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Wednesday December 22, 2010 11:20AM
Our Newest Eagle Scout
Alex Underwood became an Eagle Scout last night, Dec. 21st at around 8:30 p.m. He did a great job and the board was impressed with him. The other mentors of the boy ahead of us told us that Alex would be the last Eagle Scout of this district for 2010.

Way to go Alex!!!

Ron Schwener
Troop 43
Sunday November 28, 2010 3:30PM
Eagle Project
Hi everyone. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

I am planning to start my Eagle Project this Friday and Sunday, December 3 and 5.
We are building duck houses for the Izaak Walton League.

Here are the details:
Friday: 7 to 9pm
Sunday: 1 to 4pm
We are working in Mr. Solbrig's garage so please dress warmly.

If you have any questions you can contact me.
Your support will be appreciated.

Joe Bierl
Tuesday November 23, 2010 9:39PM
Newest Eagle Scout
It is my honor to announce, as of 8:55pm November 23rd, Ryan Ellenberg is Troop43's, the United States of America and the World's newest Eagle Scout! He did a fantastic job in his board of review. The board members were very impressed with way he represented himself, his family and his troop. Please, the next time you see Ryan, congratulate him on his accomplishment. Way to go Ryan, you have worked so hard for this, you deserve it!!!

Matt Wince
Tuesday November 16, 2010 1:43PM
Ryan's Eagle Scout Project
Hey everyone,
These are the time and dates for my project. I will be building a new shelving unit for the Adams P.T.A room, and could use all the help I can get. Since we will be painting I suggest you bring clothes that you dont mind getting paint on. Also if you cant be there the whole time thats fine, but any and all help will be appreciated. There will be snacks and drinks provided on saturday since its such a long day.
Ryan Adair

• Wednesday November 17th from 5:30 – 8:00 at Mr. Solbrig’s garage (2409 Wilkes Street). (Wear cloths for painting)

• Thursday November 18th from 5:30 – 8:00 at Mr. Solbrig’s garage (2409 Wilkes Street). (Wear cloths for painting)

• Saturday November 20th from 3:00 – 8:00 at Adams School. (Wear cloths for painting)

• Sunday November 21st from 12:00 – 4:00 at Adams School. (Wear cloths for painting)
Friday October 22, 2010 10:11AM
Pop Show and Sell
Out last show and sell will be Sunday, Oct. 24, 10 AM - 4 PM, at the W. Kimberly HyVee.

Please call Mrs. Erskine to sign up. 650-5019
Monday October 04, 2010 11:12PM
Popcorn show and sell
Troop 43 will be holding a 2nd Popcorn Show and Sell Sat. Oct. 16 and Sun. Oct. 17 at Hy-Vee on West Locust Street. Hours are 10 AM - 4 PM.

Call Mrs. Erskine if you plan to participate.
Thursday September 30, 2010 7:59PM
Popcorn Show and Sell
Troop 43 will be holding a Popcorn Show and Sell Sat. Oct. 2 and Sun. Oct. 3 at K-Mart on Brady Street. Hours are 10 AM - 4 PM.

Call Mrs. Erskine if you plan to participate.

Tuesday September 28, 2010 8:20PM
Troop member photos
The troop member photos are up on our website. Please take a look at them. If you see mistakes, please let me know right away.

Matt Wince
Saturday September 25, 2010 6:20PM
Dueling Eagle Projects
A really big thanks to all involved in todays Eagle Projects. The Underwoods and the Winces greatly appreciate all the help today. It is just a matter of having a crew who works well together. We were able to get so much done. Give yourselves a big hand. Please keep up the awesome work that Troop 43 is known for! Again, thank you all.

