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Sunday December 31, 2006 8:59AM
Summer Camp 2007
Summer Camp planning information is available here.
Saturday December 02, 2006 6:25PM
Troop 43 Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certification
On Saturday, November 18th, Scouts and Adults from Troop 43 met at ECS for a day long training session provided by the American Red Cross. We were trained in Basic Red Cross First Aid, Adult, Youth and Infant CPR. The trainers from the Red Cross did an excellent job of presenting a wealth of material and personal anecdotes to keep the day both informative and interesting. A pizza lunch was provided by the Troop.

Scout participants: Cory and Ryan Adair, Kyle Barton, Matt Budelier, Ryan Ellenberg, James Gilkison, James Lange, Chris Meeks, Nick Meeks, JP Menard, Eric Middleton, Kyle Sager, Adam Van Hoosier, Brody Welch, Nate Wells and Trevor Wince.

Adult participants: Julie Adair, Tim Barton, Gary Budelier, Gary Gilkison, Chuck Heinselman, Brad Lange, Mark VH and Matt Wince.

A special “Thanks” to Gary Gilkison who coordinated this project. Good Job Gary! We Appreciate Your Support! And "Thanks" to Mark Van Hoosier and ECS for allowing us to use the ECS facilities.

Much of the information that was provided applies directly to the completion of the BSA First Aid Merit Badge. Attendance unfortunately does not complete the merit badge. As with all merit badges, portions of the requirements require you to “Demonstrate” your knowledge to your Counselor. Mrs. Prosise has agreed to help any Scout interested in completing the merit badge with that task. One of the requirements is to show your family first aid kit. Scouts should check out the requirement in the merit badge pamphlet or review the requirements on the web. Mrs. Prosise will be available to inspect all first kits on Monday, December 4th at our regular Troop meeting. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to complete this Eagle Required Merit Badge.
Wednesday November 22, 2006 1:13PM
Ken Buttgen Jr. 1951 - 2006
Ken Buttgen, father of Marcus White, passed away this past Saturday. Ken was an active Scout parent while Marcus was in the Troop. I had the opportunity to camp with Ken a few different times and always enjoyed his humor and company.

Our condolenances to Ken's family.

Published in the Quad-City Times on 11/22/2006.

Kenneth E. Buttgen, Jr., 55, of Davenport, passed away on November 18, 2006, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 24, 2006, 2:30 p.m. at Runge Mortuary. Visitation will be 11:30 a.m until service time. Memorials may be made to his son, Marcus White, for his college education.

Kenneth was born June 13, 1951, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Kenneth and Nari (Chirpas) Buttgen. His mother passed away on May 18, 2006. His father survives in Apache Junction, Ariz.

Kenneth graduated from Davenport West High School in 1969. He attended Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville and earned a degree from Scott Community College.

Kenneth was director of housekeeping for the Rhythm City Casino boat, and had worked as a chef in various restaurants in the area.

He was a long-time volunteer at the Bix 7 Race, the Festival of Trees parade and other community causes.

He enjoyed following NASCAR, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Green Bay Packers. He loved to have fun with his many friends and family members and will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son and brother.

Survivors include his loving wife, Janet, and son, Marcus White, both of Davenport; son, Dondi Royce Buttgen, residing in Australia; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Julie Buttgen, Ligonier, Ind., and Rev. Joe and Darlene Buttgen, Newport, Ark.; two nieces and a nephew; and aunts, Patsy Meinert, LeClaire, Ruth Buttgen, Dallas, Texas, and Lula Bonsett, Indianapolis, Ind.

Monday October 16, 2006 10:01PM

Date: October 13, 2006
To: All Scouting families in the 13 counties of the Illowa Council, Boy Scouts of America
From: Tom McDermott, Scout Executive

Re: " help other people at all times".

Dear Scouters,

I'd like to thank all of the wonderful Scouts, parents and civic leaders that I have encountered since arriving in the Quad Cities area 4 weeks ago. I have been met with warm wishes and have been exposed to the very best a community can offer. You have confirmed my opinion that this is an area that my family and I can call "Home".

Nearly every night of the week, and every week of the month, Scouts are attending their meetings and reciting Scouting's Oath. Part of that pledge is "to help other people at all times". When I learned of the need the River Bend FoodBank had, and the results the "Student Hunger Drive" is having... I knew that this was a project that our Scouts could easily help with.

