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SM Blog 6.22.14 on a Scout is Clean…

“A Scout is Clean…”

Today follows one of great adventure. An adventure that carried families to a far south location on the edge of land. The transport was filled with not one seat available and the weather was flawless. Our day started with a reminder that courtesy will always shine over the actions of those that wish darkness upon your day. The Scout Master of us all took action and provided a day of glory and rejoice. We traveled with thirty members and spent our day in the Sun, Sand and Waters of the Pacific.

Scouts were exposed to so many elements of society that we were all exhausted on the way home. Ultimately every person who joined us safely made their way home. What a way to spend the first day of summer…

Well, some things came to the surface that will be on our list to work on. Let me share this observation… As ASM Bore and I walked along the Santa Monica Pier we had multiple opportunities to do a good turn. One of those was to take a picture for a couple that was very honest and asked if we were going to run off with their camera. Mr. Bore pointed to my shirt and said “no we are Scout Leaders”, not something we could ever consider to do. After clicking a few pictures off the gentleman let us know that he is an Eagle Scout from 1960 at which he was 14 years old. Who would of thought? As we continued to walk we noticed some of the most well- dressed people you would ever meet. I had a reservation with most of them…

As we move through this adventure of life we are witness to many things we must discern. A Scout Law that came to mind is the one of a Scout is Clean. During our walk Mr. Bore and I passed many street performers. They were musical, magical and full of hope. Amazingly these individuals did not peak my concerns of a Scout is clean considering many had tattered clothes, sun damaged skin and were in desperate need of bathing. It was the people we passed along the pier that were dressed so fancy and seemed so civilized.

Many could have served well to be involved in Scouting and to live the law of “a Scout is clean.”

Lord Robert Baden Powell gave light to the concept of core values reminding us the content not the cover that defines our character. No matter how you dress or decorate a person, the spoken word will always paint a clear picture.

A picture is worth a thousand words and one foul word or phrase will destroy the perception of any sense of cleanliness. Simply put… We are as we speak in the eyes of others… so ask yourself this question. If someone is around your discussion with their eyes closed… what would you look like in their minds eye? A Scout is Clean… are you?

limited seating for Beach Bus this Saturday!

Hello everyone,

A Bus has been reserved for Troop 111 for this Saturday.  We have a maximum of 47 seats. I will be making calls to everyone who signed up for this event to see which Scouts families would like to join us. The departureis at 8:30 am son be at City Park by the batting cages by 8am for our check in and head count. Remember the plan is to have the Scouts have a day at the beach, this means they will be doing what they do while the families get enjoy some time at the beach as well. If you are interested in joining us, Call me ASAP! ! !

Thanks for all you do,

SM Brien.  6614336957

Jethawks sleep over July 19th

We are preparing for the annual Jethawks sleep over on July 19th. This event will have scouts enjoy a night at the hanger with a sleepover on the field and a movie on the big screen monitor. The cost is $13 per individual and this is open to all scouts and family.

For more information follow this link:

Sign-ups and Money is due no later than July 17th Troop meeting. We will purchase the tickets on Friday the 18th and distribute at the Jet before the game. So come on out and Play ball… Scouting style!

Beach Bus 6/21/14

Welcome to the outing for this month. Troop 111 will take advantage of the Beach bus and enjoy a day at Santa Monica beach. The cost per individual is $6. Pack a sack lunch and drinks or bring money with you. the suggested amount is $15 to $20.

All scouts should bring the essentials needed for this outing. Sun screen, towel, etc. Pack a day pack to hold all items and remember you must were your class A down and back on the bus.

We must have a final count for this event by Thursday Troop Meeting.

PS – If family wishes to take advantage of this opportunity and join us we must have that information as well by Thursday to reserve a bus. This will be a Scout event so families please remember to be responsible for all siblings and items.

Please follow this link for more details:      Lancaster_2014 beach bus

What are you doing tomorrow?

Well, if you haven’t already heard, Troop 111 has been invited to provide food and fun at this year’s Open House event at the Antelope Valley Resource Conservation District Nursery ( from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will be serving eggs, sausage, and coffee cake for breakfast, as well as Hot Dogs, Nachos, Iced Coffee and Ice Cold Flavored Lemonade for lunch! You can take a ride on the Orbitron, and pick up a couple of paracord bracelets or keychains for life’s little emergencies! Come out and see us! See you there!!!

