Calendar of Events



Comming Up

Green Bar Jan 28-30

This weedend! We will be meeting Jan 28 at 6:30pm at the WalMart parking lot and we will proceed as a group to STSR. We mus check in as a Troop so do not be late.


Registration is $18.00 per camper for the first 250 attendees to eat at the Dining Hall.  See your Scoutmaster for registration.  Money is due 10 January, 2011.  Scoutmaster will register all attendees as a unit on the website.  NO LAST MINUTE OR LATE REGISTRATION WILL BE ACCEPTED


Green Bar is hosted by the Yustaga Lodge and is a great opportunity for the youth scouts in the Gulf Coast Council to obtain critical leadership skills and merit badge training.


All class materials that a scout will need during the weekend are included in the fee.  Scouts and Scouters need to bring their tents, personal gear, Field uniform (Class A), their activity uniforms (Class B), and pen and paperEach Troop must have a minimum of 2 leaders signed up and camping with their troop.  Leaders must sign up in advance.


Troops will be notified of final class selections and campsite assignments via the Online Event Registration System on and after January 25th, 2011.  Check in will begin Friday night and will go from 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Green Bar should be over and troops will be able to check out by 10:00 AM Sunday morning.


Green Bar Schedule PDF



YNAW Feb 25-27

Yustaga Native American Weekend

$25 registration due Jan 31

New Flyer with more info!

Spanish Trail Scout Reservation


YNAW is open to all Scouts, Scouters, and Scout Families (Including Venture Scouts).

Hosted by Order of the Arrow Yustaga Lodge #385


Scout Activities

Dance and Drum – Beadwork – Silverwork – Pottery – Drumstick Making – Tanning Hides – Regalia Construction Native American Games – Native American Weaponry – Tomahawk Throwing

(Class size limited for some sessions.)


Cub Activities

Chokers – Feathers – Drumsticks – Dance and Drum – Weaving – Clay Pottery – Dream Catchers

Native American Games – Tomahawk Throwing




Saturday Night Pow Wow


$25 per “Dine In” Camper (Limited to first 275 registrants.)

**$15 per “Cook Out” Camper (No food included.)**

**Boy Scouts, Using this Option will Be Eating and Cooking as a Patrol

and will be charged $10 per Scout for Food and Supplies**

$10 per Day Visitor


Registration Deadline for Troop 356 is January 31, 2011

YNAW Leaders' Guide PDF

See your Scoutmaster or Cubmaster for More Information


Camp Card Sales

Feb - May : Each Scout must sell 68 cards by April 25 to earn a free trip to Summer Camp 2011. Cards sold after April 25 or more than 68 will help fund other troop events and awards.



Leave No Trace Training March 25-27
For anyone 14 years of age or older. $30 per person due Feb 25.


Merit Badge University March 26
Details Coming Soon


Summer Camp June 2011

July 3-9 2011. This year the cost is $170 per Scout and $60 per Adult Leader. Registration is due March 14, 2011. Money is due by April 25, 2011. Class lists will be handed out Jan 31 in order for you to start picking Merit Badge classes.

50th Anniversary Summer

2011 STSR Leaders Guide PDF



Lake Sands District Roundtable is conducted 7 PM the second Thursday every month (except July) at First United Methodist Church Trinity Bldg. (map link - opens a new browser window).




Historic Merit Badges

Now Closed Congratulations to those scouts who were able to earn these merit badges.

In honor of the BSA’s 100th Anniversary, though, today’s generation of Scouts will get the unique opportunity to experience some of the activities their predecessors enjoyed. That’s possible thanks to the BSA’s new Historical Merit Badge Program, a set of four discontinued merit badges that today’s Scouts can earn.Boys must start and finish all requirements within the year 2010. And don’t delay—after Dec. 31, 2010, these merit badges will go back on the “retired” list.