I am calling on all of our Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers to get involved to help us alleviate hunger in our area. For Scouts and their families that are participating in H.A.L.T (Halloween at Loud Thunder), please consider bringing non-perishable food items with you. We'll have boxes on-hand to collect all donations.

If you aren’t coming to H.A.L.T., please consider sending canned goods with your Scout to their school next week. The high schools that are participating in the Student Hunger Drive are listed below. I’ve been told that many of the elementary schools are now collecting food and bringing it to their local high school. If neither of those two methods is convenient, donations may also be dropped off at the Council Service Center at 4711 N. Brady Street in Indianapolis. Our staff will ensure that the items are delivered to the food bank.

I know that our values-laden program makes a positive difference in the lives of our Scouts. Please share this information with the families in your Scouting unit so that your youth can make a difference in the lives of people in need.

Here is some more information about this labor of love.

Yours in Scouting,

Thomas P. McDermott
Scout Executive
Illowa Council
Boy Scouts of America
(W) 563.388.7233
(F) 563.388.7040

Thursday September 14, 2006 3:18PM

Vigil Honor Presented to Troop 43 Members

It is my distinct pleasure to announce to the Troop that Mike Moritz and his son Jeff were recently honored by Konepaka Ketiwa, Order of the Arrow, Lodge 38 with the presentation of the Vigil Honor. This is a National Order of the Arrow Honor.

The Vigil Honor is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council, and Scouting. Membership cannot be won by a person's conscious endeavors.

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:

• Lodge
• Order of the Arrow
• Scouting community
• Scout Camp

It is certainly noteworthy that Bryan and Jeff Moritz are Eagle Scouts from Troop 43 and that father and sons are Vigil Honor members of the Order of the Arrow.

Congratulations to Mike and Darlene Moritz. Thank you for your dedicated service to the Scouting Program and Troop 43.

Mark VH
Troop 43, Secretary
Thursday September 14, 2006 9:44AM

Boy Scout Troop 43
Fall Court of Honor
Potluck Dinner and Awards Presentation

DATE: Monday, September 25, 2006

TIME: 6:30 pm - note earlier time than meetings

LOCATION: Adams School Cafeteria

WHO: Scouts, Family and Friends

WHY: Celebrate and Honor the Scouts for their many accomplishments, including merit badge achievement and rank advancement since our spring gathering.

     A meat dish to share
     A dessert, salad or vegetable to share
     Table Service for you family

Beverages will be provided.

We hope that you will join us!

Friday September 01, 2006 8:23AM
OA Fall Conclave
This past weekend, Konepaka Ketiwa Lodge #38 held it's annual Order of the Arrow Fall Conclave at Camp Loud Thunder.

Two members of Troop 43, Nate Wells and Tim Barton, completed their Ordeal weekend and are now Ordeal members in the Order of the Arrow.

Congratulations Nate and Tim!!

The purpose of the Order of the Arrow is fourfold:
1. To recognize those Scout campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives
2. To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit
3. To promote Scout camping
4. To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others

Attending the Conclave:
Kyle Barton, Tim Barton, Brad Lange, Jeff Moritz, Mike Moritz, Adam Van Hoosier, Mark Van Hoosier, and Nate Wells.

John Gilbert stopped out on Friday night to attend the pre-Ordeal ceremony. It's always good to see old friends and family from Troop 43.

Dale Lacina stopped out on Saturday night to attend the Ordeal ceremony.

Mike Moritz

Saturday August 19, 2006 9:55PM
OA Fall Conclave
Troop OA members,

Next week, Aug 25-27 is the OA Fall Conclave. This would be a great way for the people who just got tapped out to get their Ordeal and the same for people who are going for their Brotherhood.

Brotherhood Candidates:
To be eligible you must have completed your Ordeal prior to September 1, 2005. Brotherhood Candidates should have their letters ready to turn in Friday at registration. Please review your handbook and memorize the obligation and song.

Everyone coming to conclave MUST bring a class 1 medical form! Registration forms and class 1 medical forms are available on the Lodge website

Even if you are not going for Ordeal or Brotherhood, please join us for a fun weekend of Brotherhood and Cheerful Service.

Adam VH
OA Troop Representative
Thursday August 03, 2006 6:29AM
Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP)
Our 2006 Rocky Mountain trip has come and gone. Wow, what a great time everyone had. Some highlights:

  • Took a hike that took us to 3 beautiful lakes in the mountains; Nymph, Dream and Emerald Lakes. This was a great hike to get all of us "flat landers' acclimated to the higher altitude.

