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Court of Honor

posted May 10, 2015, 2:36 PM by Scoutmaster Troop 352   [ updated May 10, 2015, 2:36 PM ]


Today at 4:00PM in the Faith Academy Meeting Hall we'll be having our last Court of Honor ceremony for this school year. You are all cordially invited to come and attend and celebrate the boys' accomplishments with us. The celebration will last approximately 45 minutes and then light refreshments will follow.

SCOUTS please remember to bring your Class A shirts, sashes, closed toed shoes, belts, and such. Please report promptly at 2:30PM to the meeting hall.

Mt. Tarias Hike Summary

posted May 8, 2015, 10:45 PM by Scoutmaster Troop 352   [ updated May 8, 2015, 10:45 PM ]

We had a great day hiking on Saturday, May 9. 2 adults and 3 scouts left Faith at 4:45AM this morning and drove to our starting point. It was quite cool as we began our journey at 5:35AM. After approximately 2.5 hours, we had reached the top of Mt. Tarias (above, click to enlarge) and were treated to some amazing views. God blessed us with no rain, cloudy skies to keep the temp down for us, and dry hiking. What a great hike. Thank you, Mr. Ruiz, for your enthusiasm and for sharing your love of hiking with scouts again this year.

Scout News & Tidbits

posted May 1, 2015, 6:07 PM by Scoutmaster Troop 352   [ updated May 1, 2015, 6:07 PM ]


Boy Scouts for this school year is rapidly drawing to a close. In fact, Monday, May 4 is our last regular scout meeting for this year. The following week, May 11, will be our last court of honor for this school year. In light of this, please take note of the following schedule:

Monday, May 4, 2015
  • Regular Scout Meeting (CC120) - NOTE: We will NOT be going to the pool today. However, you NEED to bring your LIFE SAVING MB card so that some requirements can be signed off on by me.
  • Scoutmaster Conferences (CC120): Several scouts are desiring to move up in rank...you know who you are. The second to last requirement of each rank is a scoutmaster conference. If you are wanting to have a conference, please bring the following:
    • Scout book - if you don't bring your book, you cannot have a conference.
    • Be sure you have reviewed all the requirements for the rank you are seeking and be able to discuss them with me.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
  • Board of Review (will take place in the Technology Services Office): For those scouts completing all the requirements to advance in rank, the final requirement is to have a Board of Review. I have three persons lined up to conduct Board of Reviews THIS TUESDAY after school. The conferences will last roughly 15-20 minutes. For the conferences you MUST have the following:
    • Scout Book - Not only will the Board of Review people want to see this to see what things you have accomplished, but they must all sign the rank page.
    • Class A Uniform - You MUST be in your Class A Uniform for the Board of Review.
    • You must have secured a way home after your Board of Review is finished.
Monday, May 11, 2015
  • Regular Scout Meeting (Meeting Hall): We will meet in the Meeting Hall to finish up any last minute things and run through the Court of Honor program.
  • Court of Honor (Meeting Hall): This will be the last Court of Honor this school year. The Court of Honor will begin promptly at 4:00PM. Following the ceremony, light refreshments will be served. Please come and celebrate the boys' accomplishments with them.
    • SCOUTS: You need to be in your Class A Uniform and have your MB Sash with your MBs sewed on. You all need to make sure your current rank patch is sewed on. (By the way, are any of you missing your sash? I found one after the last court of honor. If so, please let me know ASAP.)
    • PARENTS (MOMS): Please bring your mom's ribbon with all Mom's Pins attached. I will have my supply there so that I can provide any pins you may be missing.
Keep watching your email for more news and updates that may come in the next week.

Boy Scouts Tomorrow

posted Apr 25, 2015, 11:20 PM by Scoutmaster Troop 352   [ updated Apr 25, 2015, 11:20 PM ]

Dads, Moms, and Scouts,

Tomorrow, April 27, we will have a regular scout meeting once again. We'll be in the pool, so Scouts need to have swimsuit, towel, and their LIFESAVING BLUE CARDS. On the back of the center section of the blue card, Scouts should have filled in the requirement numbers for the lifesaving merit badge. This is important as some scouts are able to get some things signed off on tomorrow. But, no blue card, no signature; it is THEIR responsibility to have the blue card with them.

We'll start our meeting in Cadd 120 as normal before moving to the pool.

Scoutmaster Book

10-Mile Hike - Mt. Kinapuin

posted Apr 21, 2015, 5:16 PM by Scoutmaster Troop 352   [ updated Apr 21, 2015, 5:16 PM ]

Hey there everyone (Scouts and Parents), there is a 10-mile hike THIS SATURDAY with Mr. Ruiz. We'll be hiking up Mt. Kinapuin. Sorry for the lateness of these details as I have been (and still am) out of country and we don't have an assistant Scoutmaster (anyone want to volunteer for that position?).