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A couple dates to remember!!!

Are you working your way to Camp this summer?

Well here are a couple dates to remember.

First on Friday and Saturday March 21-22nd 2014 we are going to have  an opportunity to take the Obritron out to the LA County air show from 9am to 5pm. We will need all hands on deck for this function to be financially beneficial to all. More information to come.

Second we have tentative confirmation to take the Orbitron to the AV Children’s Center on Saturday April 5th to work from 10 am to 1pm. We will be compensated for bringing out the ride and also have an opportunity to sell items for fundraising as well.

Next we are checking into a couple dates to have Breakfast served by AV Troop 111 at Applebees. This is a 2 hr Breakfast that will have huge returns for our efforts.  Angie is working diligently to schedule some dates in May close to Mother’s day for this event.

So hang on tight and get ready to earn your way to Camp Whittset this summer!

AV Troop 111 First Overnight weekend at Deer Lodge Tweedy Lake

January 3-5, 2014

The First overnighter of AV TROOP 111 

Observations of the Scout Master

From the conception of Troop 111 there was the hope to launch a unit that would embrace the Spirit of Scouting. A goal to lay down the foundation for a legacy that would last for years to come. As the founders of a new Scouting unit we all had our apprehensions and aspirations. With all these ideas and goals floating around we had finally gathered the tools needed to start forming for the foundation of AV TROOP 111.

        For weeks the Troop had prepared for an overnight camp out at Tweedy Lake on the first weekend of the New Year. The Senior Patrol Scouts received the needed Troop Leadership Training (T.L.T) to provide a solid program for the remaining members of Troop. Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters along with the COR, CC, and Rank Advancement chair had provided all they could for this adventure to be a success. The Following is the recollections of Scout Master Brien Siemantel of the first Camp out adventures of AV TROOP 111…

My day had been a long one with running all over the antelope valley and getting the errands completed that had piled up for a few week at home. I had the whole family with me as we went down the list… at around 3:30 pm we finally walked through the door. Christian and I needed to meet up with the Troop by 5 pm at the AV Boys and Girls club to head out for our trip. Some scouts were already waiting and many showed up as we did. All in all we had the entire Troop together just short of our Quartermaster Jerimicah and our Scout Andrew P.

The first task after packing up the gear was to get the shopping done for the weekend. Off to Winco we went and from there the scouts split up into their patrols. Each patrol shopped with finances in mind and believe it or not… there was nutrition involved as well. The Hawks and Frontiersman were guided by the Troop Guide and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader as The SM and ASM’s decided to do a little shopping for themselves just in case. Thank goodness or we would have truly struggled through the weekend. Not that the scouts did not have enough food. Just some of it was for lack of a better word… unique. We will get to that later. Each patrol checked out and learned a great lesson about finances and communication. It seems the Patriot patrol was so kind to miscount $10 of their budget to the Frontiersman. A very successful trip to the store I would say.

With the shopping done it was time to hit the road for Tweedy Lake. I had been there once and felt confident I could find my way again so the decision to stay at the back of the convoy seemed logical. Oh my goodness am I glad I did. Sassy ASM and Eric found wings somehow and flew up to Tweedy as I watched their tail lights disappear into the darkness of the road ahead of me. Allan Miller was there too but I wouldn’t know because the road was dark and winding and the Leader of our Convoy was well on here way to becoming  a NHRA driver. I on the other hand was not so clear on the directions and was forced to turn around 10 miles past the turn off to Tweedy. Thank goodness for Trudy my trusty navigator app.  Unfortunately we arrived at the lodge after the gear had been unpacked. I think I was the only one that felt it was unfortunate though. There was no complaints from the Spl and senior patrol.

