saturday breakfast and dinner, and Sunday breakfast.
Directions:
  • I-435 east and north to I-70.  Then east on I-70 to exit 101.  North on MO-5 to New Franklin.  Then left at car wash.  Campground is down the hill ¾ of a mile on the left.
Emergency Contact:
  • To contact your Scout in an emergency, call (Mr. Crabtree 913-522-5676)

Gallery:

 

Emerald City Gallery – 10/17

Well, that was a lot of fun!

Troop 324 and a good number of Webelo guests spent the night playing at Emerald City.

Thanks to the Webelos that joined us! We’ll see you soon!

Emerald City-October 2017

Friday, October 27th-28th

Emerald City Gymnastics

9063 Bond, Overland Park, KS (913) 438-4444

 

Itinerary: Friday Night-Saturday Morning

  • 9:00-9:30 p.m. Meet at Emerald City. Check-in with Troop
  • 9:30 p.m. Instructions from Emerald City staff. All activities will open, including wall climbing
  • 10:30 p.m. Troop providing pizza and soft drinks for all scouts and adults
  • 12:30-2:30 a.m. The wall closes but all other activities stay open and organized games begin (dodgeball, capture the flag, etc)
  • 2:30 a.m. Lights out and movie on
  • 7:30 a.m. Parents pickup scouts/guests at Emerald City

 

$30 per Scout, $22 per adult. No charge for Webelos/5th grade guests.

Uniform: No need to wear your Scout uniform. Wear whatever you plan to climb in. Shorts and t-shirts recommended. Wear sneakers for climbing.

Equipment Needed: All participants will sleep inside the gym. Bring a sleeping bag/pillow, sleeping attire, and toiletries. Adults staying over may also want to bring chairs.

Registration: RSVP to Heather Hayselden @ hayselden1975@gmail.com

A signed waiver from Emerald City is required for all participants. www.emeraldcitygym.com

Meet Troop 324

As your Cub Scout career comes to a close and you consider which Boy Scout Troop to join, we want you to know that Troop 324 is looking for new Scouts, just like you.  Our Troop has about 30 friendly scouts who like to have fun.  Most of the scouts attend Oxford and California Trail Middle Schools and Blue Valley Northwest and Olathe East High Schools.  We go camping once a month during the school year, spend over a week each summer at the Bartle Boy Scout Reservation on Truman Lake, and go on a “high adventure” trip about every summer.  We’ve gone white water rafting in the Rocky Mountains, backpacking at Philmont, sailing in the Florida Keys and canoeing on the boundary waters of northern Minnesota.  We learn Scouting skills, cook our own food, and make lifelong friends as we explore the great outdoors.

 

Please join us for our meet our troop night, fall activities, cookout and campfire at Christ Lutheran Church on Saturday, October 14th from 3:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

We promise you’ll have a great time!  You’re more than

welcome to spend Saturday night camping with us if you’d like, provided that

one of your parents camps with you.

 

To let us know that you can come to our Meet our Troop event, or to drop us a line if you have any questions, please email our Recruitment Chair, Paul Crabtree at phcrabtree@gmail.com .  Hope to see you soon!

Color Guard for the Royals

Hey Scouts!!

Do you like baseball a lot? Do you like the recognition that comes with proudly wearing your formal Scout uniform to represent Troop 324 and the BSA at a public event?

Do you like Sluggrrrr? We do!! Do you want to watch the Royals beat the Tigers from awesome seats with your friends? Do you want to call recognition to your love for your country just like you proclaim in the Scout Law?

Come join Troop 324 as we present our country’s colors and then watch the Royals play against the Detroit Tigers. We’ll be at the K on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 for the 07:15pm game.

Your family can come, too! We’ll purchase a block of tickets together to make sure that we can all sit together and cheer on the Royals! Bring your family, friends, and whoever you want!

See Mr. Hayselden if you want to be part of this awesome experience! We’ll need 4 Scouts and 2 leaders for the Color Guard!! For ticket reservations for your family and friends, email Heather Hayselden for ticket reservations at hayselden1975 (at) gmail dot com.

Scouting 500 – at Kansas Speedway

Troop 324 is back on the track!

The Scouting 500 returns to the Kansas Speedway on September 22-24, 2017. Troop 324 will experience the best of Kansas City Scouting and go full throttle with more than 130 activities over 3 days of high-octane excitement at this one of a kind weekend camping festival.

