Troop Meeting at BUMC - March 6, 2021 at 10 am

posted Feb 13, 2021, 10:37 AM by Paoli 181

Direction Facing game, Totin’ Chip training, Fuzz Stick Relay.  The Fuzz Stick Relay is only open to those who earned their Totin Chip. 

Class B, mask, gloves, pocket knives, softwood sticks 9” long and ½” thick. 

Geocaching event - February 27, 2021, 10 am

posted Feb 13, 2021, 10:32 AM by Paoli 181   [ updated Feb 13, 2021, 10:33 AM ]

Place and details to be determined by scouts at previous Tuesday meeting. Scouts can bring a cell phone to use as their GPS device for geocaching.

Mask, water, GPS device.

Class B

Valley Forge Hike - February 20th, 10am

posted Feb 13, 2021, 10:23 AM by Paoli 181   [ updated Feb 13, 2021, 10:26 AM ]

Trails, details, etc., will be determined at previous Zoom meeting. Family members welcome.

Mask, water, snacks, hiking shoes/boots. Full packs for Philmont crew. Class B

Virtual Troop Meeting - February 16, 2021, 7:30 pm

posted Feb 13, 2021, 10:19 AM by Paoli 181   [ updated Feb 13, 2021, 10:27 AM ]

 First 5 minutes planning for Valley Forge hike, followed by

Consolidated meeting for both virtual and in-person meetings

Online quiz games covering topics in line with Presidents’ Day, Black History Month, and scouting trivia. 

Class B.

Geocaching at Wilson Park

posted Jan 13, 2021, 10:53 AM by Paoli 181

Scouts should wear Class B uniforms. Scouts will find a geocache in Wilson Park with the geocache merit badge counselor.

Masks must be worn. Dress for weather.

Virtual classroom training for Geocaching merit badge.

posted Jan 13, 2021, 10:50 AM by Paoli 181

The Scouts working on the Geocaching merit badge should research answers to #1-5 on the Geocaching MB worksheet in preparation for this virtual session.  

Scouts should wear Class B uniforms.

Skippack Creek Loop Trail, Collegeville PA

posted Jan 13, 2021, 10:42 AM by Paoli 181   [ updated Jan 13, 2021, 11:02 AM ]

Sign up for the hike here by Thursday:

Mask, appropriate hiking clothes/shoes for the weather, water, packed lunch. Full pack for Philmont crew.

 Family members are welcome to join hiking trips, but they must wear masks.

Paddling and Cycling Family Day Trip, Oct 4, 2020

posted Sep 24, 2020, 5:39 PM by Paoli 181   [ updated Sep 27, 2020, 4:17 PM ]

Scouts and family members are all welcome to kayak or canoe 5 miles down the Schuylkill River, then bike back on the Schuylkill River Trail.  Trip will be roughly 4 hours on Sunday, October 4, including commuting time to and from Pottstown, PA. 

We will meet 12:15 PM at the back parking lot of BUMC near the supply shed and leave at 12:30 p.m.  Those who plan to go directly to the outfitter in Pottstown should be there by 1 PM. (See the fact sheet for the address.) We should be back by 5 p.m.

Cost is $32 for a solo kayak and $52 for a canoe or tandem kayak. Prices assume we will have at least 20 participants to qualify for the 20% group discount.

Non-swimmers or those under age 12 must go in a canoe or tandem kayak with a parent or older sibling.  Everyone needs to bring a safety helmet for bicycling.  You can bring a bicycle or borrow one under the “Bike Pottstown Initiative” but the latter has ONLY adult-size bikes. We suggest adults borrow bikes but bring bikes for children who cannot ride adult-size bikes. (The outfitter will transport children’s bikes to the midway point between the two legs of the trip, but they will not transport your adult bikes.)

Please read the attached trip fact sheet for more details.  If you and your family members plan to go, please RSVP in the sign up form below by September 29

The second page of the fact sheet attachment is the troop consent and release form.  Please fill out the consent form, sign it, and bring to the scout meeting on September 29, along with a check made out to “Troop 181” for the cost of the boat rental.  If you want to pay through the Venmo app instead, we will send out instructions via a separate email. There is a separate waiver form for the outfitter that you need to fill online:

Social distancing will be observed as a precaution against COVID-19.  Scouts will travel with their parents.  There will be no carpooling, unless the scouts were already in regular contact with each other.  Please bring a mask for those occasions when social  distancing can’t observed.

This will be our first troop trip since the pandemic hit.  Let’s make it a safe and enjoyable one.

Family Paddling and Cycling Trip, Pottstown and Schuylkill River

ATV Adventure, Henson Scout Reservation, March 20-22, 2020

posted Feb 28, 2020, 7:06 PM by Paoli 181

Our March 20-22 trip will include ATV riding at Camp Henson.  Cabin camping Friday and Saturday night.  We will stay in the Longhouse Bunkhouse which has a woodstove for heat.  Saturday we will participate in Henson Scout Reservation’s ATV Adventure Program which is designed to give Scouts the opportunity to learn the basics of safely riding an All-Terrain Vehicle to maximize rider safety and minimize the impact that ATVs have upon the environment.

ATV program is limited to the first 8 Scouts age 14+ who sign up online and provide the $50 trip deposit. (If Camp Henson allows a second shift, we may expand beyond 8 scouts.)  Forms and deposit due on March 10

Scouts must take an online safety course beforehand and bring the certificate. See the fact sheet for more details.

March Campout RSVP


Family Ski Trip, Jack Frost, Feb 22-23, 2020.

posted Feb 3, 2020, 6:46 PM by Paoli 181

Our annual two-day ski trip will be at Jack Frost this year. This trip is open to siblings and other family members. We will stay overnight at YMCA Camp Kresge in White Haven, PA. We will be in a heated facility with bunk beds, but scouts should bring sleeping bags.

We will leave 7 AM Saturday, Feb 22, from Berwyn United Methodist Church (BUMC) and return to BUMC approximately 5 PM Sunday, Feb 23.

You must RSVP by February 11. Email Steve Ostien directly at and indicate names, relationship (scout, parent, sibling, etc.), and which option below for each individual.  The options and cost breakdown are as follows: 

If you have your own equipment and helmet = $128.  Includes 2 day lift tickets, one night of lodging, dinner, and breakfast

If you rent equipment and want lessons = $165.  Includes 2 day lift tickets, rentals, 2 lessons (one on each day), one night of lodging, dinner and breakfast.

If you rent equipment and don’t want lessons = $155 for scouts, $165 for adults.  Includes 2 day lift tickets, rentals, lodging, dinner and breakfast.

Helmet rentals are separate = $10 each day, for a total of $20.  All youths MUST wear a helmet.

If you plan to rent ski equipment at Jack Frost, you must complete the attached Jack Frost rental form and bring to our troop meeting February 18.  Also bring payment and the completed troop consent form (2nd page of the trip fact sheet).

Be aware that you can rent ski equipment for the weekend from ski retailers like Buckman’s in King of Prussia. This can save time as you don’t need to get fitted at Jack Frost.  However, it does mean you will have to transport the equipment to and from Jack Frost.  It may also end up costing more because of the favorable deal with Jack Frost that weekend.

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