Troop 103 meets every Monday night at 7:30pm at St. James United Methodist Church in Fellowship Hall.

Located at: 401 Carlwood Drive, Miamisburg, OH 45342

Troop 103 Calendar

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Spring Fling Festival Fundraiser

Scouts and Parents,

Below you will find the link to the Sign-up form for the Scouts and Parents workers for the Spring Fling Festival Fundraiser.

Spring Fling Adults/Scouts Workers - May 18 - 20, 2018

Any questions, please let me know.

Mr. Mize

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Scouting For Food

Scouts and families:

"Scouting for Food" is an annual food drive sponsored by BSA to do a "Good Turn" for those in our community who need a little extra assistance. This year's food drive occurs during the last week or so in April. Charlie M. has been in touch with St. Vincent de Paul, a charitable organization which, among other things, operates local homeless shelters and a food pantry. They will gladly accept any assistance Troop 103 can provide.

For the past two meetings, Charlie and I have provided flyers and a signup sheet for those who are willing to participate in food collection from neighbors, friends, and family. So far, about a dozen Scouts have signed up. If you have not yet done so, but want to participate, please respond to this e-mail as soon as possible. Attached is the flyer from Miami Valley Council, along with a St. Vincent de Paul "wish list" that Charlie obtained.

Any food donations should be brought to the next Court of Honor on Monday, April 23, 2018. If you can't be there that night, we can still accept donations at the following Troop meeting on Monday, April 30, 2018

The Miami Valley Council Flyer and St. Vincent de Paul "Wish List" can be found on the Troop 103 Forms page.

Mr. Hempfling

Monday, April 02, 2018

Spring Fling Festival 2018

Scouts and Parents,

It is time to start planning for the Spring Fling Fundraiser. With the Bicentennial Celebration of the City of Miamisburg, we expected attendance to be higher this year. This means more hungry and thirsty people to be taken care of.

What is the Spring Fling Festival?

"The Spring Fling Festival began in 1980 with just an idea to bring the community together. It started as a “picnic in the park”. The first Miamisburg Spring Fling Festival became a reality in May of 1981.

Since then, the festival has had various changes, committees and volunteers. The early years we had the Spring Fling Queen, Coronation Ball, and Cute Kid Contest & Car Shows. The Festival has continued to grow and change. We now have 100 booths available for arts and craft vendors, community organizations and businesses, food concessions, a carnival, children’s activities, parade and free music and entertainment for a weekend festival.

Miamisburg residents have given us their support for 38 years and we will continue to support our community with the proceeds from the Spring Fling."

How is Troop 103 involved?

Troop 103 has a concession booth at the Spring Fling where we prepare and sell: Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs, Country Sausage Sandwiches, Cans of Soda and Bottle of Water.

How can you help?

Soon there will be receiving an email with a link to a Sign-up Form to volunteer for 2-hour shifts of working in the booth. We will need both Scouts AND Parents to signup for participation. There are some positions that require an Adult.

When is the Spring Fling Festival?

May 18 - 20, 2018 (Friday - Sunday)

The Spring Fling is one of Troop 103's 
biggest fundraisers in which Scouts can earn money for their Scout Accounts. 

Adults - We will be looking for some booth managers again this year. Please contact me directly if you are interested in helping to manage the booth during the weekend.

Any other questions, please let me know.

Mr. Doug Mize

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

2018 Troop 103 Flower Sales

Scouts and Parents,

The 2018 Troop 103 Flower Sales has begun!

The Flower Sales begin on March 19, 2018 - April 30, 2018.

We have posted the Flower Order Form and the Flower Pictures form on the Troop 103 Forms page for your use.


BSA Troop 103 &  Stockslager’s Garden Center

Annual Spring Flower Sale

Why: Scouts sell flowers and vouchers (gift certificates) to help offset fees to attend summer camp at Chief Logan Reservation (CLR), weekend camping/events, dues, Merit Badge College and High Adventure Camps.

How: Contact family, friends, and neighbors and tell them that you are able to provide beautiful, quality flowers. They place and pay for order, you help select and deliver it. Plants arrive one day before Mother’s Day and make great gifts. Vouchers (gift certificates) are available if customer would like to select their own plants, perennials
or vegetables. Vouchers expire December, 2018.


