End of Summer Splash!

Learn how ScoutsBSA is returning to fun outdoor programming while keeping Scouts safe in the new normal… and test out our Scout-built mega water balloon launchers!

  • When: Sunday, September 13, 2-4pm
  • Where: Clifton Shelter (by the Bexley Pool parking lot)

Girls and boys ages 11-17 with a sense of adventure are invited to join Troop 166. For younger adventurers, come out and meet our local Cub Scouts pack leaders.Masks required. We’ll be gathering in groups of 10 or fewer.
Questions: contact scoutmaster@troop166.org


On Sunday, September 6, a group of ambitious scouts gathered for a socially distant build day to prepare for the End of Summer Splash:

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Troop 166 continues to thrive during the stay-at-home order. Here’s how we’re staying connected while staying apart:

We have split our standard 90-minute weekly troop meeting into two 40-minute Zoom meetings – Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm. Monday is focused on working towards rank advancement, while Wednesday is a fun virtual social gathering.

With time on their hands, scouts are also making great progress working through requirements at home, and we have made scouting easier during this time by enabling parents to sign off on their scouts’ accomplishments.

For more information, please email scoutmaster@troop166.org.

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2020 is off to a great start for Troop 166!

Rock Climbing at Vertical Adventures – January

On January 11, 23 scouts and nine adult leaders brought the outdoor spirit inside, with an overnight camp-in at Vertical Adventures. Scouts received instruction on climbing technique and safety, and adults were trained on belaying. The Scouts then hit the rock walls and climbed past midnight before crashing on the mats and waking up to hard-earned donuts and other healthy selections.

“Murder Mystery” at Camp OYO – February

The February outing was a new one for Troop 166 and it turned out to be a huge hit! “Murder Mystery” is an advanced clue-solving Whodunit that brings together new skills and knowledge – theatre, problem-solving, forensics, teamwork and leadership.

At the core of this activity was an intricate script written by a very creative group of scouts. Each participant was given a card with their character, background, and possibly a clue. The scouts immersed themselves in their characters, began to interact, and as the story unfolded… MURDER!!! But fear not, with teamwork and deductive reasoning, the culprit was exposed and apprehended.

“I was a former French athlete who knew too much… but by the end I had somehow become Italian,” said one participant. Murder Mystery was a great success and will certainly become a repeat outing in future scouting years.

Sea Base High Adventure Crew Prepares for Action

The scouts and adults attending this year’s high adventure outing in July have been hard at work preparing. Most spent the first weekend in February in Wilderness First Aid training, learning how to manage an accident scene and address various injuries when professional medical attention is an hour or more away. At the end of two long days of learning, the instructors staged interactive scenarios allowing students to experience the confusion of discovering an accident and the leadership required to take action. Everyone who attended was trained and certified in CPR.

This year’s trip will be to Sea Base where the crew will spend a week on sailboats navigating between islands off the Florida coast. An outing to a local marina in May will get the group some initial experience with sailing on small boats before hitting the big time in Florida.

Upcoming Events

We have a lot in store in 2020!

  • MAR – Cat & Mouse
  • APR – Night Heist
  • MAY – Sailing
  • JUN – 6/14-20 Summer Camp
  • JUL – White Water Rafting
  • AUG – Ropes Course
  • SEP – Zip Lining
  • OCT – Pie & Ice Cream
  • NOV – Cave Exploration
  • DEC – Annual event Planning

Remember you can always keep up to date with the scouting calendar here on this site – just click Event Calendar above. You can also subscribe to the Google Calendar.

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Happy New Year from Troop 166!

Happy New Year!

Troop 166 scouts have completed annual planning and we have an exciting schedule of events for the coming year. Here’s what 2020 has in store:

  • JAN – 1/11/20 Indoor Climbing Overnight @ Vertical Adventures
  • FEB – Murder Mystery
  • MAR – Cat & Mouse
  • APR – Night Heist
  • MAY – Sailing
  • JUN – 6/14-20 Summer Camp
  • JUL – White Water Rafting
  • AUG – ROPES Course
  • SEP – Zip Lining
  • OCT – Pie & Ice Cream
  • NOV – Cave Exploration
  • DEC – Annual event Planning

Remember you can always keep up to date with the scouting calendar here on this site – just click Event Calendar above. You can also subscribe to the Google Calendar.

Next Troop Meeting will be January 6, 2020.  School is actually out that day also but we’ve decided to go ahead and hold a meeting for those who are in town in order to provide the Scouts an opportunity to plan our next outing. 

Calling all Scout Moms — We have a critical need for female adult leaders on Troop overnights in order to ensure compliance with our youth protection requirements for outings that include girls.  Please consider signing up to help chaperone our outings. Easy duty for this one — its indoors!

Rock Climbing Overnight Camp In!
Date: Saturday January 11th – Sunday 12th 
Time: 9:00pm – 8:30am EST
Sign Uphttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-rock 

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Here’s the latest from Troop 166!

