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Monday December 20, 2004 9:45PM
Welcome to Our New Scouts
Tonight 6 new Scouts from Pack 683 joined our Troop. We are glad they chose Troop 43 and we hope their journey with us is a rewarding and exciting one.

Take time to say hello to Matt Bell, Mike Bell, Eli Kirschbaum, Jess Robinson, Kyle Sager, and Jake Yoke. Pictures are here.
Monday December 13, 2004 9:42PM
Camp Loud Thunder Campout
This past weekend the boys spent the weekend out at Camp Loud Thunder. On Sunday morning many performed service hours helping "FORC" (Friends of Off Road Cycling) work on the trails. Pictures courtesy of Mr Lacina.

Scouts: Kyle Barton, Ryan Ellenberg, Joe Ellison, Keenan Hutcheson, Jeffrey Moritz, Andrew Soliz, Adam Van Hoosier, Nathan Wells, Marcus White, and Trevor Wince.

Adults: Tim Barton, Don Coker, Chuck Heinselman, Dale Lacina, Don Laverenz, and Marty Wells.
Saturday December 04, 2004 11:09AM
Scout Records
Information on Troop 43 Scouts is now available on our website. Select "Members Only" from the top menu bar, then select "Scout Records".

Some of the information provided, Scout positions, rank advancement dates, and merit badges, is very important and effects Scout advancement, as they progress toward Eagle Scout.

The leaders of Troop 43 work hard to provide opportunities for Scouts to advance. However, it is responsibility of each Scout to take advantage of these opportunities. Take some time and become familiar with your Scouts advancement.

If you have any questions, or find that any of this information is inaccurate, please let one of the leaders or myself know.

The trail to Eagle is long and often hard, but the rewards are great and will last a lifetime.

Best regards,
Mike Moritz
Monday November 15, 2004 9:51PM
Eagle Cave Campout
This past weekend the Troop camped in Eagle Cave. They got a chance to explore all the nooks and crannies of the cave they could fit into and many of the boys got into some pretty small areas. For those who had enough caving, there were some nice hiking trails outside. A couple of the nice things about this campout is you get to sleep in the cave, which maintains a constant temperature of around 50 degrees, and you get some great meals prepared for you in the dining hall. Pictures here.

Scouts: Ryan Adair, Mitchell Defauw, Ryan Ellenberg, Joe Ellison, Keenan Hutcheson, Jay Graham, Chris Meeks, David Moore, Adam Prosise, Cullen Tillberg, Adam Van Hoosier, Nate Wells, and Trevor Wince

Adults: Don Coker, Don Laverenz, Bryan Moritz, and Matt Wince
Sunday November 07, 2004 6:19PM
Troop 43 Answers a call for Help
A Scout is HELPFUL - A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.

Last Monday after our meeting Mrs. Soliz asked Troop 43 if we could help out an older couple, Mr. and Mrs. Bailey who are in their 90's, by cleaning the leaves up at their home. Because the yard was small and we did not have a lot of advance notice, only a limited number of boys were contacted. I am really happy to say that the boys of Troop 43 quickly stepped up and volunteered to help out. Even though the yard was small, there were a lot of leaves and weeds to clean up. In 2-1/2 hours the boys filled over 25 bags with leaves, and filled a pickup truck with branches from weed trees. Mr. Van Hooiser used a ladder to clean out the gutters.

This is the perfect example of Scouts living up to the 3rd point of the Scout Law. Way to go guys!!!

Pictures are here.

Scouts: Patrick Kent, Jeff Moritz, Rickey Rector, Andrew Soliz, Ben Wells, Trevor Wince, and Adam Van Hoosier

Adults: Mike Moritz, Mark Van Hoosier, and Fred Wilkinson
Friday November 05, 2004 9:19PM
Drug Awareness Program
We are having a special guest speaker at our Monday, November 29th Troop Meeting. Officer Hank Jacobsen from the Davenport Police Department Anti-Crime Unit will be visiting our Troop Meeting and providing a Drug Awareness Program.

