Weekly Updates


October 2, 2016

posted Oct 2, 2016, 4:14 PM by Daniel Carter Beard

Battlefield District Fall CamporeeOctober 7-9…the troop will be attending this event

 

MERIT BADGE CHOICES ARE…..ART, AUTO MAINT,  C.IC.,  C.I.N.,  C.I.W.,

COOKING,  COMMUNICATIONS, DISIBILTIY AWARE, DENTISTRY, ENIRONMENTAL SCI., FINGERPRINTING,   FIRST AID, LEATHERWORK, MUSIC, PUBLIC HEALTH, SUSTAINABILITY, TRUCK TRANSPORTATION

 

*Please so not delay on your choices…especially the Eagle Required ones…

 

Overnight Hiking Trip in Nelson Co……October 22-23..

 

More details to come

 

Eagle Court of Honor for Steven C.….Sunday October 30th….More details to come

 

 

The Unit Leader Guidebook Vol. 1 & 2 has been updated…As leaders and parents in Scouting, we have an obligation to keep ourselves updated on all policies that pertain to Boy Scouts of America and to make our Troop, the healthiest that it can be. If you have not done so, already, this is your opportunity to have a better understanding and  know the policies, procedures, standards, training opportunities, mission, aims, methods and ideals of Scouting.

It is  my hope that all leaders and parents will take time to review this. This is available at the Local Council Scout service center or you can order it online at:


http://www.scoutstuff.org/book-troop-ldr-gde-vol-1.html

http://www.scoutstuff.org/book-troop-ldr-gde-vol-2.html#.V_GUgSgrLIU



Thank you


2017 National Jamboree, Registration Now Live

Experience the best of Scouting in one place.  From stadium shows to merit badges, patch trading to adventure sports, you’ll want to be at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in 2017!

The 2017 National Scout Jamboree will be held from July 19 to July 28, 2017. Registration for participants  is now live. Cost per participant is $1,400. Register for the next Jamboree at: http://www.summitbsa.org/events/jamboree/overview/

Weekly Update 8/18/2015

posted Aug 19, 2015, 1:26 PM by Daniel Carter Beard   [ updated Aug 19, 2015, 1:26 PM ]

Good morning all,

 

First, thank you to the leaders who made it possible for me to spend time with my family, yesterday. I appreciate you covering for me!!

 

 

 

We have a Patrol Leader Council Meeting/ PLC this coming Thursday at 7:00 PM

 

Our Annual Planning/Leaders Meeting will be on August 30th, at the Witt’s home, at 1:00. ( more details to come)

 

Order of the Arrow Service Weekend is coming up on Sept. 11-13.  If you are a newly elected scout or leader, this is your opportunity to complete your induction/ordeal. If you are already an Arrowman, please consider your involvement. In the past, we have NOT had a positive turn out for these weekends. Part of being an Arrowman, is your commitment to future Service Weekends. Please come on out to Camp T. Brady Saunders, work a little, play a little, eat, and enjoy the fellowship with our brother arrowman. REMEMBER, PART OF BEING AN ARROWMAN IS CHEERFUL SERVICE!!!

 

 

We are registered for Winter Camp !!! We have spots for 4 adults and 8 youth.

At this point I have the following commitments.  

Mrs. Coffey

Mr. Altman

Mr. Witt

Tyler W.

Joshua E.

Andrew B.



The cost of the event is $55 for youth and $50 for adults. WE WILL BE TENT CAMPING!! This will be held the weekend of Jan 15-18, 2016

 

Our next committee meeting will be September 1. If you are going up for advancement, you need to have your Scoutmasters conference before Sept 1

 

Our Semi-annual Court of Honor will be September15th. This is for scouts and their family. Please come and share the accomplishments with your scout.

 

The Summit Bechtel Reserve We are seriously looking at going back to The Summit in 2016. Ours Scouts had such a great time, this past June, and have expressed a desire to have another fund raiser at Stevi B’s to raise funds for another adventure to The Summit.  We will need to have a meeting to go over program and plan for this event. Scouts need to be 13 and 1st Class to attend. If we do not have a regular scout meeting on Sept 8th,  we may consider this evening to get together to start planning for this event. Thoughts??

