2006 Weekly Updates

October 30, 2006

Dear Scouts Scouters, Families and Friends:

Two reminders: First - there will be no meeting Halloween night (Tuesday October 31, 2006). We will be meeting the following Tuesday - Election Night November 7th. The Committee will meet on the 7th for Advancement. The next two Tuesday nights we have Eagle Courts of Honor for Kevin Donahue (11/14) and Brian Tostenson (11/21).

Second: We will welcome our Pack to work with us for Bags Out this Saturday, November 4th in connection with our annual Scouting for Food project. The Pack and Troop will meet at 9:45am this Saturday in the parking lot at North Side Baptist Church on Studley Road across from Robin Ridge. From there members of the Troop and Pack will go to the neighboring subdivisions and leave the grocery bags at the residences. Each cub scout should be accompanied by one or more boy scouts. Leaders are needed to go along with the boys providing transportation to and from the Church parking lot. It is anticipated that it will take approximately one to one and half hours to complete the project.

The following week, Saturday, November 11th, we will again meet at North Side Baptist Church at 9:45am to begin the process of collecting the bags. Again cub scouts will be accompanied by boy scouts and adult leaders will be needed for transporting the boys to the adjoining neighborhoods. The collection effort should take no more than one to one and a half hours.

Timmy J. and Jeffery R. will be helping with the organizing of the Bags in/out events on those days as part of a merit badge they are working on..

I will not be able to attend the Bags Out event, but I will be there for Bags In. If drivers and leaders who will attend could contact me, I'll pass the information along to Timmy and Jeff for planning.

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter

August 1, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family, Friends,

I am glad that we did not go to camp this week, we would all melt. Cool thoughts go out to everyone at Brady Saunders this week. Global warming merit badge is next.

Speaking of merit badges, everyone worked hard, had a great time learning new skills. Troop 555 was well represented at the Archery contest, Sean P. came in second by two points. The tardy winner, just edged out Sherwood Sean. The other participants earned the right to compete because they had the camp's highest scores, Ben T., Kevin T., and Carson C. (as far as I know)

Bryan E, which ends with two TT's, (note for Bryan), received kind words from the archery instructor during Lunch on Thursday. And a Standing Ovation!!!!! From everyone in the dining Hall ! Accompanied by Miss Ficor, a fellow Owl, she was up all night OWLING, they arrived at a special 6AM. archery class. Bryan was the only scout there!

He discovered that he was using the wrong eye, and bow. he coorected the problem, and proceeded to pepper the target with arrows, he split an arrow in half with another arrow! He placed an apple on miss Ficors head and was so confident that he could pull a William Tell, lucky she ducked. He continued to use every arrow in camp, he went nuts. all five targets looked like giant pin cushions, I wish Mr. Piacentini was there to document this event. Camp history was made on that day at 6AM. Bryan never gave up! And the legend of Bryan Tell, was born.

The Ranger Challenge lads, had a great time, perhaps on Tuesday they can share their experiences with the troop as well as the C.O.P.E. Yutes. I understand that the Barney T-shirts will go back to their "Traditional Green" ! w/ yellow type next year.

Seamus the Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler of the Chess board won The first annual Don Piacentini Troop 555 Chess Championship. Seamus was presented with the Champions Cup, By the founder of the Tournament. The Champions cup will be up for grabs next year, Seamus has his name etched into the trophy.Will he regain his crown next year? Seamus, with his left eyebrow raised says "I will try my best." What the bubble above his head really says is "I rule the chess board!" "I will mesmerize my, so called competition, and annihilate everyone who thinks they can play my game! The trophy will be mine forever!!!! The message ends with a fiendish laugh, Hahahahahahahahahahahah, hahahahahahahah!!!

And there was the Yellow, (or Amarillo, the two ll's are pronounced like a Y in Inglaze, for those learning Spanish), kayak. You got to admit, the lads involved showed great team work and skills, as Mr. Coffey our camp director mentioned, " I will have to talk to water front staff, apparently they forgot to teach our scouts that Kayaks are harder to paddle on land.".

By the way Mr. Piacentini's camp photo montage, is available for your viewing pleasure in our troop's photo link.

We finished Fishing merit badge!!! for those who attended, the A.P. Hill fish-o-rama weekend. And others.