It is very important that all Scouts from the Troop attend this informative seminar. It is especially important for all Scouts attempting to complete requirement #8 for Second Class. This will be the only time that this presentation will be available this year.

I hope to see you all there.

Mark Van Hoosier
Tuesday November 02, 2004 5:34PM
Eagle Ceremony
Saturday an Eagle Ceremony was held for Bryan Moritz. I would like to thank everyone who attended. Your presence helped make this a memorable occasion I will never forget. Pictures are here.

Mike Moritz
Sunday October 24, 2004 4:45PM
White Pines Forest State Park
This weekend we went camping at White Pines Forest State Park, just north of Dixon Ill. We were joined by 2 Webelos from Pack 683 at Wilson School. Friday night started out a little rainy but Saturday and Sunday were great. The boys worked on rank advancement, hiking the trails, and just kicking back enjoying Mother Nature. Saturday night at our campfire, the boys performed skits and stand up comedy. Quite a talented bunch of boys.

Pictures are here.

Scouts - Ryan Adair, Mitchell DeFauw, Chris Meeks, David Moore, Jeff Moritz, Rickey Rector, Cullen Tillberg, Adam Van Hoosier, Josh Vinar, Ben Wells, Nate Wells, and Marcus White.

Adults - Dale Lacina, Mike Moritz, Mark Van Hoosier, and Martha Wells.

Welelos - Kyle Sager, Eli Kirshbaum and their leader Shelly Sager.
Monday October 11, 2004 9:45PM
The Family of
Bryan M. Moritz
Would be honored to have
you attend the presentation
to Bryan
of Boy Scouting's
highest honor,
Eagle Scout

October 30, 2004
Grace Evangelical Free Church
5520 Eastern Avenue
Davenport, Iowa

Ceremony at 2:00 p.m.
Reception immediately
following the ceremony

Please RSVP by Oct 22

Saturday October 09, 2004 2:04PM
Scouting for Garbage
A big thanks to all who helped in picking up trash along our Adopted Highway. It was especially great to see everyone show up who signed up, and on time. Actually, everyone was there 5 minutes before we were scheduled to leave!!! Way to go guys!! Pictures here.

Scouts: Kyle Barton, Mitchell DeFauw, Joe Ellison, Jeff Moritz, Rickey Rector, Adam Van Hoosier, Trevor Wince, and Marcus White

Adults: Tim Barton, Don Laverenz, Mike Moritz, and Mark Van Hoosier
Tuesday September 28, 2004 4:16PM
Stand Down 2004
Troop 43 was asked to participate in a flag ceremony for a Quad Cities Event "Stand Down 2004". This event is hosted by local Veterans Groups, Civic Organizations and Churches. It offers assistance to local homeless and disabled veterans. It was estimated that 115 veterans and homeless persons were offered assistance in way of medical, dental, clothing and counseling. Don Laverenz and Mark VH attended the ceremony with our Scouts. We are proud to say that our boys did a great job and were very patient through out the numerous delays.

Pictures here.

Our thanks to the Scouts that participated: James Gilkison, Trevor Wince, Nathan Wells and Joe Ellison.

Don Laverenz - Scoutmaster
Mark Van Hoosier

Friday September 24, 2004 6:58PM
Troop 43's Newest Eagle Scout
Greetings Scouts, Scouters, Parents and Friends!

It is my distinct pleasure to bring you this information. On September 23rd at 7:30PM Bryan Moritz passed his Illowa Council Eagle Board of Review and is now officially an Eagle Scout. As you all know, this is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America and it was my pleasure to be Bryan's delegate at his Board of Review. Bryan represented himself, the Scouting program and our Troop admirably.

Congradulations to his parents, Mike and Darlene on their son's success. We are all Proud of him and Happy for you.

