April 30

Scout Master Report-was at Merit Badge Weekend

Dutch Oven Report-District Event

13 scouts 4 adults--->no issues

10-15 troops 250 people altogether

8 ovens<----drawing style<-----winning cast iron skillet

Praise to Stevie and Nathan for their leadership


Eric Stetz-Committee Chair (use Metronic email)

Christine La Pean- Secretary

Need volunteers for aging out scouts

Ripley --->May 8 payment due

8 attendees 0 adults  UPDATE: 2 adults


Trailer--->patrol box

Meals: Breakfast, dinner, Sunday breakfast

May 14th-Heritage Park Clean Up-Hot Dogs provided

May 7-Bike Mtg and New Parent Tomahawk Meeting-Bring bikes and Helmets

May 28th and June 4-Blaine/Anoka Plane Classes 1 hr. Long---> covers Aviation Merit

*****Committee PLC moved to May 21

June 20-23-Paul Bunyan Bike Ride-Online Scout Website

8 attending

Joe Mikkelson-Weekend

Rick Rouch, Chris Green, Sam, Mr. Mercer (pulling trailer), Clint?

Meet at Otter at 1:45 on June 20 depart by 2 pm

Community Service- Water Drain Clean-Up

Tomahawk-New parent Mtg on May 7 all boys, merit badges, and money due by the end of May

***Paid in full by June 1st.

Accounts up to date without no balance--->May 21

Dues out May 1

Adults staying more than 2 days must be registered leaders with background check by June 1. Also, need Youth Protection $35 good for 2 yrs.

YMCA Swim Test---->June 25 $5 at Maplewood Community Center

High Adventure-Payment in October

World Jamboree-flying June 20-22

Astronomy Camp Out-First weekend in October

Manitou 15k-June 1st


4 water jugs, 4 stations, white table, card table, last biker, Lions Park 7-12pm

Court of Honor June 18

Road to First Class

-Who did what talk to Stevie

-Plan for Tomahawk

-1 active

-Reach out to inactive scouts

Road to Life


-Andrew Green--->position?



****Needed den chief 437

*****Cover 494 first

Web page/Site Store---->PayPal

Quarter Master

Small trailer---->Put everything back in

*****Need Charcoal****

Troop Guideline

$25 dues

Transfer money---->consume after 1 year

Plan budget for picnic---->Roger/Joe


Dates to Remember

September 16----> 437 Bottle Rockets

September 19--->School Night for Scouting

October 7---->Astronomy Camp Baylor Regional Park---> Eagle Lake Observatory


Troop Trailer Maintenance                      May 21, 2019


Tires were inflated to 80 PSI (right front tire and spare were at about 25 PSI , others about 65 PSI)

Tire date codes are: 1612, 5012, 0113, 1612, and 1612 (spare). The 0113 (right front) is probably the tire that was replaced when a blown tire was replaced.  Date codes are week and year of manufacture. Some tire distributors and manufacturers say that tires should be replaced every 6-10 years regardless of mileage. Minnesota does not have the long term high sunlight/heat that southern states have and also I believe that the ozone levels here are lower than some places. Therefore we should be able to go past the six year time frame some. No checking or deterioration was visually observed in the sidewall areas.

The trailer under carriage area was inspected for holes where rodents could gain access to the inside of the trailer. None were found.The spray foam sealer that was applied several years ago in these areas was still intact.

The roof area and front panels were inspected for potential water leak areas. Areas that appeared to have deteriorated sealant or cracks were sealed with clear silicone caulking.

The trailer hitch was removed and inspected. No damage was observed and the latch mechanism was flushed out and lubricated with oil. The 2 5/16 “ trailer ball was inserted into the hitch and the latching mechanism worked correctly. The only out of ordinary item that was observed was a kernel of field corn that was lightly trapped in the hitch latch which was removed. The hitch was then reinstalled on the trailer. The only reason for the hitching problems that have been reported could be the kernel of corn or the operator not putting the proper tension on the ball and then latching it. To properly hitch a vehicle to the trailer, the trailer must be fully lowered onto the ball and then a light tension must be placed on the hookup by driving the vehicle forward to pull the ball to the forward area of the ball socket. This will allow the latch plunger to be fully pushed to the ball and the latch secured. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD THIS TRAILER BE TOWED WITH A BALL SMALLER THAN A 2 5/16 “ BALL(2” OR 1 7/8”). The ball opening with the latch secured measures 2 1/32” so a 2’ or smaller ball could become disengaged under heavy braking or hitting a dip or bump in the road. The latch mechanism in this hitch has a large plunger pin with a hole that contacts the center of the ball and keeps the ball pushed forward in the ball socket. Most 2” or 1 7/8” hitches have a fork that goes under the ball to trap the ball in the hitch. This difference in features requires that the proper size ball be used. See illustration.

Note that he hitch in the trailer is a drop hitch meant to be used with a pickup or other high hitch vehicle. If it is used on a car or small vehicle,  a riser hitch should be used to obtain the proper hitch load and height. A 15” hitch ball height is typical.

The hitch should also have a hairpin or other type of pin to secure the latch when in use. The security padlock shackle in the hitch has too large of a diameter to fit the hole in the hitch latch. I have a hairpin that I will donate for this use.

The surge brake rollers in the hitch were lubricated with grease.

I had a little difficulty locating the hitch ball in the largetrailer; it was buried under some mosquito netting on a back shelf. I relocated it to the front of the trailer just inside the front door.


Tires were inflated to the proper level as indicated on the sidewall (65 PSI?) and the spare to 50 PSI? The two tires on the ground are load range D tires and the spare is a load range C so the maximum inflation pressures are different.

The tire date codes are both 2815. I did not remove the spare tire to find the date code. Since it is a load range C tire it is probably an original tire.

The upper right hand marker light was refastened with larger screws and the wire access hole was resealed with silicone caulk. This may be where the water leak was occurring.

The roof and panel seals were inspected for possible leaks and all potential leak areas were resealed. It appeared that squirrels had chewed on some of the rubbery seam sealant on the roof.


The fire extinguishers in both trailers have the KIDDE plastic handle models that were recalled in November of 2017. A replacement claim was sent in online and replacements have been received. They will be installed soon (hopefully May 21).

Bill Johnson


Trailer Hitching Procedure: If difficulty is had latching the hitch latch the problem is usually that the ball is not pulled forward in the hitch socket. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS THIS TRAILER TO BE TOWED WITH A BALL SMALLER THAN 2 5/16”. USING A 2” OR SMALLER BALL IS A HAZARD SINCE THE HITCH LATCH WILL NOT SECURE A 2” BALL INTO THE HITCH.

1)      Align the vehicle and lower the hitch onto the ball with the latch open.


2)      Pull the vehicle forward to move the ball to the front of the hitch. (Block trailer wheels if necessary).

 3)      Close the latch plunger to secure the ball in the hitch.