A Day at the Zoo (February 2013)
of the Scouts from Troop 412 attended the
Environmental Science Merit Badge Class at the Omaha
Henry Doorly Zoo this last Saturday (Feb 16).
The class consisted of both classroom instruction as
well as field work in the Aquarium and the Lied
Jungle. After the Scouts finished their class
they were free to explore the rest of the zoo.
If you get a chance check out the
Scouts Program page on the Henry Doorly Zoo
website to see what they have to offer your Scouting
organization. They have merit badge classes
for Oceanography, Nature, Environmental Science,
Mammal Study, Bird Study, Insect Study, Reptile and
You can see all of the photos from the day at the
Henry Doorly Zoo in the
Klondike Derby (February 2013)
Troop participated in this year's Winter Mid-America
Council Camporee at Little Sioux Scout Ranch.
In a Klondike Derby, Scout patrols acting as huskies
pulled specially designed homemade sleds around a
field course marked by stations named for towns or
cities, such as Dawson or Fairbanks. At each town
the Scouts worked together, solving problems, as
well as participated in contests and other
There were around 20 or so troops at the camp and
around 200 or so scouts participating in the
activities. Troop 412 took 3rd place in the Spear
throwing contest. Brandon took 3rd place in the 22
rifle shooting contest and Blake threw a perfect
bulls eye with a tomahawk at 15’. We also took 2nd
place in our group of teams in the Klondike sled
race. We think we were 4th overall by just a few
seconds in the race. You can see the Feb 9, 2013
You can see that the snow was in short supply that
Our previous Klondike Derby was Jan 24, 2009.
It got down to -5 degrees at night! This year
the temperature was around 32 degrees, so it was
relatively warm in comparison to our previous
Klondike. You can see some old photos of the
2009 "Winter Freezeree"
at this link in the Photo Gallery. A short
video of the 2009 Klondike race is
You can find more photos of the February Klondike
here in the Photo Gallery.
November 2012 Campout
Troop 412 enjoyed their November campout at Buzzy's
place near Tabor Iowa. The temperatures were
warm (for November) in the day and cool in the
evening. The Troop's activities included a compass course,
a Totin' Chip class, a Firem'n Chit class and Capture the flag.
Some of the older Scouts in the Troop decided to
camping, while the others stayed at base camp.
The Troop enjoyed a
fantastic sunrise on Sunday morning. Later
in the morning on Sunday, Buzzy took the Scouts on a
hike to find deer sheds (antlers that have fallen
You can see all the photos from the November 2012
campout near Tabor Iowa
here in the Photo Gallery.
Camp Wakonda (September 2012)
412 camped at Camp Wakonda in Bellevue, Nebraska for
their September 2012 campout. The Troop has
been here many times before but this was the first
time that we camped at the south end at the Chase
campsite. Each Patrol in the Troop cooked some delicious
meals including (breakfast) hungry man, burrito
breakfast sandwiches, (lunch) rice balls, meatball
BBQ ribs, fries, pot roast,
Ranger Ham Mac & Cheese and
Troop enjoyed the beautiful fall weather and learn
some new games like British Bulldog, Cranes & Crows,
Steal the Bacon and Ultimate Capture the Flag.
You can see photos from the September 2012 campout
here in the Photo Gallery.
Indian Cave State Park (June 2012)
scouts of Boy Scout Troop 412 camped at Indian Cave
State Park on the weekend of June 15th through 17th.
This is the first time the Troop had camped at this
location although, some of the Scouts had been here
before as Cub Scouts
with Pack 412 in 2008. The weekend
was both sunny and rainy, but the Scouts were able
to keep mostly dry underneath their large carport
style tent. The large tent was graciously
donated by the Marshall and Reynolds family 2 years
ago, and is perfect for the Troop to cook underneath
during summer thunderstorms.
Indian Cave State Park has wonderful living-history
activities including a fully working
blacksmith shop, soap making, candle making and
broom making. The park has a large group campsite
as well as some nice secluded tent camping spaced
out nicely so that campers aren't crammed into a
small confined area.
Four of the newer Scouts were taught by the Senior
Patrol Leader knife and axe skills.
Half of them were able to pass their Toten'
Chip test and earn the right to carry their pocket
knife and use the axe and saw to cut wood for the
The other two Scouts will be able to retake their
test at the next Troop meeting to earn their Toten'
The cave itself is more of an outcrop of rock in the
side of hill, nevertheless it is not disappointing.
