Monthly Archives: October 2013

Eagle Patrol Outing at Camp Rodney

On Oct 18-20 the Eagles had their patrol outing at the Bayview campsite at Camp Rodney. On Saturday, we participated in the Jamboree on the Air where we learned about ham radios and got to talk to scouting groups on Kent Island and in New Jersey. In the afternoon, we went to the beach and found a natural clay deposit, and we made bricks and bowls with the clay. We also did the climbing tower in the afternoon. In addition to completing some requirements, we all had a good time.

Jason | Eagle Patrol

Eagle Scout Competition Announced

Who: Life Scouts and Eagle Scouts between the ages of 14-19
What: Answer two short essay questions on the ideas of the Constitution
Deadline: February 10, 2014

The Bill of Rights Institute is excited to announce their second Eagle Scout competition, with the chance for Scouts to win up to $1,000 plus $500 for their BSA unit. The competition is structured around two short essays (500 word maximum) related to the Constitution and the founding principles:

1. James Madison, often referred to as the father of the Constitution, said in Federalist 51 that: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.” Read the US Constitution and find two examples of “controls on government.” Explain why these specific controls are important and their relevance today.

2. Consider the following quote: “The First Amendment is dramatically inconvenient. It requires us to tolerate the very bad in order to protect the unpopular but good.” Do you agree or disagree? Defend your argument using examples.

The Bill of Rights Institute is an educational non-profit with the mission to educate young people on the ideas of the Constitution and the rights it protects. The Institute develops curricula and provides professional development opportunities for educators. It also provides high school students with opportunities to develop their understanding of the founding documents through essay contests, Constitution clubs, online games and resources, and summer programs.

For more information on the Bill of Rights Institute’s programs, visit its website at

Wreath Fundraiser

Hello, just a reminder that wreath orders and payments are due at the 10/24 troop meeting. If you are not able to bring your orders and payment to the meeting, please contact me at or 410-459-5159 to make another arrangement.

A question came up about how much profit the scouts are making on each wreath. Here’s the breakdown:

Classic wreath cost: $14.14; sale price $24; profit $9.86.
Victorian wreath cost: $18.53; sale price $29; profit $10.47.
Cranberry splash wreath cost: $19.49; sale price $29; profit $9.51.

Remember that all the profits made go directly into your scout account.

Thank you,
Charlotte Brennan

Exploring Caves!

We have an exciting opportunity to participate in the Baltimore Grotto (Caving Club) Pumpkin Hunt, an all day scavenger hunt trip that includes entering a few different caves all in one day. We will Camp at Thorn Spring Campground in Franklin, West Virginia and the hunt will be in the same vicinity. This is a great opportunity to cave, see some caves that are regularly closed, learn some caving techniques, and meet some very experienced cavers to boot. Some of them may even be spelunking merit badge counselors.

Please keep in mind that I can drive 4 scouts with another adult. After 4 scouts and another adult, we need other adults who will participate in the trip. This trip is 4 hours away and requires driving throughout the trip so pick up and drop off is not an option.

This is a new trip and is nothing this troop has ever done before and I’m hoping it is something we can repeat.

Information and Forms to Download

Troop Caving Trip Info Sheet
Introduction to Basic Caving
Personal Gear List for Camping
BSA Caving Activity and Consent Form (please return it by the date that it is due)

If there are any questions please call me at 410-207-8678.

I’m looking forward to this.

Bill Paradis

Adult Leader Outdoor Skills Training

Although some organizations are in ‘shut down’ mode—please know that the Harford Training Team is GEARING UP for a fantastic Adult Leader Outdoor Skills Training experience this fall. Click to download the flyer IOLS Fall 2013.

The IOLS and OWL Orientation session will be held on Saturday, October 5th. We encourage registration on-line; however, we will accept walk-up registration on Saturday morning. Attendance at orientation is required, followed by the course weekend, October 25–27.

The BALOO course will be held on Saturday, October 26th. Please register on-line.

Yours in Scouting,

Steve Mantegna
Training Chair, Harford District

Popcorn Sales Are On

This year Troop 899 decided to sell popcorn as one of its fundraisers. We are off to a good start however we do need everyone’s help. Please take the time to read the attached letter, 2013 Sales Info Letter to parents. Note that some of the dates may have passed.

Sue Hayden took the challenge to work with and coordinate the popcorn sales this year for our troop when Chris Weiss had to have unexpected surgery. (Let’s all remember to keep him in our prayers). If you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact her via email at or on her cell 443-866-3771 (after 2:00pm on weekdays).

We will also have a show and sale on Thursday evening October 17th, 2013 at Italian Sensations located at 2316 Bel Air Road, Fallston, MD 21047 between the hours of 4:00pm & 8:00pm. Yes this is a Thursday night but Harford County Schools will be closed on Friday the 18th. Please signup and help out. Sign up is for one hour shifts and it is good to have two to three scouts, Class A uniforms required.

Special thanks go to the Savory Deli at 152 & 165 for supporting the troop by allowing us the opportunity to have our first sale. Please remember to stop by and thank the business for their support. They need to know it is appreciated even after the fact.

All order forms and moneys need to be turned in on or before October 18th, 2013. Thanks for all of your assistance and keep selling!

Chaplain Mike Hayden
2541 Hess Rd
Fallston, MD 21047
443-866-3995 cell