 

 

Sept 8th / first day of school Traditionally, we do not meet the day that our scouts return to school. At this point, I have had  4 scouts/parents say that they would like to meet on the first day of school. We will make a final decision as we get a little closer to the date.

 

STEW FUNDRAISER Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about our next STEW WEEKEND ! At this point, we need to get commitments for the following areas/responsibilities. Stew will be the weekend of Sept 25-26

 

FOP BUILDING/ do we have the use of the building secured for this date

CHICKEN/ Who will be in charge of ordering/picking up on Friday Sept 25

CANNED VEGETABLES/ Who will be ordering/picking up

TRAILOR for these tasks and others

***There is more to come, but these are the most vital at this point***

 

Thank you for all you do,

 

 

Yours in scouting,

Mrs. Coffey

 

August 11, 2015 Weekly Update

posted Aug 11, 2015, 7:20 PM by Daniel Carter Beard   [ updated Aug 11, 2015, 7:20 PM ]

Our theme for August is Boating/Canoeing

 

Thomas and Daniel, they are back from Buckskin and a good time was had by all. Buckskin Training is the highest training a youth can receive on the local Council level.

 


EAGLE POINT… has been CANCELLED due to the lack of interest

 

TROOP ANNUAL PLANNING MEETING..Will be on August 30 at the Witt’s house at 1:00 . More details to come

  

WINTER CAMP - We are signed up. There is spots for 8 Scouts and 4 Adults, right now we have 2 Adults and 2 Scouts that have signed up. If you are interested in going please send a email to troop555update@gmail.com.  Please be thinking about this. For a list of Merit Badges, go to hov.org. Go to Camps and then to the dropdown menu for T. Brady Saunders. Winter Camp information will be on this page.

Mrs. Coffey will be our leader of contact.

 

Advice from the Scoutmaster... Remember the Scout Law.

Yours In Scouting,

Mrs. Coffey

November 27, 2014

posted Dec 9, 2014, 6:39 PM by Daniel Carter Beard   [ updated Dec 9, 2014, 6:39 PM ]

Good morning all!
 
We had a small, but very energetic group of scouts last night!  We promptly finished the “checking “  of the remaining tents, then our older scouts, helped the younger scouts finish up some physical activity requirements. Thank you!
Our older scouts had a chance to make waterproof fire starters! We will make more of these, next week and then have aPatrol String Burning Competition! 
 
5 of our scouts had their  Scoutmaster’s conference and will be going up for advancement, next week! Awesome!
 
We are still on the calendar for Stevi B’s, next Wed. December 3rd. Come out, any time from 5:30 to 9:00, eat PIZZA and help our scouts go to The Summit, next Summer!
 
FAMILY EVENT!!!! We have a day trip, planned for December 7, to go to Colonial Williamsburg. We will be participation in a walking Historical tour, and our Scouts will have an opportunity to earn a special patch.
 
 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING and SAFE TRAVELS TO ALL!
 
Advice from the Scoutmaster,
 
We live as scouts, even when we are not in uniform!
 
Yours In Scouting,
Mrs. Coffey

June 3

posted Jun 6, 2014, 8:03 PM by Daniel Carter Beard   [ updated Jun 6, 2014, 8:03 PM ]

Congratulations to Josh E. for earning the Tenderfoot Scout rank and to Kostya Y. for earning the Star Scout rank.

 

No meeting Tuesday, June 10th due to exam week.  Scouts please bring in recyclables (no glass) to the June 17th meeting.  Menu planning for the Shooting Sports weekend will also take place that night.   Also bring back any equipment at your house from previous camping trips.

 

Also no class A uniforms for Summer except for the first Tuesday in August.

 

Urgent!!- last night a dark blue pack was lost after the meeting.  It has Boy Scout Jamboree 2010 decal.   Please call Matthew S. at 730-2287 if you found it.


June PLC is scheduled for Thursday, June 19th at 7:30 PM in the Carson Building. If you are an officer and are unable to attend you must notify the Scoutmaster (Scoutmaster@troop555.net). We will work on June and July meetings the themes are Mechanics and Hiking. Please go to link below, and come to the meeting prepared.

 http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Troop_Program_Features

PLC Members save this link; it has links to all program features. 