November Outdoor Event “Pie and Ice Cream”
Friday November 15 – 17, 2019

“Pie and Ice Cream” combines a traditional outdoor hike with a couple of stops for desserts and treats. Trail Hike through nature preserve of State Forest. Have dessert at Clifton Mill restaurant (“Pie”). Trail Hike back to camp for winding-down with some Scout Skill Challenge (knot tying, Fire Starting etc.) After dinner there is a trip for Ice Cream Place for Ice Cream and back to camp for Camp Fire Activites.

We will depart Bexley Methodist Church around 6:00 PM arriving around 7:30 and set up camp on Friday night the 15th at the two Cabins, Fields and Martin at Camp Birch outside Dayton OH. Scouts and adults have the option of cabin or tent camping in nearby Simon Kenton Camp Site.

Coming up:

  • 11/4 No School So No Troop Meeting
  • 11/11 Troop Meeting
  • 11/15-17 Pie & Ice Cream Campout
  • 11/18 Troop Meeting
  • 11/25 Troop Meeting
  • 12/2 Troop Meeting
  • 12/9 Troop Meeting
  • 12/13 Annual Troop Planning Overnight @ Jeffery Mansion
  • 12/14 Service @ Jeffery Pancake Breakfast
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Here’s the latest from Troop 166!

Upcoming Events

August 23-25 Iron Chef Campout (Falling Rock)
This one is going to be a battle of creativity and outdoor culinary prowess. Who will put the special secret ingredient to the best use? Stay tuned for details. Signup will be out shortly. If you need to earn a First Class Cooking requirement and wish to be a cook on the campout please make sure you let the SPL know ASAP as menu planning and cook assignments will be handled at the meeting on 8/12.

September 20-22: Plane Crash Campout
A high action simulated search and rescue!
Remember that siblings can come to be volunteer victims, and more adults than usual are needed, given the wide area the rescuers will need to bushwhack to find the “crash” site.

Reminders

Completing Partial Merit Badges
Scouts: Have a partially completed merit badge from Summer Camp? See Mr. Krabacher about getting a local merit badge counselor to help you complete your work and earn your badge.

Teaching Merit Badges
Parents/Leaders: Have a skill or interest and a little time to invest in Scouting? We have a constant need for merit badge counselors and currently have other open positions as well, including Advancement Chair.

ScoutBook
Scouts: Please bring your scout handbook to Troop Meetings and make sure all your hard work is being recorded in the troop’s official record in the ScoutBook system. See an adult leader anytime during the meeting.

Payment options
Payments for outings can now be handled in a variety of ways, including: traditional check before the outing, credit card from the signup genius link, scout accounts, and the Pay It Forward Fund.

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Introducing PIFF!

Troop 166 is excited to announce the establishment of the Pay It Forward Fund (PIFF) – an easily-accessible resource to help scouts attend outings and activities when they need some extra support! Review this policy document for details. PIFF Policy

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Here’s what’s happening in July with Troop 166!

Outdoor Programs & Scouting Participation based Community Events
July 27-28: White Water Rafting outing
Ohiopyle State Park, PA
Adult Leader: Geoff Dutton
Departs Saturday 8:30AM with arrival Sunday evening, exact time TBD

Looking forward……

August 23-25: Iron Chef + Capture the Flag/Night Games

Troop & Committee Meetings
All meetings are in the basement of Bexley Methodist Church unless otherwise noted

  • July 1 at 6:30 PM – Seabase Trip Meeting – all scouts and adults registered for Seabase encouraged to attend
  • July 1 at 7:30 PM – Troop Meeting
  • July 8th at 7:30 PM – Troop Meeting
  • July 15th at 7:30 PM – Troop Meeting & Committee Meeting
  • July 29th at 7:30 PM – Troop Meeting

Preview of Upcoming Outings:

  • August 23-25: Iron Chef + Capture the Flag/Night Games
  • September 20-22: Plane Crash
  • October 5-7: Battlefield Encampment
  • November 15-17: Pie & Ice Cream
  • December 13-14: Planning Meeting

See the troop calendar for additional details.

As reminders:

  • All camp outs are open to Troop 166 Scouts, parents, and uniformed adults
  • Travel to and from the camp out in Class A Uniform
  • All adults (parents as well as uniformed adults) need to have an up to date Youth Protection http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx
  • Siblings can join the September Plane Crash camp out
  • All attendees need to complete a permission form for every camp out. Electronic copies can be downloaded and saved with your information for easy printing: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/19-673.pdf
  • A handy checklist for packing can be downloaded as well. It’s a great habit for every scout and adult: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/e54ef67b3c3d8e41341c3a63f/images/69755a69-b3bc-4714-b24e-04612bc3c8e4.jpg
  • If you need to borrow a backpack, sleeping bag, pad, etc. for any outing your Scout can ask the Key 4 to check the Troop extras, or feel free to ask Mr. Krabacher, or Mr Jobes who have extras for both Scouts, Siblings, or Adults.
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Here’s what’s happening in February with Troop 166!

