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Canoecopia 2018

Canoecopia 2018
Canoecopia 2018

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Canoecopia at the Alliant Center in Madison is the largest paddlesports consumer event in the world. More than 250,000 square feet of kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, outdoor equipment and clothing make Canoecopia a good place to check out gear! Over 180 seminars and clinics make Canoecopia an educational event where we can learn about the perfect gear for our style of paddling, develop skills to get us where we want to go, and discover some of the many places to paddle, both near and far.

Although Canoecopia runs from Friday through Sunday, we make this a Saturday day trip for the troop. We leave at 7:30 in the morning – so that we can catch the always popular Cliff Jacobsen’s seminar at 9:30.
We will leave Canoecopia mid afternoon and stop at the Wisconsin Veterans museum in downtown Madison. We will return to Grafton by 6:00 PM and drop the boys off at their homes.

This day trip is a fun, useful experience, especially considering the canoeing and high adventure activities of the troop.

Click here to get the printable information/permission slip.

Click here to visit the Canoecopia website

High Adventure 2018 – Gettysburg

Abraham Lincoln before his address
Fort McHenry and the Star Spangled Banner
US Air Force Museum

This year’s troop High Adventure trek is a little less physically demanding – but is a valuable, historical experience. Because it is less physically demanding we are able to take 12 year old scouts that meet certain other requirements.

We travel to Gettysburg for 6 nights camping on the grounds of the famous civil war battle. As part of the trek we tour many areas that were part of the historic battle and the Gettysburg address. We also hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Also, as part of the trip : We visit Fort McHenry in Baltimore – the site of the inspiration for our national anthem ; We visit the memorial site of the crash of United Flight 93 – part of the terrorists attacks on the US on 9/11 ; And we visit the huge US Air Force museum in Dayton, Ohio – camping on the air base grounds.

For more information click here to view and download the trip’s initial sign-up form.

Polar Bear 2018

It’s time for our annual winter Polar Bear outing; one of our better attended outings. And we are headed to Riveredge Nature Center in Newburg. The trails and wooded areas of Riveredge give us an opportunity for some great outdoor scouting activities.

Click here for more information and the permission slip.

Summer Camp

We are headed back to Bear Paw July 15-21 for summer camp 2018. It will be a week of fun, friendships, and advancement opportunities – both rank advancement and merit badge.

Nestled on the shores of beautiful Bear Paw Lake 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Mountain, Wisconsin in the Nicolet National Forest, Bear Paw Scout Camp has a week-long resident summer camp for Boy Scouts. In addition to rustic campsites, Bear Paw has several permanent buildings supporting its program areas, a well-stocked trading post for snacks and memorabilia, a spacious chapel on a wooded point overlooking the water, a large and modern dining hall providing the camaraderie of communal meals, a lakeside fire circle for evening council fires and ceremonies, and a nine-hole disc golf course. Hiking trails range from short, in-camp jaunts to destinations such as Explorer Point to longer treks to Oconto County features such as Lost Mountain, Staff Mountain, and Waupee Falls. Marked cycling trails up to 50 miles (80 km) long cris-cross the peaceful forest roads in the vicinity of camp.

For summer camp, a reservation is required. For current scouts, the reservation fee is $100 due March 1 with final payment due by April 26. There is a $35 late fee penalty for reservations received after March 1. For scouts crossing into the troop in 2018, the full payment fee is not due until April 26.

Click here for reservation form

Washington Island

We’re traveling to Washington Island by ferry and we’ll bike around the island. With a population of 700 people, approx. 100 miles of roads and covering 35 square miles, we’ll pretty much have the island to ourselves. Find Schoolhouse Beach and skip some stones and maybe do some swimming, bike to Mountain Tower and look for Rock Island or be daring and ride to Jackson Harbor and visit an old fishing village. Being such a small island, you pretty much can’t get lost.

