Troop News

Fwd: Muzzleloaders Campout

posted Jul 18, 2016, 9:31 AM by Boy Scout Troop 175   [ updated Jul 18, 2016, 9:31 AM ]

Mr. Eller has agreed to be the campmaster for the Muzzleloading campout again this year.  We had a great time at this event last year so we wanted to get this information out now.  If you are interested in attending, you must fill out the camp application, scan that and return it to Mr. Eller as that will be the signup list.  Registration fees will go to Mrs. Sewell (make checks payable to troop 175 and put Muzzleloading campout in the memo line or you can use your Scout account).  We will depart FLC Friday, 9/16 and set up camp and return Sunday around 3:00.  Early registration (received to Ed by 8/11) is $35.00 and $45.00 after that.  If you want to take advantage to the early bird registration, Ed must have the registration completed and emailed to him by Friday 8/11 and the $35.00 registration fee must be to Lynette by Friday 8/11 as well to ensure they have time to turn it in the following Monday.  Grub money will be $12.00 and bus money will also be $12.00.  More information will be available after we start meeting again.  If you have questions, please contact Mr. Eller at



Best Regards,

Kenneth Rankin


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Troop 18 Merit Badge Conference – Shawnee Heights High School

posted Jul 15, 2016, 1:55 PM by Boy Scout Troop 175   [ updated Jul 15, 2016, 1:55 PM ]

Troop 18 his holding their merit badge conference August 20th.  If you are interested, please let me know and I will get your Scout registered. 


·         Troop 18 Merit Badge Conference – Shawnee Heights High School.

·         Saturday 8/20  8:00 – 4:00 (we will depart at 7:00 and return at 5:00).

·         Last day to register is 8/16.

·         $25.00 registration fee (includes lunch for the Scouts).

·         $5.00 for adults who attend and want lunch.

·         Money is due at the 8/14 planning meeting.  If you want it taken from your Scout account, let me know before the meeting.

·         Class descriptions listed on the link below.

·         Bus money will be figured after we see how many Scouts are planning on attending.


Look at the available classes and email if you want to attend.  Classes may fill quickly, so don’t delay.

Yours in Scouting,

Kenneth Rankin

Fwd: Worlds of Fun Trip

posted Jul 7, 2016, 6:30 AM by Boy Scout Troop 175   [ updated Jul 7, 2016, 6:30 AM ]

Worlds of Fun trip August 3rd – We have a lot of Scouts and adult leaders that signed up to attend this event during the last two meetings of the year.  You can either pay in advance to be part of the group discount or pay at the gate if you like.  Below are the details for the trip.  


  • Depart First Lutheran Church at 8:30 amsharp.
  • Depart Worlds of fun at 7:00 pm.
  • Return to First Lutheran Church at 8:30 pm.
  • For those who are paying in advance, I must receive checks (make payable to Kenneth Rankin) by 7/20 so I can purchase tickets in advance (10 days advance purchase is required).  No refunds after this date.  I will not deposit anyone’s check until 7/20.   If you also want to include the meal plan for your Scout, please make sure to add that to the check plus tax (8.475%).  Scouts are responsible for their meals and they are expensive at the park.  Here is a link to the meal plans they offer.
  • Scouts are responsible for carrying their money, extra clothing such as towels and bathing suits, phones.  A small day pack would be a good idea.  They do have locker rentals and that would be the best idea once the Scouts arrive.  The Scouts could keep items secure and get them when they need them.  Here is more information on that.
  • Parents should go to the web site in advance.  Just like a good Scout, “Be Prepared”. 
  • Scouts 13 and over will be allowed to buddy up (at least two or more) and explore the park on their own (they must always follow the buddy system).  Once you are in a group, you stay in that group the entire day.  No Scout may leave the park without the consent of Mr. Rankin or another adult leader.
  • Scouts under the age of 13 can break into groups, but must be accompanied by adults.  We will determine the number of groups depending on the number of adults and younger Scouts that plan on attending.
  • We will meet and check in twice during the day.  1:00  & 4:00.
  • Bus money will be due when boarding the bus.  Exact change please. 


If you and/or your Scout are going to Worlds of Fun on Wednesday August 3rdplease email me and let me know.  Please make sure to give me the full name and if your Scout is taking a cell phone, their number as well (so I can reach them at the park).


Cost for group tickets

Ticket (includes taxes and processing fees)                           $38.50

Bus Money (fuel, fund, parking and tolls)                                 $4.75



Cost for those that pay at the gate

Ticket (includes taxes and processing fees)                           $43.38

Bus Money (fuel, fund, parking and tolls)                                 $4.75



2016 Shotgun Campout

posted Apr 19, 2016, 1:51 PM by Boy Scout Troop 175   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 1:51 PM ]

Black Lions,

Please see the flyer for the shotgun campout May 20th – 22nd at Capital City Gun Club in Topeka.  The Scouts are going to cook a variety of Dutch oven dinners for families to taste and we will also cook a hog as well.  We are encouraging parents of Scouts to please feel free to bring a lawn chair and let your Scout make your dinner and also take care of the dishes.  We would also like to invite Black Lion Alumni and leaders of years past to come join us for dinner as well.

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

posted Apr 19, 2016, 1:50 PM by Boy Scout Troop 175   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 1:50 PM ]

Black Lions,

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

For many years, junior leader training (JLT) was an important part of the leadership training continuum of BSA local councils throughout America. In 2003 and 2004, a task force of leadership experts and hundreds of Scouts in pilot courses across the nation reviewed and tested every aspect of the new NYLT syllabus, which incorporates the latest leadership ideas and presents fresh, vital and meaningful training for today's Scouts.