Shooting Sports Weekend June 20th – June 22nd – Mr Mayo is leading a rifle shooting weekend.  Come and get trained and earn the Rifle Shooting Merit Badge.  Sign ups are ongoing.  More details to come.


DUES, DUES ,DUES a scout pays his own way.  Each week a scout is required to pay dues of 50 cents.   This money should be earned and not just a handout from Mom and Dad.  The money is used to pay for merit badges, rank patches and patrol patches.  Please see Josh E. for more information about how much you owe.


PLEASE UPDATE YOUR MEDICAL FORM!!!! You are not allowed to participate without it. - 2014 Medical Forms are online! (LINK BELOW) These will be needed for camp as well as for each activity planned by the troop. A review of the medical forms in the troop’s files indicate that most everyone will need an updated medical by July 1st 2014. Please follow the link below to the new and improved…easy to use and understand - Medical Form! Download, print off and fill out as needed. Parts A and B are necessary for everyone who attends local tours, projects and weekend camping trips. If you are going to summer camp, you will need Parts A, B and C. The link has two big download buttons to lead you to the forms you will need as well as instructions. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Cloe or Mr. Ward at one of the meetings. Thanks!

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/ahmr.aspx


Summer Camp registration is  closed.  Troop 555 is going July 6 – July 12.  Final Payment is OVERDUE.  Please use your Scout Account if it has the funds available. See Mrs. Coffey for details.  For additional information please to go the council website below.  A, B and C MEDICAL FORMS are required.   All prerequisites for merit badges must be completed before camp or you maybe kicked out of the class.

http://bradysaunders.net/camp/summer.html


Join us for High Adventure at Bechtel Summit in the Summer of 2015.   You must be 13 years are older next summer to participate.  See Scoutmaster Coffey for more details.


2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan is now open for registration.  Please follow link below if  you are interested. http://www.scouting.org/worldjamboree.aspx

Do you want to be more involved with the Troop but don’t want to go camping?   Please consider joining the committee.  The Troop Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM.  Duties include budget, advancement, fundraising and leadership review.

 

If you have any current merit badge books that you are willing to part with– Please donate them to our troop library.

 

Advice from the Scoutmaster –  ”What will you do with your 86,400 seconds today?”

May 27

posted Jun 3, 2014, 12:49 PM by Daniel Carter Beard   [ updated Jun 3, 2014, 12:49 PM ]

Thank you to all those that participated in Memorial Day Service Projects.

 

Canoe Weekend May 30 – June 1st – James River State Park –Meet at the church at 5:30pm.  Please come already feed.  The cost is $30.  See the attached permission slip for item list.  At the time of the drop-off the scout must have cash/check or inform the Scoutmaster that they are using their Scout Account.  Due to space considerations there will be no personal tents allowed.    Scouts will be sleeping 3 to a tent.  We are also trying to limit the number of cars in the campsites.   If you are a leader and planning to drive please contact David Elliott, dbejr3@comcast.net

 

Committee Meeting and Uniform Inspection on Tuesday, the winner will receive a prize


DUES, DUES ,DUES a scout pays his own way.  Each week a scout is required to pay dues of 50 cents.   This money should be earned and not just a handout from Mom and Dad.  The money is used to pay for merit badges, rank patches and patrol patches.  Please see Josh E. for more information about how much you owe.


PLEASE UPDATE YOUR MEDICAL FORM!!!! You are not allowed to participate without it. - 2014 Medical Forms are online! (LINK BELOW) These will be needed for camp as well as for each activity planned by the troop. A review of the medical forms in the troop’s files indicate that most everyone will need an updated medical by July 1st 2014. Please follow the link below to the new and improved…easy to use and understand - Medical Form! Download, print off and fill out as needed. Parts A and B are necessary for everyone who attends local tours, projects and weekend camping trips. If you are going to summer camp, you will need Parts A, B and C. The link has two big download buttons to lead you to the forms you will need as well as instructions. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Cloe or Mr. Ward at one of the meetings. Thanks!

