2003 Weekly Updates

Special Announcement: December 21, 2003

Scouts,

If you have been following all the events celebrating the Wright Brothers First Flight you'll be interested in these sites.

http://firstflight.open.ac.uk/takeoff04.html - See if you can fly the Wright Flyer, no help now, you have to do it in real time with no guidance.

http://www.allstar.fiu.edu/aero/90th-fighter.htm - Now check out the F-15E Strike Eagle.

Quite a contrast, huh?

Check out some of the links from these sites, they're pretty interesting...If you are still interested in more go to google.com and search on "flying", "flight", "wright brothers", or any other word associated with flying.

Have fun and Merry Christmas,

Mr. Ward

Scoutmaster

12-16-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friend:

We had a great time last night with a relay –a capture the flag game –and our party. We also enjoyed our hike on Saturday. We saw things in Richmond that I have been by –but missed –for years. Thanks to all who helped out.

This was our last meeting for the year. We will meet again January 6th. Two quick things about that meeting: It is the first meeting of the month so we will have Uniform Inspection and Board of Review for advancement. Also TAKE NOTE: we will be meeting in the front of the main church instead of the Carson building. The church is hosting CARITAS that week –so we need to move.

Our main event in January is the Klondike Derby January 30-31. This is cold weather camping –so Maybe Santa will bring you long underwear or a warm sleeping bag.

If Santa doesn’t bring you the scouting stuff you wanted –remember your scout account but –WE NEED THE REMAINING STEW MONEY!!! Please bring it to the next meeting.

Also please put on your calendar our A trip this year –April 3-10 (We probably won’t be gone all that time –but we’re in the planning stages). We need commitment from scouts soon and commitments from Drivers as well. We will be hiking the first 57 mile of the AT starting in Springer Mountain GA. We also need some folks who are willing to be at base camp –so you don’t need to hike to help! Requirements for boys to go are Thirteen years of age by the time we leave, First Class Rank, and Permission of the Scoutmaster.

The secret word for our next meeting is "Thermal underwear."

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

12-9-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

What's Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent, and makes 1,032 quarts? Troop 555 of course!

Stew was a great success. All made - all sold. Money is due so if you didn't have it Tuesday evening - Bring it next Tuesday!.

We worked on a First Aid Relay. Some of us still need to brush up on our skills - but we're making progress. (What's the phone number for 911?)

This Saturday we will go on the OLD DOMINION TRAIL hike through Richmond. We will meet at the church at 8:00 and from there travel to St. John's Church where we have a special private tour planned, and then we will hike through the city to Maymont Park. We need drivers so please help if you can. We will also need drivers to help us shuttle back to our cars that afternoon. Remember to wear your Class A Scout Shirt, and warm clothes. Boots are needed - this is a several mile hike. No hiking sticks, but bring water and a bag lunch (you may want a day-pack to carry your lunch in as well.)

The secret word for Tuesday is "Patrick Henry".

Upcoming events in review:

12/13 - Day Hike in Richmond (can you learn the important speech given at St. Johns Church?)

January - Klondike Derby

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 12-4-2003

Good day,

Last evening was the December meeting of the Battlefield District Roundtable.

The Klondike Derby will be held at Dorey Park on January 30 th , 2004. The theme for this year is “Back to Basics”. Rex Born is the Klondike Chairman this year. Cost for the event is $6/attendee. Registration is due no later than January 23 rd . I would ask that one of the ASMs take this on to coordinate as I have been asked to man a station for the event. Notes I made of the Klondike are:

Ø Each patrol will be asked to develop a “Flag Retirement” ceremony for one of the stations. This should be done and ready to present on arrival at the station.

Ø There will be an adult scouter roaming the grounds and asking questions about Alaska. Patrols will be rewarded based on their answers. Spending a bit of time reading about our 50 th (is this correct?) state might prove worthwhile.

Ø There will be 12 stations, to include knots and lashings, backpacking, fire building (this is where I will be) orienteering, X-country skiing, distance measuring, bucket retrieve, and more. Be prepared.

Ø Watch out for “Claim Jumpers”. These folks just might take all your hard earned gold nuggets if your patrol cannot answer their questions about scouting…just who was the scouter named Seton?

I have the handout for this and will bring it to the next meeting.

We are asked to send to Phillip Mumford, our DE, an up-to-date Troop roster as soon as possible. This is in preparation for Re-chartering coming early next year.

If anyone (adults) is interested in signing up for adult Woodbadge training they should contact Robyn at the Council office. I encourage each adult scouter to strongly consider taking this training, it is very good.

The Friends of Scouting program is soon to start. Troop 555's representative will be ASM Mr. Richardson. The kickoff is scheduled for January 10 th from 8am to 10am at the Fairmount Christian Church in Mechanicsville. Breakfast will be served. Please RSVP our attendance to Phillip Mumford at Council by January 3 rd .

The speaker of the evening was the Hanover Christmas Mother. We are asked to consider the needs of folks in our community and donate our time or goods.

Junior Leader Training (JLT) is scheduled for this coming March. We all need to be thinking on who of our scouts should attend. It is a great opportunity for upcoming leaders in the troop. Also the JLT Scoutmaster is asking for help from 3 Eagle Scouts to serve on staff. If any of you Eagles are interested in this please let me know.

Opportunities for Adult Leader training will soon be announced. Watch the Courier for this and take advantage if you can.

That is all for now, Remember that this weekend is our Brunswick stew weekend. All hands are needed to make this another successful fund raiser for our Troop. I'll see some of you tonight when we set up the pots and I hope to see you all tomorrow as we begin the stewing process.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Ward

Scoutmaster

12-2-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Everyone seemed to have a good Thanksgiving. Time to think about our favorite part of the holiday season this year - Stew!

Stew is this weekend. We will be preparing the stew Friday night Dec 5th all night until Saturday morning. We need all the hands we can gather for Chicken Pickin Friday night at 6:00. This should last about an hour and a half, and then we get on with the preparation of the Stew! We will also need some strong adult volunteers for Thursday evening to pick up the Pots, and some to help Saturday morning to return the pots. More stew Reminders are below. WEAR A HAT!!!

We will have a regular meeting next week 12/9/03. The Secret Word for Tuesday night's meeting is "Chicken Pickin"

Upcoming events in review:

12/5-6 - Brunswick Stew

12/13 - Day Hike in Richmond (can you learn the important speech given at St. Johns Church?)

January - Klondike Derby

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 11-30-2003

Good day all,

I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving.

As you know this coming weekend is Troop 555's Stew weekend. We will assemble the pots Thursday evening and begin stewing Friday around 3pm. Here are our needs...

Mrs. Massie, we need to talk about your truck & trailer if they are still available. They are needed to carry the pots Thursday evening and again on Saturday morning.

Thursday evening, we need to have about 6 or more strong men or older boys meet at Shady Grove UMC to pick up the pots. We meet at the small pavilon behind the church at 7pm. We'll take the pots from there to the FOP, unload, level, and connect the gas. Three or more will stay at the FOP assembling the connections while the others of us (at least 3) will go to the Hanover Courthouse Ruitan building to pick up the last pot. We'll bring that back and assemble it.

Friday afternoon, we need to have someone to be at the FOP to begin cooking the chicken.

We need to have the vegetables ordered and picked up. Also the chicken needs to be ordered and picked up. Both these have to be delivered and unloaded at the FOP. We will need to coordinate the times at the FOP as there is only one key to the building and one key to the stew shed. Mrs. Willyard is arranging the chicken pickup last I heard. Who is getting the vegetables?

We need to talk to folks and inform everyone that "chicken pickin" begins at approximately 6pm Friday evening. All hands are needed for this activity, including all scouts. We will stew all night Friday night. We need to have adults to help cover the times during the stewing. The scouts will be up all night stewing and stirring. Adults are needed to be with them and monitoring the process. It is critical that the pots never stop being stirred as it will stick and burn if stirring is not done.

Saturday morning at approximately 6am we need to have as many adults as possible to come over to the FOP and help pack the finished stew into containers.

(Can we have a different crew for this?) Saturday morning we need to have help with cleanup and with dis-assembling the pots and transporting them back to their "homes". It takes at least 3 strong people to move the pots around as they are very heavy. Also as many of us will have been up all night it would be great if a fresh crew could dis-assemble and cleanup. The FOP will have to be vacuumed and as clean as it will be when we begin the stew.

Someone with a pickup truck needs to load all the cans and other trash and take it to the dump Saturday morning.

This is a major fund raiser for the Troop and I know you all want to help. You may just have never heard what the needs are. Please consider the time you have and the times the leaders give and then volunteer your time the best you can. Troop 555 does not ask you often for a committment of this sort. It takes much effort for everyone to pull this event off successfully. In the past the leaders of the Troop have worked beginning on Thursday with the assembly, then come back early Friday afternoon and then stayed up all night Friday. We tend to be pretty much "wasted" on Saturday. It would be great if another crew could come in on Saturday morning by 5:30am to set up for packing and be there for taking the pots down, returning them to the church and the Ruitan, and cleaning up. Please consider the effort needed and the results expected as you consider your time for this coming weekend.

The stew weekend is a fun time (believe it) and is a great way to get to know other parents and scouts. I hope to see everyone there and enjoying the fellowship and esprit de corps. You never know someone until you work a while beside them...

Mr. Ward

Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 11-25-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

In preparation for getting the Holiday Feast we had a wonderful presentation on firearm safety presented by the Wards. Thanks to them for a job well done. Family Life merit badge is progressing as well - some eggs did better than others. The safest egg was one stored in a coffin (Hummmm!)

We will meet next week 12/2/03. This is the first meeting of the month so remember full class A's and uniform inspection.

