2004 Weekly Updates

December 14, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Please check out the troop calendar for future events.

Coming up next week is the OA service project at the Carillon. December, 22-23.

January 22-23 Klondike Derby.

January 29 Public Speaking and or Communication Merit Badge classes begin.

Tuesday February 1st a BIG Court Of Honor! Everyone and their families must try to attend. More details to come.

NEXT TUESDAY 12/21/04 EVERYONE WHO SIGNED UP TO GO TO THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD TRIP PLEASE MEET AT 6:30 IN FRONT OF CARSON HALL.

This was the last meeting of 2004. Mr. Ward presented the troop with a custom made frame featuring the Limited edition 2004 troop 555 Springer Mountain Georgia AT poster autographed by most of the participants, it is displayed on The Wall Of Honor to the right of the door. Thank you Mr. Ward!

We elected Seamus M. to the post of troop Quartermaster. A position of responsibility, the troop quartermasters will help Seamus with this important assignment. Seamus also earned the rank of Tenderfoot. Congratulations!

Circle time was graced by the musical stylings of three scouts, everyone enjoyed their brief Yule tide songs. After the standing ovation, "they got their stuff back."

Congratulations to Mike F. Our Troop 555's newest Eagle Scout!! The last member of the class of 2004.

Dennis N. , Andrew W. , Joseph M. , Jerry R. , and Mike F. , Troop 555's Eagle class of 2004.

Mr. Showalter with his nose so bright wished everyone a healthy and happy holiday.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Camejo

Troop 555 Committee

December 7, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends:

We are proud to say that we have two new Tenderfoot Scouts, and two Life scouts in our troop. And good luck to Mike F. on his Eagle board of review Tonight.

The committee met and discussed the troop finances, all is good. This years popcorn sales bettered last years total. Good job, and as always Mr.. Nigrelli, thank you! Mr.. Donahue will be putting together a walk-a-thon whereby scouts will pledge to walk five miles, and take donations from friends, family, and neighbors for each mile they walk. The goal of this fund raiser will enable the troop to buy an equipment trailer. (Much like the one that the church loans us. We will be able permanently store equipment inside and be ready to go on a campout. That means that if a patrol gets the urge to go on a campout they can.

We just got back from The Douglas Fleet camping trip. The weather was perfect, a little cold but the two blazing fires kept us warm. It was outing, the menus surpassed all previous campouts. Chicken stir fry with veggies, basil garlic, soy sauce. Zesty tacos from scratch, Breakfast tacos, with fresh green peppers, onions, freshly grated cheese, and boil in the bag eggs. Proof that you can have gourmet meals at a campout! David R. and Justin O. won the golden pot for their patrol, both patrols were tied for first place until Sunday morning when the breakfast tacos tipped the scales. Reed P. and Patrick C. did tremendous job with their Stir-fry and the Veggie soup and cheese melts. All cooks received colorful aprons which I'm sure will be with them when they create culinary magic. The leaders ate well too.

Davis S. Conducted a solemn thought provoking service which started with a stirring rendition of our National Anthem. After fine tuning his vocal cords thought the night Mr.. Piacentini's basso profundo vocal instrument perfectly complimented the angelic voices of our 555 choir.

A very well organized departure, ahead of schedule. We had a great time!

*****Clean, air out, fold properly, all equipment that we took home from the campout. Return it on Tuesday and inform Carson C., he has the list with the names of who took what home. Make sure he checks off your name from the Quartermaster list when you return equipment. We are responsible for our troop equipment.*****

Cit. in Nation:

Mr.. Piacentini would like each scout to bring their letters to the next meeting as well as their worksheets for his review on Tuesday December 14th. Mr.. Shelton will give us the details for the Air National Guard Facilities tour.

Mr. Camejo

Troop Committee

November 30, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends:

A productive meeting in preparation for our winter camping trip which is December 10-12.

Like an onion, dress in layers.

Pack check next Tuesday December, 7.

Bring your backpack as if we were to leave for the campout.

Remember the list:

Long underwear

long pants

long sleeve shirt

sweat shirt

wool knit hat (wear at night)

Gloves

3 pairs of sox (one heavy wool) w/athletic sox underneath, change when wet.

Boots pref. water proof

Warm sleeping bag (make it warmer with a fleece bag or blanket as a liner.

Ground pad under inflatable mattress.

Personal toiletries, Tooth brush, soap, small towel... .

Patrol A

Timmy, Patrol Leader

Reed, Cook

Patrick, Asst. Cook

Carson, Quartermaster

Kurt

Ethan

Patrol B

Jeffrey, Patrol Leader

David, Cook

Davis

Justin

Chris

Quartermasters need to submit their supply list and gather all the gear that they need for the trip.

(Tents, cook kits, tarps, stoves... .)

Mr. Camejo will help the Quartermasters next Tuesday after the pack check.

The cost of the trip is $10.00

Patrol planned out their menus and work schedules.

Besides the Golden pot, an extra special prize will be awarded to the Cooks.

Citizenship In The Nation Merit Badge classes will continue next Tuesday a 6pm:

Write your letter to the Governor, or Senator. Have a self addressed stamped envelope with the letter.

Read the Declaration of Independence. Go over the Constitution. Read your notes.

Look in your merit badge book if you have any questions about the requirements.

Have fun and Good luck.

Next week:

Pack check.

Get camping gear for the trip.

Plan fun activities during the trip.

***** Dress in layers.********

See you next week.

Yours in Scouting,

J. Camejo

Troop 555 Committee

November 29, 2004

Scouts of Troop 555

As announced at last week's meeting, over the next three weeks, I will be holding Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge classes starting at 6:00pm at the Carson Building just prior to the regular Scout Meeting. This is an Eagle Required Merit Badge. The first meeting will take place this Tuesday, November 30th, at 6:00am. The requirements of the Merit Badge are as follows:

Requirements

1. Read & Discuss the Constitution, includingAmendments

& Declaration of Independence

2. Discuss the 3 Branches of Government & Checks & Balances

3. Discuss the Relationship between the State & Federal Governments

4. Visit a Federal Installation

5. Name Virginia Senators & Congressman & write a letter to one of

them on a National Issue

6. List Five Important Functions of National Government and their effect

on your family and community

7. Discuss the main ways the Federal Government is Funded

I anticipate covering requirments as follows

# 1 and possiblly #5 in part this Tuesday November 30th. The Scouts will be asked to write their letters (requirement #5) during the week if not completed on the 30th.

# 2, 3, 6 and 7 on December 6th and the 13th if necessary

# 4 - it is tentatively planned to tour the National Guard Facility at the Richmond Airport during the Christmas Break.

The Following Nine Scouts had originally signed up for this Merit Badge last September:

Carson C.

Patrick C.

Kevin D.

Charles K.

Reed P.

Sean P.

David R.

Sean S.

Joshua T.

Since then, other scouts have expressed an interest in earning this merit badge.

Several of the Scouts, including some of the foregoing, took the Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Course offered at last October's Merit Badge Camporee and have earned partials. According to the merit badge cards returned to Mr. Showalter, these scouts need to complete the folllowing requirements:

Justin O. - Requirements #1(c), 1(e) and 4 needed

Reed P. - Only Requirement # 4 needed

Sean P. - Requirements # 1, 2, 3 & 4 needed

Joshue T. - Requirements #1(c), 1(e) and 4 needed

Brian T. - Only Requirement # 4 needed

Kevin T. - Only Requirement # 4 needed

Please be on time for the Merit Badge Class. The Librarian will be available to issue Merit Badge Books to the extent supplies are available. Thank you. Don Piacentini, ASM

November 23, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Mr.. Showalter started the meeting with the Parrot story. Turkey?

The rope box was brought into the meeting by three scouts, must have been heavy.

We were challenged in knot tying contests. (Check out the Know your knots link on our web site, animated knots from a troop in England.)

We need to know our knots, for tying tents, clothes lines, lashing camp gadgets... Imagine making furniture, Towers, ladders, at the next campout. just a thought.

During the contest the leaders were in the back of the room working on Turk knots, slowly one scout was curious then three more scouts wanted to see what was so much fun, then everyone was learning to do the Turk knot, now most of us have new neckerchief slides, Thanks Mr.. S..

Check out this web site below for those who still need to practice to make your Turk knot perfect.

www.troop54.com/knots/TurksHeadKnot/TurksHeadKnot.htm

Congrats. go to Eric D. Tenderfoot, Kevin D. Cit. Nation, & Cit. World, Davis S. Law. Good job!!!

Remember if your are advancing in rank, have your Scoutmaster conference next week! November 30.

On December 2nd The Committee meets, ALL PARENTS ARE WELCOMED TO ATTEND, see what it takes to run our TROOP. Also BOARD OF REVIEW.

Once again, a friendly reminder, please bring in your stew money, or any back camping trips. Such as the leadership training weekend, and laser quest.

Have a great Thanks giving, remember what Miss Ficor said in our closing ceremony, " It's a time to give thanks for all we have."

Yours in Scouting,

J. Camejo

Committee: Troop 555

Upcoming Events in review:

December 11-12 - Winter Camping Trip, Douglas Fleet Scout Camp, Campsite A.

We will leave, on Saturday morning and come back on Sunday. Departure and arrival times TBA later.

Citizenship in the Nation Merit badge:

Classes at 6PM: Tues. before our meeting, for Scouts who are starting, and for those with partials.

Dates: Tuesday, November, 30, 6PM.

Tuesday, December, 07, 6PM.

Tuesday, December, 14, 6PM

Also during the Christmas break we will visit the Air National Guard Facilities, we will be guests of Mr.. Shelton.

November 16, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

What a cool meeting! Dr. Charles Gowan from Randolph-Macon and one of his students, Ryan Cramer came and told us about several bugs and fish that they brought. This was part of our theme for the month – science, and also an introduction to environmental science for scouts who are interested in working on the Environmental Science merit badge. Thanks to Dr. Gowan and Ryan, you did a great job.

This Saturday is Popcorn Pickup day. The popcorn will be available at Mr. Nigrelli’s house after 1:00 PM. Directions can be obtained by e-mailing webmaster@troop555.net.

If you owe the troop for stew, or any back camping trips, please pay Mr. Nigrelli.

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter

Scoutmaster

November 9, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends:

A short update this week.

The meeting went well, thanks Michael for running the program, and congratulations to Joseph on his rehearsal for the Eagle ceremony.

This Saturday is Bags-In. We will meet at the Northside Baptist Church on Studley Road at 9:00, and start bringing in the bags. Class A’s for Bags in.

Those who have participated in Bags out and bags in are welcome to join us for a trip to LaserQuest after Bags in. We will depart from Northside Baptist Church after Bags In and proceed to LaserQuest for a few games and pizza. We will return about 2:30 to New Hanover Presbyterian Church for parents to pick up their kids. We may need a few drivers. Permission slips will be needed, and we will have those at the beginning of Bags in. Class B’s for Laser quest, so wear a scout shirt under your uniform.

Sunday is Joseph M’s Eagle Court of Honor. All those participating need to be there about 2:30, everyone else needs to arrive by 3:00 at the latest. Full Class A’s!!!!!

Next Tuesday’s meeting will include a presentation my Dr. Chas. Gowan from Randolph-Macon. Dr. Gowan and one of his environmental science students from R-MC will be talking about environmental science, and hope to spark the interest of scouts who might want to work on earning the Merit Badge. (This one’s eagle required folks.)

Our next camping trip is December 10-12. Put it on your calendar, and check your cold weather gear!

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter

Scoutmaster

October 19, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Tuesday night was again a busy meeting. We did the tables for the church, then we worked on the bowline and several other team activities, and prepared for the camporee. (more on that to follow).

Most importantly, we had an Eagle Scout Board of Review. Congratulations Jerry R. on becoming troop 555's newest eagle scout!

OK, on to the Camporee. We will meet at NHPC at 5:00 Friday evening. We're hoping to roll out no later thn 5:30 so we can catch some light to set up camp, however we are not planning to cook that evening, so please come having had dinner. (and I hope we're all bringing something for a great cracker barrel.) We may need one or two more drivers, so if you can help out it would be greatly appreciated. The cost for the camporee is $25, and includes the patch etc.

Those who are doing the shopping for your patrols, please remember that you need to provide a cooler for your food, and to buy at least two rolls of paper towels and other consumables you plan to use. This includes cooking oil if you need it. Also remember that you need to stay within your budget of $15/scout in your patrol.

We will return to the Church 12:00 Sunday. (A leader will hang around till about 12:30 for those families with church conflicts.)

Merit badge prerequisites are as follows:

* Camping Merit Badge Prerequisites: A note from his scoutmaster

stating that the scout has camped 20 nights with the Troop.