Matt Wince
Tuesday September 21, 2010 8:18AM
Eagle Projects
Alex Underwood and Trevor Wince will be doing "dueling" projects on Saturday, September 25. Mr. Underwood's will start at 9AM At Sister Concetta Park, 6th and Warren Street to assemble picnic tables and replace the sign. Directly after that, everyone is invited to carpool to Credit Island Park to help Mr. Wince complete his project. The whole "party" should be over by 12PM. Questions? Give either of them a call.
Friday September 03, 2010 11:30PM
Alex Underwood's Eagle Project
Tomorrow, Sept. 4th., is the start of Alex Underwood's Eagle Project. It is at 706 S. Farragut St. in Davenport. It starts at 10:00am. Wear clothes that can get paint on them! Hope to see you all there.

Matt Wince
Troop 43
Tuesday August 31, 2010 7:36PM
Update troop photos
On Monday, Sept. 13, at the next troop meeting, I will be taking new photos of all the scouts and adult volunteers. Please "Be Prepared", If you have a neckerchief, merit badge or OA sash, please bring it. Please make sure your correct rank patch is sewn on and all other normal patches. And please make sure your uniform is "Clean". If you have questions, call me at 563-326-2210.

Thank you,

Matt Wince
Troop 43
Tuesday August 31, 2010 7:26PM
Senior Patrol
Good evening.

At last nights meeting, the troops previous Senior Patrol stepped down and the new patrol stepped in. Senior patrol Leader Nate Wells, Assistant Patol Leaders Matt Budelier, James Lange and Alex Underwood performed their first official duty of closing ceremony. Please remember, the troop is to be "Boy Led".

Thanks you all, parents and adult volunteers, for your help and support at last nights meeting. It is greatly appreciated!

Matt Wince
Troop 43
Friday August 27, 2010 10:01AM
The next Troop Committee Meeting will be on September 21st. All are welcome to attend. Due to a conflict, the site has been changed to the M&S Foods/McDonald's General Office, 2515 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport. The office is located just west of Hickory Grove and Central Park, next to Danceworks Studio.
Thursday August 12, 2010 11:20PM
Philmont trip
They're back!!

The crews returned today after a 2 week adventure at Philmont Ranch in New Mexico. Despite feeling weary and ready for a real bed, food and shower, it was an awesome trip and positive experience for everyone!

The guys are anxious to share their experiences with the rest of the Troop, so be looking for a slide show at a future Troop meeting.
Friday July 30, 2010 8:59AM

They're on their way! Troop 43 has sent its first group of Scouts off to trek the mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.

The group of 14 boarded an Amtrak train yesterday, July 29th, and pulled out at 5:53 PM from the Galesburg train station. They are scheduled to arrive the morning of July 30th and begin hiking early Saturday.

The group is divided into 2 crews and each will have their own route. In addition to hiking, there are opportunities to learn technical rock climbing skills, archeological excavation techniques and blacksmithing. Other activities include rifle shooting, horseback riding and fishing.

The crews will be carrying all of the supplies they will need, including food and water, with just a couple of places to restock their supplies during their 12 day hike.

The crew members include:
Brad Lange
Gary Budelier
Ryan Ellenberg
Joe Bierl
James Lange
Matt Budelier
Noah Kirschbaum

Randy Shipman
Alex Shipman (Andrew's brother)
Brian Moore (David's brother)
David Moore
JP Menard
Jeremy Erskine
Andrew Shipman

Look for more info after they return and can communicate with us!
Tuesday July 20, 2010 7:25AM
QC Times Opinion Page
Be courteous to all drivers on the road

Matthew Underwood The Quad-City Times | Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010

Driving safely is a key factor to a driver, but recently I haven’t seen safe drivers. People drive recklessly all the time and it shocks me.

My sister has her driver’s license, and I am 13 getting ready to begin to get my permit, but I am afraid that I will get hit and crash. It’s scary to ride long distances in a car.

I am a Boy Scout and one of our scout’s laws is to be courteous. I think every driver should be courteous to all the drivers. When I do get my permit, I will be cautious on the road and respect all the drivers on the road, even if they don’t respect me.

Matthew Underwood

Life Scout Troop 43


Thank you Matthew, we all need to try to be more "Courteous"!