The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

NYLT is a six-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.

Built on the legacy of past JLT successes, the new NYLT integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well. Through a wide range of activities, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.

Troop 175 Canoe Campout

posted Apr 11, 2016, 5:45 AM by Boy Scout Troop 175   [ updated Apr 11, 2016, 5:45 AM ]

Troop 175 Canoe Campout


When: Saturday May 28th- Sunday May 29th


Where: FSR scout ranch Perry, KS


What: we will work on learning to use canoes safely. Those going on our Boundary Waters High adventure can hone their skills to use later this summer. We have 10 Canoes rented so we will have plenty of availability to work as a group on skills and possibly completing many of the requirements for the Canoeing merit badge


We will gather at FLC at 8:00am and head to FSR,

After Checking in and dropping our equipment off at our campsite we will go to the water front and begin working on our canoeing skills.

For those who have not had a swim check we will do that first.

We will focus on maneuvering and craft control, self-rescue, launching and beaching, loading and unloading.

After Dinner we will hold a cracker barrel and Campfire, Scout needing to work on the communication Merit badge will run the campfire program.

After Breakfast Sunday morning we will head back to Topeka.


Grub Patrols will need to plan on one lunch, one Dinner & one Breakfast


Grub Money will be $15.00 Bus Money $5.00


Yours in Scouting,

Kenneth Rankin

O (785) 575-1563  M (785) 246-6159


Bromelsick Campout April 29th-May1st

posted Apr 5, 2016, 7:13 AM by Doug Brownlee

Bromelsick Campout April 29th – May 1st

This camp is all about helping Scouts that have not yet achieved their first class rank cover those items that normally can’t be covered during normal Scout meetings or target first class at K- State. If you have requirements to complete for first class, please consider attending this Campout. If you are already a first class or higher Scout, we need your help teaching and signing off advancing Scouts. Please make sure to sign up for the Bromelsick Advancement Campout at an upcoming meeting or email the campmaster for this event (Kenny Rankin) at the following email

2016 K-State Merit Badge Conference

posted Feb 1, 2016, 2:50 PM by Boy Scout Troop 175   [ updated Feb 1, 2016, 2:50 PM ]

If you are interested please email your Scoutmaster Kenny Rankin with the following information: Scout name, Scout age at time of event, current rank, parent’s cell phone number, primary am class, primary pm class. In case I can’t get your primary classes, please list an alternate am & pm class as well. Adults that are attending need to register as well. Please pay Mrs. Sewell out of the Scout account or with a check and put K-State Merit badge and the Scout name on the memo line. 

Troop 175 Pancake Fundraiser

posted Jan 28, 2016, 8:35 AM by Boy Scout Troop 175   [ updated Jan 28, 2016, 8:35 AM ]

Come out and enjoy all you care to eat pancakes. Troop 175 of Topeka, KS is having a pancake breakfast fundraiser to help all of our members raise money to go Colorado or Boundary Waters this summer. We are also going to Philmont in 2017. These are very expensive trips, and the boys and their parents could use all the help they can get. If you know a member of the troop, please contact them directly for tickets, otherwise you can buy them at the door. We hope to see you there.

All you care to eat pancakes
Milk or Juice
(Children 12 and under free with paid adult)

Philmont 2017

posted Dec 17, 2015, 6:50 AM by Boy Scout Troop 175   [ updated Dec 17, 2015, 6:50 AM ]

On 6/11/17 the Black Lions will embark on THE ultimate Scouting and perhaps the most incredibly rewarding personal experience you may ever have a chance to participate in.  We will send two crews of a maximum of 12 members each (max of 4 adults per crew) to Philmont for a 12 day trek.  Treks backpack from one camp to another traversing the back county and participating in activities designed around the lives of people that have called the Philmont Mountains home over its incredible history.  Philmont was once inhabited by Apache and Ute Indian tribes. Later it was settled by some of the first pioneers in New Mexico, including Kit Carson, trappers, and miners.  In 1922 oilman Waite Phillips purchased the property and started a cattle and horse ranch. Hunting and fishing lodges and hiking trails were also built.  In 1939 he donated 137,000 acres to the Boy Scouts.  At staffed camps, crews can participate in programs such as horseback riding, gold panning, black powder rifle shooting, rock climbing, fly-fishing and tomahawk throwing just to name a few.    I will have a video and slide show presentation at the Troop Meeting on 12/14/15.

Signup now!  Spots will be filled on a first come basis, more spots are not available and we need commitments early to preserve the spots we have with Philmont.  If we don’t fill them they will give our spots to someone else!

I know it is early but we really need persons planning on attending to sign up by 1/11/16.  The trek involves a lot of planning for us and Philmont that begins now.  We need to reserve our spots so please try to RSVP ASAP.  A $100 deposit is requested at that time.  I will have a video and slides show presentation at the Troop Meeting on 12/14/15.

Eligible scouts must be 14 or 13 and have completed 8th grade by 6/11/17.

See attached flier for more details regarding cost, fitness guides etc....  The flier is not all inclusive but is intended to give enough information for signing up.  Many fine details are yet to be determined.

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.  If I do not know the answer I will find it out!

I will have a sign up a the upcoming meetings but note that we do not have many meetings between now and 1/16/16.  You can email or call me to RSVP as well.


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