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Sunday December 21, 2008 1:31AM
Our Troop Website
Although I regret that I am not currently active with the Troop, I was aghast tonight when I logged on to the Troop website to find that there have been no new updates to the Troop web page for over 60 days!

In past time, every event had a write up, even some photos. This was promoted to members to encourage further involvement with the Troop.

I understand that times and interests change, but I truly believe that what was a great asset to the Troop is now going to the way side and under utilized. Every Scouts advancement record was available for parents and leaders.

I am in disbelief that in a time period of online video gaming and constant texting that the Scouts and the Adults of Troop 43 do not utilize this medium for communicating and record keeping. I AM truly shocked!

Have you taken a look at the site recently? In previous years, there have been 20 or more photo posts of Troop activities with hundreds of photos. This year, there have only been seven! What a wonderful way to promote our program and invite our members to see the Troop in action. What parent doesnít love to see a photo of their son having a great time? The site needs to be promoted to the parents on a regular basis.

I think that we should be proud that we are continuing to strive to be a BOY LEAD Troop! With that in mind, looking at the current youth leadership, with 6 Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders and 3 Junior Assistant Scout masters this question comes to mind; why isnít one of the Scouts responsible for providing a report of weekly patrol events, monthly Troop events and other Troop activities to the website? Why isnít there a Scout responsible to provide photos of camping events? Shouldnít one of these boys be a Troop Assistant webmaster? Why doesnít the Troop purchase a camera for that purpose?

It is my belief that a Troop website is a great medium to promote our Troop. It is a great way to encourage parents to become involved. It is a great way to have information at the finger tips of both leaders and parents.

Mark Van Hoosier

Monday November 03, 2008 10:43AM
Adopt A Highway
We had a beautiful day Saturday for our Adopt A Highway project. All Scouts did a great job of collecting trash from our section of highway near Maysville. Several large bags were collected. Remember, this event will qualify for 3.5 hours of service time towards rank advancement. It is the Scout's responsibility to record this in their Scout Book.

My thanks to Scouts:

Alex Underwood
Matthew Underwood
Zach Thobe
Jacob Thune
Mike Havig
Mike Moeller

And to adult volunteers:
Dale Lacina
Adam Van Hoosier
Dave Moeller

I am also please to announce that Dave Moeller has stepped up and volunteered to be Chairman of Scouting for Garbage as my replacement.

Thanks Dave!

Mark Van Hoosier
Tuesday October 07, 2008 12:24PM
Troop Carwash
We had another successful fund raiser. On September 27th we had a carwash at KwikTune KwikLube. It was great weather and we raised $222.00 towards future events. Thanks to all that participated.

Don Coker

Scouts: James Lange, Matt Budelier, Trevor Wence, Alex & Matt Underwood, Jacob Thune, Zach Thobe, Gaven Wright, Mike Bell, Spencer Barton, Issac Covey

Adults: Chuck Heinselman, Dale Lacina, Brad Lange, Matt Wince, Jen Wright, Kim Bell, Cindi Thobe, Tim Barton, Don Coker
Wednesday August 27, 2008 10:06AM
High Adventure 2010
We are gathering information for our next High Adventure; Philmont Scout Ranch in 2010! Preliminary cost is $620.00 plus train, bus and meals. This trip will be 2 weeks and we need a minimum of 4 adults. Dates fill up fast so we need commitments and a $50.00 deposit by October 1st. Philmont is a very popular Scouting destination, thatís why we need to plan 2 years in advance and your deposit is non refundable. If you would need to cancel, you can transfer your deposit to someone who is not on the list.
Don Coker worked up some early numbers for round trip transportation; a train ride is $210.00 for adults and $105.00 for youth and the bus would be $ 35.00 Raton to Philmont. All prices are subject to change depending on fuel prices.
Click on the link on the lower left corner and check out what Philmont is all about.
Please contact Brad Lange if you have any questions.

The Committee
Saturday July 12, 2008 10:43AM
OA Recognition
At this years Summer Camp Troop 43 was proud to have 3 members called out by the Order of the Arrow.

Eric Middleton and Terry Middleton were elected by their peers in Troop 43 to become OA members.
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

Kyle Barton was elected by the Lodge OA Vigil Members to sit with them in the Vigil Circle for his contributions to the Order.
Alertness to the needs of others is the mark of the Vigil Honor. It calls for an individual with an unusual awareness of the possibilities within each situation.

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
Mike Moritz
Sunday July 06, 2008 9:15PM
NEW Server
The Troop website has been moved to a new server. Please let me know if you have any problems or if something is broken.

