Our next troop meeting is CLASS A, and will be 12/6.   This is a webelos invite meeting.   We will also be doing board of reviews at this meeting.   Invite webelos & their parents to come see our troop.  
Our final troop meeting for the year is 12/13, and is the webelos invite snow date.  This is also a scout cookie exchange.... bring 1-3 dozen cookies and exchange those for what others have brought.   (use your cooking merit badge skills!)
Our last trip of the year will be Wilderness Survival at Bashore scout camp 12/18-12/20.  Inform Mr. Hirs (t153scoutmaster@gmail.com) if you are interested.

No Meeting on 11/8.  Next meeting 11/15.  Bring your packed Trail backpack.  
Some scouts are attending Philadelphia Rock Gym on 11/8 to earn the climbing merit badge. are you one of them?  
Possible Troop Bike Ride (Cycling merit badge) on 11/25.

Next meeting is 11/1 (Class A).  Michael G's eagle project is Friday and Saturday. (10/30 8am-?  & 10/31 12pm -?   and maybe 11/1).
PLC chose Bashore as the location for 2016's summer camp.

10.6.2015 Ocean City trip is a go.  We have 3-5 adults and 11-13 scouts attending.  Details will be sent out attendees Wednesday.

10.5.2015  Northern Tier Finalized - We will be sending a crew of 8, provided we receive an age waiver from NT.
Last minute sign up for Ocean City 10/9-10/11: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4ea4a72ea64-ocean  
We need adults for this trip.
Next meeting is 10/18 6:30, preceded by a Patrol Leader Council meeting at 5:30 for those holding leadership positions.

Northern Tier Canoeing expedition
We must finalize the crews for this High Adventure trip (7/16-7/25/2016) by this month.  Scouts 14yr old by July 2016 are eligible but we have asked for an age limit waiver to allow the interested 13yr old scouts from the Phoenix patrol to also participate.  We need commitment  (forms and money - $360) very quickly.    

Parents, you may have heard of "Scoutbook" which is an online tool to allow you to view your scout's advancement.
We are trialing this product this year and will determine by June if we want to retain it.  (for those familiar with "Troopmaster", it's similar but not as full-featured and it is completely in "the cloud", but economical).  
You will be receiving an email invitiation shortly and then you can you invite your scout to join (if they have an email address.)

Meeting Notes
For those scouts who did not attend the meeting last Sunday:
[Link to meeting notes]    Webmasters will eventually post this link to the website under troop meeting activities.    [http://www.t153.org/announcements/recentmeetingactivities
There is NO meeting @ St. Agnes next Sunday 9/20.
Instead, the Scout Picnic at Hoopes Park (off Ashbridge St) Sunday in West Chester, 1pm - 5pm.   (See email from Mr. Ryder : 7:37am 9/14)  
(Also, the restaurant festival is also going on that day in West Chester.)
Scouts and Families are invited. You should not bring your scout uniform unless you'd like to try to sneak in a board of review.  Wear clothes that you would play softball or volleyball in.

There were 6 responses to my previous email regarding interest in coming Activities.  
Thus the only activity currently scheduled is the 10/2-10/4 Ockanickon Catholic scout retreat, although may be cancelled due to lack of participation.  
There has also been some discussion amongst troop leaders regarding an Ocean City trip Columbus Day weekend.  
Also, for those who like long range planning, the annual ski trip next year, will be the week before superbowl weekend.  

2015.09.13 Troop Meeting tonight 9/13  6:30.  Class A.      

Thank you for partipating in the Show-N-Sell!   Only 35 more days to get out and sell popcorn to your neighbors Friends and Relatives with the Take Order Sale!  