Matt Wince
Troop 43
Tuesday July 20, 2010 7:23AM
Wednesday night at camp!
Good morning all!

Last night at camp, the following boys were tapped out at the OA ceremony:

Spencer Barton
Taylor Carstens
Mike Moeller
Nick Moeller
Matthew Underwood
Jeremy Erskine

Also, tapped out as OA Vigil members were:

Ron Schwener
Trevor Wince

If you have not had a chance to congratulate them yet, please make a point of doing so at you earliest convenience. This is a highly regarded honor nation wide. It should not be taken lightly, they all deserve it.

Thank you all for your support in scouting,

Matt Wince
Troop 43
Monday June 14, 2010 3:35PM
Summer Camp
Scouts at camp have been moved to a new camp site. They are not at Bearclaw. The new camp site is Tomahawk. This is located off the parking lot on the left side as you come up the hill.Hope to see everyone on Wed. Dawn
Sunday June 13, 2010 8:11PM
Summer Camp 2010
They're off!

This week 23 scouts and several leaders will be at Loud Thunder for the week. The tradition of family night continues and will be on Wednesday night, beginning at 5 PM. All are invited to attend and see the camp site (Bear Claw), tour the camp and enjoy fellowship with the Troop families. Each family needs to bring their own dinner, lawn chairs, drinks, etc. Bug spray may need to be mandatory!

Everyone is also invited to stay for the Order of the Arrow tap out ceremony. For our new Troop members, this is an amazing event to watch. It begins after dark and generally lasts until 10 PM. We suggest bringing bug spray, flash light and possibly a jacket if you wish to stay and watch.

Tuesday June 08, 2010 4:18PM
Still just passing this along. Don't shoot the messenger!
If you are planning to be a volunteer at summer camp, you need to update you YPT.

June 7, 2010
Important Changes to the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Training Policies

Recently, the Boy Scouts of America announced important changes to its Youth Protection policies. The purpose of these changes is to increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting.

Effective June 1, 2010:

* Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position.
* New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
* Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.

To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to

Questions and Answers

The following are answers to some of the questions we have received about these important changes. To read more, visit

Q1: When does the change go into effect?
A1: As of June 1, 2010, all registered adult volunteers--no matter what their position entails--must complete Youth Protection training prior to beginning their volunteer service.

Q2: Why a new training policy on such short notice?
A2: Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the Boy Scouts of America. It is important to implement this training at all levels of the organization. The BSA is always reevaluating and reassessing its policies to ensure the safest youth program and the best training are offered. The BSA's Youth Protection training has been in existence long enough for it to be understood and accepted as a mandated training for all registered BSA adult volunteers.

Q3: What is the deadline to meet the new Youth Protection training standard?
A3: All registered leaders should take or renew their Youth Protection training so that it is current as of today. A unit will not be able to recharter without its key registered adults being up-to-date on their Youth Protection training. No individual leader will be able to register without being up-to-date on his or her Youth Protection training.

Q4: Is there a grace period to get all adults trained?
A4: No. If a leader's Youth Protection training is not current, the volunteer must take or renew this training immediately. Every effort should be taken so that all adults involved in Scouting have a current certificate of completion of the Youth Protection training.

Q5: Will the system be able to handle the overload of people taking training at the last minute?
A5: The system platform that houses e-learning is expected to be able to handle
the high volume.

Q6: Does "all volunteers" mean all volunteers -- even board members and council presidents?
A6: Yes. The goal is to have all registered volunteers Youth Protection-trained. This is an important statement for the Boy Scouts of America as a youth organization and reinforces the BSA's commitment to the well-being of all youth members and volunteers.

Q7: I am sure I know all there is to know about youth protection. Can I "test out" by only taking the Youth Protection online quiz?
A7: No. You must complete the entire online training in order for your Youth Protection certificate to be valid. This ensures you receive the latest information on BSA Youth Protection.

