posted Jul 16, 2019, 12:38 PM by Webmaster Troop253   [ updated Jul 16, 2019, 1:00 PM ]


Please sign up for a time to work the Troop 253 Wizardly World of Kent Bottled Water Sales Booth - Money earned will go directly into a Scout's ScoutBucks account, to use for purchasing Scout related items, camping gear and paying for Summer Camp. 

No cotton candy at WWK, just selling bottles of water to the Witches and Wizards!

The event will take place (rain, shine or slugs) on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 10am to 8pm in downtown Kent.


Summer Camp Orientation Meeting

posted Jun 14, 2019, 10:41 AM by Webmaster Troop253   [ updated Jun 14, 2019, 10:43 AM ]

Parents - Monday, June 17, we will hold a Summer Camp Orientation Meeting - Its especially important for first year camper families to attend. We will also go over the Summer Fundraising events as well as the Sept/Oct Campouts.

After summer camp we do not meet on Mondays until school resumes in August, by which time the Sept campout will be right around the corner (And summer fundraisers will be over!), and there will be very little time to get organized, so now is the time!

Troop 253 awarded over $800 in camperships this year just for summer camp, our fundraisers are critically important in order to continue this economic support to families. Scout and Parent participation is needed for these efforts to be successful!!

September Campout - Camp Stambaugh 100th Anniversary Celebration!

posted Jun 14, 2019, 10:37 AM by Webmaster Troop253

Camp Stambaugh 100th Anniversary Celebration!

WHEN: SEP 20—22, 2019

WHERE: CAMP STAMBAUGH, 3712 Leffingwell Rd, Canfield, OH 44406

ACTIVITY: Camp Stambaugh 100th Anniversary Celebration! Friday evening Program; Once Units have setup Campsites, staff will be providing an outdoor movie in the Camping Area. Saturday; Scouts parade from Canfield fairgrounds to camp for Opening Ceremony and dedication of new Camp Gateway, then spend the day exploring stations that will include; Chain Saw Carving Demo, Tomahawk/Knife Throwing, Bike Course, Monkey Bridge Crossing, Blacksmith Demo, Indian Village Display, Obstacle Course, Paintball Range, LEGO Derby Car Racing, Military Vehicle Display, Tie Dye Shirt Station, Rocket Launch, Escape Room, and much more! Closing Ceremony will include fireworks. Sunday morning; Multidenominational Scout Vespers 8 AM at the Fair Grounds Grandstand.

DEPART: UCC at 6:00pm Friday, SEP 20 (PLEASE ARRIVE AT 5:30pm TO PACK OUT)

RETURN: Sunday SEP 22 approximately 10-11am.

COST: $45.00 if paid before Monday, July 29, $50 after. Fees include: Evening shows, activities and programs, facility and event costs, shuttle transportation to and from Fair Grounds to Camp Stambaugh, Anniversary Patch, and Hat and all food.

MONEY: Early Bird fees due with this form on or before Monday, July 29, 2019. Make checks payable to BSA Troop 253.

TRAVEL: Pickup Truck, and Car(s). We will travel in Class “A” Uniforms.

PACK:  Weather appropriate gear for tent camping.  The program runs rain or shine. 

April 2019 Campout Information

posted Mar 25, 2019, 2:23 PM by Webmaster Troop253

April 2019 Campout - TRIP INFORMATION

WHEN: APR 26-28, 2019
WHERE: Fort Meigs Historic Site, 29100 W River Rd, Perrysburg, OH 43551
ACTIVITY: Live the Life of a Soldier; From April 30 through May 9, 1813, 1200 American troops at Fort Meigs battled against the combined forces of British and Canadian soldiers and Native American warriors. Our Scouts will tour this key frontier fortification and experience the life of a soldier and piece together the past by examining historic artifacts. Through these activities the Scouts will begin to unravel the conflicting interests of Native peoples, European empires, and the desires of a young nation.
DEPART: UCC at 5:45pm Friday, APR 26 (PLEASE ARRIVE AT 5:15pm TO PACK OUT)
RETURN: Sunday April 28 approximately 11am.
COST: $40.00 per Scout, $35.00 per adult - Includes transportation, camping rental, food, and “Life of a Soldier” program fee. MONEY: Is due on or before Monday, 1 April 2019. Make checks payable to BSA Troop 253.
TRAVEL: Pickup Truck, and Car(s). We will travel in Class “A” Uniforms.
PACK: Weather appropriate gear for tent camping. The program runs rain or shine.
ADULT LEADERSHIP: Confirmed for trip – Mr. Mahon
EMERGENCY POINT OF CONTACT: Mr. Mahon; (C) 216-346-3446 