Mark Van Hoosier
Troop 43
Tuesday September 21, 2004 6:59PM
Fall Camporee
Fall Camporee pictures are here.

Scouts: Ryan Adair, Kyle Barton, Mitchell DeFauw, Ryan Ellenberg, Chris Meeks, Rickey Rector, Ben Wells, Nate Wells, Marcus White, Trevor Wince,

Adults: Tim Barton, Don Laverenz, Marty Wells, Matt Wince

Pack 43 Scouts: Corey Adair, Michael Ibarra, John Solbrig

Pack 43 Adult: Mike Solbrig

Tuesday September 21, 2004 6:40AM
Court of Honor

Troop 43
Fall Court of Honor

Monday, September 27, 2004
6:30 PM
Adams School Cafeteria

All family members are invited to join the Scouts of Troop 43 to celebrate their achievement.

Families are asked to provide a meat dish and a salad or desert to share.
Please bring your own table service and serving utensils.
Beverages will be provided.

Hope to see you then.

Wednesday September 08, 2004 8:51AM
Our Website has been moved
Our Troop 43 website has been moved to a new server. The biggest difference is that we now have a name, that is not a redirect to

Please start using the new address to access the site. The old one will be shut down in a few days and will only display a message that the site has moved.

Please let me know if you see anything that is not working correctly on the new site.

Wednesday September 01, 2004 9:24AM
Youth Leaders Accept Challenge
A CHALLENGE was issued to the Youth Leader Corp of Troop 43. They were asked to plan and carry out a Troop campout without the assistance of the Adult Leaders. The Challenge was accepted by: Marcus White, Adam Prosise, Kyle Barton, Adam Van Hoosier, Mitchell DeFauw, Ben Wells, Ricky Rector and Jeff Moritz. The Adult Leaders would only provide transportation; all other functions and activities were to be planned by the Youth Leaders.

The Challenge was accepted and met by our Youth Leaders without any problem. We camped at Scott CountyPark – Sac Fox camp grounds. Pictures are here. The boys planned for the rainy weather and camped next to the pavilion. That provided us with a good location to meet during the day and to have a great camp fire. Set up of the dining fly was the first test of team work. Cooking and cleaning went very well. We held several round tables to discuss growth of the Troop, camping plans for the upcoming year, development of our PLC’s and Youth Leader responsibilities. It was an enjoyable experience for Scouts and Scouters. It was a challenge for the adults not to pitch in and help. We accomplished this by making “It doesn’t matter to me” our motto for the weekend.

Thanks to Tim Barton, Don Coker, Martha Wells and Mark VH for your support this campout.
Wednesday August 25, 2004 6:04PM
Xstream Clean Up
I wanted to thank those who showed up For the Xstream clean up project. Although we didn't get as much done as I thought we would, there was a lot more trash than they indicated there would be as well. And I think we did a good job getting done what we could in the time we had.

Don Coker

Thanks go to:

Kyle & Tim barton
Marcus White
Ricky Rector
Jeff & Mike Moritz
James Gilkinson
Chuck & Mickey Prosise
Dale Lacina
Friday August 20, 2004 6:43AM
Stream Clean Up
I just returned from getting the supplies for the clean up project. It was a very informative meeting. For those of you who I didn't get an e-mail to previously we are participating in the Quad Cities Stream Clean up.

We have, however been reassigned a new location. We now have the bike path & Duck Creek from the Elks Club at 4400 W Central Park (next to Emies Golf Course) to Fairmont St.

We will be doing this on Tuesday, Aug 24th. We should meet at the Elks parking lot at 5 pm

I have bags, gloves and shirts. You need to wear long pants and boots or shoes that can get wet. We also need a few people to bring shovels and I have a couple ropes. Be prepared to get wet & dirty. So bring extra clothes for the ride home. We will also be required to sign a waiver prior to working.

Let me know if you can help.

