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.

Klondike Derby and Fat Cat Sleepover, Camp Ware & BUMC, Jan 25-26

posted Jan 12, 2020, 6:10 PM by Paoli 181   [ updated Jan 12, 2020, 6:37 PM ]

For the first time in several years, Troop 181 will be participating in the Klondike Derby on Saturday, January 25, at Camp Ware.  This is an annual winter competition against other troops from Chester County Council. 

This year’s competition has a “Back to the Future” theme that will include judging troop sleds based on the DeLorean time machine theme, answering trivia questions about the movie trilogy and time periods, as well as the usual events such as navigating the sled through obstacle/race courses, knot relays, first aid, fire starting, archery, sling shots, shelter building, among others.

After the event we will come back to BUMC and have a “Fat Cat” sleepover in Schieck Hall.  Scouts can bring cards, board games, and electronics, and play to their heart’s content.  (CyberChip rules would still apply for online content and interaction.)  More details will be forthcoming later on this portion of the event.

Please note that we will NOT have a sleepover Friday night at BUMC as previously announced.  (The church has a conflicting event in Schieck Hall.)  Instead, we will meet Saturday morning in the church parking lot near the shed, then go directly to Camp Ware.  Scouts should eat breakfast before then and pack a lunch for Saturday.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

·         7:15 am Saturday, Jan 25.  Leave from BUMC back parking lot to Camp Ware

·         8:00 to 9:00 am.  Check in   Ware Dining Hall

·         9:00 am.   Opening   Ware Flag Poles

·         9:15 am to 12:00 pm.  Morning Events  Camp Ware

·         12:00 to 1:00 pm.  Lunch

·         1:00 to 3:30 pm  Afternoon Events  Camp Ware

·         3:30 to 4:30 pm.  Tug of War  Front of Ware Dining Hall

·         4:30 pm.   Awards

·         5:00 pm.   Leave Camp Ware for BUMC

·         6:00 pm.    Arrive at Schieck Hall, BUMC, for “Fat Cat” sleepover.

·         Sunday, 8:00 am.   Clean up and leave BUMC.

We will post a more detailed trip fact sheet and waiver form later.  However, the Klondike Derby organizers need a roster of who is participating as soon as possible.  Because of this, we ask that if your scout is participating, please sign up no later than this Tuesday night,  Jan 14.  If the scout is participating in the Klondike Derby but not the sleepover, please make that clear by adding "(derby only)" after the name. 

January Trip


Ridley Creek State Park, Orienteering and Hiking, December 14, 2019

posted Dec 4, 2019, 2:25 PM by Paoli 181   [ updated Dec 8, 2019, 5:24 PM ]

Come join us for a day of tackling an orienteering course, followed by a 5-mile hike. This will satisfy First Class requirements 4a and 4b for navigation. Please read the trip fact sheet for more details and sign up by December 10. 

December Hiking Trip

Cabin Camping and Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Hawk Mountain, Nov. 22-24, 2019

posted Nov 11, 2019, 5:54 PM by Paoli 181   [ updated Dec 27, 2019, 7:07 AM ]

We will be staying overnight in a cabin at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation Friday and Saturday night. Saturday we will have an extended hike along the Appalachian Trail (AT). The Northern Pennsylvania section of the AT has been called “Rocksylvania” for its rocks and boulders, so be prepared with sturdy hiking boots/shoes.  Scouts may bring a compass, map, camera, and/or smartphone for GPS if they’re using it to satisfy rank requirements.  Sunday, depending on weather and energy, we will hike to one of the nearby peaks or take a field trip to Cabela’s store in Hamburg.  Please see the trip fact sheet for more details.  Please sign up online by November 19.  Forms and dues will also be due at the troop meeting on November 19.  

November Campout RSVP

100th Annivers-aree Council-wide Camporee, Hibernia County Park, Oct. 25-27

posted Sep 4, 2019, 6:14 PM by Paoli 181   [ updated Sep 4, 2019, 6:46 PM ]

Please join us for Chester County Council's 100th Anniversary Camporee at Hibernia County Park, October 25-27.  Activities will include fishing on the lake, trail bike riding, hiking, nature and conservation presentations, merit badge opportunities, and an evening arena show. Participants earn the Camporee portion of the Council's 100th Anniversary badge.

We need to register with the council as a troop, so please register below by Sept 11 so we can have an accurate headcount.  The registration cost with the council is $25-$30 per person, but Troop 181 will partly pay for the cost, so you will be responsible for only $10 registration per scout or adult if you register with us by Sept 11. (If you go past the deadline, your share of the registration fee will be $15.)   We will collect the fees later.

While there might be food trucks available at the park on Saturday, we should treat this as a troop camping trip.  We will need to bring tents, gear, trailer, and food for Saturday (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner) and Sunday morning (cold breakfast), as we normally would for a camping trip. Each scout should chip in $15 for groceries beforehand. Scouts should eat dinner Friday before the trip or pack something for the road. Tentatively, let's plan to meet 4:30 pm Friday at the church and leave promptly at 5 pm. 

We will provide more details as we get closer to the event, but please register now so we can meet council deadline. Thank you.

October Campout RSVP

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