Stew is the next weekend. We wll be preparing the stew Friday night Dec 5th all night until Saturday morning. We need all the hands we can gather for Chicken Pickin Friday night at 6:00. This should last about an hour and a Half, and then we get on with the preparation of the Stew! We will also need some strong adult volunteers for Thursday evening to pick up the Pots, and some to help Saturday morming to return the pots.

We can still sell some more stew!

The Secret Word for Tuesday night's meeting is "Buddy System"

Upcoming events in review:

12/5-6 - Brunswick Stew

12/13 - Day Hike in Richmond (can you learn the important speech given at St. Johns Church?)

January - Klondike Derby

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 11-19-2003

The Trails End Popcorn orders will be ready for pick up this Sunday (11/23) from 1PM to 5PM at the Nigrelli residence. Please contact the Nigrellis if you have any problem finding the house or need to make other arrangements in picking up an order.

Please bring any payment that you may have collected, all money must be turned in by the Dec. 9th meeting.

Thanks to all the Scouts who participated, the sale was a great success this year, exceeding last years’ total.

ALSO: One driver, preferably with a van or pick-up truck is needed to help pick up the order Sat. morning at 9:30 at the Pepsi plant on Mechanicsville Tpke. If anyone is willing to help, please contact the Nigrellis. Thanks again.

Mr. Nigrelli

Treasurer

11-18-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

It looks like we've got a bunch of good eggs (a little family life humor there). We talked about climbing, lashings, fun-stuff, and the new council name - Heart of Virginia.

Andrew W. is looking for some donations of building materials for his Eagle Project.

We will meet next week 11/25/03.

Important Notice: The Secret Word for Tuesday night's meeting is "Apple Cobbler"

Remember to keep selling Stew - scheduled for the first weekend in December. (December is Stew Month - Now popular Nationwide!!)

Upcoming events in review:

12/5-6 - Brunswick Stew

12/13 - Day Hike in Richmond (can you learn the important speech given at St. Johns Church?

January - Klondike Derby

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 11-13-2003

Good day,

Last evening I attended the last meeting of the Council Namilng committee. Watch the news tomorrow for an announcement. The name that was chosen will be submitted to the Council Executive Board tonight for their final vote. If approved, it will be announced in the news tomorrow. Yes, I know what will be submitted but until the Executive Board votes and approves the selection we have been asked not to reveal what will be submitted. I can tell you that the name was selected from about 50 possibilities and after much discussion.

Have a good day,

Mr. Ward

Scoutmaster

11-11-03

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Our meeting went in a new direction! (The chairs were set up the other way.) We had a competition on designing the perfect campsite. So much advancement that the committee had to stay halfway through the night! All-in-all a good meeting.

Thanks all who helped with Popcorn Sales, Scouting for Food and Peak Experiences. All were successful. A special sincere thank you also to the Veterans who attended our meeting, and to those who did not or could not.

Remember to keep selling Stew - scheduled for the first weekend in December. (December is Stew Month - Be the first on your block to have a freezer full!)

Upcoming events in review:

12/5-6 - Brunswick Stew

12/13 - Day Hike

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 11-6-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

This Saturday we will meet at Northside Baptist Church and collect the food that people put in the bags we put out last week. All hands are needed for this event. We will get started about 10:00, but if you can be there by 9:45 - all the better. After we have collected the food we plan to travel to Peak Experiences for an afternoon of rock climbing.

All scouts who desire to go to Peak Experiences need to have their parents sign permission slips for them to go. Parents - please make sure you have signed the permission slips. Those without permission slips cannot climb, and we can't take them.

We will do Bag's In and travel in Class A's, but you may want to bring a class B shirt to climb in. Cost for the time at Peak Experiences is $12.00. Please bring it with you! Also bring a bag lunch - we will not be stopping on the way. Final reminder that unless you have made alternate arrangements with me, only those who have participated in Bags In, Bags Out and last week's service project are eligible for this trip.

Finally, While I think we can go - there is one variable that could keep us from going - Drivers are still in short supply. If you can possibly drive over to Peak and Back and carry some scouts - please let me know at eshowalt@rmc.edu. I will re-count participants and drivers Saturday morning and make the final call then.

If you would like to look over Peak experiences waiver, and perhaps fill it out ahead of time - please go to their website:

http://www.peakexperiences.com/overview.htm

Reminder - Next week is the first meeting of the Month - Uniform Inspection and Board of Review.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 11-6-2003

Good day,

Here some brief notes of the November Roundtable meeting Ms. Ficor and I attended last evening.

Popcorn pickup is scheduled for November 27th at the Pepsi plant on Mechanicsvile Turnpike. We are asked to adhere to our scheduled times. Ms. Nigrelli is our Popcorn Kernal and will let us know the details on how to pickup the popcorn orders from her house.

November 9th is Scouting for Food pickup. The drop zone for the food we gather is at Lee Davis High School. The troop will meet at Northside Baptist Church to coordinate this effort and afterwards travel to Peak Experiences for an afternoon of rock climbing. Mr. Showalter is coordinating this event for the troop. Drivers are needed and adults are asked to volunteer to go with the troop to Peak Experiences to help in driving. We are scheduled to be at Peak Experiences from 12:00-3:00pm.

It’s that time of year again when Council is asking us to check our membership records. We were asked to print out our roll and email or fax it to Phillip Mumpford at the Council office. This should be done in the next couple weeks.

Recruiting was emphasized. Wal-Mart is offering $5 discount coupons to youth (sorry adults) for each new member they recruit. Also, any OA member (including adults) that recruits a new scout will receive a special OA flap. This flap was created to commemorate the Robert E. Lee Council name & is the first time that the Council name appears on an OA flap. I know it will quickly become a collector’s item.

American Business weekend at the cub adventure camp is the weekend of November 21-23rd. I have the handout for this and if any of you want to see what’s offered just let me know. I will have it with me at the next troop meeting. The cost is $30 each and everything is provided, including the food. You would only need to bring personal gear for camping. The first 200 participants will be assigned a real bed inside one of the facilities in the cub camp. Focus for the weekend will be on the American Business and Entrepreneurship merit badges. These merit badges are difficult to earn so this is a good time for our scouts who may be interested to begin.

The program of the evening was with Ben Gregory, the Council Buckskin Scoutmaster. He talked of cooking and gave us good insight on some things I would like to bring back to the troop. His theme, though not really outlined was essentially, “If you can lead the patrol in cooking, you can lead the patrol anytime.” Thinking about this I believe you would see that when a patrol is cooking you have 2 or 3 guys involved and the rest of the patrol off fooling around and doing whatever scouts do when not supervised. If you can lead the cooking and keep the other scouts involved then you are a good leader. He was focusing on the boy leaders here, not only us adults. He gave good tips of recipes and methods of cooking I will share with you all later. He even provided us with the “world-renowned” Buckskin recipe book. It has some real good ideas in it.

Again, don’t forget the Bags In is this Saturday and also the trip to Peak Experiences. Mr. Showalter is coordinating these events and I know he would appreciate any and all involvement you could offer. Meet at Northside Baptist Church at 10am.

See you all at the next Troop meeting,

YIS,

Don Ward

Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 11-5-2003

Dear Friends,

As of this morning I have only one other leader who has agreed to help transport scouts to Peak Experiences on Saturday. We really need at least two more drivers, at least one of whom is willing to stay at Peak from 12-3:00. Please e-mail me and let me know if you can possibly help. This is a great experience for the scouts, and I do not want to disappoint them. We should have enough belayers.

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 11-4-2003

Dear Friends,

I have had several leaders (and one be layer) notify me that they will be unavailable to help with our trip to Peak Experiences this Saturday following Bags-In at 10:00. We are scheduled to be a Peak Experiences from 12:00-3:00. I am still willing to take folks, but I need to know that I have enough drivers and adults willing to stay. Four of us going have become belay trained, but changes in the rules at Peak experiences may limit the number of ropes we can man to two.

Adults - Please e-mail me and let me know if you can drive to and from Peak experiences and whether or not you can stay.

Based on the response, I will make a decision regarding this trip.

Thanks so much.

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

10-28-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Can you set up a tent blindfolded? You would know the answer if you were at our meeting last night.

Next week there will be no meeting, but those doing personal fitness need to record their activities. Our next meeting is November 11th, and it will be a Board of Review night - Full Class A's

Saturday at 10:00 we will meet for Scouting for Food - Bags Out. We will meet at Northside Baptist Church. Afterwards we will go to the church where we will work on cleaning out the shed and organizing our equipment. Class A uniform is required for the Bags Out and be sure to bring a bag lunch. Vans will be needed to help ferry the scouts during the Bags Out activity and back to the church. If any parents can help with this it would be appreciated.

If you haven't already done so, please bring Popcorn Orders to Bags out. If you cannot come contact Mr. Nigrelli @ 730-1780 to make arrangements. Orders are due to the council before we meet again.

Those who need the Belay II course (that is the refresher or second course) I'll be taking a group over to Peak Experiences Saturday 11/1 leaving at 3:00. we should be back around 7:30 (maybe a bit later if there is a group consensus to get dinner together.)

The next weekend is Bags in. Again we will need drivers - Class A uniforms etc. After Bags in we will go to peak experiences.

Remember to keep selling Stew - rescheduled for the first weekend in December. (December is Stew Month - Buy an extra quart and Share!)

Upcoming events in review:

11/1 - Bags Out and Church Service Project

11/4 - No meeting.

11/8 - Bags in and a planned trip to Peak Experiences for those who participated both weekends.

12/5-6 - Brunswick Stew

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

10-21-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

We stayed busy Tuesday night working on equipment and physical fitness. We also talked about our time at the Camporee.