  • First offered in 1910 and discontinued in 1992.
  • Sample requirements: build a simple buzzer or blinker capable of sending Morse code messages, and send a message of at least 35 words; send and receive messages using semaphore flags at a rate of at least 30 letters per minute.
  • First offered in 1911 (as Stalker merit badge) and discontinued in 1952.
  • Sample requirements: recognize the tracks of 10 different animals; give evidence to show you have tracked at least two different kinds of birds or animals, documenting their speed and direction.
  • First offered in 1911 and discontinued in 1952.
  • Sample requirements: be able to guide people to important places within a three-mile radius of your home; submit a scale map of your community.
  • First offered in 1911 and discontinued in 1952.
  • Sample requirements: demonstrate the use of tools, such as a miter and bevel; build a simple piece of furniture for use at home.


Recent Photos


Mr. Holt from Troop 323 came to teach us the 2010 Carpentry Merit Badge on Saturday, May 8th at 9am. Thank you so much for beiing there for our Scouts. Here they are with their completed benches.


Camp Card sales at Smitty's


USS Alabama Weekend


More Camp Card Sales:

Thank You Beef O'Brady's

Comming Soon: Tr356 Photo Gallery


Communication Signs and Symbols

Here is a PDF about Scouting Communications on morse code, gestures and semaphore.

Comm Signs and Symbols


The Great Backyard Bird Count

It's easy and fun, and it's Scout related ala Bird Study MB.  A PDF
brochure on the 18-21 Feb Great Backyard Bird Count is below, same as handed out at last RT thanks to Audubon Guru, Lisa Keppner.

Also, do you know what they are calling the recent massive black bird


Inside Birding Tutorial from Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Great Backyard Bird Count pdf







Welcome to Troop 356


  Sponsor: American Legion Post 356  


Location: First Baptist Church 1732 Bridge Road Southport, FL 32409

Our current troop started under Chuck Rexroad's tutilage as as an extension of Pack 356 in Southport, Florida. We meet on Monday evenings at 6:30pm at the hall at First Baptist Church. Bill StGermain is officially the Scoutmaster for Troop 356 with Lizzie StGermain as Assistant Scoutmaster.

This year is the 100th anniversary of Scouting in America. Come celebrate with us!


 The Shuga Bear's Back!

Message from Kerry Gunn:

Just to let everyone in Lake Sands District know that Steve Shuga is back to work at L-3 starting today.  We visited and had dinner with him this weekend while attending the Central FL Council University of Scouting.  And Steve was honored in front of a crowd of over 750 Scouters for earning his PhD this year at the University of Scouting.



Greetings fellow Scouters and Friends,

If you missed the District Adult Recognition Banquet, or would like to pass this along to your fellow Scouters, the Tribute to Margaret Watts is available on the District website (

In Scouting and Service,
Mark Gilland

Activity of the Week

update comming soon!


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  Patrol Updates

flying eagle


Eagle Patrol

Why Eagle Patrol?
We chose the Eagle Patrol because that is our ultimate goal. . .to soar and climb to the highest rank and become Eagle Scouts! now we need to start thinking about our patrol yell, flag, badge, etc. in preparation for Scout Jam, special merit badge classes, awards and many other 100th BSA Anniversary Events.


Be Prepared

Boy Scouts should always "Be Prepared" and have a note book, folder or three ring binder and a bag to carry it in, to bring to all patrol meetings.



Advance to Tenderfoot, Second Cass, First Class, Star, Life, or Eagle rank, or earn two Merit Badges.  This is very easy to do all rank requirements are listed in you Scout  Handbook. (Some of you need to earn your Scout rank first. So lets get working on that.) As for two Merit Badges we are all working on First-Aid remember you don’t have to wait on the troop you can answer the questions by your self   (do them in pencil in case you get them wrong) then have them signed off by Mrs. Lizzie. You can also earn the 2010 Tracking Merit Badge with a little time and work on your own Ask Mrs. Lizzie for the requirements she is the Merit Badge Counselor for both. You could also do 2010 Pathfinding Merit Badge with Mr. Bill just ask how.


Scouting Family Tree

Scouting Family Tree requirement 1 for Achievement on the 100 year patch. Fill out your family’s Scouting Family Tree at    and look for the family tree link. You will be given a certificate to print out bring it to Mrs. Lizzie for credit tword you 100 year patch.