* Communications Merit Badge Prerequisites:A note from his Scoutmaster

stating that the Scout has attended a Town Meeting. Prepare an autobiographical resume that you would use in applying for a job

* Orienteering Merit Badge Prerequisites: Scouts should bring a

compass and a topographic map of Camp Brady Saunders (size 8 ½ by 11 inches). (map will be provided by counselor)

* Sandals are not appropriate for this merit badge.

* Fly Fishing Merit Badge Prerequisites: The Counselor has some extra

equipment, however if you can bring a fly rod or other equipment it would be helpful.

* Citizenship in the Community: Complete #4, 5 and 7

* Citizenship in the Nation: Complete # 4

* Citizenship in the World: Complete #9

Last Minute Addition: Shotgun Shooting merit badge will be taught at the camporee. This badge will cost $6.00 per person, shells, clay and guns provided.

Sunday, Michael F. is planning the second day of his Eagle project. Good Luck Michael!

Next week we are planning on having a Halloween party at the end of the meeting. This will include a Pumpkin Carving Contest (one per patrol) and refreshments. The SPL will be contacting the PL's regarding what to bring. Each patrol should bring some materials to help with the pumpkin carving, including some newspapers to help keep the building clean.

Popcorn orders are due Next Tuesday October 26th.

There will be no meeting Tuesday November 2.

Saturday November 6 is Bag's out, and the next Saturday is Bags in. Lots of drivers are needed for this event. Participants in the two events are eligible to accompany the troop to Laser Quest after Bags In. More details to come.

Finally: Help! I need an adult volunteer! The weekly update needs a new reporter/editor/publisher. Now that I've taken over scoutmaster, I could really use the help. Thanks.

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter

Scoutmaster:

October 12, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Busy Busy Busy!

Last weekend 10 of our scouts completed the troop JLT program. Special thanks to Timmy J., Jeffery R. and Andrew W. for helping out with the camping weekend. Also a special thanks to our leaders who attended: Mr. Showalter and Mr. Camejo. Extra Special thanks to Mr. Piacentini for putting the whole thing together. Great job all of you!

Tuesday night we had a great meeting, building some leadership skills,

and a great inter-patrol activity. Keep up the good work guys.

Next Tuesday evening we will have a PLC (all patrol and troop leaders are encouraged to attend) to plan our meetings for the next several weeks. Our theme for the month of November is Science.

Sunday, Michael F. is planning the first day of his Eagle project. More details may be on the way, so stay tuned.

We are registered to send 13 scouts and 3 leaders to the Battlefield District Fall Merit Badge Camporee on Oct. 22-24. Next Tuesday we will be setting up camping patrols, doing menus and other planning.

The last known information has the following merit badges available: Law, Communications, Plumbing, Fly Fishing, Camping, Space Exploration, Pioneering, Orienteering, American Heritage, Auto Mechanics, Fingerprinting, Citizenship in the Community, Nation, and World, Fire Safety, and Wilderness Survival. There will also be a Gateway competition, (lashing, not computers), Cook-off Competition (this is camp wide - in addition to the golden pot!) and a clean camp award. We will also have a campfire Saturday evening, and each troop is encouraged to prepare a skit or song.

As a final note: A special Scout Salute goes to Mr. Ward for his years as Scoutmaster. I know I speak for all the leaders and scouts when I say that you have helped us as individuals and as a troop more than you know. You have helped us become the best troop in the District and beyond, and we can only hope to honor your leadership by moving forward to become the best individuals and the best troop we can be in the future. Thank you; and we're looking forward to seeing you with us on the trail whenever you can join us.

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter

Scoutmaster

October 5, 2004

Scouts, Leaders, Committee Members and Parents:

Following Don Ward's resignation as Scoutmaster, the Committee appointed Ed Showalter, with his acceptance, as the Troop's new Scoutmaster. Congratulations Ed, we all know you will do an excellent job. In his absence, all present also expressed their appreciation of the time and work put in by Don Ward on behalf of the Troop.

If you have not already done so, please turn in your stew money by next Tuesday. I understand that there are more quarts of stew available for sale. See Mr. or Mrs. Carr if you need more. Popcorn orders also need to be turned in this month.

Advancements: Charles K. obtained the rank of Life Scout; Kevin T., the rank of Star Scout and Adam S. the rank of Tenderfoot Scout. Andrew W. was also recognized as having earned a palm.

The scouts present worked on rank advancements, team project challenges and junior leader planning.

This weekend those scouts participating in the Troop's Junior Leader Training will be camping at Brady Saunders. Drivers are needed to take the boys to Brady Saunders Saturday morning and pick them up on Sunday morning. It is requested that all participating scouts and leaders meet at the Carson Building on Saturday Morning at 8:30am (parents need to sign permission slips). The Junior Leader participants have been equally divided between the Bear and Buffalo partols. The food cost of each particpant is $10. Each partol's scribe will collect and account for the members comprising his patrol. The scribe will also be responsible for any written report that may be required of the members of his patrol. The quartermaster of each patrol will oversee the gathering of troop equipment to be used by his patrol this weekend and assigning the same for clean up following the event. We plan to leave the Carson Building at 9:00am and proceed to Brady Saunders. We will be returning on Sunday to the Carson Building around noon. Dress for travel to and from Brady Saunders will be full class A Uniforms - there will be a uniform inspection on Saturday. During camp the dress will be Class B uniforms - Gray Shirts with Troop 555 logo and scout uniform pants. The Bear Patrol will be camping at the T-Bird camp site and the Buffalo Patrol will be camping at the Hill Camp site at Brady Saunders. There will be a patrol leaders meeting at Brady Saunders shortly after arrival comprising the Bear and Buffalo Patrol Leaders and the Troop's Senior Patrol Leader, Brian T. the two Patrol Chaplin's Aid will be working together on Sunday's Scout Service. There will be a camp fire on Saturday Night and the members of each patrol will prepare and present a skit at the campfire.

Mike F.'s eagle project will be held on Sunday, October 17th and Sunday, October 24th. It will involve clearing a nature trail. Lunch will be provided.. A sign up sheet will be available at next Tuesday's meeting for those scouts willing to help Mike. Mike is in need of the help of his fellow scouts and is counting on you to lend a hand. Please give Mike your support.

The weekend of October 22nd through October 24th is the Battlefield District Merit Badge Camporee which will be held at Brady Saunders. More information on this to follow. It was also reported that a merit badge course will be offered next spring on Enviromental Science. More information on this will also follow.

Mr. Piacentini

Assistant Scoutmaster

October 4, 2004

Dear Scout Leaders, Committee Members, Scouts and Parents,

Troop 555 is a great Troop and it is due to all your efforts that it has become as it is. I like to think I had some small part in that also but know that without you who do all the work we would not be were we are today. Thank you for everything you do.

Almost 4 years ago after being an Assistant Scoutmaster for about 10 years you all asked and I accepted to take the reins of Scoutmaster for a year’s term. It has been a great experience for me and I thank you each for allowing me to have the fun I have had. It is time for a change in the Troop to occur and I want to let you all know of that now. Effective immediately I will be stepping down as Scoutmaster. I am leaving the Troop in good stead with a good cadre of leaders who each are capable of taking the reins of Scoutmaster. I will miss scouting very much and hope every now and then you might let me tag along on some scout outings. I do intend to remain as an assistant Scoutmaster so am not completely going away.

I wish you all the very best, thank you for allowing me to be Scoutmaster of Troop 555. I have enjoyed the Troop more than you possibly can know. Troop 555 is and remains the best in the area because of the quality program you have put together, the quality adult leadership, and the great scouts that are members. Thanks for everything you all have done.

I remain,

Yours in Scouting,

Don Ward

Scoutmaster

September 28, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends of Troop 555:

Stew was a great success. We made 930 quarts, and most were pre-sold. Thanks to all who helped out! If you have not done so already, please remember to bring your stew money to next Tuesday's meeting.

Last night we held Elections,

Before the results, I would like to thank you previous leaders for a job well done!

Here are the new troop leaders for the next 6 months:

SPL - Brian T.

ASPL - Charles K.

Scribe - Sean S.

Historian - Kevin T.

Librarian - Reed P.

Quartermaster - Ross C.

Our new Patrol leadership:

Patrol 1:

PL - Davis S.

APL - Adam S.

QM - Stephen K.

Patrol 2:

PL - Kurt G.

APL - Justin O.

QM - Matthew N.

Patrol 3:

PL - Charles G.

APL - Chris M.

QM - Joshua T.

Patrol 4:

PL - Jeffery R.

QM - David R.

Patrol 5:

PL - Timmy J.

QM - Ethan S.

There will be a PLC next week (10/5) at 6:30 before our regular meeting. All elected troop leaders and patrol leaders should attend.

There will be a Quartermaster's meeting the following week (10/12) time to be announced. All patrol quartermasters will meet with the troop quartermaster.

Next week (10/5) is also the first meeting of a new month. Full Class A's - Uniform inspection and board of reviews.

This weekend we have two events going on. On Saturday there will be Junior Leader Training - (See separate notice), and on Sunday the troop will be helping the church with their music festival. This will count as service time, so please come and help if you can.

Popcorn sales have started. Thanks to the Nigrelli's for leading the charge! Orders are due 10/26, pickup is 11/20 and all monies are due 12/7.

Our next Camping Trip is October 22-24. This will be a merit badge Camporee at T. Brady Saunders. More details to come.

October: Theme - Patrols and Teamwork

2 JLT - 9:00 - 5:00

3 Service Project with Chartered Organization 1:00-8:00pm

9-10 JLT Outdoor Training

15-17 O. A. Fall Fellowship

22-24 Fall Camporee - Brady Saunders

Other events are listed on our troop annual plan. Please see our website.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

September 21, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

We talked about recent events over the weekend (Congratulations Andrew!, way to go Jerry) and talked about leadership positions and elections. Elections are next week. If you want to be considered for a position, please see a leader, otherwise we will create the list of nominees without your input.

This Friday 9/24 we will begin our Fall Stew. Keep Selling - $5 per quart. We need to sell about 1000 quarts, and at last night's count we had about 750 sold! Do your share. We will be preparing the stew Friday night through until Saturday morning. We need all the hands we can gather for Chicken Picking Friday night at 6:00. Please come early to help with set-up and remember This should last about an hour and a half, and then we get on with the preparation of the Stew! WEAR A HAT! We will also need some strong adult volunteers for Thursday evening to pick up the Pots, and some to help Saturday morning about 6:00 to pack the stew and a few good men to return the pots.

Please come to as much of the stew festivities as you can. Many hands make light work, and many adults allow leaders to take naps!

On Saturday, October 2, 2004, the in-door portion of the Troop's Junior Leader Training Course will be held at New Hanover Presbyterian Church from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The outdoor portion of the course will be held on Saturday/Sunday October 11th and 12th at Brady Saunders Camp Ground. The course participants will leave from the Carson Building at the Church Saturday morning at 9:00am and camp at Brady Saunders the night of October 9th and return to the Church on Sunday afternoon around 1:00pm.

We have a few scouts who are missing their books. Please check you book to make sure that it is in-fact yours. If not, please return it to the owner, we'll help you find yours. Thanks.

Our next camping trip is planned for October 22-24. This will be a Merit Badge Camporee. More information to come.

Upcoming Events in review

September: Theme - Leadership

24-25 Brunswick Stew

21 New Patrol Rosters

28 Elections

October: Theme - Patrols and Teamwork

2 JLT - 9:00 - 6:00

3 Service Project with Chartered Organization 1:00-8:00pm

9-10 JLT Outdoor Training

15-17 O. A. Fall Fellowship

22-24 Fall Camporee - Brady Saunders

Other events are listed on our troop annual plan. Please see our website.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

September 21, 2004

The first session of Troop 555's Junior Leader Training (JLT) Seminar will be held on Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd at New Hanover Presbyterian Church. The Saturday October 2nd session will be held in the South Wing of the Church and will start at 9:00am Saturday morning and will end at 5:00pm that afternoon. On Sunday, October 3rd, the Church will be holding its Music Festival from 1:00pm to 8:00pm. Those scouts participating in the JLT seminar are expected to give of at least 2 hours of their time in helping the Church of during this activity. I understand that the scouts will assist with parking and trash. The time will count towards community service.

The second part of the JLT will take place the following weekend on Saturday October 9th and Sunday October 10th. We will be leaving the Carson Building at 9:00am and proceed to Camp Brady Saunders. We will return to the Carson Building on Sunday around 1:00pm. the weekends of October 2nd begins on Saturday, October 2, 2003next month. The JLT attendees will be preparing meals for Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday Breakfast. There will also be a craker barrel for Saturday Night. At this time, I have reserved the T-Bird and Hill camp sites at Brady Saunders.

