Winter Recess – Time for Merit Badges!?

Here it is. Winter Recess. No school. Time to ski, snowboard, video games, and merit badges. Wait! What?How-to-earn-merit-badges

Why not? Get caught up on school projects and then this is a perfect time to work on a merit badge. Spend an hour a day and soon you’ll have it done. Before you crack those books, you’ll want to follow the following 12 steps:

  1. The Scout develops an interest in a merit badge and may begin working on the requirements.
  2. The Scout discusses his interest in the merit badge with his unit leader.
  3. The unit leader signs a blue card and provides the Scout with at least one counselor contact.
  4. The Scout contacts the counselor.
  5. The counselor considers any work toward requirements completed prior to the initial discussion with the unit leader.
  6. The Scout, his buddy and the counselor meet (often several times).
  7. The Scout finishes the requirements.
  8. The counselor approves completion.
  9. The Scout returns the signed blue card to his unit leader, who signs the applicant record section of the blue card.
  10. The unit leader gives the Scout the applicant record.
  11. The unit reports the merit badge to the council.
  12. The Scout receives his merit badge.
    excerpts from a blog post “This is how to earn a merit badge“.

Convinced yet?

Did you know that there are 136 merit badges to choose from. Seventeen can be used for 13 “Eagle” required merit badges. That leaves 119. Sound like too many? The idea of the merit badges is to encourage each scout to discover more about about their interests. Merit badges provides a way to for learn more about a particular interest or vocation, from Archaeology to Space Exploration and from Crime Prevention to Medicine and Movie Making.

The List

Here’s a link to a listing of all of the Merit Badges, including links to their requirements. Use this list to see what you are interested in. Now you’ve completed step #1 from above.

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Bear Incident at Split Rock Reservoir


We have all seen the news reports of yesterday’s bear attack.

Yesterday, Chris Petronino was hiking with his son and 2 other boys and came upon a cave at Split Rock reservoir.  This is reportedly a cave that Chris has been in before.

While Chris was investigating a cave, he encountered a bear. The boys were outside of the cave and lost sight of Chris.

The boys did not enter the cave and did not witness the attack.

Chris did call out to the boys to call 911 and the boys were able to guide the rescue and police to their location. The boys maintained their wits about them through the entire ordeal I am very proud of them.

While they are all scouts, this was not a troop outing.

Please pray for a quick and speedy recovery for Chris and for Lydia and their children’s peace of mind.

Our council has issued a media statement

Parent Orientation Night

Just about all of the scout parents attended last nights’ orientation, so first off – thanks for coming out and staying for the presentations. Below are some of the resources that were mentioned last night:

Please check the calendar of events. If your son wants to attend a campout, even one that we have not sent out emails about, you can mark him as going by changing his status from “Maybe” to “Yes”. We will confirm and ask for payment later on.

If you have any trouble with using ScoutBook, please the forums on ScoutBook or contact Daniel at

2015-2016 Program Announced

Here is a list of campouts and other activities for Troop 69.

Only registered Troop 69 members in may access the links above. If you are not able to access these links, please contact Daniel Ambrosiani,

Summer Camp at Camp Winnebago 2015

Aargh! Troop Swims. Tag on Megar Mountain. Outpost to Kit Carson. Polar Bear Swim for One Day. Waiter for the day. Hottest Day of the Summer – 96° on Wednesday. Cayuga Campsite. Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything. Getting Stuck on the Zip Line. Spider bites. Go Fish during the Rain. Getting Stuck on the Far Side of Zip Line and Walking Back. Goonies. Giancarlo’s Pioneering Swing Set. The Legend of the Winnebago Tribe. These are just a few of the memories I wanted to jot down. Our campers can fill-in the details and I’m sure, can add more stories as well.

DSC_4716That’s what Summer Camp is for, not just for earning merit badges and the scouts collectively earned 34 this past week, but this week was about having fun and challenging ourselves. We were challenged in different ways. Some had essays to complete, shooting proficiency to make, or volunteers to rescue. There were projects to make from leather, wood or cardboard, fish to catch, making a shelter from what nature provides and sometimes we were challenged by our own tent mates. This is what Summer Camp is about, having fun, growing from learning, teaching, and working and depending on another for 1 week in the woods in Winnebago.

Enough talk, here are links to photos for you to enjoy. If you have additional photos you wish to share, please let me know. Here they are as a Photo Story as well as Photo Album.

Lastly, I wanted to thank the other leaders Ron, Tony, and Don for volunteering their time and helping out and of course to John Tate, who along with Tony took the scouts on their Outpost experience Tuesday night.

Hershey Park Happy

After 3 weeks of dry, the Northeast got rain and of course the heavens opened up while we were on our camp out and in Hershey park. As the motto goes, we were prepared. As most were diving for the exit, we texted between our groups and meet at the only indoor ride in the park. The storm passed as we shot-up the Reeses Xtreme Challenge. By the time left, the rain was light. By the time we finished having dinner together most rides were reopened. A number of the scouts “graduated” by facing their fears and took on the Sooper Dooper Looper. The more advanced adrenalin junkies notched off just about every ride worth riding in the 12 hours we had in the park.


More trip photos available on the troop Scrapbook.