  • Selling Dates – March 19 - April 30, 2018
  • All orders and money are due on or before Monday, April 30, 2018 to Mrs. Smithson or Mrs. Reynolds. They will attend the troop meeting that evening.
  • Complete the top portion of each order form, double check each order and complete the master order tally sheet. Please complete the tally sheet electronically and print out when complete You will keep the individual order forms for your delivery. Extra order forms will be available on the Troop 103 website.
  • Excel spreadsheet is not compatible with Macs. If using a Mac, please work with us prior to date of to report your sales.
Delivering the Flowers and Vouchers (Gift Certificates)
  • Flowers will be delivered to St. James parking lot on Saturday, May 12 at 9:00 am. Scouts should plan to pick up their orders on this day from 9:00 am – 10:30 am. Any orders remaining after 10:30 am will be left outside at St. James unless previous arrangements have been made.
  • Vouchers (gift certificates) will be available on Monday, May 7.
  • Scouts should deliver their flowers/vouchers as soon as possible. Please water as needed.
Additional Help Needed

  • Three or four adults to help organize, check orders and count money during the troop meeting on April 30 from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm at St. James.
  • We will need several people to help pull flowers from the greenhouses at Stockslager’s on Thursday, May 10 after school beginning at 4:00 pm. It usually takes 2 hours depending on the number of volunteers.
  • Scouts to help unload the truck at St. James on Saturday morning, May 12, and pull the orders for each scout.

If you are able to help with these tasks or have questions, please contact Tina Smithson at 937-671- 7293 or

Monday, March 26, 2018

Summer Camp - June 24-30

Scouts and Parents,

Tomorrow night (March 26th) is the last time you can signup for Summer camp at Chief Logan Reservation AND pay the Early Bird price of $270.

You can still signup later. As long as you register before June 1st, the price is $290. After June 1st, the price is $310.

Please see me at the meeting tomorrow night if you are planning to go to Summer Camp. If you can make payment tomorrow night of $270 (cash, check or Scout Account), that would be great!.

Make checks payable to: BSA Troop 103

There is also a $25 activity fee to cover the costs of fuel and some food throughout the week. (including a meal Friday night that we share with the CLR Staff. This is always a great evening and is VERY much appreciated by the CLR Staff. The activity fee can be paid anytime between now and just before we leave for camp.

If you have any questions, please let me know.
Mr. Mize

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Northern Tier Trip - June 6-14, 2019

Scouts and Parents,

We are excited to inform you that Troop 103 has been selected in the Northern Tier lottery for a 2019 trip. This high adventure experience will be a priceless memory in your Scouting experience.

In order to participate in BSA high adventure experiences, you must be 14 years old or be 13 and have completed the 8th grade by the day we arrive in Ely, Minnesota on Friday, June 7th, 2019.

This trip should be a little cheaper than previous trips to Philmont and Sea Base since we are planning to drive and not fly. We expect the costs to fall somewhere between $800.00 - $1,000.00 per person.

If you are a Scout or Scout Leader who is interested in going to Northern Tier in 2019, please respond to this email and "cc" Mr. Ferrara. Please do not "reply all".

We have been given two 8 man crews for a total of 16 participants. The majority of each crew must be Scouts. Everything will be on a first-come basis, and we will give preference to adult leaders who have sons going on the trip.

Each participant will need to pay a $100.00 deposit by Friday, February 16th to hold a spot.

I have included a basic itinerary below to give you an idea of how the trip will probably work. Also check out the website. We will be the at the Ely, MN - Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base.

If you have any questions, let us know.
Mr. Osborne -
Mr. Ferarra -
2019 Norther Tier Trip Leaders

Summer Adventures

Basic itinerary of the trip:

Thursday, June 6th – leave early traveling 10-12 hours

Friday, June 7th – leave early and arrive at Ely, MN between 1:00 and 2:00

Saturday, June 8th – hit the trail

Sunday, June 9th – on the water

Monday, June 10th – on the water

Tuesday, June 11th – on the water

Wednesday, June 12th – return to Ely

Thursday, June 13th – depart Northern Tier

Friday, June 14th – return to Miamisburg

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Eagle Palms Requirements Change

Eagle Palms: the official requirements

These are effective Aug. 1, 2017.

After successfully completing your Eagle Scout board of review and being validated as an Eagle Scout by the National Service Center, you will be entitled to receive an Eagle Palm for each additional 5 merit badges you have completed before your Eagle Scout board of review. For these Palms only, it will not be necessary for you to complete any of the requirements stated below.

