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Scouts Troop 85 Update

The September campout was held at the Suwannee Valley Resort. On Saturday, September 18, Troop 85 participated in the World Clean-up Day. The Scouts spent three hours going up and down the river collecting trash and other things that should not be in the waterway. The Scouts also learned to tie a few knots; others relearned some of the ones they already had done before.

Upcoming Events

Young Eagles at Cannon Creek – October 15th thru the 17th. Scouts will have opportunity to fly in an airplane. There will be class time working on the Aviation Merit Badge and follow up programs will be held at the Scout House to finish the merit badge.

Scout Sunday is coming up in February and we need to decide what the Scouts will be doing so they can begin to work on their parts.

Columbia County Fair will be October 29th thru November 6th.


At any given moment, there are some 1,800 thunderstorms happening somewhere on Earth?

No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

On a square inch of your skin, there are 20 million microscopic animals.

The average person laughs 15 times a day. How many times do you laugh?

A human sneeze travels at 600 miles per hour.

An octopus has 8 hearts and 3 brains.


NFC - New Mask Guidance for Thompson S. Baker Scout Service Center and Camp Properties

Updated COVID-19 Protocols- Masks- The health, safety and well-being of our members, staff, and volunteers is a top priority for the North Florida Council, BSA. With that in mind and with the recent surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in our area, we are now requiring that masks be worn while inside the Thompson S. Baker Scout Service Center and at all our Camp Properties, District and Council events when you are indoors. Scouting Units should consult their chartered organization for guidance when conducting unit meetings/activities at the facilities of the Chartered Organization.

This change in our policy follows newly released guidance from the CDC.

Additionally, we need to keep doing the following things:

• If you are not vaccinated, please give serious consideration to getting vaccinated. The Vaccine is the best line of defense to slow and stop the spread of the virus as well as prevent you and others from becoming seriously ill if you get the virus.

• If you are sick, stay home.

• This would mean fever, chills, coughs, sore throat, etc.

• Physical distance- stay at least 6 feet apart from people you don’t live with.

• Wash your hands, frequently.

• Use hand sanitizer- we have stations throughout all our facilities.

• Do not attend any activity/meeting/event if you or anyone you live with has been tested for COVID-19 or another illness and does not have the results back yet.

• Please consult with your chartered organization as to requirements and guidance that they have for unit meetings and use of their facilities by Scouting participants. Follow the Restart Scouting Checklist

• Please consult for updates.

Our decisions are made after taking into consideration the many different populations that we serve, including unvaccinated adults, children, and high-risk individuals. We will continue to share any policy updates as quickly as it is safe and practical to do so, and these policies will continue to evolve as needed. As always, please exhibit the Scout Oath and Law as we continue to navigate a safe return to the activities we enjoy.

We appreciate everyone's understanding and support to help us all stay healthy together!

About Our Troop Newsletter:

Information compiled by Gerri Kuzyk, Troop Leader. All information is subject to change at any time. If you would like to contribute to this newsletter, contact Gerri at

Fundraiser Corner

Our fundraiser that is delicious and inexpensive is still going.

Country Meats is a locally based company out of Ocala, Florida and has been a longtime supporter of Scouts. They have an incentive program to earn patches.

These meats are high in protein, low in carbs and taste wonderful! How much do they sell for—only $1.00!!! For each stick sold the Scout gets $.45 into their account.

By Gerri Kuzyk, Troop Leader

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