See the HOAC Council Scouting 500 page for more info.

Troop 324 will be participating in the 2017 Scouting 500 event. Our troop will also camp, so if your Webelos den is interested in camping with us, we will be happy to have you as our guests. We need to know approximately how many people will be joining us at the Speedway ASAP so we can get our troop registered and hold our spot. If you’re even thinking about going with us, go ahead and sign up now.

 

Paint Recycling Fundraiser 2017

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On Earth Day 2017 (Saturday, April 22), the Scouts of Troop 324 conducted the 1st Annual Earth Day Old-Paint-Recycling-And-Disposal Drive!!


The 1st-ever Troop 324 paint recycling drive was a success!
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We handled more than 1000 old gallon and quart cans of paint and stain, and delivered them to the Johnson County Waste Recycling Facility. The recycling facility disposes of hazardous materials, and recycles by making usable paints and stains available for non-profits and charities. We made new friends, helped the environment, increased awareness of an important ecology issue, earned community service hours, and raised more than $1700 to support Scouts and the ideals of Scouting.
Thank you to everyone who participated. You are making a difference! Cool!

Troop 324 is a camping troop in Overland Park that produces Scouts and Eagles with a love for protecting and sustaining our Mother Earth.

Our objectives:

  • to raise awareness of ecology
  • to encourage people to help protect the Earth
  • to teach how to properly dispose of hazardous waste
  • to raise some funds for Troop 324 Camp Scholarships and equipment

Lots of homeowners in Overland Park and Kansas City save old paint and oil-based stains long past their useful lives. These old materials are stored in garages and basements around KC, and the chance that a container or can might leak, rust, or otherwise allow these unused hazardous materials to  contaminate our precious environment grows larger every year.

You can help!! Friendly Scouts from Troop 324 will collect latex or oil-based paints and stains, and inspect, catalog and sort the containers, and safely transport them to the Johnson County Waste Recycling Facility for disposal. Suggested donation is $2 per gallon, and $1 per quart, but we will transport all your containers. We appreciate every donation; all proceeds go to support Scouts and Scouting in Kansas City.

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Date:

Earth Day = April 22, 2017

Time:

Anytime between 9AM and Noon

Location:

Nottingham Forest Pool
11940 Grant Street
Overland Park, KS 66213

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Canoe Trip Campout 2017

CanoeMay 5-7, 2016
Niangua River
Lebanon, Missouri

Join Troop 324 for another fantastic weekend of canoeing on the Niangua River.

SIGN UP USING THE FORM BELOW!!

Dates:

Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7, 2017

Goals:
  • Have fun while learning how to canoe safely.
  • Rank advancement.
Destination:
Departure & Return:
  • Meet at the Church on Friday at 5:00 pm. for departure.
  • Anticipate return to Church around 1:00 pm on Sunday.
Activities:
  • Spring Camping.
  • Canoeing on the Niangua River
Cost:
  • $40 per Scout and $35 per adult (cost includes camping and canoeing fees, plus four meals). Pay at registration.
Uniform:
  • Field uniform (Class A) during travel to and from the campsite.
  • Scout T-shirt with shorts or bathing suit,water shoes or tennis shoes, and hat (suggested) while canoeing.
  • Seasonal camping attire at all other times.
Equipment:
  • Seasonal camping equipment, including rain gear and appropriate clothing for cool evenings and nights.
  • Scout Handbook
  • Canteen
  • Water shoes or tennis shoes suitable for wearing in the river required (no bare feet).
  • Extra shoes or boots for wearing in camp
  • Hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses with strap (optional but recommended)
  • Ziploc bags (for keeping equipment dry while in the canoe), to be placed in backpack and secured to canoe with length of rope.
  • Large plastic bag for holding wet clothes and shoes after return to camp.
  • Coin-operated shower facilities available at campsite, so bring coins, towel, soap, and shampoo if interested in showering.
  • Also money to purchase Sunday lunch during return trip.
Food:
  • Bring sack dinner to eat while traveling to the campsite. Patrols will plan, purchase, and prepare Saturday breakfast and dinner, as well as Sunday breakfast. Adults will do likewise, separately from the patrols.
  • Troop will purchase all provision for Saturday lunch, to be eaten alongside the River.
  • Sunday lunch (fast food) to be purchased during return trip. So bring money for Sunday lunch if you want fast food on the trip back.
Directions:
  • I-435 east to US-71.
  • US 71 south to MO-7.
  • MO-7 south to Clinton. At south edge of town (at intersection with MO-13), turn left to stay on MO-7 south, going approximately 28 miles to US-65.
  • US-65 south approximately 39 miles to US-64.
  • US-64 east approximately 17 miles to Riverfront Trail (on your right, just after Cat Hollow Trail on your right and Moonlight Lane on your left).
  • Follow the signs to Riverfront Campground. Approximate travel time is 4 hours (200 miles).
Safety:
  • The Troop will assign Scouts and adults to canoes.
  • Only Scouts who have both swimming and lifesaving merit badges and are approved by the Scoutmaster may operate a canoe without an adult.
  • Whenever possible, adults will be assigned to canoes with their scout.
Emergency Contact:
  • To contact your Scout in an emergency, try calling:
    • Scoutmaster Ken Bredehoeft at (816) 674-1437
    • or, Tom Ring at (816) 853-6701 (assumes coverage).
  • If no answer, call the campground at 1-888-67-FRONT and leave a message.