Next week will be the last time for scouts wanting to do Scoutmaster Conferences at a meeting prior to our next Board of Review. We will not meet the first Tuesday in November due to election day.

Also next week - please bring back Popcorn Orders - They are due to the council before we will meet again.

Those working on God and Country will meet with Mr. Davis next week.

If you were one of the many who forgot to bring back equipment from the Camporee - or had to re-clean the equipment you brought back - please make sure it comes back in A+ condition Tuesday night. Less than half of our equipment came back - and most of that needed additional cleaning. We've already spent too much time talking about the importance of taking responsibility for our equipment. (But we can spend more if we have to!) Also remember to bring back your merit-badge books and any additional money owed the troop.

If you're behind on your dues - Catch up! Our Scribe is taking names!

Dennis N.'s eagle project is the 25th. Those helping him should know who they are and were and when to meet. If you're not sure - Call Dennis. We all wish him the best!

Remember also to sell Stew - rescheduled for the first weekend in December. (Troop 555 stew has very few calories per serving - if the servings are small enough!)

Upcoming events in review:

10/25 - Eagle Project - Dennis N.

11/1 - Bags Out and Church Service Project

11/4 - No meeting.

11/8 - Bags in and a planned trip to Peak Experiences for those who participated both weekends.

12/5-6 - Brunswick Stew

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 10-19-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends:

Well all are back, and all are safe. I want to extend the troops thanks to the leaders who were able to stay and work with the boys, and our gratitude to the parents who pitched in and were willing to drive to (and from) the Camporee. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Lots of Troop equipment went home with the scouts to be carefully cleaned, dried, and prepared for storage. It is very important that all this equipment come back to Tuesday night's meeting. We will carefully inspect all the equipment Tuesday night.

If you have not already paid for the trip, please remember to bring $24.00 to the meeting.

One more request: The troop is still missing some equipment, and we really need it back. While it may be somewhere in the shed or church, if there is any chance you have troop equipment at home, please return it Tuesday night. We are especially concerned about our two large cast-iron skillets, these are expensive and were sorely missed this weekend. Thanks for checking.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

10-14-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Our new leaders held a great first meeting.

This weekend - Camporee! We've planned our menus. Cooks need to purchase the food. Save your receipts and turn them in as soon after the camporee as you can.

We will depart Friday night. Meet at the church at 6:30 - we will pull out of the parking lot at 7:00 sharp. Parents will need to sign permissions slips before leaving the scouts. The cost for the weekend is $24 which covers food and camporee fees. We will return about 11:30 Sunday morning. We may need Drivers - Volunteer if you can. Troop 555 always travels in Class A's!

Remember to bring your Scout Book, a camp chair if you want one, Something to write with and paper or notebook, and your merit badge book if you have it. Have clothes appropriate for the weather in your backpack. For other packing suggestions check out the backpacking checklist on our website (click here). It has more on it than you'll need for the weekend, but it may serve as a reminder for something you forgot. There's a list of things to bring in your scout book as well.

There will be a cook off competition, a gateway competition, and a clean camp competition. Let's try and win them all.

For merit badges with prerequisites - please have them with you.

  • First Aid merit badge folks need to have a first aid kit with them (a good idea for us all)
  • Orienteering merit badge folks nee to have a compass with them (not a bad idea either)
  • Music Merit Badge folks need to have their instruments and sheet music. (Hope you don't play the grand piano!)

Dennis N.'s Eagle project is the 25th. Good luck!

The popcorn sale concludes 10/28 please bring in your order forms that night. If you haven't already picked up an order form - see Mr. Nigrelli. Sell Sell Sell.

Remember also to sell Stew - rescheduled for the first weekend in December. (A great new-year's resolution is to eat more stew!)

Those interested in Belay Training at Peak Experiences please contact me directly (eshowalt@rmc.edu). I will be taking those who contact me and want to go as a group Thursday evening 10/16. Training is at 6:30 so we will leave from the church no later than 5:30 If you want the training but can't go then, contact me and I'll send you the times you can go.

Upcoming events in review:

10/17-19 Merit badge Camporee

10/25 - Eagle Project - Dennis N.

11/1 - Bags Out and Church Service Project

11/4 - No meeting.

11/8 - Bags in and a planned trip to Peak Experiences for those who participated both weekends.

12/5-6 - Brunswick Stew

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 10-14-2003

FYI...

There have been some additions to the Merit Badges offered at the Battlefield District Fall Camporee. Below is a complete list of Merit Badges being offered.

Art-

Fingerprinting-

Auto Mechanics-

Music-

First Aid-

Communications-

Cit. in World-

Cit. in Nation-

Cit. in Community-

Pioneering-

Camping-

Orienteering-

Space Exploration-

Fire Safety-

Law

American Heritage

YIS,

Mr. Ward

Scoutmaster

10-7-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

New Leaders !!! The important election results are in ! (Sorry Arnold, but we've got more important issues in Mechanicsville!)

Senior Patrol Leader - Trey G.

Assistant SPL - Kevin D.

Scribe - Charles G.

Librarian - Jeffrey R.

Quartermaster - Joseph M.

Historian - Kurt G.

Congratulations to our new patrol leaders as well, and a special thanks to all our outgoing leadership.

There will be a PLC for new and old leaders immediately following next weeks meeting - plan to stay.

Upcoming events;

This weekend - OA - Fall fellowship.

Next Weekend - Camporee! We signed up for merit badges last night. Next week we will work on our entryway and menus. Camporee dates are October 17-19. Badges available will include: Art, Camping, Communications, First Aid, Orienteering, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Fingerprinting, Citizenship in the World, Space Exploration, and Pioneering. Several of these badges have prerequisites.

Dennis N.'s eagle project is the 25th. Good luck!

The popcorn sale continues through 10/28. If you haven't already picked up an order form - see Mr. Nigrelli. Sell Sell Sell.

Remember also to sell Stew - rescheduled for the first weekend in December. (Makes a great Christmas gift, but hard to wrap!)

Those interested in Belay Training at Peak Experiences please contact me directly (eshowalt@rmc.edu). I will be taking those who contact me and want to go as a group next Thursday evening 10/16. Training is at 6:30 so we will leave from the church no later than 5:45. If you want the training but can't go then, contact me and I'll send you the times you can go.

Upcoming events:

10/10-12 - OA Fall Fellowship

10/17-19 Merit badge Camporee

10/25 - Eagle Project - Dennis Nye

11/1 - Bags Out and Church Service Project

11/4 - No meeting.

11/8 - Bags in and a planned trip to Peak Experiences for those who participated both weekends. 12/5-6 - Brunswick Stew

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 10-3-2003

Good day,

Last Wednesday Ms. Ficor & I attended the October meeting of the Battlefield District Roundtable. Here are some brief notes I made.

We are asked that whenever we go to Council to pick up the merit badges earned that we have the advancement form with us to turn in. This is to help Council maintain their records for each of the boys.

District Award of Merit nominations are due to the Council by October 10th. I have a form and can make copies if you have a nomination you would like to make. This award is for adults who have made outstanding service to youth in the Battlefield District.

Nominations for the Silver Beaver award are also due at Council. This is a Council level award for Scouters. Our own Tom Carr is a past recipient of this award. Forms can be downloaded from the Council website.

Please consider our leaders for either of these awards, we have some very involved and good folks in our troop that are more than qualified.

The Popcorn sales campaign is underway. Marti Nigrelli, Troop 555’s Popcorn Kernal, gave us a presentation at the last meeting. If you did not get your order forms you should come to the next meeting and pick them up.

Commissioner Basic Training is offered this weekend at Benedictine High School. If you have an interest call the Council to register. Troopmaster training will be offered soon. Troopmaster software will be strongly encouraged to be used this coming year to register our unit and new scouts. I’ll let you know when the dates are set for this training.

The Fall Camporee is coming up fast. It will be held the weekend of October 17th thru the 19th. They have added 2 more merit badges to the mix. They are Music and Auto Mechanics. The scouts should have an alternate merit badge in mind should the first choice be filled. We will take names and merit badges desired this coming Tuesday night so be ready. If the scout wants to take Music they are asked to bring and instrument and sheet music to the Camporee. Merit badges that will be offered are:

  • Camping – Must have completed 20 days of camping prior to the Camporee and have a note from the Scoutmaster to that effect. Please let the SM know BEFORE the Camporee if you need this note.
  • Communications – Must have a note from the SM stating the scout has attended a Board of Supervisors meeting. Please let the SM know BEFORE the Camporee if you need this note. Scouts must also have an autobiographical resume that you would use in applying for a job prepared.
  • First Aid – no prerequisites
  • Orienteering – ½ day session, scouts MUST bring a compass
  • Citizenship in the Community – no prerequisites
  • Citizenship in the Nation – ½ day session; Scouts must bring a letter they have written to their Senator and the reply received. Limited to 15 scouts each session.
  • Citizenship in the World – no prerequisites
  • Space Exploration – no prerequisites
  • Pioneering – no prerequisites
  • Fingerprinting – ½ day session
  • Art – ½ day session
  • Music – ½ day session
  • Auto Mechanics

We must register for the Camporee by October 10th. The cost for the Camporee is $9/scout. Total cost to each scout for the weekend will be $24. There is a full Camporee packet on the Council website should you need more information. The url is http://www.relcbsa.org/BttlfdPg.html#2003%20Battlefield%20District.

Phillip Mumford, our DE announced again the American Business merit badge offering the weekend of November 21-23rd at CBS. The cost is $30/scout, which includes food and sleeping quarters. You would need to bring only your person sleeping bags and gear, no tents. See me if you want more information. He also announced the “A Scout is Reverent” weekend. Cost for this weekend is also $30/scout and is a time the scout can begin working on the religious emblem of their faith. Again, see me for more information if you have an interest.