Don Coker
Sunday August 15, 2004 7:31PM
Congratulations New OA Members
This weekend Cullen Tillberg, Marcus White and Dale Lacina completed thier Ordeal Weekend and were received into the Order of the Arrow as Ordeal Memebers. Congratulations as you begin your journey to OA Brotherhood!
Thursday August 12, 2004 6:47AM
A Better Mousetrap
In todays QC Times is an article featuring our very own Star Scout Kyle Barton. A copy of the article is here.

Congratulations Kyle!!!
Sunday August 08, 2004 7:32PM
Happy Birthday
On Friday, the Troop 43 Website turned 2 years old. I ran across some old code I had from early on and posted it here. It's always fun to look at baby pictures. :-)
Friday July 30, 2004 5:54PM
Boundary Waters
The Crews made it back safe and sound after 8 days and 7 nights in the Boundary Waters. Pictures are here. As I get more pictures from the others, I'll post them.
Monday July 12, 2004 6:20AM
Summer Camp

Correction: I missed Martha Wells on the list of adults attending. Sorry Martha.

20 Scouts and 9 Adults attended the 2004 summer camp at Camp Loud Thunder. What would a Troop 43 campout be this year without a little rain? Yes it did rain some but the temperatures stayed low and overall the weather was nice. Even the families got to experience the rain on Friday during Family Night. Luckily it held off until everyone finished eating and was over before the Order of the Arrow (OA) Ceremonies. Speaking of OA, congratulations to Cullen Tillberg, Marcus White and Dale Lacina on being called out to be members of OA.

A special thanks to Darlene Moritz for organizing and planning the summer camp, and for staying with the Troop the whole week. Keeping track of 20 boys, 8 of which were first time summer campers, was no small task.

A big thanks to all the adults who spent time at camp. Without their support, there would not have been a summer camp.

Thanks to all the families who came out to Family Night. I know the boys really looked forward to you coming out.

Pictures are here. If anyone would like a larger size (1024x768) of a particular picture, great for use as a computer screen background, let me know.

First time summer campers (Trail Blazers) - Ryan Adair, Benjamin Ingram, Patrick Kent, Joseph Kern, David Moore, Joshua Vinar, Nathan Vondal, Nathan Wells

Veteran summer campers - Kyle Barton, Mitchell DeFauw, Joe Ellison, James Gilkison, Jay Graham, Keenan Hutcheson, Adam Prosise, Rickey Rector, Cullen Tillberg, Adam Van Hoosier, Ben Wells

Soaring Eagle - Jeff Moritz

Adults spending 1 or more nights - Julie Adair, Tim Barton, Kim Chant, Dale Lacina, John Moore, Mike Moritz, Rick Rector, Mark Van Hoosier, Martha Wells

Adult camping the full week - Darlene Moritz

Sunday July 11, 2004 7:28PM
More Summer Camp Pictures
Mr Lacina sent some of his pictures.

Thanks Dale!!
Saturday June 26, 2004 3:07PM
Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor
Friday evening, at summer camp, Bryan Moritz was tapped out to become a Vigil Member in the Order of the Arrow.
"The Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Arrowmen who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position of office to one or more of the following: their lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or their Scout Camp."
Congratulations Bryan!!!
Sunday June 20, 2004 5:15PM
Lake McBride Campout
Finally a campout without rain! We spent the weekend at Lake McBride, camping, canoeing, row boating, and fishing. Thanks to Tim Barton and Dale Lacina for bringing the boats and canoes and a special thanks to Dale for planning the trip on a short notice. Pictures are here.

Scouts: Kyle Barton, Joe Ellison, Jay Graham, Patrick Kent, David Moore, Jeff Moritz, Adam Prosise, Adam Van Hoosier, Marcus White, and Trevor Wince

Adults: Tim Barton, Dale Lacina, and Mike Moritz
Thursday June 17, 2004 6:54AM
Rummage Sale
This is being sent on the behalf of Sue Rector, please contact her if you have any questions.