Ahhhhh yes, the people's choice, O.K. maybe not all the people, but most, perhaps maybe just one or two in the troop, did not like the fact that non official Boy Scout Merit Badge was to be earned during camp. Such as, the most popular of all merit badges, The Duck, or duct tape merit badge. We all learned several facts about the history and uses of this miracle adhesive rubber cloth from the God's.

Please bring in your Duck tape patrol flags, and your duck tape Item, or items, along with your Blue cards, no blue cards no merit badge. There will be a table set aside so we can all place our duck tape works of art as in an art gallery.

Eagle Point is on the Horizon, get ready!

On august 12th there will be a leader's meeting, That's a Saturday, The location will be announced soon.

Scouts this is your time for Suggestions, where do you want to go,? What do you all want to do next year? The Hawaii trip is out.

Senior, Assistant and Patrol Leaders, are strongly encourage to attend this very important planning session. The Leaders need suggestions from all scouts. Well if we can afford Hawaii, why not, Afford "operative word."

Be prepared to talk about camp next week, bring in Blue cards for the duck tape merit badge, as well as your creations, and be ready to have fun!

YIS

Jcamejo

Troop 555 committee

July 4, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family, Friends,

This weekend July 7,8,&9th Fishing at Fort A.P. Hill. Scouts and scouters over the age of 16 need a Virginia fishing license., $12.00., (can be purchased at Green Top.) & additional $5.00 for the Fort A.P. Hill fishing license..

Therefore the weekend for scouts under 16 will be $15.00

Scouts over 16 and or participants, the cost will be $20.00... the $5.00 A.P. Hill Fee. We will leave at 7pm. Friday July 7th. The plan is to arrive from our trip at 11am. Sunday.

On Tuesday July 11 At 7:30 pm. all Scouts and their parents are encouraged to attend a pre-camp meeting. We will go over Camp Procedures and 555 procedures. Merit badges, what to bring, (clothing)... We will try to answer all questions.

Before we begin our Summer camp meeting, four troop Leaders, will receive their wood badge beads and leather woggle. We invite all to be part of this ceremony and enjoy the cake and refreshments. 7:30 pm. is the start time for the festivities.

YIS

Rigidly flexible

J.Camejo

Troop 555 committee

June 6, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family, Friends,

Congratulations go out to the latest in a long line of troop 555 Eagle Scouts, Kevin D.! The B.F. District officials from the H.O.V. council, formerly know as the Robert E. Lee Council, were impressed with Kevin's maturity, and they wished that he was younger in order to enjoy a few years as an active Eagle.

Our resident elder statesman "Eagle," Andrew W. said "becoming an Eagle at 15 allowed me to have fun and not worry about advancement, an occasional merit badge and having fun." By the way, Andrew W. celebrate his 18th birthday at Summer camp. We are a looking forward to the celebration, and the traditional exotic one of a kind cake created my his mom!

Tuesday June 13th. Flag Ceremony, 7:30pm. Scouts, please have your parents stay to take you home, Flag day is the next day as well as year end tests. The ceremony led by Miss Ficor is a solemn tribute to our flag and what it represents. It should take no longer than 45 minutes. Scouts and parents will depart in silence. Support Miss Ficor and the Scouts who have worked to make this a memorable salute. Color guard and scouts participating in the ceremony must arrive at 7:pm for a final walk through.

On Tuesday June 20th, The Brothers P. Sean & Reed invite you all the members of the 555 family to be in attendance at

DIRECTIONS

Church of the Redeemer Off of Medowbridge road. The address is 8275 Medowbridge road. Parish Office: 804-746-4911

Rectory: 804-427-6962. 7pm sharp.... live bagpipe music, pig roast, darts & bingo. cash bar w/ID. .

Keep July 7,8,&9th open. Fishing at Fort A.P. Hill. Everyone welcomed to participate.

Tuesday July 11, Four Leaders, Two OWLS a fox & buffalo will receive their wood badge beads and leather woggle. We invite all to be part of this ceremony.

Summer camp yo, for those who received pre-camp paperwork, choose your merit badges and or activities, such as, Cope, rangers challenge, archery, rifle shooting, pecan pie eating contest...

THE SHED INVENTORY IS ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

AS ALWAYS DUES ARE 50 CENTS.

ANYONE WITH UNIFORMS OR EQUIPMENT THAT THEY WOULD BE WILLING TO DONATE TO THE TROOP, WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED.