March 2019 Campout - TRIP INFORMATION

posted Feb 25, 2019, 6:47 PM by Webmaster Troop253

March 2019 Campout - TRIP INFORMATION

WHEN: MAR 23-24, 2019
WHERE: Camping: Cleveland Zoo, Wolf Wilderness Cabin.
ACTIVITY: VETERINARIAN MEDICINE MERIT BADGE & Cleveland Zoo Visit. Overnights begin promptly at 7 p.m. and ends the following morning at 10 a.m. Troop will get a behind the scenes animal encounter and meet with one of the Zoo Veterinarian Technicians. The Zoo provides Blue Cards and Merit Badge Counselor. Program covers all the items required to earn the Veterinarian Medicine Merit Badge
DEPART: UCC at 6:00pm Saturday, MAR 23 (PLEASE ARRIVE AT 5:45pm TO PACK OUT)
RETURN: Program ends at 10am Sunday MAR 24, Scouts have free access to the Zoo the rest of the day, so families may opt to stay as long as the wish.
COST: $42.00 per person - includes transportation, camping rental, food, Zoo Entry and all Merit Badge materials.
MONEY: $42 is due on or before Monday, 25 FEB 2019. Make Checks payable to BSA Troop 253 – however RSVPs are due by Wednesday FEB 6, 2019.
TRAVEL: Pickup Truck, and Car(s). We will travel in Class “A” Uniforms.
PACK: Sleeping bags and pillows, appropriate clothing for the predicted weather (sleepwear, change of clothes, towel, wash cloth, toiletries, outdoor garments, and comfortable shoes). The program runs rain or shine.
ADULT LEADERSHIP: Confirmed for trip – Mr. Mahon
EMERGENCY POINT OF CONTACT: Mr. Mahon; (C) 216-346-3446 

February 2019 Campout - Caving Trip

posted Jan 31, 2019, 3:15 PM by Webmaster Troop253

February Campout Details:

When: FEB 22-24
Where: Camping: DELAWARE STATE PARK, Group Campsite B
Activity: Caving at Ohio Caverns, 2210 East State Route 245 West Liberty, Ohio 43357
Depart: UCC at 6:00pm Friday, FEB 22 (PLEASE ARRIVE AT 5:30PM TO PACK OUT)
Return: UCC approx 11am, Sunday, FEB 24
Cost: $35.00 per person - includes transportation, camping rental, food and entry fee to Ohio Caverns
Travel Map: https://goo.gl/maps/mDQtNUbz5ZC2


posted Jan 30, 2019, 11:01 AM by Webmaster Troop253

Scout Sunday is Feb 10 - In addition to Troop 253 there are will be participants from GSUSA Troop 90300 and Cub Scouts from Pack 3256.

Also, a reminder that the Troop prepares a pancake breakfast immediately following the service for the congregation, even if you or your Scout does not worship with UCC, PLEASE plan on helping prepare and serve the meal!! Proceeds go to the UCC, which has been Troop 253's home for over 100 years, lets support our Chartering Organization!!

Christmas party December 17

posted Dec 10, 2018, 5:25 PM by Webmaster Troop253

Troop 253 Christmas Party is coming up on Monday Dec 17. We will do our ever popular variation of “Yankee Swap” gift exchange game. if you want to play please bring a wrapped gift for the exchange game with a price of approximately $15. 

The game goes as follows…

All the wrapped presents are placed in the middle of our circle. Each player picks a number from a hat to determine the order of selection. The person who picks the first gift selects whatever one they like from the pile, leaving it wrapped. Then the number two participant can either pick a gift from the pile OR can steal the gift from the first picker. This continues until the last person picks. Participants can re-steal their first choice back, and if a participant manages to re-steal their gift three times they are ’safe’ from having it stolen again. Lots of fun.

Please bring something snack related to share, Christmas Cookies are always good.

Meeting starts at our usual 7pm.

Citizenship in the World - Merit Badge Event

posted Nov 8, 2018, 7:06 AM by Webmaster Troop253

Troop 253;

The following event is required for those Scouts completing the Citizenship in the World Merit Badge...

Cultural Cafe: Indonesia & Democratic Republic of Congo
Tuesday, November 13 | 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony
November 2018 Cultural Cafe graphic
To foster multicultural diversity and awareness on campus, International Student and Scholar Services at the Office of Global Education sponsors a series of Cultural Cafés every semester. Each month, students, faculty and staff are invited to the informal and free Café that seeks to educate and familiarize them about the home countries of our international students.

November Campout Details

posted Oct 23, 2018, 2:12 PM by Webmaster Troop253

November Campout - Hot Air Ballooning - Details in Brief:

When: Campout: November 16–18, 2018
Balloon Flight: November 17 @ Dawn

Where: Lodging: Shiloh Church UCC - 5300 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton, OH 45415
Balloon Flight: Gentle Breeze Hot Air Balloon Co. ltd, 2460 Greentree Rd., Hangar 8J, Lebanon, OH  45036
Museum Tour: National Museum of the United States Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St, Dayton, OH 45431

Cost: $200 per person if flying • $20 per person if not.

Departure Info: Arrive at UCC 4:00pm Friday, Nov 16

Return Info: Arrive back to UCC approx noon, Sunday, Nov 18

Misc: Aviation Merit Badge will be possible for those interested.

Money Due & Final Reservations: Monday, November 5, 2018

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