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Wreaths Across America - There's always room for one more

There's always room for one more.

"But Mr. Arango, I didn't sign up"  There's always room for one more.

"I can't get a ride" Call/text me, there's always room for one more.

"I don't need service hours"  There's no such thing, there's always room for one more.

There are 12,000 wreaths that need to be laid honoring the veterans at Great Lakes National Cemetery.  Come and make an impact and truly thank someone and their family for their service.

I'll be at the parking lot at 11am with the troop flag posted by my van.

See Everyone tomorrow.

Wreaths Across America Details (updated Map)

Wreaths Across America

Below is the agenda.  Please arrive on time.  The cemetery will be busy and arriving on 11am allows the troop to be organized, everyone will get their assignments and be ready to support.

Uniform:  Class A's and try to layer up and wear your Troop 125 Fleece.  Watch the weather and be prepared.

Cost: No Cost


11:00 Arrive at Great Lakes National Cemetery at parking lot just south of Belford Rd.  Police will direct you (See Map)

Female BSA Troop 456 Informational Meeting

For all scouting families that have a daughter interested in a BSA Troop, there is a female troop starting up in the Rochester Area.  Troop 456 is based out of St Paul United Methodist Church and is having an informational meeting this Sunday at 4pm.

My wife and I plan to attend with our daughter.   I know very little about the program other than what I've learned from BSA National.


St Paul United Methodist Church

620 Romeo Rd

Rochester, MI 48307



Mr. Arango

Still hiking the Pedro Trail

Come earn the Pedro Trail Medal

it’s not too late. We’re still hiking the Pedro Trail Saturday Morning. Talk to your patrol mates and do it together  

It’s great training for high adventure, completing requirements and conquer a new goal you’ve never done before  

Sign up at!/showRSVPSignUp/8050D45A5A62BA02-pedro

If you need a ride, let me know and we’ll figure out details. We’re meet at the D-A store at 7:45 and stepping off at 8

Pedro Trail 10 Mile Hike

Want a medal for your uniform?

Preparing for high adventure?

Need to navigate with map and compass?

Working towards the Hiking Merit Badge?

Come join Troop 125 Pedro Trail Hike at D-A in Metamora, Mi.  Here we will hike all 10 miles of Pedro trail.  Upon completion, each successful hiker will receive the Pedro Trail Medal.  We will meet up at the trading post 


Date: 1 Dec 2018

Time: Step Off 8am (meet at the D-A Store at 7:45)

Uniform: Warm hiking boots, hats and gloves are mandatory.  Dress Appropriate for the weather. 

2019 High Aventure - Isle Royale National Park

The 2019 Summer High Adventure trip will take Troop 125 to Isle Royale National Park, in Lake Superior.  We will be going from 18-25 Jul.  We have details already posted as I briefed a few months back.  We plan to hike around 50 miles on the island, swin the lake superior and maybe, just maybe see one of the new wolves that have just been introduced to the island.  The island has been a national park since 1940 and the natural beauty is breathe taking.  This is a great opportunity to see the island.  This is the first trip the troop has made to the island in 12 years so don't miss out.

Personal Fitness Test TONIGHT!!!

welcome to Michigan!   Yes, we are doing the personal fitness test at Adams HS tonight at 7pm.  Bring a sleeping pad to do sit up and push ups.  Dress in layers.  You should be cool at the start of the Mile run.  

Bring your workbooks so I can see progress

This is also open to all scout that need Tenderfoot #7a or #7c. It’s the exact same test.  

Any questions, please contact me

Me Arango

Wreaths Across America

Its that time of year where we are thankful and give thanks for the freedoms in our lives.  Now is time to return a little back for all we’ve been afforded.  

The annual Wreaths Across America will be supported by the troop.  This year we’re going to help out at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Mi. Last year the laid 11,000 wreaths and need lots of help   


15 Dec 2018 at Great Lakes National Cemetary

Wear Class A and weather appropriate clothing   

Bring a snack and water as well  

Please sign up today

Chicago City Trip Permission Slip

Here is the Chicago City Trip Permission slip

We will eb staying at a Hostel one block from Grant Park.  We'll have the rooms to ourselves.  We'll be exploring the city, Field Museum and some deep dish pizza on Saturday.  On Sunday, we'll head over to Science and Industry Museum and head home.

We have a limited number of beds so first come first serve on returning the permission slips.  There will be the ability to pay via Troop Store soon

This trip counts towards the reward trip too.

Any questions, please let me know

Mr. Arango

10 Mile Hike

Prepare for High Adventure, Earn a Merit Badge

Sunday Morning at 8am, 10 Mile Hike.  The route is up and back the paint creek trail to Goodison and back.  There might be a stop at a Cider Mill along the way.

Uniform: None

Dress proper for the weather, be prepared for rain

Packing list:  Water, Trail snack, rain gear, No weight requirement, hike will take 3-4 hours

We are meeting the western parking lot of the Rochester Hills Public Library.  We're stepping off at 8am sharp.