Troop News and Updates

Troop Hosts Wilderness First Aid at KCC

posted Mar 19, 2017, 6:08 PM by Dan Lok   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 6:32 AM ]

Troop 355 was joined by Troop 325, Troop 292, and Troop 265 to earn a certification in wilderness first aid; a requirement for their upcoming summer trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. On Saturday, Scouts and adults were at Kellogg Community College learning various techniques on how to handle medical and trauma emergencies while backpacking in the wilderness.

The course was sponsored by KCC’s Emergency Medical Services Department where participants were able to utilize many of the department’s resources. “We have always been a supporter of the scouting program and this was another way to continue our department’s vision: Saving Lives Through Education,” said Dr. Chet Dalski, Eagle Scout, and Director of KCC’s EMS Departement. KCC was able to provide equipment and a classroom for the scouts to be able to learn and practice their new life-saving skills. 

Above:  Brian Latshaw, of Troop 292, practices bleeding control on Lisa Timmer, of Troop 355.

The 16-hour course is accredited by the Emergency Care and Safety Institute; a partner of the Boy Scouts of America. Participants were able to see things from the perspective of emergency personnel and how they assess and respond to emergencies. Various emergency professionals from the area, along with Kellogg Community College faculty volunteered their time to conduct the course for the scouts and their leaders. 

Above:  Tom Timmer practices using a Sam Splint as a cervical immobilization device on Andrea Perry, of Troop 325.

The course included quite a few topics including lacerations, broken bones, high altitude sickness, and drowning; just to name a few. Although the scouts had learned quite a few of these skills through their merit badges the course provided an in-depth understanding of these medical and trauma scenarios. “The course was conducted similarly to a Medical First Responder or an Emergency Medical Technician course giving scouts a first-hand experience of how first responders train to serve their communities,” explained Dan Lok, KCC Adjunct Professor and local Scoutmaster of Troop 355. 

Above:  Zack Johnson, of Troop 325, simulated an impaled object to the abdomen while participants treated him.

Scouts learned different ways to think outside of the box as first aid supplies would be limited in the backcountry. During the practical skills sessions or hands-on learning portion, participants were taught how to use some of the professional “tools of the trade” for firefighters and paramedics. One particular tool that was demonstrated was the Kendrick Traction Splint used by first responders to stabilized a closed femur fracture. Throughout the entire course, participants were encouraged to utilize items out of their backpacks to supplement items such as splints, arm slings, tourniquets and various other items; things that they had learned previously in their first aid and emergency preparedness merit badges but with improvisions available to them while on a trip. 

Above: Scoutmaster Dan Lok demonstrating a traction splint used by rescuers for a fractured femur. Also in picture: Skyler Sebring

The Boy Scouts of America would like to thank Kellogg Community College for sponsoring the course along with Scott Blanchard, Mark Gysel, Clark Imus, Dan Lok, and Troy Smith for graciously volunteering their time to conduct the course.

Above:  Zach Johnson practices assessing for chest injuries in his physical assessment on Ryan Bloch, both of Troop 325.
Above:  KCC Faculty, Clark Imus, demonstrates how to perform a physical exam on a trauma patient.

Above:  Vinnie Born, of Troop 355, simulated a major laceration to his left arm where participants practiced bleeding control.

Above:  David Latshaw, of Troop 292, simulated a patient who sustained a neck injury, where scouts utilized an external frame backpack and duct tape for spinal immobilization.

Above:  KCC faculty guide participants in an exercise involving a motor vehicle accident and removing an unconscious patient safely.

Above:  Scouts utilized a hiking stick as a splint.

Above:  Scouts practice physical exam assessment skills.  

Above:  Participants practice treating for shock.

Troop Hikes Isle Royale National Park

posted Jul 28, 2016, 5:00 PM by Dan Lok   [ updated Mar 19, 2017, 6:58 PM ]

Members of Boy Scout Troop 355 of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Battle Creek, Mich., recently hiked Isle Royale National Park, located in the northwest corner of Lake Superior. Isle Royale is the largest island in Lake Superior, roughly 45 miles long and nine miles wide and covering 894 square miles. With virtually no roads and limited electricity and infrastructure, it is regarded as the most isolated and least visited national park in the U.S.

