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Troop 216 Upcoming Events

Hi, Troop 216. Attached is a PDF with upcoming events for 2022-2023. You
can print it out and stick it on your fridge!

The next two events are:

– Troop hike tomorrow at SIUE at 10 am. Meet at SIUE parking lot P11 (by
softball & soccer fields).
– Campout at Camp Vandeventer on Friday, August 26th – Sunday, August
28th, with an excursion to Illinois Caverns. This won’t be as intense,
long, wet or muddy as Marengo Caves. Just a nice outing. *See the
attached for information about Vandeventer and Illinois Caverns.*

As of this past Monday, the number of Scouts wanting to go to Vandeventer
is small. So hopefully we get more takers before the permission slips are
due. The permission slip will go out next week and will be due on Monday,
August 22nd.

Any questions, email me at parzivalxf@yahoo.com

Martina

ACTION NEEDED – Troop 216 Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Hi, everyone. We have some rapidly approaching events and payment deadlines.

1. Pre-Camp Swim Classification Tests
– If your Scout wishes to attend the Spring Camporee, the
canoeing segment of the relay race and most of the open boating options
require the Scout to be classified as a BSA swimmer. Swim tests expire
after 12 months, so if your Scout tested last spring, he will need to
re-test. (If your Scout tested at Summer Camp last year, it will still be
valid.)
– Registration: Please email me at parzivalxf@yahoo.com *by
Wednesday, April 13th* to register for one of two swim sessions (cost
is $5):
– Sunday, April 24th at 3:30 pm at Principia School, 13201 Clayton
Rd, St. Louis MO (only 5 spots open)
– Sunday, May 1st at 1:00 pm at the Collinsville/Maryville/Troy
YMCA, 1 Town Center Dr., Maryville, IL
2. Spring Camporee (Camp Warren Levis, May 6-8)
– Payment and Permission: *due Monday, May 2nd*. The permission slip
is attached below.
3. Summer Camp (S bar F, Famous Eagle, June 12-18)
– Registration: If your Scout wants to attend summer camp and you
have not already registered them through the Parent Portal
<scoutingevent.com/?OrgKey=BSA312&reservationFromEmail=true&parentPortal>,
please email me at parzivalxf@yahoo.com to get login information for
the Parent Portal.
– Payment: The Early Bird payment is *due Wednesday, April 13th*
through the Parent Portal
<scoutingevent.com/?OrgKey=BSA312&reservationFromEmail=true&parentPortal>
to
save $20 off the camping fee. (You may also break that up into 2 payments
due 4/29 and 5/31, but you won’t get the discount.)
4. ZBASE (June 25-July 2)
– Payment: The final payment of $250 is *due Monday, April 25th*,
payable to Troop 216 by check, cash or Scout Account.

I know it’s a lot of info, but I wanted to avoid a bunch of separate
emails. Any questions, email me at parzivalxf@yahoo.com. (Do not reply to
this email because the troop Inbox is not regularly monitored.)

Thanks,

Martina Bishopp
Unit Outdoors/Activities Chair

Additional information available on our webpage: www.troop216bsa.com
check the site often for Troop news, resources, calendar updates, etc.

Please note that this email account is not monitored 24/7. If you have a
question for a specific adult leader, please contact them privately.
Troop Committee Chair – Mike O’Koniewski okie135@yahoo.com
Scoutmaster – Mark Mason matlsguy00@gmail.com
Advancements – Barb Kane barbek618@yahoo.com
New Member Coordinator – Tara Kuhne teeku2002@yahoo.com

Fwd: Introduction – Kyle Lamm New DE

An introduction to our new district executive.

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Kyle Lamm <Kyle.Lamm@scouting.org>
Date: Mon, Mar 7, 2022 at 9:51 AM
Subject: Introduction – Kyle Lamm New DE
To: Kyle Lamm <Kyle.Lamm@scouting.org>

Good morning, Scouters

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kyle Lamm the new District
Executive for Cahokia Mounds District! As this week starts it’s my goal to
touch base with you all; to check in and to discuss any needs or wants that
Kevin and I may be able to help with. With that being said, my personal
cell is 1-314-623-3876. Should you need anything please feel free to reach
out to me. I look forward to getting to know your all units and what all
you have going on. Too start the process, below is a little about me and my
scouting past.

I am originally from Wentzville, Missouri and attended college at Missouri
State University majoring in Hospitality & Restaurant Administration. I am
a lifelong Scouter from Tiger to Eagle Scout in Troop 374 (North Star
District). I am also a member of the Order of the Arrow and is Wood Badge
trained. While in college, I served on camp staff with the Ozark Trails
Council and served as a leader for outreach units. I am also a member of
Alpha Phi Omega and Freemasons. My wife Brittney and I have one son,
Jameson, and my down time, I enjoy running and geocaching.

Looking forwards to speaking with you all.

Yours in Scouting,

Kyle Lamm | District Executive of Madison and Bond Counties

*BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA*
*Greater St. Louis Area Council*

4568 West Pine Blvd | St. Louis, MO 63108-

O: 618-207-6422 M 314-623-3876 | *kyle.lamm@scouting.org
<kyle.lamm@scouting.org>*

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Beaver Dam Campout/High Ropes 4/1-3; permission & waiver due by 3/28

We are excited for our upcoming camp out the weekend of April1-3 with
hopefully some beautiful Spring weather! We will camp at Beaver Dam State
Park <www.dnr.illinois.gov/Parks/Pages/BeaverDam.aspx>, about a 45
minute drive, at the Beavers Den site.