  • Drove Trail Ridge Road, a beautiful, scenic drive that takes us along the north side of RMNP. Stopped many times along the way, enjoying some beautiful scenery. We stopped at the Alluvial Fan.

  • Drove the Old Fall River Road, a one lane, narrow dirt road with some unbelievable views.

  • Visited the Alpine Visitor Center which allowed us to experience a 12,000 ft altitude.

  • Stopped at the Colorado River Trailhead and had a picnic lunch.

  • The return trip took us along the Many Parks Curve.

  • White Water Rafting and Horseback Riding. The rafters got 2 trips down a 3 mile section of the Cache La Pouder River. Everyone got wet and had a great time.

  • 7 members took part in a Back Country overnight camping trip, carrying all their gear and food on a 12 mile hike in the back country. Many of the others took the hike to Flat Top Mountain, a very challenging and beautiful hike.

  • Took a trip into Estes Park - got a shower, dinner and did some souvenir hunting.

    During most of the week the boys did the morning and evening Flag Ceremonies at the Glacier Basin Campground. They learned to march in step and by the end of the week it was really impressive to see all of the boys marching in step, and singing songs. Seeing the boys present the folded American Flag to the Park Ranger was a very touching moment and meant a lot to me.

    The boys worked hard on the Mammal Studies Merit Badge, and everyone had the opportunity to see, Elk, Mule Deer, Coyotes, Badgers, Big Horn Sheep, Yellow Bellied Marmot and more...

    A big thanks to all who went on the trip. All of the boys were on their best behavior and represented Troop 43 proudly. Thanks to the adults who helped keep the group together and who drove everyone out and back safely.

    Pictures are here.

    Scouts: Cory Adair Ryan Adair, Kyle Barton, Mike Bell, Joe Bierl, Mitchell DeFauw, Ryan Ellenberg, Joe Ellison, Chris Meeks, David Moore, Rickey Rector, Kyle Sager, Andrew Soliz, Adam Van Hoosier, Ben Wells, Nate Wells, Trevor Wince

    Adults: Tim Barton, Dave Bierl, Chuck Heinselman, Don Laverenz, Mike Moritz, Brian Van Hoosier, Mark Van Hoosier, Marty Wells, Matt Wince

    Mike Moritz
    Saturday July 01, 2006 4:19PM
    Car Wash
    The third time was a charm. After two cancellations, due to weather, we were able to have our car wash fundraiser. Everyone stayed pretty busy as the cars rolled in almost non stop. There were plenty of baked goods, walking tacos, and drinks to offer those getting their car washed. Be sure to check out the pictures.

    Thanks to all who provided baked goods, supplies, stopped by to have their car washed or washed cars.

    A special thanks to Sue Rector for organizing everything and Don Coker for allowing us to use his parking lot, water and supplies for the car wash!!

    Scouts: Matt Bell, Mike Bell, Andy Bierl, Joe Bierl, Mitchell DeFauw, James Gilikison, Chris Meeks, Nick Meeks, JP Menard, Rickey Rector, Kyle Sager

    Adults: Tim Barton, Dave Bierl, Kathy Bierl, Nikki DeFauw, Chuck Heinselman, Mike Moritz, Sue Rector

    And last, but not least - Spencer Barton.
    Sunday June 25, 2006 7:05PM
    Summer Camp Report
    Wow, what a big week. I hope all the boys enjoyed themselves as much as I did.

    We started off with 36 boys signed up to spend the week at Summer Camp. Matt Bell had a baseball accident and had to drop out 2 days before we left for camp. :-( We had 2 other boys choose to not stay the entire week. :-( :-(

    We had 4 adults spend the entire week - Gary Budelier, Brad Lange, Terry Middleton, and Mike Moritz.

    Other adults coming out to help out at different times - Tim Barton, Dave Bierl, John Diggs, Judy Gilkison, Matt Wince, and Lenny Weise. I hope I haven't over looked anyone!

    The boys worked on more than 155 Merit Badges. They completed 64 Merit Badges and 5 non-Merit Badges. Our Trail Blazers worked on 31 Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class rank requirements.

