It was off the hook! – Fishing Derby 7/16

MB_fishingFor this week’s troop meeting, we held a fishing derby and ‘it was off the hook!’ ™ What a GREAT IDEA!

We met at Herrick Lake Forrest Preserve west parking lot and carpooled. It was a short drive, only a couple of minutes at most and when we arrived our host, Mr. Dan Basore, was ready for us. He had hooks, bait, and poles ready for us. Mr. Peterson had met Mr. Basore, a local conservationist and avid fisherman, at an Earth Day event this year. Mr. Basore lives along Herrick Lake Road and has a small pond full of fish ranging from small blue gill all the way up to a few large bass on his property and he graciously invited Troop 35 to come visit and fish.

Mr. Basore shared with us his love of fishing and explained his method of catching fish. He uses a small float, not a bobber, and a hook with the weight attached and for bait, wax worms. His presentation was short – perfect for a group of eager young anglers, and a few old goats. It was a perfect evening for fishing – it was warm and the air still with just enough light to see well. It wasn’t long before one of the young anglers caught a fish. Before long, we had hooked over sixty fish and thrown them back, of course. I am sure a few fish were hooked multiple times but the scouts had a wonderful time and learned a valuable lesson about how to fish. You can see from the photos below, it was a ‘whale of a time,’ even though we didn’t catch one!

Don’t forget, there are two meetings remaining in July and even though the days are moving quickly, there is always time work an advancement requirement, polish off an unfinished merit badge or just to go fishing and practice what Mr. Basore taught us.


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Mid-July T35 Update

jamboSunday, scouts from Troop 35 packed their bags, climbed on to buses and headed off to the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve near Mount Hope, West Virginia. A couple of the troop’s leaders – Mr. Leonard and Mr. Bottom were already there waiting for the troop’s scouts and getting ready for over 40,000 more! They have been tweeting and posting pictures – you can see them re-tweeted on @WheatonTroop35’s Twitter feed on the right hand side of the browser or you can follow along on Twitter.

While there are many scouts making the trip to the National Scout Jamboree there are plenty of scouts staying back waiting (and dreaming) for their turn. The troop has plenty of activities planned for the next month so scouts can enjoy summer to its fullest!

Upcoming Events

  • 7/16 – Troop Fishing Derby “It’ll be an ‘Off the Hook Time:” Come join us for a Fishing Derby! Prizes will be awarded, so bring your poles and be ready for a “whale of a time”! We will meet in the west parking lot (off Herrick Road) and car pool to Mr. Bassor’s pond (not far away) we just don’t want to overcrowd his driveway. Please arrive at 6:45 PM so we can leave a few minutes before 7 PM in order to cast off as early as possible. If you don’t have a pole, come anyway! A Scout is resourceful – we’ll have line and hooks available to make your own pole – and if you have extra poles you are willing to share – please bring those with you as well.
  • 7/23 – Swimming: Come join us for a fun evening of swimming at Rice Lake Pool from 5PM to 8PM
  • 7/30 – PLC: Monthly Patrol Leaders meeting to discuss and plan the events for the coming month. All scouts (and parents welcome)
  • 8/1 – Troop Committee Meeting: Monthly meeting to discuss and plan the coming month’s activities. All parents are welcome.
  • 8/9 to 8/11 – Camping: tent camping at Warren Dunes at Warren Dunes State Park near Warren, Michigan

Other announcements:

  • Work on those advancement opportunities – Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class and beyond – check your scout book to make sure you are prepared to make the move to the next rank
  • Merit badges – do you have any merit badges you need to finish while you have time? School will be back in session before you know it.
  • Do you need to sew anything new onto your uniform? Such as new rank, patrol patches, or job titles? Remember Class Bs are the summer uniform, but see above for the return to Class As after Labor Day.
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Tesomas ReCap

By know the Scouts that returned from Camp Tesomas are home demonstrating their new skills by catching up on chores and fixing things around the house with duct tape and paracord. I am sure the adult leaders are relaxing with an ice cold Mountain Dew.

Here are a few more pictures and videos of events that happened after the Chilly Willy. They say a picture is worth a 1000 words but there is no substitution for being there.

Tesomas Hymn

High above Lake Crystal’s Waters, In among the trees, Flows the banner of Tesomas, Waving in the breeze,

Hail Tesomas, Hail Tesomas, With your Scouts so true,

With the spirit of good Scouting, Hail, O Hail to you!

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Tesomas Day 6

Today started with the Chilly Willy challenge to staff, when we arrived at the waterfront, we were surprised to see three five gallon buckets holding frozen cylinders of ice instead of one. We knew it was going to be a long haul and said a prayer to keep us physically strong throughout the challenge, mentally awake to take advantage of strategy rather than sheer brute strength, and morally straight to prevent any illegal holds or foul words.

The challenge started out with the Three Old Goats, and two of our biggest scouts. We wrestled the ice to the beach twice scoring two points. We had to switch to fresh players for round three because the 1st string gave it all they had, Tesomas Staff, including Steve and Davis (who, by the way, may not get much help from T35 on their eagle projects) scored two points! First string was ready to go back in; but wait the flaming arrows and second year scouts were dying to get in the game and went for it! Our smallest scouts stood up to Tesomas’ biggest staff members…alas we did not win.

We were, however victorious, everyone involved wants to do it again and next year, Troop 35’s scouts will be a little bigger, a little stronger, and a lot smarter.
It’s amazing to see how each scout has truly advanced this week, not only with merit badges and ranks, but also with character, citizenship, and physical fitness. The boys who were homesick at the beginning of the week don’t want to leave now and one of our scouts has signed up to be a counselor in training next summer. The tradition continues and Troop 35 keeps getting stronger every day.

We’ve already asked the camp director to have the ice ready on Day 2 Tesomas next year.

For now we’re focusing on finishing up merit badges and finding our water bottles.  The mile swim and closing ceremonies are all that’s left until we hit the road.

That’s it for the blog for now. We’ll do a recap when we get back. Look for your scout tomorrow at Gary Church between 5:30 and 6:00pm

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Tesomas Day 5

Todays, BLOG will be short, we are all tired and Jonah is doing his campfire program for his Communications merit badge that we all want to go watch. Today was a good day. Brandon B got to sit at the head table at breakfast with the MC’s which is a high honor and really fun. All the scouts are making great progress on their advancements and merit badges. This evening was open night for all activities. Mr Vail helped to run the Tesomas chess tournament. We had great turnout with over half of the participants being from our troop. Hot off the press, the winner was Jack V, with Colin and Garrett in the top four . As I write this, we are strategizing for the Chilly Willy which will be at 6am tomorrow at the waterfront involving troop 35 versus the staff. For those of you that don’t know what that is, it involves water, ice and a little healthy competition. Ask your scouts for more details when they get home.

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