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February troop events

Scout Sunday was a tremendous success for creating a presence visible to the entire church congregation who supports our troop, and providing them a delicious breakfast as a thank you. Several members of Dundee Pres. Church and staff remarked that is wonderful to see active boy scouts. Many have stories of their experiences as a boy scouts or leaders in Troop 42 and others units. Thank you to all who participated!

February cmpout is a cabin campuot out at Karp Pavilion at Camp Cedars. The Karp features bunks bed, a kitchen, and a large fireplace. Plan on outdoor events during the day but a warm dry place to sleep at night. The plan includes hiking and navigation by GPS and other first class advancement skills. If desired, bring a hand held GPS, smart phone with GPS app, and a snow sled if there’s still snow on the ground.

The February 12 troop meeting is an Open House for neighborhood cub scout pack Arrow of Light scouts as well as OA elections. Scouts are planning demonstration of campfire building, cooking, tenting, and high adventures. Members of the OA lodge are encouraged to wear their sashes.

Thursday evening is Joel’s Eagle Scout service project. Scouts are invited to Joel’s project, which is a charity for homeless people and veterans. Details will be distributed at the troop meeting on Monday.

The PLC met last Saturday for the semi-annual Annual Planning Conference and developed a troop program plan in support of their goals of creating interest in joining the troop among cub scouts, monthly outdoor events, and a variety of program features. Look for a troop program plan coming soon. The PLC will meet next on Monday, February 19, and a regular troop meeting is planned for the following Monday, February 26.

Annual Parent’s Meeting

All parents of Troop 42 scouts are invited to attend the Parent’s Meeting on Monday, September 25th, at 7 pm. The adult leadership will be on hand to describe upcoming troop events, advancement and service opportunities, and troop financing and fund raising to help your son have an excellent year of Scouting. We will also be updating troop records, including roster information and annual medical and health forms, and starting the annual rechartering process for next year. Save some time and have yours and your son’s Annual Health and Medical Record parts A and B already filled out. Spoiler alert: high adventure next July is backpacking, in the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in the Rocky Mountains front range in Colorado.

Advancement – Solar Eclipse Patch

The BSA has introduced a new patch for the Solar Eclipse on August 21st. Since some of the best viewing is right here in Nebraska, I’m sure some of you have already made arrangements to view the eclipse. So if you already plan on viewing the eclipse, why not earn this patch.

There won’t be another total solar eclipse over the United States until 2024. After that, you must wait until 2045. In other words, when Aug. 21 arrives, make sure you’re ready.

How to earn the BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse patch

1. Locate a site suitable for viewing the eclipse. Search Google for “eclipse viewing” and the name of your city or town to find events near you.
2. Describe how to safely view the eclipse.
Never look directly at the sun. Instead, look directly at these tips from NASA on how to view the eclipse safely.
3. Discuss with your group what you saw and felt during the eclipse.
Post your comments and eclipse photos on social media using the hashtag #BSAEclipse2017.
4.Do the following:
Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts: Draw a diagram of the positions of the moon, earth, and sun to show how the solar eclipse occurs.
Venturers: Research Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington’s 1919 experiment and discuss how it confirmed Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
5. Ask your unit leader to buy the 2017 Solar Eclipse patch.

More ideas

Find more ways to make the most of this STEM-heavy celestial event at

Follow this link for more information and links to the NASA site.

Here’s how to earn the BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse patch on Aug. 21

If you decide to earn it; please let me, Julie Anderson, or Mr. A. know at the troop meeting on August 21.

Enjoy the amazing event!
Pam Anderson
Troop 42 Co-Advancement Coordinator

Troop goals set for 2017-2018

The goals the PLC developed at the summer Annual Planning Conference to plan this program are:

-Every scout ranks up at least once by the end of the year or JTE gold advancement category
-Achieve gold level JTE (9 campouts)
-Every scout sells $600 popcorn or greens or camp cards
-Continue advancement of new scouts
-Organize a troop high adventure
-promote more challenging program for older scouts
-service projects for church

Look for opportunities to achieve the goal on the troop calendar and program features in the coming months.

