2005 Weekly Updates

December 13, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Andrew W. Has an open invitation to the 555 family. This Thursday night at 6:30 pm. the 555 Venture crew will be hosting their Holiday party. Fun, food, friends.

Parents, Scouts, invite your friends to next Tuesdays "In door Campfire Show." The "Not ready for anytime players" will perform an original production written and directed by The "Don." Special effects and scenery will make the audience feel as if are actually in the woods. Songs and skits will make you want to buy the DVD. Available for sale after the show. No recording or photography allowed during the performance.

You can meet the cast for autographs after the performance. There will be an after party buffet.

Mr. Shelton will look at the homework for the personal fitness merit badge next week.

Mr. Richardson would like to have closure on all remaining money for "POP CORN."

Public Speaking merit badge will be available Starting in January 28th. Three Saturdays in a row. From 9am to 12noon.

Klondike "KALAMITY" Derby will take place on January 14th.

Order of the Arrow 2006 Dues. $10.00.

Talk to Mr. Ben Ward about any "Good Turns" you've done. At Church, School...

Get Ready fot the AT, The PRIEST, 4,000 feet. Get in shape start walking in your neighborhood with a backpack.

Mr. Showalter reminded us during his scout master's minute, " Character comes through during time of emergencies.

The 555 trailer interior design as well as the exterior graphics will be the next priority.

Secret word "Master Thespians."

YIS

J..Camejo 555 committee

November 15, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Mr. Richardson wants everyone to know that your "POP CORN" orders will be in at our meeting next Tuesday, November 22.

Mr. Piacentini will be leading the Communications Merit badge class on Saturday, November 26th.

Mr. Ward was honored by the Masonic Lodge in Verina. Troop 555 was there to show their appreciation for his commitment to scouting and Troop 555, for the past twelve years. He has touched many lives. Thank you Mr. Ward!

In the GIT-R-DONE category:

Mr. Shelton's Personal fitness merit badge class, continue your work.

Miss Ficor's is working on Family Life merit badge, work on your homework.

Mr. Gowan's Environmental Science merit badge class, finish your final requirements.

Finally, Let's choose our trailer design!

555 GIT-R-DONE!

Mr. Showalter asked everyone to think about what they are thankful for. Perhaps we can share our thoughts during next weeks meeting.

Bring a friend to a meeting.

Dues, 50 cents every week.

The secret word is "Be Thankful." or "Dar Gracias." For those taking Spanish in School.

Y.I.S.

J.Camejo

Troop Committee

November 1, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

9:30 AM NORTH SIDE BAPTIST CHURCH ON STUDLEY ROAD. "BAGS OUT."

AFTER "BAGS OUT," JAY M.'S EAGLE PROJECT: WE WILL BUILD TRASH CAN RECEPTACLE HOLDERS FOR HANOVER PARKS AND REC.. LUNCH WILL BE SERVED, AND JAY SAYS THAT WE SHOULD BE DONE BY 3PM..

BRING SAFETY GLASSES, AND GLOVES.

NO MEETING ON NOVEMBER 8TH, ELECTION DAY.

ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12 AT 9:30 AM WE WILL MEET AT THE NORTH SIDE BAPTIST CHURCH ON STUDLEY ROAD. WE WILL PICK UP THE BAGS FILLED WITH CANNED FOOD ITEMS. AFTER OUR SERVICE PROJECT, WE GO TO LASER QUEST. IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LASER QUEST AND PIZZA PARTY EXTRAVAGANZA, YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN BOTH BAGS OUT&IN, AND HAVE $10.00.

MISS FICOR ASKED THE FAMILY LIFE MERIT BADGE CANDIDATES TO FINISH THEIR REQUIREMENTS.

3 MERIT BADGES WILL BE AVAILABLE, SCHOLARSHIP, READING, AND COMMUNICATIONS.

ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15TH WE WILL MEET AT CARSON HALL AT 7PM. AFTER WE DO "TABLES" A CARAVAN OF 555 SCOUTS FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL PROCEED TO VERINA IN ORDER TO HONOR MR. WARD, HE WILL BE RECEIVING A MASONIC SCOUTING AWARD FOR HIS LIFELONG COMMITMENT TO SCOUTING. TROOP 555 WILL BE WEARING CLASS A UNIFORMS. PATRICK C. THE LEADER OF THE NEWLY FORMED 555 HONOR GUARD WILL PRESENT THE COLORS AT THE CEREMONY.

MR. PIACENTINI WILL BE THE MAIN COUNSELOR FOR COMMUNICATIONS MERIT BADGE, HIS FIRST CLASS WILL TAKE PLACE ON NOVEMBER 26TH. MORE DETAILS TO COME.

ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17, MRS. CARR WILL BE WORKING WITH ALL INTERESTED SCOUTS ON FIRST AID MERIT BADGE, SHE PLANS TO VISIT A LOCAL FIRE STATION, IN ORDER TO TEACH CPR. MORE DETAILS TO COME.

Bring a friend to a meeting.

Dues, 50 cents every week.

Y.I.S.

J.Camejo

Troop Committee

October 25, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

"POP CORN," represent your patrol. This Saturday at 9am, our final "show and sell." The place RURAL POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. We will be there until 2pm. Scouts can stay as long as they can.

Bags out on November 5th, once we are done Scouts 2nd class and up are invited to earn service time and help Jay M. with his Eagle Scout Project. He will have lunch for anyone who attends. Jay will be making Trash receptacle boxes.

The committee will meet next week November 1st. There will be advancement, uniform inspection, and Ben Ward will demonstrate gun safety.

The PLC met and Troop 555's Trailer design was at the top of our to do list.If you participate in the process of creating the graphics for the trailer, Mr.. Camejo will work with you and help you earn Art and or Graphic design merit badges.

NOVEMBER 8th. NO SCOUT MEETING. Elections.

Bags in Saturday November 12, once were' done, "LASER QUEST," the cost, $10.00 per person, 2 sessions with laser guns, and Pizza and kill-count party after the carnage.

November 15th. Tables, then we will all proceed to Mr.. Wards ceremony in Verina. FULL UNIFORM, (Neckerchief, pants...)

November 22nd "KNOT HEADS UNITE." We will check out our skills with the rope. A competition pitting the Eagle, Fox, and Pedro patrols. Patrols will build a rope bridge.

The Halloween party was fun, the Fox patrol won the pumpkin carving contest. Sean P. the proud patrol leader took the prized work of art home as part of his Halloween display. Everyone enjoyed the healthy treats, and the table setting with two official Halloween table cloths. Assorted cookies, chips, fruits, chocolates, caffeine and non caffeine carbonated beverages were enjoyed by all in attendance. Congrats go to the Pedro patrol for winning the bobbing for donuts contest. A bucket full of milk and fresh krispie cream donuts were scoffed up by the Pedros. They won the coin toss and elected to go first. 45 seconds later the donuts were gone, and the Pedros won. We had leftover milk which was donated to the Hanover cat shelter on rt. 301, next to gato's barbecue.

Bring a friend to a meeting.

Dues, 50 cents every week.

Battlefield district's round table will take place on Wednesday November 2nd at the Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 7:30pm

The two secret words are "Full uniform."

Y.I.S.

J.Camejo

Troop Committee

October 18, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

The Capitol and Battlefield districts Order of the Arrow merit badge camporee was productive and fun.

Troop 555 earned 12 merit badges, 5 Eagle, and 7 assorted.

Ethan S., Timmy J., and David R. earned Citizenship in the World.

Carson C. received Communications merit badge.

Bryan E. earned Citizenship in the Community, an Eagle merit badge, and 2 others, Cooking, and Fingerprinting.

Dennis N. going for more Eagle Palms, earned Dentistry merit badge. Sam J. and Alex C. earned Fingerprinting merit badge. Luke W. the newest member of Troop 555 and his buddy Reed P. earned Auto Mechanics.

Therefore we can have our teeth and vehicles repaired at our next meeting, by appointment only.

Speaking of appointments, if you are planning to advance in rank on November first please ask Mr.. Showalter for a Scout Masters Conference. Mr.. S. will not be taking any Scout Masters Conference on the day that you have your board of review.

Bring a friend to a meeting.

"STEW MONEY" don't forget to bring in your stew money to Mr... Tehan.

Dues, 50 cents every week.

Patrol Leaders call your patrol members and ask them to bring specific food "Munchies" for the "Pedro Patrol presents, Vote for Pedro Halloween extravaganza and Pumpkin carving festival. Call tonight, Charles G. The Master of Ceremonies and Pedro Patrol Leader, asked certain Patrols to bring Chips, Cookies, Brownies, balloons, streamers, Gallons of Ben & Jerry's. The usual fare that our troop is accustomed to.

Mr.. Showalter assigned another leadership position last week, our new Troop 555 Chaplain's Aid is Stephen K. Good luck and congratulations!

The two secret words are "Troop trailer design." and "Git-R-Done."

Y.I.S.

J.Camejo

Troop Committee

October 11, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

This Friday Evening WE WILL SELL "POPCORN" AT THE UKROP'S IN MECHANICSVILLE, NEAR THE HOME DEPOT AND BJ'S. We will meet at the Ukrop's at 5 p.m. and sell until 9 p.m.. Have dinner before you get there.

The Order of the Arrow merit badge Camporee will take place next week Friday October 21st thru the 23rd.

Be prepared to work-up a menu for your patrol.

