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  • stltroop821 1:12 pm on March 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply  


    Hey Troop,

    Hope everyone is enjoying their Spring Break so far.  Just a couple of reminders.

    1.      There will be no meeting this week
    2.     If you are attending the Merit Badge University this weekend, you will need to get a card from me before Friday.  I am leaving town Friday afternoon.
    3.     To those who are attending the One Day of Service, please see note below from the lodge:


    A Message from Shawnee Lodge #51, Order of the Arrow:


    As a reminder, the One Day of Service will be held at Wilmore Park, where we will be meeting on March 29, 2014. Registration will begin at 8:00 am. The following items are REQUIRED for all participants to bring. It is very important that all participants have these items to ensure their safety during the work day.

    •   Work Boots
    •   Work Gloves
    •   First Aid Kit
    •   Water Bottle
    •   Safety Glasses
    •   Be prepared for the weather (We will work Rain or Shine)
    •   Scout uniforms are not required

    Chapter Assignments

    Boone Trials- Tree Mulching and Care

    North Star- Honeysuckle Removal (With Osage)

    Pathfinder-Offsite Honeysuckle Removal (With TB)

    Grand Towers- Vine Removal (With OZT)

    Gravois Trail- Fenceline Cleanup

    Ozark Trailblazers- Vine Removal (With Grand)

    Osage- Honeysuckle Removal (with NS)

    New Horizons-Curb Cleanup

    River Trails- Shoreline Cleanup

    Thunderbird- Offsite Honeysuckle Removal (With PF)

    Materials Needed

    •   Honeysuckle Removal-loppers, hand saws, pruning shears, wheelbarrows, disposable tarps
    •   Fence line Cleanup-loppers, hand saws, pruning shears, wheelbarrows, disposable tarps
    •   Tree Mulching-pruning shears (no knives on the pipes, they can harm the trunks), wheelbarrows, disposable tarps, shovels, pitchforks, rakes
    •   Vine Removal-pruning shears, loppers, wheelbarrows, disposable tarps
    •   Curb Cleanup-extra work gloves, rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, disposable tarps
    •   Lake Cleanup-long-poled fishing or pool nets, shovels, wheelbarrows, disposable tarps
    •   Offsite Honeysuckle Removal-loppers, hand saws, pruning shears

    More information about the specifics of each project will be given to the Chiefs at the LEC on Tuesday. We will work until around 12:30, after which everyone will return to the headquarters for lunch. After lunch, we will begin our Hodag party.  Be sure to stick around in the afternoon and party!

    As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstvice@shawneelodge.org. I look forward to seeing you all at the One Day of Service this Saturday.

    Yours in Service,

    Thomas Van Horn

    Shawnee Lodge First Vice-Chief 2013-2014


    Have a great rest of your Spring Break!!


    Mr. Piel

  • stltroop821 7:15 am on March 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  


    This is for those who took home a tent to dry out last weekend.  Please bring it tonight in its bag, with all of its poles, stakes and other pieces please.



    Mr. Piel

  • stltroop821 10:36 am on March 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply  


    Good morning Troop and Parents,

    THE AFFTON 5 Swerve group from RMS has planned a 2nd annual run for this year.  As many of you know this year’s run will take place April 27th.  Mesnier will have a drink station set up again.  Mr. Smith asked if we could enlist the help of Troop 821 at the drink station.  We will only need 3-4 volunteers at the most.  If you are interested please let Mrs. Edgar know. jedgar@afftonschools.net or speedracer5548@yahoo.com

    For those of you paying attention to the calendar the Run date conflicts with the dates for Spring Camporee.  No worries if you already signed up for camp.  There will be plenty of opportunites in the future to earn service hours.

    Thanks for your help! Go AFFTON 5!!!



  • stltroop821 7:26 am on March 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    3/19 UPDATE 

    Hey Troop – We survived the rain, sleet & 1/2″ of snow Sunday morning before we left Mastadon.  Another great Scouting memory!!!


    Tomorrow night we will be back up a Mesnier at 7 at our regular time.  **THIS WILL BE A BIG NIGHT FOR OUR FIRST YEAR SCOUTS**  We will be working on part 1 of the physical fitness requirements for Tenderfoot.  Everyone will need to try to be there.  Older boys will be working with them getting them through all the fitness tests.  **BRING YOUR BOOKS** (If you did not get yours yet, I have it). 

    PLC will meet at 6:30



    GOOEY BUTTER FUNDRAISER – Anyone who was not at our last meeting or did not get a Gooey Butter Cake order form, here is the link:  2014 821 gooey butter order form  Cake sales go until the 3rd.  All forms and money are due then.    Profit is $7.00 per cake so that is $3.50 into your account for each cake!!  Sell a few cakes and that next summer camp payment is paid for!!


    Short and Sweet this week.  We will not meet next week due to Spring Break.




    Mr. Piel

  • stltroop821 7:09 am on March 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Missing Scout Patch 

    Does anyone have the Scout patch & card for Nic Ennis?  It got misplaced last night.  If  you have it please let me know.


    Mr. Piel

  • stltroop821 10:22 pm on March 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  


    To those who are going camping this weekend.

    1.  We will meet at the Administration building at 6pm and leave at 6:15

    2.  No Electronics including cell phones.  If you have an emergency you can contact me 314-591-6800.

    3.  Come already fed dinner and wear your Class A.

    4.  Boys are sleeping in tents and cooking on their own.  They will need their mess kits,  a cup and water bottle.

    5.  Warm sleeping bag and it’s also a good idea to bring a ground cloth for inside the tent.  Something like an old plastic table cloth or shower curtain works good.