Monday June 09, 2008 6:39PM
Troop 43 Family Camp Out Scott Co Park May 30th to June 1st, 2008

UPDATE: Pictures are posted

Well, the troop 43 family camp out has come and gone for this school year. As with the last several years it was held at Scott County Park at the Sac Fox Campsite. We had a good turn out again. 18 scouts and 5 leaders camping with the troop and several troop families camping. We also had several Cub Scouts and their families camp or come out for a time from the Adams School and Harrison School Packs. Thank you Mrs Bierl and Mr Barton for arranging that for us.

The camp out was overall a good one. It rained Friday morning, which made it wet, but didn't rain the rest of the day. That made camp set up a lot easier. The 3 patrols and the leaders all had their own separate tent areas, and the cubs had their own areas as well. Friday night was pretty much like always. Set up camp, eat the sack lunch suppers, free time and lights out. Saturday was a little more eventful. It started out with breakfast having a "Flaming Dutch Oven" courtesy of the Viper patrol. They were trying to make donuts and let the oil get too hot. Flames were at least 2 to 3 feet off the ground. All day there were scouts leaving and coming back, which made the duty rosters tricky. In the afternoon our older scouts put on Scout Skill Demonstrations for the 2 Cub Packs and our younger scouts. Demos included: Knots, Lashings, Tent set up, First aid and An axe yard. Thank you to: Ben Wells, Adam VanHoosier, Eric Middleton, Joe Bierl, Alex Underwood, Chris Meeks, Kyle Sager, Nate Wells & Mitchell DeFauw for putting on the demos. You all did a good job as you were able to hold every group's attention. Supper was eventful again. During the cooking it it started raining buckets. Since most were cooking on the open fires, it made keeping the fire going a challenge. We even had a moat around our fire ring. We got through it though and found the scouts enjoying hamburgers, hot dogs (My fault for not banning hot dogs ahead of time) and etc. Meanwhile, the leader patrol suffered with Roasted Chicken, Carrots and Onions, Mashed Potatoes, and Pie. (How could we ever have made it with food like that?) After supper, and the leaving of patrol stuff scattered throughout the camp site, we had a great campfire program which was MC'd by our Scout in Charge for the weekend, Mitchell DeFauw. There were skits put on by all the patrtols and by both Cub Scout Packs. And we even had some Cub Scout awards presented. All the time there was a great fire going. After the camp fire things were pretty much normal, including still looking at all the stuff sitting around on the tables and ground. The scouts must have been tired as lights out went smoothly and even a little early. Sunday morning came at 7 AM. The scouts had their traditional cereal and the leaders had eggs in a basket. We got the camp taken down and cleaned up. Adam VanHoosier and Mitchell DeFauw checked all the cook kits and made sure they were cleaned and in order. Mr Middleton did inventory of the left over food and supplies in the trailer. Thanks to those 3. Several times during the camp out we had comments from the Patrol Leaders that it was very hard to keep within the food budget and have quality meals. They also suggested that we raise the amount each scout pays for the meals to $9 or $10.00. Something for the committee to discuss later.

The Last Court of Honor was on Sunday. The weather was a bright sunny day. We had the Indian Hills shelter across from the pool. The shelter was a little small, but we set up our dining fly and we were able to seat most people in the shade. The cooking went well and we were actually ready a few minutes before the scheduled 1 PM starting time. After dinner we had several announcements, including a summer camp review, Yellow River Camp out review, and a thank you to all the leaders. We then gave our patches from MALT, and several merit badges. Topping off the awards with 22 rank advancements. Congratulations to the following:

Scout Rank: Issac Covey, Tyler Erskine, Michael Moeller, Jacob Thune, Gavin Wright
Tenderfoot: Noah Kirshbaum, Michael Moeller, Keelan Ryan, Andrew Shipman, David Solbrig, Matthew Underwood
2nd Class: Jeremy Erskine, Andre Menard, Alex Underwood, Brody Welch
1st Class: JP Menard, Alex Underwood
Life: Ryan Adair, Joe Bierl, Ryan Ellenberg, James Lange, Eric Middleton

I want to thank all those that helped at the camp out and Court of Honor to make it a success.
Don Coker

Scouts camping with the troop: Patrol Leaders: Joe Bierl, Alex Underwood, Kyle Sager
Patrol members: Adam VanHoosier, Noah Kirshbaum, Tyler & Jeremy erskine, Matthew Underwood, Issac Covey, Chris & Nick Meeks, Zach Thobe, Reed Sager, Andrew Shipman, Jacob Thune, James Gilkison, Gregory Klepzig, Gavin Wright
Leaders with the troop: Mr VanHoosier, Mr Barton, Mr Shipman, Mr Heinselman, Mr Coker (Adult in Charge)