We’re going to spend Friday night at a Scout camp just north of Sturgeon Bay. We hope to catch the 10 a.m. ferry to Washington Island and then we’ll spend Saturday night at the Scout camp on Washington Island. We’re taking one car with all gear in a trailer on the ferry and the boy’s mode of transportation on the island will be their bike.

Click here for permission slip

Eagle Cave Outing

Eagle Cave Nov. 2017
Eagle Cave

Eagle Cave – November 10-12, 2017

Come enjoy camping inside Eagle Cave.
Eagle Cave is an onyx cave located near Blue River, Wisconsin, in Richland County. Eagle Cave is known as Wisconsin’s largest onyx cave and was the first cave to be commercially owned and operated in Wisconsin.
There are four main levels to the cave. These levels have underground subterranean tunnels. You may explore each and every level and secondary passages. We will explore the caves as well as go hiking, do some geocaching as well as other Fall activities. A snack Friday night upon arrival as well as all meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday will be provided by the cave personnel.

Click here for the troop info/permission slip.

Canoeing the Black River

Info/Permission Slip – Canoeing 2017

For canoeing this year (Sept. 8-10 )we are headed down the Black River starting at Black River Falls, WI and finishing near Melrose – about 19 miles. The Black River on this route is a pleasant, relatively shallow river. This makes it an excellent canoe camping experience for the whole troop.

Friday night we will be camping at Castle Mounds State Park near Black River Falls. On our way there we will make a fast food stop in the Wisconsin Dells area – about 2 hours after we leave Grafton.

Saturday morning we’ll have breakfast in camp and then put our canoes in, as early as possible, at a canoe launch point just downstream from the town of Black River Falls. Lunch will be on shore or on an island somewhere along the river route.

We’ll be paddling for about 5 hours on Saturday to get to our intended camping site on a large sandbar about 15 miles downstream. Then we will finish the remaining approx. 4 miles on Sunday morning.

Scout Sunday 2017

St. Joseph Parish will be observing Scout Sunday at the 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday, February 5, 2017.  All Scouts (Cub, Boy, Girl, Daisy Etc.) are welcome to join us for Mass (Class A Uniform). Scouts will greet worshipers starting at 10:00 AM and will participate in the Mass.

Annually in the beginning of February we remember the twelfth point of the Scout Law: A Scout is Reverent! This year Sunday, February 5th has been designated as Scout Sunday. Scout Sabbath begins at sundown on Friday, February 10th and continues into the next day. Scout Jumuah will be Friday, February 10th.

No matter what your faith, this is great opportunity to show “A Scout is Reverent!” Scouts and Scouters are encouraged to attend services as a Unit, wear your Class A uniforms and take part in the service.

High Adventure 2017 – Wind River Range of the Wyoming Rockies

Who can go

Scouts 13 years old and 1st class by June 1, 2017

3 of the following merit badges:

  1. Camping
  2. First Aid
  3. Cooking
  4. Wilderness Survival


  1. Online Training
  2. Youth Protection
  3. Weather Hazards
  4. Climb on Safely
  5. Others as directed


  1. Maturity
  2. Discipline
  3. Physical Ability

What will be doing

  1. Hiking
  2. Wind River Range of the Rockies in Wyoming
  3. Popo Agie Wilderness to Upper Silas Lake
  4. Camping
  5. 1 night in Black Hills
  6. 1 night at Worthen Meadows base camp
  7. 4 nights at Upper Silas (great trout fishing)
  8. 1 night at Worthen Meadows
  9. 2 nights at Yellowstone’s Roosevelt Lodge cabins
  10. 1 night in North Dakota motel


  1. Mt. Rushmore
  2. Wind River Range of Rocky Mountains in Wyoming
  3. Yellowstone National Park

When are we going

July 19-30, 2017
Leaving approximately 8:00 PM on Wednesday, July 19 returning late afternoon Sunday, July 30

Why are we going

  1. Challenge
  2. Pleasure
  3. Experience

How are we going to do it

Rented 12 or 15 passenger van supplemented with personal vehicles.

How much

Approximately $350.00 but very dependent on gas prices at that time, and number of people going.