Scouting for Food Bags Out day is November 1st. I picked up 400 bags at the Roundtable meeting. We need to discuss the area we will cover and coordinate with the pack. After Bags Out we will meet back at the church and clean up and organize the scout shed and closet. Bags In is November 8th. After we collect the bags and deliver them to the pickup points the troop will travel to Peak Experiences for an afternoon of climbing. Certified belayers are needed for this trip, see Mr. Showalter to volunteer to become certified.

Last year Scouting for Food delivered over 500,000 pounds of food to the Richmond Area Food Bank. This service project is the primary source of food for the food bank. Please make plans on your calendar to help out these 2 Saturdays. Only those scouts attending both events will be eligible to go with us to Peak Experiences.

And last we had a presentation from Phillip on the Council name change. If you have suggestions of a Council name you are asked to submit them before October 15th. A name change committee has been selected and has already met to work on this important endeavor. A personal note here, I was asked to serve on this committee and have agreed. We met first a couple weeks ago. There is much to be done associated with a name change. Please take this seriously as the result will be how the Council is known for a long time to come. The name should be geographically identifying and scouting related. If you want to submit your suggestions to me I will submit them for consideration. All suggestions will be submitted, that’s a promise.

That was all for this months Roundtable, I hope you all have a good weekend. See you at the next meeting.

YIS,

Mr. Ward

Scoutmaster

9-30-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Lots of stuff last night! Some worked on advancement, others on First Aid, others on Physical Fitness and the rest on designing a campsite entry for the Camporee. We also started the Popcorn sale, so start selling!

Next week:

1: We will have elections and announce and distribute the new patrol rosters.

2: Work on the Physical Fitness merit badge will continue.

3: Mr. Davis will meet with those working on God and Country. Have section one completed and ready to discuss.

Be thinking about the Merit Badge Camporee October 17-19. We need commitments next week. Badges available will include: Art, Camping, Communications, First Aid, Orienteering, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Fingerprinting, Citizenship in the World, Space Exploration, and Pioneering. Several of these badges have prerequisites, so check with your leaders and get hold of the books you will need.

Remember that due to the storm, the stew has been postponed until the first weekend in December (12/5-6). Please let us know at the next meetings that you will be able to attend, and please contact your customers and let them know of the change in plans.

Leaders interested in Woodbadge - we have the initial application. There are only 48 slots available, so register early.

Upcoming events:

10/7 - Elections

10/10-12 - OA Fall Fellowship

10/17-19 Merit badge Camporee

10/25 - Eagle Project - Dennis N.

11/1 - Bags Out and Church Service Project

11/8 - Bags in and a planned trip to Peak Experiences for those who participated both weekends.

12/5-6 - Brunswick Stew

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

9-23-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Last night we had an abbreviated meeting, shortened due to storm related issues. We hope everyone is safe, and remembering to help others with clean-up and recovery.

Tonight (9/24) several of the scouts will be attending the Hanover Board of Supervisor's meeting to do the opening Flag Ceremony. Some will stay after the ceremony to fulfill merit badge requirements. Those attending please arrive at the courthouse complex at 6:30.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT !!! - STEW POSTPONED ---

Due to the storm, power and refrigeration issues, stew is postponed until the first weekend in December (12/5-6). Please let us know at the next meetings that you will be able to attend, and please contact your customers and let them know of the change in plans.

IN LIEU OF STEW !!!

Saturday we will do a clean-up service project at Chickahominy MS. Meet at the flagpole at 8:30. Class B's and Be Prepared to work. Wear boots and bring gloves, water and snacks as needed. We will be working on cleaning up the school grounds, and plan to end about 12:30. Thanks to Dr. Roberson and Principal Baker for helping us set this up.

Next Tuesday (9/30) we start back up on our regular schedule. We will discuss Leadership for the coming year as elections are just a few weeks away. We're Back to Class A Uniforms. Elections and new rosters are both postponed 1 week.

Scouts working on their First Aid merit badges should be ready to continue an hopefully complete their work next meeting. Keep studying and if you haven't already, bring your first-aid kit!

Those working on Physical Fitness will should also be ready to continue.

There will be a Merit Badge Camporee October 17-19. Badges available will include: Art, Camping, Communications, First Aid, Orienteering, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Fingerprinting, Citizenship in the World, Space Exploration, and Pioneering. Several of these badges have prerequisites, so check with your leaders and get hold of the books you will need.

Upcoming events:

9/30 - New Patrol Rosters

10/7 - Elections

10/17-19 Merit badge Camporee

10/25 - Eagle Project - Dennis Nye

11/1 - Bags Out and Church Service Project

11/8 - Bags in and a planned trip to Peak Experiences for those who participated both weekends. 12/5-6 - Brunswick Stew

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 9-23-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

We will meet at our regular meeting time Tuesday evening September 23 even though the schools are closed. It will be a short meeting. We plan to end about 8:30.

Due to the power problems our suppliers and the FOP are having, and are likely to continue to have, we will postpone our stew planned for this weekend. A new date for the stew may be part of our discussions at the meeting. Come prepared for Physical Fitness and First Aid merit badge work, we will do what we can in the time we have.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 9-18-2003

Dear Scouts, Leaders and Parents of Troop 555:

Troop 555 has been invited to conduct the flag ceremony and pledge of alliengence for the Hanover Board of Supervisors Meeting on Wednesday, September 24th, at 7:00pm. Chuck McGee, supervisor for the Henry District, has corrordinated this for us with the Board and county personnel. Mr. McGee has requested that we arrive at the meeting no later than 6:45pm.

Attendance at a Board of Supervisors meeting will satisfy one of the requirements for the Communications Merit Badge (the October Camporee handout noted that a note from a scoutmaster that a scout attended such a meeting was a condition to earning this merit bagde at the Camporee) and the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge. Also, participation in the flag ceremony will satisfy one of the 2nd class requirements.

There is also the possibility that the Board will recognize and honor Kyle C. at its September 24th meeting for Kyle having earned the Eagle Rank. It would be fitting for members of the Troop to be present at this time particularly given Kyle's willingness to continue on with the Troop as an assistant scout master.

Those scouts who will be put of the flag ceremony need to be present at the next Troop meeting on the 23rd.

Full Class A Uniform is the dress for the Board of Supervisors Meeting on

the 24th.

Mr. Piacentini

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 9-17-2003

The following information was provided at the Battlefield District Committee meeting on September 15, 2003:

MEMBERSHIP

School Night Recruitment. District Cub Packs conduct their main recruiting efforts during the month of September at District area Elementary Schools. The District has a goal of recruiting a total of 458 new cub scouts this year - 367 and 357 were recruited in the previous two years, respectively. The District has set a goal of ten new cub scouts from Rural Point Elementary School. Pack 555 will be at Rural Point Elementary school on Thursday, September 25th, to meet with those boys and their parents who are interested in joining Pack 555. Keeping in mind, that over ninety percent of all new boys scouts come from the cub scout ranks, any support we can give to our Pack I am sure would be appreciated by Cubmaster Michael Tehan.

Eagles in the Class Room. Boys recruiting boys. The goal is to recruit 50 new boy scouts from the eight middle schools located in the Battlefield District. It is the objective of the District to provide each participating Troop with enough new boys to form a five or more member patrol. A training session will be held on Saturday, September 27th, to train those eagle and life scouts willing to give of their time towards this program. It is anticipated that actual recruiting efforts will be conducted at area middle schools from October 6th through October 30th.

FINANCE

Friends of Scouting. Ray Alexander is again heading up this annual fund drive. Currently there are 71 active Troops and Packs operating in the Battlefield District. Ray is asking for volunteers - one each for three to six units to serve as the contact person to follow up with the assigned units with respect to their involvement with the Friends of Scouting program.

Popcorn. Terri Walker is heading up this year's popcorn sales efforts for the District. This Thursday, September 18th, is the scheduled kickoff of this year's campaign. Orders for show and sale need to be in by the 19th. Regular orders are due the first part of November.

PROGRAMS

Advancements. Larry Gooss reported on advancements to date by the various Packs and Troops located in the District. Advancements occur whenever a scout achieves a rank advancement. The rank advancements for Boy Scouts are scouter, tenderfoot, second class, first class, star, life, eagle and palms. Rank advancements for Cub Scouts are tiger, bobcat, wolf, bear, webelos and arrow of light. Rank advancements are reported on advancement reports (merit badges are also reported on this form) which should be submitted to Council at the time a rank badge is purchased. Larry reported that not all Packs and Troops were submitting advancement reports to Council and some have never done so. A general discussion followed where it was recommended that Council staff not sale advancement rank patches to would be purchasers absent a completed advancement report. It was recommended that Council staff reiterate Council policy to each Troop and Pack that they need to complete and file advancement reports on all boys who have achieved a rank advancement. According to Larry Gooss, Council records reflect a total of 16 rank advancements for Troop 555 from January through August of this year (Gooss' records do not appear to reflect the scouter rank advancements of the new boys to the Troop). Pack 555 has 11 rank advancements reported in May (presumably the recent arrow of light recipients - eleven of the twelve 2nd year webelos having earned that award in April ).

District Recognition Dinner & Silver Beaver Award. This year's annual District Recognition Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 1st. District is looking for recommendations for those individuals who should be considered for the Silver Beaver Award. Candidates should have contributed at least 5 years of dedicated service at both the District and local Troop/Pack level. Anyone having a recommendation is encouraged to past this on to Larry Gooss.

Training. Tom Johnson reported that October 7th and 21st and November 11th are slated for Cub leader training dates - new leader essentials and youth protection. October 18th and November 18 are cub leader specific training dates. Scout Leader Specific training will be held during the 3rd weekend in March. Woodbadge training is scheduled for the weekend of April 16th and April 30th.