On Saturday April 2, 9am to noon, Scouts may participate in the High Ropes
Adventure <www.lakewilliamson.org/eagle-crest/high-ropes/> located
15-20 minutes from the State Park. This is an event that our Troop has
participated in for several years and has found rewarding; however, taking
part in High Ropes is optional. High Ropes requires a signed waiver that
can be found here
<www.christianretreatsnetwork.org/resources/?f=037b0b70-51d7-4851-9407-6065ca09be27>,
on
the above website, or attached below. We will need a minimum of 15
participants at High Ropes with a cap of 20 so please submit your
permission form early. We also need at least four registered adults to
provide supervision and transportation.

Those not camping may meet the Troop at the High Ropes location
<goo.gl/maps/XovnoC76MGEzu1yW6> at 8:45am, found at the Lake
Williamson Christain Retreat at the large white barn.

Please see the attached permission form, due by March 28 but always
accepted sooner, for further details (especially what *not *to wear) and to
indicate camping, High Ropes, or both. Cost is $20 per camper, $30 per
person for High Ropes, or $50 for both.

If any questions, please email or text diane.gill67@gmail.com 618 616
6774

Fwd: Life to Eagle Talk, 6 PM Feb. 28

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Troop 216 <troop216.bsa@gmail.com>
> Date: February 21, 2022 at 9:30:36 AM CST
> To: undisclosed-recipients:;
> Subject: Life to Eagle Talk, 6 PM Feb. 28
>
> 
> I’d like to take some time to meet with Scouts and parents about the Eagle Rank process. Unlike other ranks, there is a rigorous process for approval of the Eagle project, and applying for the rank advancement. This meeting is intended to give an overview and advice on how to prepare.
>
> The District provided an overview earlier this year and this is an opportunity for me to relay that information and our troop experiences with the process to you.
>
> Anyone may attend, AND the Scouts and parents of Scouts who have achieved the Star Rank are highly encouraged to attend.
>
> We will start at 6 PM and conclude before the regular meeting starts at 7 PM.
>
> If you are unable to attend, I plan to have the materials posted on the troop website.
>
> Mr. Mason
>
> —
>
> Additional information available on our webpage: www.troop216bsa.com – check the site often for Troop news, resources, calendar updates, etc.
>
> Please note that this email account is not monitored 24/7. If you have a question for a specific adult leader, please contact them privately.
> Troop Committee Chair – Mike O’Koniewski okie135@yahoo.com
> Scoutmaster – Mark Mason matlsguy00@gmail.com
> Advancements – Barb Kane barbek618@yahoo.com
> New Member Coordinator – Tara Kuhne teeku2002@yahoo.com

Marengo Cave Overnight March 5—rsvp early and no later than FRI FEB 25

Calling all cavers! Troop 216 will be returning to Marengo Cave in Indiana
on March 5th for an overnight stay in the cave. Our Night-in-Cave package
includes a pizza supper, breakfast, and most importantly, natural cave
exploration and guided tours with exciting activities.

The permission and waiver forms may be turned in at any Monday meeting
in February; however, please note there is no meeting on Presidents Day Feb
21. Please message Mrs. Gill up until 5pm Friday Feb 25th to indicate you
will attend IF you have not already submitted the forms at a prior meeting.

We encourage Scouts and parents to sign up early for this memorable
experience as we need a *minimum* of 12 participants and multiple
drivers, PLUS it is an impressive and unique adventure you don’t want to
miss. The drive is just over 3 1/2 hours and they are one hour ahead of
our central time.

For more information, see the Marengo Cave website here
<www.marengocave.com/>
A signed waiver is required for anyone entering the cave waiver here
<www.marengocave.com/assets/cave_exploring.pdf>

Please read the waiver (also attached below) and permission form for the
list of important things to know, wear and bring. It is a comfortable 52
degrees year-round underground but we will get very wet and muddy. A clean
dry change of clothes and shoes is necessary. Please bring either a sack
lunch or lunch money for our meal stop before getting to the cave.

If any questions or concerns or to sign up (no later than Feb 25), please
contact Diane Gill 618 616 6774 diane.gill67@gmail.com

Troop 216 2022 Summer Camping Options

Hi, everyone. Summer will be here before we know it — or at least we hope
so!

We have two summer camping experiences for Troop 216 Scouts:

1. S bar F Famous Eagle Summer Camp (ages 11+) — June 12-18
2. ZBASE High Adventure Base (ages 14+) — June 25-July 2

The attached PDF has information about activities, costs, payment
schedules, and lots of links to additional information. Check it out!

*Please make a note of the payment due dates.* There is a $50 discount for
a Scout if they do both Summer Camp and ZBASE.

Email me at parzivalxf@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Martina Bishopp
Cahokia Mounds District – Camping Committee
Unit Outdoors / Activities Chair, Troop 216, First Christian Church,
Edwardsville

Snow Tubing and Adirondack Camping – February 11-13

Hi, Troop 216. On Saturday, February 12 we will be visiting Hidden Valley,
MO, to participate in the Polar Plunge snow tubing. The Troop will also
have an opportunity to camp in Adirondack cabins at the Beaumont Scout
Reservation from Friday evening the 11th to Sunday morning the 13th.

*TUBING*: Please go online individually to the Polar Plunge Tubing
<www.hiddenvalleyski.com/explore-the-resort/activities-and-events/polar-plunge-tubing-park.aspx>
page *ASAP* to book tickets for *Saturday, February 12* at the *11:30 am
start time*. You need to book individually rather than through the troop
because there is a waiver to complete. Tickets are $29 each for a 2 hour
session. *Don’t wait to book — tickets sell out fast.*

*CAMPING*: Turn in the attached permission slip with payment on Monday,
February 7th by 7:00 pm at the Scout meeting.

Martina Bishopp
Cahokia Mounds District – Camping Committee
Unit Outdoors / Activities Chair, Troop 216, First Christian Church,
Edwardsville