    6.  Weather can be anything – BE PREPARED!!  Extra shoes.

    7.  We will plan on being home around noon on Sunday.   We will call when we are leaving camp.


    Mr. Piel

  • stltroop821 7:18 pm on March 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  



    Our Librarian, Lathan Harlan is putting a shout out for used Merit Badge Books.  If you have any Merit Badge Books that you are finished with and would like to donate to the troop library, please bring them to a troop meeting and give to Lathan.


    Mr. Piel

  • stltroop821 7:14 pm on March 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    OA One Day of Service Update 


    Please see latest message about One Day of Service.  See previous post for link to registration.

    One Day of Service is on March 29. This year the Shawnee Lodge will be helping with tasks around Willmore Park right here in St. Louis. Make sure you sign up for the event. It is 100% free, however we need you to register to guarantee you a lunch. Registration closes March 22, so do it quickly!

    Some items to bring include: hiking/work boots (no open toe shoes), water bottle, work gloves, safety glasses, and a first aid kit. These are essential to ensure the safety of our Arrowmen. The work that we are doing may also require wheelbarrows, tarps, loppers, hand saws, pruning shears, rakes, and other equipment of this type. If you have any of these, please bring them.

    Registration at the event will begin at 8AM and we should start working at 8:30AM. The best part about this year’s One Day of Service is that we should be finished by 12 noon. Instead of going back to work in the afternoon, Shawnee Lodge will be holding a Grand Hodag, or gigantic and epic party, for the Arrowmen. Activities to partake in include knife throwing, tomahawk throwing, a lodgeball tournament, dunking booths, sports (bring a Frisbee – there is a Frisbee golf course), food, including snow cones, music, and, making their epic and long-awaited return, HUMAN HAMSTER BALLS!

    • Janavicius 8:25 pm on March 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sam will not be able to do this. He is signed up for the Wash U Merit Badge University that day.

  • stltroop821 1:47 pm on March 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  



    MARCH AWARDS DESSERT COURT OF HONOR (Bring a Dessert to Share)

    This Thursday we will be at Mesnier at our regular time 7:00pm for our Court of Honor

    This is when the Scouts receive any Rank Advancements or Awards that they have earned during the last quarter.  All of our New Scouts will be receiving their Scout Patch and new Scout Mothers will receive their Mothers Pins.  Parents, make sure you come and stay for your Scouts awards!!!

    PLC – Will meet at 6:30.


    Closing and Announcements will begin at 8:15ish.



    3/13 – SUMMER CAMP MERIT BADGE CHOICES & 1ST PAYMENT OF $80 DUE.  See previous 2/21 post to print out summer camp info packet.




    MERIT BADGES  Merit badge workshops – You can do these on your own if you wish.  You will need to call and get yourself signed up if you are interested. 

    FIRST AID MERIT BADGE WORKSHOP – Counsel is holding a merit badge workshop for First Aid.  Please see attached link for info here:  First Aid Merit Badge

    You can check out stlbsa.org, look under the Scout/Merit badges for more skill centers. –http://www.stlbsa.org/scouts/merit-badges/skill-centers/Pages/Skill-Centers.aspx



    3/14-3/16 – Mastadon State Park Campout

    4/11-4/13 – OA Sprint Conclave @ Beaumont

    4/25-4/27 – Spring Camporee @ S-F


    Summer camp will be at Kamp Kia Kima in Arkansas this year.  It is July 6-12.  Due to online sign up’s we need to start getting commitments and money starting in March.  Cost for camp will be $240, plus gas and any extra charges for badges or activities taken.  Payment schedule will be as follows:

    March 13th – $80

    April 17 – $80

    May 15 – $80


    You can visit kiakima.net to see what there is to offer!!




    BOY SCOUT STEM CAMP – Attached here is info on weeklong STEM Camp at Beaumont.  A great way to learn about and earn merit badges for some of the Science and Technology related badges.  This is a camp you attend on your own.  See Info Link here:  STEM Summer Camp

     NATIONAL YOUTH LEADER TRAINING (NYLT) – This camp is designed for future boy leaders in the troop.  This is a week of learning about how to effectively lead your troop.  Scouts must be 12 at the time of taking the training.  Application must be approved by the ScoutMaster.  For boys wanting to take the training, the troop will pay for 50% of the fee.  See Application Link here:  nylt boy scout participant application 2014

     TRAIL TO EAGLE SUMMER CAMP – For those older Scouts needing to focus on Eagle Required Merit Badges, Counsel again is offering the Eagle to Trail Camp – See link here:  2014 Eagle Trail Flyer – Application here:  2014 Eagle Trail Camp Application



    3/13 – Dessert Court of Honor @ Mesnier (Bring a dessert to share)

    3/13-4/3 – Gooey Butter Cake Fundraiser

    4/17-5/1 – TJ’s Pizza Fundraiser




    Mr. Piel


  • stltroop821 7:04 pm on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    March Scrips 

    Finally, the days are longer!  Today was the first day, in a long time, that all has felt right again.  Spring is peeking around the corner, in 10 short days to be exact.  But who’s counting.  As we spent some time Sunday working in the yard, my mind began making a list of all the upcoming projects around the house.

    As luck may have it this week we turn in Scrips orders.  Please keep in mind all of those projects.  Lowe’s has a 1% bonus this month.  Perfect timing.  Stockpile a couple of cards. The furnace filter probably needs to be changed, new batteries in the smoke detector, and it’s time to put the lettuce in!

    Let me know if you have any questions.  Our email is speedracer5548@yahoo.com.  Remember any *** you see on the order form, indicates a bonus.  Orders due at this Thursday’s COH Troop meeting, and will be returned next Thursday at the meeting. Remember to include the order form with your check.  Your Scouts name must be on the form as well.

    Click here for the Scrips order form March Scrips.



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