We have enough drivers to get the Troop to and from the train station for the Glacier trip! Thank you to our driver volunteers.
The following parents will be transporting us to the station tomorrow evening:
- Steve P*
- Pat T*
- Alis D*
- Todd K*
- Paul V*
- Kristen N*
Any other parents are welcome to either ride along (if there is an empty seat) or drive to the station to see the Troop off at the depot.
My suggested route of travel to the St. Paul Union Depot is to travel south on Highway 95 to Interstate 94 West. Take I-94 West to the 6th Street exit as you enter downtown St. Paul – the exit is from the left lane. Take 6th Street to Jackson Street and turn left (south) on Jackson Street. Take Jackson Street to Kellogg Boulevard and turn left (east) on Kellogg Boulevard. The Union Depot is 2 blocks east on Kellogg Boulevard on the right (south) side of the street. There is a drop-off lane in front of the depot. If you would prefer to park and go in to the depot, there is a parking ramp or surface lot just east of the drop-off lane.
When we return to St. Paul on the morning of July 17th, the following parents will be transporting us from the Union Depot to the Scout Building:
- Steve P*
- Pat T*
- Heather R*
- Todd K*
- Tara O*
- Kristen N*
I would suggest that these drivers first confirm the anticipated arrival time of the train on the Amtrak website (www.amtrak.com) and all meet at the Scout Building that morning to caravan to the Union Depot together. You can either park in the lot on Kellogg Boulevard immediately east of the depot or in the short-term pick up lane on Kellogg Boulevard (15 minute maximum). You will need to notify either Joe (***-***-****) or Chris (***-***-****) where to meet you once the Troop gets off the train. We will all meet back at the Scout Building to unload the van and trailer before heading home.
Greetings Troop 113,
With school officially done for the year, we can focus on our first adventure of the summer, the Troop Trip to Glacier National Park! I hope everyone is as excited as I am to explore this beautiful part of Montana. But first, let’s get to the details of the trip. Hopefully this email will clear up any questions or concerns you may have, but if you still have any, feel free to contact me or any of the other adult leaders.
I have attached a detailed daily itinerary, daily menu and packing list for your use/reference. We will make every attempt to stick to this itinerary but will remain flexible in the event of any unforeseen issues (i.e.: severe weather, illness, etc.).
Emergency contacts for the trip will be Sean Flaherty (***-***-****) and Joe Reding (***-***-****).
Our base camp will be the St. Mary’s Campground inside Glacier National Park near the village of St. Mary, MT.
Departure for the trip will be from the Scout Building. We will be meeting at 6:00 PM on Friday, June 9thto pack all gear in the trailer and van.
- Everyone should plan to pack all their gear in the trailer except their daypack, which will travel with them on the train.
- Everyone is required to meet at the Scout Building to assist with packing and travel with the Troop to the train
- Scouts should eat dinner before arriving at the Scout Building
- Scouts must be wearing their Class A Uniform.
- Mark and Sean will depart for Glacier with the van and trailer once packing is complete.
- Parent volunteers will transport the Troop to the St. Paul Union Depot (see more about volunteering later in this email)
- The Troop will be travelling on Amtrak Train #7, scheduled to depart at 10:20 PM
- Arrival is at the East Glacier Park Village station between 6:00-8:00 PM on Saturday, June 10th
- Mark and Sean will pick up the Troop at the station and travel to our base camp at the St. Mary’s Campground
Our return trip will have us arriving at the St. Paul Union Depot on Saturday, June 17th.
- The Troop will be boarding Amtrak Train #8 at the East Glacier Park Village station at 9:44 AM on Friday, June 16th
- Anticipated arrival at the St. Paul Union Depot is between 7:00-9:00 AM on Saturday, June 17th(follow this link to verify the arrival time: https://www.amtrak.com/home )
- Parent volunteers will transport the Troop from the Union Depot to the Scout Building
- We will unload the trailer at the Scout Building and put away Troop gear before dismissal
While on the train both to and from Glacier:
- The Buddy System is always in effect
- You are not allowed to exit the train at any of the station stops along the way for any reason
- You should plan to carry your daypack with you on the train
- Any personal items you will need on the train (i.e.: medicine, personal hygiene items, snacks, books, cards, etc.) must be in your daypack.
- You will be on the train for approximately 20 hours so you are encouraged to bring snacks or meals for the ride or money to purchase food on the train
- Joe Reding will have a “bank” available and I highly encourage everyone to “deposit” at least $20 to be “withdrawn” only for meals on the return trip
- Books, games, cards, etc. are encouraged for the train ride but electronics are not recommended for the trip. There is no Wi-Fi on the Amtrak.
- Just a reminder – People will be watching you on the train. Set a good example. You may be the only Boy Scouts these people ever encounter – Leave a good impression on them!
While in Glacier:
- The Buddy System is always in effect
- We will be doing some hiking every day. Everyone will be reminded to dress in layers and carry rain gear. Weather in Glacier can be unpredictable.
- If you follow the suggested packing list, you will be prepared.