Patrol Quartermasters, prepare a list of the equipment that you will be using for the Troop Quartermaster, Ethan S..

If there are any questions about the Camporee the contact # is Olston Overton, (804) 746-4845.

Don't forget, bring a friend to the Camporee.

Bring a friend to a meeting.

Davis S. The patrol Leader for the Eagle Patrol was responsible for the flag ceremony, Patrick C. the color-guard drill- team leader took charge and the Eagle Patrol presented the colors to the Troop for the first time. We have started a new tradition in 555.

The three patrols worked on their flags, please finish the flags by next week so that we can bring them to the camporee.

" STEW MONEY" don't forget to bring in your stew money to Mr.. Tehan.

Dues, 50 cents every week.

Please submit ideas for our Troop trailer design. bring them in and put them on the wall.

Just to see if the Troop reads this update, we will bring back the "secret word."

The secret word is "Camporee."

Y.I.S.

J.Camejo

Troop Committee

October 4, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

"POP CORN."

a SUCCESSFUL day at Green top, and the nearby neighborhoods.

Mr.. Richardson informed us that we did better than expected.

"POPCORN," On Saturday OCTOBER 8th.ASHLAND UKROPS. CLASS A Uniform to sell POPCORN.

We will "blitz" the neighborhoods.

We are challenging patrols to earn money for outings of their choice. "Team work within the patrol."

10/21 - 10/23 - Battlefield OA Merit Badge Camporee

Once again, a reminder from Mr... Ward who said "bring a friend to the October merit badge Camporee, and the troop will wave the cost of the trip for the Scout that brings a friend."

Stew was a success, Please bring your stew money to Mr... Tehan on Tuesday October 11th.

Also bring your 50 cents Dues to our new Scribe, KEVIN T.

Congrats. go to Mario P. our newest Tenderfoot Scout. Ethan S. And Carson C. have achieved the rank of Life Scout.

Patrol flags will be on the agenda at our next meeting. Patrol Leaders call up the members of your patrol and ask them to bring whatever supplies they might need to make their flags. Scissors, paints, brushes, leather, beads, feathers, fancy and colorful nylon rope. Fur, hemp rope, pencils, tracing paper, assorted colored felt scraps, Elmer's glue, fabric paint..... You get the idea. everyone bring something cool to contribute to your patrol flag.

Please submit ideas for our Troop trailer design. bring them in and put them on the wall.

Y.I.S.

J.Camejo

Troop Committee

September 20, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Strong adults and Strong Scouts needed Thursday night, 7 PM. Shady Grove Methodist Church, POTS.

" Bring a friend to Stew night."

SEPTEMBER, 23rd. Stew, this Friday night at 6 pm. chicken pickn', All able hands are welcomed!

Family, friends, anyone with hands. for at least one hour.

Please give Miss Ficor your final Stew count.

Carbonated beverages will be available. The cost 25cents.

Domino's will donate the Pizza. It usually arrives around 10:30 PM.

Bring a pillow and or sleeping bag.

" Bring a friend to a Scout meeting," Mr.. Ward and Miss Ficor are leading the charge to recruit new scouts. If you have any friends from school or your neighborhood who might be curious about what scouting is all about, invite them to one of our meetings.

Mr. Ward said "bring a friend to the October merit badge Camporee, and the troop will wave the cost of the trip for the Scout that brings a friend."

"POPCORN," Mr.. Richardson would like all scouts to gear up for Popcorn selling, We will be selling America's favorite snack in front of "GREEN TOP" sporting goods on Rt. 1. October 1st. 10 A.M.. Class A Uniforms. Scouts can also sell Popcorn on their own. Details T/K.

Mr. Shelton worked on Personal fitness merit badge with the scouts. He asked that everyone bring in your work-sheets in a few weeks to compare your progress.

Dr. Gowan helped out scouts finishing up their Environmental Science merit badge.

Mr. Showalter had service time suggestions for scouts. One of them was Building a Haunted Halloween House. Please ask Mr. S. for details.

Our Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Timmy J. received the go ahead from the committee to pursue his Eagle project idea. Timmy will be leading our troop by assisting him by building raised beds for the handicapped garden at Three Lakes Park.

If any Scout is going up for advancement in October, make an appointment with Mr. Showalter for a Scout Masters Conference.

Scouts, if you have rank requirements to be signed off in your Scout Handbook, Bring it to Stew. There will be several leaders at your service, all night long.

Dues, don't forget your dues. 50 cents per week, even if we don't have a meeting. Davis S. our treasurer would be pleased if we are finally in the BLACK before his tenure officially ends after our upcoming elections. Perhaps since he has worked so diligently, collecting dues each week. Davis might run for another term as Troop 555's Scribe. This is not an easy job. Mr. Tehan explained what an important role our dues play in 555's financial stability.

YIS

J.Camejo - Troop 555 - Committee

September 13, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

STEW IS $5.00 PER. QUART.

Scouts, ask for an extra dollar per quart for the victims of the Hurricane.

September 23-24 Be there at 6PM for Chicken pickin', bring family and friends to help and have fun!

"Bring a friend to a Scout meeting," Mr.. Ward and Miss Ficor are leading the charge to recruit new scouts. If you have any friends from school or your neighborhood who might be curious about what scouting is all about, invite them to one of our meetings.

Mr. Ward said "bring a friend to the October merit badge Camporee, and the troop will wave the cost of the trip for the Scout that brings a friend."

"POPCORN," Mr.. Richardson would like all scouts to gear up for Popcorn selling, We will be selling America's favorite snack in front of "GREEN TOP" sporting goods on Rt. 1. October 1st. 10 A.M.. Class A Uniforms. Scouts can also sell Popcorn on their own. Details T/K.

Last Tuesday we honored all Scouts who received merit badges during camp, and the Jamboree. A Gold Palm was awarded to Denis N.. The prestigious "GOLDEN POT" was retired. The Pedro patrol who received the "GOLDEN POT," graciously donated the "GOLDEN POT" to Troop 555's "WALL OF FAME." Speaking of food, all food groups were represented at the Viking styled buffet. For starters fried chicken the main course, followed by temporary energy food such as, Cakes, Pies, Brownies, cup cakes, pineapple upside down cake, and assorted cookies! and a variety of carbonated beverages.

The new OA Ordeal and Brotherhood members were honored by receiving the OA rank strip from Miss Ficor, a Troop 555 tradition.

A generous round of applause and appreciation was given to miss Ficor for her loyal service our troop and by leading the Troop at Brady Saunders this past July. Thank you!

After our Stew weekend think about Troop Elections on September, 27.

As always Bring in your dues! Mr. Tehan explained how important they are to the financial stability of the troop. 50 cents per week, even if we don't meet. The money goes to pay for merit badge pamphlet, patches, advancement patches, awards. It's a small amount if you do it each week. If you forget to bring in your dues, they start to pile up. talk to Davis S. and ask him if you owe dues.

Also Mr. Ben Ward adressed the issue of Troop equipment which has not been returned, please bring back your troop equipment, next Tuesday.

YIS

J.Camejo - Troop 555 - Committee

August 30, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

The city of New Orleans, home to so much of the culture that makes America unique and beautiful, is today drowning underneath an avalanche of polluted, diseased water. I know that everyone in the 555 family is praying for the Tens of thousands of poor people who did not have the resources to flee the storm became trapped in a slowly deteriorating city without food, water or electricity. Perhaps Troop 555 can make donations to the Red Cross during our Court of Honor on- September 13. (just an Idea.) Donations to the Red Cross can also be made online, by phone, or by mail. Call 1-800-HELP NOW. Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org

We talked about Eagle Point at our meeting. Troop 555's culinary skills are reaching new plateaus, The Judges voted for Pedro, Patrol that is. They took the cake, (Golden Pot) by baking a cake.

There was talk about a future 555 family feast. Scouts can show off their culinary skills to family and friends. There was swimming, canoeing, walking on water to a deserted island. All fun.

We enjoyed a roaring fire on the sandy shores of Kerr Lake, skits, songs.. And the Order Of The Arrow Call out ceremony, was also memorable. Our OA members canoed in from the darkness and touched down on shore next to the campfire. The OA Chief, his entourage guided by torches welcome our new 555 Ordeal Candidates. We must thank Assistant Scout Master, Mr.. Ben Ward for producing the ceremony! Congratulations got to all of the new Arrow men. The OA Ordeal is next week at Brady Saunders from September 9 thru the 11th. Good Luck!

At the end of the 2nd annual "Eagle Point kick back camp out." 555 had a service under trees next to the Lake shore led by Chaplain's Aid Carson C. Most of the Scouts participated in the service. At the end we all thanked Mr.. Showalter for orchestrating our fun filled week end. We are taking reservations for next years 3rd annual Eagle Point tradition.

At our last meting our Committee met and made plans for our future. There was advancement. Eric D. earned the rank of 2nd Class Scout. Josh T. an Sean P. have earned the rank of Life Scout. Also Eagle Scout Denis N. received a Gold Eagle Palm. Congratulations to all!

SELL STEW NOW, YOU HAVE THREE WEEK LEFT. STEW IS $5.00 PER. QUART. STEW, STEW,STEW,STEW,STEW,STEW,STEW,STEW,STEW,STEW,STEW,STEW,STEW,STEW...

September 23-24 Be there at 6PM for Chicken pickin', bring family and friends to help and have fun!

