Float Trip 2015

When we meet up on Friday the 25 at 4:00.

After a five hour force we got to Magard Canoe in Missouri where we spent the night. In the afternoon we were bused up the river with our canoes. We road down the river until 12:30 and stopped for lunch. We paddled the rest of the way and got off at our campsite. That night we had steaks and s’mores. We got up the next morning early and left .
Written by, Jack Burichter.
(Photos coming soon)

Eagle Scout Ethan Kallenberger

IMG_4425We have a new Eagle Scout to report, Ethan Kallenberger.
Ethan is a most impressive young man.  He will be a senior at Free State High School this fall.  He carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average, is a member of the National Honor Society, is a three-time state qualifier in swimming, plays the tenor sax and tuba in the Free State marching and concert bands, plays in the wind ensemble, participates in the Free State Chamber Singers, and received a 33 on his ACT this year!  Ethan is also a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee at his school and is very active at his church, Corpus Christi Catholic Church.  Further, Ethan is a club swimmer, which requires being at early practices year ‘round at 5:15 a.m.
Now, add in Scouts, where Ethan has served as Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, and Patrol Leader at Troop 53.  He has earned 26 merit badges so far and has already achieved the rare BSA Triple Crown of High Adventures, attending Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico; Sea Base in Florida; and Northern Tier Canoe Base in Minnesota/Canada. He has also participated in a Grand Tetons High Adventure with his troop.  Ethan is a Brotherhood member of Order of the Arrow and has received the 12-month camping award.
For his Eagle Scout project, Ethan’s volunteers refurbished the Corpus Christi Catholic Church senior high youth group meeting room.  This included repainting the entire room (25’ X 26’,) and building a large table and four benches from old fire doors donated by the church.  This project took a whopping 252 hours to complete.
Ethan plans to attend college after high school and major in chemistry, biochemistry, or microbiology.  He then would like to attend medical school to become a doctor, possibly an orthopedic or athletic physician.  Some of the colleges Ethan is considering for undergraduate studies include Vanderbilt University, Saint Louis University, Duke University, and the University of Kansas.

Connor Harmon Eagle Scout

A new Eagle Scout to report.  Connor Harman is our newest Eagle Scout!IMG_1955

Connor has a full Scouting resume.  In terms of troop leadership, he
has served as Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Chaplain’s Aide, and Order
of the Arrow Representative.  Connor is also a Brotherhood member of
Order of the Arrow.  He has participated in several high adventures
including Sea Base in Florida, Northern Tier Canoe Base in
Minnesota/Canada, and the Grand Teton High Adventure Base in Wyoming.
Connor has also worked at Day Camp in Lawrence several years and at
Bear Camp at Camp Naish near Bonner Springs.  Further, he has attended
Camp Alexander in Colorado with his troop.  One of Connor’s Scouting
highlights was to co-emcee the 50th Anniversary Camp Bromelsick
Camporee campfire a few years ago.

For his Eagle Scout project, Connor and his volunteer team constructed
an outdoor classroom/sermon area at Christ Community Church in
Lawrence.  This project turned out beautifully and took 133 people
hours to plan and complete.  Work on the project included clearing an
area at the church, building nine eight-foot benches and cementing
them into the ground, adding a new podium, and then mulching the
entire area.  If you get a chance, drop by the church and take a look
sometime; you will be impressed!

Concerning school, Connor graduated this past spring from Lawrence
Free State high school where he played football and track and also
participated in choir.  Connor is now a freshman at Johnson County
Community College; he plans to spend two years at JCCC and then
transfer to KU and continue undergraduate work to become a physical
therapist.  Besides school, Connor works part-time at Morningstar’s
New York Pizza in west Lawrence.


Camp Alexander Pics are finally here! Click on the links to see…

Camp Alexander 2015:  The bus ride, Garden of the Gods, arrival at Camp A, a week’s worth of Merit Badge and Camp A fun!!

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

June Campout at Dunlop’s on Clinton Lake


Fun at Dunlop’s

Sea Base 2015

Lotta lotta lotta Pics for Sea Base…676 in all.  apparently they had lots of fun!!

Sea Base – March 2015

New Eagle Scout Carson Gilliland

New Eagle Scout Carson Gilliland

New Eagle Scout Carson Gilliland

Carson Gilliland of Troop 53 in Lawrence is our newest Pelathe District Eagle Scout; he did a masterful job and successfully passed his Eagle Board of Review last night. John’s father, grandfather, and great grandfather are all Eagle Scouts, so maybe Carson felt a little pressure to carry on the family tradition of becoming an Eagle Scout!