Scouts buy two merit badge books for our Troop library. Ask Seamus our librarian what the troop needs.

YIS

J.Camejo

Troop 555 committee

May 16, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family, Friends,

Congratulations go to Sean P.! Last night Sean was slowly grilled to perfection for almost two hours during his Eagle Board Of Review. He survived! Sean was well seasoned and in full scout uniform. Sean achieved one of Scoutings' highest honors. Sean is the latest member of the Eagle Scout Fraternity.

Good luck to Jeffrey R. on his Eagle project this weekend.

The other half of the troop will be having a kick back weekend at Albright Scout Reservation.

Fishing, Fun and Sun! Everyone attending should arrive at Carson Hall 6pm sharp. Scouts and Scouters have dinner before you get to Carson hall Friday night. We travel directly to Albright Friday night, cracker barrel will take care of empty stomachs.

Cooking contest, judges will choose best all around patrol cuisine.

The winning chef will receive the Mini Iron skillet.

ASK YOUR FOLKS, IF YOU DON'T ALREADY KNOW WHEN YOU WILL BE OUT OF TOWN.

CHECK OUT TROOP CALENDAR AND SEE WHEN YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN TROOP ACTIVITIES.

Scouts please E-mail your summer Schedules our web master he will in turn send the information to Stephen K. , our senior patrol leader. We need to know who will be available for camping and service projects during the summer.

To communicate with the Troop Web Master, open our web site, Attachment below, scroll down the left side red bar and click on the words troop 555 webmaster. A page will open, type in the subject and write down the information for Stephen K. .

THE SHED INVENTORY IS ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

AS ALWAYS DUES ARE 50 CENTS.

ANYONE WITH UNIFORMS OR EQUIPMENT THAT THEY WOULD BE WILLING TO DONATE TO THE TROOP, WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED.

Camp Brady Saunders is just around the corner. Ask yourself, WHAT MERIT BADGES I WOULD LIKE TO WORK ON. THINK FUN, THINK OUTDOORS.

YIS

CAMEJO 555 COMMITTEE

May 9, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family, Friends,

REMEMBER TO THINK RECIPES. CHALLENGE OTHER PATROLS WITH EXOTIC INGREDIENTS...

A NEW AWARD FOR THE PATROL THAT TAKES OUTDOOR COOKING "UP A NOTCH" "BAM."

THE AWARD IS A MINIATURE IRON SKILLET. WE CAN NAME IT NEXT TUESDAY.

A CUT AND PASTE FROM LAST WEEK:

Mark your calendars, May, 19-21.

Fun and relaxing weekend at Albright Scout Reservation.

Directions to Albright Scout Reservation

Directions to Albright Scout Reservation

Directions from Scout Service Center (Richmond): Take Powhite Parkway (South) to Chippenham Parkway (South). Take the 1st Ironbridge Road Exit towards Chesterfield. Turn right onto Beach Road (Route 655) After about 1.1 miles, take a left onto Nash Road (Route 636). Follow Nash Road to Woodpecker and turn right, then shortly left, back onto Nash Road; then follow Nash until it ends at River Road (Route 602, Route 36)(around 7 miles). Turn left onto River Road. At the Radio Tower (.6 mile) take a right onto Trent's Bridge Road and turn left into Albright Scout Reservation (.5 mile)

Those of you who are members, keep in mind Summer Ordeal June 2 (6:00 pm) - June 04 (10:00 am), 2006

SCOUTS LET YOUR PATROL LEADERS AND SENIOR PATROL LEADERS KNOW WHEN YOU WILL BE OUT OF TOWN. THEY IN TURN WILL PASS IT ON TO THE LEADERS. WE HAVE UPCOMING TRIPS AND EAGLE PROJECTS TO WORK ON. IN ORDER TO MAKE CONCRETE PLANS, WE NEED TO KNOW HOW MANY SCOUTS WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING THE REST OF THE SUMMER.

ASK YOUR FOLKS, IF YOU DON'T ALREADY KNOW WHEN YOU WILL BE OUT OF TOWN.

CHECK OUT TROOP CALENDAR AND SEE WHEN YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN TROOP ACTIVITIES.

JEFF. R. IS WAITING FOR COUNCIL TO APPROVE HIS EAGLE PROJECT, WHEN THIS IS DONE HE WILL INFORM THE TROOP WHEN AND WHERE THEY CAN HELP HIM.