"Bring a friend to a Scout meeting," Mr.. Ward and Miss Ficor are leading the charge to recruit new scouts. If you have any friends from school or your neighborhood who might be curious about what scouting is all about, invite them to one of our meetings.

"POPCORN," Mr.. Richardson would like all scouts to gear up for Popcorn selling, We will be selling America's favorite snack in front of "GREEN TOP" sporting goods on Rt. 1. October 1st. 10 A.M.. Class A Uniforms. Scouts can also sell Popcorn on their own. Details T/K.

Patrol Leaders contact your Patrol members and let them know what they need to bring for the Court of Honor on September 13th. It's a Pot Luck Dinner.

The Court of Honor will begin at 7pm.

Scouts will be recognized for their achievements, during Camp, The National Jamboree, and all recent advancement.

Please bring in all Troop equipment that you may have at home. Also please look around your house and return all Merit badge pamphlets to Stephen K. Our Librarian.

On Sunday September, 4th thru the 11th, I will be out of town.

If anyone has any additional for the Troop, please address it to webmaster@troop555.net

YIS

J. Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

August 23, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Eagle Point, Camping trip. 8/26 - 8/28

I copied the following information from Mr. Showalter's Eagle point message.

The Eagle Point Trip is this weekend. As of now we have 11 adults and 19 scouts going. If you are planning on attending and have not contacted me, please do so ASAP. In addition, if you are traveling down separately (earlier or later) and have not let me know, please contact me so that we know who is coming when! Driving directions are below. Thanks.

Here are the vital statistics for the trip: Departure: Arrive at Church no later than 4:00 PM Friday August 26, 2005: Return: 1:00 PM Sunday August 28, 2005 (There are no plans for Sunday Lunch – plan to eat with your family) : Cost: $15

We have three patrols going, the Pedro, Eagle and Fox patrols. 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)

"Bring a friend to a Scout meeting," Mr. Ward and Miss Ficor are leading the charge to recruit new scouts. If you have any friends from school or your neighborhood who might be curious about what scouting is all about, invite them to one of our meetings.

"POPCORN," Mr. Richardson would like all scouts to gear up for Popcorn selling, We will be selling America's favorite snack in front of "GREEN TOP" sporting goods on Rt. 1. October 1st. 10 A.M.. Class A Uniforms. Scouts can also sell Popcorn on their own. Details T/K.

Please remember to bring in your trailer art ideas, use magazine cut outs, rough drawings, it does not have to be perfect, stick figures, just your ideas. The troop will decide on the final design, then a presentation to the Church for their approval.

Sell Stew! Stew is coming up at the end of September.

Mr. Shelton started the personal fitness merit badge class last night. All who participated learned about muscle tissue, diet, physical, mental, and spiritual health. Thank you for your time Mr. S.!

Family life merit badge will start soon, see Miss. Ficor.

Communications merit badge is coming, See Mr. Piasentini. Mr. Nye or Mr. Camejo.

Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge. Don't forget homework which needs to be done for the next meeting which is on Tuesday August 30th. ( HOMEWORK, Items 2B. 9A&B. & 8C. ) Must be finished for Tuesday August 30th. That's next week.

YIS

J. Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

August 16, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

" Bring a friend to a Scout meeting," Mr. Ward and Miss Ficor are leading the charge to recruit new scouts. If you have any friends from school or your neighborhood who might be curious about what scouting is all about, invite them to one of our meetings. "Andrew W. invited me to come to a meeting to check out troop 555, now I'm the Senior Patrol Leader." Kevin D.- SPL

"POPCORN," Mr. Richardson would like all scouts to gear up for Popcorn selling, We will be selling America's favorite snack in front of "GREEN TOP" sporting goods on Rt. 1. October 1st. 10 A.M.. Class A Uniforms. Scouts can also sell Popcorn on their own. Details T/K.

The Fox Patrol is having a Pizza party this Friday at CICI's Pizza On Rt. 360 Mechanicsville VA. The Time 5pm. Until they run out of Pizza. Call your Patrol Leader Sean P.. for further details and updates.

Mr. Shelton will meet with scouts who are interested in working on Personal Fitness Merit Badge during next week's meeting.

Also Mr. Ben Ward will work with scouts who are interested or are working on in First Aid Merit Badge, again, at our next meeting.

We would like to thank Mr.R. "Bobby" L. Long of the Henrico Fire Department who is teaching the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge. He has left some homework which needs to be done for the next meeting which is on Tuesday August 30th. ( HOMEWORK, Items 2B. 9A&B. & 8C. ) Must be finished for Tuesday August 30th.

Scouts who didn't participate in the EP merit badge, had lot's of fun, Team work was the key, patrols were challenged with several games, The human chain, reverse the tarp, flag folding, & knot knowledge to name a few.

At the end of the night Our SPL presented several merit badges first aid, oceanography, metal work,Small boat sailing, the world conservation patch to Jay M. and the Mile Swim Patch and card to Kurt G.

Eagle point is coming up, think of menus, and fun. Plan for next Tuesday to get your Patrols ready with a Menu and a duty roster. Establish who the tent mates will be. Two Scouts per tent.

Please remember to bring in your trailer art ideas, use magazine cut outs, rough drawings, it does not have to be perfect, stick figures, just your ideas. The troop will decide on the final design, then a presentation to the Church for their approval.

YIS

J. Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

August 9, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Congratulations go out to all Scouts who received merit badges during, Summer Camp, and the Jamboree.

Start selling stew. September is Stew month, soon to be a Hanover holiday. Banks, schools, and Government offices will close. Also no mail! @ $5.00 a quart, "what's not to like." A great stocking stuffer for the holidays.

Please return the merit badge pamphlets to the troop library.

Bring in your art ideas for our troop trailer. Stick figures, cut out pictures from magazines, tell a visual story. Who we are, what we do, where do we go, how do we have fun. The design that we choose should be timeless. It should make sense today as well as 10 years from now.

Start thinking about Troop elections in September.

Davis S. presented the Troop Committee with his Eagle project idea. Benches for a playground at his Church. The Committee approved. Congratulations.

Our kick back "Eagle Point" campout is coming up on August 26-28. Swimming, fishing, canoeing, and the cooking contest. This trip is a must for all who want to have fun with your fellow scouts. Start thinking of healthy well rounded menus. Eagle Point was where we started a new troop tradition of the "Golden Pot." This prestigious award is presented to the patrol that wins the most golden spoon at the end of the camp out. Golden spoons are awarded after each meal. Look at the food pyramid in the handbook for help. Take into consideration how many scouts in the patrol, budget, food allergies, substitutions, decide on the cooks, create and post a duty roster along with the menu. "Fun, friendship, food, (camp)fire." These are the four F's of Eagle point.

YIS.

J.Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

July 19, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Reed P. thanked the scouts and leaders who helped him with is Eagle project. His remarks were as follows: "I would like to express my gratitude to each and everyone for their help in building the picnic tables for the Chesapeake District of the Ruritans which was my Eagle project. I am very proud of all the hard work everyone contributed. I was proud of how many folks turned out to assist in this project. My thanks to all."

The scouts who helped were: Carson C., Patrick C., Eric D., Bryan E., Seamus M., Will M., Sean P., Mario P., Alex R. David R., Jeff R., Davis S., Benjamin T., Joshua T., Kevin T., Andrew W. The Adults: J. Camejo, T. Carr, J. McCombs, D. Piacentini, E. Showalter, M. Tehan, D. Tostenson, D. Ward.

Special advisor: K. Richardson. And a special thanks to (My PAPA) Richard Moore.

For those of you who wish to help this Saturday July, 23. in the morning set-up for the Ruritan Crab Feast, be there for breakfast and check out the five new picnic tables. Talk to Mr. Piacentini about service time.

Get ready for camp!!

Meet this Sunday at 12 noon! Have your spending money, Gov. issued photo I.D., or Virginia public school I.D. w/ photo. Merit badge pamphlets, pencils, pens, note book, Bible, Testament, or prayer book, Handbook & field book pillow, journal, drawing paper, camera, sun screen, fishing gear, full uniform. And everything else that you need for camp.

Don't forget you nalgene 32oz. water bottles. Leaders will be making sure that all scouts have their water with them at all times!

No electronics!

Cards, chess, checkers, drawing, whittling, tower and bridge building, swimming, guitar playing, reading.... There's allot to do during your free time.

Remember bring extra money for: Several merit badges have a supply fee;

Archery: $2.00

Basketry:$6.00

Leather work: $6.00

Metal work: $5.00

Space exploration: $10.00

Wood carving: $5.00

Also remember on Thursday we will visit the Jamboree, there will be a trading post for you to get souvenirs.

The "T shirt", patch, neckerchief, and so on.

Mr. Carr will have your money in an envelope with your name on it. When you need money ask Mr.. Carr.

Be safe, learn a few things, make new friends, and have fun!

Yours in scouting

J.Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

July 5, 2005

Hello everybody,

Last nights firework display at the Diamond was great, just when you thought is was over they started with even bigger louder never seen before pyrotechnics. The waterfall effect in center field, the nonstop exploding rainbows, what a memorable night. And yes, future Yankee trade bait humbled the lowly Brave farmhands.

Editorial moment: the views expressed in the following lines and not the vies of Troop 555 the leadership and the scouts.