This is a great opportunity to show your support for Troop 43 and to clean out your closets, basement and/or garage.



I believe that I am going to do the scout garage sale in combination with my own garage sale - we'll mark everything that is scout oriented with a "B" on the tag and track those separately. We did this when Chris' group went to Boundary Waters and it worked out well.

The sale will be at my Mom's house - 1604 W. 29th Street

We are doing it Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3

Items can be dropped off at my house 3614 N. Thornwood Ave. anytime between now and then -and still should be pre-priced - marked with a "B". I will transport the items to my Mom's. Don't want to bother her with people stopping by - she is 91.

Everything left over from the sale will be going to our youth rummage sale, so if they want something back, they need to let me know and arrange to pick it up on Saturday afternoon.

Can you get that word out.

Sunday June 06, 2004 4:21PM
Michael Anderson's Eagle Court of Honor
An Eagle Court of Honor was held today for Michael Anderson. Congratulations to Michael and his family on a job well done!!! Pictures are here.
Tuesday June 01, 2004 9:02PM
Rummage Sale Postponed
The rummage sale scheduled for this weekend has been postponed. Please contact Sue Rector or Tim Barton for more details.

Tuesday June 01, 2004 8:58PM
Flag Pickup
Tonight our Scouts performed a Community Service Project by picking up the American Flags that decorated Veterans graves for Memorial Day, in Colona, Ill. Scouts should log 2 hours of service in their Scout books. Pictures are here.

Scouts - Keenan Hutchison, Bryan Moritz, Jeff Moritz, Brett Overton, Adam Van Hoosier, Nate Wells, Trevor Wince

Adults - Dale Lacina, Mike Moritz, Mark Van Hoosier, Matt Wince

Tuesday June 01, 2004 8:51PM
Scott County Park Campout
Rain didn't dampen our Scouts spirit at the May 21 campout. Everyone had a fun time and the new Scouts worked hard at getting some requirements signed off. Thanks to all who participated. Pictures are here.
Tuesday June 01, 2004 8:48PM
Medic EMS visits Troop 43
At the May 17th Troop meeting Medics from Medic EMS visited our Scouts. Paramedics Chuck Gipson and Joe Collins explained the importance of first responders and individuals trained in First Aid to any person in need of emergency assistance. "Boy Scouts trained in First Aid are very valuable to persons in need and can influence the first critical minutes greatly." They demonstrated splinting, mobile EKG and a mobile heart defibulator. We also got a peak inside of their mobile drug box. After a question and answer period the Scouts were able to thoroughly check out the Medic 1 ambulance. Both gentlemen are Training Supervisors and Chuck Gipson is a instructor at Scott Community College and a helicopter flight paramedic. Pictures are here.

Thanks to Adam Van Hoosier for arranging this program!!
Tuesday May 11, 2004 6:45PM
The Family of

Michael J. Anderson

Would be honored to have
you attend the presentation
to Michael
of Boy Scouting's
highest honor,
Eagle Scout.

June 6, 2004
Grace Evangelical Free Church
5520 Eastern Avenue
Davenport, Iowa

Ceremony at 2:00 p.m.
Immediately following the
Please RSVP by May 31
(563) 391-4621

Saturday May 08, 2004 3:45PM
Adopt A Highway and Scrap Metal Recycle
What a great day for a Service Project. Saturday morning, 7 Scouts and 6 leaders picked up trash along our Adopted section of Highway 120. Pictures are here. Thanks to Mr. Van Hoosier for the juice and Twinkies.

After our Service Project we met at Mr. Cokers shop to load up a dumpster with the scrap metal we have been collecting. Proceeds will be put into the Troop Account.