Important: Please note that the quiz has been removed from the e-Learning Center because the content did not reflect the new changes in Youth Protection policy.

Q8: Does the executive officer (institutional head) of a unit need to take Youth Protection training?
A8: If the executive officer is not a registered leader, he or she is not required to complete Youth Protection training, although it is strongly recommended. If the executive officer is a registered member of the BSA, then he or she must complete Youth Protection training.

Q9: I am a Tiger Cub adult partner and ScoutParent. Do I need to take Youth Protection training?
A9: The Tiger Cub adult partner and ScoutParent designations are not registered adult positions; therefore, mandatory Youth Protection training is not required. It is strongly recommended, however, that all adults involved in Scouting take Youth Protection training. All registered adults are required to take Youth Protection training.

Q10: I am an Explorer post Advisor. Does this new policy apply to me?
A10: Yes. All registered adults are required to take Youth Protection training.

Q11: The new policy indicates that a Youth Protection certificate of completion must be submitted "at the time of application." What does that mean?
A11: A BSA application should be collected from a prospective leader only with the fully completed form, with a copy of the individual's Youth Protection certificate of completion. Both documents should be submitted together to the council service center.

Q12: Do leaders need to wait until they have final clearance on the background check to meet with youth?
A12: No. As long as their application is fully completed, submitted to the council service center, and approved, their fee is paid, and their Youth Protection training has been received by and acknowledged by the council, they will be able to interact with youth members while the criminal background check (CBC) is still pending.

Q13: Do merit badge counselors need to take Youth Protection training?
A13: Yes. A merit badge counselor is a registered volunteer position.

Q14: Can units that have some adult leaders who have not completed Youth Protection training be rechartered?
A14: In order for a unit to be rechartered, it must have all the required positions filled with Youth Protection-trained adults. Adults who do not have current (within the past two years) Youth Protection training will not be reregistered.

Q15: Will the new adult applications have this information?
A15: Yes. All new applications will reflect these changes.

Q16: Can a council or district organize Youth Protection group training for its adults?
A16: Yes. It is encouraged that adults take the training via the online module, but the instructor-led model is still acceptable as long as the most current version of the Youth Protection DVD (item No. 610327 or 36121) is used and the end-of-course quiz is proctored by the trainer at the end of the training session. Reminder: It is critical that training completion certificates be issued after successful completion and that a formal training record roster be submitted to the council registrar so proper credit can be recorded in the profiles of each participant.

Q17: Will both the regular and Venturing leader versions of Youth Protection training meet the requirement?
A17: Yes, as long as the most current versions of the DVDs are used for group training. The online version is the preferred method, as it allows for those taking the training to get one-on-one training and take all the time they need for review. The individual is issued an immediate certificate of completion, which allows for the updating of the volunteer's ScoutNet record.

Q18: If a person is not a registered leader, how can he or she log in and take the Youth Protection training?
A18: A person does not have to be a registered volunteer to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in to and click on create an account. After you have confirmed your new myscouting account user name and password, log in to and click on e-training to begin the Youth Protection training. Upon completion, print a certificate to submit with a completed adult leader application to the unit leader or your local council representative for processing. Remember to keep a copy for your records.

Once the application is approved, the new leader will receive his or her membership card with their member ID. It is important that new members log back in to and update their profile with this member ID to receive credit for completing this and any other training.

Providing you with clear and helpful information is a priority If you have additional questions, please contact your council or please let us know by sending your questions to We will review all inquires and post updates to
Tuesday June 01, 2010 9:37PM
BSA Youth Protection Training MANDATORY‏
I got this email notice, I am just passing it on.

June 1, 2010

Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA.

To increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America is implementing several important changes to further enhance its Youth Protection policies.

Effective June 1, 2010:

-- Youth Protection training is required for all registered volunteers.
-- New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before they submit an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
-- Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.