2015.08.30 GoApe Scribe Report  (Go Ape Album)

Don't forget to signup for the troop picnic here-->  (Click for Signup Genius)

2015.08.26  Daily Local Article about Will H's Eagle scout project --> (Click)

2015.08.25  Our first meeting of the 2015-2016 will be Sunday 8/30 at 6:30pm.

2015.08.02  Summer Camp pictures (Link)

2015.07.14  Archdiocese Required Clearances for Adults working with Children.  (Link)   

                      Link for BSA Required Youth Protection Training (http://myscouting.org)

2015.06.12 Our Eagle Court of Honor for our four most recent Eagles is Sunday 6/14. All scouts are strongly suggested to go.

Philmont is coming up fast, and right behind it is summer camp.

Our next troop meeting is 8/30/15
Summer camp people should get their health forms updated and returned to Mr Hirs by July 10.
Parents who wish to stay overnight @Rodney should complete health forms A&B, as well as complete Youth Protection training @myscouting.org and supply certificates to Mr. Hirs (as well as the nights they wish to visit).

If anyone else is interested in Northern Tier 2016 (Scouts or Adults), please contact Mr. Hirs or Mr. Schappert.

2015.05.29  There will be a Class B meeting on 5/31 @6:30.   We will hold OA Elections.

There is a "Pre-Meeting" for any scout working on any rank up to first class at 5:30.


No Meeting due to the two trips we had:  

1) Carbon County park & Lehigh River Gorge Whitewater rafting.  (Class 3 rapids, 12 1/2 miles)

2) Philmont Shakedown @ Horseshoe.

Our next meeting is 5/31.


2015.04.25 No Meeting this weekend due to the Caledonia State Park.  Next meeting is 5/3 6:30(Class A), with a Patrol Leader council Meeting @5:30.  Both in St. Agnes, Thomas Patrick Hall.  Please check the troop announcements page for recent broadcast info..

2015.04.17  Meeting Sunday at 6:30 TPH, class B.  The Gecko Patrol (with Mr. Gavin) will be starting the "Accelerated New Scout program" at 5:30.  Those scouts that wish to get their CPR & First Aid requirements started should attend at 5:30 (be Prompt).   Those working on their Camping and Cooking merit badges should also attend at 5:30.  

All others, we'll see you at 6:30.

For those scouts that have not yet earned the First Class rank or the First Aid Merit Badge there will be a First Aid class presented by Senior Scouts Adam K and Jeff S.  Please prepare and bring with you a Personal First Aid Kit, the contents of which can be found at Page 127 of the BSA Handbook.  The boys need to make, not purchase, this to earn this rank requirement.  Be practical when putting it together – an extra pair of sunglasses for eye protection, etc.


For those scouts that do not yet have the Camping or Cooking merit badges, we will be working on the class work portion of these merit badges so that they can be completed during the camping trip next weekend.


Please feel free to call Mr. Gavin (610-715-1810) if you have any questions.


The Hikers, Mrs. K. taking the picture

We hiked at CHESLAN preserve in Embreeville, PA.  The spring weather cooperated and this is truly a beautiful place to go 365 days a year.

Our group of 5 + dog, walked 5.02 mi on moderate terrain through open rolling  fields and woods. All the Philmont participants came with their loaded backpacks.

Great practice for the real thing! Those boots don’t look new anymore.


Next week is the Caledonia State park trip. See you all there. Mrs K.

2015.04.09/10 Meeting this weekend, 6:30 4/12 TPH.  (Class A).    Adults are welcome as we will be have a 15 minute presentation on Northern Tier HighAdventure (2016).     Signup for the Caledonia State Park trip here (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4ea4a72ea64-bigfun)

2015.03.31  WHITEWATER TRIP IS POSTPONED UNTIL 5/16.  Please Email T153Scoutmaster@gmail.com if you are interested in the 5/16 Saturday trip.

"Water is 35 degrees and it is snowing (3 – 4”) rather than raining.  It looks like a decent day for Thursday but a lot of paddling in cold water with little to no white water."