All scouts having obtained the rank of first class or above should plan to attend this seminar if they have not otherwise been through Junior Leader Training. Those second class scouts who are close to obtaining their first class rank or who otherwise wish to take part in this JLT, must have the permission of the Scout Master to attend. The Troop will be holding elections at the end of this month for the various leadership positions in the Troop. Those scouts contemplating serving in a leadership role should take part in the JLT seminar being offered by teh Troop.

The Class Room Portion of the Training will focus on the following Five Areas:

1. History and Structure of Boy Scouts of America, the Heart of

Virginia Council and Troop 555.

2. The Patrol System and Duties of Troop & Patrol Leaders

3. Leadership Styles

4. Team Building and

5. Conflict Resolution

A sign up sheet will be at tonight's Scout Meeting.

Mr. Piacentini

Assistant Scoutmaster

September 14, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Tuesday night was our annual beginning of the year Court of Honor. Congratulations to all on your achievements. We celebrated Eagle Palms, Rank Advancements, OA Ordeal members and Brotherhood members, and lots and lots of merit badges.

Here are a few important upcoming events you need to be aware of.

This Saturday for those scouts working on the Personal Management Merit Badge, there will be a merit badge session at New Hanover Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 18th from 9:00am to 1:30pm. This session will focus primarily on completing requirements three through seven. Time permitting, the scouts, to the extent they have not already done so, can get a good start on requirements 1, 2, 8, 9 and ten. Mr. Piacentini will be leading this merit badge class.

This Saturday at 2:00 Andrew W's Eagle Scout Court of Honor will take place in the sanctuary at New Hanover. This promises to be an inspirational event. Congratulations Andrew! Scouts and adults participating in the ceremony need to be there at 1:00.

This Sunday at 2:00 Jerry R. will be working on his Eagle Scout project at the church. Please come and help Jerry build benches for the church.

Next Tuesday will be our next meeting. We are going to be discussing patrol rosters and leadership positions. If you want to be considered for a leadership position, please let a scoutmaster know.

On the 24th we will begin our Fall Stew. Start Selling now - $5 per quart. We need to sell about 1000 quarts! Do your share. We will be preparing the stew Friday night through until Saturday morning. We need all the hands we can gather for Chicken Picking 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 pack the stew and a few good men to return the pots.

On Saturday, October 2, 2004, the in-door portion of the Troop's Junior Leader Training Course will be held at New Hanover Presbyterian Church from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The outdoor portion of the course will be held on Saturday/Sunday October 11th and 12th at Brady Saunders Camp Ground. The course participants will leave from the Carson Building at the Church Saturday morning at 9:00am and camp at Brady Saunders the night of October 9th and return to the Church on Sunday afternoon around 1:00pm.

Our next camping trip is planned for October 22-24. This will be a Merit Badge Camporee. More information to come.

Upcoming Events in review

September: Theme - Leadership

18 Personal Management Merit Badge Workshop 9:00 - 1:30

18 Andrew W's Eagle Ceremony 2:00

19 Jerry R's Eagle Project 2:00

24-25 Brunswick Stew

21 New Patrol Rosters

28 Elections

October: Theme - Patrols and Teamwork

2 JLT - 9:00 - 6:00

3 Service Project with Chartered Organization 1:00-8:00pm

9-10 JLT Outdoor Training

15-17 O. A. Fall Fellowship

22-24 Fall Camporee - Brady Saunders

Other events are listed on our troop annual plan. Please see our website.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

September 9, 2004

Scouts, Parents and Leaders of Troop 555,

As of yesterday, there are approximately 30 positions remaining for scouts to attend next summer's 2005 National Scout Jamboree as part of the Heart of Virginia Council contingent. Since the next National Jamboree will not be held until 2010 to mark the 100th anniversery of Scouting in the United States, this will be the last opportunity for most if not all of the scouts in our troop, who have not already done so, to attend a National Jamboree. To date, I know of three scouts in the Troop who will be attending the Jamboree as part of the Council's contingent. Please take this opportunity to consider want may be a once in a life time opportunity.

"Twenty years form now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain 1835-1910

Don Piacentini

Assistant Scoutmaster

September 7, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Just a quick reminder: there is no meeting tonight Tuesday September 7th. This is the first day of school for many in the troop, so good luck and have a great school year.

Next week we will have our Court of Honor to begin the scouting year. Copies of our annual plan will be available, and we will proudly recognize over 100 merit badges earned by our busy scouts.

The court of Honor will begin at 6:30. The troop will provide the main course (Thank you to the Committee!) and the patrols need to provide the

sides. Unless the PLC decides otherwise, I would recommend the

following:

Falcon - Salads (Green vegetable etc.)

Liberty - Sides (Beans, macaroni, chips etc.)

Spider - Drinks (tea and soft drinks)

Wolverine - Desserts

Patrol leaders need to contact their patrols and make sure that the dinner stuff will be there, and to get a count on how many will be attending. This information needs to get to Ms. Carr by the end of the week. Each patrol should also have a few scouts willing to come early for set-up, and a few willing to clean up afterward.

Thanks, and see you next week.

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

P.S. OA members and elected scouts - remember that there is an Ordeal this weekend.

August 31, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

We've talked - We've planned, and now we're ready to take on another scouting year. The annual plan for the next year is done, and should be on our website soon.

Last night we had our last board of Review for this planning year. Congratulations to al of you who advanced, If my count is right we had one First Class, Five Star, and one Bronze Eagle Palm. Wow!

These and many other awards will be presented and recognized at the Court of Honor on 9/14. We will meet at 6:30 for a meal and proceed with our awards. Everyone should attend this one - we have over 100 merit badges to recognize from 30 boys involved in summer camp, several other merit badges earned since the last court of honor, and some special advancement awards as well. Plus we will be talking about our plans for the coming year, and more! Every family is asked to bring a side dish - you should be hearing from your patrol leaders soon on what to bring.

Please note that there will be no meeting on 9/7 - as this is the first day of school.

On September 18th Mr. Piacentini will be teaching the class portion of Personal Management Merit Badge. All who are working on this badge should plan to attend from 9:00 - to 1:30.

Later on September 18th at 2:00 we will celebrate Andrew W's Eagle Court of Honor. This should be a real treat fro everyone - congratulations Andrew!

The next day Jerry R will be having a work day for his Eagle Project. This will count toward service hours. Let's all plan to help Jerry!

On the 24th we will begin our Fall Stew. Start Selling now - $5 per quart. We need to sell about 1000 quarts! Do your share.

Upcoming Events in review

September: Theme - Leadership

7 First Day of School - No Meeting

10-12 Order of the Arrow Ordeal

14 Court of Honor 6:30

18 Personal Management Merit Badge Workshop 9:00 - 1:30

18 Andrew W's Eagle Ceremony 2:00

19 Jerry R's Eagle Project 2:00

24-25 Brunswick Stew

21 New Patrol Rosters

28 Elections

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

August 31, 2004

On Friday, November 26th (the day after Thanksgiving), a Merit Badge Class will be held for the Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge. The Class will be held at the New Hanover Presbyterian Church from 10:00am to 4:00am. More to follow on this class.

Donald W. Piacentini

Assistant Scoutmaster

August 31, 2004

On Saturday, October 2, 2004, the in-door portion of the Troop's Junior Leader Training Course will be held at New Hanover Presbyterian Church from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The outdoor portion of the course will be held on Saturday/Sunday October 9th and 10th at Brady Saunders Camp Ground. The course participants will leave from the Carson Building at the Church Saturday morning at 9:00am and camp at Brady Saunders the night of October 8th and return to the Church on Sunday afternoon around 1:00pm.

The Junior Leader course is designed to develop leadership skills which should serve the boys well not only in their scout leadership roles with the Troop but also in other areas as well. Among other things, the course will focus on the history of the Scouting, Troop and Patrol structure, the duties and expections of the various leadership roles within the troop, the styles of leadership, conflict resolution and team building principals espoused by Scouting.

The course is open to all first class scouts and above. Second class scouts and Tenderfoot scouts can also attend if their attendence is approved by the Scoutmaster. Scouts having the junior leader training will more likely be nominated to run for leadership positions with the Troop.

Donald W. Piacentini

Assistant Scoutmaster

August 24, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

What a great trip to Eagle Point! We really ate well. Congratulations to the Spider Patrol on winning the "Golden Pot" award, but congratulations also to the Liberty and Catfish patrols for each winning

a "golden spoon!" The judging was difficult but tasty! Thanks to all

the leaders to helped me on this trip!

A more important congratulations goes out to Joseph M. who had his official Council Board of review for Eagle last night. Here's to you Joseph - our newest Eagle Scout.

We had a great time last night playing Scout Skill Jeopardy. Thanks to all the scouts who made this happen.

Our next event is our Leader's meeting this Saturday at Mr. Ward's house. If he doesn't know you are coming, please let him know. Mr. Ward is providing the main course, and we are all requested to bring a

covered dish side or desert. Those who are interested may also want to

bring their swimsuits. IF you need directions to Mr. Ward's house,

please contact him.

We will be working on our calendar for the year. Mr. Piacentini is planning a Junior Leader Training in October, and will be teaching the classroom portion of Personal Management merit badge the morning of September 18th.

The afternoon of September 18th will be Andrew W's Eagle Court of Honor. Put it on your calendars now - I know we will all want to be there. (In my opinion there are very few scout ceremonies that even come close to one of these - if you haven't come to one, please make a point to attend. It will inspire you.)

Next week, Tuesday August 31st, is our board of review for advancement. Please come prepared.

Upcoming Events

8/28 - Adult leader's planning meeting

8/31 - Board of Review - Advancement!

9/7 - no meeting - First day of school

9/18 - Personal Management Merit Badge Class

9/18 - Eagle Court of Honor - Andrew W

The secret word for this week is "Baden-Powell"

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

August 17, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Planning for our Eagle Point Camping trip and the creation of new Patrol Flags were the order of business at last evening’s meeting.

We have three patrols going, the Spiders, Liberty, and the Catfish patrol. Each patrol will be preparing their own meals, and the adults will be cooking for themselves as well. There will be awards for the best patrol meal at each cooked meal, as well as an overall award for the best fed patrol of the weekend. Cooks and shoppers, remember that you are responsible for your patrols paper towels, other consumables, and any refrigeration needs (coolers and ice)

Here are the vital statistics for the trip: Departure: 4:00 PM Friday August 20, 2004 from NHPC – Arrive at Church by 3:30: Return: 1:00 PM Sunday August 22, 2004 (There are no plans for Sunday Lunch – plan to eat with your family) : Cost: $15

Special packing reminders:

Insect repellant (you may also want to have a long sleeve shirt and long pants)

If you plan to wade in the Kerr Reservoir you must have Closed Toed Shoes on – no bare feet and no sandals. An old pair of tennis shoes is ideal. This is a public lake and there is glass on the bottom in many places. (I talked with another scoutmaster who uses the lake there, and he said that the one time he did not enforce this rule there were eight foot injuries in three days.)

Remember to bring your personal eating gear – plate, cup and utensils – the troop does not provide them.

There is an adult leaders planning meeting on August 28th from 9-mid afternoon at Mr. Ward's house. Parents and Senior Scout leadership is also encouraged to attend. We will be planning the next scouting year (from September 2004 - August 2005). If you have ideas, please pass them along. Admission to the meeting is one side dish for lunch, Mr. Ward is providing the main course!

Our next board of review for advancement is Tuesday August 31st. If you need to go before the committee, please have your scoutmaster conference done by next Tuesday.

Till we meet again...

Upcoming Events

8/20-22 - Eagle Point Camping Trip

8/28 - Adult leader's planning meeting

8/31 - Board of Review - Advancement!

9/7 – no meeting – First day of school

The secret word for this week is "cracker-barrel"

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

August 10, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Well, Well, Well!!! Back from summer camp. For those of you who missed the numbers, we had 27 scouts go to camp our week, two go provisional other weeks, and one on staff for a total of 30 scouts at camp! Among them they earned 103 merit badges, and did lots of advancement work. We also had three scouts go to camp savvy. Congratulations to all, it was a great week.

Last night we began our discussions for the last trip of the summer to Camp Eagle Point in Mecklenburg County. Our campsite is near the clear waters of the Kerr Reservoir. Our primary goal of this trip is to eat well, and we have several cooking challenges for the weekend. Let's get creative with our menus!

For the Eagle Point Trip, we still need a few drivers, and would welcome some more canoes (especially if you can transport them!) Come to next weeks meeting for more planning for the trip (August 20-22).

Also next week, we have a PLC at 6:30. All scout leadership, including patrol leaders, troop guides, scribe, librarian etc. should attend. The order of business will include specific planning for the next several meetings, and idea generation for the next year.

Speaking of next year... We have an adult leaders planning meeting on August 28th from 9-mid afternoon at Mr. Ward's house. Scout leadership is also encouraged to attend. We will be planning the next scouting year (from September 2004 - August 2005). If you have ideas, please

pass them along. Admission to the meeting is one side dish for lunch,

Mr. Ward is providing the main course!