    A note on the Trail Blazers rank requirements - I will be setting up a meeting with the Trail Blazers and some Adult Leaders to review the requirements that the boys worked on. I want to ensure that the boys really have an understanding of the requirement before we sign anything off in their Scout Book.

    Boys with Partial Merit Badges should continue working on them and try to get them completed within the next year. If they think it will take more than a year to complete, please have them let me know why.

    I'd also like to thank all the parents for helping get everyone out to camp on Sunday and getting them home again on Saturday. I really appreciate your help.

    A summary of the Merit Badges and Trail Blazer requirements can be seen at I also posted some pictures in the usual place.

    It's not too soon to start planning for Summer Camp 2007! I went ahead and reserved the same campsite for next year June 17-23, 2007.

    Best Regards
    Mike Moritz
    Thursday June 22, 2006 9:07AM
    Troop 43 Family Night
    Greetings Everyone,

    It was a beautiful night for Troop 43 Family Night at Camp Loud Thunder. It was truely amazing to walk into the camp and see all of you and the Scouts enjoying family time in the beauty of our camp. I cannot get over the growth of our Troop over the last year. One of the most exciting activities at Summer Camp is the Order of the Arrow Call Out Ceremony on family night. Not everyone was able to stay for the ceremony, but for first timers it is an awesome event.

    The purpose of the Order of the Arrow is:

    To recognize those campers - Scouts, Explorers, and Scouters, who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their lives and by such recognition cause other campers to conduct themselves in such manner as to warrant recognition.

    To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit.

    To promote Scout camping, which reaches its greatest effectiveness as a part of the unit’s camping program both year-round and in the summer camp, as directed by the camping committee of the council.

    To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

    Selection into the Order is by secret ballot vote conducted by the OA election committee. All of the Scouts are informed of the criteria to become a member before the election process takes place.

    Troop 43 was recognized at the Call out by the selection of First Class Scout Nathan Wells and Committee Member Tim Barton as OA Ordeal Candidates. Congratulations to Nate and Tim we hope to see you at the Fall Conclave to complete your Ordeal.

    The Vigil Honor is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council, and Scouting. Membership cannot be won by a person's conscious endeavors.

    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:

    Order of the Arrow
    Scouting community
    Scout Camp

    At the Call Out last night Troop 43's Eagle Scout Jeff Moritz and Assistant Scoutmaster Mike Moritz were selected to be Vigil Members. This is a great honor.

    Congratulations to father and son, we are very proud of you and thank you for your service to our Troop.

    Saturday May 27, 2006 7:43AM
    Carwash Fund Raiser - POSTPONED
    Once again our carwash fund raiser has been postoned due to weather. We will try again Saturday July 1. Same place same time.
    Wednesday May 10, 2006 9:14PM
    Carwash Fund Raiser
    Right now it looks like cool temperature and rain for Saturday. So... if at 8:00 a.m. the temperature is in the 50's and/or if it is raining or extremely overcast - we will call a rainout for the car wash!

    Reschedule Date: Saturday, May 27
    Same shifts, same place.
    Monday May 08, 2006 10:11AM
    What a great day to be out cleaning up Nahant Marsh! For those of you not familar with the Marsh, it is located off Wapello Avenue in Southwest Davenport. We joined several other groups to do work that looked alot like Adopt-a-Highway. The group from 43 consisted of Matt and Mike Bell, Nick Barry, Kyle Sager, Eric Middleton, and the ever qualified adults, Terry Middleton and Tim Barton. The area is very wide open, so we covered alot of ground removing trash along the roadway. There was the assorted literbug stuff, plus, a couch, bed springs, and a rotting cabinet. We were told afterward that cleanup is ongoing in the Marsh, so there should be more opportunities to help again. As soon as I get time to download the pictures, I will share them. Thanks to everyone who helped. Tim Barton
    Sunday May 07, 2006 11:55AM
    What a great weekend it was for the Order of the Arrow Spring Conclave.

    Congratulations to Kyle Barton and Adam Van Hoosier. This weekend they sealed their Brotherhood membership in the Order of the Arrow. Thanks to Bryan Moritz and Jeff Moritz, both who took part in the the Brotherhood ceremony for Kyle and Adam. It was very special to see 2 members of Troop 43 take part in the OA Ceremonies for 2 other Troop 43 members.

    Congratulations to Jeff Moritz who was elected Lodge Vice Chief of OA Affairs for Konepaka Ketiwa Lodge 38. This is a very high office in the LEC (Lodge Executive Committee) and we wish Jeff the best as he begins his term in office.