2015.03.30  Whitewater Trip depends on the level of the water. "Water levels are on the bubble.  The reservoir is about full at which time they will stop charging it and rain is due today/tomorrow.  The coordinator will call Mr. Gavin today if they hear from the Army Corp of Engineers on the reservoir charging, or tomorrow evening after they check the river themselves to determine the level of white water that will be available."

Due to the Broad creek trip (pictures here) there is no meeting 3/29.

Our next meeting will be 4/12 and class A.


Good FridaySaturday and Easter Sunday is our troop flower sale.  Please sign up on the Signup geniusif you have not. We really need additional adults and scouts to open our 2nd and 3rd sites Friday andSaturday.


You should have received the Annuals sale packet at the meeting last week, or from someone who delivered it to you.  If not, please contact Mr. Grey (wcgrey@verizon.net)



2015.03.20 Next meeting is 3/22@6:30 in TPH. 

Mr. Grey will be distributing flat sale information, Dominic will be presenting the Communications Merit badge.  
1) Final Signup for Broad Creek:  check this page for attendees (& email t153scoutmaster@gmail.com )   
2) Signup for Thursday 4/2 WW Rafting trip (Parents /siblings welcome) : $40pp.   Leave early for JimThorpe PA, bring a bag lunch, raft, and return before 5.   Email t153scoutmaster@gmail.com or signup at meeting.  [Note: If there is not a lot of water,  we won;t know until 3/29, this may not happen]
3) Flowersale Signupclick here.  If your son needs a ride to the flower sale on Friday, we can manage that too.  Put it in the comments.
4) New scouts should bring their Applications and Medical forms.   
5) Initial signups for summer camp merit badges will be 4/19.  

2015.03.13.  Our next meeting is 3/15 @6:30.   Note Patrol Leader council meeting at 5:30 and webelos 1 scoutmaster conference at 6:15.  
Signup for May Broad creek trip, Easter flower sale (click here), and April applachian trail trip

2015.02.28 Tonight's meeting is being postponed to 3/8.

2015.02.25 Merit Badge College on Saturday for scouts attending. Scouts who volunteered at last meeting to help at the Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet will be there Saturday 5:00 to 8:00. Philmont participants will be meeting at Mr. Shappert's house Friday night. Troop meeting Sunday 6:30 Class B, younger scouts should attended. Congrats to the Scouts who got the AAD religious medal, Zack H, Will D, and Jake C

2015.02.19 SCOUT MASS 2/21 @5:15 @ St. Agnes Church. Please arrive at 5pm and sit together.
Next meeting is class B, Sunday 2/22 @6:30. There is a Patrol Leader Council meeting beforehand at 5:30.

2015.02.14 Pictures have been posted to the Photo page, and meeting minutes to the "Recent Meeting Activities" page.

2015.02.11  NO MEETING THIS WEEKEND 2/15 due to presidents Day holiday.  (Changed from original schedule)
Those going on Valley Forge Pilgrimage 2/14 should contact Mr. Hirs if not listed on Trips page as going.

2015.01.25 Meeting tonight.  No PLC.  Ski trip Friday, arrive at 4:45.  SPL Elections Saturday night 1/31.  No meeting on 2/1 (Superbowl).

We will be having a PLC before the class b meeting this weekend starting at 5pm. I would like all patrol leaders and people currently holding leadership positions to attend (if you can not come email me or our scoutmaster).

The ski trip is coming up! If you have not yet signed up and want to go…sign up on signupgenius.

2014.12.03 WEBELOS OPEN HOUSE 12/7  6:30-8:00 St. Agnes   THOMAS PATRICK HALL Room B07. 211 W. Gay St
(Grey building .  Enter from Parking lot)
Webelos are invited for our annual open house.  Parents too!

Thursday Night. This week.  aka Tomorrow.  Don't forget to bring a parent.
Thursday, December 4, 7:30pm
Stetson Middle School
1060 Wilmington Pike

Note that they also added one in Coatesville.
Monday, December 15, 7pm
199 Lafayette Road
Coatesville, PA 19320

Troop, we are in the last couple weeks for Merit Badge College registration.