Our next board of review for advancement is Tuesday August 31st. If you need to go before the committee, please have your scoutmaster conference done by Tuesday August 24th.

Till we meet again...

Upcoming Events

8/20-22 - Eagle Point Camping Trip

8/28 - Adult leader's planning meeting

(Scout leadership is encouraged to attend)

8/31 - Board of Review - Advancement!

The secret word for this week is "Canoe"

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

August 2, 2004

Scouts, Scouters, and Parents,

I hope everyone had a good time at summer camp. Troop 555 did extrememly well on achieving a large number of merit badges and being awarded many Patrol and Troop awards. Thank you to everyone that assisted the Troop last week either by transporting scouts to camp or by staying in camp to help provide adult coverage. A huge THANK YOU goes to Mr. Showalter for organizing our presence at summer camp, without his efforts our Troop would not have done so well. Thanks Ed…Also thank you to Mr. Piacentini and Mr. Camejo for staying the entire week at camp. In addition, thank you to Ms. Ficor, Mr. Richardson, Mr. Shelton, Mr. McCombs, and Mr. Carr for staying one or more nights helping out at camp. (If I left anyone out please excuse me and let me know too so you can also be recognized.) All who gave up your personal vacation time for our scouts is very much appreciated. Being involved like these folks are is a large part of what makes our Troop so great.

Last, so everyone can recover from summer camp there will not be a scout meeting this Tuesday evening (8/3). The next scout meeting will be on Tuesday, 8/10. I look forward to seeing everyone then.

YIS,

Mr. Ward

Scoutmaster

July 26, 2004

There is a mis-quote on the permision slips of the arrival time at NHPC from summer camp. We will arrive at the church at approximately 11:30am, not the 4pm as stated on the permission slips. Please plan on picking up your scout at that time.

YIS,

Don Ward

Scoutmaster

July 20, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Well that time of year is upon us yet again - Summer Camp!!

Meet at 12:30 Sunday to leave for Summer Camp. We have 27 scouts on the list to go, so Drivers are needed!

If you haven't turned in your updated medical form - you can't go. Please bring it Sunday.

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 right after we change into our swimsuits! Pack your swimsuit and a towel on top - the first thing we will do after we check in at the Health Lodge 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.

We will be camping in patrols at Summer Camp. Final camp patrol assignments were announced Tuesday.

A suggested equipment list for Summer Camp is (one more time) at the bottom of this e-mail. (Thanks Alex T. for the demonstration!)

If you don't have a current copy of the Troop Guide, it is available both in print and on the web at the troop website.

Upcoming events in review:

7/25-31 - Summer Camp - T. Brady Saunders

8/20-22 - Eagle Point

The secret word for this week is "Buddy System"

PERSONAL GEAR TO BRING TO SUMMER CAMP

Pack 1

Sleeping Bag/2 Sheets & Blanket 1

Flashlight 1

Full Scout Summer Uniform 1

Comfortable Walking Shoes 1 pair

Underwear (shorts & shirts) 7

Extra Clothing (shorts, pants, shirts) 3

Sneakers 1 pair

Flip-Flops 1 pair

Cap or Hat 1

Jacket 1

Socks 7 pairs

Swim Trunks 1

Rain Gear 1

Bath Towel 1

Hand Towel 1

Wash Cloth 1

Soap 1

Toothbrush 1

Toothpaste 1

Brush or Comb 1

Completed Medical Form: Scouts cannot be admitted to camp without one.

For Advancement: Merit Badge Pamphlets; Handbook and Fieldbook; Paper and Pencils/Pens; Merit Badge Partials; Merit Badge Projects (started or completed)

Optional Items: Fishing Gear; Camera and Film; Bug Repellent; Musical Instrument; Bible, Testament, or Prayer Book; Canteen; Spending Money; Alarm Clock; Pillow

Note: Scouts interested in taking waterfront merit badges (Swimming, Small Boat Sailing, Lifesaving, Rowing, or Canoeing) or the BSA Lifeguard Training should bring longs trousers, a long-sleeved button-down shirt, and a pair of old sneakers. They will use these clothes for rapid undress and/or Emergency swim requirements and should plan to get them wet. For this reason, old clothes are suggested.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter, Assistant Scoutmaster

July 13, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Take me out to the Ballgame...

Lot's of fun had by all as we played a great game of softball! Next meeting we will continue our cooking (Those of you shopping for dinner - take note) and do our final planning for summer camp.

First year campers - please bring a packed backpack for inspection to next Tuesday's meeting.

Those of you who haven't already - final payments for Summer Camp and Antietam are now over-due.

We will be camping in patrols at Summer Camp. Final camp patrol assignments will be made next Tuesday. - Please come to this meeting if at all possible.

A suggested equipment list for Summer Camp is at the bottom of this e-mail.

Our August camping trip will be to Eagle Point (8/20-22).. We will have lots to do, and will be runing on a different menu format - stay tuned for more information. (no pepper-mac!) For some more information on the camp, check out: http://www.relcbsa.org/EaglePt.html We have reserved campsites 34-36 including the pavilion.

!!!Other Important Announcements !!!!

We have ordered additional Troop T-shirts, hopefully they will be available before we go to camp.

If you don't have a current copy of the Troop Guide, it is available both in print and on the web at the troop website.

Upcoming events in review:

7/25-31 - Summer Camp - T. Brady Saunders

8/20-22 - Eagle Point

The secret word for this week is "Baseball"

PERSONAL GEAR TO BRING TO SUMMER CAMP

ITEM SUGGESTED - NUMBER

Pack 1

Sleeping Bag/2 Sheets & Blanket - 1

Flashlight - 1

Full Scout Summer Uniform - 1

Comfortable Walking Shoes - 1 pair

Underwear (shorts & shirts) - 7

Extra Clothing (shorts, pants, shirts) - 3

Sneakers - 1 pair

Flip-Flops - 1 pair

Cap or Hat - 1

Jacket - 1

Socks - 7 pairs

Swim Trunks - 1

Rain Gear - 1

Bath Towel - 1

Hand Towel - 1

Wash Cloth - 1

Soap - 1

Toothbrush - 1

Toothpaste - 1

Brush or Comb - 1

Completed Medical Form: Scouts cannot be admitted to camp without one.

For Advancement: Merit Badge Pamphlets; Handbook and Fieldbook; Paper and Pencils/Pens; Merit Badge Partials; Merit Badge Projects (started or completed)

Optional Items: Fishing Gear; Camera and Film; Bug Repellent; Musical Instrument; Bible, Testament, or Prayer Book; Canteen; Spending Money; Alarm Clock; Pillow

Note: Scouts interested in taking waterfront merit badges (Swimming, Small Boat Sailing, Lifesaving, Rowing, or Canoeing) or the BSA Lifeguard training should bring longs trousers, a long-sleeved button-down shirt, and a pair of old sneakers. They will use these clothes for rapid undress and/or emergency swim requirements and should plan to get them wet. For this reason, old clothes are suggested.

July 6, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

A busy busy night. We cooked (lunch this time), we pioneered (nifty camp gadget), we planned (PLC), and we advanced!

Congratulations to all who advanced, and special congratulations to our newest Eagle Scout Andrew W.! Way to go Andrew!

The final payment for summer camp is due, All those who went to Antietam - the amount due including meals, entrance fees, and gas for the drivers is $25. (Add $4.00 if you ordered an antietam hike brochure.) Please pay Mr. Nigrelli.

Summer camp is our next big trip. Remember to get your medical form updated, and to give Mr. Showalter your merit badge choices. All scouts will need a backpack properly equiped for sumer camp. We will talk more about equipment in the next weeks.

***Final payment for Summer camp is now due ***

A suggested equipment list for Summer Camp is at the bottom of this e-mail.

Our August camping trip will be to Eagle Point (8/20-22).. We will have lots to do, and will be runing on a different menu format - stay tuned for more information. (no pepper-mac!) For some more information on the camp, check out: http://www.relcbsa.org/EaglePt.html We have reserved campsites 34-36 including the pavilion.

!!!Other Important Announcements !!!!

We have ordered additional Troop T-shirts, hopefully they will be available before we go to camp.

If there are any scouts that would like to to go with another Troop to the Florida Keys Sailing Hi-Adventure they should let Mr. Ward know. There is a Troop in Mechanicsville (Atlee area) that has 3 openings. The cost will be around $800 and they are going around the last 2 weeks in August. If any scouts are interested please contact Mr. Ward and he will put them with the Troop for more information.

If you don't have a current copy of the Troop Guide, it is available both in print and on the web at the troop website.

Upcoming events in review:

7/25-31 - Summer Camp - T. Brady Saunders

8/20-22 - Eagle Point

The secret word for this week is "Baseball"

PERSONAL GEAR TO BRING TO SUMMER CAMP

ITEM SUGGESTED - NUMBER

Pack 1

Sleeping Bag/2 Sheets & Blanket - 1

Flashlight - 1

Full Scout Summer Uniform - 1

Comfortable Walking Shoes - 1 pair

Underwear (shorts & shirts) - 7

Extra Clothing (shorts, pants, shirts) - 3

Sneakers - 1 pair

Flip-Flops - 1 pair

Cap or Hat - 1

Jacket - 1

Socks - 7 pairs

Swim Trunks - 1

Rain Gear - 1

Bath Towel - 1

Hand Towel - 1

Wash Cloth - 1

Soap - 1

Toothbrush - 1

Toothpaste - 1

Brush or Comb - 1

Completed Medical Form: Scouts cannot be admitted to camp without one.

For Advancement: Merit Badge Pamphlets; Handbook and Fieldbook; Paper and Pencils/Pens; Merit Badge Partials; Merit Badge Projects (started or completed)

Optional Items: Fishing Gear; Camera and Film; Bug Repellent; Musical Instrument; Bible, Testament, or Prayer Book; Canteen; Spending Money; Alarm Clock; Pillow

Note: Scouts interested in taking waterfront merit badges (Swimming, Small Boat Sailing, Lifesaving, Rowing, or Canoeing) or the BSA Lifeguard training should bring longs trousers, a long-sleeved button-down shirt, and a pair of old sneakers. They will use these clothes for rapid undress and/or emergency swim requirements and should plan to get them wet. For this reason, old clothes are suggested.

June 29, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

A "kick-back" night, and a short meeting. We talked about the various trips we have been on, and did some advancement sign-off.

Antietam was a great trip. Thanks to Mr. Kennedy for getting it set up. We saw the whole battlefiled, and I for one learned a lot. If you still have equipment out, please return it, clean and in good condition. We should know the total charge next week.

Summer camp is our next big trip. Remember to get your medical form updated, and to give Mr. Showalter your merit badge choices. All scouts will need a backpack properly equiped for summer camp. We will talk more about equipment in the coming weeks. ***Final payment for Summer camp is now due ***

Next week there will be a PLC meeting at 6:30. The full meeting will start at 7:15 (regular time) and end regular time. It is the first meeting of the month, so rememebr - Class A's and uniform inspection.

Our August camping trip will be to Eagle Point (8/20-22). We will have lots to do, and will be runing on a different menu format - stay tuned for more information (no pepper-mac!). For some more information on the camp, check out: http://www.relcbsa.org/EaglePt.html. We have reserved campsites 34-36 including the pavilion.

If you don't have a current copy of the Troop Guide, it is available both in print and on the web at the troop website.

Upcoming events in review:

7/25-31 - Summer Camp - T. Brady Saunders

8/20-22 - Eagle Point

The secret word for this week is "Friendly".

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

June 22, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Welcome to two new Scouts!

We worked with newer scouts on proper flag handling. Did you know that Mr. Martin used to have a job climbing flagpoles? Anyway, those of you who haven't already had flag handling signed off in your books, and have done it, need to ask a leader to sign.

We will leave Friday for Antietam! Those going need to gather at the church no later than 11:00 and plan to depart at 12:00 noon. Parents need to stay around until all the permission slips are signed. Bring money for 2 lunches on the road, and any additional spending money you may want to have. Class A's for traveling, class B's for hiking. Be sure to bring plenty of water and good walking shoes or hiking boots. We plan to return around 5:00 Sunday. (If the traffic is not bad we may be back earlier, so if possible parents need to be available by phone to pick up returning scouts.)

Next week we will meet at the regular time, but our meeting will end at 8:30. The church is haveing Movie night, and scouts are invited to join those wathcing the movies, but you must have parents with you, the scout leader's are leaving after our 8:30 closing. (This means that circle time will be earlier, and as always, we encourage parents to join in circle time.

Summer Camp Merit badge choices are due next meeting.