    Thanks to John Gilbert who came out Saturday night to witness the OA ceremonies.

    Thanks to Mark Van Hoosier and Mike Moritz who spent the weekend at Conclave. We both enjoyed it tremendously.

    Mike Moritz
    Thursday April 27, 2006 1:13PM
    Palmer College Physicals
    $5 physicals are being offered at Palmer College Clinic's

    Tuesday, May 9th at the Rock Island Clinic, 2201 11th Street Rock Island

    Wednesday, May 10th at the Main Clinic in Davenport, 1000 North Brady St, Davenport

    You Must Bring:
    1. BSA Class 1 & 2 and/or Class 3 physical forms.
    You need to have the Class 1 part of the form completed when you go for the physical.

    2. A signed HIPAA form (Available at Palmer).

    You must call the Council at 563-388-7233 to schedule a time (4-5PM, 5-6PM, or 6-7PM) for your physical.

    Be advised the Class 1&2 is good for 3 years. The Class 3 is required for the high Adventure trip this summer and if you are 40 and over. The Class 3 form is good for only 1 year.

    Any questions call Darlene Moritz (563) 386-3499

    Tuesday April 25, 2006 10:20PM
    Adopt - A - Highway / Earth Day, Saturday April 22nd
    The weather couldn't have been better for the Spring Adopt-A-Highway, affectionately know as "Scouting for Garbage". We had a record turn out of 17 Scouts participating in this Spring Service Project. Be certain to check out our photos section to see us in action.

    Special thanks to Scout Master Don Laverenz, my partner for this project Mike Moritz and the other adult volunteers who made this possible, Mike Dawson, Michael Corry Sr. and Lisa Solbrig.

    I have submitted our group photograph to the Quad City Times to be published in their "Around Town" segment 7 times now with out one single printing. I have given up on them, but will be sending our photo and a summary of our event to Hy-Vee Food West Locust for their donations, the Iowa DOT our co-sponsor and to the Town Council of the City of Maysville.

    Mark VH

    Wednesday April 05, 2006 7:38PM

    Troop 43
    Candy Sale

    Sign-up for boxes through April 10
    Snickers, M&Ms (plain and Peanut),
    Skittles, Twizzlers
    60 bars/bags per box
    Sell for $1.00

    Candy will be available for pick-up April 24
    Money for Candy will be due May 22

    Troop Profit per box
    $10.00 to boys' individual account
    $8.00 to Troop High Adventure Trip Fund

    50 boxes sold by the troop would add $400 to the troop high adventure trip account and would add $500 to the boys. individual accounts! GO TROOP!

    Questions or to sign-up for a box - contact Sue Rector.

    Thursday March 23, 2006 10:11PM
    Fund Raising
    Sue Rector has been busy planning some up coming fund raising activities. More information and details will be coming over the next few weeks, but I thought it would be good to give everyone a heads up.

  • The Troop will be holding a Candy Sale with proceeds to be split between the boy's accounts and High Adventure.

    We will need an initial count of boys interested in selling on April 3. Candy will be issued in boxes of 40 bar variety packs - Mars, Nestle or Hershey combinations. Once Candy is taken - there will be no returns.

    Candy will be ordered after April 3rd meeting and will be available for pick-up on the April 17. Money for the candy will be due by May 22. Bars will sell for $1.00 each.

  • Don Coker has once again offered us the use of his buisness, KwikTune KwikLube for a spring Car Wash/Bake Sale - Saturday, May 13. We'll probably do two shifts since we have so many boys…. 9:00-11:30 and 11:30-2:00

    We'll need buckets, towels, hoses, baked goods and canned soda. Proceeds will be earmarked for High Adventure.

  • We will have an early summer Garage Sale - June 8 - 10. Start spring cleaning and putting items aside to benefit the Scouts. A pricing guide will be issued and we ask that items be pre-priced and marked with BS indicating the items are for Scout proceeds.

    All items left after the sale will be donated to Good Will or DAV. Proceeds will be earmarked for High Adventure.

