2017 Troop 113 Slideshow

Good evening,

Again this year, I will be putting together the troop slideshow for the Court of Honor at Christmas Camp.  If you have photos from any of our troop meetings and/or events that you would like to have included, please find a way to get them to me in the next week.  I will be at the troop meeting on November 21st if you would like me to make copies from a flash drive or phone.

Thank you,
Max Vogel


Eagle Scout Service Opportunity

Hey Troop 113, it’s Noah. This Sunday at 10:30 AM I will be putting up church signs in Bayport to complete my Eagle Project. Scouts can get service hours for helping, and lunch will be provided. There will be heavy lifting, so adults are also requested to help as well. We will be meeting at the First State Bank on the North side of Bayport. Please respond if you can make it.Thanks!



BSA Health Forms and Permission Slip

Hello Everyone,
Here is your friendly reminder to submit your annual physicals/BSA Health Forms (with a doctor’s signature) for all scouts and parents/adults who will be attending camps this year.  Most everyone’s physicals will be expiring soon (see list below) and will be needed in order to attend this year’s trips lasting longer than 72 hours (such as Glacier and Tomahawk).  In addition, please complete the attached “Shooting Sports Permission Slip”, which allows your son to participate in BSA camp shooting activities.
Please send me 2 copies of each of the following :
1. Completed attached BSA health forms, pages A, B (section B is actually 2 pages) and C,
2. Immunization records
3. Front and back copies of your insurance cards
4. Shooting Sports Permission Slip
While I need 2 copies of these forms, please keep a copy of the forms for your own records!  I will make 2 complete files of the forms.  One will be submitted to Camp Tomahawk and the other will accompany the leaders on all camping trips for the upcoming year.
I realize that many of you are new to Boy Scouting and may have questions.  Please give me a call, text or email and I’ll be happy to help.  One last request, if you could please respond to this email, it would help me to know that I have reached you and have a working email address for you.
Thank you so much,
Peggy Franklin
PS  FYI, I am a nurse anesthetist and am bound by HIPAA rules at work and at home.  All troop physicals are to be kept confidential by the leaders and shredded as they expire.
Scouts-Physical Expiration Dates:  
JC 6/24/17
JD 6/29/17
LD 6/16/17
AE 7/5/17
JF 6/6/17
PG 3/20/18
NK 6/9/17
MK 7/11/17
AM 6/16/17
SN 6/2/17
EN 9/12/17
AP 9/26/17
RP 9/26/17
MR 3/27/16
JR Needs form C
NS 6/6/17
SS 6/16/17
WT 9/6/16
BT 7/22/17
JT 7/15/17
AV 5/17/18
MV 6/9/17
NW 6/9/17
Adults Physical Expiration Dates, those not listed are not on file or outdated:
EC 7/1/16
DD 4/6/17
SF 6/10/17
JF  7/18/17
CN 6/29/17
CP 11/2/17
JR  6/13/17
JS 6/3/17
MS 6/7/17
DW 6/9/17

Memorial Day Weekend Activities

Troop 113,Just a reminder about a few activities this weekend:

 Saturday, May 27th at 9:00 AM we will be assisting the American Legion by placing flags on veteran’s markers at the Hazelwood Cemetery in Bayport. Your Class B can be worn for this activity. We will be placing flags rain or shine. This project qualifies for service hours.

 Monday, May 29th at 7:30 AM we will be setting up chairs in Hazelwood Cemetery for the Memorial Day Program prior to the parade.

 Monday, May 29th at 8:00 AM we will be assembling in front of Anderson Elementary for the Memorial Day Parade. You must be in your Class A uniform to march in the parade. Scout shorts or pants are preferred but other pants or shorts are acceptable – Absolutely No sweat pants or athletic shorts. Feel free to wear your merit badge sash as well. The parade will end at Hazelwood Cemetery and we will be handing out programs at the entrance and taking a Troop photo before scouts are dismissed. 

 Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you all this weekend!




Travis Eagle Scout Project Sat. Volunteers Needed!

Hello this is a reminder that I am doing my Eagle Scout project Saturday (May 13) morning at 10:00 am for about an hour or so. Meet at Bethlehem Lutheran church. It is the book drive for Andersen Elementary.  We will be picking up books from Bayport and Inspiration.  If you want to use your bike, bring a helmet and be aware of bike safety laws, we will be using the buddy system.  Everyone should bring a water bottle and wear class B any color.  I’ll bring snacks.
Let me know if you can come. thanks Travis.

Glacier Park Trip Info

Hello Troop 113, this is Noah. For anyone going on the Glacier National Park trip this summer, there is an option for scouts to go whitewater rafting, and/or take a boat tour in Glacier. The rafting would cost $60 added onto the original price of the trip, and the boat tour would be an additional $18. If you are interested, please let us know at the Court of Honor on May 16th. This Court of Honor is mandatory for anyone going to Glacier, and a parent/guardian must attend with each Scout. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!



You can Help Troop 113

….by becoming a Merit Badge Counselor!!  Its easy to sign up, fun to do, and it helps the Scouts achieve Rank Advancements!!  See quotes below from existing counselors in our Troop…

Joe Redding said….”At one point I wanted to be a teacher at Stillwater High; Instead, I became a Merit Badge Counselor and now my life is complete!”

Sean Flaherty noted…”I would pick 20 Merit Badges to teach if BSA would let me; Sadly, I have to stick to only 10…”

Chris Nubern added….”Where else can you go and teach class in your boxers with a sports jacket and tie…I am thinking about quitting my job and doing this full time!!”

Mark Schoolman concluded…”By day I wear a white coat and fill prescriptions, but at night I get to let my hair down and play in the dirt as I teach Gardening Merit Badge!!!”

Really folks, there are too many quotes to fit on this page.

The attachments to this email help illustrate two things.  First, the excel file shows all of the Troop 113 adults currently signed up as counselors.  As you can see, we have great participation but more help is needed.  Because there are so many merit badges to pick from, it is easy to find a merit badge that matches your interest.  Imagine, you get to teach the scouts about something you enjoy doing yourself…easy, rewarding, and fun to do!!

The word document shows how you can use the BSA website to sign up for becoming a merit badge counselor.  As the document indicates, all new and existing counselors are required to sign up no later than May 21, 2017 and there is no fee required.

If you have any questions about becoming a new counselor or re-registering as an existing counselor, please talk with any of the adult leaders.

Thanks for your interest and I look forward to seeing some new people on our list!!

Chris Nubern




Event Information

Oceanography Merit Badge Opportunity

Troop 113,

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
  • T-shirt
  • 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:

  1. Write a 500-word report on a book about oceanography approved by your counselor.
  2. Visit one of the following:
  3. Oceanographic research ship
  4. Oceanographic institute.

Write a 500-word report about your visit.

  1. 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,

Andy Edwards


Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,