Pat Kent, Adam Van Hoosier, Cullen Tillberg, James Gillkison, Ben Wells, David Moore, Ryan Ellenberg

Dale Lacina, Don Laverenz, Mike Moritz, John Moore, Mark Van Hoosier, Martha Wells

Wednesday May 05, 2004 6:35AM
Adopt A Highway and Scrap Metal Recycle
Depart from Adam's School at 8:00AM for our 2 mile stretch of highway 130 passing through Maysville. Split into crews and remove litter and trash from both sides of the highway. Return trash to the end of the adopted area to be collected by the Iowa DOT.

Leave from Maysville and reconvene at Kwik-Tune Kwik-Lube 1210 E. Kimberly Road. Remove stored scrap metal from storage area and barrels and place in dumpster provided by recycling center. Return Scouts to your homes, or if requested, we will call you to pick them up as we near completion.

If you have any metal to be donated and recycled, please feel free to drop it off at the Kwik-Tune as your convenience this week. - Aluminum doors, gutters, car parts, fencing, wheels, bike frames, what ever you may have. Funds generated by this event are applied to Troop activities.

Note: The Adopt a highway qualifies as community service time for rank advancement. Metal recycling does not.

What to bring:
Class B uniform shirt for adopt a highway. Perhaps a junk shirt for metal recycling.
Clothes and shoes suitable for walking along the side of the highway and in the ditch, rain or shine
Clothes and shoes suitable for handling assorted scrap metal from storage bins and barrels into dumpster.
Work gloves for metal recycling
Water for your own needs

What is provided:
Plastic gloves for highway work
Safety vests
Transportation to and from both locations
Plastic garbage bags
Good humor and friendship
Community Pride
Fund raising opportunity for the troop.

Pat Kent, Adam Van Hoosier, Joe Ellison, Cullen Tillberg, James Gillkison, Ben Wells, Nathan Wells, David Moore, Ryan Ellenberg

Don Laverenz, Mike Moritz, John Moore, Mark VH

Please feel free to contact any of the listed adults for further information. See you there.

Mark Van Hoosier

Monday April 26, 2004 9:41PM
Lincoln Pilgrimage
More pictures courtesy of Mr Lacina.
Monday April 26, 2004 8:12AM
Lincoln Pilgrimage
This past weekend 13 boys and 7 adults attended the 59th Annual Lincoln Pilgrimage. 3 Scouts and 3 adults braved the 20 mile hike, of which the last 15 miles were done in a constant, sometimes very heavy, rain.

That's not to say the rest of the Scouts had an easy time. They toured the Historical sites in Springfield during the same storms.

Overall a great time was had by all, and the boys demonstrated the toughness that a Boy Scout is known for.

Pictures are here.

Scouts: Ryan Adair, Ryan Ellenberg, James Gilkison, Ben Ingram, Patrick Kent, Chris Meeks, David Moore, Andrew Soliz, Cullen Tillberg, Adam Van Hoosier, Nathan Vondal, Nathan Wells, and Marcus White

Adults: Dale Lacina, Nathan Lacina, Don Laverenze, Jay Mogart, John Moore, Mike Moritz, and Mark Van Hoosier
Wednesday April 21, 2004 6:19AM
Lincoln Pilgrimage
For those going to the Lincoln Pilgrimage, drop your gear off at my house on Thursday night, anytime after 5:00. Mr. Laverenz and I will leave Friday morning, with the trailer and your gear, to reserve a campsite.

Scouts will leave from Adams School Friday at 5:00 sharp. You will be stopping at a rest area to allow you to eat any sandwiches you have. Remember, hamburgers and french fries don't taste too good after an hour or so. Better to bring a cold sandwich.

Any Scouts working on their Tenderfoot requirements should review requirement #1. This can be signed off when you drop off your gear, if you're "Prepared".

We will return on Sunday and will be stopping in Peoria for dinner. You will need to bring your own money for this.