After becoming an Eagle Scout, you may earn additional Palms by completing the following requirements.
  1. Be active in the Boy Scouts of America for at least three months after becoming an Eagle Scout or after the last Palm was earned. **
  2. Since earning the Eagle Scout rank or your last Eagle Palm, demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Continue to set a satisfactory example of accepting responsibility or demonstrating leadership ability.
  4. Earn five additional merit badges beyond those required for Eagle or last Palm. ***
  5. While an Eagle Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference. *


*For Varsity Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace “Scoutmaster” with “Varsity Scout Coach.” For Venturers working on Boy Scout requirements, replace “Scoutmaster” with “crew Advisor.” For Sea Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace “Scoutmaster” with “Skipper.”

**Eagle Palms must be earned in sequence, and the three-month tenure requirement must be observed for each Palm.

***Merit badges earned any time since becoming a Boy Scout may be used to meet this requirement.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Merit Badge Application Process

Starting March 7, 2016, the following process will be in place for Scouts wanting to work on a Merit Badge.

1) Scouts are to arrange for a discussion with Scoutmaster in order to

  1. State their desire/plans to work on a merit badge,
  2. Define which merit badge counselor they are planning to work with 
  3. To review some basic expectations of the merit badge process
2) When that Scoutmaster conversation is in place, I will then
  1. Provide them a blue card, 
  2. Ask them to fill out "Application for Merit Badge" section 
  3. Will approve the application by signature
3) Scouts may then arrange to meet with Merit Badge Counselor to begin conversations.

The Scoutmaster will designate additional resources as needed for times of high activity.

The following rules/guidelines are still in place.

Scouts and Parents,

All Troop 103 scouts who are working on Merit Badges need to meet the following expectations:

1) You need to schedule all meetings with your counselor ahead of time. This can be done by telephone, e-mail, or by asking them in person at a meeting. Do not walk up to your merit badge counselor at a meeting and ask them to meet with you on the spot. Our adult volunteers give very freely of their time, but they are pulled in multiple directions at a meeting. Take responsibility for scheduling your merit badge sessions.

2) Read the merit badge requirements carefully. If there is a requirement to have a discussion with your counselor prior to beginning a merit badge requirement (i.e. Personal Fitness, Family Life, Personal Management, etc.), DISCUSS WITH YOUR COUNSELOR BEFORE BEGINNING THE REQUIREMENT. If you have not fulfilled the discussion requirement prior to beginning the main requirement, it may not be approved. This means that you may have to do even a time requirement again (such as the personal fitness workouts).

3) If a time requirement requires you to record your results over the duration of the requirement, then record them as you go. Do not try to re-construct the records at the end of the requirement.

4) Merit badge worksheets are an excellent idea, but, simply writing down the answer and giving it to the counselor is not sufficient. Scouts need to be able to discuss their answer and be able to answer their counselor's questions on the subject. Answers need to reflect an understanding of the material and not be one-word answers such as "yes" or "no."

5) Two deep adult leadership must be in place at ALL TIMES. Adults; if the meeting is at your house, be home; if the meeting is at the counselor's house, stick around; if the meeting is at the church, don't drop off the scout and take off. This is very important for the protection of our troop as a whole.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Rank Advancement Reminders

Scouts and Parents,

Here are some reminders and some new information scouts and parents need to know regarding rank advancement: 

1. Troop positions of responsibility for Star Scout and above: Scouts serving in positions of troop responsibility will work with adult mentors and complete Junior Leadership Worksheets (reminder). Mentor assignments and Junior Leadership Worksheets can be found on the troop web page ( Position of responsibility requirements in scout handbooks must be signed by the scout's position mentor (new). 

2. Merit Badge requirement verification for Star Scout and above: Scouts must request a Troop Master printout from Mr. Head at least one week prior to Scoutmaster conferences and boards of review for ranks Star Scout and above. Troop Master printouts will be used to verify merit badge completion. 

3. Remember to request a Scoutmaster conference and a board of review a week in advance. 
  • Scouts should contact the Scoutmaster verbally or by email ( to schedule a Scoutmaster conference. 
  • Scouts should contact the Troop Committee Chairman verbally or by email ( to schedule a Board Of Review.
  • Scouts must wear Class A uniform to all Scoutmaster conferences and Boards Of Review. 
4. Scouts should bring their Scout Handbook to all Scoutmaster conferences and board of reviews.

Mr. Kain and Mr. Head

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Requirement Sign Off in Scout Handbook


There have been several questions asked about who can sign-off on completed requirements in the BSA Handbook. We have the answer....

The following people are permitted to sign-off completed requirements in the BSA Handbook for Troop 103:

  1. Scoutmaster 
  2. Assistant Scoutmaster 
  3. Committee Member
  4. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster

NOTE: Adult Leaders or Non-Leader Adults are NOT permitted to sign-off completed requirements for their own scout.