Carson is a senior at Lawrence Free State High School, where he is a good student and taking several advanced placement classes. He is very active in soccer and is Captain of the Free State team and also serves as student media spokesman for the soccer team this season. He is involved in the Link Crew program at Free State which helps freshmen acclimate to high school each year. Carson told the Board that he plans to attend KU next fall but hasn’t decided on a major at this time. He will look at the fields of physical therapy, mechanical engineering, and psychology and likely major in one of those areas of study.

Carson is active in his church, Grace Evangelical, and is involved in the youth group and church missions. He also works a part-time job at the Salty Iguana Restaurant in Lawrence.

During his Scouting career Carson has participated in three high adventures including Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, Canoe Base in the boundary waters of Minnesota/Canada, and a Grand Teton Mountains’ adventure in Wyoming. He has also attended Camp Alexander in Colorado several times. Carson has served as Quartermaster in Troop 53 and is a Brotherhood member of Order of the Arrow. Carson said that Whitewater Rafting has been his favorite merit badge to earn.

Carson’s Eagle Scout project was ambitious and took a number of days and 148 people hours to complete. Carson and his volunteer crew built a retaining wall and fire pit at the Episcopal Canterbury House on the KU campus. They had to actually level a small hill and move a great deal of dirt to complete the project, which will be used by students who reside at Canterbury House.

When you have the opportunity, please congratulate Carson Gilliland as being yet another Pelathe District Eagle Scout!


Philmont Autumn Adventure – October 2015

12 brave OG’s fought their collective fears and travelled into the unknown…

Okay, so nobody had to force us to go spend three days at Beaubien basecamp smack dab in the center of South Camp in Philmont.  We had a great time and look forward to a return trip soon!

Autumn Adventure Pics

New Eagle Scout Matt Siler

New Eagle Scott Matt Siler

New Eagle Scott Matt Siler

Well, the new Eagle Scouts are coming at us fast and furious, it seems. Matt Siler of Troop 53 in Lawrence successfully passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review and becomes the third new Eagle Scout in the District in the past week!

Matt is a Senior at Lawrence Free State High School where he is an honor roll student and hopes to be elected to the National Honor Society this year. He is also a four-year participant on the school’s golf team. Matt has already been accepted to three colleges for next year and waiting on word from a couple more schools. He said he is possibly leaning toward attending KU where he would major in business with an emphasis in accounting or international finance. Matt has already worked the last two summers at Security Benefit in Topeka on paid internships. He is also doing an unpaid internship in accounting at Pinnacle Career Institute this year.

In Troop 53, Matt’s leadership includes two terms as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He has attended Camp Alexander in Colorado three summers and another summer camp in the Grand Tetons of Wyoming. He also holds the rare Triple Crown of High Adventures, hiking at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, canoeing at the Boundary Waters in Canada/Minnesota, and enjoying the sun and waves at Sea Base in Florida. Wow. And who says Scouting isn’t fun?

Matt’s Eagle Project was to plan, build, and install two wooden benches and three wren bird houses around the walkway and pond at the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of American headquarters’ (GCSAA) nature area in Lawrence. The nature park is open to the public, and the beneficiary of the project is the non-profit Institute for Golf and Environment that approved the project and helped fund it. The project took 101 people hours to complete. We believe this is the first Eagle project on the GCSAA’s grounds, which is located at 1421 Research Park Drive.

Our Board of Review team was comprised of Dr. Charles Loveland, Mark Gleeson, Mike Shambaugh, Jim Mielke, and Acting Scoutmaster Dr. Steve Segebrecht. Thanks to your gentlemen.

Matt Siler has grown up in a Scouting family with his dad being an Eagle and three of his four cousins now Eagle Scouts with the fourth one currently working on his Eagle.

Please congratulate Matt when you get a chance. He’s Pelathe District’s newest Eagle Scout!

Rich Bailey
Pelathe District Advancement Chair

Skies Part In Time For A Great Float Trip

Float Trip 2014

Float Trip 2014

Thirteen scouts and five leaders braved torrential downpours and spectacular lightening to reach Maggard’s Outfitters on Friday night, Sept 5th. Fortuitously, the rain let up just as we pulled into camp so we were able to set up tents without getting drenched. Due to the residual storm system, we weren’t able to get on the river until afternoon so we had a leisurely breakfast of champions cooked by the Old Goats (breakfast burritos and BACON) and then ate our “trail lunch” in camp prior to hitting the water. The sky cleared up, the sun was shining brightly and we were treated to a perfect afternoon for paddling and floating downriver. The scouts kept with tradition and derived great fun in swamping their buddies’ canoes. The boys also had fun catching lots of crayfish and tormenting each other with them. The day was completed with a gourmet dinner of steaks, potatoes, and cobblers prepared by the OGs. Following a “quiet” night, we returned to Lawrence Sunday afternoon.