Families that I remember from the troop: Wells Family, Middleton Family & Mitchell DeFauw (Scout in Charge), Menard Family, Covey Family, Wright Family, Spencer Barton
And thank you to Mrs Meeks and Mrs Sager for help driving us out to camp, and the Cub Scouts from Pack 373 and Pack 43, and to all the other family members that came out for part of the days.
Wednesday May 14, 2008 11:13PM
Eagle Scout Jay Graham
It gives me great pleasure to announce that at 8:15PM, Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Jay Graham became the newest Eagle Scout in America. I offer my congratulations and the congratulations of Troop 43 to Jay and his parents, Kirk and Polly Graham.

I was truly honored that Jay asked me to be his advocate at his Eagle Board of Review. The Chairman of the Eagle Board was Mr. Scott Johnson. Jay's Scouting accomplishments, Eagle project and future ambitions were reviewed by Mr. Johnson and the other members of the Illowa Council Eagle Board. The final vote was unanimous that Jay has earned his Eagle Rank. As Jay's advocate I am happy to report that he represented himself and Troop 43 flawlessly.

Congratulations Jay and Proud parents!

I wish Jay the very best and hope that the following laws will be important in his life forever:


And that he will always follow this direction:

On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my Country. I will obey the Scout law, to help other people at all times. I will keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

My best regards:

Mark Van Hoosier
Committee Member BSA Troop 43
Tuesday April 29, 2008 5:37AM
Troop Photos
Just to let you know, next Monday (May 5th) and the following Monday (May 12th) I will be taking Troop 43 photo's during the meeting for the web site. This is for new scout's who have not had photo's taken, for scout's who would like to have new photo's taken and for adult's (for pretty much any reason).

If you are a new adult to Troop 43 or an adult that would like to be more active in the troop but are not sure the best way to get involved, I encourage you to have your photo taken and we will be happy to help you with the rest. We can always use more adult as committee members or leaders.

Scout's are required to have Class A uniform with neckerchief, merit badge sash and/or OA sash. Adult's, please come as you are.

If you have any questions please email me at photomatt264 at

Thank you,
Matt Wince
Troop 43 Quartermaster, PA, Committee Member and Staff Photographer
Monday April 28, 2008 7:50AM
April 2008 Adopt A Highway
Ten hearty Scouts and four adults braved the cold and windy weather on Saturday, April 26th to complete the first segment of this years Adopt A Highway Program. This event, also known as "Scouting for Garbage" was a success with five heaping bags of trash being collected. New challenges this year werestanding water in the ditches and heavily gusting winds. Our biggest concern was that some of the smaller Scouts may have become air born like a kite with the garbage bags gripped tightly in their hands. Scouts participating in this event qualify for 2 hours of Community Service. Good Job!

Interestingly enough, we had four sets of brothers participating together!

Pictures are here...

My personal thanks to the following for their assistance:

Martha Wells
Ben Wells
David Moeller

Adam Van Hoosier
Issac Covey
JP Menard
Andre Menard
Mike Moeller
Nick Moeller
Jeremy Erskine
Tyler Erskine
Jacob Thune
Nate Wells
Sunday April 13, 2008 12:14AM
Does Communications Merit Badge have impact?
Dear Adam,

I'd like to thank you for taking the time to express your feelings about the impact of LOST by writing to our newspaper editor. I'm glad that you have personally benefited from the generosity of Scott County voters.

Nancy Jacobsen
Principal West High School

Saturday April 05, 2008 7:34AM
Eagle Scouts rely on skills in business world
From Saturday's Quad City Times

Some aspects of childhood stick with a person forever.

Among them -- at least according to several Quad-City businessmen -- are the character traits learned on the path to earning the coveted Eagle Scout award.

The Illowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America is on a mission to locate past Scouts and set a special place at the table for them on April 23 during an Eagle Scout Recognition Banquet.

The National Boy Scout Office and Eagle Scout Association hope to re-engage those past Scouts as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of scouting and National Jamboree in 2010, according to Nick Norman, development director for the Illowa Council.

The council is looking for former Eagle Scouts, particularly those who earned the award while living outside of the Quad-City area, he said.

"We're trying to recognize our alumni or let them know their efforts would be appreciated if they would like to get re-enrolled," Illowa Council Scout Executive Tom McDermott said.

Receiving an Eagle Scout at a court of honor is a proud moment for the recipients, their families and troop leaders. However, "this is not the ending. This is just the beginning," McDermott said. For "the rest of your life you need to make sure you live by the Boy Scout oath and ideals."