It seems as though after Ted Turner sold the team, the Brave organization has used up the last batch of solid minor leaguers. Marcus Giles, Nick Green, Wilson Betemit.. The new ownership is forgetting how important their farm clubs are to the future of the Braves. Perhaps they will go the way of the Yankees and buy whoever they need as they go.

By the way we must once again thank Mr. Piacentini for designing and creating last nights fireworks. This was part of his final woodbadge ticket. It was Mr. Piacentini who humbly did not take a bow after his pyrotechnic extravaganza concluded. It was he who suggested that they use Louis Armstrong's rendition of "What a wonderful world," as well as Kate Smiths Classic interpretation of "God Bless America," and the finally featuring Jimi Hendrix classic "Star spangled banner." Mr. Piacentini is truly a Renaissance man. See Mr. Piacentini at next weeks meeting if you were one of the scouts who volunteered for service time by sweeping and collecting trash at the stadium after the game.

Please if anyone has troop equipment, such as tents, tarps, cooking supplies, please bring them back to the troop. No one will get in trouble, the equipment will be happy once again to rejoin their other equipment buddies in the equipment shed. We have taken an inventory and we need to know what has to be replaced, repaired and or purchased. It doesn't hurt to Look around the house. We urge everyone to look around, perhaps there's something they forgot at home that belongs to the troop. Bring it in, no questions asked. Thanks.

Attention: Does anyone know where the First Aid box that has the practice bandages lives. Please let us know.

I need your help. Please bring photos that you like of the troop to next weeks Tuesday July,12 meeting. Could everyone in the Troop 555 family gather their best photo images of our troop, scenics,such as streams, trails.. not just scouts standing together. Negatives, or computer files are best. Once we gather the material the scout leadership can tell me what the troop 555 visual story should look like.

Final payment for Summer Camp is due. Miss Ficor and Mr. Tehan are the contacts. If they cannot be reached, please call any one of the leaders in our troop, we are here to help.

Yours in scouting

J.Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

June 28, 2005

Hello everybody,

Final payment for Summer Camp is due in or preferably before July 5th. Miss Ficor and Mr. Tehan are the contacts. Or call them or any other leaders for any camp related questions.

We will not have a meeting at Carson Hall on July 5th. We will meet at the "DIAMOND." For those who purchased tickets to the July 5th., Baseball game and fireworks, there is no parking behind center field. (fireworks) Get there early or expect a long walk from a far away parking lot.

I need everyone's help, Miss Ficor presented me with a beautiful Boy Scout poster featuring an outdoor scene. The photo illustration has a mountain range underneath a North Carolina blue sky, and a water fall, an eagle, fish, a bear, deer... you get the picture. We need to put our visual troop story on our new trailer. As a troop, we have taken great photos thought the years. Our troop photos can adorn our new trailer via a photo montage. There's been talk, "we should do this and that, and the eagle honor roll, scout patches, the O.A. the AT, camporees... All good ideas. Enough talk, let's "GIT-R-DONE!!!" My request is that everyone gather best images of our troop, If anyone has scenic photos, streams, trails.. not just scouts standing together. Negatives, or computer files are best. Once we gather the material the scout leadership can tell me what the troop 555 visual story should look like.

Under Mr. Piacentini's leadership during the citizenship in the community merit badge class, merit badge candidates were honored to have Dr. Roberson speak and answer questions during our meeting. Thank you Dr. Roberson for your time and support of scouting.

In the other room at Carson Hall we had an Indian Quiz, almost everyone answered the questions correctly. I hope that all who participated last weekend at the Upper-Mattaponi reservation camp out had a fun time, slept comfortably, ate well and learned a few facts about the first people of Virginia. 14 Indian Lore Merit badges were awarded. Congratulations.

Again prepare for camp. we have a list of what you need to take on our website.

Don't forget your State Government issued identification card.

Please tell Miss Ficor the merit badges you wish to take.

Several merit badges have home work, that means that you should do this before you go to camp.

These are called pre-requisites, things that you must complete before you go to camp.

I had to say that two different ways so we all understand what needs to be done before you get to camp.

All scouts need to pay attention and read the requirements for the merit badges that they wish to take at camp.

If you don't plan, you plan to fail.

Any camp questions call anyone of the leaders!

See you all in two weeks at Carson Hall, that's July 12.

YIS

JCamejo

Troop 555

Committee

June 21, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

We learned how to take care of troop equipment, specifically TENTS. If you happen upon any troop equipment at home, please bring it in, no problem, we just need to have our full inventory back. This is the time when we need to inspect repaired and purchase new equipment for our growing troop. If you have any questions pertaining to the care of our equipment, as an experienced scout, or one of the leader. We will be happy to help.

CAMP ALERT:

Miss Ficor would like to have all medical forms in as soon as possible, as well as the final payment for camp. the drop dead date is July 5th. that when most of the troop will go to the ballgame. Don't forget to get a Government issued photo I.D.. for the Jamboree. Please make your merit badge and activity choices, and present them to Miss Ficor. CAMP IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

Money for the Ballgame: If you requested tickets to the July 5th Ballgame at the Diamond, and you owe money for the tickets please pay Mr. Tehan as soon as you can.

This weekend's Mattaponi/Pamunkey Campout June 24th-June 26. Please bring Sun Screen, Bug spray, swim trunks, fishing poles, bait, an ability to have fun and eat good food, also an open mind. THE COST: $16.00 PER CAMPER. THE EXTRA DOLLAR IS THE MUSEUM FEE.

THE DIRECTIONS:

Travelers using U.S. 360 North from Mechanicsville connect with Rt. 30 at Central Garage. make right hand turn on Rt. 30 , pass the Pamunkey Reservation sign, pass the High School, pass the brick schoolhouse on the left.the parade grounds are on the right about 200 feet. follow the road we will be at the tree line

Directions to the Clayton Custalow home.Follow Mattaponi/Pamunkey Trail highway signs east on U.S. 30 to State Rt. 626 and turn left . Follow signs onto the Reservation. The address is 1108 Mattaponi Reservation, It's white house the first house on the right.

We will be here from 2pm-to 4pm.Swimming and fishing and socializing with the Custalows and their friends.

YIS

Mr.Camejo

Troop 555 Committee

June 14, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends;

Scouts, don't forget to fill out the merit badge request form that Miss Ficor gave you for camp. Take care of Medical forms, and government ID's for camp and the Jamboree.

Look over the hand-outs and merit badge book for Indian Lore merit badge. Perhaps put you answers to some of the questions on paper. This will help during the Indian Lore contest. Get native recipes for , breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Make some of the Items that are mentioned in requirement #2. Prepare yourselves to eat well, learn, run around, throw things, make stuff, go to a museum or two...

YIS

Mr.Camejo

Troop 555 Committee

June 7, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Congratulations to Mike F., Our newest Eagle Scout. A memorable celebration. Mike, keep in touch with your troop! Sign up with the webmaster so that you can get our updates in Tempe Arizona.

Everyone participating in this years "1st Annual 5 mile hike through Brady Saunders Boy Scout Camp."

Please be present at 8am. Sunday morning June 12.

We will leave Carson Hall while the weather is cool.

The hike will take about three hours.

The attire to and from the hike is class A uniform.

When you get to camp change into your class B (Scout T shirt).

New scouts will be able to see what camp life will be like, the tents, campsites, waterfront, dining hall, trading post...

Next Saturday June18, will be our inventory, clean-up the supply shed day.

Quartermasters and patrol quartermasters must be present. Volunteers are welcomed!

We will check all equipment, make a list of what we have, and report our findings to the troop committee.

Patrol Leaders, Patrol flag designs are due. We need to make plans for a production schedule.

The Upper Mattoponi Reservation camp-out, on the weekend of June 24-25th., is coming up.

We will learn about the First Americans, and work on your Indian Lore merit badge.

If you have any questions, call Mr. Camejo @ 559-0971.

YIS

J. Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

May 31, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Mike S. and Sam F. are now scouts! There was more advancement Will M. and Bryan E. are now Tenderfoot, and Seamus M. is our newest 2nd. Class scout!

For those scouts signed up for the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge, we will be going over most of the merit badge requirements this Saturday, June 4th, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. The class will start at 1:00pm so it is requested that you plan to be at the Carson Building at least five minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

Please bring several pencils or pens as you will need them on Saturday. Also bring the handouts I gave you earlier as well as your blue cards. Also bring your Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge Book. If you do not have a book, I have some extra books which you may be able to purchase (cost is $3.25). The Dress is Class B for Saturday (scout T-shirt).

NEXT Tuesday All of Troop 555 and family have been invited to attend Mike F.'s Eagle Scout Ceremony.

Class A. Be there at 7pm.

Perhaps after the Eagle ceremony during the "After Party" let me know if you will participate in the Upper Mattaponi weekend. For those scouts who are interested in Indian Lore merit badge see Mr. Camejo. I have hand-outs.

Please, if you requested tickets for the July 5th RBrave game and Fireworkextravaganza, please pay Mr. Tehan the money you owe. Thank you.

Patrol Leaders: Several patrol flag designs were in last week, Our goal is to produce a quality patrol flag for each patrol for the Mattaponi campout. If you need help just ask! call any leader and they will direct you to the best resources.