THE SHED INVENTORY IS ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

AS ALWAYS DUES ARE 50 CENTS.

ANYONE WITH UNIFORMS OR EQUIPMENT THAT THEY WOULD BE WILLING TO DONATE TO THE TROOP, WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED.

START NOW TO SERIOUSLY THINK ABOUT CAMP AND WHAT MERIT BADGES YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK ON.

YIS

CAMEJO 555 COMMITTEE

May 2, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family, Friends,

Mark your calendars, May, 19-21.

Fun and relaxing weekend at Albright Scout Reservation.

Directions to Albright Scout Reservation

Directions to Albright Scout Reservation

Directions from Scout Service Center (Richmond): Take Powhite Parkway (South) to Chippenham Parkway (South). Take the 1st Ironbridge Road Exit towards Chesterfield. Turn right onto Beach Road (Route 655) After about 1.1 miles, take a left onto Nash Road (Route 636). Follow Nash Road to Woodpecker and turn right, then shortly left, back onto Nash Road; then follow Nash until it ends at River Road (Route 602, Route 36)(around 7 miles). Turn left onto River Road. At the Radio Tower (.6 mile) take a right onto Trent's Bridge Road and turn left into Albright Scout Reservation (.5 mile)

Our Troop Quartermaster would like to have a respectable showing to clean out and inspect all of our equipment in the Scout shed on Saturday May 13. Please let Bryan Know at our next meeting. He will have a sign up sheet.

Ben Ward had an impressive display illustrating last weekends Order of the Arrow Conclave. Patches, photos, video. We will have a visit from several Order of the Arrow representatives before summer camp. These Arrow men, will explain the history and the meaning of the OA. Scouts will learn who is eligible for the honor of becoming an OA member.

Those of you who are members, keep in mind Summer Ordeal June 2 (6:00 pm) - June 04 (10:00 am), 2006

For those who are interested in the OA, please read the following.

About the Order of the Arrow

Written by Donnie Gladfelter

Saturday, 24 December 2005

The Order of the Arrow is Scouting's National Honor Society.

Purpose

The purpose of the Order of the Arrow is fourfold:

  • To recognize those Scout campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.
  • To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit
  • To promote Scout camping
  • To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others

History

The Order of the Arrow (OA) was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, Boy Scouts of America. It became an official program experiment in 1922 and was approved as part of the Scouting program in 1934.

In 1948 the OA, recognized as the BSA's national brotherhood of honor campers, became an official part of the national camping program of the Boy Scouts of America.

Membership

The OA has more than 176,000 members located in lodges affiliated with approximately 327 BSA local councils.

Eligibility

Scouts are elected to the Order by their fellow unit members, following approval by the Scoutmaster or Varsity team Coach. To become a member, a youth must be a registered member of a Boy Scout troop or Varsity Scout team and hold First Class rank. The youth must have experienced fifteen days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The fifteen days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.

Adult selection is based on their ability to perform the necessary functions to help the Order fulfill its purpose, and is not for recognition. Selected adult Scouters must be an asset to the Order because of demonstrated abilities, and provide a positive role model for the youth members of the lodge.

Induction

The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership. During the experience, candidates maintain silence, receive small amounts of food, work on camp improvement projects, and are required to sleep alone, apart from other campers. The entire experience is designed to teach significant values.

Last night three scouts advanced in rank, Ben T., Second Class Scout, Will Mc. First Class Scout, and Charles G., Star Scout! Congratulations to all for the hard work, on to EAGLE!

As always: Dues, 50 cents per week.

The Troop is accepting pre-owned scout uniforms, shirts, trousers, sox, boots. Scouts helping scouts.

Camp deposits will be due soon. Think about a few merit badges that you might want to participate in. This is a great opportunity to have fun and learn at the same time. More details to come soon.

YIS

Camejo

555 Committee

April 25, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family, Friends,

Senior and assistant senior patrol leaders Stephen K. and Patrick C. had a scout skills game. Patrols competed to answer questions such as, How do you ID. poison plants. Other topics were covered. A fun way to learn.

A tag game ensued until lightning and rain brought us back inside.

Seamus received his Official Librarian patch, he also wanted to thank everyone for returning merit badge books.

Also If anyone has uniforms that they can no longer wear, remove the patches and donate it to the troop. also boots, sox, class B T shirts. Scouts helping scouts.

