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March 2, 2024

It is the vision of the Boy Scouts of America to be the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. It is the success of this vision that the Boy Scouts have built their reputation as one of the finest organizations that a young person can belong to in their teenage years. A very important part of the experience that all Scouts should take advantage of the many Leadership training courses that are offered. All Scouts should strive to complete the National Leadership Training Continuum that includes Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops and Crews (ILST); the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) – a week long course conducted by the Michigan Crossroads Council (https://michiganscouting.org/general-resources/youth-leader-training/); and finally the National Advance Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) – a week long course conducted at the Philmont Training Center (http://www.nayle.org/).

On this day we will conduct ILST and ILSC. All Patrol and Troop Officers are invited to join us for the weekend. All  Venturers are invited to attend the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) Course.

We will hold a special Patrol Leader's Council meeting to conduct our Annual Planning Conference in the evening prior to departure.

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MARCH 15-17, 2024


In the Paul Bunyan tradition, Sourdough Sam was the logging camp cook! Sourdough Sam can really make a good bowl of soup! Sourdough Sam fed Paul's logging crews. He made everything except coffee from sourdough. A load of pork and beans with the ox team pulling it went through the ice on a nearby lake. Sam had large fires built along the shore and boiled the
lake making bean soup. All winter he fed the men bean soup with an ox-tail flavor.

We have warm cabins to sleep in, all cooking will be done by patrols in the outdoors. Games and activities include Cooking Contests and Demonstrations. Help your patrol be named to the Sourdough Sam Hall of Fame

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April 28 - 30, 2023


One of our favorite camps of the year. We will train in the proper, safe handling of all kinds of rifles, shotguns, hand guns*, archery, knife and axe throwing. We spend the whole day at the ranges and every Scout has time to shoot as much as they like.

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May 17, 18 & 19, 2023

Camp Kiwanis, Frankenmuth, Michigan

As NASA returns to Manned Missions to the Moon in November 2024 we will spend the month talking about the history and future of Space Exploration. Space enthusiasts, former 179 Assistant Scoutmaster, and President of Michigan Team 1Rocketry Club, will attend meetings and work with the Scouts as we prepare for the camp. For our May Camp we will travel to Frankenmuth, MI and stay at Camp Kiwanis. Our Main activity will be to attend the Michigan Team 1 Launch at the Alkay Airport - 51G in Clio, MI. The FAA has cleared air space for Launches up to 6,000 Feet (more than a mile). Scouts will see dozens of large rockets launch throughout the day. There is also Launch Pads where our Scouts can launch a Model Rocket made by themselves. We will also have plenty of other Space related activities at the Camp. This is not one to miss!

SCOUTING AND SPACE EXPLORATION: Scouts have been involved in Space Exploration since the beginning. Scouts have experienced what might Be considered the ultimate in high adventure. Roughly two-thirds of NASA’s career astronauts have been Scouts, resulting in most of NASA’s human space missions included at least one former Scout. Notably, 20 of the 24 men who flew to the Moon in 1968 to 1972 (on Apollo 8 and 10 to 17) had been Scouts, including 11 of the 12 men who walked on its surface.

EAGLE SCCOUTS: Forty-one of those selected as NASA’s career astronauts are Eagle Scouts. Some have become legends, like Neil Armstrong, the first man to land a spacecraft on another world, and Jim Lovell, the commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission who led his crew safely back to Earth. That legacy continues today where Eagle Scouts fly high as crew members and commanders of the International Space Station (ISS). Eagle Scouts Raja Chari and Kjell Lindgren were furthermore selected as commanders of the SpaceX Crew-3 and Crew-4 missions, respectively.

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MAY 30 - JUNE 4, 2024


Bring the whole family! Our annual Canoe Camp has us trekking the Rifle River and hiking the trails of Cole Canoe Base. New Scouts get a first look at the place we'll spend the week of Summer Camp. REMINDER: All adults attending this Camp must be Registered with the Boy Scouts of America, see Chuck Williams to complete this task.

Our Ventures spend the weekend taking on the Rifle River Gauntlet ran by the Michigan Crossroads Council Venture Officer Association.

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JUNE 30 - JULY 6, 2024


The Best Week of the Year

Each year our troop goes to Summer Camp for the most fun and learning a Scout can get. Everything that Scouting promises its members can be found at Summer Camp. Every Scout from the newest member to the seven year veteran should attend Camp!

This year Troop 179 will attend the Edward N. Cole Canoe Base. Cole has the biggest Scout and Venture program in the State of Michigan. While at Cole most Scouts will achieve at least one rank. With more than 70 Merit Badges to choose from there is plenty to do. Merit Badges are not the only requirements we work on though. There is no better place than summer camp to work on Leadership and Scout Spirit requirements.

Don't miss the Best Week of the Year!




2021 Philmont Scout Ranch

Scouting's Paradise
July 13 through July 26, 2024

Philmont Scout Ranch is a large, rugged, mountainous ranch located near the town of Cimarron, New Mexico, covering 140,177 acres (219 sq mi) of wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range of the Rocky Mountains in northern New Mexico. The ranch, formerly the property of oil baron Waite Phillips and now that of the Boy Scouts of America, is a National High Adventure Base in which crews of Scouts and Venturers take part in backpacking expeditions and other outdoor activities. It is the one of the largest youth camps in the world in land area. Philmont is the one camp that thousands of Scout goes to each year and everyone remembers throughout the rest of their lives. It is truly Scouting's Paradise and should be seriously considered by every Scout or Venturer in 179.

Between July 13 and July 26, 2024 Venturers. Scouts and adult leaders will backpack across the Ranch's extensive backcountry while over 1,130 seasonal staff personnel maintain the Ranch's summer operations. To be eligible to attend Philmont in 2024 a 179 member must be 14 by July 13, 2024 or have completed the 8th grade. Adults may register for this trip, selection will be announced by October 31, 2023. The estimated cost is $2,600.00; $150.00 Deposit due with registration holds your spot. 



This High Adventure trek is for Venturers age 16 or older, a week of riding trails, fellowship and camping in northern Michigan. We start off from Cole Canoe Base and head to our campsite in the Ogemaw Hills area east of West Branch. From their we will explore the world class Ogemaw Hills ATV Trails. This is where the X-Gamers come to train.

In 2019, Troop 179 held the inaugural trip for Cole Canoe Base. Now were going back to make this incredible trip even better.

For 2024 we estimate the trip to cost no more than $700.00. This includes a week of Camping, Food, and rental of ATV, Helmet, and goggles. venturers must be a Certified ATV Driver, which many have taken while at Summer Camp at Cole Canoe Base (where you can take it in July if needed). 

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If you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please e-mail: Chuck Williams

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