YIS

J.Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

May 24, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Eight scouts received their Totin' chip cards, Sam F., Michael S., Benjamin T., Mario P., Bracy W., Will M. Tyler G., and Bryan E.. The lads have been taught how to take care of their pocket knife, and the responsibility that comes with it. They also know how to enter and work in an axe yard. Thanks to Timmy J. acting as Senior Patrol Leader during the Martin's Farm Skills weekend. Timmy J. was responsible for teaching axe yard skills and instructed the new scouts on safety rules. (Protective eye wear, gloves, how to cut and take care of an axe and saw...)

There was a blindfolded tent set-up, the new scouts did very well.

Our featured vocalist for the evening was Bryan E. after his performance, he received a gift of found garments from our Senior Patrol Leader Kevin D., it turns out that they belonged to Bryan E.. What a coincidence!

Leaders were signing off on requirements, merit badges were started, blue cards signed off the usual advancement that occurs at every meeting.

Dr. Gowan informed all of the scouts that participated in the Environmental Science Merit badge to bring in all of their finished work to next Tuesdays meeting. He will sign your blue card. He will be away for the next three months. Now is the time to finish your work!

Troop 555 will honor our fallen Americas Heroes during Memorial Day weekend. We will place American Flags in front of the headstones at the Cold Harbor National cemetery. We will wear Class A's, scout shirt, pants, Neckerchief. The Troop will meet at 5pm. Friday May 27 at 6038 Cold Harbor rd.. We will come back in Class A uniform on Monday May 30th at 5pm. to retrieve the American flags. This will count as service time for all scouts.

Mr. Tehan will lead the troop in this project.

Mr. Piacentini will be holding The Citizenship in the Nation Merit badge class on Saturday June 4, 10Am...

All interested scouts see Mr. Piacentini at the next meeting.

The upcoming Upper Mattaponi Indian reservation trip will take place in June, on the week end pf the 24th-26.

We will camp at the Mattaponi Parade ground on Rt. 30. A visit to the Reservation Museum, and a tour of the reservation is planned. For those interested we will work on Indian Lore merit badge. Scouts!, get the Indian Lore merit badge book, we have several copies in the Troop Library. Start work on the requirements Now. Mr. Camejo will lead the troop talk to him about the merit badge. The theme will be Powattan cooking, games, archery, and history.

I challenge the patrols to cook all meals with ingredients introduced to the original white settlers by the local tribes.

All patrols must have patrol flag designs in by next week. See Kevin D. or Timmy J. and present them with your patrol design. This design must be voted on and approved by the members of each patrol.

YIS

J.Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

May 17, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

The troop had perfect weather for their Martin's farm Orienteering and Camp skills weekend.

All of our new Scouts were ready to apply what they have learned at meetings and in their handbooks on their first campout with Troop 555.

We all worked on First Aid, knots and lashing, Axe yard, knife safety...

Scouts planned meals and cooked for their patrols, no one went home hungry!

Bring Scout Handbooks to the Tuesday meeting. Leaders can sign off on all requirements that you earned during the "Skillorama weekend" at Martin's Farm.

Mr.. Richardson Introduced us to a black snake on Saturday. On Sunday morning after our troop service, Conducted by Carson C. Will M. and Justin O. Mr.. Carr walked us along the tree line and pointed out several species of trees, shrubs and animal markings. We now know what Bamboo, white oak, poplar, beech maple, birch, holy, and blackberry bushes look like. Also the Y for yellow pine (3 needles) the V for Virginia Pine (2 needles) and the W for White pine. We observed deer and raccoon prints as well as a crawfish "condo." There was talk of a "spider hunt" in the future.

We all had a great time!

On the flipside, several scouts from troop 555 have the honor of participating in the 2005 National Boy Scout Jamboree. They were participating in a pre-Jamboree campout at Brady Saunders this past week end. We will hear from the "Jamboree Crew" on Tuesday about their experience.

YIS

J.Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

May 3, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

As always Troop 555 was busy.

Mr.. Showalter presented our fun packed schedule to the Committee . The schedule will be posted on the website soon. We will purchase a trailer soon, Patrol boxes and graphics are next.

Patrol flags bring in your art, design Ideas next week.

Patrol neckerchief, talk of a four patch for the four season camping theme might be the way to go. Each patrol designs their slice of the patch by season. Scouts start coming up with ideas for our troop neckerchief.

The Martin farm orienteering and fun time campout is soon approaching, Let your patrol leaders know if you will attend. They in turn will tell Kevin D. our SPL or Timmy J. our ASPL. The campstravaganza will take place on the weekend of MAY, 20-23.

Orienteering with the Pedro patrol, who did very well according to Mr.. Richardson, "They did a very good job, Reed P. and David R. won the contest with 96pts." Next week the Eagle patrol will be taking on the orienteering challenge. Good luck!

We were introduced to the newest member of troop 555, Sam F., Welcome!

Jay M. And Brian T. made their eagle project presentations and the committee gave them the go-ahead to start the paperwork. Our troop will be proud to be of service when Jay & Brian ask for our help.

A big congratulations to Justin O. our newest 2nd class scout. Also Our Senior Patrol Leader Kevin D. will be talking Eagle project soon, he's earned the rank of Life Scout!

In Closing Mr.. Showalter asked us to "CHANGE OURSELVES FIRST."

A Reminder:

THINGS YOU NEED FOR CAMP:

* Scouts need a copy of a physical which was taken within the last three years.

* Mandatory photo I.D. for camp and the Jamboree visit! $10.00 @ DMV.

YIS

J.Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

April 26, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Dr. Gowan will be expecting all scouts who have signed up to participate in the Environmental Science Merit Badge this Saturday April 30, at Randolph Macon. Check the work sheet that Dr. Gowan gave you for the exact place time and directions, his E-mail is there as well if you have any questions. I believe the class starts at 9am. Bring the Environmental Science merit badge book, notebook, pencils, Empty plastic soda bottle, or something like it in order to create an ecosystem in your bottle.

You will be spending most of the time outdoors. Even if it rains, therefore be prepared, bring a poncho. If you have hip waders, bring them. Also bring lunch and water to drink. Think Ecology. Canteens...

Dr. Gowan asks to read about the History of environmental science, define terms most commonly used... What does Hanover County do to recycle. What are the recycling habits of your neighbor, you will interview your neighbors and ask if they recycle... Dr. Gowan said that all of the participants will have FUN!

A shout out goes to Dr. G. for his support of scouting. I'm sure all who read this will reply with a simple "WORD."

Miss Ficor Whoooooo is very wise informed the troop that so far we have 21 scouts signed up for camp, nine new scouts will have their first Brady Saunders experience this summer.

THINGS YOU NEED FOR CAMP:

* Scouts need a copy of a physical which was taken within the last three years.

* Mandatory photo I.D. for camp and the Jamboree visit! $10.00 @ DMV.

* Next Tuesday April 3rd. Camp deposit is due. Final day!

Committee meeting on Tuesday. Also Advancement ..

Pedro Patrol Bring your compass, You're up for the orienteering course.

We welcomed three new scouts, Ben T. Sam F. and Michael S.. Get ready for fun times ahead!

*A firm schedule was crafted by the leaders last night. this will be posted for all to copy.

Attention Patrols!!! Attention Patrol leaders!!! New Well designed sturdy able to survive a tornado PATROL FLAGS will be our next project. Each Patrol should start thinking about their LOGO. This is the symbol of your patrol to be carried with you to campouts, hikes, and be proud to display your flag at Brady Saunders this summer. Draw your ideas and present them to you patrol leader. The sooner the better.

We are thinking about a design for the new trailer. Today's technology allows for the use of photos,perhaps the troop historians, scouts, leaders, have special photos that represent our troop values, history and Scouting, please submit the photos in an envelope with your name and phone number to Kevin D. our Senior Patrol Leader.

YIS

J.Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

April 19, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Congratulations go out to the top 10 award recipients of our Hike-a-thon, plege drive contest.

The winner with the most sponsors is Erick D. the winning Patrol with the most sponsors, The Fox Patrol. They will have a pizza party, and the leaders will do clean up for one of their meals during the next troop campout.

The top prize was an all expenses paid week at Brady Saunders Scout Camp.

Speaking of Camp. A. Deposit of $50 is DUE NEXT TUESDAY APRIL 26. " OUR NEXT MEETTING."

Scouts! You can use you account money to pay for camp!

The total cost is $200, this includes a day trip to the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill.

Goverment Issued Photo Identification cards are required!!!!!!!!!!!! Not exceptions. You can purchase a goverment I.D. at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

July 5th Richmond Brave Game with Fireworks to follow the game. We need to let Mr. Piacentini, or one of the leaders if you wish to go. Please do this at next weeks meeting.

Adult Leader planning meeting SPL & ASPL will also attend. We will plan for the rest of the Scout Calendar year, which ends in August.

Adrew Willyard received his Eagle gold palm, that's ten merit badges past the required 21. Congratulations!!!

OA members The Conclave is coming, whooooo's going?

We introduced, you new critter friends, one Fox, one Buffalo, and Two Owls whooooo as everyone knows are the wisest of all the critters, Noah's favorite bird! These Wood Badgers, will be working with select patrols throught the year. They will be working on projects that will make the troop stronger, and wiser.

If anyone needs to add to this update please do so by Clicking on webmaster@troop555.net

YIS

J.Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

April 12, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Jerry R. has invited everyone, family, friends, scouts... to his Eagle Scout ceremony.

Please attend if you can. The festivities start Sunday at 3pm. New Hanover Presbyterian Church.

