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Welcome to Troop 235!

"In the 30 years that I've been doing this for a living, I've never had a parent say to me, 'I regretted the time I spent with my son or child in Scouting.'"

---Roy L. Williams, Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America

Welcome to BSA Troop 235 website.

Interested in joining our Troop?

Ages:  Boy Scouts is for all boys ages 11-17 (Grades 5-12).

Meetings:  Troop 235 meets on Tuesday nights at 7:00 in the new Fellowship Building at Red Hill Lutheran Church, located at 13200 Red Hill Avenue, Tustin, CA 92780.

You are always welcome to visit our Troop meetings and learn about our many activities. We are very active and camp almost every month.  You can reach our membership chair at membership@troop235.com and we can schedule a visit and let you know what activities are planned for upcoming meetings.

For Current Members:  If you wish to have an Announcement or Event placed on the Website/EBlast or you need to send a Troop wide E-mail, please email the Webmaster at webmaster@troop235.com.

Note: To protect the privacy of our Scouts, only members are allowed access to this site. If you are a member who needs access, please use the "Contact Us" link and provide your name, your scout's name, and an updated email address

Summer Camp 2021 Updates for May 2021

Posted on May 5 2021 - 12:58pm

Summer Camp 2021 Updates for May 2021

 

 

As a result of the latest COVID-19 guidelines from state of California, Lost Valley staff has come up with an updated “Open Economy Plan” for Summer Camp 2021. Please review the attachment “Summer Camp 2021 - Announcement-May-6-2021.pdf” for a high-level summary. More details will be provided at the troop meeting on May 11th, 2021 at RHL playground. We encourage all scouts and their parents to attend this presentation in person at RHL playgrounds. During the meeting, we will provide more details on:

 

  • Meal Plans for Summer Camp 2021
  • Merit Badge signups and registration
  • Program selection for older scouts
  • Dates for turning in Medical Part C forms for all scouts and adults attending summer camp
  • Dates for Gear Check for scouts and adults attending summer camp

 

Since the camp staff is moving to an “Open Economy Plan”, the troop is extending signups for summer camp through Wednesday, May 12th, 2021. Deposit checks can be dropped off at the troop / parent meeting on May 11th or mailed to troop finance chair, Mr. Jon Zilkow.

 

Payment Information:

The Troop will be paying to reserve these spaces at Camp. Therefore, to hold a spot for your Scout, you must turn in a deposit check, no later than the deadline of 8 PM on Wednesday, May 12th, 2021. 

 

  • New Scouts in our troop who did not yet work at Tree Lot must submit a non-refundable co-payment of $235(half the Troop's total cost of $475per Scout).
  • Scouts who worked Tree Lot 2020 must submit a refundable deposit of $125 (25% of the Troop’s total cost of $475 per scout).

 

After your Scout attends the week at Camp, your check will be returned to you or destroyed. If your Scout fails to attend Summer Camp (unless submitting a signed doctor's letter), your deposit will not be refunded. 

 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask our Troop Summer Camp Leader Pankaj Swami (Pankaj.swami@gmail.com) or Scoutmaster Jon Wierks.

 

Yours in Scouting,

Pankaj Swami – 714-399-6263 (cell) or Pankaj.swami@gmail.com

 

Part C Medical Forms Needed

Posted on May 4 2021 - 8:57pm

ALL ADULTS AND SCOUTS attending Lost Valley or Florida Sea Base this summer need to have an updated Part C (https://www.troop235.com/system/files/2020BSAMedicalForms-0.pdf) on file with the troop. Please make any necessary doctor appointments and get your forms filled out ASAP. Forms can be emailed to Sara Stewart at sarastew73@hotmail.com (please make sure copies are clear) or delivered at one of the upcoming in person meetings to either Sara or Morgan Stewart. Contact Sara with any questions.Thank you!

Life to Eagle Video Workshop (over Zoom)

Posted on Apr 26 2021 - 2:55pm

Are you a Life Scout? Are you interested in achieving Scouting’s highest rank, the rank of Eagle Scout? If your answer is yes, then you should plan to attend this upcoming Life to Eagle Video Workshop. This session is for Life Scouts and their parents.   

 

StartSaturday, May 15 - 11 AM

EndSaturday,  May 15  -12:30 PM 

UNIFORM: Yes, if you have one

BRING: Scout Handbook and writing materials
PRESENTER: Jeff Campana, Pacifica District Eagle Chair (Eagle Scout, 1973)

WILL BE CONDUCTED OVER ZOOM. 

REGISTER using this link.

Seminar topics include:

• Eagle Rank Requirements
• Life to Eagle Timeline
• COVID-19 Issues
• Parents’ Role in the Trail to Eagle
• All About Eagle Projects
• Eagle Board of Review
• What Does it Mean to be an Eagle Scout?

This session is for Scouts, parents, Scoutmasters, Troop Advancement Chairs, and Troop Committee Chairs from any troop in Orange County

For further information, contact Jeff Campana at jcampana520@gmail.com

Please let me know if I can provide any additional details.

 

Yours In Scouting,

Pankaj

Troop 235 Program Update – 4/22/2021

Posted on Apr 21 2021 - 8:34pm

Greetings Troop 235 Scouts and families,

 

I hope that everyone has had time to recover from all the Scouting activities last week!  The OEC Adventure Day was especially awesome.  The Scouts enjoyed archery, mining, ropes course, swimming, climbing tower, ziplines, and capped it all off with a night hike with amazing city lights views.  Thank you to Mr. Shen for planning and managing this event!