    More details will be coming via email, announcements at the Troop meetings and fliers sent home with the boys. Questions or suggestions should be addressed to Sue Rector.
    Monday March 20, 2006 10:35PM
    Eagle Court of Honor
    The Family of
    Jeffrey M. Moritz
    would be honored to have
    you attend the presentation
    to Jeff
    of Boy Scouting's
    highest honor,
    Eagle Scout

    April 15, 2006
    Grace Evangelical Free Church
    5520 Eastern Avenue
    Davenport, Iowa

    Ceremony at 1:00 p.m.
    Reception immediately
    following the ceremony

    Please RSVP by Apr 8
    386-3499 or

    Monday March 20, 2006 10:29PM
    Fort Madison Camp Out
    The camp out went pretty well. Thanks to Mr Solbrig for arranging it for us. Due to the lack of older scouts it was just like starting all over again. Our Scout in Charge - Adam VanHoosier - Had a teaching session to explain how to pack the cook equipment bins. I only had to confiscate eating gear one time. After the next warning I didn't see anything left after the remaining meals. Let's hope it carries over to the future camp outs. I wish it would have worked the same with keeping them from playing in the fire pit. We had an interesting time with the cabin door. It was the same type as the pre camp cabins at the Ely Boy Scout Camp (Short). However - no matter how many times Joe Ellison hit his head - I never felt anything. There was a lot of room outside for the boys to roam around. Several hills, some water, and an abundance of wood. The next time we go there, we can go in warmer weather so the boys can sleep in tents. There is plenty of room for each patrol to have their own camp site. There would still be plenty of room for many scout learning activities as well.

    Pictures are here.

    Don Coker
    Saturday March 18, 2006 9:50AM
    Here's a chance at earning service hours, plus help cleanup a cool place in Davenport. Join Hands Day is May 6th from 9AM until noon at Nahant Marsh. Volunteers will be helping with various cleanup and construction jobs. I need to start a list right away, as the signup deadline is April 3. Please include your shirt size.
    Thanks, Tim Barton
    Friday March 17, 2006 9:02PM
    Earth Week Fair 2006
    Here's a great opportunity for Scouts to complete some Merit Badge requirements. The Troop will not be participating as a group. Interested Scouts will be responsible for their own registration and participation.

    Mike Moritz

    The Quad Cities Earth Week Coalition is hosting its Second Annual Earth Week Fair on Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day) at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island.

    This event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday's events are also geared toward Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs, and other youth-based community groups.

    Over 30 of the area's environmental organizations and businesses will be offering hands-on activities, demonstrations, make and take crafts, literature, videos, quizzes, and other projects at their booths.

    Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to attend sessions where they can work on the requirements to obtain various badges.

    Fish and Wildlife Management Study - Requirements: 5, 6, 7
    Soil and Water Conservation Study - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Bird Study - 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8
    Geology Study - 3, 4, 5, 6
    Nature Study - 1, 2, 3, 4

    Advance registration is required.
    Friday March 03, 2006 9:48AM
    Summer Camp
    It's time to start planning for the 2006 Summer Camp. Information is available on the "Members Only" page, under "Current Events". Summer Camp will be discussed with the Scouts at the Troop meetings and the information on the website will be updated as we get new information.
    Sunday February 26, 2006 9:53PM
    Welcome to our new Scouts
    Tuesday Night 5 Webelo Scouts from Pack 43 Bridged over and indicated they would like to join Troop 43. If they all follow through, Troop 43 will have 43 members!

    Congratulations to Andy Bierl, Jeremy Erskine, Josh Miller, Alex Perkins, and Anthony Puetsch.

    Thanks to the Troop 43 Scouts and Adults for being there.

    Scouts: Ryan Adair, Joe Bierl, Eric Middleton, Jeff Moritz, and Adam Van Hoosier.
    Adults: Tim Barton, Don Coker, Don Laverenz, Mike Moritz, and Mark Van Hoosier.
    Thursday February 23, 2006 7:09PM
    Merit Badge University
    We received our confirmation letter with class assignments for Merit Badge University.
    Sunday February 19, 2006 9:23AM
    Klondike Derby Results
    The 2006 Klondike Derby Results are posted.
    Saturday February 11, 2006 1:41AM
    Most Exciting News of the Day!!!!!
    Last night at 8:48 p.m., Mike and Darlene Moritz became the proud parents of Troop 43's newest addition to the rank of Eagle Scout. Eagle Scout Jeff Moritz passed his Board of Review with flying colors. As you greet and congratulate him, he may tell you of his selection of the 13th trait to add to the Scout Law.