In August we will be traveling to Camp Eagle Point (8/20-22). This is a council property on the Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg County. Since we'll be on

the water we will bring some canoes. This should be a great trip. Perhaps we can put some more of those camping skills to work! For some more information on the camp, check out: http://www.relcbsa.org/EaglePt.html We have reserved campsites 34-36 including the pavilion.

If you don't have a current copy of the Troop Guide, it is available both in print and on the web at the troop website.

Upcoming events in review:

6/25-27 - Camping and Hiking at the Antietam Battlefield! 7/25-31 - Summer Camp - T. Brady Saunders 8/20-22 - Eagle Point

The secret word for this week is "Helpful"

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

June 15, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

What's cooking? How about bacon, eggs, egg sandwiches, pancakes, and perhaps a few other things that I didn't get to eat! Quite an event, and I'm looking forward to better meals on camping trips!

Speaking of Camping trips, here we will leave next Friday for Antietam! We will gather at the church well befre noon, and plan to depart at 12:00. Class A's most of the weekend, as we will be traveling in public places. Be sure to bring plenty of water and good walking shoes or hiking boots.

Summer camp is just a few weeks away! We need merit badge choices soon, and please make sure you have your medical form done.

In August we will be traveling to Camp Eagle Point (8/20-22). This is a council

property on the Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg County. Since we'll be on

the water we will bring some canoes. This should be a great trip. Perhaps we can put some more of those camping skills to work! For some more information on the camp, check out: http://www.relcbsa.org/EaglePt.html We have reserved campsites 34-36 including the pavilion.

If you don't have a current copy of the Troop Guide, it is available both in print and on the web at the troop website.

Upcoming events in review:

6/25-27 - Camping and Hiking at the Antietam Battlefield! 7/25-31 - Summer Camp - T. Brady Saunders 8/20-22 - Eagle Point

The secret word for this week is "battlefield"

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

June 8, 2004

No Update.

June 1, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

A wonderful Court of Honor, Lots of advancement to announce showing to all present what a wonderful troop we have.

Here are a few upcoming events:

This Saturday, June 5th, Joseph M.'s Eagle Project. Those who can help should arrive around 10:00 AM to begin working. Lunch will be provided. The expected completion time is 4:00 PM. Full details have been sent out in a separate e-mail.

Next week 6/8/2004 we will continue our work with the Cooking Merit Badge.

June 25-27 - Trip to Antietam. So far we have eight scouts and six adults signed up.

Summer Camp is July 25-31. At this point we have 22 scouts who have made deposits. Please see or contact Mr. Showalter if you have any questions regarding Summer Camp.

NEW TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT:

We will be traveling to Camp Eagle Point August 20-22. This is a council property on the Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg County. Since we'll be on the water we will bring some canoes. This should be a great trip. Perhaps we can put some more of those camping skills to work! For some more information on the camp, check out: http://www.relcbsa.org/EaglePt.html We have reserved campsites 34-36 including the pavilion.

If you don't have a current copy of the Troop Guide, it is available both in print and on the web at the troop website.

Upcoming events in review:

6/5 Eagle Project

6/25-27 - Camping and Hiking at the Antietam Battlefield! 7/25-31 - Summer Camp - T. Brady Saunders 8/20-22 - Eagle Point

The secret word for this week is "honor"

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

MAy 25, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

What's Cooking? We're learning to at least. Thanks to Matt T. for beginning a series of meetings on outdoor cooking. This should really "spice up" our camping trips.

Tuesday was Board of Review - Congrats to all who advanced.

Saturday is the trip to the Re-enactment of the Parson's Cause. We will gather at the Carson Building lot between 8:30 and 8:45. We will leave promptly at 9:00.

Next Tuesday is out Spring Court of Honor. Class A Uniforms! Lots of awards to be given out - families are encouraged to attend.

June 25-27 - Trip to Antietam. So far we have eight scouts and six adults signed up. (Where are the rest of you?) A number of people have asked about information on families staying at local motels in the area adjacent to the battlefield. Information on hotels and motels can be obtained at the Washington County Visitors and Convention Center at the toll free number (888) 257-2600.

Joseph M. is working on his Eagle Project June 5th. More info next meeting.

If you don't have a current copy of the Troop Guide, it is available both in print and on the web at the troop website.

Upcoming events in review: (and more to come!)

6/25-27 - Camping and Hiking at the Antietam Battlefield! 7/25/31 - Summer Camp - T. Brady Saunders

The secret word for this week is "menu"

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: May 23, 2004

Scouts, even more help is needed than originally realized at the Heritage Days celebration on May 29th. Please be ready to commit to helping out at the Tuesday night meeting so that Mr. Piacentini can give a head count to the event organizers.

Mr. Davis

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: June 19, 2004

Update on Patrick Henry re-enactment. I spoke with Dale Alderman this afternoon and told her I would give her a head count by next Wednesday of those members of Troop 555 who will be in attendance at the 10:00am re-enactment of Patrick Henry's argument of the Parson Cause case. There are four presentations of the re-enactment scheduled for that day - the first of which will be at 10:00am. Each re-enactment is expected to run about 45 minutes to an hour. After the case is argued, the members of the audience will be asked to vote on the outcome of the case. The vote will be tallied by members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The vote will be compared with the actual outcome of the case and discussed with the audience. The last re-enactment should end around 3:00pm.

Our troop members have been invited as guests for the 10:00am presentation. Mrs. Alderman suggested that we arrive at the Court House as a group no later than 9:30 that morning. I suggest that we plan to meet at the Carson Building aound 8:45 that morning and proceed as a group from there no later than 9:00am. Dress will be full Class A uniforms. Family members of the troop are also invited. I need to give Ms. Alderman a head count by next Wednesday so that she can reserve a sufficient number of tickets for those who will be attending the 10:00am session. To date I am unclear as to how many persons in our Troop plan to attend this event.

In conjunction with the foregoing, Mrs. Alderman asked whether some of the scouts would be willing to assist the Hanover Historical Society in handing out programs for all four sessions. Mrs. Alderman asked that at least two scouts hand out programs at each of the four sessions. Therefore, one or more of the scouts can stay the entire time at the event. This would be great exposure for the Troop and Scouting given the number of expected attendees. It would also provide some of our scouts with a great opportunity for service time. We have a rare opportunity here to promote scouting in our own community as well as educate our boys on an important event in the history of Virginia and the nation. This is something that our troop could be involved in on an ongoing basis.

As I have noted in the past, the county is expecting as many as 10,000 persons so parking will be at a premium and attendance at the re-enactments will be limited. It is therefore necessary that I give Mrs. Alderman an accurate head count for our troop. Please let me know by Tuesday if you plan to attend.

Mr. Piacentini

Assistant Scoutmaster

June 18, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Even when blindfolded the leaders can set up a tent. Ok perhaps it wasn't as graceful as it could have been, but we had an opportunity to talk about leadership and communication. We also did some work with the tables for the church.

Next week we go to class B's. That means a scout related shirt. If you are going up for advancement, then you should be in class A's. Which leads me to...

Next week is the Board of Review, and the week after is a Court of Honor (Back to Class A's!)

Next week we will also begin a series of meetings on cooking.

Congratulations to Andrew W. on his Eagle Project - If I ever am in the Dog House, it should be a nice one.

If you haven't already paid for the Brady Saunders Shotgun trip - please do so next week ($16). Also please bring your $40 deposit for Summer camp, as well as merit badge choices. (The deposit is more important at this point!)

On Saturday, May 29th, the Hanover Historical Society is putting on a re-enactment of the Parson's Cause case at the Historical Hanover Court House where the actual case was argued by Patrick Henry about 250 years ago. The re-enactment will be conducted by professional actors several times during Saturday May 29th and it is expected to be heavily attended by the Public. Ms. Alderman of the Hanover Historical Society is working with Mr. Piacentini to make arrangements for the members of Troop 555 to be in attendance at the first re-enactment at 10:00am. This excellent opportunity for the members of the troop to experience an important historical event. Please sign up next week!

June 25-27 - our trip to Antietam. This will be a real treat, and we will learn a lot more about the civil war. We will be staying at the Antietam National Battlefield Rohrbach Campground. The cost will be the standard $15. There also will be a small fee to cover patches and other expenses. Thanks to Mr. Kennedy for working so hard to set this up! For more information, check out the National Park Service web site - http://www.nps.gov/anti/

Ukrop's Golden receipts - please remember our troop!

If you don't have a current copy of the Troop Guide, it is available both in print and on the web at the troop website. Check it out, some policies have changed.

Upcoming events in review: (and more to come!)

6/25-27 - Camping and Hiking at the Antietam Battlefield! 7/25/31 - Summer Camp - T. Brady Saunders

The secret word for this week is "Listening"

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

May 11, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

RESPECT - Responsible Educated Scouts Promoting Ethical Conduct Together. Good conversation on Leadership, respect and fairness - things we always need to remember. Then a troop activity requiring the scouts to set up tents blindfolded. Come to the meeting next week - it's the leader's turn.

Remember - Class A uniforms every night - you set the example!

Congratulations to those who advanced and earned Merit Badges!

We handed out our new membership cards. Remember to keep it with you, it is an official part of the uniform. Also, be careful not to wash it - (I speak from personal experience!) I try to laminate mine now.

We also received our banners for Quality Unit and 100% Boys Life.

The cost of last weekend's trip to Brady Saunders is $16. Please bring it next week if you have not already paid.

Summer Camp down payment is due - $40. I will send in the preliminary numbers next week. Get your name on the list!

On Saturday, May 29th, the Hanover Historical Society is putting on a re-enactment of the Parson's Cause case at the Historical Hanover Court House where the actual case was argued by Patrick Henry about 250 years ago. The re-enactment will be conducted by professional actors several times during Saturday May 29th and it is expected to be heavily attended by the Public. Ms. Alderman of the Hanover Historical Society is working with Mr. Piacentini to make arrangements for the members of Troop 555 to be in attendance at the first re-enactment at 10:00am. This excellent opportunity for the members of the troop to experience an important historical event. Please sign up next week!

June 25-27 - our trip to Antietam. This will be a real treat, and we

will learn a lot more about the civil war. We will be staying at the Antietam National Battlefield Rohrbach Campground. The cost will be the standard $15. There also will be a small fee to cover patches and other expenses. Thanks to Mr. Kennedy for working so hard to set this up! For more information, check out the National Park Service web site - http://www.nps.gov/anti/

Ukrop's Golden receipts - please remember our troop!

If you don't have a current copy of the Troop Guide, it is available both in print and on the web at the troop website. Check it out, some policies have changed.

Upcoming events in review: (and more to come!)

5/15 - Andrew W's Eagle Project. Contact Andrew for more info.

6/25-27 - Camping and Hiking at the Antietam Battlefield! 7/25/31 - Summer Camp - T. Brady Saunders

The secret word for this week is "Respect"

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assist. Scoutmaster

May 4, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Uniform inspection (congratulations Spiders), Board of Review, Service Project and Menu Planning were the order of the evening. Remember after any event, ask yourself, your patrol, or your troop three quick questions:

1: Did you have fun?

2: What went well?

3: What could we have done better?

Remember, don't dwell on the negative, A Scout is Cheerful.

Camping trip Friday May 7 - Saturday May 8th! Shotgun Shooting Theme. We will head out to Brady Saunders to camp at the Oakwood site, and spend time Saturday at the Shotgun range! Cost will be about $10 per scout plus $6 per box of shells. We will distribute the shell cost after we figure out how many shells we used. We will gather to leave at 6:30 Friday night, and plan on being back about 6:00 Saturday night, in time for Mother's day Sunday.

Here are a few very important rules for the Trip:

1: You may bring your own Shotgun, but it MUST be unloaded and cased. 12 or 20 gauge only. All guns will stay locked up in a leader's vehicle except during our time on the range. Do not bring your own shells.

2: Class A's to travel, Scout oriented Class B's for Saturday.

3: If you have eye or ear protection - bring it.

4: There will be absolutely no unsafe handling of any gun during the trip. Anyone who handles a gun improperly will be sent home immediately, no second chances, no warnings. The consequences of mistakes with firearms are too great to take any chances. If you have a question about proper gun handling while you are on the trip, ask a leader. We will be safe!

Congratulations to those who advanced!

Money issues:

AT money is overdue $55

Summer Camp down payment is due $40

Remember, you may use your scout account for either of these.

June 25-27 - our trip to Antietam. This will be a real treat, and we will learn a lot more about the civil war.

Ukrop's Golden receipts are mailed! - please remember our troop!

Summer Camp is coming! Merit Badge information went out at the meeting.

If you don't have a current copy of the Troop Guide, it is available both in print and on the web at the troop website. Check it out, some policies have changed.

Upcoming events in review: (and more to come!)

5/7-8 Camping at Brady Saunders - Time on the Shotgun Range!

5/15 - Andrew W's Eagle Project. Contact Andrew for more info.