In preparation, the scouts spent much of the last year planning for their eight-day trek throughout this beautiful yet rugged national park. Planning consisted of weeks of research, physical conditioning for the boys and adults, route planning, fundraising, and other activities. Ultimately, the scouts prepared themselves to carry everything they would need to survive for one week in the backcountry.

Scouts also attended a one-day backpacking seminar presented by their leaders, who offer more than 30 years of combined experience in the art. Ryan Juarez, Assistant Scoutmaster, coordinated the seminar and explained: “We trained our scouts on how to prepare for extended trips like this as well as for their upcoming trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.” During the session, scouts learned how to pack a backpack, what essentials to bring on the journey, including required clothing and other gear

On June 25th, 13 scouts and their adult leaders chartered a large ferry, the Isle Royale Queen IV, from Copper Harbor, Mich. to their destination, Rock Harbor, Isle Royale. Crossing Lake Superior amidst light rain, the boat ride took four hours. The scouts split into two groups upon arrival, with each heading to different parts of the isle.

During their week’s trek, scouts had an opportunity to learn about the history of the area and experience hiking terrain unlike anywhere else in Michigan. One group endured a torrential downpour during a 13-mile hike over two mountains, completing the arduous trip in five hours. Other activities included swimming in Lake Superior, animal tracking, rock climbing, and fishin

The scouts relied on many of their skills to complete their backpacking experience. For example, each scout was tasked with utilizing his map and compass skills to navigate the isle, hiking four to 13 miles per day. Other required skills included backpack cooking, water purification, and basic first aid. (Note: all water used was drawn from Lake Superior or inland lakes and purified before drinking.) 

Six scouts and two leaders hiked more than 50 total miles during the trip, earning them the BSA's 50-Miler Award. Completing the requirements for the award were Wyatt Betts, Jordan Beyke, Tyler Conlogue, Caleb McLouth, Skyler Sebring, Trevor Timmer, Tom Timmer, and Dan Lok.

“This is an award that is not earned by many, and it is quite the accomplishment,” said Andrew Yost, Unit Serving Executive for the Southern Shores Field Service Council. “A lot of youth, including scouts, don't have the opportunity to take high adventure trips like this, and it is a truly unique experience.”

The next trip the troop will be participating in is a 12-day backpacking trip at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Here, the scouts hope to accomplish 100 miles of hiking during their stay

Troop 355 would like to extend a special thanks to Lee's Adventure Sport of Kalamazoo and Bivouac of Ann Arbor for their assistance and expertise in food and equipment.

Boy Scout Troop 355 at Rock Harbor on Isle Royale after their eight day trek.

Back row from left: Tom Timmer, Jordan Beyke, Skyler Sebring, Caleb McLouth, Tyler Conlogue, Greg Born, Mary Conlogue, Dan Lok
Front Row: Vinnie Born Matt McLouth, Trevor Timmer, and Erik Beyke

Scouts and Leaders on Top of Mount Siskiwit, second highest elevation on Isle Royale.

Enjoys time down by West Chickenbone Lake after a long hike.

Scouts relaxing at Daisy Farm, while filtering water to protect them from viruses and tapeworms.

Scouts getting ready to explore an abandoned mine, outside of Moskey Basin.  Most of the mine has been sealed, and a small part of it has been left for visitors to explore.

T355 Learns about Law Enforcement

posted Feb 18, 2016, 8:16 AM by Dan Lok

February's monthly theme was on Citizenship.  Part of the month was spent on learning about our legal system.  On Monday, February 15th, Battle Creek Police attended a meeting to talk about the importance of their role in the legal system.  Sergeant Todd Elliott and Officer Craig Long talked to Scouts about the daily life of an officer and different ways of how they incorporate themselves in the community. 

