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Swim Tests & Summer Camp Payment

Hi, Troop 216.

*Swim Test, Sunday 4/11*
As part of the Spring Camporee there will be a canoeing leg of the relay
race as well as an open boating session. Scouts and adults who will be
canoeing will need to be a BSA Swimmer per the Safety Afloat guidelines.
With that in mind, the District has arranged an opportunity for Scouts and
adults to take the swim test. *Swim tests will be available on Sunday,
April 11 at the Edwardsville High School (EHS) pool at no cost.* I have
requested a time slot for later in the afternoon since many of us will be
returning from camp that morning. I will update this as soon as I know the
exact time. *The last date to add names will be Friday, April 9th*, so
please email Martina Bishopp at no later than that
afternoon. Note: Late arrivals will not get to swim.

Sorry for the short notice. If there are issues making it to this swim test
event, please contact Martina Bishopp at to discuss

*Summer Camp reminder:*
The initial payment is due 4/5. You’ll need to use the Parent Portal to
make the $150 payment. (See the attached for your ID/PW. If you don’t have
one, let me know. If you want to use the Scout account, also let me know.)
Martina –


Troop 216 has secured the week of July 18 – 24 to attend summer camp at *S
bar F Scout Ranch* <>, *Camp
Gamble*. Please
review the Leader Guide
<> for
full details. (Note: This is the 2020 manual, but 2021 should be available


*Due to COVID capacity limits for camp, the Troop has pre-paid $75 to hold
spots for Scouts. The payment schedule is as follows:*

*Initial payment* – $150 to Camp Gamble + reimburse $75 to the Troop by *April
5*, 2021

*Early bird registration fee* – the remaining $130 (for a total of
$355/scout) if paid in full by *May 5*, 2021; the regular registration fee
of $375/scout may be paid until July 16. Note: Scouts who rolled over their
registration fees from 2020 are already paid in full at the 2020 price.

(Adult fees will be divided among attendees; the Troop receives 1-3 100%
adult discounts for certain numbers of scouts registered.)

*Additional costs:* Meals to and from camp, possible merit badge fees and
Trading Post spending money.

*Camperships* (financial assistance) are available from S bar F. Please
contact Steve Kupsky, Diane Gill or Martina Bishopp before you register, to
discuss further.


Except for the $75 payable to the Troop, parents can complete payment and
registration for their scouts online. The Parent Portal
you to enter the scout’s information (such as name, address, dietary
requirements, etc.), pay the registration fees, and select merit badges.
The 2021 Merit Badge Catalog
the available badges, times, and descriptions.

*Each scout or parent will have their own unique **User ID* and *Password* to
log into the Parent Portal
*.* See the attached list for the ID and password for scouts whose parents
have already indicated interest. *If your Scout’s name is not on this list
yet, please contact Martina Bishopp at an upcoming Troop meeting or email
her at *** <>* to get an ID and

– When you go to register in the Parent Portal, first review and update
the Scout’s information in the “Update Information” area.
– Merit badges can be selected now, but you will need to keep up to
date on the payment schedule listed above to retain access to
select merit
badges. *Once entered, merit badge selections will be reviewed by a
Troop Leader with notification made if any changes are recommended.*
– *Note*: Online payment is available as a debit from your bank account
or by credit card. If you need to pay another way or use a Scout Account,
please contact Ms. Bishopp.
– *A 100% refund will be provided due to COVID-19 concerns (this
includes anyone who feels uncomfortable attending camp, anyone exposed to
someone with COVID or suspected of having COVID), changes in camp schedules
or formats, or the cancellation of sessions by the council. A refund
request must be submitted for consideration to
<> by 8/30.*

*MEDICAL FORMS* are *due by **June 28* to Mrs. Gill or Ms. Bishopp for
participating SCOUTS & ADULTS! Access the forms here
Part C requires your physician to complete it, so be sure to schedule an
appointment for the pre-participation physical.

A permission slip will be made available in June for completion and
submission prior to departure.


Beaver Dam/High Ropes 4/9-11 – permission and waiver due at NEXT MTG Mon Mar 22

Troop 216 has unfortunately had to cancel the Meramec campout for this
weekend due to low participation, so we are extra excited for our next
upcoming camp out! It will be the weekend of April 9-11 in Beaver Dam
State Park <>, at
the Beavers Den group campsite, about a 45 minute drive.

On Saturday morning April 10, Scouts may participate in the High Ropes
Adventure <> 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 for
every participant, adult or Scout, and the waiver can be found at the above
linked site or attached below. We will need adequate supervision and
transportation for this off-site event that lasts until noon.

Those unable to camp may meet the Troop at the High Ropes location at 8:45

Please see the attached permission form and waiver, *due at our next
meeting on March 22*, for further details and to sign up for camping, high
ropes, or both, at a cost of $25 for each person for each event. The
deadline of next Monday the 22nd is necessary with the Troop’s observance
of No School/No Scouts during the ECUSD7 Spring Break.

It is required we have at least 4 registered adults in attendance for this
campout to occur and we are hoping to make our minimum requirement of 12
participants for High Ropes. If any questions, please contact Diane Gill at or 618 616 6774.

