- Troop Number: 366
- Council: Viking (Minnesota)
Dan Patch District
- Chartered: now in our 40th year
- Host Organization:
Atonement Lutheran Church
- Location: 98th & Portland, Bloomington, Minnesota, 55420
- Troop usually 1st & 3rd Mondays at 7p.m. at Atonement
- Patrol usually 2 & 4th Mondays (scheduled by Patrol leader)
- Size: 14 current scouts
- Advancement (97-98): 60% of scouts advanced at least one rank
- Senior Scout: Matt Kivari, Senior Patrol Leader
- Scoutmaster: Dale Siewert
- Contact Phone: 888-5037
- Contact EMail:
Main Focus (Interest)
Our interests vary because the troop's programs have been boy-driven.
The Patrol Leader's Council choses and plans our activities.
Our current Merit-Badge focus is the Hiking merit badge.
At the 1996 Dan Patch fall district camporee, most scouts earned their
Wilderness Survival merit badge
In April of 1998, most of the scouts earned the Roller Skating Merit Badge.
In July of 1998, a number of the scouts earned their First Aid Merit Badge.
We usually have 4-5 camping outings each year.
- Fall: Either district camporee and/or or one of our own, often at
Nerstrand Woods south of Northfield. For fall 1998,
it'll be Stearns for outdoor competitions September 25..27, and
probably Sherborne for hiking and plant identification October 17.
- Winter: Weekend in Lodge at Sterns Scout Camp, scheduled 12..14 Feb 98.
In 1997 and 98 also went to
Tomahawk in Wisconsin and earned our
"Zero Hero" patches for sleeping out-of-doors in below-zero weather.
- Spring: Either district or own. In 1999 we went hiking
in St. Croix State Park east of Hinkley in April
and to the Council camporall in May.
- Summer: Have gone to ManyPoint Scout Camp most summers for
last 5 years or so. We were at
of St.Paul's Indianhead Council August 2..9, 1997.
ManyPoint July 19..25, 1998,
and are planning to go to
Medicine Mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakaota
- Summer: family weekend, 1998 was June 25..28 at Carver Park
- Here are a few photos from 366's 1996 summer camp at Many Point:
Frank S. ascending the climbing tower
Jon P. rappeling down the climbing tower
Bill N. making pancakes
Matt M. cleaning the dishes
- Here are a few photos from 1996 Dan Patch spring camporee at Stearns:
Clockwise: David, Matt, Jon, and Frank being briefed on the fire-starting activity rules
Clockwise: Matt, Jon, Frank, and David doing the fire-starting activity
Clockwise: Jon, Frank, Paul, and Matt transporting David (simulated injury)
Clockwise: Jon, Matt, and Frank testing their steadiness ability
- Here are a few photos from 1996 Dan Patch fall camporee at Stearns:
One of Troop 366's cooking and eating tarps
Jon, Frank, Dan, Yicheol, Matt, and David eating a late supper
Many Dan Patch scouts in a First Aid Class
Dan, Chris, Yicheol, David, Matt, and John and an outdoor emergency shelter
Dan and Yicheol in their outdoor shelter
In the last three years, we also did the following activities:
- Played laser-tag at Star-Base Omega in Mall-of-America
- Saw "Titanica" & "Sharks" in the Omntheater at Science Museum of Minnesota
- Participated in Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-net.
- Went tubing on the Apple River in Wisconsin.
- Taken a number of 10-mile hikes followed by swims.
Equipment (and Condition)
We have three fully-furnished patrol boxes.
We have a big canvas tent used by the adults, and 3
2-person Eureka tents available for scouts who don't have their own.
We have 4 big tarps we use to cover patrol boxes, tables, etc. at
campouts. We have a big gas-fired blaster we use for quick heating
of community dishwater and rinse water.
Our Scout Population
Troop 366 is currently in a rebuilding stage.
There were a group of boys who became cub-scouts together,
and advanced pretty much as a group. Six of these earned
earned Eagle rank within the last 3 years, they
have all now moved on to college.
In a city-wide school re-organization,
the school where troop 366 did its recruiting was torn down
about 10 years ago. Since scout recruiting in Bloomington has
been done mainly through the schools, and there was no longer
a neighborhood school for us, and all other schools already had
troops, this has posed a recruiting issue for us.
We're overcoming this limitation by helping in the formation of
Pack 404 in Oak Grove, a nearby elementary school;
we're working with them on their recruitment. We jointly presented
School Night 1997.
- Dues: Several years ago the parents decided that annual dues
per boy was better than weekly or monthly dues. Workerships
are available (supervised community service at $5/hour) where
family needs so indicate.
Our Committee Chairman handles workerships.
- Fundraisers: Our big fundraiser is wreath-sales (+ similar items)
at Christmas. Profits go 50% to boy's camp-fund and 50% to troop
camp-fund. Those boys who wish may participate in the Council
popcorn sales, but we do not "push" it. We have been doing
can-recyling for about 4 years now. We ask
boys to collect their own cans and that of their neighbors.
This money is split 50-50 between the scout collecting the cans.
and the troop fund. Scouts also sell lawn fertilizer in the fall.
- Scout Accounts: Each boy has a camping
account, where his share of earned monies go. He may draw on
that for campouts and camping equipment if about a given level.
BSA troop 366 is in Dan Patch District,
Viking Council (Minnesota), USA.
Our 1998 summer-camp was July 19..25, 1998 at ManyPoint,
Scout camp northwest from Park Rapids, Minnesota.
For 1999, we have reserved a site with enough room for both ourseleves and
some of our families at Medicine Mountain, which is near the
Crazy Horse Monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
We are looking for a troop interested in a home-and-home camping
exchange, to start any year. We have approval of Viking
Council and the International Division of BSA to seek a partner troop
interested in such an exchange. What country we would visit
is open, however our boy's preference is Europe.
We are aware that many European troups are mixed-sex, i.e., both
boys and girls. Such a troop, as well as an all-boy troop,
would be welcome with us and at any of the Councils'
summer socout camps.
Our vision is for a roughly three-(might be four-) week visit
each year, structured as follows: (extra week is home or local trip)
- Summer of 1999 or 00: Some group of 10..15 visits us.
- 1 week: Both troops jointly at Medicine Mountain.
- 1 week: They stay in our homes, we host them at local places
- 1 week: They visit around someplace midwest USA by themselves
- Summer of 2000 or 2001: Our group of of 10..15 visits them.
Here's a real vision for Christmas 1999:
we'd like to go to
1999 World Scout Jamboree in Chile.
- 1 week: Both troops jointly at their camping spot.
- 1 week: We stay in their homes, they set activites as they wish
- 1 week: We visit around someplace in their country
Some Scouting WWW References
My complete set of Scouting URLs
Some Explorer Scouting URLs
USA Boy Scouting Home-Page,
USA Boy Scouting Online ,
InterNETional Scouting Home-Page,
Scouting in Switzerland,
Scouting in Iceland,
A troop in Virginia,
A Girl-Scout troop in Massachusetts,
A Scoutmaster in the Netherlands, and
Flint River Council's
Camp Thunder in Woodbury, Georgia.
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It was last updated on 16 September 1998.