6/25-27 - Camping and Hiking at the Antietam Battlefield! 7/25/31 - Summer Camp - T. Brady Saunders

The secret word for this week is "Kind"

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

April 27, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

We worked Tuesday night on making a useful camp gadget. We saw some rather creative gadgets, and perhaps some creative lashings, but a good time was had by all and we learned some things.

Next week is the first meeting of the month, Board of review and Uniform Inspection! We will also plan menus for our upcoming camping trip, which leads us to:

Camping trip Friday May 7 - Saturday May 8th! We will head out to Brady Saunders to camp at the Oakwood site, and spend time Saturday at the Shotgun range! Cost will be about $16 per scout and that includes shells and skeet. We will be home Saturday evening in time for Mother's day Sunday.

This Saturday Mr. Nigrelli's Civitan organization will be helping repair a house for a needy family. If you would like to help, please contact him directly.

Be thinking about June 25-27 - our trip to Antietam. This will be a real treat, and we will learn a lot more about the civil war.

Ukrop's Golden receipts are around the corner - please remember our troop!

Summer Camp is coming! We need a $40 deposit next week if possible! Mr. Showalter has details, and will hand out a Merit Badge information sheet next week.

If you don't have a current copy of the Troop Guide, it is available both in print and on the web at the troop website. Check it out, some policies have changed.

Upcoming events in review: (and more to come!)

5/7-8 Camping at Brady Saunders - Time on the Shotgun Range!

6/25-27 - Camping and Hiking at the Antietam Battlefield! 7/25/31 - Summer Camp - T. Brady Saunders

The secret work for this week is "Starfish" - thanks Mr. Tehan!

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

April 20, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

In our discussion of Shooting Sports we learned that there are a lot of unsafe ways to handle a gun, and hopefully we learned some ways to do it safely. Thanks to Mr. Ward and Mr. Cortez for their help and advice!

At circle time we saw a "useful camp gadget" and that lead us to our beginning a discussion about Summer Camp. We hope to take 30 or more boys to campo this year. Please let Mr. Showalter know if you are planning to come, and the sooner you can make your $40 deposit the better. Remember in addition to Camp Savy for first year scouts, and merit badges, there are opportunities available for the Ranger's Challenge, COPE, and possibly a Whitewater Rafting trip. Summer camp will be July 25-31, and the cost this year is $180. By the way, one of our own will be on camp staff again this year!

Those folks who went on the AT owe a total of $80, those who already paid the deposit owe $55. This will include the shirt and patch.

Next Tuesday (4/27) there will be a PLC. (I think the time is 6:15). All scouts who rank Star, Life or Eagle should attend.

Next Tuesday will also be the last meeting of April. Those scouts up for advancement at the May 1 Board of Review need to get their scoutmaster conferences done.

Ukrop's Golden receipts are around the corner - please remember our troop!

If you don't have a current copy of the Troop Guide, it is available both in print and on the web at the troop website. Check it out, some policies have changed.

Upcoming events in review: (and more to come!)

6/25-27 - Camping and Hiking at the Antietam Battlefield! 7/25/31 - Summer Camp - T. Brady Saunders

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter

Assist. Scoutmaster

April 19, 2004

On Saturday, the troop will be working on the First Class orienteering requirements at the Martin Farm (near the Hanover County Courthouse). All boys who have not yet earned the rank of First Class should plan on attending. Older boys (First Class rank and above) and adults are needed to help coordinate the activity. Service time will be credited to the older boys who participate, plus you get to brush up on your compass skills. All boys attending will need to wear Class A uniforms and bring a compass for this activity. More details will be announced Tuesday night. This event is being coordinated by Mr. Piacentini.

Special Announcement April 16, 2004

On Saturday, May 29th, the Hanover Historical Society is putting on a re-enactment of the Parson's Cause case at the Historical Hanover Court House where the actual case was argued by Patrick Henry about 250 years ago. The re-enactment will be conducted by professional actors several times during Saturday May 29th and it is expected to be heavily attended by the Public. Ms. Alderman of the Hanover Historical Society is working with me to make arrangements for the members of Troop 555 to be in attendance at the first re-enactment at 10:00am. This excellent opportunity for the members of the troop to experience an important historical event.

I spoke with Ms. Alderman on Thursday concerning the troop's attendance at this event. She asked me how many members of the troop would be attending the 10:00am morning re-enactment. I gave her a rough estimate and told her I would give her a more definite count on Wednesday of next week. The Hanover Historical Society is estimating over 10,000 people will be coming to the re-enactment event that weekend. We are privileged to be able to reserve a spot for members of our troop to experience this re-enactment given the numbers who are expected to want to come to this event. I am told that those in attendance will have potential opportunities to participate in the re-enactment as possible jurors or citizens etc. This should be a very good educational experience and I encourage all of our scouts and leaders to take advantage of this opportunity.

Thank you.

Mr. Piacentini

Assistant Scoutmaster

April 13, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

What a meeting and what a set of experiences the week before!

Patrols led our meeting with a Flag Ceremony and a troop fire-building activity! This is exactly how things should go. The patrols did well, and we're looking forward to more of the same!

We had a re-cap of our last two trips the AT and Surrey. Here's a quick overview.

The AT group left Friday night April 2 and returned Friday April 9th. Seven nights camping! One set of scouts (13) and leaders (5) hiked about 35 miles south from Unicoi Gap to Jarrard Gap including the infamous Blood Mountain 4458 feet in elevation, another set of leaders (2) hiked 20 miles from Springer Mountain (the start of the AT) to Jarrard Gap, and a third set of leaders (3) and scouts (1) helped tremendously by holding our Base camp at Lake Winfield Scott campground just off the AT at Jarrard Gap (while there were there they hiked quite a few miles as well!). The last full day, we all hiked up the Springer Mountain trail to see the beginning of the trail, took pictures, and all signed the book. Then we cam back for a fabulous dinner prepared by our base campers. This was a real experience for all who went, and we will never forget it.

The surrey group was comprised of 13 scouts and three leaders who camped and hiked around surrey. While there they worked on the Nuclear Energy merit badge, and also earned a hiking patch for a special set of trails. The group also worked on scout skills, camping, cooking, knife and axe, and more. This was also a special trip, that those who went will never forget.

All in all we had over 40 scouts and leaders camping and hiking last week. This is a troop record, and a real testament to the strength and vitality of Troop 555! Any scouts or leaders who have pictures of either of these trips, please bring them next week.

At circle time we had special awards presented - congratulations to the scouts who earned the God and Country award, those who completed their OA ordeal, those who completed their OA Brotherhood requirements, several who earned Merit Badges, and those who advanced in rank. WOW!

If you have any troop equipment from the trips to return, please make sure it is in next week.

If you don't have a current copy of the Troop Guide, it is available both in print and on the web at the troop website. Check it out, some policies have changed.

Upcoming events in review: (and more to come!)

6/25-27 - Camping and Hiking at the Antietam Battlefield!

7/25/31 - Summer Camp - T. Brady Saunders

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

March 30, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Again a busy evening planning! Two trips in the next week! WOW!

AND!!! Congratulations to Dennis N on his Court of Honor - A great ceremony!

Tonight (3/31) at 7:15 The AT folk will meet for a Pack Check. Bring your pack as you expect to carry it! If you want an accurate weight - fill your water bottles. Remember that we will have a base camp. You might want to bring a day-pack for the last day - we will slack-pack. You may also want to bring clean clothes for the trip home. Plan on 4-5 meals on the road, and bring money accordingly.

The AT trip will depart the church Friday night. Be there at 5:00. We will leave as early as we can after that. Have had dinner - we will not stop until we get to our first night's destination. Saturday we will drive to the trail and begin hiking. Class A's for travel!

The Surry Trip will leave 9:00 AM Monday morning and return about 7:00 Wednesday evening. Good luck guys!

No meeting next week for obvious reasons!

Our next meeting will be April 13. We will start the new format of Patrols taking the responsibility for part of the meeting. You should each know what you are supposed to do. If not - contact your patrol leader. (I'm looking forward to seeing how this works - Way to go PLC!)

Also - (Not mentioned at circle time last night - sorry guys) we had two leaders and four scouts finish training last weekend. Congratulations!

Upcoming events in review:

4/2-9 - AT Hike - Springer Mountain GA

4/5-7 - Nuclear Energy Merit Badge Campout - Surry

6/25-27 - (NEW DATE FOR YOUR CALENDAR!) - Camping and Hiking at the Antietam Battlefield!

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

March 23, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

We spent most of our evening planning, and as you all know from the earlier e-mail, we had a little excitement (an understatement if ever there was one) toward the end of the meeting.

We're all glad that Kevin and Travis are OK, but we've got to be really careful about safety.

Given the lack of a formal closing time, here are some reminders of events to come.

This Saturday is Dennis N's Eagle Court of Honor. Congratulations Dennis! Those who are involved in the ceremony know where you need to be Friday evening to rehearse. Saturday we should show up around 6:00-6:15 to "BE PREPARED" for the festivities.

This Friday evening there will be a another bridging ceremony at 7pm, at the Courthouse Ruritan Park. Pack 521 has Webelos that will become a 555 member that night. A few of us will be there to welcome them to the troop. We should all remember to welcome them when we meet them!

SPECIAL NOTICE for those going on the AT. On Wednesday night 3/31 at 7:15 there will be a mandatory pack check. Bring your pack as you intend to carry it up Springer Mountain!

Next Tuesday we will continue planning for the AT and the Surry trip.

The secret word for this week is "Summer Camp" details to come!

Upcoming events in review:

3/27 - Dennis N's Eagle Court of Honor

3/26-28 - JLT and Adult Leader Training Weekend

4/2-9 - AT Hike - Springer Mountain GA

4/5-7 - Nuclear Energy Merit Badge Campout

6/25-27 - (NEW DATE FOR YOUR CALENDAR!) - Camping and Hiking at the Antietam Battlefield!

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

March 16, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Whew, we did a lot last night working toward our upcoming trips to the Appalachian Trail in both VA and GA and for the trip to Surry to work on the Atomic Energy merit badge. If you're not going on any of these trips, you're missing out on great opportunities for showing scout spirit, earning advancement, and having a great time!

When we weren't planning, we played some games. I have to admit I'm going to have to practice my rope tying - I still have lots of trouble with a one handed bowline.

OK, here's the info on events in the future...

Friday evening there will be a bridging ceremony at 7pm, 3/19, at the Courthouse Ruritan Park. Pack 523 has 1 Webelos that will become a 555 member that night. Leaders (scout and adult) are encouraged to attend to welcome him. For more information or directions contact Mr. Ward.

Bright and early Saturday Morning (gather at 6:30AM) the troop will depart (7:00) for the AT near Afton Mountain. From there we will hike about 5 miles that afternoon to the Paul C. Wolfe Memorial Shelter. Sunday we will hike out. Those going prepared menus last night. (One request of an experienced backpacking leader - could you check the backpacking box and make sure that the stoves, bear bags, etc. are ready. Please let Mr. Ward know if you can do this.)

Remember that the standard one night fee ($10 - exact change or check please) and a permission slip must be turned in Saturday morning before we leave. Have the following information handy for the permission slip - Allergies, Medications, Doctor w/phone # and date last seen. Also remember to check the troop guide on the web for camping and equipment policies (they were also re-printed in last week's update).

AT money and stew money are both overdue.

Next Tuesday we will plan backpacking menus for the AT hike during Spring Break. Why doesn't everyone who is going come with ideas for a few meals. Note on planning backpacking menus - Keep it simple, keep it light, and keep it creative.

SPECIAL NOTICE for those going on the AT. On Wednesday night, 3/31, at 7:15 there will be a mandatory pack check. Bring your pack as you intend to carry it up Springer Mountain!

Next Tuesday we will also have a planning meeting for those going on the Surry trip. The cost for this trip will be $31 and includes the regular fee, camping fees, and a patch!

There will be a PLC next week at 6:15. All boy-leaders should be there. Let's work on getting the patrol method going as well as I know we can!

The secret word for this week is "Timber Hitch" Can you tie it and explain what it is used for?

Upcoming events in review:

3/20-21 Overnight Hike on the VA-AT

3/19-21 - OA Winter Ordeal

3/27 - Dennis N's Eagle Court of Honor

3/26-28 - JLT and Adult Leader Training Weekend

4/2-9 - AT Hike - Springer Mountain GA

4/5-7 - Nuclear Energy Merit Badge Campout

6/25-27 - (NEW DATE FOR YOUR CALENDAR!) - Camping and Hiking at the Antietam Battlefield!

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

March 9, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

We had a special presentation at our meeting last night. Blue Ridge Mountain Sports came and talked to us about backpacking equipment. He shared a lot of good information, and I think we all learned a lot.

Next week we will be preparing menus and planning for a two day trip to the AT March 20&21. We have some new policies on trips, payments, and equipment that are now part of our troop guide (available on the website) .