To remind you, this is a two-Saturday opportunity in Newark Delaware to earn up to 4 merit badges on 1/10 and 2/28.  You must attend both Saturdays. The troop will organize drivers and lunch.  

If you have not registered on your own, or thru me, please email me at t153scoutmaster@gmail.com and I will register you.   The $25 fee will be deducted from your scout account.

Some classes are already full.  
The pre-requisite list was released Monday.
Those that are registered should obtain the Merit Badge pamphlet, and start the prerequisites from the librarian, or from the Council store ($6?).

More information is available on the troop website here:  


Mr. Ryder will be offering the Personal Management merit badge starting in December.  The work and meetings around this merit badge will be done outside of the regular Troop meetings.  The first session will be on Sunday, 12/14 at 5:45 PM in TPH.  Please complete requirement #1 prior to 12/14 and bring the attached worksheet to the meeting. 


FYI – several scouts started but have not completed this merit badge (Sean B, Will D, Patrick F, Joseph G, Will H, Marek , Shane, and John T) – now would be an excellent time to finish as it is an Eagle Required merit badge.



Thanks and have a great Thanksgiving!

Hello Troop!
It’s Thursday again, and I have a couple of announcements.

We won’t have a troop meeting this weekend since we have wilderness survival at camp Rodney. We will be departing from St. Agnes at 5:30 tomorrow to get to Rodney.

Our next meeting will be the CLASS A webelos invite meeting on 12/7. After our first half of the meeting led by our Geckos, we will be having a presentation on northern tier for the remaining time. I will be having a PLC before this year is up (still trying to find a date for that to work so I will keep you updated on that).

If you have not done so already, go onto signup genius or check your email from Mr. Schmit about our annual ski trip.

On the 12/14 meeting, Mr. Ryder would like to meet those starting the personal management merit badge before the meeting starts(more details about that in the coming weeks).

Your SPL & Webmaster,

Hello Troop!
Tonight I have a couple of things to share with you…

This Saturday, the pickup and delivery to St Agnes Day Room for Scouting for Food will start at 11amThis Sunday we will be having a class B troop meeting starting at 6:30-8. Also this Sunday(after the troop meeting) there will be a mandatory trip meeting for all parents of the scouts going on the Wilderness Survival. After this meeting we will not have a meeting until the Welcome the Webelos Meeting(12/7).

We still need a grubmaster for our Wilderness Survival trip. Somebody talked to me last meeting but I do not remember who…if that was you then either email me or tell me next meeting. (to pay for your food and lodging, pay $20 before we depart or use money from your scout account)

We have the Gecko Patrol who have volunteered to LEAD, organize and conduct the 12/7 Welcome the Webelos meeting. (please present your plan so that it can get passed by the SPL and SM). Also, Geckos, note that Mr. Schappert will be talking about Northern Tier from 7:15-7:45 on 12/7

During the last troop meeting we have had two scouts take over leadership positions, Jack D and Jake C. Jack is our new troop librarian replacing Trenton B who has left the troop and Jake who is taking the place of Adam K. as the Troop Guide.

Please remember to bring your scout book to every meeting and be prompt due to the security doors.

SPL & Webmaster Zack

Don't forget to register for Merit Badge College!  (see 10.23 below)

Hello Troop!

This Sunday, 11/9, we will have a class-A troop meeting in TPH. During this meeting we will have Will H  talk about leave no trace. We will also be making the menu for wilderness survival. We will go into patrol corners for a couple of minutes to find what everyone is still missing. After that, I have some fun activities that the whole troop can participate in together(yes even the leaders if they aren’t busy). What we will be doing will be announced at a later date.

Please note that Tyler K's Eagle Scout Project will be at Saint Agnes on Saturday from 8am-1pm.