Activities and Civic Services.

OA Fall Fellowship is scheduled for the weekend of October 11th.

OA Fall Camporee is scheduled to be held at Brady Saunders on the weekend of October 17th. The Camporee is focused on merit badges.

Cub-o-ree is scheduled for Saturday, October 25th at Dorey Park in eastern Henrico County. Those cub scouts wishing to camp overnight at the Park with their families will be able to do so at a cost of $2 per scout. Organizers are working on having a lazer show that Saturday evening for those camping over.

Trade-o-ree is also scheduled for Saturday, October 25th at the VFW located in Sandston from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Scounting for Food. Bags out will be on Saturday, Novermber 1st, and bags in will be on Saturday, November 8th. Last year, Scouts accounted for over 500,000 pounds of food for the Richmond Food Bank - more than all other contributors combined. Both Cub and Troop Round Table Meetings will be held at the Central Virginia Food Bank.

NAME CHANGE

The Council has set October 15th as dead line for suggestions. The Battlefield District Committee voted for the name Heart of Virginia Council.

Mr. Piacentini

Assistant Scoutmaster

9-16-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

A real quick update:

Last night we worked on leadership - be thinking about leadership roles you would like to take in the troop.

Next week we will continue First Aid and Physical Fitness merit badge work. Class B's (this is a special exception) and wear shoes you can run in.

Stew is next weekend - be selling and bring your numbers next week.

Camporee information was handed out at the meeting - October 17-19.

9/26-27 - Brunswick Stew

9/30 - Elections

10/17-19 Merit badge Camporee

11/1 - Bags Out and Church Service Project

11/8 - Bags in and a planned trip to Peak Experiences for those who participated both weekends.

YIS,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

P.S. Sorry this is so brief - I'm flying out of town and for some strange reason the airline wants to move my reservation up 10 hours! Imagine that - Be Safe!

9-9-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Just a quick update and reminder of Tuesday nights meeting.

Last week we had our Annual Year Start Dinner and Court of Honor. Over 100 Merit Badges were presented to our scouts from Summer Camp and the last several months. Congratulations to all the scouts who received Merit Badges and Advancements. Special Thanks to the Carrs, the Committee, the Leaders and the parents who made this all possible.

This Tuesday we start back up on our regular schedule. We will discuss Leadership for the coming year as elections are just a few weeks away. We're Back to Class A Uniforms.

Scouts working on their First Aid merit badges should be ready to continue their work.

Remember that Stew is at the end of the Month. Be selling, and if you have preliminary counts of sales, please bring them.

There will be a Merit Badge Camporee October 17-19. Badges available will include: Art, Camping, Communications, First Aid, Orienteering, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Fingerprinting, Citizenship in the World, Space Exploration, and Pioneering. Several of these badges have prerequisites, so check with your leaders and get hold of the books you will need.

Other upcoming events:

9/23 - New Patrol Rosters

9/26-27 - Brunswick Stew

9/30 - Elections

10/17-19 Merit badge Camporee

11/1 - Bags Out and Church Service Project

11/8 - Bags in and a planned trip to Peak Experiences for those who participated both weekends.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 9-5-2003

Good day,

Last Wednesday evening I attended the September meeting of the Battlefield District Roundtable. Here are the notes I made.

Jeremy Brown, OA Chapter 5 Chief was there providing information of the Fall Camporee. It will be held over the weekend of October 17, 18, & 19 at CBS. It is a merit badge Camporee. For adult Scouters, Youth Protection and New Leader Essentials training will be offered. If any adults have not yet taken these courses I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity.

As of Wednesday the merit badges slated to be offered are:

  • Camping – Applicants must have completed 20 days of camping prior to the Camporee. We will need to provide a note to the counselor stating the scout has completed this requirement.
  • Communications – The Scout must have a note from the Scoutmaster stating they have attended a Board of Supervisors meeting. Scouts must also have with them an autobiographical resume they would use in applying for a job.
  • First Aid – No prerequisites.
  • Orienteering – Applicants must bring a compass. ½ day
  • Citizenship in the Community – No prerequisites.
  • Citizenship in the Nation – Scouts must bring a copy of a letter they have sent to their Senator and the reply prior received prior to the Camporee. Otherwise a partial will be given. ½ day
  • Fingerprinting - No prerequisites. ½ day
  • Citizenship in the World - No prerequisites.
  • Space Exploration - No prerequisites.
  • Pioneering - No prerequisites.

This is the list of merit badges so far, it was apparent that more may be offered and we will receive that information soon. If anyone would like to be a counselor for another merit badge they are asking for help.

There will be a cook-off competition, a Clean Camp competition, and a Gateway Competition.

Pre-registration is $9/scout and due by October 10th. Registering after that date will cost $12/attendee.

Contacts are Jeremy Brown (329-3159) or Ken Conger (966-9710).

The District Coordinator, Ray Alexander, made a brief presentation on Friends of Scouting. Most of this was very preliminary because as you are aware this campaign does not really get rolling good until after the first of the year. So more information will be coming.

Bill Givler was with us to bring information on the Jamboree – 2005. There will be 280 scouts accepted from the Robert E. Lee Council. Applications were sent out in the most recent Saddlebag (I have them) and should be completed soon and returned if a scout is interested in attending the Jamboree. The cost per scout is $950. They are also looking for 24 Scoutmasters to be with scouts. The cost per leader will be $595.

Bill invited us to come to the Cub Camp in November for a weekend of fun and to work on the Entrepreneurship merit badge. It will be over the weekend of November 22-23. More information is available in the Saddlebag (I have it).

We had a presentation on the Popcorn sales that has started. There will be a kickoff on September 18th at the Times Dispatch building on 301. It will begin at 6:30pm. All unit coordinators are asked to be there. Marti Nigrelli is our Unit Coordinator. The Popcorn sale begins on October 1st.

We are reminded to invite Webelos from area Packs to attend meetings and outings with us to help in their decision for a Troop later this year.

Woodbadge is offered again next year on April 16, 17, 18 and on May 1, 2, & 3. We will soon receive information on sign-up. I very much encourage any of you leaders that have completed the Basic Leader courses to look at your schedules and consider taking Woodbadge. I can provide you more information on the course and so can Tom. We both have completed it. It is very worthwhile and will help you in more ways than you might guess.

Eagles in the Classroom – This is a Recruiting program the Council is driving right now. They want to get Life or Eagle Scouts to volunteer to go into the 6th grade classrooms to talk about joining Scout Troops. Training to make presentations will be provided for the Scouts that volunteer. If any of our Life or Eagle Scouts is interested in this they should let me know. There will be training on September 27th at the Council for those that sign up to volunteer. They are also asking that one of us leaders go to the training to help support the scouts that volunteer.

And that was about it for the Roundtable.

I would like to let you all know something I have been asked to do. And I will be asking for your help (as usual). I recently received a formal invitation to participate on the Council Naming Committee. As you all are aware Council made a decision last spring to retire the name Robert E. Lee and to rename us more in keeping to our geographical location. It was not done out of political correctness but admittedly could have been communicated much better to all us Scouts and Scouters. I have accepted the invite. The first meeting I will attend will be on September 10th. Once I learn how the renaming process will work I will be asking you for suggestions. Be thinking, if you have a suggestion let me know. I will submit it for consideration.

That is about it for now, remember the Court of Honor this coming Tuesday evening, September 9th, 6:30pm at the church. I hope to see you all there.

YIS,

Mr. Ward

Scoutmaster

9-2-2003

Greetings Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

We didn't meet this week, but I know you count on the update to brighten your day. Here are a few reminders:

Next week is our year opening picnic and Court of Honor. Festivities begin at 6:30. Patrol Leaders should have called their patrols for an attendance count, and to remind folks to bring a side dish. The troop provides the Fried Chicken!

Keep selling Stew: Stew prices this year are $5/quart, and we will make the stew 9/26-27.

Elections are soon: be thinking about running for a leadership position.

Other upcoming events:

9/5-7 OA Fall Ordeal

9/9 - Court of Honor 6:30

9/13 - Eagle Project - Dennis Nye

9/23 - New Patrol Rosters

9/26-27 - Brunswick Stew

9/30 - Elections

10/17-19 Merit badge Camporee

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

8-26-2003

Greetings Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Welcome Back Sea-Base scouts (some very interesting stories!) and congratulations to our six new Tenderfoot Scouts! The last meeting of the summer is now over, and we are getting ready for a new school year. With the new school year comes elections, so we spent some time talking about what the various positions do.

Ben Ward continued his work with the First Aid Merit Badge. We still have a little to do, so keep studying.

In case you're interested I found a fairly good web-site with descriptions of the junior leadership positions (it's for another troop, so things may not be absolutely accurate for our troop - but they are generally OK) http://www.troop7.org/Leaders/JuniorLeaderPositions.html

If someone finds a better set of position descriptions, let me know and I'll pass them on.

Because next week is the first day of school, there will be no meeting. The following week will be our year opening picnic and Court of Honor. Festivities begin at 6:30. Be Prepared for a call from your patrol leader asking how many will be attending from your family, and also be prepared to bring a side dish or desert. The troop provides the Fried Chicken!

Special thanks to the leaders who went to Sea-base, It sounds like a lot of fun. Also Thanks to The leaders who held the camping trip for the Falcon Patrol. Thanks also to those who helped with the Bike Rodeo for the Cub Scouts.

It's time to begin selling stew again. Stew prices this year are $5/quart, and we will make the stew 9/26-27.

Other upcoming events:

9/2 - First Day of School - No meeting

9/5-7 OA Fall Ordeal

9/9 - Court of Honor 6:30

9/13 - Eagle Project - Dennis N.