Mike Moritz

Monday April 19, 2004 10:54AM
Troop Trailer Rampage!
On Saturday April 17th Adam Prosise, Adam Van Hoosier, Pat Kent and Trevor Wince completely emptied the Troop Trailer and cleaned it out. A great deal of time and effort was put into reorganizing the Patrol, Food, Cleaning and supply boxes. Things are ship shape and ready for the Lincoln Pilgrimage. Adult volunteers included, Chuck Prosise, Don Coker, Mike Moritz, Matt Wince and Mark VH. Thanks to those Scouts and the adult volunteers who made it happen.
Thursday April 15, 2004 8:34PM
Palmer Chiropractic College is once again offering Class 2 or 3 physicals for only $5.

Physicals are required for both Summer Camp and High Adventure. More information on the Summer Camp physicals can be found here. A Class 3 physical is required for both Scouts and Adults going on High Adventure.

Both sessions are being offered from 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, May 18th, at the Rock Island Clinic, 2201 11th Ave., Rock Island
Wednesday, May 19th at the Main Palmer Clinic, 1000 Brady St., Davenport

  • You must call the Scout Office (563)-388-7233 (NOT Palmer) and schedule your time. Physicals will not be given without an appointment.

  • You must bring a blank physical form (available here or at the Scout Office).

  • Youth under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Monday March 29, 2004 9:21PM
    Eagle Cave
    More pictures from Eagle cave, courtesy of Mr Coker.
    Monday March 15, 2004 9:30PM
    Eagle Cave
    This past weekend 16 Scouts and 4 Adults camped in Eagle Cave. From the stories it sounds like everyone had a great time. Pictures courtesy of Mr. Lacina.

    Scouts: Kyle Barton, Joe Ellison, James Gilkison, Jay Graham, Keenan Hutcheson, Ben Ingram, Joe Kern, Chris Meeks, Jeff Moritz, Adam Prosise, Rickey Rector, Cullen Tillberg, Adam VanHoosier, Ben Wells, Nate Wells, and Marcus White

    A special thanks to the Adults who helped make this possible: Tim Barton, Don Coker, Gary Gilkison, and Dale Lacina

    Friday March 12, 2004 4:27PM
    Summer Camp
    Summer Camp at Loud Thunder is July 4 thru July 10th. Sign Up is March 15th or 29th. First deposit of $50 is due March 29th, Final payment of $115 is due April 26th. If you sign up after March 29th add $10 to the total fee. Camp Scholarships are available and must sign up before April 23rd. The $50 deposit is non refundable.

    Contact Darlene Moritz if you have any questions.
    Sunday March 07, 2004 6:56AM
    Merit Badge University
    It was a beautiful day, Saturday March 6th, to travel to the University of Iowa in Iowa City to participate in Merit Badge University. MBU is sponsored by the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity at the University and is an excellent opportunity for Scouts to work on Merit Badges in a classroom environment. Troop 43 had 7 Scouts participating this year. Pat Kent, Chris Gimm and Adam Van Hoosier completed Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge and Michell Defauw completed Citizenship in the World Merit Badge, both required Merit Badges for the rank of Eagle. Joe Ellison had a partial completion for First Aid Merit Badge. Keenan Hutchison and James Gilkison had a partial completion on Electricity Merit Badge. Congradulations to you all. We encourage you to contact Troop counselors to complete your badges. Thank you to Darlene Moritz and Mark Van Hoosier for providing transportation and adult leadership for this event.

    Friday February 27, 2004 10:00PM
    Troop 43 Member Photos
    I've got most of the pictures of our Scouts and Leaders posted under the Member Photos link on the Members Only page. If anyone is not happy with their picture let me know and I'll take another.
    Thursday February 19, 2004 9:01PM
    Scouting's Highest Honor
    Congratulations to Michael Anderson on passing his Eagle Scout Board of Review on February 12. Michael has earned the honor of joining a very elite group. Way to go Michael!!!
    Sunday February 15, 2004 6:02PM
    Sacagawea Campout
    We had another successful campout this weekend. Pictures are here.

