Mark Gerhard's blog

Second to None Chili Cook Off


Just want to clarify that, even though the Order of the Arrow Ceremony runs concurrently with the Chili Cook Off, the Cook Off is a separate event. The Cook Off is considered a Troop function, and all available Scouts are expected to participate. Families are highly encouraged to join in on the fun.

Please consider entering a chili in the contest. The more chili the merrier! This is a very "non-competitive" competition! The focus is on the fun and the feasting!

If you have any questions, please contact me.


Mr. Gerhard


This is a callout to all Scouts and Scouters who are willing to put in a few hours of "Cheerful Service" to our community. Every year, Oakland Township hosts a roadside cleanup project, called the "Clean Scene". I have participated every year since it's inception, and can say it's a very rewarding program. You would not believe some of the things we have found along the roadside; shoes, gas cans, lengths of pipe, and even a full sized sofa! If you are looking for a chance to earn significant service hours, then the Clean Scene is a terrific opportunity!

Hiking Merit Badge & Philmont Crew Conditoning Opportunity with Troop 1707 (Troy, MI)

Troop 1707 from Troy has invited any and all Troop 125 Scouts to join them on a 10-Mile Conditioning Hike at Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston, MI. The Hike will be on Sunday, September 13, departing from the nature center at 10:00am. The Hike is expected to conclude no later than 3:00pm. This Hike will be an ideal opportunity for:

Philmont Scout Ranch Expedition 2016 - Payment Due!

[High Adventure Participants Only]

For those who are putting their cowpoke hats into the ring for Philmont, the next round of payments are due. Actually...past due as of 1 March, as many of you let us know. The powerful big medicine thinkers in the incredibly dynamic, High Adventure Command Center became entirely fixated on the Sea Base Expedition and lost situational awareness on all of the other howling cats, flaming axes, and oak wheelbarrows we are constantly juggling...