If you haven't brought your stew money or AT deposit, please remember to do so, it is now overdue.

If you need to borrow a backpack - the troop has some to loan.

Those scouts who can't go on the AT will be able to take the Nuclear Energy merit badge April 5-7. You should have already let Mr. Richardson know if you are going.

There is a community service opportunity at the church this weekend for those scouts who need service time. Check with the church office for details, and be sure to contact a leader - service time needs prior approval.

Those scouts interested in Personal Management - be working on your grades (enough said).

The secret word for this week is "Springer Mountain"

Upcoming events in review:

3/13 - JLT and Adult Leader Training - Day class

3/20-21 Overnight Hike on the VA-AT

3/19-21 - OA Winter Ordeal

3/27 - Dennis N's Eagle Court of Honor

3/26-28 - JLT and Adult Leader Training Weekend

4/2-9 - AT Hike - Springer Mountain GA

4/5-7 - Nuclear Energy Merit Badge Campout

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

March 2, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Coollist is down - if you didn't get this - that's why!

New Leadership, a PLC, Uniform Inspections, and a game. Then and only then did we run around the building to let off steam!

The Wolverine Patrol won the patrol spirit award - and they are responsible for making a new award - I can't wait to see what it looks like!

It was Board of Review night as well. Congratulations to those who advanced!

SPECIAL MEETING NEXT WEEK!!!

In preparation for the AT hike, and other hiking and camping opportunities to come, a representative from Blue Ridge Mountain Sports will make a presentation at our March 9th meeting. Scouts and parents both can benefit from this presentation. Perhaps you will discover something to spend your scout account on.

And speaking of Scout accounts - STEW MONEY is DUE! A great stew - 600 quarts of the best stew south of the north! Be sure to bring in your money, or your scout account will suffer.

Mr. Piacentini will be continue the Citizenship in the Community badge class Sunday March 7th, 1:00 in the Carson building.

There will be a leader's meeting in the Carson Building 1:00 Sunday, March 7th as well.

New trip announced - March 20-21 a hike on the VA-AT near Afton Mountain. All scouts are eligible, and those planning on the AT need to try their best to make it. Let's experience some Backpack cooking!

If you need to borrow a backpack - the troop has some to loan.

The AT hike is fast approaching April 2-9. Please make sure you are

signed up, and have made your deposit ($25 - DUE NOW - CUTOFF IS TUESDAY).

Those scouts who can't go on the AT will be able to take the Nuclear Energy merit badge April 5-7. If you are interested please let Mr. Richardson know. We need a FINAL count TUESDAY!

Those scouts interested in Personal Management - be working on your grades (enough said).

The secret word for this week is "First Aid"

Upcoming events in review:

3/13 - JLT and Adult Leader Training - Day class

3/20-21 Overnight Hike on the VA-AT

3/19-21 - OA Winter Ordeal

3/21 - Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge Class

3/27 - Dennis N's Eagle Court of Honor

3/26-28 - JLT and Adult Leader Training Weekend

4/2-9 - AT Hike - Springer Mountain GA

4/5-7 - Nuclear Energy Merit Badge Campout

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

February 24, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Tonight we had elections. Since this is being posted on the website as well, I'll just list first names. Our new SPL is Jay M. ASPL Brian T., Scribe Jeffery R., Quartermaster Kurt G., Historian Ethan S., and Librarian Mike F. Our new Patrol Leaders are Falcon: PL Kevin T., APL Dennis N.; Liberty: PL Davis S., APL Sean P.; Wolverine: PL Reed P., APL Joseph M.; Spider Timmy J., APL Patrick C. Congratulations to our new leadership, and thanks to our leaders for the last six months, you did a great job!.

Mr. Piacentini will be continue the Citizenship in the Community badge class beginning Sunday March 7th, 1:00 in the Carson building.

The AT hike is fast approaching April 2-9. Please make sure you are signed up, and have made your deposit ($25 - due now). Those scouts who can't go on the AT will have be able to take the Nuclear Energy merit badge April 5-7. If you are interested please let Mr. Richardson know.

The secret word for this week is "Stew Pot"

Upcoming events in review:

3/13 - JLT and Adult Leader Training - Day class

3/19-21 - OA Winter Ordeal

3/21 - Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge Class

3/27 - Dennis N's Eagle Court of Honor

3/26-28 - JLT and Adult Leader Training Weekend

4/2-9 - AT Hike - Springer Mountain GA

4/5-7 - Nuclear Energy Merit Badge Campout

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

February 17, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends

What better way to continue our discussion of citizenship than to prepare for our own elections! We talked about the responsibilities of the various troop positions, and next week we will have nominations and elections for our leaders the next six months. We will elect the Senior Patrol Leader, ASPL, Scribe, Quartermaster, Librarian, Historian, and Patrol Leaders. Please think about who will be best for these positions and who needs the positions for advancement.

In our discussions, we also mentioned the new troop policies for attendance in order to be considered active in the troop. I have copied these at the end of the e-mail. Please look them over. Remember that an important part of Scout Spirit is being at troop meetings and events to learn, teach, serve, and have fun.

Speaking of having fun - we had a scouting trivia contest Tuesday night. The hardest question was "How large in acres is the Philmont Scout Ranch?" According to their web site Philmont is 137,493 acres or about 215 square miles. By comparison, Hanover County is 473 square miles and Henrico is only 238. The area of the City of Richmond is only 60 square miles, so Philmont is more than 3 and a half times the size of Richmond! Camp T. Brady Saunders is 720 acres (that includes the lakes), so Philmont is 190 times as large!

Mr. Piacentini will be teaching a merit badge class for Citizenship in the Community beginning Sunday March 21, 2:00 in the Carson building. If you are interested, please let him know, and get a blue-card signed.

Stew is the weekend of February 27th and 28th. We will be preparing the stew Friday night through 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 pack the stew and a few good men to return the pots.

Please be out there selling $5.00 per quart. We need a firm count of sales next Tuesday so we know what supplies to purchase. (Stew is good food!)

The AT hike is fast approaching. Please make sure you are signed up, and have made your deposit ($25 - due now). Those scouts who can't go on the AT will have an alternate camping and merit badge opportunity.

In preparation for the AT hike, and other hiking and camping opportunities to come, a representative from Blue Ridge Mountain Sports will make a presentation at our March 9th meeting. Please plan to attend, and scouts are encouraged to bring their parents to hear the presentation as well.

The secret word for this week is "Leadership"

Upcoming events in review:

2/24 - Elections and Stew Orders Due

2/26 - Brunswick Stew - Moving the pots

2/27 & 28 - Brunswick Stew Chicken Picking Friday evening and Packing Saturday morning.

3/13 - JLT and Adult Leader Training - Day class

3/19-21 - OA Winter Ordeal

3/21 - Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge Class

3/26-28 - JLT and Adult Leader Training Weekend

4/3-10 - AT Hike - Springer Mountain GA

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

POLICY FROM TROOP GUIDE

Attendance: Obviously family, Church, work and other activities sometimes have a higher priority than Scouts do. This is all right. But attendance is also important at Scout meetings.

1. Scribe will keep attendance for all troop-related activities. In the Scribe's absence, the ASPL will take over his duties.

2. You must attend at least 50% of all meetings in order to be considered active in the Troop. Failure to remain active in the troop may jeopardize advancement and participation in troop activities and trips.

3. If a scout holds an elected position including (SPL, ASPL, Scribe, Quartermaster, Historian, Librarian or PL) and misses three (3) consecutive meetings or a total of eight meetings during the six months they hold office, then the position will be reassigned.

4. If a scout is not going to attend a meeting, it is their responsibility to get missed information.

(The full Troop Guide is available on the Website.)

February 10, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends

The theme for the month of February is citizenship - and we started off with a good discussion of the Bill of Rights. It's interesting to remember how important Virginia was in the creation of our country. Thanks to Mr. Ward for making the presentation. After that, we made firestarters using wax, paper and yarn. Overall it was a good meeting, and we had a lot of fun.

Family Life Merit Badge will end next week - those taking the class should be prepared.

Stew is the weekend of February 27th and 28th. We will be preparing the stew Friday night through 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 pack the stew and a few good men to return the pots.

Please be out there selling $5.00 per quart. (Although this statement has not been approved by the FDA - Troop 555 Stew is good for what ails you!)

Mr. Piacentini will be teaching a merit badge class for Citizenship in the Community beginning Sunday March 21, 2:00 in the Carson building. If you are interested, please let him know, and get a blue-card signed.

The AT hike is fast approaching. Please make sure you are signed up, and have made your deposit ($25 - due now). Those scouts who can't go on the AT,

Junior Leader Training (JLT) is scheduled for this March. There will be a one day session on the 13th, and a weekend outdoor session the 26-28th. This is a great opportunity for the upcoming leaders of the troop. If you are interested in attending this session, please contact or see Mr. Ward.

Adults - The same dates as the JLT (above) Leader Specific Training is also available. Please see Mr. Ward if you are interested.

Please check the troop website for the updated troop guide. Some policies have changed.

The secret word for this week is "Square Knot"

Upcoming events in review:

2/26 - Brunswick Stew - Moving the pots

2/27 & 28 - Brunswick Stew Chicken Picking Friday evening and Packing Saturday morning.

3/13 - JLT and Adult Leader Training - Day class

3/19-21 - OA Winter Ordeal

3/21 - Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge Class

3/26-28 - JLT and Adult Leader Training Weekend

4/3-10 - AT Hike - Springer Mountain GA

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: February 8, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Sorry this up-date is late. I’ve got to get back on schedule. See what happens when you miss a few weeks? Thanks to Mr. Richardson and Mr. Tehan for filling in. Ok, here we go.

Tuesday night was our Annual Spring Court of Honor and Friends of Scouting Dinner. Thanks to all those who pledged their support and a special thanks to Mr. Richardson for being our troop FOS Chairman and to Mr. Piacentini for bringing the council message. For those who have yet to make a pledge or weren’t there Tuesday, it costs the council about $125 annually above and beyond the fees charged for each scout in the program in order to provide the camps, council facilities, staff, and training that make scouting such a strong program. Please help if you can. Even just a few dollars may mean that the scouting program can reach more boys.

In addition to the FOS presentation we had a great dinner –Thanks to Mrs. Carr and the Committee, and we recognized the rank advancement of our scouts in the last year –congratulations all.

Today we celebrated Scout Sunday at the 11:15 service at the church. Thanks to all the leaders and scouts who attended. The flag ceremony was well done, and many people commented on how important they think the troop is to the life of the church.

This Tuesday we will be back on our regular meeting schedule from 7:15 to 9:15. We look forward to hearing about the Klondike Derby experiences, and I might have some interesting things to share from my visit the Baden-Powell house and the London Scout Shop.

Our next major event is the February Stew. Please be out there selling $5.00 per quart. Stew weekend is February, 27th and 28th. We will also need adults to help move pots Thursday February 26th.

Junior Leader Training (JLT) is scheduled for this March. There will be a one day session on the 13th, and a weekend outdoor session the 26-28th. This is a great opportunity for the upcoming leaders of the troop. If you are interested in attending this session, please contact or see Mr. Ward.

Adults - The same dates as the JLT (above) Leader Specific Training is also available. Please see Mr. Ward if you are interested.

Please check the troop website for the updated troop guide. Some policies have changed.

The secret word for this week is "thrifty"

Upcoming events in review:

2/26 –Brunswick Stew –Moving the pots

2/27 & 28 - Brunswick Stew Chicken Picking Friday evening and Packing Saturday morning.

3/13 –JLT and Adult Leader Training begin.

4/3-10 –AT Hike –Springer Mountain GA

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: January 29, 2004

Scouts & Parents,

We will meet at the church at 6:30 AM on Saturday for the Klondike.

Scouts, make sure you bring your own scout handbook, a notepad, pencil/pen, compass, cup, bowl, spoon and a drink for lunch. You might also want to have some fire starter materials. Don't forget to bring some water with you to drink throughout the day and dress in layers because it will be cold. Boots are highly recommended, because it will likely be muddy.

Parents, do not leave your scout on Saturday without signing a permission slip. Also, drivers are needed for the event, so if you are able, please plan on driving some scouts to Dorey Park and then picking them up in the evening to bring them back to the church.

YIS,

Mr. Davis

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcemetn: January 28, 2004

Scouts and Leaders,

An inventory was done tonight by ASM Don Piacentini and Mike Kelly on what the troop has available for the Klondike this weekend. All we lack is a blanket that will primarily be used for the First Aid station. Scouts should make every attempt to bring one to the church Saturday.

Each scout should also have with them for the Klondike their scout book, compass, cup, bowl, spoon & a drink for lunch. You might also want to have some firestarter materials. Review the earlier emails for a complete list of the items you should bring.

