Troop 113 Annual Mulch Sale


Put your order in today for Troop 113’s shredded hardwood mulch. This annual fund raiser helps the Troop pay for activities, equipment, service projects, and other good deeds the Scouts of Troop 113 do every day in our community.

If you’ve bought from us before,  you may want to note a few changes.

  • First, we are not putting a minimum on the number of bags you can order. However, if you choose to order fewer than 10 bags, you will be required to pick up your mulch yourself.  Pick-up hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2020.
  • Second, we are limiting our delivery area to following ZIP codes: 22301, 22302, 22304, 22305 and 22314. People outside these ZIP codes are welcome to order from us, but they would have to pick up their orders during the pick-up hours above.

The reason for these changes are a matter of necessity.  Due to the wonderful support you have shown it has become increasingly difficult to deliver to everyone with our limited amount of delivery resources.  Again, all purchases are welcome and we appreciate your support, however we also require your cooperation.

A third change is our new shopping cart system to make your purchasing easier, and allow you to make donations via our website as well.

What is returning is our discounted pricing for larger orders:

  • 30+ bags: $5 each
  • 20-29 bags: $5.50 each
  • 19 bags or less: $6 each

And your option to order by mail.

Orders will be accepted through March 25 and deliveries will made between March 31 and April 4, 2020.

Read additional terms and conditions.

Purchase your mulch today!

How to hang a bear bag

When camping back country, it’s important to store your food and other “smellables” out of reach of bears and other critters. Food, toothpaste, bug spray and other heavily scented items will attract animals, so it’s important to keep these items out of your tent and stored safely away from the rest of the campsite.

This video explains one way to hang a bear bag. It is also a skill we will practice.

Camping hack contest

Everyone has great ideas on how to make camping easier, safer, more fun, less expensive or more conservation minded. All you have to do is search for “camping hacks” and come up with lists and lists of interesting, odd, silly and really great ideas.

So here’s a challenge: Find your favorite camping hack and share it in the comments below. Even better if you can use it yourself (or have used it before). Also, more points if you recycle or reuse (a Scout is thrifty). Light weight, easy to pack and multipurpose, better yet.

Here are a couple of ideas to get you thinking.

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Now, let’s see what you can find.

Mulch Deliveries Begin April 3

This year’s mulch sale has wrapped up — all the mulch has been ordered and will be arriving by truck on Tuesday morning. Deliveries will begin that week and continue through Saturday, April 7 (weather permitting).

Thank you neighbors for your support. Thank you parents for helping with deliveries through the week. And Scouts, you better bulk — you’ve got a lot of hefty bags to deliver. 🙂

If you have any comments or questions about delivery, please post them below.

Annual registration

Hi parents and Scouts,

It’s time for our annual registration. This year, you can pay online to the Troop PayPal account. Just click the button below and follow the online instructions. You will have the option to pay with your PayPal account, or credit or debit card.

  • Youth registration by itself is $26 ($1 to cover PayPal fees).
  • Youth registration with Boy’s Life annual subscription is $38.

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Be Prepared for May Rafting Trip

We are going rafting this Saturday — rain or shine.

Be sure to check the Shenandoah River water temperature, river conditions, and dress appropriately.

Here’s an article with suggested ways to dress warm on the water.

We can also save time if everyone submits their waiver electronically.

If you have questions about the rafting trip, please contact Mr. Birchler.

More details at tonight’s meeting!

Final Rodney MB Choices and Payments Due

Mr. Millander is wrapping up the Troop’s Camp Rodney reservation this week and needs all scouts who are planning to go to Camp to make their Merit Badge class selections and final payments this week.

He will try to be at the meeting tonight, or you can email your selections and mail your payments this week.

Please see the schedule online.

Due to great mulch sales this year, the troop is contributing $319 per scout and total cost of $100 per adult for attendance.


April 12 Announcements


First up, the troop is planning a camping trip to Prince William Forrest April 23-24. Patrols will need to plan meals and activities. We will be introducing our new scouts to the skills they will need to make their first advancements. We will also be hiking. Everyone needs to bring personal water bottles as well as sunscreen and other camping essentials. We can discuss other equipment needs tonight or provide a list to those new Scouts and parents who need them.

For questions, contact Mr. Ehret.


Mr. Birchler has started planning the river rafting trip, which has been reserved for May 14. We will likely leave early that morning to be at the boat launch in Harpers Ferry by 9 a.m.

We need a firm head count as soon as possible. So we will be taking a count tonight. Again, if you won’t be at the meeting, please reply today so we know who is going.

Everyone who will be on the water (Scouts and adults) will also need to complete the online waiver.

According to Mr. Birchler, “This is a level 2/3 river (nothing crazy – just two places where it is a little scary).”

If you have questions about the rafting trip, please contact Mr. Birchler.


Mr Millander needs your MB choices now. Please email them to him this week!

The following scouts are registered for Camp Rodney (if you or your Scout is not on the list but wants to go to Camp Rodney, please contact Mr Millander ASAP):

  • Peter Beckman
  • Ethan Ehret
  • Hudson Prall
  • Braden Prall
  • Ronan Lauinger
  • Bodie Lauinger
  • Will Rutherford
  • Evan Larsen

Please review the MB schedule and descriptions, and provide your choices for each period. If you have questions, please contact Mr Millander directly.

*Note: the Program Schedule is organized by Program Category.  The dark grey blocks represent when each class takes place.*