9/23 - New Patrol Rosters

9/26-27 - Brunswick Stew

9/30 - Elections

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 8-25-2003

Thanks to Mr. Tehan, I have posted the two most important pages of the Troop Scout Guide on the troop website. Boys must have this completed when they show up for advancement at a Board of Review. Go to the website and click on "Troop Scout Guide" to get the document.

http://www.mattinvirginia.com/troop555

Mr. Davis

Assistant Scoutmaster

8-19-2003

Greetings Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Well we had a small meeting comprised of mostly the younger scouts. Our ranking scouts were Second Class and Tenderfoot, but they did a fine job getting the meeting going. We worked primarily on advancement for Tenderfoot rank.

Ben Ward worked with the scouts who came home with partials on the First Aid Merit Badge. We should be able to complete this next week. Next week will also be a Committee Meeting and Board of Review for those scouts who need advancement. We are also tentatively scheduled for a PLC that evening.

Our Seabase scouts and leaders shoud be returning soon - Hope you had a great trip!!!

Friday Evening the Falcon Patrol will be having a camping and cooking event at the church to complete the Tenderfoot requirement. Mr. Piacentini is heading this one up, Thanks! They will meet at 6:00, pitch tents, cook dinner, and be done about 10:00 Saturday morning. ($10 fee for food)

Also Saturday morning, the Cub Scout pack is having a Bike Rodeo at the Chruch from 10:00 to 12:00. Scouts needing service time are encouraged to attend and help Mr. Tehan.

Other upcoming events:

9/2 - First Day of School - No meeting

9/9 - Court of Honor 6:30

9/13 - Eagle Project - Dennis Nye

9/23 - New Patrol Rosters

9/26-27 - Brunswick Stew

9/30 - Elections

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 8-13-2003

Don Ward asked that I update the Troop on the happenings at the last Roundtable.

Popcorn kickoff will on September 18, 2003 at 6:00pm at the Richmond Times Dispatch Plant located off of Route 301. It is the preference that as many of the Troop leaders as possible attend the kickoff. The Troop will be entitled to receive 30% of all funds generated from popcorn sales this year provided the Troop program plan and budget is submitted before the end of August. It is my understanding that this has been done. In addition, for every $ over last year's total popcorn sale figure, the amount the Troop will be entitled to will increase from 30% to 50%.

The Council is in the process of coordinating a program entitled "Eagles in the Class Room" with the Hanover County School system. The program contemplates scheduled visits by volunteer eagle scouts to area middle school class rooms to discuss the scouting program with students. Students who express an interest in the Scouts will be invited to complete a short questionnaire and will be thereafter followed up with by the Council. The Council will train all eagle scouts who have an interest in participating in this program. It is part of an overall effort by the Council to encourage boys to join the Boy Scout Program. It is the goal of the Council to recruit enough boys to form a new pa trol of five to eight new scouts for each Troop which participates in the program. It is contemplated that the school visits by eagle scouts will take place in October. While it is the preference of the Council that eagle scouts do the class room presentations, it is my understanding that interested Life scouts can also volunteer to help out. The Council has asked each troop to give consideration to participating in this program. Bill Rock is the designated chairperson of this program.

The OA is sponsoring a Merit Badge Camporee for the weekend of October 17th through October 19th at Camp Brady Saunders.

November 1st is bags out for Scouting for Food. It is also the date for the Council's annual awards banquet where area eagle scouts and others are recognized for their achievements during the year.

For those scouts looking for eagle projects, it was reported that the City of Richmond and the Hanover County Park Services have potential eagle projects for those interested.

A lengthy discussion was had about this year's Camp Brady Saunders experiences by the various troops who went to summer camp. Don Ward summarized the various observations and comments and concerns he and other leaders of the Troop had about the COPE and Camp Savvy programs and camp accommodations. Similar views were expressed by other Troop leaders in attendance.

Don Ward was the featured speaker at the Round Table on the subject of Troop Planning which was well received by all in attendance.

New Leader Essentials training will be held all day on Saturday, November 11, 2003 at a location to be announced. Boy Scout Leader Specifics Outdoor Training will held in March, 2003. Wood Badge training will be held over the weekend of April 30 through May 2, 2004.

Mr. Piacentini

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: 8-11-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

As noted in Mr. Showalter's message, we will be working on advancement requirements for the scouts over the next two meetings (August 12th and 19th). There will be a board of review held on Tuesday, August 26th. There will be no Troop meeting the following Tuesday, September 2nd. On Tuesday, September 9th, the Troop will hold its semi-annual Court of Honor where the Troop will be awarding merit badges earned by the scouts and recognizing individual advancements by each scout since the last Court of Honor. Therefore, if any scout is close to co mpleting his tenderfoot, 2nd class, 1st class, star or life requirements and desires to do this prior to the Court of Honor ceremony, he has the next two weeks to work on this - remember that the scoutmaster conference should be completed on the 19th of August in

order for the scout to go before the board of review the following Tuesday, August 26th.

In reviewing some of the scouts' books at Brady Saunders last month I noted that some of the older scouts only need one or two items signed off for 2nd or 1st class advancements.

For the new scout, it is my understanding that all but two of the new scouts have had their books signed off for and have received the Scout Badge (now board of review was necessary for this badge). For those who have not as yet received their scout badge, please come to next Tuesday's meeting prepared to complete this.

In reviewing the tenderfoot requirements, many of the new scouts have almost completed all of the requirements to earn the Tenderfoot Badge. While most of the criteria for tenderfoot advancement was covered at Camp Savvy for those scouts who went to Brady Saunders last month, if you have not already had the item signed off in your book by a leader with our troop you should come prepared at one of the next two

meetings to DEMONSTRATE to a Troop 555 leader that you know how to do what is required - for example item 12a requires the scout to "demonstrate the Heimlich maneuver." It is not enough to say I did it at Camp Savvy. Similarly, if it is not already signed off in your

book, you should be able to demonstrate "how to ship and fuse the ends of a rope" (item 4a) and tie the two half hitches and taut-line hitch (item 4b - these knots are commonly used by a scout on a camping trip).

With respect to tenderfoot requirement 2 (spend at least one night in a tent you have helped pitched)and requirement 3(on the campout, assist in preparing and cooking one of your patrol's meals), unless the new scout went on the weekend camping trip to the National Fish

Hatchery last June or the Gettysburg trip in July, they may not have satisfied either these requirements. At Camp Brady Saunders none of the new scouts who went to Camp Savvy spent a night in a a tent he helped pitched nor is it clear that any one of them satisfied the meal preparation requirement at Brady Saunders. Therefore, consideration should be given at the next meeting whether we should plan for an overnight camping trip during for the weekend of August 22nd to 24th.

Weather permitting, I would hope that we can complete the 6, 10a and 10b tenderfoot requirements at next Tuesday's meeting.

Especially for the new scouts, it is important for you to remember that it is up to you to review what you need to do to advance in rank in the boy scouts. It is up to the scout to come to a leader and show that he understands and can demonstrate where requested the rank requirement he is seeking to have signed off on. For those of you who were in the Cub Scouts, all of your belt loop, pin and advancement requirements were typically worked on as part of an organized den or Pack activity and you were later recognized for your achievements at a

Pack Meeting. I would guess that many of you did not know that you had completed the requirements for a particular pin or belt loop unless you were told you had done so by your den leaders. In short, in the Cub Scouts, the adult leaders put together the programs and activities necessary for you to achieve the advancement recognition you earned while a Cub Scout. In the Boy Scouts, the burdern in on the Boy to work on his advancement and merit badge requirements, with the guidence of his leaders. But in the end, it is the Boy who bears the responsibility to know what he needs to do; to do what needs to be done; and finally to GO TO A LEADER to be recognized for what he has done.

PLEASE REVIEW YOUR BOOKS PRIOR TO NEXT TUESDAY'S MEETING. Get into the habit of reviewing your books.

Mr. Piacentini

Assistant Scoutmaster

8-5-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

My wife told me she never reads all the way to the bottom of the update, so I've put the bottom at the top this week!

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Please make sure that this, and all e-mail from the troop, gets to both Scouts and Adults. We don't want anyone to miss out on an event, or on a chance to volunteer.

For more information check out our web page:

http://www.mattinvirginia.com/troop555/index.htm

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Ok, here's what's up. Tuesday evening we went to the Ballgame. Our troop did the Flag Ceremony, and a good time was had by all. Special thanks to Don Piacentini for the tickets and arrangements.

Our Seabase scouts and leaders head off to Florida this weekend. Have a Great Time!

With several leaders and scouts off to seabase, our next two meetings will primarily concentrate on completing advancement requirements begun the summer, and on having fun. We will meet at the regular time (7:15-9:15) both Tuesday August 12 & 19th.

On Tuesday August 19th Ben Ward will be working with the scouts who came home with partials on the First Aid Merit Badge. We should be able to complete this one fairly quickly. Those scouts who receive partial need to try and bring the following to that meeting: 1. First Aid MB Blue Card; 2. The test that was given by the MB counselor at Camp T. Brady Saunders; 3. If they have the First Aid Merit Badge Book go ahead and bring it, but if they do not that is ok. They do not need to go and buy one if they do not have it.

We tentatively have planned a Committee Meeting and Board of Review for those scouts who need advancement on 8/26. We are also tentatively scheduled for a PLC that evening.

Other upcoming events:

9/2 - First Day of School - No meeting

9/9 - Court of Honor 6:30

9/13 - Eagle Project - Dennis Nye

9/23 - New Patrol Rosters

9/26-27 - Brunswick Stew

9/30 - Elections

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

7-22-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

We're back from a really successful Summer camp. I want to thank all the scouts and adult leaders who were with us, and I think overall everyone had a great time and learned a lot!