First Aid

First Aid starting March 15th: A good way to help you be ready is to read Chapter 11 in your Boy Scout Handbook. Go ahead and put together your personal first-aid kit and pick up a First-Aid merit badge book. Ms. Lizzie is going to start working on the First-Aid Merit Badges once a week with Eagle Patrol. Some of the information is found in the Boy Scout Handbook, but each scout would benefit from getting their own Merit Badge Series First Aid Book.

When we are done answering all of the questions and fulfilling all requirements there will be a Saturday American Red Cross CPR/AED class. This is an Eagle required badge and is a tough one to get through, so we will take our time and knock it out together.


What to Include in your   First Aid Kit

First Aid Kits

A first-aid kit well stocked with the basic essentials is indispensable. Choose one sturdy and lightweight, yet large enough to hold the contents so that they are readily visible and so that any one item may be taken out without unpacking the whole kit. Keep a list of contents readily available for easy refilling. Keep the kit in a convenient location. Make one person responsible for keeping the kit filled and available when needed. Quantities of suggested items for your first-aid kit depend on the size of your group and local conditions.

Suggested First-Aid Kit Contents

  • Bar of soap
  • 2-inch roller bandage
  • 1-inch roller bandage
  • 1-inch adhesive
  • 3-by-3-inch sterile pads
  • Triangular bandage
  • Assorted gauze pads
  • Adhesive strips
  • Clinical oral thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Sunburn lotion
  • Lip salve
  • Poison-ivy lotion
  • Small flashlight (with extra batteries and bulb)
  • Absorbent cotton
  • Water purification tablets (iodine)
  • Safety pins
  • Needles
  • Paper cups
  • Foot powder
  • Instant ice packs

Because of the possibility of exposure to communicable diseases, first-aid kits should include latex or vinyl gloves, plastic goggles or other eye protection, and antiseptic to be used when giving first aid to bleeding victims, as protection against possible exposure. Mouth barrier devices should be available for use with CPR.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

This specialized skill to endeavor to revive victims of cardiac arrest (no breathing, no pulse) may be taught to Boy Scouts and Venturers by an instructor currently trained by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. Teaching this skill to Cub Scouts is not recommended.


The Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace

The Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to
Be clean in my outdoor manners
Be careful with fire
Be considerate in the outdoors, and
Be conservation minded.


Leave No Trace

Take only pictures,                 Leave only footprints


Camping Supply List

____ SCOUT SHIRT & TROOP ACTIVITY "ZIP-OFF" PANTS (100% Nylon, Olive Drab color) Wear them, don't pack!
____ BACKPACK (a real backpack with a waist strap) Line your Pack with a Lawn Bag first, to keep contents dry.
____ SLEEPING BAG (Place a Lawn Bag inside a tough Outer Bag to protect from ripping, stuff (don't roll) sleeping bag into this double bag)
____ 100% POLYPROPYLENE LONG UNDERWEAR, Tops and Bottoms (To keep you warm if everything gets wet).
____ 2 pair HEAVY-DUTY SYNTHETIC or WOOL HIKING SOCKS, No Cotton! (For year-around use.)
____ 2 pair POLYPRO INNER SOCK LINERS, No Cotton! (prevents blisters)
____ STURDY HIKING BOOTS, 1/2 size larger than regular size to fit both inner & outer socks -- see above. ($5 at thrift stores)
____ RAIN SUIT (A Rain Suit has waterproof pants and keeps you drier than a poncho).
____ T-SHIRT, 1 extra pair BRIEFS or BOXERS
____ LONG SLEEVE SHIRT, No Cotton! (Synthetic fiber for good insulating quality and quick drying - $4 at thrift stores)
____ HEAVY WOOL SWEATER, or POLAR FLEECE SWEATSHIRT, No Cotton! ($4 at Thrift Stores)
____ 1 extra pair LONG PANTS, No Cotton! (extra olive-drab Nylon Troop Activity Pants or other non-cotton Pants -- thrift stores)
____ HAT with a brim
____ WATERPROOF "BLUE" TARP -- 5'X7' ($3 Wal-Mart, or other heavy plastic Ground Sheet)
____ 12 LARGE clear plastic LAWN BAGS (Important! To keep your stuff dry!)
____ GOOD QUALITY WHISTLE on neck chain (Do NOT buy a cheap Whistle, Try Eastern Mountain Sports, $3)
____ POCKETKNIFE with cord (Small enough to wear around neck--SMALL Swiss Army Knife, $13.  Never buy a knife made in China!)
____ MESS-KIT (BOWL, CUP, FORK, SPOON, PLATE -- heavy-duty plastic or metal)
____ 2 ONE-QUART WATER BOTTLES, filled (Any STURDY plastic bottle is OK,  best are Wide-Mouth "Nalgene" Bottles, $4)
____ SMALL FLASHLIGHT, & EXTRA BATTERIES (Can be any style, but a headlamp enables use of both hands -- $8 at Wal-Mart)
____ SMALL FIRST AID KIT (You can make your own: BSA Handbook, Page 289).
____ 50 FEET LIGHT NYLON PARACHUTE CORD (50 foot "Camo-Cord," $1.46 at Wal-Mart)
____ COMPASS with a BASEPLATE, in a Zip-Lock bag (with map, if you have one)
____ MATCHES, in a Zip-Lock bag.
____ CLEAN-UP KIT (Small Hand Soap, Small Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Comb, Floss, small Fast-Drying Camp Towel)
____ TOILET PAPER (Half a roll in a Zip-Lock bag).