    I was truly honored to be his representative.
    Dale R. Lacina

    Sunday February 05, 2006 1:11AM
    Fire Safety Merit Badge
    It was an interesting challenge working on Fire Safety Merit Badge as a Troop. Although it spanned over several meetings, I believe that it was educational and fun for the Scouts. It is not typical to work on a Merit Badge in a large group, but we felt that a subject like Fire Safety could easily be worked on by all Scouts from Scout rank to Life rank. It would not have been possible without the help of everyone in the Troop. My special thanks to everyone that has helped maintain order and provided counseling for the Scouts. I offer my special thanks to Chuck Prosise for his excellent presentation on fire extinguishers and to Tim and Kyle Barton for their video presentation on Fire Safety which was educational and entertaining.

    We completed requirements 11 and 12 by visiting Davenport Fire Department Station 6 last Monday night. We had a great turn out of Scouts and parents. Thank you to everyone that helped provide transportation. I can only say that the program that the firemen of Station 6 provided for us was truly above and beyond what I had expected. Please visit our photo section to have a small view of our trip. We had an excellent explanation of what the daily life of a fireman is all about. Careers in fire safety were explained to us. We also looked in every compartment and examined every tool that are hidden in both the Engine and Truck Company stationed at Station 6. As a bonus, many of us were able to tour the Davenport Fire Department Hazardous Material Response vehicle. I encourage every Scout that has not completed all of the requirements for this merit badge to contact any of the Scout leaders to take advantage of completing it as soon as possible
    Sunday January 29, 2006 1:12PM
    Life to Eagle Seminar
    Adam and I recently attended a “Life to Eagle” presentation provided by the Kittan District Eagle Board. The meeting was headed up by Scott Johnson, Chairman of the Eagle Board with the assistance of Walt Holcum, Dick Sweene and Dave Miller. It was an excellent presentation and it is a shame that all of our Life and soon to be Life Scouts were unable to attend. Although much of the information that was presented is something that we all have heard before, I believe that it would have been good for key adult leaders in our Troop to be there. The key here is… that the information was not being “interpreted” by a member of our Troop, but being presented directly by the members of the board. Scott had some very interesting statistics to start off the meeting and I hope to get them from him to share with the Troop. ALL questions were answered before the end of the meeting and lots of helpful hints were provided. Scott Johnson met with Adam and the other boys after the meeting and offered a great deal of encouragement to them. He asked each of them to email him to evaluate the presentation and in return, he would send to them a copy of the presentation notes. Adam will be doing this today and I will share them all with you when we receive them. I jotted down some notes of my own and I will share them with you in this email. Some items are for the boys and some are for the Troop Leaders.
    • Be certain that the Troop is keeping the pink copy of advancement records and it is legible.
    • Each Scout in turn should be keeping records of his advancement, merit badges and Scout leadership positions.
    • Request an Eagle print out from the Scout Office.
    • Get and utilize a BSA personal Scout record document. I believe that this is very similar to the information that our Web Site data base already provides.
    • Check these records with the records at the Scout office, research and rectify any discrepancies as soon as possible. Do not let this wait until you are ready to apply for Eagle.
    • Pick up your Eagle packet the day after you become Life
    • Have a meeting with Troop Advancement Committee to review the packet and discuss your path to Eagle the day after you become Life.
    • Keep duplicate copies of all records and documents. ( It was suggested that merit badge blue cards could be kept in a binder with baseball card holders in it. This would be far less likely to get lost compared to a pile of cards with a rubber band around them)
    • The Troop should establish an Eagle Advancement Committee. From this group, an Eagle Advisor should be assigned to every Life Scout in the Troop to help that Scout on a WEEKLY basis to plan his Eagle path.
    • The Advisor should review the merit badges that the Scout has to complete and set him on the proper path to complete them as soon as possible.
    • The advisor will work up a plan with the Scout
    • The advisor will help the Scout select a project that the Scout will be successful with.

    Good Eagle Projects include the following criteria:
    • Permanent Community Service
    • Non – profit benefactor
    • Must make an improvement, leave a mark
    • Maintenance projects will not be accepted

    • Must show leadership,
    • Create a written plan and follow through
    • Lead and instruct people
    • Acquire materials and funds
    • Direct the completion

    Will it be successful?
    • Must include all of the items listed above
    • Must include the Troop
    • Must be properly documented
    • Journal documenting all time including planning stages

    Check, Double Check, Triple Check all paperwork before submitting

    Note to Committee: The Council no longer provides a listing of Registered Merit Badge Counselors. Merit Badge Counselors are provided on a Troop level. Interaction between Troops is encouraged. ALL Merit Badge Counselors need to be registered as such with the District Office.