You can easily identify several
engravings) etched on the rock wall. The
ancient Indian picture writings depict forms, shapes
and scenes, mostly of elements of nature and
Off course we had to stop by the St. Deroin
gravesite of the colorful and legendary character
Indian Cave offers some nice scenic views of the
Missouri River and some extensive walking trails.
Photos from the Troop's campout can be viewed
here in the Photo Gallery.
April 2012 Soaring Eagle Spring Camporee
Troop 412 enjoyed a nice weekend on April 27-29 at
Camp Fontanelle along with many other BSA Troops in
the Soaring Eagle District.
Camp Fontanelle is located just north of
Freemont Nebraska. The theme for the campout was
medieval days complete with knights, wizards and even
a princess. Activities at the Spring Camporee
included Obstacle Course, Orienteering, Tomahawk
Throwing, Exploring and a Service Project.
During the Saturday night campfire 3 of our Scouts
were "called out" for Order of the Arrow, a national
You can see photos from the April Spring Camporee at
here in the Photo Gallery. Here are a few
other multi-media images that you can view from this
March 2012 Campout at Two Rivers State Park
Troop 412 camped at Two Rivers State Park for their
March 2012 campout.
They hiked 6 miles and found 3 GeoCaches, fished and
held Scout Olympics. Two Rivers State Park must be a
popular camping location for Boy Scouts because
there were 6 other Scout Troops at the State Park
You can see photos from the March 2012 campout at
Two Rivers State Park
here in the Photo Gallery.
Webelos Crossover (Feb 2012)
Webelos Crossover or bridging ceremonies are special
because it represents a transition from Cub Scouts
to Boy Scouts. When a boy has completed the
requirements to join the Boy Scouts he then selects
a Troop to join and the Scouts in that Troop welcomes
him during a crossover ceremony. Troop 412 have
four such crossovers expected this Spring. We had
two this month and the last one had special
significance because the two new Scouts were
welcomed by their older brothers. Two Webelos, Evan
and Wesley, from Pack 86 chartered by Adam’s
Elementary joined our Troop this weekend and during
the crossover ceremony their older brothers replaced
their Cub Scout neckerchiefs with their new Boy
Scout neckerchiefs. Welcome to Troop 412
Wesley! We hope your path down the Boy Scout trail
is rewarding and meaningful.
You can see photos of the
Pack 86 crossover on the photo gallery.
this video of former Cubmaster Jon Lyster
(presently Scoutmaster for Troop 412) leading Pack
86 in an old favorite, Penguins Unite.
What are the requirements to join the Boy Scouts?
The requirements have changed over the years, but
2012 requirements according to national is
“Your son can be a Scout if he has completed the
fifth grade and is at least 10 years old or is age
11 or has earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at
least 10 years old, but has not reached age 18.”
Got that? I think I need a flowchart or something.
I think it’s easier to understand if the statement
is broken down like this:
||Your son can be a Scout if....
||He has completed the fifth grade and is
at least 10 years old
||is age 11
||has earned the Arrow of Light Award and
is at least 10 years old, but has not
reached age 18
January 2012 Mahoney Campout
January campout for Troop 412 was at Mahoney State
Park. Temperatures were pretty cold (5 degrees with
the wind chill) but the Troop bundled up and enjoyed
their campout. There was a large turnout for
this month's campout. They had an opportunity to
take the Skating Merit Badge at the Mahoney ice
skating rink. Several scouts and adults help the
Zamboni clean the ice and tested the theory of how
hard ice can be. We were joined by our District Exec
Tyler Wisecup however he was a little shy to putting
on the skates and chose rather to laugh at other
scouts and scouters. He has posted some nice
photos that he took of the Troop
here. The adult patrol had fun
experimenting with new ways to cook chicken and
various other food items in a deep fat fryer.
You can find photos of the Troop skating and camping
here in the Troop Photo Gallery. You can
see a short video
A Night at the Museum (Nov 2011)
Scouts of Troop 412 spent the night in November at
the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland
Nebraska. The Museum put on a wonderful
program for the Aviation Merit Badge. The
Scouts were able to talk to a pilot, tour the museum
and ride in the flight simulator. The
activities wrapped up around 11:30 PM and the Scouts
slept underneath the SR-71 Blackbird.
After the night at the museum the Troop finished
their weekend camping at nearby Eugene T. Mahoney
State Park. They worked on their camping and
orienteering skills and enjoyed the pleasant
You can find photos of Troop 412's
visit to Strategic Air & Space Museum and Mahoney
State Park in the
Tabor Campout (August 2011)
412 spent some time working on survival skills
during the August Campout in Tabor, Iowa.