The full article is available here.

Thursday March 20, 2008 7:54PM
Camp MisElkTon Pictures
Camp MisElkTon pictures are posted. Thanks to Mr Lacina.
Wednesday March 19, 2008 8:36AM
Davenport student says Ďthanksí for sales tax
Adam Van Hoosier wrote a "Letter to the Editor" and had it published in today's QC Times. Good job Adam!

Mike Moritz

By Adam Van Hoosier | Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I am happy to learn that the School Infrastructure Local Option Tax passed. The 1 percent tax has helped our schools over the last 10 years. That funding with the River Boat Development Authority contributions has helped our schools get updated classrooms and gyms. This was a badly needed update. Over the last 10 years, I have attended Wilson Elementary, Williams Intermediate, and West High school, and have observed many important improvements. I hope with the next 10 years of funding that more improvements and updates are accomplished. I believe if the students have a modern school environment, it makes school more enjoyable. So I thank everyone who voted yes to this program because it is a very wise investment for the children in the future.

Adam Van Hoosier

Monday March 17, 2008 5:39PM
Camp MisElkTon March 2008
You missed alot if you couldn't join us for the most recent outing to this great "out in the boonies" campout. Just one hour from Davenport, and you experience the feeling of being hundreds of miles away. The cabin was warm,and of course the food was good! Thanks to Mr. Lacina for the great menu of just stuff from the trailer for the Rat Patrol. The boys all worked hard on many rank advancement, almost 50 elements were signed off, plus 1 Polar Bear. All the Scouts took part in an orienteering course set up by Mr. Heiselman and Ryan Ellenberg. Thanks for all you did to set it up. Several Scouts and a few brave Adults took a 5 mile hike. At night, the stars were out, as we observed Orion's Belt,and, the Big Dipper took up a guardian position directly over the cabin. During the day, one could see eagles, hawks,and lots of other animals in this wild life preserve. Look for pictures later. Mr. Barton
Wednesday March 05, 2008 12:27PM
Summer Camp/Soaring Eagles
Summer Camp;
The first deposit of $75.00 is due by Monday March 24th with the balance of $125.00 due by Monday April 28th. There is a $10.00 discount for a second Scout in the family attending Camp.

Soaring Eagles;
The first deposit of $75.00 is due by Monday March 24th with the balance of $145.00 due by April 28th. Note the increase of $20.00 for this program. There is a $10.00 discount for a second Scout in the family attending Camp.

If your son would like to attend the Troop Summer Camp and the Soaring Eagle program, there is a $10.00 discount for the second week.

Please remember, if your deposit or final payment is not received by the dates above the cost increases by $20.00 for each program.

Please consider spending a few days or the entire week at camp with the boys. Itís an easy gig; you get great accommodations, great food, plenty of fresh air and the most important part, you get to spend a lot of quality time with a great group of boys!

Terry Middleton
Sunday February 24, 2008 4:22PM
2008 Summer Camp Information

Update: A very cool video of Camp Loud Thunder has been added. Follow the link listed below.

The 2008 Camp Loud Thunder Leader and Parent Guide has been posted under Members Only ---> Troop Events ---> Summer Camp. Merit Badge information and various forms are also available.

Summer Camp for Troop 43 is scheduled for June 15 - 21. The Troop is looking for adults to spend a few hours, a day, or a few days to help the Troop out at camp. Please contact Brad Lange if you are able to help. If you've never spent time at Summer Camp you are missing a wonderful opportunity. I truly believe the adults have as much fun at camp as the boys do.
Monday February 18, 2008 9:54AM
Pack 43 Bridging Ceremony

Thank you to Troop 43 for sending several representatives to our Blue and Gold banquet and advancement ceremony. Several Scouts helped us with the ceremony and adults leaders greeted our Webelos as they bridged over to the Troop. We really appreciate your time and presence!

Joe Bierl
Tyler James
Jeremy Erskine
Adam VanHoosier

Mr. Laverenz
Mr. Coker
Mr. Barton
Mr. VanHoosier
Ben Wells - who read the Eagle Challenge

We look forward to continuing our work together to promote Scouting and offer a positive experience to our young men and boys!

Kathy Bierl
Pack 43
Saturday February 02, 2008 2:17PM
Klondike Derby
The results are finally in!

What a great weekend we had for the 2008 Klondike Derby, sunny and COLD!

We had three patrols for the Derby, The Falcons, The Yetis and the Spartans.