Sgt. Elliott spent some time on different tactics that officers use to engage criminals and the importance of "talking them into handcuffs".  "No one wants to be in handcuffs, and they most certainly don't want to go to jail, but it is easier for everyone if we attempt to talk individuals into being cooperative versus a physical confrontation." said Sgt. Elliott, a 19 year veteran of the Battle Creek Police Department.

Aside from issuing speeding tickets and responding to 911 calls the officers spoke to the Scouts about another importance of their job on how they engage the community by talking to businesses, working with different community organizations, and occasionally assisting citizens when they are in need of help such as flat tire or provide a set of ears for some who just needs to talk.  Officer Long stressed that "we are here to serve the community, and sometimes we have to lend a hand for someone who is down on their luck."

Scouts learned about the requirements on how to become an officer and how the BCPD is looking for qualified individuals who have not only completed a police academy, but also officers who have completed their Associates Degree in the field of Criminal Justice or equivalent.  Another discussion was on how Michigan has a unique certification process called the Michigan Coalition on Law Enforcement.  Many departments across the state require officers, who are initially employed, to be able to meet the MCOLES standards which involves physical and academic requirements.  Sgt. Elliott relayed that education is important and that their job requires the ability to have the writing skills necessary to be able to complete reports in detail and occasionally some basic math skills.

Sgt. Elliott concluded the evening with the department's Explorer Program; a branch of the Boy Scouts of America. Those who are interested, being boys and girls the ages of 14-20, can join the explorer program to further learn about Law Enforcement.  Explorers learn basic police skills such as traffic stops, accident investigations, and building searches.  Anyone interested the Police Explorer Program can apply downtown at the department on Division.


ABOVE: Sgt. Elliott talking about the process of taking someone into custody.

BELOW:  Demonstration of "Stop Sticks" and how it plays a role in Law Enforcement

BELOW:  Sgt. Elliott and Officer Long demonstrate "The Wrap" system that restrains violent individuals.

T355 Completes Backpacking Seminar in Preparation for Isle Royal

posted Jan 14, 2016, 8:26 AM by Dan Lok

Over the weekend, Troop 355 participated in a new Backpacking seminar designed to teach Scouts the basics of preparing for hiking trips.  The seminar was a requirement for Scouts, and adults, to participate in Isle Royal, and Philmont.  Topics on the agenda included proper use of hiking equipment, planning, meal preparation, and much more.

Scouts were able to have a first hand experience in learning about different types of equipment while backpacking in remote wilderness areas.  Backpacking stoves, cooking equipment, water purification methods, backpacks are just a few of the items experienced.

During lunch, Scouts were able to prepare some different types of meals that may be used on trips.  Some of the meals that were introduced were Mountain House freeze dried meals, Meals Ready to Eat, and a hodgepodge of different items mixed together.  Food dehydration was also a topic of discussion as a way to reduce cost and increase options.

Towards the end of the course, Scouts were able to plan a 3 day trip in their groups.  Scouts needed to present an itinerary and budget to the group to demonstrate their knowledge from the course.

Troop 355 Delivers Popcorn to Battle Creek VA Medical Center

posted Dec 23, 2015, 1:38 PM by Dan Lok

Troop 355 delivered Boy Scout popcorn to the Battle Creek VA Medical Center on behalf of the Michigan Crossroads Council on Monday.  

The popcorn delivered was from donations made specifically by people from all around the council during the 2015 season sales.

All popcorn will be distributed to veterans in the outpatient clinic.

Left:  Back row: Caleb McLouth, Skyler Sebring, Jordan Beyke, Erik Beyke, Nathan Ekola
Front row:  Trevor Timmer, Kevin Grady, Dan Lok

Troop 355 Date Set for Philmont

posted Dec 21, 2015, 4:19 PM by Dan Lok

On Thursday, December 17th, Troop 355 received confirmation for their 2017 contingent to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.  Dates for the contingent are August 4th through August 19th.  The contingent will be the first group that the Troop has sent since the late 1990's.  