Bryan E. our quartermaster wants to find how many scouts and leaders would be available to help clean out the troop shed. He would like to take an inventory of all we have. The tentative date for this project is Saturday, May 6 2006. Let Bryan know at our next meeting if you can help.

Timmy J. and kirt G. will represent Troop 555 at the annual Order of the Arrow Conclave. Mr. B. Ward and Mr. Camejo will represent the leaders. WWW.

Keep your calendar open for May 19-20th, A kick back fun outing for everyone in the troop is in the planning stage. Patrol competitions, cooking, fishing, tug of war, archery, it's your call scouts. Your mission, have fun.

Miss Ficor informed us that scout license plates are available to order. Go to links on our troop web site and find heart of Va. council. You can read and download forms and information on how to... Support scouting.

On June 4th. A service project for all to participate in, Upward soccer, helping with parking.

CAMP IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER.

YIS

Camejo

555 Committee

April 18, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family, Friends,

Seamus M. wants to thank everyone who brought in scout books yesterday. Seamus also reminded everyone in attendance to look around in their home for more merit badge and scout related books, borrowed from the Troop 555 Library. Perhaps if you wish, one can donate pre-used outdoor, first aid, hiking, boating, and scouting books to the library. we would all be grateful.

Sean P. was grilled by six members of Troop 555 in preparation for his Eagle Board of review. The grilling lasted most of the night, Sean is prepared and he will be "like successful "and stuff".

From Mr. Ward to the AT gang, the AT money is due. That's $20.00.

Davis S. is proud to announce that Eagle project will take place this Saturday April 22nd. at the "top of the morning," which is 9:00 A.M.. Davis hopes that he and his crew will be finished by 1 pm. Please bring work gloves and goggles, Lunch will be provided. "Irish Pizza." Live Irish music will accompany the work crew during construction. I believe that a touring group "The Chieftains" will be performing.

During circle time Kurt G. asked Davis "what 's your project?" Davis replied, "Benches, what else." According to the hand out, "we will build four benches and beautify the area by simple maintenance."

Davis distributed handouts, with the address, but just in case. The work will take place at Lebanon United Methodist Church, 8492 Peaks Road. Lebanon is located at the intersection of Peaks and Stumpy Roads.

Summer camp: Sunday, July 23rd thru Saturday, July 29th.

Camp T. Brady Saunders will be much improved, modern self contained shower and latrine facilities will be available for the first time this year. An outstanding chef will be taking care of our meals. (He was the chef for last years Woodbage classes. ask Mr. Richardson Miss Ficor, and Mr. Tehan about the well rounded gourmet meals we had.) We will be well nourished. Mr. Givler the camp director, promised that the noodle and gray meat spackle which is the traditional first night dinner, will be used to seal sheet rock in the new camp lavatories. Mr. Givler was informed by the Goochland health department that this form of noodle spackle is not fit for human consumption. One can purchase this product at any hardware store.

Camp Fees:

The fee per Scout camper is $200.00. This fee covers all meals, camp services, individual and unit awards, and most program materials (the exceptions being those used in the handicraft lodge, shotgun, archery, and the river trip). Two adult leaders are admitted free for the first eight Scouts attending. Registered Scout leaders who stay overnight and not the whole week, will pay a per night fee when they sign into the administration building.

Scouts:

Start writing down and researching what merit badges you might want to earn during camp. Last Year Erik D. earned SEVEN merit badges. The average is four. Several Eagle merit badges such as Camping, Life saving, Swimming, First aid, Environmental science will be offered. The rest are fun summertime activities from small boat sailing, archery, nature, fishing, cooking, soil and water conservation, shotgun shooting...

Also this year as in the Olympics, for the first time ever, an new demonstration merit badge will be available. Duct tape merit badge, yes! This merit badge is the first of its kind, leaders can earn this merit badge as well as scouts.

You will need to fill out blue cards, and a duct tape merit badge books will be available for all to borrow. Although this merit badge is not an official scout badge, it will be. There is a campaign whereby every registered scout is sending a letter to Scout headquarters in Irving Texas. If millions of scouts voice there choice to make Duct tape merit badge a legitimate merit badge we all know that headquarters will listen. And one day in the not too distant future, one of our own from the legion of duct tape aficionados will become president of the scouting movement and making Duct tape merit badge an Eagle required merit badge.

