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Troop 282

Blue Elk District • Heart of America Council, BSA

A Chartered Organization of Trinity Episcopal Church


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Boy Scout Troop 282 meets every Monday night from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church located at 409 N. Liberty, Independence, MO.

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July 18th, 2015


The meaning of Mic-O-Say is friendship and warmth. But what does Mic-O-Say mean to me and how does it inspire me. First let me talk about how it inspired me as a Scout(Young Man) and later as an Leader. As a first year camper in 1969 watching Call Night I was very much captivated by the activities of Call Night and knew right then and there that I wanted to be apart of the program that is called Mic-O-Say. So I listened and watched the older boys in the Troop that were called and became Braves and Warriors that summer. It didn’t stop there as I watched them again next year at summer camp hearing their names called at Call Night and becoming Braves and Warriors. And I noticed that they were Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Scribe, Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, and so on. I figured out that they had a job of some form of leadership so I thought I need a job in the Troop so that I can show leadership. So I became an Assistant Patrol Leader and it was my third year at Summer Camp so this year I figured I would hear my name called for Foxman. So it is Visitor Sunday and Call Night, I am excited to hear my name called for Foxman that night as my Mother, sisters, brothers, and Grandparents are there to watch me get called to be a Foxman. So I sit there with anticipation as the names are called one by one to hear my name called for Foxman. As the last name is called and the Sachem says “That completes the call for Foxman”. My heart dropped, I thought where did I fail, what did I do wrong, and most of all I let my family down I thought. As I was thinking all of these thoughts, Tribal Council was calling Braves. I sat there still thinking what had I not done to hear my name called as my friends were hearing their names being called for Brave. Then out of the still of the night I hear, “Mike Norton Troop 282″. Did I hear right my name being called for Brave, I was shocked. I wasn’t a Foxman. I stood proudly and moved past the first row of seats to be escorted by a Runner. So I thought what did I do to be called to be a Brave in Mic-O-Say. So I started listing them in my head. I attended every meeting, overnight and scouting activity. I was an assistant patrol leader so I had a specific job so I can show leadership. But I found out later that you don’t need a job or title to show leadership, you just need to lead by example. I figured that out as I said earlier that I watched the older boys that were called and copied what they did. Which was always helping the younger Scouts, setting up tents, carrying their packs, teaching them how to cook, or helping them do dishes to name just a few. So basically “Helping other people”, which is a phrase in the Scout Oath. Therefore I figured that my name was called for Brave by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. By hearing my name called that first time it has inspired me to live the Scout Oath and Scout Law in life and to hear it Tribal name called since, in Tribal fashion. 
Now as a Leader I know that if it wasn’t for Mic-O-Say keeping me involved in Boy Scouts as an older boy I would not of attained the rank of Eagle Scout. I also would not of went on Summer Camp Staff or be back in Scouting if Mic-O-Say had not instilled in me to live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The Scout Oath and The Scout Law is very easy to say but very hard to live by. If you do your very best of living by the Scout Oath and Scout Law, then you too someday may be an Eagle Scout and a Tribesman of Mic-O-Say. 

Sachem Swift Falling Tree 
Mike Norton

July 16th, 2015

My first overnight at the Bingham Waggoner

When we first got there we got off the bus. We asked the lady in the front what we could do. She said we could fill up the buckets with water in the big one and diet coke, coke, and sprite in the smaller ones. She also told us we could put up a tent for some of us. Hunter, me and mason went to the place she said to find it. After that we got the parts to put it up. Then we spread it out and put it together. Not too long after that me, hunter, mason, and brandon played Doctor Who monopoly. I got the most income because I had three hotels. I was starting to lose money but Mr. Wyatt said we had to rap it up so hunter took pictures of everyone’s money and cards and stuff because he wanted to play it at camp. That was some of my favorite things in our overnight.

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July 16th, 2015

Here’s What You Missed

Leaders who were not able to work on our new troop bus, missed out on the following: 
Matt Copeland is a good under carriage man who can twist and fit in some very tight places. (Under the bus). Scott Howell, Jr can drive bits through metal like Mike Moustakis can drive the ball to the opposite field. T J England can pick off sticky adhesive quicker and more efficiently than anyone can flick a booger. And Phil Gramlich can still tell more stories than anyone I know, especially when involved in near misses with a trash dumpster while driving our new bus.


A couple other photos can be found here:

July 15th, 2015

Grand Canyon or Bust in 2017

Yes, Boy Scout Troop 282’s next High Adventure Trip will be to the Grand Canyon. 

A Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hike allows a scout and a scout leader to experience breathtaking views and the vast expanse of the canyon. There are few experiences more spectacular than seeing both the North and the South Rims at the same time from the bottom of the canyon. This Grand Canyon hiking trip has you backpacking from over 8,000 ft. in elevation from the North Rim to the almost 7,000 ft. South Rim. Along the North Kaibab trail, you will pass a couple of waterfalls (Roaring Springs and Ribbon Falls), hike along Bright Angel Creek, visit Phantom Ranch, dip your toes in the Colorado River and see evidence of ancient civilizations that once called Grand Canyon their home. 
Anyone can participate in this trip, even if you are a first time backpacker with an above average level of fitness. If you don’t currently feel you are in shape for such a hike, the High Adventure Trek group will be training to get everyone into shape for this once in a lifetime trip. The group will be hiking the main trails of the canyon where there are amenities such as toilets, running water and even a canteen at Phantom Ranch where you can buy lemonade or a Snickers bar! The trails we will be hiking are well maintained and over 6 feet wide in most places. 

grand canyon

Day 1 
Let the adventure begin! Today you will be off to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We will begin with a 6 hour drive from the pick-up location in North Scottsdale Arizona. From the trailhead, we will hike 7 miles and 4,200 feet down to Cottonwood Campground. We can then jump into Bright Angel Creek to cool down or wander along the shore for a relaxing evening. The average time to reach Cottonwood camp is approximately 5 hours. 

Day 2 
After breakfast, we will follow Bright Angel Creek another 7 miles and 1,500 feet down to Bright Angel Camp. On the way, we will drop the packs for a side hike to Ribbon Falls – a 100 foot water fall that spews out of a side canyon. Bright Angel camp is nestled between the Colorado River and Bright Angel Creek. It will take us approximately 4.5 to 5 hours to reach Bright Angel Camp, including the time to hike to Ribbon Falls. 

Day 3 
After our gear is packed, we will start the hike out of the canyon along Bright Angel Trail. After 5 short miles, we will set up camp at Indian Garden. The hike will take us 1,400 ft. up in elevation. Since the hike only takes about 3.5 hours, we will have time to take a side hike to Plateau Point for stunning sunset views of the inner canyon and the Colorado River or one of many other side hikes available. 

Day 4 
We have reached our final leg of the trip. Up, up and away! Although this hike is only 4.5 miles, there is a 3,000 ft. increase in elevation. This leg of the hike will take us approximately 4.5 hours to complete and take us to our final destination, the South Rim. The group should have a couple of hours to grab a bite to eat, souvenir shop and hang out with all the bus tourists before heading back to Scottsdale. 
What is the next Step? 
If you are interested in taking part in the 2017 High Adventure Trek to the Grand Canyon with your scout: 
• Add your name to the participant list in the scout room 
• Speak with Mr. Wyatt regarding your interest in participating 
• Start attending the High Adventure Trek meetings 
• Complete an ‘Agreement’ form 
• Take part in the fundraisers 
The next meeting will be August 10 at 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall of Trinity.

June 28th, 2015

Scout Day at the K

By Nathen Barker

On Sunday, April 19 approximately 20 boys and leaders attended Scout Day at the K. The Royals
played the Oakland A.s, their rivals. It was an intense game and was kind of like a roller coaster
ride because the score went back and forth pretty much through the whole game. It was a
rough game and had a lot of unsportsmanlike conduct. Five Royals’ were thrown out of the

Even though it sprinkled a little bit, it seemed like all the boys from 282 who attended the game had
fun and enjoyed the game. Some of us enjoyed that Nacho Helmet, even if the price was high.
Mr. Norton didn’t want the nachos, but he was glad to get the helmet.
The K was packed with approximately 14,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, families and leaders. Hope to
see you there next year!


June 28th, 2015

Camp Staff Life

By Mark Mangels

People who know me very well noticed that I have been serving as part time volunteer staff at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation the last couple of years. I just got back from 2nd session this week. They often are curious about what it is like and why do I do it. They see it as a place that is dusty, rocky, windy, rainy, sweaty, insect and animal infested and hot. I see it as a place of scouting history, shade everywhere, full of learning, a place to teach, make new friends, rekindle old friendships, reflect and meditate with 3 square meals and canvass over my head. I love my reservation. It really is a place of strong medicine and especially a chance for me to help scouts and scouters. Nights are like going to an art museum where you see the Sun set and stand in awe at the night sky blanketed with stars. I can go to sleep listening to a choir of critters. I can wake up to the Sun rising in the East. Yes, I am very busy working all day, but if you enjoy it, it’s not really work. Most of all, I can think. And think. And think. Time spent with the Great Spirit goes a long way in our busy lives back in the big city. Time goes by quickly. Each year Troop 282 sends several scouts to Bartle as full time staff and volunteer part time staff. If one session of camping is not enough each summer? Consider applying for CAMP STAFF.