The contingent is allotted two crews of twelve, for a total of twenty-four participants.  At the moment, the Troop has a total of ten Scouts, and six adults registered for the trip, and will be accepting a limited number of youth and adults from other units to fill the remaining spots.

For the next nineteen months, the Troop will be spending time preparing for the trek by various pre-trek activities such as hikes, exercises, and various other conditioning activities.  Additional preparation will include wilderness first aid training, backpacking seminars, local backpacking trips and two shakedown trips.  Scouts and Leaders will be required to participate in all classes, shakedowns, and seventy-five percent of all pre-trek activities.

Multiple opportunities are being planned to help raise funds for the trip which will include yard sales, dinners, other fundraising opportunities.  Total cost of the trip is $1,350.00 per person.

Donations to help fund the 2017 Contingent can be made by clicking here.

Troop 314 Joins 355 for Annual Santa Scout Camp Out

posted Dec 17, 2015, 6:20 PM by Dan Lok

Above:  Troops 314 and 355 climb a tree in the Al Sabo Land Preserve.

Troop 355 invited Troop 314 for their Annual Santa Scout camp out at the Rota-Kiwan Scout Reservation.  Activities included hiking, gift exchange, cooking a thanksgiving feast, and games.

Saturday morning began with the youth and adults hiking just over 5 miles on that Al Sabo Land Preserve located just North East of Rota-Kiwan in Texas Township.  For Troop 355, the hike was part of a pretrek activity for Isle Royal in June of 2016. 

The hike consisted of different types of terrain ranging from fields, hills, and trails of various widths.  The youth stopped for lunch and used various backpacking equipment to prepare it.

Following the hike, the youth conducted a gift exchange where scouts were chosen at random to select a gift from a table that was not their own.

Above: Cooking is a 23 pound Butterball Turkey using the charcoal tripod method.  In the background are 4 pies baking in dutch ovens.

Dinner was started promptly after the gift exchange.  Some Scouts learned how to cook a turkey using the charcoal and tripod method.   Other Scouts worked on different parts of the meal that included stuffing, mash potatoes, sweet potatoes, homemade gravy, pies.

Pies consisted of pumpkin, dutch apple, cherry, and lakeshore crumb.

Below:  The end result of the 23 pound turkey.

November 2015 Patrol Competition Results

posted Dec 1, 2015, 10:22 AM by Dan Lok

November 2015 Patrol Competition Results
The inaugural month of the monthly Patrol Competition has come to an end. Troops competed against each other in four categories: Weekly Scout Spirit, Monthly Points, Attendance, and Campout Performance.    

The Elves patrol won November's performance with 722.8, the Wolverines in second with 661.2 points, and the Cyclones in third with 441.8 points.

In accordance to the Patrol Leader's Council, the Elves Patrol will be awarded with a Pizza and Movie night on a date in the near future.

December's Patrol Competition has been decided that the winning patrol will receive a movie night with root beer floats and popcorn.

2016 First Class Adventure: Isle Royal

posted Dec 1, 2015, 12:12 AM by Dan Lok

This year the Troop will be backpacking on Isle Royal.  

Our trip will consist of backpacking in some of the North America's most beautiful country.  Trails and wildlife are plentiful, as are the memories.  We will be spending our time hiking, fishing, swimming, and of course cooking.

The dates for the First Class Adventure are June 25th through July 3rd.

Scouts must be at least the Rank of First Class.       
Attend 75% of all pre-treks and pre-trek meetings.
Complete the Backpacking Seminar  
Complete Troop Leave No Trace Training    
Complete Health form with Physical.

Cost of the Trip:          $350.00

Payment Schedule is as follows:        
First Payment:                $80.00 by December 21st  

Second Payment:           $80.00 by February 22nd  

Third Payment:               $80.00 by March 21st

Final Payment:               $110.00 by June 6th

You can pay by clicking  here ---> Troop Payment

See Mr. Juarez for more information. 

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