    Scouts: Kyle Barton, Mitchell DeFauw, James Gilkison, Chris Meeks, David Moore, Jeff Moritz, Cullen Tillberg, Adam Van Hoosier, Ben Wells, Nate Wells, and Marcus White.

    Adults: Tim Barton, John Moore, and Mike Moritz. Thanks to Chuck Prosise for arranging the use of the Camp and helping to drive us out.
    Friday February 06, 2004 9:55PM
    For Sale
    Have you outgrown or upgraded some of your camping gear? Are you new to Scouting and looking to buy some gear or an older scout looking to replace something? Check out the new For Sale section. All Troop 43 members can post and manage their own messages. So take a look at what you have laying around and see if anyone in the Troop might be interested.

    Mike Moritz
    Monday February 02, 2004 9:26AM
    Court of Honor Postponed
    Due to the School closing, our Court of Honor is being postponed to next Monday, Feb 9 6:30.

    Look forward to seeing you then.

    Tuesday January 27, 2004 11:20AM
    Troop 43 Court of Honor
    Welcome to those families that are new to our Troop. On Monday February 2nd we will be having a Troop Court of Honor. Court of Honor is much like Cub Scoutings Blue and Gold Banquet. We gather three times a year to honor our Scouts rank advancements and merit badge achievements. Your family is invited to join us for this dinner and awards ceremony. You should understand that even if your Scout is not receiving any awards this time, you should still plan on attending. We take this time to socialize and get to know each other. Not only will we eat together, but we will share important information about upcoming events for the Troop, such as Summer Camp, High Adventure and other events. This is a perfect time to get any questions answered that you may have about our program. We ask that you bring a pot luck style main dish and a side or desert to share. Milk, coffee and juice are provided by the Troop. You will need to bring table service for each of your family members. The meeting starts at 6:30PM, so please come a little early to set out your food and to get your family seated. I hope to see you there, for good food, good fun and a chance to recognize your son's achievements. Feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have.

    Mark Van Hoosier

    Saturday January 17, 2004 6:42PM
    On Saturday, 11 Scouts, 4 Webelo guests and 8 adults attended the 2004 Klondike Derby. We were treated to mild temperatures, plenty of fog, a fair amount of snow, and a lot of fun. Pictures can be seen here.

    Scouts - Keenan Hutcheson, Patrick Kent, Joseph Kern, Chris Meeks, David Moore, Anthony Murillo, Adam Prosise, Adam Van Hoosier, Nathan Vondal, Nathan Wells, and Marcus White

    Weblos - Ryan Adair, Drew Gosch, Ryan Ellenberg, and Trevor Wince

    Adults - Ken Butgen, Dale Lacina, Don Laverenz, Mike Moritz, Brian Van Hoosier, Mark Van Hoosier, Matt Wince, and Martha Wells
    Thursday January 15, 2004 8:21AM
    Klondike Change of Time
    We will be meeting at Adams at 7:45 Saturday morning. Please don't be late.
    Monday January 12, 2004 10:44PM
    Scouts needing service hours
    There has been a request for any scouts needing service hours on Saturday - Feb 21st. The annual Building Block event is taking place and they would like to have scouts watch the younger children while the events are going on. It will be held at the Bettendorf Children's Museum from 7:30 am till noon. Ther will be cookies and punch served but you should eat breakfast before you arrive. If you would like to do this or if you have any other questions please call:

    Cathy Creighton

    or e-mail her at the address listed on the adult roster.

    Thanks Don Coker
    Friday January 09, 2004 6:14PM
    New Website Address
    You can now access the Troop 43 website with This should be much easier to remember and is more meaningful. The old address will still continue to work and both addresses point to this same page.

    Please contact me if you have any comments, questions, or problems.

    Mike Moritz
    Monday January 05, 2004 9:28PM
    The Klondike information letter that was published by the Klondike Committee can be found here.

    Online since
    Aug 6, 2002