Think about how many lives duct tape has saved, Apollo 13 would not be able to build an air filter without duct tape. There are many more examples, to learn about the 10th wonder of the universe, one must sign up for the merit badge. Details to come.

I'm personally looking forward to camp this year.

That's all I have for now, please if I left anything out send our webmaster an E-mail and he will distribute through our troop 555 e-mail tree.

YIS

Camejo

Committee 555

March 28, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family, Friends,

All scouts and leaders, YOU WILL BE MAKING HISTORY WHEN YOU ATTEND THE 1st annual Battlefield district Hike-O-Ree at Brady Saunders Scout reservation. FRIDAY MARCH 31ST, THRU. SUNDAY APRIL 2ND.

For those in Troop 555 who will be attending, Departure from the church is 6pm. Please arrive before that to help load equipment and fill out permission forms. WE WILL ARRIVE BACK HOME AROUND 1:PM.

This is a fun filled adventure weekend! The Cost $23 dollars $15 for food $8 Hike-O-Ree fee.

For Scouts that want to hike the 10 miles, let Mr. Richardson or Mr. Showalter know. With a buddy.

If you want to earn Backpacking merit badge, the 10mile hike is a requirement that you can be achieved during the Hike-O-Ree. Bring your own water, and don't forget a Saturday lunch. The patrols planned their menus, meals have been planned, equipment has been requested on the menu and quartermasters request form. We are ready!

All leadership patches were handed out to our newly elected troop leaders. Congratulations, lead-on.

What a meeting, menus were planned for the Hike-O-Ree, in the other room there was AT planning, three Scoutmaster conferences.

We also had the Scout Stave, (walking stick) talk, and handout session. You wont poke your eye out.

During Circle time along with leader patches.

Reed P. earned scholarship merit badge

Alex C. Tenderfoot

Stephen K. Star

Congratulations, continue the good work.

YIS

Camejo

555 committee

March 21, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family, Friends,

Just a reminder PLC @ 7pm.

All newly elected leaders must attend the PLC.

OUR TROOP MEETING TIME WILL BEGIN AT OUR NEW TIME 7:3pm AND IT WILL LAST UNTIL 9:00pm.

Good luck and Congratulations go to all the new 555 troop leaders.

Our new scout Leaders:

Senior Patrol Leader, and Chaplain's aid. Stephen K.

Assistant SPL and Color Guard drill team instructor Patrick C.

Scribe, David R.

Quartermaster, Bryan E.

Historian, Carson C.

Librarian, Seamus M.

Patrol Leaders and assistant Patrol Leaders:

Eagle Patrol:

Patrol Leader, Mario P.

Assistant Patrol Leader, Will M.

Pedro Patrol:

Patrol Leader, Charles G.

Assistant Patrol Leader, Reed P.

Fox Patrol:

Patrol Leader, Carson C.

Assistant Patrol Leader, Sean P.

Tuesday night we will learn about the history of the hiking staff, and put together your own multi-purpose staff. Bring a walking stick that you found in the woods, or a broom stick, and your imagination.

The AT!

You have made a commitment to participate in this years Troop 555 AT challenge.

At logistics and menus were planned, last Tuesday. Be prepared for the At.

HIKE-O-Ree This weekend !

Menu planning at our meeting, the cost $8.00 for the council, $15.00 dollars for your meals. The total cost is $23.00.

We will talk more about the Hike-O-Ree, Led by our Own Mr. Ward.

We all want to thank Timmy J. our former Senior Patrol leader for his loyalty to our troop, and the patience of Gandhi. We will also miss the Leadership of our previous Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Kurt G. His cheerful service to our troop has been appreciated by all of us in 555.

March 14, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family, Friends,

Just a reminder of our new meeting time.

OUR TROOP MEETING TIME WILL BE 7:30pm to 9:00pm.

Good luck to the soon to be arrowmen during this weekend's spring ordeal. Our thoughts and best wishes go to Patrick C. and Jeff R. who will attempt to survive their Order of the Arrow Ordeal. We would all who can be there, but we have to climb a mountain.

Tim J. and Kurt G. will also be there and help Camp Brady Saunders with their cheerful service.

If there are other scouts who will participate in the Ordeal or service projects during the Spring Ordeal, please let me know. I apologize for not acknowledging youse, or y'all.

The rest of the troop will participate in the "Walk to the Priest."