Event: 10-Mile Hike up Mt. Kinapuin

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Time: Assemble at Faith Academy at 4:45AM; we will be LEAVING FAITH PROMPTLY AT 5:00AM; don't be late or you will miss out

Cost: Bring P200 to help cover gas and any guide fees incurred; anything not used will be divided up and returned to you

Bring: Good walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, snack for hiking, 2 liters of water (or more), paper/pencil to document the hike (per Mr. Ruiz, to earn the hiking MB, you must draw a map of one of your hikes as you hike it; I'll ask Mr. Ruiz to explain this just a bit before we begin hiking)

RSVPPlease let the Scoutmaster know ASAP if you are planning to come this Saturday (email: scoutmaster.troop352@faith.edu.ph). At this point, we have only 1 driver (Scoutmaster Book)j; we have 2 adults and 3 scouts hiking. My car can hold 3-4 more only.

Questions? Please email scoutmaster.troop352@faith.edu.ph and I will reply on Thursday (we arrive home late Wednesday night).

Activities Update

posted Apr 12, 2015, 2:39 PM by Scoutmaster Troop 352   [ updated Apr 12, 2015, 2:39 PM ]

Here's a quick schedule and activities update of what's ahead for scouts yet this year:

April 13 (Today)
- Regular scout meeting at 2:30. Scouts will be starting the Lifesaving Merit Badge and spending time in the pool.

April 20 (Monday, hopefully, 2 leaders needed) - Regular scout meeting at 2:30. Scouts will continue the Lifesaving badge by swimming 400 yards.

April 25 (Saturday)
 - 10 mile hike at Mt. Kinapuin. FYI...we'll be assembling at 4:45AM at Faith and leaving promptly at 5:00AM. We are aiming to be back at Faith by 11:30am.

April 27
 (Monday) - Regular scout meeting at 2:30. Scouts will continue working on Lifesaving badge and will be in the pool.

May 4 (Monday) - Regular scout meeting at 2:30. Scouts will continue working on Lifesaving badge and will be in the pool.

May 9 (Saturday) - 10 mile hike at Mt. Tarias. FYI...we'll be assembling at 4:45AM at Faith and leaving promptly at 5:00AM. We are aiming to be back at Faith by 11:00am.

May 11 (Monday)
 - Court of Honor. This will be the last "official" scout event for this school year. We have several scouts who will be receiving Merit Badges and hopefully a couple of scouts advancing in rank. This event till be held in the Meeting Hall and will run from 4:00pm to 5:00pm with Merienda to follow.

Lifesaving Monday

posted Apr 11, 2015, 10:54 PM by Scoutmaster Troop 352   [ updated Apr 11, 2015, 10:54 PM ]

Attention all scouts (and parents),

Tomorrow, Monday, April 13, promptly at 2:30P.M. we are having our weekly scout meeting. We will be starting in our scout room (CC120) and then will be moving to the pool for the remainder of our time and will be starting the Eagle required Lifesaving Merit Badge. Over the next few weeks, we will working on various requirements of this badge. I do not think we will be able to complete it at regular scout meetings only, but scouts are able to and encouraged to work on this outside of our regular scout meetings.

All scouts should remember to be prepared for tomorrow's meeting. What's that mean? It means that each scout should bring with them:
  • The Lifesaving Merit Badge worksheet (passed out at last week's meeting) and an pen or pencil
  • Their swimsuit
  • Their towel
  • Sunscreen
Scouts should also have started reading the Lifesaving Merit Badge pamphlet. This may be found on our Merit Badge page.

I am looking forward to working with the boys tomorrow!

Scoutmaster Book

Lost and Not Found

posted Apr 2, 2015, 5:32 PM by Scoutmaster Troop 352   [ updated Apr 2, 2015, 5:32 PM ]


Mr. and Mrs. Hardeman were packing up for a beach trip and realized that they couldn't find Mr. Hardeman's black snorkeling mask and snorkel. He used it last on the Nagsasa trip on the morning they left. All their things were loaded for them into the bangka. Mr. Hardeman came back in from snorkeling that morning and in a rush, changed clothes. However, in the mean time, they are not sure what happened to his mask and snorkel.

Does anyone on the Nagsasa Cove trip remember seeing Mr. Hardeman's black mask and snorkel? Did you happen to pick it up and accidentally get it mixed in with your own things?

If you have any information about this, please DO not reply the email you received. Rather, contact Mr. and Mrs. Hardeman directly.

