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Mon Sep 22 7:00pm - 8:30pm
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Fri Sep 26
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Welcome to Troop 186

Boy Scout Troop 186 is chartered by the Knights of Columbus of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Rochester Minnesota. We are in the Hiawatha District of the Gamehaven Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

We meet every Monday night from 7:00-8:30pm in the activity room in the Parish Center basement. We work on merit badges, advancement, and plan our monthly campouts. We also participate in a number of community activities and service projects.

If you would like more information about Troop 186, please contact the Scoutmaster, Brett Parks, or the Webmaster, Bob Techentin.


Eagle: A Means to an End, not the End Itself PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brett Parks   
Monday, 15 September 2014 14:49

The Boy Scout advancement program is subtle. It places a series of challenges in front of a Scout in a manner that is fun and educational. “As he completes the requirements he achieves the three aims of Scouting: to develop character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop physical and mental fitness." --2013 Advancement Guide, BSA, p.23.

We often talk about a boy "getting" his Eagle, as if it's as easy and natural as getting a zit, or as simplistic as buying a Slurpee. Other times it's made a condition of some other goal, like a driver's license. We also talk of "his Eagle" as if it's been reserved and is just standing by waiting for the "owner" merely to check all the boxes and claim what's already his. While well-intentioned, these philosophies belie a misunderstanding of what the BSA advancement method and more particularly achieving Eagle really mean.

We adults do a gross disservice to the boys by setting our own sights primarily on the Eagle rank.
Eagle is not the point. I have read that of all boys enrolled in Scouting nationwide, 3-6% earn this rank. Does this mean that Scouting has failed the other 94%? By the "Eagle is the objective" measuring stick, then yes. Fortunately, the Boy Scouts of America has clearly stated its Aims: building boys and men of (1) high character, (2) physical, moral and spiritual fitness, and (3) participating citizens. Put simply, the Boy Scouts of America does not exist to hand out badges to boys.

So, when you hear these ideas put forward, ask, "Why"? Why does he
have to earn Eagle before he can drive? Is it Eagle for Eagle's sake? Is it for you? Or do you want him to work toward it because you recognize that the knowledge, skills and abilities embodied in the process of earning it will serve him throughout his life? And have you communicated that concept to your son/Scouts?

Of course, we want our boys to earn the Eagle rank. Advancement is part of the program, and earning Eagle is a very worthwhile, noble and achievable goal. But it needs to be for the right reason. The adults involved in a boy's scouting experience must recognize that it is only one piece of the puzzle; that it is part of a process; that he is, through learning these skills, bettering himself for the future. If he earns it at 14 years or at 17 years, 11 months and 28 days, it is the same achievement - there's no bonus for finishing early nor is there a penalty for taking longer than someone else.

If, for whatever reason, he does not earn the Eagle rank, but has developed into a man of high moral character, who takes care of himself physically and spiritually and who understands his role in society, we have succeeded! Conversely, if he "gets" his Eagle but doesn't exhibit these qualities, what does that say about his mentors?

"It is better to build boys than to mend men." --Truett Cathy

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 14:50
Court of Honor: May 26th PDF Print E-mail
Written by Timothy Techentin   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 17:01

This is just a friendly reminder to all scouts that there will be a Court of Honor on May 26th. Please remember that this is the last Court of Honor for this year, so it would be a good idea to finish up any partial merit badges or rank advancements at a meeting before the 26th.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:40
Gamehaven Council Newsletters - Aug-Sep 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Techentin   
Friday, 05 July 2013 22:07

Attached are the Gamehaven Council Newsletters for August and September 2013 newsletter.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 12:37
Camp Decorah Information PDF Print E-mail
Written by Timothy Techentin   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 18:43

Attached are the permission slip for the summer camp and information on the camp. The 'decorah_2014_letter.pdf' includes things such as a packing list and other information about the camp.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 19:41
Youth Shotgun Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Timothy Techentin   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 16:56

Here is a youth shotgun program for any interested scouts.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:41
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Emergency Drill at GSR PDF Print E-mail
Written by Troop Webmaster   
Sunday, 12 May 2013 16:13

On May 11th, 2013 an emergency disaster drill took place at Gamehaven Scout Reservation, in which there were “infected” people dressed to look like zombies. Rescue teams were sent out to help real people (acting, of course) and mannequins alike from the imposing threat of the infection. This drill was to help medical students, doctors, nurses, and paramedics learn how to react if a real emergency were to occur.  Those who were not “zombies” or actors were helping with victim registration, search and rescue, security and on-scene reporters. Once the drill was completed all groups were given a ten-minute break and then the drill was repeated.

After the second round was done most people left, but almost all of the boy scouts stayed and completed various emergency/medical related merit badges (i.e. Emergency Preparedness; First Aid; Medicine)

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 16:21

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