    Note to all: Some of you may relate this to a discussion that we previously had concerning our current list of Eagle Scouts. Scott Johnson pointed out that the number ONE reason for a Scout to be successful in completing the Eagle rank is: PARENTAL SUPPORT. Not all parents are involved as Scouters, so the number TWO reason for a Scout to be successful in completing the Eagle rank is: TROOP SUPPORT. The Troop not only needs to support the Scout, the Troop must support and advise the family.


    Mark VH
    Thursday January 26, 2006 7:48PM
    Special Meeting Monday 1/30/2006
    Just a little reminder note that the Monday, January 30th Scout Meeting will be a little different format than our regular meetings. In an effort to allow Scouts working on the Fire Safety Merit Badge to complete their final requirement, everyone that attends the meeting will be traveling in a caravan to the Hickory Grove Davenport Fire Department Station #6.

    Please note that we have been working on this badge over the last two months and everyone that has attended those meetings has received credit for the portions that they have completed. Of the thirty two boys that have participated, 12 only have this final requirement to complete the badge. All boys are welcome to join this trip to the station, but it is important for the following Scouts to attend the meeting to complete the badge, which will be awarded at the next Court of Honor.

    Cory Adair, Ryan Adair, Mike Bell, Joe Bierl, Matt Budelier, James Gilkison, Eric Middleton, Kyle Sager, Adam Van Hoosier, Josh Vinar, Ben Wells, and Trevor Wince.

    If your son is not interested in attending the Fire Station, please take the night off, there will not be any regular meeting activities at the school on Monday, January 30th.

    We will be departing from the rear of the school at 7:05PM and will return to the school at 8:30PM. Please be there to pick up your son after the meeting.


    IMPORTANT: Class A uniform is mandatory!!!! All Scouts will be expected to show good Scouting Spirit and be on their best behavior. We will encourage those Scouts attempting to complete the Merit Badge to have questions prepared for presenter from the Fire Department. These questions should be CAREER based, dealing with Fire Safety in the Community and within Industry.

    Please direct any questions that you may have to Mark Van Hoosier.
    Wednesday January 11, 2006 10:17PM
    Merit Badge University
    Alpha Phi Omega is once again sponsoring Merit Badge University, Sat March 4 at the University of Iowa. Registration fee is $6.50 per Scout if POSTMARKED by February 10th. We will leave from Adams School around 7:30 Sat morning and return around 4:30. More details to come.

    Sign up sheets will be available at the next Troop meeting. Class selections and money need to be turned in by the Troop meeting on Feb 6. Each Scout should select a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice. They will get one of them, depending on how soon we get our application turned in and how fast the classes fill up.

    Merit Badges being offered are:

    American Business
    American Cultures
    Citizenship in the Nation
    Citizenship in the World
    Crime Prevention and Fingerprinting
    Disability Awareness
    Emergency Preparedness *
    Environmental Science
    Family Life
    Fire Safety
    First Aid
    Public Health
    Pulp and Paper

    *Requires completion of First Aid to Enroll
    Saturday January 07, 2006 2:06PM
    Thank You Note
    In December, Chuck Heinselman coordinated a Troop collection of two Holiday Care Packages that were shipped to military personnel stationed in Iraq. We received a real nice thank you note from Jay Graham's mom, Maj. Polly Graham. Please be sure to remember Polly and all of our women and men in the Military in your prayers.

    A special thanks to Chuck for taking on this project!
    Monday January 02, 2006 3:37PM
    Year in Review
    Happy New Year to all of the Members and Families of Troop 43. It has been a very active and successful year for our Troop. In celebration of our successes in 2005 and anticipation of our plans for 2006, we have put together a little "Year in Review" for your enjoyment -

    We believe that you will find this to be interesting. If your son doesn't have access to email, be certain to take time to view it with him. We are certain the he will be able to add fun personal experiences of each event that he attended. Check out all of the activity photos at any time on our Troop Web Site.

    With Scouting Spirit,

    Mark Van Hoosier
    Mike Moritz

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    Aug 6, 2002