Family Camp-Out Handout

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  • Family Camp-Out, at 9 Mile Island, June 26, 27, 28.
    • Arrive anytime on Friday – have dinner before arriving or bring your own; leave after breakfast on Sunday.
    • Friday night we’ll have a flag retirement ceremony – bring an old American flag if you have one
    • Saturday’s dinner is at 5:00; awards ceremony is at 7:30.
    • Signup by June 9th for number attending and what you can bring.
    • Bring sports equipment, games, and telescopes etc. – no electronics!
    • This is a family camp-out – parents and siblings are invited. If you need a tent or have questions let us know; we can help you out.
    • Scout & 1 parent are covered thanks to our anonymous donation; additional family members are $10 each.
  • No meeting next TWO weeks (June 3, 10)
  • Last Meeting: June 17th meet at St. Paul’s for a quick meeting then we’ll head out for ice cream
  • If there are anymore achievements or awards let us know and we’ll present them during the Family Camp-Out (including belt loops, pins, arrow points, etc)
  • 990N to North French, turn left then right on Campbell. Go 2.3 miles then right on Tonawanda Creek Rd. After 1.8 miles turn left onto Orbit Dr. 9 Mile is immediately on your left. (40 Orbit Drive 14228 for your GPS)

Tarp (Groundcloth)
Sleeping Bags & Camp Pillows
Air Mattresses or Foam Pads
Flashlights w/ Extra Batteries

Cup w/ lid & labeled

Insect / Mosquito Repellent
Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
Toilet kit – toothpaste and brush, soap, small towel, deodorant, toilet paper
Hiking Shoes & sneakers
Clothes For weekend
Pants / Jeans
Long-sleeved shirt
Sleeping attire (knit hat for cold nights)
Underwear – 2 extra
Rain gear
Sweatshirt and/or Jacket
Hat: a baseball cap for the day and a knit hat a night if it gets cold
Class “A” uniform – for ceremonies
Class “B” uniform – for other times
Water bottle or canteen
Plastic trash bag – 2
Large zip lock – 2

Camera & Film
Books (Tree / Bird Identification or Other)
Folding Chairs
Tent Broom
Notebook and Pen
Cub Scout Handbooks
Sports equipment, bat, ball, glove, football, flying disk toy, etc.
Whistle, compass
Fishing pole & supplies

Bicycles, Skateboards
Guns, archery items, swords, knives or other weapons whether real or fake
Valuable items of any kind
Camouflage clothing
Radios, TV’s and electronic games are discouraged

May 20th – No Meeting

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We will NOT be meeting on Wednesday, May 20th.

Please begin to think about the family campout, June 26th – 28th. This is tent camping, for the whole family. We will have signup sheets next week.

Mr. Eric

Explorer Grylls named Chief Scout

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Intrepid TV adventurer Bear Grylls has been named as the youngest ever Chief Scout.

Grylls, 34, said he wanted to encourage more adults to volunteer so the 33,000 youngsters on waiting lists could join Scout groups.

Grylls was the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest when he was just 23, and has presented television programmes such as Man vs Wild and Escape to the Legion.
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GNFC Elite Volunteer Corps

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The Greater Niagara Frontier Council Boy Scouts of America Wants You!

The Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America is currently recruiting for an “Elite Volunteer Corps”. During these times of funding cutbacks and staff shortages, we are turning to you, our loyal volunteers, for assistance. We are looking for help at our reception desk, filing, data entry, bulk mailings, entering training records, and more. If you have a few hours a week to spare, we hope you will consider joining our corps. If you would like your name added to our master database please call Paulette Voit at 512-6205 or email and we can discuss your areas of expertise.

Webelos Campout Information

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Camping Checklist
Map of Camp Schoellkopf

What? Webelos Campout

Where? Schoellkopf Scout Reservation
1373 Burrough Road
Cowlesville, New York 14037-9754
(585) 591-1171

Take Rt. 400 to the US-20A/NY-78 exit toward E Aurora
Turn left at the end of the exit, under Rt. 400
Keep left at the fork, follow signs for WARSAW
Slight left at Big Tree Rd/E Main St/NY-78/US-20A
Continue 9.1 miles, following Big Tree Rd/US-20A
You’ll pass through Wales Center & Harris Corners
About 1.2 miles past Harris Corners, turn left at Burrough Rd
Continue 2.7 miles on Burrough Rd
Turn right to stay on Burrough Rd – travel 0.5 miles
You’ll see Schoellkopf Rd. on your left – the camp entrace is across from Schoellkopf Rd. – you do NOT go on Schoellkopf Rd.

Once in camp, you may have to check-in at the Quad –
then make your way to Troop #7 shelter

Enter through the main gate & keep straight
Pass the parking area (on left) and Lake Cornelius (on Right)
Make first left possible after parking area
Continue to fork in road, keep left
Sleepy Hollow Troop Site will be on your right
Troop #7 Shelter is on right, after Sleepy Hollow

When? Friday May 15th to Sunday May 17th.
Drop-off Friday from 4pm on
Pick-up Sunday from 10am to noon

Who? Leaders:
Mr. Eric (Webelos 1)
Mr. Mark (Webelos 2)
Mr. Ed (Cubmaster)
Mr. Jim (Doc – Scoutmaster Troop 529)
Mr. Tom (Den Leader)
Mr. Dave (Den Leader)


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I looked further into Dendrochronology, or tree-ring dating.

Via Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Sometimes you may notice a ring with wider growth on one side and narrower growth on the other (A). Competition from other nearby trees can cause this condition. Sometimes uneven growth rings result when one tree falls and leans against another live tree and the live tree grew more on one side to curve up around the fallen tree. Other explanations may include a tree growing on a slope or on slumping ground, or a windstorm may have pushed the tree to lean to one side. When that happens, the tree lays on thicker growth on the side closest to the ground in an effort to grow upright again.

So knowing the sample I brought in last night was from a branch, the thicker rings are then on the underside of branch, as they grow quicker to keep up with the top of the branch, to keep the leaves close to the sky, the sun & the rain.