 

Order of the Arrow Candidates
At last week’s troop meeting, we had our annual Order of the Arrow elections. Congratulations to the scouts who were elected by their peers to become candidates for the OA. Tristan B., Charlie B., Andrew H., AJ H., Trevor J., Steven L., Parin L., AJ M., Isaac O., and Shamik S. Best wishes from all of us for your Induction Ceremony!

 

Camporee May 1st

This is one event that we strongly encourage all Scouts to attend and represent our Troop!  This year is different in that the troops will not be camping.  They will be rotating through 14 fun events, all with a medieval theme.  We only have 3 spots left for Scouts.  Sign up immediately if you want to attend.  Adults, do not RSVP yourselves unless you are a volunteer at the event (see below).

 

Adult Camporee Volunteers Needed!
Our Troop is running the Dragon Slaying event this year.  We will need 5-6 adult volunteers to help run it. You will need to be there from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm. 
We will also need 2 adults per each of our 3 cohort groups to chaperone as they rotate through the events. This will either be the morning or afternoon session only.
Finally, we’ll need a few adults to help set up the Dragon Slaying equipment on Friday evening the 30th.
RSVP on the website and indicate in the notes section which task you are volunteering for. We cannot be successful without your help. Thank you!

 

May Campout Change of Plans

Our May campout location of Oso Lake fell through, so we’re planning something even better! Thank you to Mr. Labahn for planning this event!!!

On May 14 - 16 we are planning a camping trip to San Diego. We will be staying at Camp Balboa and visiting the San Diego Zoo on Saturday.  We will leave Friday evening and return Sunday afternoon.

As part of this trip, we are offering the Scouts an opportunity to travel via the train to San Diego. We would leave from Irvine Station to the Santa Fe Depot in San Diego; from there a private charter bus would take everyone to Camp Balboa, just across from the Zoo.  The Scouts will return Sunday via bus and train.  This option will be limited to approximately 50 scouts.

You don’t have to take the public transportation option. Scouts may also carpool or have their parent drive them to the campsite.

 

Yours in Scouting,

Jon Wierks, Scoutmaster

Important Troop and Parent Meeting Tuesday the 13th!

Posted on Apr 12 2021 - 2:12pm

Greetings Troop 235,

 

We have an important Troop and parent meeting tomorrow in-person at Red Hill Lutheran. We’ll start at 7:00 pm sharp.  The meetings will be outdoors and everyone must wear masks and follow social distancing protocols.

 

  • Order of the Arrow elections!  We have 10 eligible candidates this year and we need at least 50% of the Troop to have the vote. It is important for you to attend!
  • Our Outdoor Ethics Guide and Chaplain Aide will be making presentations on some awards that Scouts can earn. 
  • Duck Tape Patrol will be running games. 
  • The parent meeting will review details about Summer Camp and other upcoming events.

 

See you all tomorrow!

 

Yours in Scouting,

Jon Wierks
Scoutmaster, Troop 235

Troop 235 Program Update 4/8/2021

Posted on Apr 7 2021 - 7:23pm

Greetings Troop 235 Scouts and families,

 We have a lot of great activities coming up in the next few weeks. Please read the eblast and the web site for details.

 Troop Meeting April 13th Scouts, at this meeting you will be able to learn about how to earn religious knots for your uniform, and enjoy a special presentation from our Outdoor Ethics Guide.  We are also trying to schedule Order of the Arrow elections and camping presentations for this meeting.  

Parents, there will be a parent meeting in person (outdoors) for you to attend. Included will be a special Summer Camp Info presentation. Don’t miss this, especially if this is your Scout’s first year at summer camp.

 Camporee May 1st

This is one event that we strongly encourage all Scouts to attend and represent our Troop!  This year is different in that the troops will not be camping.  They will be rotating through 14 fun events, all with a medieval theme.  Please read the details on the website and sign up by the 15th if possible. We need a general idea of how many Scouts will participate by then so we can estimate how many cohorts we’ll have.  Adults, do not RSVP yourselves unless you are a volunteer at the event (see below). 

 Adult Camporee Volunteers Needed!

Our Troop is running the Dragon Slaying event this year.  We will need 5-6 adult volunteers to help run it. You will need to be there from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm.  
We will also need 2 adults per cohort group to chaperone as they rotate through the events. This will either be the morning or afternoon session only. 
Finally, we’ll need a few adults to help set up the Dragon Slaying equipment on Friday evening the 30th.
RSVP on the website and indicate in the notes section which task you are volunteering for. We cannot be successful without your help. Thank you!

 A Scout is Helpful

  • The Gladiators patrol is running a food drive for Orange County Rescue Mission and the flyer is on the troop website here. Families can bring food items to the in person troop meeting on 13th April for drop off.
  • Aziz R. is running a collection drive for cleaning supplies and a flyer is on the troop website here.

 Are You Interested in Joining the Scoutmaster Team?

We are looking for motivated people to join our amazing adult leadership team as Assistant Scoutmasters.  One of the requirements is to attend Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS).  The next training is being held over 2 sessions, April 16th, 6pm-9pm and April 17th, 8am-6pm.  Click here to register.
Let me know if you have any questions about serving as an ASM!

 I hope to see you ALL at the meeting on the 13th and all Scouts at Camporee on the 1st!

 Yours in Scouting,

Jon Wierks, Scoutmaster

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