It will be COLD. Have you seen the forecast? Low 30's during the day...BE PREPARED! We need drivers to take us and bring us home. See you Saturday morning...early!

YIS,

Mr. Ward

Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: January 27, 2004

Tuesday, February 3rd will be our first Court of Honor for 2004. Scouts should arrive in full class A uniforms at 6:00 PM at the church to help setup for the event. Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM. Parents, siblings and extended family members are encouraged to attend. The annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) Presentation will take place after the Court of Honor. More information on FOS is available on the troop website at http://troop555.matt-davis.net.

The menu for the evening includes lasagna, salad, drink and dessert.

Patrol leaders MUST contact every member of their patrol and get a head count of the scouts and family members that will be attending the event. Once you have contacted everyone, please call Mrs. Carr at 746-0573 by Sunday, February 1st to let her know how many people will be attending. If you get the answering machine, please leave a message with the total.

Mr. Davis

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcemetn: January 26, 2004

Hello Scouts, Leaders, and parents,

Due to no school tomorrow (tuesday, 1/27) we will not be having a scout meeting. This impacts the planning that was going to occur for the upcoming weekend Klondike camping. So here are the new plans...

We will go to the Klondike, we will not be camping, there's just not enough time to adequately plan menues and all other things that are necessary to do in a meeting prior to a trip. We will meet at the church at 6:30am Saturday morning, pack the sleds and our gear and head to Dorey Park for the day. We should return by 5pm. The cost of the trip is $6/attendee. Please be prepared to complete permission slips before we depart on Saturday. We will need drivers both ways, if you can help we appreciate it.

You have previously been sent what to wear so I will not cover that again here. I hope to see many of you there early Saturday morning.

YIS,

Mr. Ward

Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: January 23, 2004

Mr. Richardson has provided the troop with a letter regarding the Friends of Scouting campaign this year. Please visit the troop website to view the letter:

http://www.mattinvirginia.com/troop555

Scouts, please make sure that your parents see this letter.

Sincerely,

Mr. Davis

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcemetn: January 22, 2004

Please read this entire e-mail and follow the directions at the end.

General Info:

The Troop will be attending the District Klondike Derby on Saturday, January 31st through Sunday, February 1st. Scouts are to report to the church at 6:30 AM so that we may leave NO LATER THAN 7:00 AM. Total cost for the event is $21 per scout and adult, covering the Derby fees and Troop food and camping costs. Money will be collected Tuesday night and Saturday morning. Scouts must commit to the event on Tuesday and will be responsible for the $21 once they have committed. Parents should be aware that if temperatures are going to be extremely low (usually below 20 degrees) on Saturday night, we will NOT camp at the Derby. You will be notified as soon as possible if we are returning early. Permission slips must be submitted on Saturday morning before a Scout can go on the trip. The Troop will provide them.

Activities:

Some of the planned events for the Derby include: flag burning ceremonies, orienteering, knot tying, lashing, first aid, axe yard, measuring distances, cross-country skiing, Frisbee toss, fire building/burning and backpacking. Many of these activities count for rank and merit badge credit and scouts should bring their Scout Books to have their requirements signed off.

Items Needed:

We are expecting enough scouts on this event, that we will be entering two sleds in the Derby. Each sled needs to have a variety of items in it so that the scouts can compete in the Derby events. Please review the following list and e-mail Mr. Davis (matt-davis@comcast.net) which items you will bring with you to Tuesday night's meeting. Without the following items, the scouts cannot compete in the Derby.

- 2 compasses (one per sled - all scouts should have their compass with them on this trip)

- 2 blankets (one per sled)

- 1 axe (with protective cover)

- 1 bow saw (with protective cover)

- 2 clean 1 gallon milk jugs (one per sled - to be filled with water)

- 2 Scout Books (one per sled - all scouts should have their books with them on EVERY trip)

- 2 Notepads (one per sled - any size is fine)

- 2 Pencils (one per sled - these tend to get lost, so have a couple

extra)

The sleds will also need a variety of rope, wood, patrol flags and first aid kits. It is believed that the troop has these items on hand. If not, these items will be assigned to sled team members on Tuesday night.

Clothing & Gear:

Scouts are responsible for their own personal gear. If you have questions, ask a fellow scout or leader. Remember to dress in layers. You will want to wear hiking boots during the day Saturday and will properly prefer to have more comfortable (and clean) shoes for wearing around camp Saturday night. Your clothing will get dirty (and possibly

muddy) on Saturday, so have an extra change of clothes available for Saturday night. Don't forget a hat or hooded sweatshirt, warm socks and gloves. Sleeping bags should be appropriately rated for the temperature that weekend (if you have cartoon characters on your bag, it probably isn't going to be warm enough). Scouts also need to remember to bring a water bottle/canteen with them that can be carried on the sled or over their shoulder during the day on Saturday.

Tuesday Night:

We will do a final head count of the scouts going on Tuesday night and we will get the sleds assembled. We will also finalize the menus for the event.

Wrap-Up

Don't forget to e-mail Mr. Davis (matt-davis@comcast.net) the items that you are going to be responsible for bringing with you on Tuesday night.

Sincerely,

Mr. Davis

Assistant Scoutmaster

January 20, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

There was a whole lot of "wrapping" and "frapping" going on in the Carson building at our meeting last night. No, it was not a new dance step or new type of music being created but a good, hands-on experience in performing the basic lashings using the materials from the shed. Using the basic lashing types, we had numerous tripods and flagpoles being constructed inside the Carson Building.

Do you know how to tie a clove hitch to a tree maintaining a 10 feet circle around the tree? You would know how if you had been at the meeting last night. The older scouts demonstrated on how this can be performed correctly to the younger scouts.

The troop will be attending the Klondike 2004 on January 31st - February 1st at Dorey Park off Darbytown Road. At this time, we are planning to arrive at Dorey Park earlier Saturday morning and camp that night (depending on weather condition) and return back to church before noon on Sunday. The exact schedule will be provided closer to the date of the event. We need to finalize the number of people who are planning to attend at our next meeting -January 27th. The cost is $21.00 ($6.00 Camp registration and $15.00 food cost for one night). Last night; we established two patrols for this event and started preparing the menu for the different meals. Listed below is a list of the stations the patrols will be visiting during there visited to "Klondike":

Flag Burning

Orienteering

Knots

Lashing

First Aid

Axe Yard

Measuring

Retrieving the Bucket

Cross-Country Skiing

Frisbie Toss

Fire Building

Backpacking

The troop had the chance to see three Boy Scout metals from 1917, which Mr. Piacentini had brought in to share. Scouts wore these metals to help in generating war bonds for World War I.

Junior Leader Training (JLT) is scheduled for this March. This is a great opportunity for the upcoming leaders of the troop. If you are interested in attending this session, please contact or see Mr. Ward.

Friends of Scouting (FOS) Fund Raising Campaign: The annual FOS fund raising program will began in the next couple of weeks. The funds raised in this event make up 39% of The Heart of Virginia Council budget. This year I will be the unit captain for the troop. We will have a short presentation from a District presenter on the February 3rd during the Court of Honor Program.

My plans, with the help of Mr. Davis, is to post some additional information regarding the FOS program on the troop website for everyone to review and for each of us to start considering what scouting is doing today in the creation of tomorrow's leaders.

All members of Troop need to note that February 8th is Scout Sunday. All Scouts and Leaders need to make an effort to be present to express our appreciation to New Hanover Presbyterian Church for providing the troop use of their facility to conduct our meetings.

Troop 555's Brunswick Stew is scheduled for the last weekend in February, Friday 27th and Saturday, February 28th. Please mark your calendar now and start collecting your orders. The cost for the stew is $5.00 quart.

Upcoming events in review:

1/31 - Klondike 2004

2/3 - Court of Honor

2/8 - Scout Sunday

2/27 - Brunswick Stew

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Richardson

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: January 16, 2004

Scouts and Scouters,

Be aware that Junior Leader Training has been scheduled for Saturday, March 13 and the weekend of March 27 & 28th. All sessions must be attended to complete the training. Any scout that is interested in attending should let me know very soon, preferably by return email. The registration deadline is 2/4 and only 32 spaces are available district-wide. It's first come - first in...This is great training for any scout on the way to Eagle. Cost is NOTHING to the scout, the troop will pay for you to go. I hope at least a couple of scouts from our troop would want to attend this training.

If you do not have the "Trained" patch on your uniform, you haven't had the training. In addition, if there are any 555 Eagle scouts that would be interested in serving on the training staff there may be openings needing to be filled. Let me know on that also & I will put you in touch with the Training Staff.

Mr. Ward

Scoutmaster

January 13, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends:

Dennis N. had his Board of Review last night and is our newest Eagle Scout! The first one of many (I'm sure) for 2004. Way to go Dennis! Some of us leaders were able to sit in on the review and Dennis did great. It was a terrific experience.

Congratulations to all those who achieved advancement last night! We had 1 Tenderfoot, 2 Second Class, 2 First Class, and 1 Life Scout advancements. Great job guys!

Klondike Derby!!! January 30-31. We will take at least 2 sleds. Mr. Ward challenged the boys to see if they can make a 3rd sled for the Derby. Mr. Ward will be manning the fire station, so be sure to know your fire-building techniques. This will be cold-weather camping, so make sure you know how to prepare. We will need parents to provide transportation on that Friday.

Next week there WILL be a meeting. If you have an exam on Wednesday, you are encouraged to stay home and study.

Some people paid dues last night, but there are many that are way behind (you know who you are). Please make sure you bring your accounts up-to-date.

Scout Sunday is February 8th. In addition to attending the service we plan on a Show-and-do in the main hall so that the congregation can see what an active troop we are.

There should be no outstanding stew money at this time. If there is make sure you get it to Mr. Nigrelli ASAP.

Speaking of stew, we are having another stew the last weekend in February. Make sure you put this on your calendar. There's always a lot of demand for this stew. This is a good way to build up your account for that equipment you need.

Also please remember to put on your calendar our AT 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. There will be 2 crews hiking toward each other. So, each crew will hike about 30 miles to the final camp site.

If you are not eligible to go, don't worry. We are working on an alternate activity for the younger scouts.

Mr. Richardson is our FOS coordinator and Mr. Tostenson is the recharter coordinator. For questions on these activities, please contact them.

The secret word for our next meeting is "Snowdog".

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Tehan

Assistant Scoutmaster

Special Announcement: January 8, 2004

Last evening was the January, 2004 meeting of the Battlefield District Roundtable. Here are the highlights.

The re-chartering packet was picked up by Mr. Tostenson who will be coordinating this for the troop this year. Thanks Mr. Tostenson.

We had a presentation on the upcoming Friends of Scouting campaign that will kick-off this Saturday with a breakfast at Fairmount Christian Church. ASM Mr. Richardson will be handling this for our troop. Please consider the impact scouting has on each of us as you consider your contributions to FOS this year. I would challenge each of us to meet or exceed our last years pledges.

Next we heard a presentation from a drug abuse counselor from Hanover County schools. She told us of how important it is for us all to be vigilant for the use & abuse of illegal substances by youth in our community. You all may remember a recent scoutmaster minute I gave to the scouts on making the right choices that are so important in our life. Please take time to talk to your kids, know their friends, know where your kids are and who they are with and what their activities are. Help give each of our kids the tools to make the right choices. Scouts should consider the scout oath as these choices are presented to each of us.

Remember the next Scout outing is the Klondike Derby at Dorey Park on January 31 st . We still need someone to coordinate and take the lead on being with the scouts that day as I will be running a station and will not be able to stay with our Troop at the event. Let me know if you would be willing to do this. At the next couple of meetings we will be taking the names of the scouts that will be in attendance at the Klondike so look at your calendars and be prepared.

I hope to see each of you at the next scout meeting,

YIS,

Mr. Ward

Scoutmaster

January 6, 2004

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friend:

Would you believe the First Meeting of the Year! 2004. I hope everyone had a great holiday and new year - and is ready for a great year of Scouting.

Congratulations to all those who achieved advancement last night! We will try to make more advancement strides as the year progresses.

Our theme for the month is Cold Weather Camping - and we started the meeting with two packs - well packed and poorly packed. I recommend packing well! We also played some games and did some activities similar to those we might see at the...

Klondike Derby!!! January 30-31. Get ready to participate in some cold weather camping for sure!

Scout Sunday is February 8th. In addition to attending the service we plan on a Show-and-do in the main hall so that the congregation can see what an active troop we are.

WE NEED ANY REMAINING STEW MONEY!!! Please bring it to the next meeting.

Also please remember to put on your calendar our AT 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.

I'll be leaving the country for the next few weeks - could someone please volunteer for the Update? (Just three weeks - I swear I'll take the job back!)

The secret word for our next meeting is "Sled"

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Showalter

Assistant Scoutmaster

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