To ensure these policies are fully implemented, please take the following steps:

-- If you have not taken Youth Protection training within the past two years, please log on to MyScouting and take the training. Be sure to have your member ID number. The number can be found on your Boy Scouts of America membership card.
-- If you do not know your member ID number, contact your unit leader or committee chairman. Your council can also assist.
-- A person does not have to be a registered volunteer or have an ID number to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in to MyScouting and create an account. From the MyScouting portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training. Upon completion, print a certificate and submit it with an application or submit to the unit leader for processing at the local council.
-- If you have taken Youth Protection training online but did not input your member ID number, please log on to MyScouting and input your member ID in the My Profile section so the training will be linked to your records.
-- If you have taken Youth Protection training within the past two years but did not take the course online, log on to MyScouting to ensure your records are up-to-date, or contact your council for verification that your Youth Protection training records are accurate.
-- Finally, please share these important changes with other Scouters.

To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to

Thank you for your commitment to our nation's young people and to Scouting.


James Terry
Assistant Chief Scout Executive

Tuesday June 01, 2010 7:50AM
Backbone State Park Campout May 14 - 16, 2010
18 Scouts and 8 adults enjoyed a fatastic weeked at Backbone State Park. Beside the food being good, the weather cooperated. Warm days, cool nights.

The first activity Saturday morning after breakfast was a tour of the Manchester Trout Fish Hatchery. This year it started at the site of the old Hatchery in Backbone State Park. DNR Ranger Dave showed how the trout were placed in the stream. A few Scouts helped with this activity. We then traveled to the current Hatchery near Manchester. Always an awesome sight to see the thousands of young trout attack the food pellets tossed into the rearing pools. Even more eye-popping is in the pools where they keep the brood trout. Some real tackle breakers in there.

We returned to our campsite in Backbone for lunch. As we ate our cold meat sandwiches (most of us) we greeted a friend of Dave Moeller, Frank Juarez, who set up a workbench and proceeded to show us how to tie flies. Many of the Scouts really got into tying flies and made several flies before the day was over. The Troop split up into two groups. One group lead by Brad Lange, went hiking (which included wading through a stream). They covered 10 miles to get themselves in shape for this summer's High Adventure to Philmont. Another group went fishing with the flies they just tied. That afternoon's fishing was fun but we did not catch any fish. A group went later after dinner and caught 5 trout. An early Sunday morning group caught 5 trout as well.

Around the campfire Saturday night, we were treated to a story by Dave Moeller. An excellant bit of storytelling kept the Scouts attention.

Sunday morning after breakfast, the Troop broke camp, loaded up the gear and policed the campsite for litter. We then went on the Backbone Trail that the campground is named after. This is an amazing hike with the great scenic views of the drop offs to the valley below. Look for the pictures from our weekend to get a sample of what we saw.

Besides.... the food was good!

Submitted by,
Dale Lacina
Scouter in charge

P.S. The recipes for the Biscuits 'n' Gravy and the Strawberry/Rhubarb Dump Cake will be posted on our Recipe site soon.
Thursday May 27, 2010 2:37PM
The troop will continue meeting over the summer at Christ United Methodist Church at 41st & Pine. The time will be the same as always, 7:00 p.m. The dates are as follows:

June 7
June 21
July 12
July 26
August 9

We will be back at Adams starting with the August 23rd meeting.

If anyone needs any of the Troop 43 Class B shirts (the green ones) for summer camp, they will be available for purchase at the June 7th meeting.
Monday May 03, 2010 1:03PM
Service Opportunity
On Saturday, May 8, 8:00 AM-Noon, Christ United Methodist Church will hold their Neighborhood Pick-Up and Spring Cleaning. The church has graciously donated space for Trustee Meetings and for Troop Meetings when the school was not available. As a way of 'giving back' to our community, we are asking Scouts to help them with this clean up. Please take a little time out of your busy schedules to help show our appreciation and provide a community service. The church is located on 41st & Pine, just up from the West Kimberly Hy-Vee. Hope to see many of you there.