- All rules covered in the Troop Bear Presentation will be followed
- We will keep a clean campsite
- Daypacks and smellables will be stored only in the vans or bear box – never in a tent
- Have fun and enjoy your surroundings but always be alert and aware of your surroundings too!
Parent volunteers are needed to transport the Troop from the Scout Building to the St. Paul Union Depot on Friday, June 9th and from the St. Paul Union Depot to the Scout Building on Saturday, June 17th. We have a total of 23 people to transport. It is my expectation that if you have a Scout going on this trip that you volunteer to drive at least one way. Please either email me or call me at (651) 755-3906 to let me know if you are able to drive one way or both ways and how many passengers your vehicle can carry so I can confirm that we have enough help to transport everyone.
Please let me know if you have any question. I’m looking forward to a great trip!
Hello Troop 113, this is Noah. The meeting this Tuesday the 18th has been switched to Scouting For Food. We will be putting up door hangers all around Bayport. Please have scouts show up in red Class Bs, normal meeting time at church. Scouts may also bring bikes to get around, helmets are required to ride. Bikes are not required.
For anyone who is still interested in helping plan the Glacier trip, we will be meeting Monday the 17th at the Scout Building at 6. Don’t forget to bring all the information you have gathered from your research!
The following scouts are signed up to assist with the Fish Fry at the American Legion in Bayport this Friday evening from 4:30 to 7:00 PM
Class A uniforms required. Please no gym shorts or sweat pants. Jeans, Scout Pants or Cargo pants are acceptable.
Thank you for your service!
If anyone is interested in a earning the Oceanography Merit Badge, there is a unique opportunity available for you. Andy E from Troop 226 in Afton (some of you probably remember Andy attended Tomahawk with our Troop two years ago) is organizing an overnight trip to Sea Life at Mall of America on Friday March 10.th at 6:45 PM through Saturday March 11th at 1:00 PM. Cost is $90 for scouts and $65 for adults. We will not be running this as a Troop event so there is no Troop permission slip. However, attached is a parent release form that will need to be filled out and returned to me with payment (Make checks to Sea Life MN) by February 14th if you’d like to attend.
I will assist in making travel arrangements with Troop 226 for anyone interested in carpooling to the event. I’ve also attached an information sheet from Sea Life that you’ll find useful in preparing for the overnight. There is also a prerequisite for the merit badge that you will need to have complete prior to the overnight and merit badge class in order to have the counselor sign off that you have completed the requirements for the badge (see Andy’s email below for details).
Hi Mr Flaherty,
This is Andy Edwards From troop 226. I am planing a Boy Scout trip to Sea Life at MOA – sleep with the ocean life and the Oceanography Merit Badge. Please look over the attachments and information below and let me know if this is something your Troop would like to join Troop 226 for. This will be a fun night with the ocean life. I will need to get a list of participants and payments to Sea Life by Friday February 17th. Could your troop decide by your February 14th meeting? I can make arrangements during that week to collect payments. Please make payments payable to Sea Life Minnesota. There is also a parent release form that will be needed to be turned in on March 10th.
It is Friday March 10th, check in starts at 6:45 and goes until Saturday at 1:00 pm.
Cost: $90.00 ($65.00 sleep over at Sea Life and $25 for the oceanography merit badge class, $65 for adults) One adult chaperone is needed for every 5 kids.
Sleep Under the Sea Includes:
- Night Hike through the Aquarium
- Behind-the-Scenes Tour
- Pizza Party
- Light Breakfast (juice and donuts)
- Souvenir Activity
- Discounts on Gift Store Merchandise
Plunge into the world of oceanography by exploring its many different facets and discovering the amazing and rarely seen landscape under the sea. Get ready to learn about the animals that call the ocean home and to classify those animals by the regions of the ocean that they live in. To wrap up the program, we will go behind-the-scenes to learn about the careers here at the Aquarium and see what it takes to care for thousands of animals!
The Oceanography Merit Badge will be on Saturday morning at 9am. It will go until 1pm.
There is one prerequisite for the Oceanography badge that your scouts need to do prior to their arrival. What they need to do is outlined in red below.
This requirement is to DO ONE of the following:
- Write a 500-word report on a book about oceanography approved by your counselor.
- Visit one of the following:
- Oceanographic research ship
- Oceanographic institute.
Write a 500-word report about your visit.
- Explain to your troop in a five minute prepared speech “Why Oceanography Is Important” or describe “Career Opportunities in Oceanography.” (Before making your speech, show your speech outline to your counselor for approval.)
The scouts will need to create an outline for one of the essay topics or for their speech in advance. Many scouts choose to write their essay on an “Oceanographic Institute” since they are visiting an aquarium. They can create the outline by looking at the Boy Scout requirements for the Oceanography Merit Badge in the blue book. All of the 9 points in the merit badge will be taught and discussed during your class onsite, so they can be great points in the essay. By making this outline in advance, the scouts will have a much easier time putting an essay or speech together onsite. If a scout does not have his essay or speech complete by the end of the program, they will have to finish later and return to get the merit badge counselor to sign off their blue card.
Let me know what you think,
Please let me know if you have any questions.