 

Registration for the 2017 Canoe Campout begins during the April 17th Court of Honor Troop Meeting and closes during the May 1 Troop meeting.

Shotgun Campout 2017

shotgun1Shotgun Campout
April 7-9, 2017
Hillsdale Lake

Goals:                             

  • Earn Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge (optional).
  • Work on rifle shooting merit badge requirements.
  • Have fun shooting
  • Rank advancement.

Dates:                              

Friday April 7-9, 2017

Destination:                     

Hillsdale State Park – Paola, KS

Departure & Return:      

Meet at Church on Friday at 5:30 PM for departure shortly thereafter.  The drive is about 45 minutes, so please be on time.  Anticipate return to Church around 10:00AM on Sunday.

Activities:                       

Scouts pursuing Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge will receive instruction on proper shotgun safety and use, including all requirements for the Merit Badge.  Scouts who already have the appropriate Merit Badge may engage in open trap shooting and rifle shooting.  At all times while on the trap shooting range, Scouts will be supervised by adults.  NRA certified Range Officer will be supervising the shooting.

Scouts need not participate in shooting activities, so long as they are otherwise engaged in proper Scouting activities (e.g., rank advancement, Scout skills, etc.) or are observing shotgun shooting by other Scouts.  Hiking, nature observation, advancement and an evening campfire are also on the agenda.  The boys can even bring their fishing rods!

Merit Badge:

Note:  To earn the Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge during this campout, a Scout must do the following:

Shotgun Merit Badge Requirements 

(1)  Complete Requirement # 1 in advance of the campout (by completing the blanks on pages 1 and 2 of Merit Badge handout, attached).

(2)  Be prepared to discuss Requirement # 2A (on pages 3 and 4 of handout).

(3)  Demonstrate proficiency by hitting at least 48% of 50 targets (Requirement # 2A(l)).

A merit badge book will be needed to complete certain of these requirements.  The Troop library should contain several copies of this book, but they are also available for purchase at Scout Shop. Mr. Dohr will be available as a counselor for this merit badge
Cost:                               

  • Scouts – $25 plus shooting costs. To earn the merit badge you must shoot a minimum of two rounds.
  • Shells and targets will be priced separately–please note on sign-up form the number of rounds you intend to shoot.
  • Adults – $20 for campout. Adults wishing to shoot may purchase targets for $5 per round.

Uniform:                         

Field uniform (Class A) during travel to and from campsite.  Seasonal camping attire at all other times.  Please wear appropriate clothing for shouldering a shotgun (e.g., a sweatshirt or fleece).

Equipment:                    

  • Depending on forecast, Spring camping equipment, including hiking boots (with back-up pair), multiple layers of jackets, and appropriate sleeping bag.
  • Scouts should also bring their Scout Handbook and merit badge book(s) if pursuing either Merit Badge.
  • Please bring safety glasses or sunglasses if you don’t already wear eyeglasses. All persons on shooting range must wear eye and ear protection at all times.

Food:                              

Eat Friday dinner at home before departure.  Patrols are responsible for purchasing and preparing Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast.  Adults will do likewise, separately from the patrols.


Emergency Contact:

To contact your Scout in an emergency, call Paul Crabtree (913-522-55676) or Tom Ring  (816-853-0061).
For details, or to discuss changes in plans, please contact Paul Crabtree.

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