Scouts who are participating in the ceremony please arrive at 2pm.

Scouts:

*Please turn in your stew money.

*Hike-a-thon money: Please give your money to Mr. D. or one of the leaders.

*Also the 2005 "extravaganza" camp out money is also due.

If you wish to go to camp this summer, you are required to have a $50 deposit before the end of April.

Work on getting official government photo identification cards for entry into the Jamboree. We will visit the National Jamboree during camp.

*You may take the $50 deposit out of your Scout account.

We have several campouts coming up, Martin's farm, Mataponi Indian reservation, and a campout next to Carson Hall. The Carson Hall Campout will introduce new scouts to camping, and inspect all our Troop equipment.

If anyone needs to add to this update please do so by Clicking on webmaster@troop555.net

YIS

J.Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

April 5, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

The talk on Tuesday was about the "Mudstravaganza."

Rain aside, everyone had a good time until the event was called off.

Please remember to bring back any troop equipment that you might have at home.

Mr. Piacentini, as always, thank you for leading this outdoor adventure.

Our SPL Kevin D. thanked everyone for their effort and good cheer under tough conditions.

But after all we are trop555.

Kevin D. then proceeded to hand out patches commemorating the "mudstraveganza," collectors item with a good story.

There was a uniform inspection and the Fox patrol won for the second month in a row. Congratulations to the Fox patrol and their patrol leader Sean P.

Mr. Donahue asked if scouts had any more hike-athon money, if so turn it in to Mr. D. or one of the leaders. We will make a final tally of the funds.

There was advancement and Andrew W. received his Gold Palm, congratulations!

Kevin T. Is our newest Life Scout, congratulations Kevin!

We will be busy next year with a bunch of Eagle service projects!

Please if anyone has any new information about our troop please webmaster@troop555.net help yourself.

YIS

J.Camejo

Troop 555 Committee

March 22, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

AT is on! The AT crew met and planned for their spring break traditional troop 555 AT hike.

Eagle, Fox, Cobra, and Pancho patrols planned for the up-coming "Outdoor Extravaganza 2005."

Directions as follows: Where: Chickahominy Wildlife management area. The Management Area is located in eastern Charles City County. The Management Area is most readily approached from State Rt. 5 in Rustic, (eight miles east of Charles City Courthouse or 11 miles west of Rt. 199/Rt.5 intersection.) From Rustic take Rt. 623 north (4miles) until you see the Management Area entrance on the right (Rt. 621.) Once on the main road (Rt. 621) proceed for 3 miles until you reach the registration tent. For mapquest directions use: 12510 Eagles nest rd., Charles City, Va 23030.

We will meet @ Carson Hall on Friday April 1st. @ 5:30. Set up our campsite Friday night, and have a FULL day of FUN! We will be back around 11:am on Sunday.

We have a trailer! Several boys still have money coming in. Our final total for the HIKE-A-THON donations exceeded our goal.

As the "YUTES" would say. "A shout out" goes to Mr. Donahue THANK YOU for leadership. The idea for the Hike-a-thon! YOUR TIME.

Congratulations go out to all the scouts that walked miles, rang door bells, asked neighbors friends and family to sponsor you for the Hike-a-thon, it was not easy. All scout will have 10% of the money they collected deposited in their scout account.

SCOUTS START THINKING ABOUT THE DESIGN ON THE TRAILER!

Speaking of fundraising, FOS, Friends Of Scouting Battlefield district also surpassed their monetary goal! You can still contribute to the FOS fund thought the year. The Fund pays for the camps, events, Scout offices, and the Staff who make Scouting a Success.

Mr. Piacentini gave us a heads-up for our one day, during summer camp visit to the National Boy Scout Jamboree.

All scouts need STATE OR GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO IDENTIFICATION CARDS! They may be purchased at the Motor vehicles office. You need an application, (@the DMV) an original birth certificate. Call ahead to make sure as to what else you might need. A photo with the appropriate information on the card will be provided to you at a cost of $10 dollars. Security is strict no one will be allowed into the Jamboree without a state or government

issued identification card.

We all have met Bracie, Last night we WELCOMED, Two new members of troop 555, Brian and Tyler.

Up coming events:

March: We will hike the AT - March 28-31st.

April: Wood Badge Course 1st week.

When: 04/1-3/05.

Where: Cub Scout Camp @ Brady Saunders in Goochland.

April: Outdoor Extravaganza 2005.

When: 04/1-3/05

Where: Chickahominy Wildlife management area, In Charles City, VA.

Please if anyone has any new information about our troop please webmaster@troop555.net help yourself.

YIS

J.Camejo

Troop 555 Committee

March 15, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Mr. Piacentini talked about the upcoming Outdoor Extravaganza 2005.

We will be registering all interested scouts next week. Please choose the events which you would like to participate in. Also alternate event choices, the events fill up fast.

Where: Chickahominy Wildlife management area. The Management Area is located in eastern Charles City County. The Management Area is most readily approached from State Rt. 5 in Rustic, (eight miles east of Charles City Courthouse or 11 miles west of Rt. 199/Rt.5 intersection.) From Rustic take Rt. 623 north (4miles) until you see the Management Area entrance on the right (Rt. 621.) Once on the main road (Rt. 621) proceed for 3 miles until you reach the registration tent. For mapquest directions use: 12510 Eagles nest rd., Charles City, Va 23030.

When: April 1-3.

There are 37 stations (events) to choose from, here they are:

1. Archery

2. Backpacking

3. Basic trapper Education Course

4. Birds, Birds and More Birds

5. Boating & Personal Watercraft Courses

6. Boat Safari

7. Building a Bird Box

8. Carving

9. Chess

10. Crime Solving

11. Dept. of Forestry

12. Early Native Americans

13. Forest Game Birds

14. Freshwater Fishing

15. Fish Management

16. Geology of Virginia-Rocks, Minerals and fossils

17. Getting to Know Sea Turtles Inside and Out

18. Hunter Education Safety Course

19. K-9 Search & Rescue

20. Knotworthy

21. Kayak

22. Leave No Trace Ethics and Principles (for leaders only)

23. Map and Compass

24. Mountain Biking

25. Nature Awareness

26. Outdoor Goodies

27. Photography

28. Pointing Dog Demo.

29. Powhatan Indians of Virginia

30. Quail

31. Reptiles & Amphibians

32. Turkey Talk

33. Underground Oasis

34. Whittling

35. Wilderness Survival

36. Wildlife Biology & Natural Resource Stewardship

37. Wildlife Viewing Discovery Station.

There's something for everybody. Choose what you like write it down on paper and present your choices to Mr. P. next week.

Also a reminder to fill out your GOLD UKROPS gift cards and please donate the the points to Troop 555. Mr. MCcombs will spearhead this important fund raiser.

Mr. Donohue challenged all scouts to go out and ask for Hike-A-Thon sponsors. We are close to our goal. Keep in mind that we also want to build patrol boxes, and professional graphics designed by the scouts will adorn our trailer. Please continue to ask folks to sponsor your hike.

Our senior patrol leader Kevin D. Impressed the scouts and the leaders with his take charge, organized, goal oriented Troop Leaders conference. We will have a great year coming up!

We have new patrols, patches were handed out please make sure that they are sewn on your uniform as soon as possible. Making patrol flags will be the next patrol project.

10 new scouts will be joining our troop next week, welcome them all. The junior leaders can now pass on what they know and help the new scouts advance.

Stew money is due! Please bring it in as soon as you can, like next meeting please. Your scout accounts will be updated. Several scouts have turned in their stew money, all others are in the red.

The Hike-a-thon money is due! Bring in your Hike-a-thon money on Tuesday March 28.

Charles G. received his personal fitness merit badge, congratulations!

Miss Ficor and Mr. Shelton worked with the 2005 AT crew. Good luck and have fun on the AT.

Wow, what a troop. Kevin D. our SPL. And Timmy J. our ASPL will have a great time working with the scouts this year.

If anyone wants to add to the weekly up-date please don't hesitate. Click on webmaster@troop555.net .

A reminder of up-coming events:

March: ORDER OF THE ARROW WINTER ORDEAL-03/18-20/05.

March: We will hike the AT - March 28-31st.

April: Wood Badge Course 1st week 04/1-3/05.

April: Outdoor Extravaganza 2005. Where: Chickahominy Wildlife management area, In Charles City, VA. When: 04/1-3/05.

YIS,

Mr. Camejo

Troop Committee

March 7, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

We welcomed a new scout last night, Mario P.

Merit badges were awarded to: Reed P., Davis S. Charles K. congratulations!

Advancement in rank: Patches were awarded to, Patrick C.,1st class, Carson C. Star, Sean P., Life, Davis S., Life.congratulations!

Mr. Nigrelli is collecting your stew money, bring it in next week.

Mr. Donohue would like all scouts to report your Hike-a-thon earnings to your patrol leader. Please don't bring in your money, just count what you have write it down on paper, with your name and hand it to your patrol leader. We will be charting our progress by patrol.

Speaking of patrols, Think of patrol names for next week.

We had elections:

Kevin D. Senior patrol leader

Timmy J. Assistant Senior patrol leader.

Congratulations.

We will be posting all new leadership positions on our website soon.

Mr. Piacentini talked about the upcoming Outdoor Extravaganza 2005.

Where: Chickahominy Wildlife management area, In Charles City, VA.

When: April 1-3.

