Boy Scout Troop 940

of West Chester, OH

Where we gonna go?
To the top of the mountain,
or the river down below?
With a pack on our back,
and a paddle in our hand.
We'll leave no trace,
across this land.
Where we gonna go?
To the top of the mountain, 
or the river down below?
With a pack on our back,
in the cold clean air.
On the trail of life,
we'll be prepared.
Where we gonna go?
To the top of the mountain, 
or the river down below?
With a pack on our back,
helping everyone we know.
We're Dan Beard's best,
We're 9-4-0!!!! 
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Troop 940 is chartered by St. John Parish of West Chester, and is in the Fort Hamilton District of the Dan Beard Council.  We meet on Thursday nights, 7:00pm to 8:30pm, at the St. John Center.

Scrip Fundraiser! Make some money for your scout account!

Posted on Oct 21 2014 - 9:09pm

Do you go out to eat on the Holidays? Give gift cards as gifts? Then this is a great way to get some money back!! Make some money for your scout accounts! Every gift card you buy will give you back 1-10% of the full amount of the card into your scout account.

Rechartering - Due by Nov. 20

Posted on Oct 21 2014 - 9:08pm

It is time to re-charter with the Troop. The dues will remain the same this year, $60 for Scouts, $30 for Adults and $12 for Boys Life. Payment can be via cash, check (payable to “Troop 940”), or complete a scout account withdrawal form (attached below for your convenience).

Rappelling Outing

Posted on Oct 21 2014 - 9:05pm

The online signup for the rappelling outing is now open. (See the link to your right!) The outing is November 14-16. The cost of the outing is $30 per person. There is a waiver to complete. That waiver is attached to the online signup. Please print it off and give it to me at one of the upcoming meetings on or before November 6th. The scout account form is also attached to the online signup. If you plan to use your scout account, please print off the form and bring it with you to one of the meetings.

This is a popular outing. I hope to see a lot of scouts and adult leaders signing up for this event. More details about the outing are on the signup page.

Mr. Sweeney

Merit Badge Challenge 2015

Posted on Oct 21 2014 - 4:49pm

Dates Are Officially Set for Merit Badge Challenge 2015!

  • Fairfield High School: January 31, February 14, & February 28, 2015 (Snow date 3/14)

  • Sycamore High School: February 7, February 21, & February 28, 2015 (Snow date 3/21)

  • Bethel High School: February 28, March 7, & March 21, 2015 (Snow date 3/28)

  • Dixie Heights High School: February 28, March 21, 2015

October 1, 2014: Merit Badge Class Schedule Matrix will be Published Here
November 1, 2014: Online registration will open for all locations at 6 pm
December 15, 2014: Registrations will close for all locations

Climbing Instructor Training

Posted on Sep 30 2014 - 4:15pm

To:                  All Troop 940 Parents

From:             Bill Sieber (513/677-0500 ex 108 during the day)

Subject:          Come Join Us For Fun, Excitement and Learning           

In less than two short months, we will be having our annual Ropes Outing at Hocking Hills State Park.  As you may know, this is one of our premier high adventure outings where scouts and adults get to rappel off cliffs from 10' high, to as much as 200' high.  Also if we have enough trained people we will be offer rock climbing and tree climbing.  Check out the troop website for helmet camera views of just how exciting rappelling at Hocking Hills is! 

With all great activities comes the requirement for planning, supervision and on site help.  As in past years starting on October 2, 2014, I will be offering, to all parents, an opportunity to be trained to help on the site so our scouts can have this adventure.  In this class you will learn how to put on and properly wear all the safety gear including a helmet and harness.  You will get instruction on how to check that the scouts are properly wearing the gear.  We will go over all of the equipment to be used during the outing, including rope, webbing, descending gear and rigging.  We will discuss belay techniques and all safety protocols to be used on the site.  Generally you will get instruction on everything you need to know to help conduct this outing. 

There will be three classes during meetings on October 2nd, 16th and Nov. 6th.  Each class will discuss different aspects of climbing and rappelling.  On Saturday November 8th we will meet without the troop to practice for real all the things we have gone over.  This event will take place at 9:00 am at Paint Creek State Park.  We will be done no later that 4 pm. Before the first class on October 2nd, log onto www.myscouting.org and take Climb on Safely.

This class will give you the base knowledge you need, however, the real training comes from experience.  With this training alone, we will not expect that you will be able to set up a site by yourself or even supervise a site.  It is the first step on that path. We will have experienced people working with you on the outing, November 14th, 15th and 16th.

We really need your help.  The number of experienced people is declining and we have to pass this knowledge on to the new group of parents.  Please join us in this class so we can keep the ropes program as one of the premier high adventure outings our scouts get to experience. 

Sign-ups are online now. On the Home Page in the right-hand column, click on Climbing Instructor Training to register!

Mom and Dads are invited.  Males and females are equally able to do this activity!  I hope to see you at class this coming Thursday! 


IMPORTANT Message from a Previous Scoutmaster:

Posted on Sep 30 2014 - 1:10pm
Dear Parents and Volunteers of Troop 940:
I have a very important topic that I need to discuss with you concerning the future of what I consider an important aspect of this troop.  I ask that you please read this email in its entirety.
Since long before I was involved in Troop 940, I started in 1998, it has been known as a high adventure organization doing much more than the average troops in the area.  We take our brand new 11 year olds and immediately thrust them into high adventure activities.  We have the reputation of giving our scouts opportunities to experience all manner of things not available elsewhere.  I can tell you from personal experience that the scouts that have gone through this troop’s various programs are prepared to deal with the real world, after High School, better than their peers who were not part of the troop.  As I look back, I can point to scout after scout that have grown to become impressive and successful young men.  Most could not walk and chew gum when they started.  I am proud to be a part of this organization.  Like so many adult volunteers who no longer have boys in the troop, I want to be a part of the continued success of this organization, not for any personal gain, but to continue to support our youth and really the future leaders of our community and country.

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