A Message from the Scout Master

DID YOU KNOW…That Grace Baptist Church was the Chartering Organization for Boy Scout Troop 316 (which takes its Troop number from John 3:16) that meets every Tuesday evening in room D220 from 7:00-8:15pm.  Special Note, during the summer months (June through August) we meet in the Church Amphitheatre.

Come and visit our Troop any Tuesday or give Randy Howard, Scoutmaster (661-296-2456) or Robert Clarke, Troop Committee Chairman (661-839-4105) a call to learn more about our Troop and the Scouting adventure.

To learning more about Scouting and our Troop, send an email to raclarke@ca.rr.com.  After receiving your email, we will send you two documents about our Troop - "Why Scouting and Why Troop 316?" AND the "New Family Welcome Pack".




Scouts brave ‘Misery Campout’ in subzero weather for coveted clear bead

Every year around this time, Troop 707 watches the weather report for news of an impending snowfall or cold snap.

But unlike others in their hometown of Columbia, Mo., who see a foreboding forecast as a reminder to head to the nearest Hy-Vee for snow shovels and salt, Troop 707 does the unthinkable.

They schedule a campout. It’s called, appropriately, the Misery Campout.

Sometimes Troop 707 Scouts get only a few hours notice before heading outside for what they anticipate will be the coldest weekend of the year. That typically means a January trip, but the troop’s coldest Misery Campout on record was in February 2004. Temps dropped to minus-12 degrees that weekend. Brr!

Last weekend, the forecast looked bad enough (or good enough?) for the emails and Facebook messages to go out: It was time to camp.

The Columbia Missourian wrote a fun story about the troop’s latest Misery Campout, where the temperature dipped to minus-3 degrees.

When the mercury reached below zero, the Scouts cheered. Why were they so excited?

It’s all about the bead.

Great Rivers Council’s awesomely innovative bead program


Scouts in Great Rivers Council, headquartered in Columbia, get specially colored beads every time they go camping.

They get a blue bead for a campout with good weather, black for a rainy campout and white for a campout with snow on the ground.

But the clear bead? That’s the one everybody wants.

Clear beads represent campouts where the temperature drops below zero. Clear, I assume, because not even colors can survive when it gets that cold.

None of the boys in Troop 707 had a clear bead, so when they saw below-zero temperatures in the forecast, the Scouts jumped at the chance to add a clear bead to their belt.

These camping beads aren’t an official part of the Scout uniform, but they’re officially awesome. And they’re a great way to encourage camping, no matter the weather.

What do the beads mean?

Here’s an overview:

  • Blue: Good weather
  • Black: Rain
  • White: Snow on the activity
  • Purple: Below freezing
  • Clear: Below zero
  • Red: Full week of summer camp
  • Yellow: Any district activity
  • Light blue: Any council activity, except summer camp (this would include conclaves)
  • Pink: Order of the Arrow ordeal weekend
  • Orange: National or regional event (except high adventure)
  • Green: Philmont
  • Brown: Any other high-adventure base
  • Green Marble: Council JLT

For a complete look, see this PDF.

Bravery rewarded

Does your troop, team or crew do anything to recognize Scouts and Venturers who brave subzero temps?

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This Month in Boys' Life Magazine Official publication of the BSA

Getting ready for the Holidays, and more!

Did you know Boy’s Life magazine started publishing in 1911? Pretty incredible record of bringing great content to young men all over the USA! In the November 2014 edition you will find a holiday themed magazine that features ways your Pack or Troop can volunteer to help the less fortunate – doing a good turn is the Scout motto! It’s a lot of work but very fulfilling. There are also articles on new toys, gadgets, electronics and games available for the holiday season and actually ways to win some of them! There is an article on how to cook holiday dinner for the family and how difficult it actually is to plan and execute a huge dinner. Maybe many of you can jump in to the kitchen this winter and help! For the Boy Scouts, keep Cooking Merit Badge in mind as some of this cooking might count if actively working with a counselor. There is also information on the newest in cameras and a how-to-build plan for a wooden display table. The Boy Scout edition also features some details on interesting merit badges and a story on an Eagle Scout that visited Antarctica.
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