Gary Budelier
Lisa Bauer
Committe Members

Thursday April 22, 2010 7:49PM
Last Troop Meeting
Troop 43's meeting last Monday was not at it's normal venue.

Since there was no school in session that day, the school was not available for our normal meeting. Happily, the McBee family opened their backyard to us. If you did not attend, you missed a good time.

The McBee's had treats for the boys and a wonderful backyard to hold our meeting. Because of the low attendance we were able to work on Firem'n Chit requirements. I am happy to say, three boys(Logan McBee, Brandon Bauer and Jonathan Underwood) will receive their card at the next meeting. It was really great to be able to have a fire pit at close hand to finish the requirements.

In attendance;
Logan McBee, Brandon Bauer, Joe Bierl, Jacob Thune, Alex Underwood, Jonathan Underwood, Matthew Underwood.
Mr. and Mrs. McBee, Dale Lacina, Diana Underwood, Kathy Bierl, Gary Budelier and Matt Wince

I hope I did not leave anyone out, if I did, I am sorry. I need to write these things down!

Thank you again McBee family for allowing us to meet at your home!

Matt Wince
Troop 43
Saturday March 06, 2010 8:47PM
Changes to the website
As you can see, I've made some changes to the website. I've spent a lot of time testing these changes, but there is always a chance I missed something. Please let let me know if you see anything that is not working right.

One of the changes you may notice at first, is the menu items across the top of the page have been moved to the left side with all the other links.

I'd also be interested in any comments or suggestions related to the website.

Mike Moritz
Tuesday March 02, 2010 7:56PM
Troop 43's Newest Eagle Scout

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Tuesday night, March 2nd, 2010, the newest Eagle Scout in Troop 43 is James Gilkison. Brad Lange servied as an advocate of James as he went before the Illowa Council Eagle Board.

Speaking for all of the members of Troop 43, congratulations to Eagle Scout James Gilkison and his parents Gary and Judy Gilkison.

Monday March 01, 2010 11:05PM
2010 Summer Camp

Payment for the 2010 Troop summer camp is due soon.

The early payment fee is $210.

A $75 deposit must be paid to the Troop no later than March 22 to secure this rate.
The deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred between scouts.
The remaining balance of $135 is due no later than April 26.

Deposits received after March 22 will pay the $230 camp rate.

Families with 2 or more scouts attending camp will receive a $10 discount for the additional scouts.

Camperships are available on a limited basis and may pay up to half of the camp fee. Forms will be available at Troop meetings and are also on-line at the Illowa web site. Please see Troop treasurers for additional information.

Annual health forms are required and these will also be available at Troop meetings or on the Illowa web site.

More info will be forthcoming.
Monday February 08, 2010 3:50PM
Court of Honor
Monday February 22, 2010
Adams School Cafeteria

Potluck Dinner – 6:30 PM
Program, Friends of Scouting presentation and awards to follow.

Each family is to bring a main dish to serve 12.

Scout families A – L are asked to bring side dishes
Scout families M – Z are asked to bring desserts

Please bring your own table service
along with serving utensils for your dishes.

Milk, juice and coffee will be provided.
Sunday February 07, 2010 4:22PM
Merit Badge Univeristy
Merit Badge University Saturday, March 6 in Iowa City.
Classes run from 8:30 - 3:30 PM.
Fee is $8 and due Feb. 8. Late registration fee is $15.
Scouts are to select their first 2 choices and need to list these on the sign-up sheet.

Art Aviation Chemistry Citizenship in the Nation Citizenship in the World
Computers Disability Awareness Emergency Preparedness* Energy Engineering Environmental Science First Aid Law Medicine
Public Health Public Speaking Salesmanship Space Exploration

We are required to have 2 adults with Youth Protection training accompany the scouts. We may also need additional drivers.

There is adult training also available at not cost. For a list of these classes, go to

Lunch is not provided. Scouts may bring a lunch or eat at nearby restaurants.

Monday January 11, 2010 4:16PM
100 Years of Scouting

Online since
Aug 6, 2002