June 28th, 2015

Lone Star Staff 2015

By Dillon England

This year, I am down working at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. I work in the camp I’ve camped in since I was a Tenderfoot, and I couldn’t imagine it any differently. Go Lone Star! There are many things I enjoy about being on staff, whether it be the experience, the interactions, or just the involvement.
The fun that I am having down here is simply that of a camper ten-fold. I get to sing songs every day, do what I love, and promote the scouting program. It’s a fantastic option to take if you’re serious about scouting. I teach First Aid at the Scoutcraft Lodge, where the basic skills of being a Boy Scout are taught – and no, it isn’t where Pottery is.(Haha.)
My personal favorite part about being down here, you might ask? Interacting with all of the campers. Down here, I realize that there are just so many great people out there. My job specifically allows me to interact with those that are of the most crucial age group in the Boy Scouts of America; the first year campers. Along with teaching the First Aid merit badge, I also teach in a program called Trail to First Class. In said program I go over a specific set of requirements each day and the scouts can return to their troop with more knowledge than they had yesterday. Just doing that, piquing their interests, and making everything fun for them is enough to keep me going all summer long.
My involvement in the staff is significant, and ever growing. It is the same for each and every staff member. All of the program wouldn’t be what it is without everyone here. For me, on top of teaching an Eagle required merit badge and working with first year campers, I may also become a Runner in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say third session. I’ll have the opportunity to be involved in one of the most thrilling parts of scout camp — Call Night. Believe me, seeing things behind the scenes is amazing. It takes great coordination and determination to uphold the program that I love, and the one I know we all love too.


The (basic) requirements for joining camp staff are as follows:
-Must be at least 15 years of age
-Follow all principles of the Boy Scouts of America

If you are interested in going down on staff for the 2016 camping season, come see me. I’ll be able to tell you all about it. And if you want to see me at camp, I’ll be down the hill at Scoutcraft; the lodge will always be open to you.


May 18th, 2015

Troop 282 Visits McConnell Air Force Base

By Ben Wyatt

We finally got to go to McConnell Air Force Base again, and it was a blast. The last time I went, I was only a first year. This time far surpassed my expectations. It was a great time. We got to get up close with the KC-135 refueling jet. We also went to an air traffic control tower and got to see a simulation, as well as go bowling later on in the night. This trip was already a good time from my past experiences, but this time it was even more fun.

Large Aircraft

February 21st, 2015

Making History at the 2015 Klondike Derby

By Mark Mangels

Troop 282 sure made some history at this years’ Klondike Derby. It is one thing to have one of your patrols place, but to have both of the patrols represented place in each of their categories has got to be historical. Does that mean if we had taken three sleds we would have won three awards? Let’s find out at Klondike Derby 2016.

Klondike Derby Firebuilding

Congratulations to the ORANGE AUTOBOTS who took 2nd place in the Intermediate category, while the PINK SHARKS took 1st place in the Challenge division.

Four Boys with Medal and Plaque

January 6th, 2015

2014-2015 High Adventure to Disney World

By Stacy Howell

Wow! The Disney World High Adventure Trip was amazing. Although there were many bumps along the road, overall the trip was very successful. Basically I was the only one who encountered the bumps in the road, however the participants experienced 7 days of fun & excitement. The group spent many hours of fundraising to reduce the overall cost of the trip and we even had fun while fundraising. By the time we boarded the plane to Orlando, FL, we were one big happy family.

This was the troop’s first experience flying as a group. Overall, the flights were great & if the troop chooses to participate in another High Adventure Trip to Disney World, we will definitely be flying again. We stayed at The Disney All Star Sports Resort which is located within the Disney World complex. This resort is a great option for groups. A few of the participants tried out the swimming pool but I heard they didn’t stay in the water long because it was quite chilly. Each participant also had a MagicBand which is pretty amazing. Everyone got to choose the color of their MagicBand and they also have each person’s name inside the band. The MagicBand was used to access your room, to enter the amusement parks and access the FastPasses. The six Boy Scouts earned 3 Merit Badges, American Cultures, Movie Making and Aviation. 

We were divided into two groups. Our group had 15 people and we went almost non-stop to ensure that we saw almost everything there was to see in the four Disney World amusement parks. Everyone in the group stayed together except when we were in the resort rooms. Although the parks were very full because of the Christmas holiday, we did not spend much time standing in line because we utilized the FastPass option which allows you to reserve a time to ride the attractions. The few times we did stand in line, we visited, laughed and got to know each other better. 

The entire group of 29 participants spent the last few hours of New Year’s Eve together in the Magic Kingdom amusement park. We watched the Electric Parade and the ‘special edition’ of the New Year’s Eve fireworks. All I can say is, ‘WOW’. I don’t think I have ever seen so many fireworks in such a short time. I will never forget such a great New Year’s Eve celebration with 28 great people (and the thousands of other people). 

Disney World Group Photo

I would like to thank the other 28 participants for making this trip great. I truly hope everyone enjoyed the experience. I especially would like to thank Melinda Newberry for taking the time to purchase a beautiful glass Mickey Mouse head Christmas ornament and a cute Cinderella’s Castle phone case as a gift of appreciation from all the participants. I am ready to start planning the troop’s next High Adventure trip to Disney World. Is anyone else going with me?