        A fire was started and the Scouts got right to work. All the food was stowed and the beds set up. They had come together to start brain storming on the calendar for the next 12 months. Not one looked ready to hit the sack just yet. Discussions took place, games played and the fired spent more time smoking than burning. The Scout Master has asked to tell a scary story… from off the cuff and some help from a couple scouts I can say it was not great but it did the job. As the clock ticked towards 10 pm it was time to retire. Surprisingly enough the scouts found the sleeping bags worth using and slowly quieted down and slip off to sleep. There was no schedule to get up considering this was our first outing. Interestingly the scouts jumped up at the crack of dawn and started cooking right away. I am not sure if they were hungry or just wanted to cook. The smell of Bacon, sausage, pancakes and the sort filled the lodge. I remember hearing of one scout that poured water straight into the bag of pancake mix… this led to the need to make a ton of pancakes. A few were made by special request by the SPL to have his extra gooey. Let it be noted that I do not think that request will come again too soon. He definitely got what he asked for. The Sm and ASM’s on the other hand enjoyed and flawless Dutch oven sausage, hash brown and egg creation put together by Sassy M!!! She was unfortunately called away for the morning but Oh we made sure to thank her when she returned. Oh my goodness we ate well… After morning clean up the Senior Patrol set up for the training and proceeded to bring all the Scouts of AV Troop 111 up to speed. Granted it was not the most exciting course to give but they pulled it off with great success. The SM even got the chance to hop in and get pushed around by the Troop during the willow in the wind exercise. I must admit I was not nervous at all. Truly amazing scouts we have in Troop. Know I must be honest by confessing that I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon nap in the hammock I set up outside the lodge while the Scouts finished up the training. Lunch was only a memory as all the scouts prepared the dinners they planned. The Adults put together a tasty Dutch-oven meal consisting of Red potatoes and pork loin steaks. As for the scouts there was Steak, Nachos and Dutch oven pizza by the senior patrol team. The senior patrol has some work to do… The Dutch oven is not an easy tool to master, but they are well on their way.

A Movie was put on and no one made it to the end. Also, not to be forgotten. Apparently a game of Mow was taught to the scouts of AV TROOP 111 and also banned the same night. I will have to find out more about this one.

Sunday morning came and the lodge was cleaned, the calendar was Completed up to September, the floors mopped and set straight before we left. Of course the SM had to get lost on the way out of Tweedy Lake, but ultimately everyone made it home safe and sound.

As for me… As a New Scoutmaster I have just one thing to say.

When all things are placed in front of you and all opportunities are available… as Scouts grow into strong men of society and the leaders sit back with the parents to send them on their way. It is the times like this weekend that remind us of the Motto… “YaGODawannadoit!!!”

As long as we stay focused on this motto and keep diligent towards success all things are possible. Especially when as Adult Leaders we sit on our hands just long enough and bite our lips just a little longer to allow for these boys to grow into men. Well most of us… The protective nature of a parent is very hard to control in an environment of a Scout run Program.

I am very Blessed to be allowed this opportunity and thank all of you for joining me on this journey.

God Bless

Brien Siemantel

SM Troop 111

After Christmas Events…

Greetings Scouters! A couple of things for the coming weeks that you need to be aware of:

12/26/2031 – No Scout Meeting!

1/2/2014 – Scout meeting! Need to get the rest of the planning together for the weekend sleepover. If you have not already signed up, make sure you get your parents permission to go with the troop.

1/3/2014 – Get your camp gear together get ready to hang out Friday night, all of Saturday, and returning Sunday. We need parent volunteers to at least provide transportation, if not stay over with the scouts. The scouts will all be going over the Youth Leadership Training, and getting the calendar for the year squared away.

Adults – Please let April or Brien know if you have any questions or if you are available to provide transportation.
Scouts – Please contact your SPL/ASPL or Patrol Leader if you have questions or need to arrange transportation.



Scout Meeting on Halloween?

… Not this year! The PLC has advised that this year, as Halloween falls on a Thursday, we will not be having our regular scout meeting on October 31st. This change has been updated on our calendar. Please update your schedules accordingly.  Have fun, stay safe. And no… this is not a trick. More of a treat! :)

Our First Court of Honor

Wow! Wow. WOW! Our first Court of Honor on October 11th was arranged by our SPL Ian, who was also the Master of Ceremonies for the event.  The invocation was given by ASPL Zac, and the flag ceremony was conducted by our troop Scribe, Christian. We had a terrific pot luck dinner, followed by presentation of rank advancements, merit badges, and awards.

Rank Advancements:
– SPL Ian B to Life Scout. Next stop… Eagle Scout!
– ASPL Zachary C to First Class Scout. Well on his way to Star Scout!

I have to tell you I was very impressed by the boys leading the troop, they did such an amazing job! Boys, keep up the good work!