Our 28 boys earned almost 60 merit badges as a Troop, had 4 complete the COPE course, and 13 go through Camp Savvy. The boys also earned several partials, may of which we should be able to finish soon. Wednesday 555 earned the retreat cup. We also earned the Clean Camp Award, our three patrols earned the Honor Patrol Award, and our Troop received the Honor Troop Award. In addition, four boys and one leader were called out for the OA.

Please remember that there will be a Car Wash this Sunday (Tomorrow) July 27th 1:00-4:00 at the Fast-Mart on 301 across from McDonald's. Sea-Base scouts are raising money for their trip! (By the way - Sea Base guys, those of us just getting back from camp have some dusty dirty cars - see you tomorrow!)

We will not have a troop meeting Tuesday evening. (Sea base Scouts will have a planning meeting.)

The next week, we will all go to the R-Braves Baseball game Tuesday August 5th in lieu of our regular meeting. Class A's - Meet at the Church at 6:00.

Calendar Review:

Sunday 7/27 - 1-4:00 - Car Wash

Tuesday 7/29 - No regular meeting - Sea Base participants meeting

Saturday 8/2 - Adult Leaders Meeting

Tuesday 8/5 - 6:00 Meet at Church to travel to Baseball Game

Tuesday 8/12 - 7:15 our next regularly scheduled meeting as a troop.

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

7-16-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends;

First the Summer Camp Information - But please keep reading for the general announcements. There's a lot going on and few meetings for the next month, so a review calendar is at the bottom of this weeks update.

Summer Camp - Meet at 12:30 Sunday 7/20 to leave for Summer Camp. We have 29 scouts on the list to go, so Drivers are Needed!

We need Medical Forms from the following Scouts: - You must have these or you WILL NOT GO!

Patrick Collie

Kurt Ganzert

Timmy Jones

Avery Payne (also need final money)

Alex Ribakov

Mike Ribakov

David Sanders(also need final money)

Ethan Shelton

Sean Solanky

Brian Tostenson

Kevin Tostenson

All Scouts - You must have your parents fill out a permission slip to travel with the troop before you leave.

IMPORTANT PACKING INFORMATION!

If you have medications to bring to camp - Put them all in a plastic zip-lock bag in original containers or prescription bottles - the camp health lodge will keep and dispense your medication. Pack this bag where you can get it - we check in at the health lodge before we go to our campsite!

Pack your swimsuit and a towel on top - the first thing we will do as at troop Sunday afternoon is our swim test.

Get your Merit Badge books, and know what you need to do ahead of time.

Those taking Swimming need a set of clothes to swim in - long pants, shoes, button front long sleeve shirt.

Friday Evening families are encouraged to come to the Campfire and Closing ceremonies. Come to Brady Saunders about 7:00 and meet the scouts as they finish dinner. You are then welcome to see the camp and participate in the closing ceremonies. Scouts may not, however, leave Friday night.

Remember that we travel in Class A's and will wear Class A's to retreat and dinner Every night.

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Other Items

Scouts who went to Gettysburg - You owe an additional $8.50 for the trip to cover the patches and other entrance fees that the troop has paid for. Please bring it to Mr. Martin at the next meeting.

Sea-Base participants - There will be a special planning meeting for all Sea-Base scouts and leaders Tuesday July 29th at the regular meeting time. (There is no regular meeting that night.)

There will be a Car Wash Sunday July 27th 1:00-4:00 at the Fast-Mart on 301 across from McDonald's. Sea-Base scouts are raising money for their trip!

There will be an Adult Leaders Planning Meeting Saturday August 2 at Mr. Ward's house. SPL and ASPL also need to come. Please RSVP to Mr. Ward if you are coming, and bring a covered dish.

We will all go to the R-Braves Baseball game Tuesday August 5th in lieu of our regular meeting. Class A's - Meet at the Church at 6:00.

Calendar Review:

Sunday 7/20 - 12:30 - Summer Camp Participants be at the church ready to leave!

Friday 7/25 - 7:00 - Families may join scouts at Brady Saunders for Closing Ceremonies Saturday 7/26 - 11:00 - Scouts return from Summer Camp.

Sunday 7/27 - 1-4:00 - Car Wash

Tuesday 7/29 - No regular meeting - Sea Base participants meeting Saturday 8/2 - Adult Leaders Meeting Tuesday 8/5 - 6:00 Meet at Church to travel to Baseball Game Tuesday 8/12 - 7:15 our next regularly scheduled meeting as a troop.

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement 7-11-2003

Good day,

FYI, at the Hanover County Airport this Saturday, July 12th, the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) is putting on a Young Eagles Flight Rally. This is something the Troop has participated in the past that allows kids 8 to 17 an opportunity to fly in a single engine aircraft.

There is no charge. If you are interested all you need do is just show up at the airport between 9am and noon to register. You must have parental permission to fly. Flights are taken in production and certified aircraft with a FAA certified pilot. You will learn about the plane and flight. Again it is a free program. It is my experience that if you happen to sit in the right seat you may even get a chance to put your hands on the control stick as the pilot flys the airplane. While this is not a Troop activity it is a great opportunity I wanted to let you all know of...Arrive early because the slots to fly usually fill up quick. Have fun and let me know if you go...

Mr. Ward

Scoutmaster

7-8-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Most Important Reminder!!! - Saturday 7/12/03 - Kyle Cortez's Eagle Ceremony. Please arrive at 2:15 in full Class A's (OA sashes too) long pants requested! Let's all show up to congratulate Kyle!

OK, on to the rest:

Summer Camp Information:

Summer Camp is July 20th -26th. You should already have signed up for your merit badges and other activities. Get your merit badge books and blue cards early! Our Senior Patrol leader for Camp will be Kevin, and our ASPL is Andrew - thanks guys! Remember your health form, including the parent's signature - you can't go without it. Scouters over 40 need a Class 3 within the last 12 months - scouts and leaders under 40 need a Class 1 within the last three years.

You might want to forgo the sleeping bag in favor of a few sheets and a blanket - it won't get cold.

There is a Raft Trip down the James available for first-come-first-served scouts (priority will go to those signed up for Ranger's challenge). There is an additional $25 fee and an additional permission slip needed for this trip.

If you picked up a stake, remember to get your name on it. It will look great at Summer Camp to have them all uniform.

Seabase Scouts: There is a car wash to raise money for the trip Sunday July 27th from 1:00 - 4:00. Donations welcome. Any scouts who have returned from Summer Camp the previous day and have yet to shower are encouraged to come and get clean!

Seabase monies were due last night - if you haven't paid we will find you!

Scouts, please remember to bring your dues to every meeting. Fifty cents per week adds up.

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement 7-2-2003

Here are some suggestions on what to bring to summer camp (other leaders and experienced scouts, feel free to add to the list):

  • Mosquito net - this goes over your cot. Ideally you can find or bring 4 sticks or poles to support the netting over your cot. Bring some duct tape to attach the poles to your cot.
  • Sleeping bag - My personal preference is to put my sleeping bag directly on the foam mattress and cover it all with a sheet. Then I bring a second sheet to sleep under.
  • Swimming trunks - Pack a towel and swimming trucks at the top of your pack. This will be the first thing you need on Sunday once we get to camp. Don't forget goggles if you need them. A pair of flip flops to wear in the shower is not a bad idea either.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Bug spray - Do not bring an aerosol can of bug spray, get the pump style. Also, make sure the spray has deet in it.
  • Sunscreen
  • Money - Most scouts will want to but a camp shirt and junk food while there are visiting the trading post. The adults will establish a way to hold onto the money at summer camp, however, they will not be responsible for what the money is spent on.
  • Merit badge books - You must have the merit badge books for the merit badges you will be taking. The troop has a library of books that you can borrow from and you can purchase the books at the Council headquarters. Most of the time, the books are for sale at camp too, but they have been known to run out before.
  • Paper and pen - Some of the merit badges require you to do some writing. Be prepared.
  • Toiletries - Even though you are in the woods for a week, you need to take care of your personal hygiene. Bring soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, etc. Don't forget a towel and washcloth.
  • Clothes for a week. You will be either hot and sweaty every day or soaking wet from rain. Make sure you have plenty of socks and underwear.
  • Poncho - If you bring it, it probably won't rain. If you don't, a hurricane will blow through.
  • Camp stool - This is not absolutely necessary. There are picnic tables in the campsites, but if you have a small stool to bring and can fit in your gear, bring it with you.
  • If you are taking swimming merit badge, you must bring a pair of shoes that can get wet, a pair of long pants, and a long sleeve button down shirt. You will be jumping into the lake in this outfit and making a PFD out of it. The shoes will remain wet the entire time you are at camp, so don't plan on using your good walking shoes or hiking boots.
  • If you are taking a boating merit badge, you must wear shoes while in the boat. Your feet will also get wet. Again, make sure the shoes you wear in the boat aren't you good shoes. A pair of beach shoes or sandals might be a good idea.
  • You will wear you full class A uniform to camp, from camp and every night for dinner. Make sure you have the troop hat, neckerchief, shorts and shirt. If you don't you may end up with kitchen duty every night for dinner.
  • If you are taking COPE, don’t forget your long pants and gloves.

Mr. Davis

Assistant Scoutmaster

7-1-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Those of you who went on our Gettysburg trip know what a great time we had. We hiked about 15 miles over the three days, plus lots of great activities, and we all learned a lot about Gettysburg and the Civil war -as well as some great ghost stories!

Tuesday night we checked out the tents from the trip (some room for improvement – enough said) and played an awesome game of Capture the Flag. In addition we had uniform inspection. Most of the patrols looked great – but the Spider patrol was the winner of the Patrol Spirit Award – Congratulations.