Thank you,

Your Scoutmaster

Next Scout Meeting...

posted Mar 23, 2015, 1:22 AM by advancement.troop352@faith.edu.ph   [ updated Mar 23, 2015, 1:22 AM ]

Attention all scouts and parents,

There will be NO SCOUT MEETING this week.

Our next scout meeting will be Monday, March 30, 2015 from 2:30-4:00pm in CC120.

Scouts, please bring the following:
  • Scout Books
  • All BLUE merit badge cards, completed and working on
  • An envelope for storing your merit badge cards (or however you store them, clear book, etc.)
Tony Book

IMPORTANT Nagsasa Cove Campout Information

posted Mar 15, 2015, 4:00 PM by assistantsm.troop352@faith.edu.ph   [ updated Mar 15, 2015, 4:01 PM ]

Good Day Parents!

We are excited about the upcoming trip to Nagsasa Cove. We have tried to estimate finances as best we can and hopefully you will find this spreadsheet and document to be helpful. Each individual and family's expenses are itemized on the spreadsheet. refer to the document for any explanation. Rachel Rae will be our collector/finance person for this trip.

There is LOTS of important information here, so please carefully read through this entire email.

Related to both cooking and finances, we will pay for a shelter for the boys out of troop funds. We will also do firewood and some special desserts out of troop funds.

This should be a memorable trip since so many families are participating! Thank you for your involvement. Please pray for good weather!

Thank you,
Mike Tripp, Assistant Scoutmaster

Questions: Email Mike Tripp at mikedianetripp@gmail.com.

ICE!!! and WATER!!!

We will bring 2 large coolers for the boys' food. Each patrol will have its own cooler, but since we need to keep food fresh for 3 days, we need BLOCK ICE.

I would like to request EACH SCOUT FAMILY to freeze (BEGIN NOW AS IT TAKES A WHILE) a BLOCK of ICE from DRINKING WATER and bring Thursday morning to Faith.

We use plastic cracker containers (or ice cream half-gallon or one gallon containers) to freeze filtered drinking water in a block. Then we keep the ice in the plastic covered in the cooler. It lasts about 3 days and when it thaws, it is drinkable water.

If you don't have anything like that, tupperware works - just label it with your name so it gets back to you. OR thick plastic bags work but the water may be lost over time. Ice cubes melt quickly and are only effective about 1 day.

WATER - you should plan to bring at least one gallon per person per day in your family. Running water is available for washing/bathing, but not advisable for drinking. We will bring four 5 gallon jugs of water for scouts. If you bring enough for your family (including your scout son) it will help bridge the gap.

It is highly advisable to have a personal water bottle which you refill because we are at the beach. Expect it to be hot, especially now with Summer here in the Philippines.


Here is a link to a Google Maps map and directions to Barangay Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales. That is our jumping-off point where we catch a banca to the campsite.


We will take NLEX to the SCTEX to Subic, then North on local roads to San Antonio and follow signs to Pundaquit. Google Maps estimates 2.5 hours (but typically does not account for Manila traffic). I predict much slower, but we shall see.

We will leave Faith at 6AM sharp, so we will assemble at Faith at 5:15AM on Thursday, March 19 as there will be significant packing/reshuffling of people and gear.

ONE NOTE: Our route from Faith will take us past our home to NLEX, so I will pick up Diane and our younger kids at the house on the way. This is not a sidetrip, we are very near the main route.


This document is the one that I use as a checklist for our family outings. The first page is more scout-related. The next pages are more suited for a family. I am sending it for anyone to use or modify as they may need. It helps me to make sure that whatever I decide to bring or not bring, at least it is because I intentionally decided and didn't just forget. It is a detailed list and I NEVER bring everything - each trip depends on the location, activity, etc., but I hate to reinvent each time, so this is my one list to cover as much as possible. Use, modify or discard. Hope it helps.

ALSO - here are some links to some ideas for camp cooking in case you would like to stretch your creativity:

By the way, the troop has 6 Pie Irons - long handled irons which enclose dough or bread with stuff between to make various main dishes, sandwiches or desserts. Past scout trips have been fun cooking with these when not pressed for time. We will bring them along and either one family or one patrol could use them per meal at a time. At one campout, we did several meals entirely with these. Good fun for kids, but you need an open fire or charcoal- not stove. Here are some recipe ideas:

ANOTHER COOKING TIP: We often prep meals ahead and freeze them in plastic bags, then just reheat at camp. Works fine if you have a cooler and saves effort at camp. More prep though. But worth it. In this way you can have most of your everyday recipes without too much adaptation.

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