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/ahmr.aspx


Shooting Sports Weekend June 20th – June 22nd – Mr Mayo is leading a rifle shooting weekend.  Come and get trained and earn the Rifle Shooting Merit Badge.  Sign ups are ongoing.  More details to come.


Summer Camp registration is  closed.  Troop 555 is going July 6 – July 12.  Final Payment is due now.  Please use your Scout Account if it has the funds available. See Mrs. Coffey for details.  For additional information please to go the council website below.  A, B and C MEDICAL FORMS are required.   All prerequisites for merit badges must be completed before camp or you maybe kicked out of the class.

http://bradysaunders.net/camp/summer.html


Join us for High Adventure at Bechtel Summit in the Summer of 2015.   You must be 13 years are older next summer to participate.  See Scoutmaster Coffey for more details.


2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan is now open for registration.  Please follow link below if  you are interested. http://www.scouting.org/worldjamboree.aspx


Do you want to be more involved with the Troop but don’t want to go camping?   Please consider joining the committee.  The Troop Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM.  Duties include budget, advancement, fundraising and leadership review.

 

If you have any current merit badge books that you are willing to part with– Please donate them to our troop library.

 

Advice from the Scoutmaster –  ”Build a better you.”

August 13

posted Aug 18, 2013, 9:38 PM by Daniel Carter Beard   [ updated Aug 18, 2013, 9:39 PM ]

Eagle Point Kickback Camping Weekend August 16 – 18. Be at the Carson Building at 6:00 PM. Come already fed and in your Class A shirt. Bring your closed toed shoes that can wear in the water, no sandals or flip flops. Bring a towel or two. Extra clothes in case you get wet and wet again. Don’t forget the attached permission slip, bug spray, sunscreen, flashlight, camp chair and personal mess kit. 

You may wish to bring your fishing gear. Asst Scoutmaster Slicker is willing to teach to Fishing merit badge.

The cost is $15, we shall return early afternoon (12:30 PM) on Sunday.


For the meeting on August 20, Scouts (especially the Scouts below Star Rank) need to bring their Boy Scout Handbooks. Also Scouts need to come to the meeting with ideas about what they want to do over the next calendar year. There is a lot to see and do within 3 hours of Mechanicsville.

PLEASE CHECK YOUR HOUSE for TROOP EQUIPMENT – Even if your son has left scouting a long time ago. The Troop is missing coolers, kitchen utensils, pots, and other items. Please contact the Scoutmaster if you have any questions or concerns Scoutmaster@troop555.net.

Programming and Sustainability Merit Badges are available see Ben Ward for details.

Next Troop Committee Meeting is on August 27. The Committee will not be able to meet the first 2 weeks in September because of school starting and a Court of Honor. Be ready for advancements.

Order of the Arrow Fall Service Weekend - (Friday, September 6, 7pm – Sunday, September 8, 11am) at Camp T Brady Saunders. Arrowmen you have a duty to attend.


Annual Planning Meeting – August 25th at 2:00 PM

This is a reminder, that our yearly planning meeting is scheduled for August 25th, at 2:00. The leaders have graciously decided to come out to the Coffey household for the meeting. It will be a combination talk/eat/plan event. The Coffeys will provide the protein and drinks, and the other leaders will bring a side. Our address is 2434 Sheppard Town Rd. Maidens Va. 23102. If you have ever been out to T.Brady Saunders, you will have no trouble finding our house. Travel as if you are going to Brady Saunders Camp, but about a 1/2 mile before you turn into camp, you want to turn left onto Sheppard Town Rd, at the “little white store” called Mabel Mealeys. Travel about 1 mile on Sheppard Town Rd and we will be on the left. The travel time from Mechanicsville is approximately 40 minutes.

2434 Sheppard Town Rd




September PLC is scheduled for Thursday, September 12th at 7:30 PM in the Carson Building. If you are an officer and are unable to attend you must notify the Scoutmaster. We will work on September and October meetings. Please go to link below, and come to the meeting prepared.

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Troop_Program_Features

PLC Members save this link; it has links to all program features.