Troop 42 Centennial Celebration Saturday, July 8

The centennial celebration was a great success! Everyone present remarks about how fun the skits were to watch, good to see old friends, how things have changed or haven’t since they were a boy scout, and the sensational presentation. The photo on the home page was taken at the centennial celebration. We learned of some of the troop historic patrol names, which included 8 Ball, Purple Parallelogram, and Flying Eagle. It’s a remarkable achievement for a volunteer organization to charter continuously and serve it’s community for 100 years! The event was outside on a warm July evening, in the shade of the trees on the street which was closed for the occasion.

The occasion is in the Dundee Memorial Park newsletter

A patriotic article in the July 4th Omaha World Herald mentions Troop 42

The Troop 42 Centennial Facebook page has the most up-to-date information

Happy 100th, Troop 42!

Day One Summer Camp Success

Fourteen scouts from troop have had a great day at Camp Cedars! Check in went smoothly, with time to spare Sunday afternoon to set up our camp site to our liking. Three Feathers is a cozy campsite just perfect for the size of our troop. The troop attended both morning and evening flag ceremonies in uniform and on time, which is remarkable. The Patrol Method is working to distribute information – and there’s lots of details about where to be when with what equipment. A small amount of rain Monday morning kept temperatures in a tolerable range while everyone learned their program schedule. I am pleased with everyone’s spirit and motivation. Camping doesn’t get any better!

Centennial Service Project Saturday June 3rd

A Scout is helpful! Scouts representing Thunder Knights, Ion Dragons, Spartans, Radioactive Llamas, Wolverines, and Eagles Patrols planted 25 trees in Memorial Park to commemorate the Troop 42’s Centennial anniversary of continuous charter. Take a walk down the path on the west side of the park between Underwood Avenue and Dodge Street to see the results of their work. Do it again in fifty years to see how big the trees have become when the troop is celebrating its sesquicentennial! The new trees are several species including burr oak, Cyprus, and cottonwood, and were placed to fill in behind ash trees that are scheduled for removal.

Thanks to all the volunteers on Centennial Committee to plan the event, the City of Omaha for their support, and all the parents and scouts who helped with the labor on a very warm summer morning.


Scouts plant trees along the west path in Memorial Park to commemorate the troop centennial in 2017.

Scouts plant trees along the west path in Memorial Park to commemorate the troop centennial in 2017.


“Thank you!” to all who helped with election duty. Tonight, 42 scouts, siblings, parents, and friends helped receive polling place equipment for the 2017 Omaha City election. We could not have done it without everyone’s help. It is not every day someone says thank you for doing your job, but scouts doing a d good turn receive words of gratitude regularly. The next election will be in May of next year, and the Election Commissioner knows troop 42 and friends can b E counted on to help.

Spring Camporee Zombie Apocalypse

Despite the weather forecast, the rain held off until all the events were and didn’t start until the evening on Saturday of Zombie Apocalypse Spring Camporee. The Radioactive Llamas, comprised of members of the Llamas, Big Bang, and Spartans Patrols, earned 4th place overall in competition among three districts. Congratulations Llamas! Three patrols from Troop 42 competed in the scout skills events during the camporee, and the Ion Dragons and Thunder Knights showed their scout strength. Complete with a roaring campfire despite the heavy rains the day before, the campout was a great success.

Election Duty

Attention Scouts, family members and friends…Troop 42 NEEDS YOU!!

Tuesday April 4th we will be assisting the election Commission in collecting ballots. This is both a service project for the scouts and a fundraiser for the troop. Troop 42 NEEDS to provide 50 volunteers for this project.
Where: Douglas County Election Office 225 North 115th Street
Time7:15 Arrival for orientation
We had an extremely low turnout (4 scouts) for scouting for food door hanger distribution Saturday…we can not have that happen here, or we will lose this opportunity in the future.   This is a crucial fundraiser for the troop (we get paid for our time), and we risk losing the opportunity if we don’t have a turnout of at least 50 people – you can brings friends, neighbors, and family members, so go do some recruiting!
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