The Falcons consisted of Andrew Shipman, Keelan Ryan, Andre Menard and JP Menard, Trevor Wince was their leader. They had Webelos, Jacob Thune, Matt Goebel and Spencer Barton with adults, Patty Thune, Tim Barton and Randy Shipman.

The Yetis were Jeremy Erskine, Alex Underwood, Zach Thobe and John Solbrig, their leader was Joe Bierl. They had Webelos Tyler Erskine and Issac Covey with adults Gary Budelier and Dave Bierl.

The Spartans had Matthew Underwood, Noah Kirschbaum, Davis Solbrig and Drew Richter with Eric Middleton as their leader. Their Webelos were Gavin Wright and Brad Belz and adults were Jennifer Wright and Terry Middleton.

The patrols visited different stations before and after their race; Skagway, where the Scouts demonstrated their first aid skills and Fairbanks where two scouts entered a "log cutting" contest.

At Point Barrow we found North without a compass, then to Sitka for a short nature hike and a little tree identification. Valdez had us climbing five feet off the ground to save ourselves from a wall of water from a broken dam.

At Juno four boys worked as a team "walking" on two giant skis (you know, they look like dominos, one falls they all fall), then to Ketchikan for a well-deserved hot chocolate break.

Our race starters extraordinaire Kyle Barton, Matt Budelier, James Lange and Brad Lange got us off and running.

First stop Polar Cove where our "dogs" broke away and left a boy stranded on the ice. Knot skills sure came in handy. I wonder if Spencer is still on the ice.

Our next stop was Attu where we built a fire to warm our frozen boy. Nice teamwork building the fire boys!

Artic Circle was the furthest and last check in point, after a quick stop it was off to the finish line.

After the race, we enjoyed lasagna for lunch. The Webelos came back to our cabin to see how our camp outs ran and our boys had a scavenger hunt with them.

Our Patrols cooked dinner for the remaining Webelos and the Webelo adults were guests of the "Rat Patrol".

On Sunday we packed up.. OK OK HERE ARE THE RESULTS!!!

With a race time of 47 min 49 secs for 19th place and a Station score of 733 for 12th place overall... The Falcons

With a race time of 26 mins 16 secs for 4th place and a Station score of 758 for 6th place overall... The Yetis

And finally with a race time of 33 mins 21 secs for 9th place and a Station score of 773 for 3rd place overall... The Spartans


Now where was I, oh yeh, on Sunday we packed up and headed for home. All had a good time. Be sure to check out the pictures.

Thursday January 31, 2008 5:41PM
Klondike Derby
Pictures courtesy of Mr Lacina.

Looking for someone to submit a write up of the weekend activities.
Sunday January 20, 2008 9:03PM
News Story
There was a real short version of an article about a Band of Scouting Misfits getting their Eagle Scout in today's paper. Here's the full article from the Washington Post.

It's always great to read a positive story about Scouting.

Saturday January 19, 2008 3:36PM
Scout Sunday
All Scouts of the Catholic faith are invited to participate in Scout Sunday at Holy Family Church.

Mass is Sunday, Feb. 3rd, at 9 AM.
Practice (flag ceremony, readings, etc) is Sat. Feb. 2 at 9 AM.

We get many positive comments from our parish when we do this. It's very encouraging to see our young men and boys who are participating in Scouting and practicing their faith. It's also part of the Scout Promise "To do my duty to God". Please come and celebrate Scouting with our faith community!

For those in other denominations, I encourage you to see what you could do at your place of worship.

For more info, call 391-3081
Kathy Bierl
Friday January 18, 2008 4:11PM
Eagle Court of Honor
You are invited to attend
The Eagle Court of Honor
for Ben Wells

Sunday, January 27th
2:00 pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church
2136 Brady St
Davenport IA

Please RSVP

Saturday January 05, 2008 9:15AM
PTA Service Project
We spent 3 hours reorganizing and sweeping the Adams' PTA room today. Any items that belong to the Troop and Pack are now located on the brown shelves in the NW corner of the room. All flags are in one bin ( including Girl Scouts). We took 3 US flags that were quite tattered and in the bottom of a garbage can. I will drop these off at the VFW box on West 35th St. We also took all the doll rods not is use and will drop them off at Habit Restore.

Scouts and adults who helped:
Alex Underwood
Matt Underwood
JP Menard
Andre Menard
John Solbrig
David Solbrig
James Gilkison

Dale Lacina
Lisa Solbrig
Kathy Bierl

The boys brought up the idea of building more shelves for storage, which would be helpful in keeping things off the floor and use space more efficiently. Maybe this could be a future project for the Troop with the help (financial) of the PTA.

Everyone did their fair share today and responded well to directions.

Kathy Bierl

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