Troop Meeting Tonight – 3/15

Just a reminder and a clarification for tonight’s in person meeting at
First Christian Church. Going forward, we will return to traditional start
and stop times, starting at 7PM, ending at 8:30 with announcements at
8:15. It is very helpful to have parents that aren’t staying for the
meeting return at 8:15 to hear any announcements for the upcoming weeks.
Don’t forget to bring your permission slips if you are attending the
Meramec Caverns campout. We have a full agenda tonight, part of which will
be nominations for APL and SPL.

We will continue to offer a zoom option for those that cannot attend the in
person meeting. I’ve copied the zoom meeting info below for reference.
Thank you

YIS, Albert Middeke 314-809-3267

*Zoom Meeting Info:*

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Troop 216 Meramec Camp/Cave Mar 19-21, sign up deadline next Monday 3/15

Hey, Campers and Cavers! Our next outing is to Meramec State Park the
weekend of March 19. We have reserved Group Tent Site A near the Meramec
River and planned activities include exploring the park and a guided
walking tour of Meramec Cavern which is 15 minutes away.

Camping fee for Scouts or adults is $28.
The cave tour fee is $12 for Scouts and $18 for adults.

Meramec Cavern offers a Geology Merit Badge, with a minimum requirement of
15 Scouts, as a Saturday 9am-1:30pm class. The class includes an Intro to
Speleology, four related workshops, and tour. Blue cards will be provided

The cost for the Merit Badge class, *if we have the required 15 sign up*,
will be an additional $10 to be collected there the day of. An
announcement will be made Monday night stating if the class is a go or not.

Please see the attached permission form for additional details. Signup
deadline is 7:15PM on Monday March 15. Submitting your permission form
early into the meeting is crucial for the important planning required for
meals, transportation, and activities.

If any questions, please contact Diane Gill at OR
text/call 618 616 6774

Troop Committee Meeting – Wednesday 10 MAR – 1900hrs

Good Evening All,

Just a friendly reminder that we will be having our monthly in-person
meeting at the Church tomorrow at 1900hrs.

Neil, can you please send out the minutes from last month’s meeting as well
as the zoom link for those who wish to join us virtually?

Hope to see everyone tomorrow night. We have a lot to discuss.


Mike OKoniewski

216 Meeting 3/1 – virtual option

Hello everyone,

We will host a virtual option tonight (Monday, March 1, 2021) as well. The
information is below. Unfortunately, any patrol time will not be broadcast
unless a Scout can contact an in-person attendee by their cell phone during
their patrol times.

Contact/text Neil Joellenbeck (618-410-2993) for any issues with connecting

Thanks. Here is the information:

Troop 216 is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Troop 216’s Personal Meeting Room

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 578 083 9160
Passcode: 2d3TEW
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,5780839160#,,,,*440522# US (Chicago)
+13017158592,,5780839160#,,,,*440522# US (Washington DC)

Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
Meeting ID: 578 083 9160
Passcode: 440522
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Help Needed – Scout Sunday, Feb. 28

Since no one signed up at the meeting on Monday, I am asking by email.

I need 5 Scouts to represent the troop this Sunday as the church recognizes
Scout Sunday by inviting Scouts to participate in the 9 AM service
on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Our Charter Organization Representative, Mr. Vieth, who is not copied on
this email, arranged with the Pastor to select some parts of the service
for Scouts to do brief readings.

The Pastor chose readings for up to 5 Scouts. The readings are short.
This is a chance to show our appreciation to the church, by our presence.

The service is at 9 AM and so please be at the church by 8:30 AM in Class A
uniform. We should be done by 10 AM.

I see it as a way to live the final point of the Scout Law, “A Scout is

Please reply to this note or send me a text if you can join us.

Mr. Mason

Troop 216 Klondike Derby/Campout Mar 5-7; SIGNUP DEADLINE next meeting Mon Mar 1

Get ready to mush, mush next weekend! The BSA Klondike Derby is an annual
winter activity based on the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890’s. Patrols
demonstrate their Scout skills, teamwork, spirit and leadership while
visiting several stations with a homemade sled.

The Saturday March 6 event will be at Camp Warren Levis. The Troop will
also camp on-site that weekend. If Scouts want to participate in only the
Derby, camping is optional. Adults are also invited to sign up for either
or both. Saturday lunch is provided with the $12 fee. Total fee if also
camping is $28/participant.

Please see the attached permission form for additional details. Signup
deadline is 7:15PM at next Monday night’s meeting or a message to Mrs. Gill
will suffice if not in attendance.

If any questions, please contact Diane Gill at OR
text/call 618 616 6774

Troop Meeting Monday 22 FEB – In Person

Troop 216,

Just a friendly reminder that we will be meeting in person tomorrow night
and First Christian Church, normal time of 700pm. Please remember to wear
a mask and sign-in at the table near the door. This meeting will also be
offered in a Zoom format for those who aren’t quite comfortable with
in-person yet. If you wish to attend virtually, please email Neil
Jollenbeck our IT specialist to get the link and the instructions on how to
attend. Please call or email if you have any questions.


Mr OKoniewski