Remember: Your pack, including  FOOD & TENT,  must  weigh less than 1/3 of your body weight!

____SMALL DOME TENT (WE NEED THEM!) Caution: outer Rain Cover should come all the way down to the ground.
____ COMPRESSION STUFF SACKS (Reduces size of sleeping bag or other bulky things -- Can be home-made)
____ SMALL LIGHTWEIGHT GAS STOVE with FUEL (Gasoline, not propane, not butane-see BSA Handbook, page 253)
____ POTS, PANS, UTENSILS (as needed)
____ WATER FILTER, and/or water treatment chemicals
____ INSECT REPELLENT (non-aerosol)
____ SUN GLASSES (UV-Proof required for winter camping -- prevents snow blindness).
____ SIX or more 2-GALLON HEAVY-DUTY ZIP-LOCK BAGS (To keep your clothes and gear organized and dry.)
____ REPAIR KIT (Small Duct Tape, Needle & Thread, Safety Pins, Batteries, Extra Buckles & Straps, Parts for your Equipment.)
____ OLD WORK GLOVES (For working with trees & tools, and hot pots & pans)
____ SWIMSUIT & LIGHT WATER SHOES (Ask if there will be a place to wade)
____ BANDANNAS (A million uses)
____ FISHING OR BACKPACKING VEST (Best way to be sure that you always have your 10 Essentials and Survival Gear)
____ PEN, PENCIL & PAPER, SMALL POCKET NOTEBOOK (No, you can't borrow ours)
____ OPTIONAL EXTRA SET OF DRY CLOTHES TO LEAVE IN CAR (In an extra bag, with your name on it)
____ EXTRA BAG FOR HEAVY ACCESSORIES (To be left in car!) BSA Handbook, Camera & Film, Magnifying Glass, Nature Identification Books, Binoculars, Duct Tape, Prayer Book or Bible, More Extra Batteries.                                           


Do A Good Turn Daily
"Do a Good Turn Daily" This is your Scout Slogan, something we should all live by. What is a good turn? How do we do a good turn? What does this mean to you? A good turn is an act you perform that helps others with no benefit to yourself. To make it a true good turn, you need to do it before it is asked of you like opening a door, helping someone carry a heavy load or even volunteering for something you may not want to do. When you do these things, it should make you feel proud. One of the qualifications for the BSA 2010 Patch Character Ribbon is to present a written record of you daily Good Turns for a period of 30 consecutive days, verified by your parent, guardian or Scout Leader.


The Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.


The Scout Law

A Scout is Trustworthy.
A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.

A Scout is Loyal.
A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation.

A Scout is Helpful.
A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.

A Scout is Friendly.
A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.

A Scout is Courteous.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.

A Scout is Kind.
A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing.

A Scout is Obedient.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.

A Scout is Cheerful.
A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.

A Scout is Thrifty.
A Scout works to pay his own way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.

A Scout is Brave.
A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.

A Scout is Clean.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.

A Scout is Reverent.
A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.






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Lizzie St.Germain: 850-319-8715

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