The Scouts learned about starting a fire without
the use of matches.
Flint & steel was a
popular technique as well as battery & and steel
wool. The Scouts learn how to
shelter with tarps and ground cloths.
Water filtration and solar stills were a handy
way to get water from the local environment, and
a bright flash of light could be created from a
to signal for help. (See the
signal mirror demonstration.)
Gone were the Dutch ovens and patrol boxes.
Instead the Troop dug into MRE's and dehydrated
backpacker meals. And of course, they always enjoy seeing Buzzy's
custom 3 wheel Army
Picture can be found
here in the photos gallery.
Camp Cedars Summer Camp (July 2011)
Troop 412 enjoyed another wonderful Summer Camp
at Camp Cedars this July. This marks the
6th stay at the camp for our 6 year old Boy
Scout Troop. The Scouts learned to cope
with the excessive heat by drinking plenty of
water, wearing hats, and staying in the shade
whenever possible. We brought along many
1st year Summer Camp campers as well as some
veteran campers that were introduced to
The scenic view at Pohawk Point at Camp Cedars
Many photos of the July 2011 Summer Camp at Camp
Cedars are available
Camp Wakonda Campout (June 2011)
The Troop had it's first campout without
snow in many months. We did see some rain
and many, many mosquitoes.
How many mosquitoes? Well, they were
so thick that we could hear them in swarms in
the evenings. It sounded like a electric
power lines were next to the campsite.
Photos of the June 2011 campout at Camp Wakonda
Eagle Court of Honors (May 2011)
Billy and Andrew had their Eagle Court of Honors
this Spring. This now brings the total
number of Scouts to achieve Eagle Rank in Troop
412 to three. The first Scout to earn the rank
of Eagle was Josh who earned it in April 2008.
Billy had his Eagle Court of Honor on April 17th,
Andrew on May 14th. Congratulations Billy &
Andrew! Photos for Billy and Andrew's Eagle
Ceremonies are available
First Troop Meeting Photos
I found some old photos of Troop 412's first
Troop Meeting! It was held on March 27,
2006 in the
church's multi-purpose room. We've since
then outgrown the multi-purpose room and now
meet in the Lakeview room. See the photos
of the meeting here. Mr. Auch was
Scoutmaster at the time and we had five Scouts
present. There was a Committee Meeting
before the Troop Meeting and many of the
original leaders were in attendance.
Photos are available
in the Photo Gallery.
Spring Camporee (April 2011)
Troop 412 participated in the Soaring Eagle
District Spring Camporee on April 15-16th at
This was one of those campouts that showed
how the weather in Nebraska can very quickly and
unexpectedly. Friday night the Troop
battled against 40
mph winds, 33
degree temperatures, and blowing snow while
trying to setup their tents. On Saturday
afternoon the skies were clear and the
temperatures were in the 60's. Some
Scouts and Leaders even had mild sunburns.
The campout featured an "Iron
Patrol Chef" cooking competition. Troop 412's
entry was Dutch oven cooked bratwurst and
sauerkraut. Other Patrol competitions at the
Well over 50 Troops participated in this
year's Camporee and tents were spread out as far
as the eye could see.
- Kim's Kitchen – This tested the
- Pancake relay – The Patrol had to start
a fire, cook a pancake, take it to the syrup
station, bring it back to the feeding
station for the Patrol Leader to eat.
- Cook gadgets – This demonstrated the
Patrol's pioneering skills.
- Cooking knowledge test – a written test
created by a chef for each patrol to
- “Toxic Cooking Oil” transport – an
exercise in teamwork.
Picture above (Click
on photo to zoom in): At 9:00 AM on Saturday
April 16th, there was still snow on the ground
from the night before. The sun was
starting to shine and warm things up. The
Troop's two new green Eureka 5 man tents are in
the center of the photo. The "carport"
tent was used as a wind block (just to the left
of the new tents). Notice the propane
tanks and patrol boxes tied to the carport tent
to keep it from taking flight from the strong
above (Click on photo to zoom in): Two
hours later at 11:00 AM the snow has melted and
the temperature is beginning to rise quickly.
Later in the afternoon all of the heavy coats were
shed and we experienced some unexpected mild
sunburns in the 60 degree
temperatures and clear skies. Most of the
other Troops at the Camporee were located in the
upper right and section of the photo.
All the photos from the April 2011 Spring
Camporee at Camp Cedars can be found
here in the
March Campout at Wakonda
Troop 412 camped at Camp Wakonda in Bellevue,
Nebraska this March 2011. Unseasonable snowy
weather kept the Troop huddled close to the fire
when they weren’t busy with Patrol activities.
Scouts were active with fire building and wood
crafts training for their Totin' Chip and
Fireman chit. Scouts that braved the elements
this weekend will earn their Polar Bear patch.
Camp Wakonda is adjacent to Fontenelle Forest
and Scouts had several hikes into the snowy and
You can find more photos of Troop 412's campout
at Camp Wakonda
here in the Photo Gallery. The Troop
has camped at Wakonda several times before in
the past few years. You can see
information on those campouts
Old Scouts welcome new Scouts (March 2011)
It's been several months since this site has
been updated with Troop events. I normally
post about the happenings of the Troop; whether
it's our monthly campout, service project or
fundraiser. This month instead I'd
like to reflect on the changes the Troop has
seen this winter.
These last few weeks the "old" Scouts of
the Troop (Star, Life and Eagle) have been busy
welcoming the new Webelos Cub Scouts from local
Cub Scout Packs. Scouts from the Troop
take part in the crossover or bridging ceremony
along with the Scoutmaster. The Webelos
and parents are at one side of a small wooden
ceremonial bridge and the at the other side the
representatives of the Troop are assembled. The
Webelos Cub Scout parents remove their old
neckerchiefs and the Boy Scouts place their new
Troop neckerchiefs on their uniforms.
Bridging is an important ceremony for 2nd-year
Webelos. It marks their official transition from
Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts The Troop has
embraced 12 Webelos Cub Scouts in 3 bridging
ceremonies from local Packs in the last few
weeks. There are a few photos from the
Pack 86 bridging ceremony.
The Youngest Cub
and the Oldest Scout at Olympia (Leslie
McCreadle, aged 8, and the Earl of
Meath, aged 80). From: The Jamboree
Book, 1920, Boy Scout Association
during the winter two of the Troop's Scouts have
passed their Eagle Board of Reviews in order to
achieve the Eagle Rank. Billy and Andrew are two
of the original Scouts that were in the Troop
when it started in 2006. They both worked
very hard over the last 5 years to earn their
Eagle Rank. Their Eagle projects last year
involved building improvements for
their church and at
This now brings the total number of Scouts to
achieve Eagle Rank in Troop 412 to three. The
first Scout to earn the rank of Eagle was Josh
who earned it in April 2008. Since then
Josh has turned 18 and this winter has
transitioned in to an adult leadership role as
November 2010 Campout
412 had it's November campout at Two Rivers State
Park. We arrived Friday night and were meet with
driving cold rain/slush. The Troop quickly setup a
wind break with the "carport tent". After Friday's
bluster start the weather was much improved for
Saturday & Sunday. Both days were dry and sunny
which gave us an opportunity to dry out and work on
Fishing and Animal Tracking merit badges. Several of
the older scouts taught the younger scouts fire and
woodsmanship skills for their Fireman Chit and
Totin' Chip cards.
was our first campout at this State Park and we
camped near Lake #1 in the LakeSide campground area.
The park was visited by hunters (bird & deer) but
mostly the park was empty from campers.
The Tracking Merit Badge was first offered to
Boy Scouts in 1911 and was discontinued in 1952.
It was reintroduced for one year in 2010 in
honor of the 100 year anniversary of Boy Scouts.
Carpentry, Pathfinding and Signalling Merit
Badges were also reintroduced for a limited one
year only run as well. The original name of the
Tracking Merit Badge was "stalking", but was
renamed to "tracking" because of the modern day
negative meaning. This Merit Badge teaches the
Scout how to find, identify and evaluate tracks
of birds and animals. Here is a sample
Submit satisfactory evidence that he has trailed
two different kinds of wild animals or birds on
ordinary ground far enough to determine the
direction in which they were going, and their
gait or speed. Give the names of animals or
birds trailed, their direction of travel, and
describe gait and speed; or submit satisfactory
evidence that he has trailed six different kinds
of wild animal or birds in snow, sand, dust, or
mud, far enough to determine the direction they
were going and their gait or speed. Give names
of animals or birds, their direction of travel,
and describe gait and speed.
You can find more photos of Troop 412's campout
at Two Rivers State Recreation Area
Information on the new Tracking Merit Badge and
also the original historic Merit Badge book can
be found in the