Hiking Merit Badge – 10 Mile Hike

The next Hiking Merit Badge hike is this Saturday!

Troop 101 will be travelling to the Rock Candy Mountain trail-head in Capitol State Forest and will hike for a total of 10 miles through the beautiful landscape.

Scouts need to be prepared with a day pack with their 10 essentials, paying special attention to the weather forecast which calls for cold and rainy.

Good hiking boots are important as the trail is rough.

Scouts pursuing the Hiking Merit Badge will meet Saturday morning, January 21st, at the Albertson’s parking lot near Dairy Queen at 8:15.

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2016 Review and 2017 Plan and Calendar

Troop 101,

2016 is rapidly coming to an end and we are looking forward to 2017.  It has been an exciting year and I think we can look forward to more adventures next year!  Let’s look back at 2016. 


The year began with our usual event, the Christmas Tree Pickup.  This year we had a larger area than usual and in turn, that helped fund our troop as well as providing a highly visible service to our community!


February began with the Fingerprinting Merit Badge which was a blast, and we were able to learn what the “Foot File” was.  We also attended the Merit Badge College which was a great opportunity to learn and meet other scouts.

We also enjoyed Scout Sunday at two churches.

A small group went Downhill Skiing and another group did Winter Survival up on Mt. Rainier.  Those on Winter Survival had the joyful occasion to witness the Scoutmaster throwing out his back and then have to snowshoe out the next day in total pain.  In short, fun for all!


March brought us to Thunderbird and Troop Leadership Training.  We had a fun time with lectures, games, muddy scouts, and chants of “Russia, Russia, Russia.”  Ask a scout who attended to get the full story.

We ended the moth with the Spring Court of Honor where many merit badges were awarded due to the many activities we had done.


April is the time when a young scout’s mind turns to one thing:  E-Camp!  We held E-Camp and many adults who were involved were quoted as saying, “Never Again!” while the boys said, “What do you mean ‘time to leave.’”

We then had the First Aid Camping Weekend, where cries of “Peanut Butter” mixed with the sound of trains coming every 18 minutes all night long, both nights.  We left fully able to treat burns and cuts, but unable to see straight due to sleep deprivation.


We then had a very enjoyable Trail to First Class in Millersylvania.  It was a lot of fun and featured a 5-mile hike during which we became ever so slightly lost. 


June brought summer camp at Camp Parsons.  The reviews were unanimous, the camp had some of the finest dust to be found at any BSA camp in the USA.  Also, the programs were great.  Everyone got to spend some quality time learning valuable skills.


July saw the crew return from Camp Parsons and the troop posted the flags to celebrate the 4th of July!


In August, one event dominated the calendar.  WashJam was hosted again at Fort Lewis.  Zombie Night Hikes, Merit Badges, and, of course, dust in the food dominated the fun event.  Also, the patches were great!


 Webelos Fun Day is one of our annual events that we always enjoy.  It is an opportunity to have Troop 101 work directly with future Boy Scouts.  This year was a blast, OK, a wet, rainy blast.  It included a game of glowing football with another troop after dark the first night.


October was Apple Packing with the Lions.  Troop 101 packed a total of almost ¾ of a ton of apples to help the Lions, our charter organization.

Later in the month we held the Electricity Merit Badge, and those in attendance .got to see scouts behaving like electrons by flowing the proper way around both a DC and an AC circuit.  Shocking!


November saw the first two hikes of the Troop 101 Hiking Merit Badge.  We did a 5-mile urban hike in Olympia and saw the Capitol, the Temple of Justice, and Starbucks.  Then, the 10-mile night hike at Thunderbird was the second event.

Once again, there was an E-Camp, and once again some adults were heard to say “Quoth the parent, Nevermore.”


December began with the Mini-Troop Leadership Training which featured scouts standing on benches to demonstrate teamwork and leadership, as well as presentation by Mike K, Kevin A. and Miles L.

At the troop meeting tonight, we will hold elections for next year and conduct our annual gift exchange, this time featuring an original poem by the outgoing Scoutmaster.  Scoutmaster Kevin will also conduct the time honored ceremony of “The Passing of the Buck” by stating that every question for the scoutmaster asked probably should be directed to Mike as the incoming Scoutmaster.

Finally, Toys for Tots this weekend will be another opportunity for the Troop to contribute to the community.

Overall this year, our scouts earned 11 rank advancements and at least 59 merit badges.


As always, the troop maintains its calendar at the troop website.  The direct link to the calendar is at http://www.troop101-wa.org/calendar/.  The troop is scheduled to do many events in the coming months, and more events will be added to the calendar.  Summer Camp is coming up again, along with many of our usual event between now and the end of the school year.  The in August, we will reconvene for another planning meeting to plan the coming school year.

I look forward to seeing all of you as we go forward.


Thanks to Troop 101 for a really fun year.

Scoutmaster Kevin Ammons

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Toys for Tots – 2016

Every year Troop 101 helps out the Marine Corps League with their Toys for Tots program. This program provides amazing gifts (mostly toys) for children in families in need in our area. If you haven’t done this before I highly recommend it. Anyone that participates should notify the Advancement Chair with the date and number of service hours.

We can help by sorting toys into categories by age and gender, and then preparing bags for families requesting aid. After preparation, there are usually 2 or more days of handing out bags of gifts to families.

The toy sort is scheduled for Saturday, Dec 17. Once the sort is done, bagging will begin and continue until it is done. The work will start at 8:30 am and will continue until around 3pm. You do not need to show up at 8:30am, any time you can show up would be appreciated.   Scouts should wear their Class A Uniform.

The location is the same as last year, a vacant store in the strip mall on the corner of Fones Rd and Pacific (across from Albertsons). It is the store in the inside corner, near Ross (Sizzler was on the corner). Girl Scouts or other friends who would like to help are welcome too.


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Fall 2016 Court of Honor — October 27,2016

courtofhonorThe Fall 2016 Court of Honor will be on Thursday October 27,2016

The Court of Honor will be at Komachin Middle School at 3650 College Street SE, Lacey (at the corner of College and Mullen). The COH will start at 6:30pm, in the multi-purpose room. Will B. is your Master of Ceremonies.   Will has selected All American for the food theme, so bring your favorite dish. Ideas can be Mac & cheese, Hot Dogs, hamburgers and maybe some apple desserts.

Some items of importance:

  1. 1. Please bring drinks for your family
  2. Troop 101 practices conservation, so please bring washable plates and utensils from home and when you are done, take them home for cleaning.
  3. This is a formal event, so wear your full uniform (Shirt, Scarf and Troop rope(if you have one).

We look forward to celebrating the achievements of Troop 101!

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Electricity Merit Badge

electricityTroop 101 will be holding an Electricity Merit Badge Clinic on October 29th from 1 – 4 PM. The clinic will be held at the fire station. This badge is an opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of electricity and some aspects of how it applies to your daily life. With just a little pre-work completed, scouts should be able to complete this badge during the clinic.

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