Do you want to be more involved with the Troop but don’t want to go camping? Please consider joining the committee. The Troop Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM. Duties include budget, advancement, fundraising and leadership review.

If you have any current merit badge books that you are willing to part with– Please donate them to our troop library.

Advice from the Scoutmaster – Those who help people are always remembered.


February 19

posted Feb 24, 2013, 1:26 PM by Daniel Carter Beard   [ updated Feb 24, 2013, 1:26 PM ]

Klondike Derby – Please arrive at the Carson Building at 6:00 PM on
Friday night.  The Troop will leave as soon as possible for the site
of the event The New Kent Winery.  The cost is $25.  Please eat before
coming.  Be prepared for wet weather.  Bring extra dry clothes and
rain gear.  Do not forget a water bottle and your mess kit.  Please
bring the attached permission slip and your class A uniform.

Stop selling stew!! You guys have done a great job. We have sold about
a 1,000 quarts. Now we got to make it. We're trying to make sure we
have all the help we need. We need folks to commit to:

*  Moving the Pots Thursday night February 28th. Usually this takes about
6-8 strong men a couple of hours, about 7:00-9:00 that night. (Meet at
the Pavilion at Shady Grove Methodist Church.
*  Chicken Picking Friday at 6:00 PM. All hands needed!!! (Moms, Dads, Siblings)
Adults and Scouts to stay overnight.  We really need at least three
shifts (5-6 scouts per shift) to do this.  We're more than happy to
have (and encourage) adults to volunteer to stir with the boys.
*  Please let us know if you can stay, and if you will stir!  There will
be pizza at midnight and soda for sale bring quarters
*  Packing the Stew - Saturday morning - We start packing around 6-6:30 and we're usually done by 8:00.
*  Clean up and returning the pots - Again, strong men for cleaning and returning the pots.
Remember many hands make light work.

Our stew making location is:
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge
1941 Shady Grove Rd
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Coming from Hwy 301 the lodge is on the right, before you cross I-295.
Winter Court of Honor and FOS Dinner is Tuesday, March 12th at 6:30
PM.  More details to  come.  The dinner and Court of Honor will be
held at Hanover Hall inside the main church building.

March PLC is scheduled for Thursday, March 14th at 7:30 PM in the
Carson Building. If you are an officer and are unable to attend you
must notify the Scoutmaster. We will work on March and April meetings.
Please go to link below, and come to the meeting prepared.
http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Troop_Program_Features
PLC Members save this link; it has links to all program features. We
are covering Physical Fitness in March.

Commitments are needed for Summer Camp at T. Brady Saunders. Please
talk with your Scouts about this camp. We need to get our reservation
in soon for the best campsites.
Summer Camp July 7 – 13 cost $285.   Early payment qualifies for a discount.
Merit Badges, Trailblazers for new scouts, COPE and Ranger's Challenge
for older scouts, Floating Iceberg, water activities and new water
chute.

Do you want to be more involved with the Troop but don’t want to go
camping? Please consider joining the committee. The Troop Committee
meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM. Duties include
budget, advancement, fund raising and leadership review.

If you have any current merit badge books that you are willing to part
with– Please donate them to our troop library.

Advice from the Scoutmaster – Be generous to others.

February 12

posted Feb 24, 2013, 1:24 PM by Daniel Carter Beard   [ updated Feb 24, 2013, 1:24 PM ]

Stop selling stew!! You guys have done a great jobWe have sold about a 1,000 quarts. Now we got to make it. We're trying to make sure we have all the help we need. We need folks to commit to:

  • Moving the Pots Thursday night February 28th. Usually this takes about 6-8 strong men a couple of hours, about 7:00-9:00 that night. (Meet at the Pavilion at Shady Grove Methodist Church.

  • Chicken Picking Friday at 6:00 PM. All hands needed!!! (Moms, Dads, Siblings)

  • Adults and Scouts to stay overnight. We really need at least three shifts (5-6 scouts per shift) to do this. We're more than happy to have (and encourage) adults to volunteer to stir with the boys. Please let us know if you can stay, and if you will stir! There will be pizza at midnight and soda for sale bring quarters

  • Packing the Stew - Saturday morning - We start packing around 6-6:30 and we're usually done by 8:00.