We also got our new ID cards. Remember that they are an official part of the uniform, and that several places give discounts to scouts: (e.g. Blue Ridge Mountain Sports and Dick’s Sporting Goods). We are also a Quality Unit for 2003 and 100% Boy’s life – Good job.

Scouts, please remember to bring your dues to every meeting. Fifty cents per week adds up.

Reminder of a rule for trips – If you indicate you are going on a trip and then change your mind, you must let the Scoutmaster and Cook know by the Thursday morning before the trip or you will be responsible for the trip fee anyway. The budgets for buying food are set on anticipated numbers.

Sea Base folks interested in earning a little spending money – contact the Carr’s for a clean-up day.

Those folks going to the Baseball game Saturday night, Remember Class A’s and meet at 6:00 at the Diamond near the front general admission gate steps. If you’re late the plans are to sit near the third base dugout area.

Next week we will practice for Kyle Cortez’s Eagle ceremony (to be held Saturday the 12th) and the God and Country folks will meet.

Also next week – remember that the Summer Camp balance is due - $170 less your deposit. (most folks have already paid $40, so they owe $130.) Don't forget to get your Medical Form done for Summer Camp.

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement 6-26-2003

New Hanover is having a blood drive on Sunday, July 6th and they need your help. Here are some of the activities that you can help out with:

  • Helping schedule appointments for the blood drive on Sunday, June 29th.
  • Helping make phone call reminders to the scheduled donors the week before the drive.
  • Helping set up for the blood drive on Saturday, July 5th.
  • Helping run the blood drive on Sunday, July 6th.
  • Helping follow-up with blood drive donors the week after the drive (writing thank you notes, making calls, etc.).

This activity has been approved by Mr. Ward for service time and this also counts for those involved in the God & Country program.

If you can help, please call David Collins at 550-9329 and let him know that you would like to help out. Leave a message with your name and number if you get his answering machine.

Mr. Davis

Assistant Scoutmaster

6-24-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

The Gettysburg trip is this weekend. We will be camping at McMillon Woods, and leaving early Friday at 6:30 AM. We watched the movie "Gettysburg" last night. Special thanks to Mr. Piacentini for bringing the movie and the snacks!

Class A's Friday & Sunday. Class B's Saturday (gray troop shirt & green shorts) Lots of hiking. Appropriate shoes and/or boots (no sandals on the trail) Day pack suggested, also water, bug spray sunscreen, and raingear. Cost of trip $30.00 and in addition we will buy two meals on the road. There will be an additional fee for patches that will come later. Adults who have cell phones or two way radios please bring them. Scouts may bring two-way radios for sparing use on the trail. Permission forms will be due Friday morning. (Parents please make sure your scout's permission slips are signed)

More Gettysburg information is available at http://www.gettysburg.com/ .

We will begin planning for Summer camp next Tuesday - Regular Meeting time Board of Review. Class A's. Uniform inspection - Be Prepared.

Summer Camp balance will be due 7/8/2003

Don't forget to get your Medical form done for Summer Camp.

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement 6-19-2003

Good day Scouts and Scouters,

This is just a reminder that at our meeting next week we will need to allow time to make final plans for our Gettysburg trip, including meals. Be prepared to develop menus and talk transportation.

Scouts, especially Patrol Leaders, it would be great if you made contact with your patrols by email or phone before the meeting next week to discuss menus. Patrol Leaders, you may also just plan the menu yourself and present it to your patrol. Have it written out by day and meal if you do this.

If you do this, we will have more time for the Gettysburg movie and the fitness activity during the meeting. As usual, your menus will be reviewed by the leaders to assist and make suggestions. If you have a written menu when you arrive at the meeting it would facillitate us doing all we want to do at the meeting.

You will need to plan for:

Friday - supper, crackerbarrel if desired

Saturday - breakfast, lunch, supper, crackerbarrel if desired

Sunday - breakfast & lunch

I suggest we plan on taking lunch friday somewhere on the road at a fast food (or bring a bag lunch prepared at home before we leave) and supper sunday somewhere on the road at a fast food. You will need to take money with you for that. The usual cost for a weekend trip is $15 plus whatever the camping cost would be. You will need to have your own spending money with you, I suggest it not be more than $25. It is each scout's responsibility to keep up with your money.

We will take a final count of who will be going and make final determination on who the drivers will be. Include in your thoughts of transportation cargo space for our troop equipment.

That's it for now, see you at Ryan's Eagle Court of Honor on Saturday or at next Tuesday's meeting. Remember, the meeting next Tuesday begins at 6:30pm.

Mr. Ward

Scoutmaster

6-17-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

LAst night some scouts worked on begining the God and Country award, others the Fitness portion of the tenderfoot rank, and most importantly all of us worked on rehearsing for Ryan Martin's Eagle Scout Court of Honor.

Ryan's Eagle Scout Court of Honor will be held at the church Saturday at 2:00. Those participating in the cerimony should arrive by 1:15. Full Class A's.

Hats for the Sea Base guys Hats $16.00. Be on the lookout for other items needed.

Next week's meeting (6/24/03) before we leave for Gettysburg will be at a special time so we can see a movie about Gettysburg. Meet at 6:30. Falcon Patrol : bring running shoes

We've got plenty of camping space available for the Gettysburg trip in one week. We will be camping at McMillon Woods, and leaving early Friday about 6:00 AM. Drivers Needed. Gettysburg information is available at http://www.gettysburg.com/.

We need final commitments for the Gettysburg trip, but if you haven't signed up - we still have some spaces. We will leave about 6:30 am & return late Sunday (after the dinner hour).

Summer Camp balance will be due 7/8/2003

Don't forget to get your Medical Form done for Summer Camp.

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

6-10-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Last night we visited the Hanover County Sheriff's Department and were given a tour of the building and the emergency 911 center. A special thanks goes to Deputy McLaughlin and Mr. Martin for setting up this trip.

Announcements were fairly brief this week.

The fishing trip scheduled for last weekend has been re-scheduled for this weekend. The troop heads out on our Fishing/Camping trip at the Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery in Charles City, VA. The troop will depart from the Church parking lot Friday at 7:00 PM (be there at 6:45) and return around 12:00 noon on Sunday. Cost for the Trip is $15. For those coming down Saturday $10.00 Bring a fishing pole if you have one. There will be some available there, but we're not sure what condition they will be in.

If you are going and you don't think you are in the count (especially those who weren't going as of last week, but can go now, please let Mr. Ward know you are coming. PATROL LEADERS: please call your patrols and verify who is coming to the fishing trip and then let Mr. Ward know.

Three more Fishing Trip items: 1: Travel in Class A's 2: Permission slips are needed, and 3: Driver's needed.

Next week is the first week we will go to uniform Class B's for all but the first meeting of the month.

The Gettysburg trip is in two weeks. We will be camping at McMillon Woods, and leaving early Friday about 6:00 AM. Drivers Needed. Gettysburg information is available at http://www.gettysburg.com/ .

The week meeting before we leave 6/24/03 will be at a special time so we can see a movie about Gettysburg. Meet at 6:30.

We need final commitments for the Gettysburg trip June 27-29th if you didn't sign up last night.

Don't forget to get your Medical Form done for Summer Camp.

The Troop would love to have your Ukrop's Golden Receipts, please remember us.

Sea Base folks: A fund-raising car wash is in the works: Stay tuned for details.

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement 6-5-2003

Scouts,

Well, here we go again...For those that planned on going camping this weekend, we are postponing the trip for one week. We will go next Friday night (June 13th) and return on Sunday (June 15th). Because I felt that keeping dry would be more of a challenge than I felt that our first time scouts needed to endure I decided after consulting with several other leaders and the weather forecast to stay home this weekend. I am disappointed but when it gets to the point of not having fun we have to make this decision. The focus this weekend was gonna be to expose the new scouts to camping and teaching them new scout skills. With the heavy rain in the forecast I believe it would be more a weekend of trying to keep ourselves and our equipment dry. We will go next weekend. Hope for a better forecast then.

Mr. Ward - Scoutmaster

6-3-2003

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Last night, we had Uniform inspection, and I must say that the troop looked great! Congratulations to the Liberty Patrol for winning the inspection.

This weekend the troop heads out on our Fishing/Camping trip at the Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery in Charles City, VA. Last night we planned menus and talked about gear to bring. The troop will depart from the Church parking lot Friday at 7:00 PM (be there at 6:45) and return around 12:00 noon on Sunday. Cost for the Trip is $15. For those coming down Saturday $10.00 Bring a fishing pole if you have one. There will be some available there, but we're not sure what condition they will be in.

If you are going and you don't think you are in the count (especially those who couldn't make it to the meeting last night) please let your patrol leader know you are coming. If you can't contact your patrol leader, contact Mr. Ward. PATROL LEADERS: please call your patrols and verify who is coming to the fishing trip and then let Mr. Ward know.

Three more Fishing Trip items: 1: Travel in Class A's 2: Permission slips are needed, and 3: Driver's needed.

***SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - CHANGE IN MEETING TIME NEXT WEEK***

Mr. Martin has made arrangements for our troop to tour the Hanover Sheriffs Department 911 Center next week June 10. We need to be there by 7:30, so we will meet at 7:00 at the church. Drivers Needed. Permission Slips needed.

Congratulations to our OA members - We heard the weekend was great!

We need commitments for the Gettysburg trip June 27-29th. Gettysburg information is available at http://www.gettysburg.com/.

Don't forget to get your Medical Form done for Summer Camp.

The Troop would love to have your Ukrop's Golden Receipts, please remember us.

Sea Base folks: A fund-raising car wash is in the works: Stay tuned for details.

Have you done your good turn for the day?

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster