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Troop Information:

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Numbers as of May 25th, 2018:

Number of Active Scouts: 17

3 Eagle Scouts, 3 Life, 1 Star, 3- 2nd Class, 7 Scouts. 

2 patrols: (1) 14-17 year olds and (1) 11-13 year olds

 

*We have grown 8 scouts in the past 8 months. We have new, older scouts as well so don't think you are too old to start scouts!

 

Number of Active Adult Leaders: 8 Assistant Scoutmasters (4 Eagle Scouts), several other parents taking on chairmanships. Several new assistant scoutmasters are returning Eagle Scouts from troop 119. This provides direct relatable scouting experience back into the troop on how things need to be done. With all our assistant scoutmasters the troop has well over 100 years of experience in scouting.

 

* Our troop has one of the best supporting parent involvement structures that any troop could wish for. This is critical for the success of the troop and keeping boys in to make their Eagle Scout rank.

 

What is changing at Troop 119:

  • Our troop is becoming younger. Our Eagle Scouts will be aging out late next year leaving us with a troop with the average age of 13. The boys we have in currently are very dedicated and are already showing great leadership potential. This a huge opportunity for any new/young scout joining us in the next two years. The boys will have more in common around interests and ability, making a very tight and cohesive unit.
  • Our troop is going digital: We have a Facebook page, our troop website is coming online and we are transitioning our records to an online system called ScoutBook. The website is to help do several things… It markets our troop for perspective boys wanting to join the Boy Scouts.  The website helps parents know about upcoming events, forms, and typical knowledge transfer types of documents. Scoutbook is an online record keeping system allowing parents, adult leaders to keep track on the progress of ranks and merit badges, awards and past events which their boys have completed.
  • Boy leadership changes. The older scouts currently at Life or Star should be hitting their Eagle Rank and will be showing/guiding the younger boys the ropes. These boys are great examples for our younger boys to look up at. Boys showing and teaching boys is the best way to learn not only skills but leadership as well.
  • We now have a dedicated troop fundraising team. This is what makes scouting activities economical. Our troop and our individual boys have raised a lot of money over the past couple months. We have a very dedicated team of parents helping us out here. The troop typically pays for a percentage of the overall cost of the boys during district campouts and events while the boys can apply the funds that they have saved from working fundraising events towards events fees of their choosing.
  • Adult Leadership changes: The troop committee has been restructured and there has been a scoutmaster changeover. Leadership sets direction. It is important to note that the 3 most important positions on our Troop Committee are all Woodbadge trained. Woodbadge is the BSA adult leadership training course on how to effectively run a boy-led troop. The previous scoutmaster is now the Troop Committee Chairman. The new scoutmaster is taking the best parts of our troop and combining new methods to forge ahead a new chapter at Troop 119 to account for troops with younger aged boys.
  • About the new Scoutmaster: Tony is the new Scoutmaster of troop 119. He is an Eagle Scout and has over 20 years in with the BSA program. He has worked at numerous scout camps as a Program Director, Aquatics Director and a Scoutcraft Director so he has a lot of experience on how to effectively train scouts and scout leaders while having fun.

 

What is staying at Troop 119:

  • Plenty of activities. We strive for at least one campout or outing a month. We strive to diversify the events to accommodate the different likes of the boys. Ultimately the boys pick and choose what and where they want to go.
  • Scouting Skills. The troop itself is over 40 years old. Again… we have over 100 years of camping/scouting experience with our assistant scoutmasters alone. With nearly all of them Eagle Scouts or have been assistant scoutmasters as their boys have become Eagle Scout, this gives the troop the foundation and experience that surpasses most other troops. We have added 5 new assistant scoutmasters over the past 6 months. If you are looking at moving up with your boys to the troop don’t be intimidated. We do have a couple assistant scoutmasters without previous experience join. Adults continue to learn as the boys learn.
  • Eagle Scout / Leadership Opportunities: If the boy wants to get to Eagle Scout, our adult leaders will do what it takes to give every opportunity for that boy to make it while having fun. We had 7 boys make Eagle Scout in 1 year. If the boy only wants to have fun and isn’t interested in being an Eagle Scout that’s ok too. They learn along the way.
  • High Adventure Opportunities. Every other year our troop goes the extra mile and does something big. I mean huge! These events are typically 1 week long. These experiences are lifetime events for both the boys and adults. You can watch boys mature over the span of that experience. This is what we have done so far…
    • 2015: Canoeing at Boundary Waters Canoeing Area in Minnesota. The troop was approximately 2 miles from the Canadian border canoeing into the wilderness. It is beyond impressive to be in the wilderness where few people go. The boys brought back a level of confidence that can’t be earned anywhere else.  Fishing, swimming, camping, canoeing, and laying around in hammocks… awesome.
    • 2017: Sailboat program at the BSA Sea Base located in the Florida Keys. Our boys flew down and spent several days out at sea on a huge sailboat while making port at a couple locations. They snorkeled, fished and earned a couple merit badges along the way. When they got back to land they took an airboat ride in the everglades and visiting an alligator farm.
    • 2019: Mt. Rushmore. Mt. Rushmore week of July 4th 2019. Boys joining this year as well as older boys joining next year will have the opportunity to travel to South Dakota for a week to camp (Medicine Mountain Scout Camp) near Mt. Rushmore for their 4th of July fireworks program. We will be taking several day trips to nearby sites such as:
      • Crazy Horse Memorial & Laser Light Show
      • 1880’s Train: A 20 Mile Adventure.
      • Winds Cave National Park
      • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
      • Mammoth Site

* A summary of these and more are listed below.

 

 

Troop Activity Lineup

 

Big Trip for 2019: Mt. Rushmore week of July 4th 2019. Boys joining this year as well as older boys joining next year will have the opportunity to travel to South Dakota for a week to camp (Medicine Mountain Scout Camp) near Mt. Rushmore for their 4th of July fireworks program. We will be taking several day trips to nearby sites such as:

  • Crazy Horse Memorial & Laser Light Show
  • 1880’s Train: A 20 Mile Adventure.
  • Winds Cave National Park
    • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
    • Mammoth Site

* A summary of these and more are at bottom of the page.

 

Medicine Mountain also an opportunity for boys to take merit badges, zip line, paintball, atv trail rides, etc…

 2018 Activities:

January:

  • Building bat houses with Webelos Den Jan15th at 1pm
  • District Winter Rendezvous at Camp Maumee Jan 19-21
  • Pinewood Derby with cub packs and Webelos Jan 27th

February:

  • Our annual lock-in at the National Guard Amory in Bloomington Feb 9th
  • Scout Sunday Feb 4th
  • Sledding @ Pokagon State Park Feb 16th and 17th
  • Blue and Gold Crossover Feb 20th

March:

  • Campout @ Maumee.

April:

  • District Spring Camporee April 20-22nd

May:

  • Troop Campout at Maumee / Nischa Chuppecat Spring Brotherhood

June:

  • Troop Campout at AIM (our annual Fish Fry)

July:

  • 4th of July week, Summer Camp at Ransburg (Located at Lake Monroe).

August

  • Troop Campout
  • Bloomington Archery Benefit Shoot for the troop trip to Mt. Rushmore

September

  • Troop Campout (Fall Wilderness Survival Campout)
  • Fall Festival @ Ellettsville

October

  • Feast of the Hunters Moon (Lafayette) or Friendship Muzzleloader Scout Day (Friendship, IN) Oct 3-4th

 

Mt. Rushmore other places of interest / activities for 2019 trip:

Mammoth Site

For centuries the bones lay buried, until discovered by chance in 1974 during excavating for a housing development, when earth moving equipment exposed South Dakota’s greatest fossil treasure. Fortunately, through the work of local citizens, the Mammoth Site was preserved. Today it is the world’s largest Columbian mammoth exhibit, and a world-renown research center for Pleistocene.

Wind Cave National Park

A hidden world beneath the prairie…

Bison, elk, and other wildlife roam the rolling prairie grasslands and forested hillsides of one of America’s oldest national parks. Below the remnant island of the intact prairie sits Wind Cave, one of the longest and most complex caves in the world. Named for barometric winds at its entrance, this maze of passages is home to boxwork, a unique formation rarely found elsewhere.

Adams Museum

The Adams Museum is the Black Hills’ oldest history museum. In 1930 pioneer businessman W.E. Adams founded the Adams Museum in downtown Deadwood with the purpose of preserving and displaying the history of the Black Hills.

The Adams Museum is home to some of the Black Hills’ greatest treasures including Potato Creek Johnny’s gold nugget, beloved American illustrator N.C. Wyeth’s pencil sketch drawing of Western legend Wild Bill Hickok, the mysterious Thoen Stone record of the Ezra Kind party’s discovery of gold in the Hills in the 1830s and a one-of-a-kind plesiosaur (marine reptile).

Spearfish Roughlock Falls

A stunning highlight of Spearfish Canyon is Roughlock Falls, widely considered one of the most beautiful locations in the Black Hills. The scenery is so beautiful that cinematographers for the motion picture “Dances with Wolves” decided to shoot its final scenes here.

The name Roughlock Falls originates from difficulties early settlers encountered while traveling through Spearfish Canyon. Wagon drivers would “roughlock” the wheels of their wagons with logs or chains to keep them in place and slide down the slope.

DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery

Constructed in 1899 as the region’s first fish management center, the DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery was responsible not only for introducing trout to the Black Hills, but for being the first to control the fish population in Yellowstone National Park.

Evans Plunge

Swim, splash and soak in the warm mineral water of Evans Plunge Mineral Springs. This indoor/outdoor pool is naturally filled by 5000 gallons of 87 degree spring water. With slides, children’s’ pools, Tarzan rings, tubes, and health club, it will sure to delight the entire family. Groups and buses welcome.

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a large-scale mountain sculpture by artist Gutzon Borglum. The figures of America’s most prominent U.S. presidents--George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt—represent 150 years of American history.

1880 Train

All aboard for a 20-mile journey on a vintage steam train like the ones that helped settle the great American West. Several trips daily between Hill City and Keystone. Enjoy unique shopping at our Train Depot Gift Shops and snacking at the High-Liner Snack Shoppe.

Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak)

Black Elk Peak is the highest natural point in South Dakota. It is the highest point east of the Rockies and west of the Pyrenees mountain range in Europe. It lies in the Black Elk Wilderness area, in southern Pennington County, in the Black Hills National Forest.

Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake, known as the “crown jewel” of Custer State Park, is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It presents a relaxing setting and plenty of exploring opportunties to Scouts.

Crazy Horse Memorial & Laser Light Show

A mythic warrior, a famed artist, his family and a canvas composed of granite are the elements that comprise the legendary past, present and future of the Crazy Horse Memorial.

The Indian Museum of North America, and the adjoining Welcome Center and Native American Educational and Cultural Center, feature more than 12,000 contemporary and historic items, from pre-Colombian to contemporary times. The new Mountain Museum wing helps explain the work behind the scenes, augmenting the introductory “Dynamite & Dreams” movie at the Welcome Center.

From mid-May to mid-October, the storytelling continues each night at dark with the “Legends in Light” laser-light show projected on the mountain carving.

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is one of the nation’s newest national park areas. The park was established by Congress in 1999 and consists of a nuclear missile silo and launch control facility. From this seemingly isolated patch of Midwestern prairie, United States Air Force officers could have launched intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) at targets in the Soviet Union. With the simple turn of keys, nuclear missiles would have been exchanged with the Soviet Union, making real one of the greatest fears of the 20th Century, nuclear war.

Badlands National Park

The Lakota gave this land its name, “Mako Sica,” meaning “land bad.” Located in southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest prolotected mixed grass prairie in the United States. It is desolation at its truest, where you can look for miles and see no sign of civilization.

Devil’s Tower National Monument

Devil’s Tower National Monument, located near Sundance, Wyoming, is a most improbable geological rock formation, sticking up a thousand feet in the air above the surrounding valley like some giant, prehistoric tree-stump. Devil’s Tower was also the setting for the movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

The Alpine Inn

Located on Main Street in Hill City at the historic Harney Peak Hotel. Featuring special dinner menu with European charm. Evening menu offers fine filet mignon steaks, homemade pastries, and fine desserts.

Custer State Park Wildlife Loop

Wildlife Loop Road travels through 18 miles of open grasslands and pine-speckled hills that much of the park’s wildlife calls home. Depending on the day, you might see bison, pronghorn, whitetail and mule deer, elk, coyotes, burros, prairie dogs, eagles, hawks, and a variety of other birds. A medley of colorful wildflowers and prairie grasses surround the road, making for a picturesque drive.

Rockin’ R Rides

Rockin R Rides, Inc. is a professional outfitting business offering trail rides, and over-night trips. Owners, Randy and Peggy (and their dog, Wily!) invite you to capture the spirit of the Old West with a horseback adventure