 Please pickup your popcorn from 10-12 on Sunday to deliver it to those who ordered it. The pickup will be at Pine Street Carpenters at 901 S. Bolmar Street, Suite N, West Chester.

For our Wilderness Survival trip on 11/21-11/23, we only have 8 people coming so far and need at least one more adult to join.

Adults: Mr. Hirs(leader), Mr. Sluk, Mr. Tobias, Mr. Gavin (late Saturday)
Gecko's: Adam K.
Bananas: John T.
Stealth Bombers: Dan R., Will D
Ninjas: Jack S.  Joseph G.  Marek K., Luke E. (Saturday afternoon)
Phoenixi: Connor G, Teddy T, Jack A, Nate H, Jack D.,  Michael G(late Saturday)

2014.10.23 Next troop meeting is 10/26.  
Merit Badge college is now open for registration.  See info here...
Please let me Mr. Hirs know which badges you would like to take, and he will register you using your scout account. ($25 fee.  Troop coordinates transportation and provides Pizza lunch).   You must attend both the 1/10 and 2/22 8am-4pm sessions to earn up to 4 additional merit badges.

2014.10.19 Troop Meeting...

2014.09.30  Congratulations to our newest Eagle scouts: Joey L. & Dominic Z.

Don't forget to send Mrs. Blake your Popcorn Totals for the Blitz weekend.
Also, please check out the Cit Community requirements  & Citizenship in the Community Homework from Mr. Redmond
The next meeting is 10/5 (Class A) with PLC meeting preceding.

Charlie's Eagle Project is the 9-12 Saturday 9/27 at 100 N Darlington.
This weekend is popcorn Blitz weekend. Get together, and be the highest selling patrol
No Meeting this weekend, 

2014.09.19-2014.09.21 Gettysburg/Tuckahoe Trip
from Webster Troopson's Gettysburg album

For those not on the Gettysburg trip this weekend, try to sell at least 1 popcorn item

If you can't find your popcorn flyer, click here:   Popcorn Flyer

You can also share this link with your acquaintences, and take their orders over the phone!

Please see the TRIPS page & EMail for information regarding the next two trips GETTYSBURG 9/19-9/21  and OCEAN CITY 10/10-10/12

Sign up for this weekend's Popcorn Show N Sell (Signup Genius link)     Only 41 days left to sell popcorn!   
William S has been elected Phoenix Patrol Leader
Sunday's Class A meeting will be about Citizenship in the community (part 1).  Gettysburg trip will also be discussed/planned.
Merit Badge Sashes can be purchased at Chester County Council on 504 S. Concord Rd.  
Trips page has been updated.

Don't forget to borrow or rent the Gettysburg movie before our trip on 9/19.  

Please join us at the Troop Picnic Sunday 9/7 1-5.  RSVP Here (Signupgenius)


Seabase and summer camp are done, and it's time to start the new scouting year.

Troop elections were held Thursday 8/1 at summer camp.

Zachary H is your new senior patrol leader.   (Dan R and Will D were also strong candidates). 

John T  is the new Dancing banana patrol leader.  (Asst Patrol Ldr TBD)
Will D is the new Stealth Bomber patrol leader. (Asst Patrol Ldr TBD)
Shane R  is the new Ninja patrol leader. (Asst Patrol Ldr Jake C)
Geckos and Phoenix patrols will vote for their patrol leader at the first Sunday meeting on 8/24.

Near term Calendar:
8/6 7pm - unload troop trailer @scout shed  - Volunteers needed.
8/6 7pm - Ad Alteri Dei mtg @St. Agnes Cafeteria
8/17 1-5pm - Greenbar / Patrol leader council mtg (no uniform)
8/24 6:30 meeting (class b) 
9/7 troop picnic (b) 
9/14 6:30 first class a meeting 
9/19-9/21 Gettysburg 

From t153 2014.08.02 Hawk Mountain Summer Camp

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