We will be registering all interested scouts next week. Please choose the events which you would like to participate in. Also alternate event choices, the events fill up fast.

There are 37 stations (events) to choose from, here they are:

1. Archery

2. Backpacking

3. Basic trapper Education Course

4. Birds, Birds and More Birds

5. Boating & Personal Watercraft Courses

6. Boat Safari

7. Building a Bird Box

8. Carving

9. Chess

10. Crime Solving

11. Dept. of Forestry

12. Early Native Americans

13. Forest Game Birds

14. Freshwater Fishing

15. Fish Management

16. Geology of Virginia-Rocks, Minerals and fossils

17. Getting to Know Sea Turtles Inside and Out

18. Hunter Education Safety Course

19. K-9 Search & Rescue

20. Knotworthy

21. Kayak

22. Leave No Trace Ethics and Principles (for leaders only)

23. Map and Compass

24. Mountain Biking

25. Nature Awareness

26. Outdoor Goodies

27. Photography

28. Pointing Dog Demo.

29. Powhatan Indians of Virginia

30. Quail

31. Reptiles & Amphibians

32. Turkey Talk

33. Underground Oasis

34. Whittling

35. Wilderness Survival

36. Wildlife Biology & Natural Resource Stewardship

37. Wildlife Viewing Discovery Station.

There's something for everybody. Choose what you like write it down on paper and present your choices to Mr. P. next week.

A reminder of up-coming events:

March: ORDER OF THE ARROW WINTER ORDEAL-03/18-20/05.

March: We will hike the AT - March 28-31st.

April: Wood Badge Course 1st week 04/1-3/05.

April: Outdoor Extravaganza 2005. Where: Chickahominy Wildlife management area, In Charles City, VA. When: 04/1-3/05.

YIS,

Mr. Camejo

Troop Committee

February 28, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

We welcomed some future scouts.

First aid trivial pursuit.

Uniform inspection.The #1 patrol, name to come.

Mr. Showalter sang the Woodbadge song, "Gillwell happy land ticket Buffalo Gillwell ticket if I can." Something like that. After the song we returned his gloves.

Timmy J., Charles "Chuck" K., Davis S., Carson C. received merit badges. Congratulations!

Mr. Donohue made his "Hike-a-thon" presentation. Everyone received their package, those who did not see one of the leaders. Besides acquiring the trailer, there are many incentives for all scouts to go out and get sponsors for the hike. Good luck to all.

The committee met and there was advancement:

Reed P. Life Scout

Patrick C. First Class

Davis S. Life Scout

Carson C. Star Scout

Sean S. Life Scout

Congratulations to all the scouts who worked hard to advance in rank. Keep up the good work!

Thomas N. met with the committee to discuss his idea for his Eagle service project. The Committee approved.

Troop 555 will be at his service.

Bring in your STEW money. Your Scout accounts will grow! Use your hard earned money for Scout supplies, and perhaps you can pay for camp!

A reminder of up-coming events:

March: ORDER OF THE ARROW WINTER ORDEAL-03/18-20/05.

March: We will hike the AT - March 28-31st.

April: Wood Badge Course 1st week 04/1-3/05.

YIS,

J.Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

February 22, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

STEW.

Mr.Showalter wanted me to point out again that you can freeze the STEW, therefore it would make a great addition to an Easter basket also a wonderful Mother's day present, why not for fathers day? As an emergency step stool. Whatever the reason or occasion you can't go wrong with a Zesty quart of Troop 555 Brunswick Stew!

''MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK.''

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24 7pm @ Shady Grove United Methodist Church I-295 exit 38b.

We need strong men and older scouts to help move the Stew pots from the back of the church to the F.O.P.

Stew begins @ 4pm chicken in the pots w/ chicken picking @ 6pm or earlier if possible.

8:am pick up stew.

We need adults to stay through the night. Also on Saturday @ 6:am we need help with Dip&pack. Clean-up, and Dump run.

Stew rules:

Hats are to be worn at all times during Stew.

No loud radio or music (boom boxes). Appropriate music, adults will edit the play list.

Acoustic guitars are fine, playing pool, and napping are good things to do.

Things to bring:

Hat, sleeping bag, pillow, water, money (quarters) for soda (caffeine).

For next Meeting on Tuesday March 1st. Committee members need to be in attendance. ADVANCEMENT.

Three scouts are ready for their board of review, 1 Star, two Life scouts. Good Luck!

March: ORDER OF THE ARROW WINTER ORDEAL-03/18-20/05.

March: We will hike the AT - March 28-31st.

April: Wood Badge Course 1st week 04/1-3/05.

YIS

J.Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

February 15, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

One word, STEW. Have your projected order count ready for next Tuesday's meeting. If you can't make it to the meeting, call your patrol leader, or send the WEBMASTER an E-mail. Let us know how many quarts of stew you have sold.

We were glad to see Mr. and Mrs. Carr, we all missed them. Whips were cracked and paper work was filed!

We welcomed and played kickball with the visiting Weblos, They seemed to have a good time. I saw Seamus's brother leave the meeting with a scout shirt on, a new addition to troop 555? We will know the answer next week.

Congratulations to Davis S. and Charles "Chuck" K. on receiving their Communications merit badges.

Also Mr. Piacentini awarded "suitable for framing" certificates to our new Junior Leaders.

We all thanked Timmy & Jeffrey for leading the Bear and Buffalo Patrols during the JLT training.

Good Turn medals were awarded to The Brothers "P" for showing extra Love to their Mom, who needed help around the house after her surgery. Mrs. P. will be in our prayers.

We've learned about reindeer, donkeys, parrots, turkeys, and cows. Now geese, who knew? Several of us learned that they take turns leading their formation. When the lead geese gets tired his buddy or buddiet takes the lead, they are a team. They rotate leadership. If a geese lags behind several geese wait and help he or she to catch up with the gaggle. MMMM, sounds familiar. "one for all and all for one."

The not so secret word for the next week is... (say it in a whisper) "STEW."

YIS,

J.Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

February 8, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Congratulations to everyone in troop 555! What a party we had last night.

Last nights festivities began in the Commons with a blessing, lead by Davis S. our troop's Chaplain's Aid.

Dinner was delicious, thanks to all who helped make it happen.

Since Mr.and Mrs. Carr have been out things have been a little bumpy. Mr. & Mrs. Carr have taught us well, our veteran leaders know the drill and everyone helped make last night a success.

Mr. Tom Johnson (Our Battlefield District Chairman) kicked off the Friends of Scouting campaign. We filled up the canvas FOS bag with generous gifts from the 555 family.

Shortly thereafter we adjourned to the Sanctuary for our Court Of Honor. Merit badges and advancement was recognized.

Mr. Piacentini & Mr. Showalter received their Woodbages, the Bear & Buffalo Woodbadge patrols were there for support and sang back up to Mr.P.& Mr.S. the song went like this... Gillwell... happy land ...something about, if they can get a ticket, buy a ticket, go to ticketron...there was a Bear and a Buffalo in the song, oh well, we will have to get the words for our next campout.

Mr. Piacentini's and Mr. Showalter's voices boomed out as if they were the only ones singing, I thought "Placebo Domingo" and Pavarotti from the Metropolitan Opera were on stage.

A great time was had by all.

We hope to see Mr.& Mrs. Carr soon, we all miss them, and it would have been honored with their presence last night.

See you all at Church on Sunday. Meet @9:15 in the New Hanover Commons, after the service we will participate in an historical hike, bring lunch and water.

Yours in Scouting

J.Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

February 8, 2005

Scout Sunday is this Sunday at 9:45. Please be there by 9:15 so we can organize what we are going to do at the service.

After the service we will be going on a hike and have invited the Webelos to join us.We will leave from the church (the Carson building) at 11:15. We will be hiking on a portion of the Old Dominion Trail which includes Belle Island and Hollywood Cemetery. Please pack a lunch and we will eat on the island. We will return to the Carson building between 2:15 and 2:30. All Scouts must have permission slips filled out by a parent or THEY CAN'T GO. I will have permission slips on Sunday. Also, the boys must be in their uniform. You can come to this event even if you can't make the service.

Please respond to let me know you will be attending so I know who to expect. And, let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.

YIS

Mr. Tehan

730-2246

February 1, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

The court of Honor will be held on February 8, 2005. 6PM

All scouts and family should attend this fun packed evening!

Scouts will meet in the Church Commons @6PM

Tables to be set up, then Dinner will be served.

*The Court of Honor will be recognizing:

Troop advancement.

Merit badges

Mr. Piacentini and Mr. Showalter will have their Wood Badge ceremony.

We will kick off the Friends of Scouting Campaign.

*Board of review:

Congratulations are in order for Scouts Josh T. Sean P. and David R.. our new Star Scouts!

*During circle time, We talked about the upcoming Scout Sunday, which will take place on February, 13. After we attend the service at New Hanover Presbyterian Church, scouts will meet in the Church Commons and participate in a day hike on the Old Dominion Trail. CLASS A'S. Bring your lunch.

*Stew, Start selling.

It was pointed out that you can freeze the STEW, therefore it would make a great addition to an Easter basket also a wonderful Mother's day present, why not for fathers day? Whatever the occasion you can't go wrong with a Zesty quart of Troop 555 Brunswick Stew!