Monday February 4th 7:30 – 9 PM Scout meeting at Church

Friday – Sunday, February 8th – 9th – 2019 Klondike Derby
Sign Up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-20192

Cost: $24 per person

Description:
Klondike Derby is a skills based competition designed for unit leaders to determine skill levels of their scouts in relation to other participants. As an option units may bring “dog” sleds to transport all of the equipment needed to navigate through skills stations. This may take any form. Time will be provided at lunch time Saturday for each unit to prepare and compete in a chili cook off competition. All meals are provided by the UNIT, no food is included with this event.

Location:
Camp Lazarus
4422 Columbus Pike
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Phone: (740) 548-5502

Time:
Camping Friday is optional. We will not be able to camp Saturday due to Scout Sunday Feb 10th. If camping we will organize departure at 6 PM sharp from Bexley Methodist Church parking lot. Units may arrive after 5 PM on Friday and proceed directly to pre-assigned (TBD) camping locations. All vehicles and trailers MUST remain in the parking lots at all times.

If you are just coming for Saturday, and not camping, check-in is at the Welcome Center at 8:15 AM. Flag ceremony is at 8:40 and the stations start at 9 AM. The program will run from flag opening on Saturday (8:40 AM) through awards Saturday night.

Packing Info:
Included below and on SignUp Genius

Chili Cook Off:
Patrols/Units will have from 11 AM until 12:15 PM to prepare chili for tasting in the chili cook off. The competition will be done in the area outside of nature center. Scoring will be based on Color, Aroma, Texture, Flavor, and Heat! Cooking MUST be done in the area designated (not in your camping location).

Sunday February 10th – Scout Sunday at Bexley United Methodist Church
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-20191
We are hoping to have a great turn out for our annual Scout Sunday at Bexley United Methodist Church. It is our opportunity to thank the church for their continued support over the past 75years!

We will be attending the 9:00AM service. Class A uniforms required. Service hours apply for this event!

Monday, February 11th, 7:30 – 9 PM Scout meeting at Church and Troop Committee
Troop Committee, open to all adults, is focused on the business planning of the Troop — budgets, schedules, etc.

Monday, February 18th – No Meeting for President’s Day
Reminder: no meeting when Bexley schools are not in session

Monday, February 25th, 7:30 – 9 PM Scout meeting at Church and Troop Committee
Troop Committee, open to all adults, is focused on the business planning of the Troop — budgets, schedules, etc.

Thursday February 28th Pack 166 Blue and Gold
Preview of Upcoming Outings:

February 8-10: Klondike
March 1-3: Cat & Mouse
April 12-14: Night Heist
May 3-5: Camporee
June 9-15: Summer Camp
July 26-28: White Water Rafting
August 23-25: Iron Chef + Capture the Flag/Night Games
September 20-22: Plane Crash
October 5-7: Battlefield Encampment
November 15-17: Pie & Ice Cream
December 13-14: Planning Meeting

See the troop calendar for additional details.

As reminders:

  • All campouts are open to Troop 166 Scouts, parents, and uniformed adults
  • Travel to and from the campout in uniform
  • All adults (parents as well as uniformed adults) need to have an up to date Youth Protection http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx
  • Siblings can join the September Plane Crash campout
  • All attendees need to complete a permission form for every campout. Electronic copies can be downloaded and saved with your information for easy printing: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/19-673.pdf
  • A handy checklist for packing can be downloaded as well. It’s a great habit for every scout and adult: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/e54ef67b3c3d8e41341c3a63f/images/69755a69-b3bc-4714-b24e-04612bc3c8e4.jpg
  • If you need to borrow a backpack, sleeping bag, pad, etc. for any outing your Scout can ask the Key 4 to check the Troop extras, or feel free to ask Mr. Krabacher, or Mr Jobs who have extras for both Scouts, Siblings, or Adults.
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Exciting Changes in 2019 for Troop 166

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For over 75 years, Troop 166 has provided the iconic BSA program to the young men of Bexley, graduating over 100 Eagle Scouts.

Starting in 2019, we are adding a new Troop for young women ages 11-17, which will share resources and adult leadership with the existing Troop and offer the same program but will be led by the new Troop’s all-female youth membership.

venturing_4kWe are also excited to offer a new opportunity within the Troop: Venturing Crew. Venturing is an inclusive program through BSA for males and females aged 14-21 (or 13 and completed the 8th grade). Youth and advisers meet on set schedules and plan activities and events. Rappelling a cliff.  Designing a robot. Kayaking into the sunset.  Volunteering at an animal shelter. The choice is yours!

Want to learn more?  Contact the following:

 

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