  • Clean up and returning the pots - Again, strong men for cleaning and returning the pots.

  • Remember many hands make light work.

Our stew making location is:

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge

1941 Shady Grove Rd

Mechanicsville, VA 23111

Coming from Hwy 301 the lodge is on the right, before you cross I-295

Winter Court of Honor and FOS Dinner is Tuesday, March 12th at 6:30 PM. More details to come.

March PLC is scheduled for Thursday, March 14th at 7:30 PM in the Carson Building. If you are an officer and are unable to attend you must notify the Scoutmaster. We will work on March and April meetings. Please go to link below, and come to the meeting prepared.

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Troop_Program_Features

PLC Members save this link; it has links to all program features. We are covering Physical Fitness in March.

Commitments are needed for Summer Camp at T. Brady Saunders. Please talk with your Scouts about this camp. We need to get our reservation in soon for the best campsites.

Summer Camp July 7 – 13 cost $285. Early payment qualifies for a discount.

Merit Badges, Traiblazers for new scouts, COPE and Ranger's Challenge for older scouts, Floating Iceburg, water activities and new water chute.

Do you want to be more involved with the Troop but don’t want to go camping? Please consider joining the committee. The Troop Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM. Duties include budget, advancement, fund raising and leadership review.

If you have any current merit badge books that you are willing to part with– Please donate them to our troop library.


Advice from the Scoutmaster – Look ahead not behind

February 5

posted Feb 24, 2013, 1:23 PM by Daniel Carter Beard   [ updated Feb 24, 2013, 1:23 PM ]

Please congratulate Troop 555's newest Eagle Scouts. Mikey V and J P

Advancement Day has been postponed. We will reschedule. 

February PLC is scheduled for Thursday, February 7th at 7:30 PM in the Carson Building. If you are an officer and are unable to attend you must notify the Scoutmaster. We will work on February and March Meetings. Please go to link below, and come to the meeting prepared.

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Troop_Program_Features

PLC Members save this link; it has links to all program features. We are covering Winter Camping in February and Physical Fitness in March.

Stop selling stew!! You guys have done a great jobWe have sold about a 1,000 quarts. Now we got to make it. We're trying to make sure we have all the help we need. We need folks to commit to:

  • Moving the Pots Thursday night February 28th. Usually this takes about 6-8 strong men a couple of hours, about 7:00-9:00 that night. (Meet at the Pavilion at Shady Grove Methodist Church.

  • Chicken Picking Friday at 6:00 PM. All hands needed!!! (Moms, Dads, Siblings)

  • Adults and Scouts to stay overnight. We really need at least three shifts (5-6 scouts per shift) to do this. We're more than happy to have (and encourage) adults to volunteer to stir with the boys. Please let us know if you can stay, and if you will stir! There will be pizza at midnight and soda for sale bring quarters

  • Packing the Stew - Saturday morning - We start packing around 6-6:30 and we're usually done by 8:00.

  • Clean up and returning the pots - Again, strong men for cleaning and returning the pots.

  • Remember many hands make light work.

Our stew making location is:

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge

1941 Shady Grove Rd

Mechanicsville, VA 23111

Coming from Hwy 301 the lodge is on the right, before you cross I-295

Winter Court of Honor and FOS Dinner is Tuesday, March 12th at 6:30 PM. More details to come.

Commitments are needed for Summer Camp at T. Brady Saunders. Please talk with your Scouts about this camp. We need to get our reservation in soon for the best campsites.

Summer Camp July 7 – 13 cost $285. Early payment qualifies for a discount.

Merit Badges, Traiblazers for new scouts, COPE and Ranger's Challenge for older scouts, Floating Iceburg, water activities and new water chute.

Do you want to be more involved with the Troop but don’t want to go camping? Please consider joining the committee. The Troop Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM. Duties include budget, advancement, fund raising and leadership review.

If you have any current merit badge books that you are willing to part with– Please donate them to our troop library.


Advice from the Scoutmaster – Honor your commitments

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