***By the way Stew is just around the corner, the dates are. February, 25th&26th.

******* Please Call your Patrol Leader, or Mrs. Carr and let them know counting yourself how many people you bringing to the COURT OF HONOR ON TUESDAY FEBRUARY 8th.*******

Upcoming events:

February: District JLT- 02/26/05.

March: ORDER OF THE ARROW WINTER ORDEAL-03/18-20/05.

March: We will hike the AT - March 28-31st.

April: Wood Badge Course 1st week 04/1-3/05

In closing, Mr. Showalter reminded us that like the Mule if you happen to fall into the proverbial well during your life's journey, don't give up! Life is good, a Mr. Frank Sinatra once said, "that's life." "I thought of quitting but my heart won't buy it." "You've got to pick yourself up and get back in the race." I hope that was the moral of the mule story. Or perhaps Mr. Showalter's story taught us not to stand too close to well. Always carry your own water.

Yours in Scouting

J.Camejo

Troop 555

Committee

January 18, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

The court of Honor will be held on February 8, 2005. 6PM

All scouts and family should attend this fun packed evening!

Thanks to Lord Baden Powell the founder of scouting in 1910, we will be celebrating the 95th anniversary of scouting!

A feast will be served, no one leaves hungry!

Scouts who have advanced in rank will be recognized, merit badges to be awarded.

Two leaders will be honored, for their tireless commitment for our troop.

These two gentlemen will receive a certificate, a small neckerchief, a leather slide, and two small wooden beads on a leather thong. They have earned their wood badges. This course was designed by Baden Powell in England in 1919, this honor carries with it great prestige. Our leaders have "graduated with a PHD in scouting." Wood badge is the embodiment of Scouting spirit.

Thank you and congratulations!

Learn more about Wood badge on the web, check out www.woodbadge.org/wbwhat.htm Our new Scoutmaster and his Assistant Scoutmasters will receive a raise in their salary, plus bonuses! A well deserved congratulations!!! And if this is not enough, Mr. Showalter and Mr. Richarson will kick-off the Friends of Scouting campaign by preaching to the "choir." Scouting allows young men to learn the give and take of working with people as they must surely do in the future. Our lads are given opportunities to grow by advancing in rank and earning merit badges. Our troop belongs to our scouts, they learn by doing. They evolve into good citizens, and confident young men. If you can, please contribute to the Institution of Scouting.

BACK TO THE MEETING:

K L O N D I K E D E R B Y, January 22nd. Dress in layers.

We will meet at 7AM. . That's SEVEN IN THE MORNING at Carson Hall be will be back at 6:30 PM.

Bring water for yourself, 4 foot piece of rope, your scout handbook, string, matches, paper and pencil, Neckerchief, BABY PICTURE, and finally a compass.

10 scouts will attend. two patrols.

The Husky patrol: For lunch, Ramen noodles for "hot lunch on the trail", and hot chocolate.

The POW patrol Honoring those missing in action: For lunch, Home made macaroni and cheese with imported Italian Turkey pepperoni. Gator aid for the trail, and hot chocolate.

The leaders will have warm seal blubber frappe w/rosemary, and pickled sea urchin on the side.

Desert green tea Klondike ice-cream bars.

You can enjoy these wonderful treats from our friends in the Klondike, by downloading , www.anukanak@klondikeeat.org Bon appetite!

The successor to Chief Thunder Cloud, ( Mr. Ward), Chief Snow cloud (Mr. Showalter) explained to the scouts that Big Chief weatherman predicted snow for the weekend, therefore we will go to the Klondike for the day, rather than the original plan for an overnight stay.

REMEMBER TO MEET: 7 AM. Saturday in front of Carson Hall. for the Klondike!

Scouts prepared equipment for the Klondike, worked on lashing and knots, completed requirements for rank advancement in their handbooks, finished merit badges, and signed off blue cards, and at circle time several scouts receive merit badge patches.

This was a full meeting.

Mr. Showalter left us with a message no matter how big or small do a good turn daily.

Yours in Scouting

J.Camejo

Troop 555 Committee

January 11, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

I hope that someone noticed how clean and meeting ready Carson Hall was Tuesday night. Thanks Mr. Richardson and David R..

It was a merit badge fest last night, blue cards flying around the room, requirements being fulfilled, card signing...

Then Mr. Showalter introduced four foreign exchange students. The lads all sat and politely welcomed our honored guests.

Sitting in front of the American Flag, Annika Heinen from Marburg Germany, she told us that she misses her family, good German brown bread, and potato salads. (please see recipe at the end of the update.)

Lean McKeoun from Belfast Ireland said "JUST DO IT" meaning study abroad, sign up don't think about it." I cried on the airplane on the way to the United States." "I'm fine now." She also misses her friends family, Irish Stews. She suggested that we watch the "commitments" a movie which was filmed in Belfast about a bunch of young musicians starting a band. "A true portrait of life in Belfast."

Laure Bordas from the city of Nice, on the French Riviera. Home to Monet, Mattisse two famous French impressionist painters. Laure loves Couscous, which is a yellow grain side dish similar to small rice. You add veggies and whatever sauces you might like. We should make some couscous on our next campout.

Natalia Benitez Vargas, from Tunja, Columbia. Natalia loves to learn languages, she's here to be at the center of the universe in Ashland, and perfect her English, with a dash of Virginian, she actually said "Dinah," (Dinner). She discovered Big American cookies and loves them! Sadly she misses AJiaco, a vegetable stew, everyone in her country loves it. Mr. Showalter could you please get the recipe for AJAICO, Thank you.

The Scouts had great questions for all our guests, Politics, Iraq, religion, clothing, Halo2, currency, music, and yes they all have McDonalds, MTV, and Starbucks.

Later on we talked Klondike. Eagle scouts Matt P. Eagle class of 02, and Matt T. Eagle class of 03 presented their work in progress, a sled for the up coming Klondike. The lads made several Graphic suggestions such as, painting an American flag, along with Neon, Day-Glo, Flames, Skull, and Stars & Bars. The two Matts have alot to do, make sure you get some sleep guys, good luck. I can help with the flames.

Back to the Klondike, next week our Senior patrol leader Brian T. & our Assistant senior patrol leader Charles K. will make a presentation on how to pack for cold weather camping.

The patrols are also making skill presentations, in preparation for the Klondike challenge stations. Fire building, First aid, Axe yard, Pioneering, measuring distances, using your compass... We look forward to these presentations. "Team work, the PATROL way. "

We will also be planning for the Klondike.

Remember to pay your dues, 50 cents at every meeting. "A scout pays his way."

Mr. Tehan read aloud Baden Powell's words about honesty during "Scout Masters Minutes."

And now for 2 recipes:

Sweet German potato salad:

You figure out the servings, if it's for a patrol of six scouts,

7 potatoes, in quarter chunks, boil until done, put taters in cold water to stop them from cooking any further.

4-5 apples peel and cut into small chunks.

1/2 cup of raisins

1/2 of fine chopped onion

1 cup yogurt, or to taste.

1/2 cup mayonnaise, or to taste

salt to taste.

Mix ingredients in large bowl.

******Double the ingredients for the leaders patrol.

2nd Recipe

German Tater salad: This one's good

7-9 Taters, boil, cool slice.

Olive oil & red wine vinegar to taste,

Green beans, up to you how much.

2 can of Red beans, out of the can, pour out liquid.

Small Chunks of fat back, ( bacon.)

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Mix the ingredients gently in a large bowl.

Bone appetite, I wonder if our French friend Laure spells it like this?

Have a great week!

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Camejo

Troop 555 Committee

January 7, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

This Tuesday night during our regular meeting we will welcome four international students from Randolph-Macon College. They have agreed to come and visit the troop to tell about their countries and their experiences here in the US. This will fulfill one of the requirements for the Citizenship in the World Merit Badge. For those scouts who received a partial at the Jamboree this will complete the badge. For those who have yet to start the badge, this will be a good opportunity to start, and for all, this will be a great opportunity to learn about other places, people and cultures.

Remember that we will be representing not only ourselves and our troop, but our country – please wear class A uniforms.

Adult leaders: I will be transporting our guests, so I will be arriving a few minutes late, and taking them back to Ashland before the end of the meeting. Thanks for all your help.

Mr. Showalter

Scoutmaster – Troop 555

January 4, 2005

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends:

PLC meeting started the festivities. Timmy J. & Jeffrey R. led the meeting. They will post upcoming events. As we always say, "details to come."

The committee met and made plans for a Walk-A-Thon, for the purpose of acquiring a new trailer for our troop. Mr. Donohue will be taking the lead on this fund raiser. Details to come...

David R. came up with an inter patrol contest. Make a printout of the Parent and scout guide and fill out the section in the back of the pamphlet which is called "Meaning of Terms." fill out what the Scout Law, Oath, and Motto means to you have your parents sign it and bring it to next weeks meeting.

The patrol with the most forms properly filled out will get coveted one of a kind fancy patrol award.

Please look at our schedule for upcoming events.

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

Klondike Derby January 22-23. We are deciding on what night to campout, Friday or Saturday.

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

Talk about the 2005 AT high adventure trip began, Miss Ficor took a headcount for the March trip.

Stephen K. received his Quartermaster patch.

Seamus M. our troop Quartermaster will organize an equipment inventory and cleanup with the help of the patrol Quartermasters. Details to come.

Start selling stew, and speaking of stew, if anyone has stew money please turn it in.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Camejo

Troop 555 Committee