Mr. Ward is heading up this adventure. Miss Ficor asked all to dress in layers. Mr. Showalter sent out an e-mail giving everyone permission to bring camp chairs, not lounge chairs. Mark your chair with your name for easy identification. Also everything on and in your pack must be secure. Bring water, no jeans or electronic equipment.Bring a disposable camera.The weatherman calls for clear skies, no rain, and cold weather.

Be Prepared, Cheerful, and Friendly. The "Walk to the Priest" weekend is $15 per person.

Mr.Tehan would pleased if everyone would bring in their stew money.

Saturday March 25th. a very important day. keep it open.Davis S. and Troop 555 will work on his "Eagle project, bench building extravaganza", More details to come.

Think "Hike-O-Ree" March 31st thru April 2nd. 5 miles through Brady Saunders and the Cub Camp, Nine learning stations. X-tra Zesty patch for all who participate. Qualified Scouts may choose to walk the 5 miles twice to earn a 10 mile rocker to go with the X-tra Zesty patch.

Mr. Showalter pointed out that all Scouts represent the Scout Oath and Law. People look to Boy Scouts to uphold the promise they made to God, their community, family and themselves. Mr. S. said "Walk the Walk."

If anyone has something else to add please send it to our web master.

YIS

Secret phrase is "Dress in many warm layers"

Camejo 555 committee

March 7, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family, Friends,

Just a reminder of our new meeting time.

OUR TROOP MEETING TIME WILL BE 7:30pm to 9:00pm.

Congratulations go out to Jay M. The 23rd. Eagle Scout from Troop 555. Jay's Eagle Ceremony, was perfect. Great stories from Mr. Ward, and a big thank you to Mr. Kennedy who stepped in as the voice of the Eagle for Mr. Richardson who was under the weather. The Scouts who participated in the ceremony were outstanding! Our Senior Patrol Leader Tim J. and our Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Kurt G. have mastered the art of running the Eagle ceremony. Our next Senior Patrol Leader will be a professional MC. Check out how many names are on the Life scout list on the wall of advancement.

BRING IN YOUR STEW MONEY NEXT WEEK!

Presently we have Sean P. working on his Eagle project this Saturday at 9am. at the Ruritan Park, off of RT.360 Mechanicsville. Coming from the Windmill, the entrance to Mtown, go north to Battlefield Elementary School, hang a right and proceed to the Ruritan Park. It's less than a mile once you make a right hand turn on the corner of RT. 360 and Battlefield elementary school.

His Brother Reed our newest Eagle is probably waiting for Sean to finish his project and Eagle board of review to have their Family Eagle extravaganza ceremony. Twice the audience, twice the speeches, twice the gifts, twice the eats. Perhaps now mrs. Carr can reveal her secret Lasagna recipe, especially her award winning venison lasagna.

As if that's not enough, there were four scouts who ironed out their Eagle project proposals with the committee. Three Scouts are ready to proceed, Davis S., Jeffrey R. And Sean P. who will start work on his project this Saturday at 9am at the Ruritan park in Mechanicsville, off of Rt. 360 and Battlefield elementary school.Just in case you forgot. Bring Power tools, Sanders, Saws, Extension cords, work gloves, safety glasses. Call Sean and ask him what he needs. Also bring lunch. The other Scout, Carson C. presented his Eagle project idea to the committee, they gave him the go ahead.

The other half of the committee worked with three scouts who advanced in rank. They were Alex C. Our newest Tenderfoot, Bryan E. First class Scout, and Steven K. Star Scout. Congratulations to all. Along with The Motto and slogan, several Scout Masters are presently working on a petition to add "Git-R-Done" as an optional Scout slogan. Perhaps when we design our troop neckerchief we can include the words Git-R-Done" as part of the troop design.

BRING IN YOUR STEW MONEY NEXT WEEK!

By the way as part of Sean P'S Eagle project this Saturday March 11, 2006 at 9am at the Ruritan Park in Mechanicsville, Sean has hire a tattoo artist to write "Git-R-Done" on your biceps! This reward will be available to all, only when your parents drop you off and they fill out the well crafted legal document and permission contract . At no extra charge, Parents will receive a gift coupon for Green Top Sporting goods or star bucks overpriced caffeine emporium's thought the nation, including Puerto Rico and Guam.

The long awaited Hike to the Priest will be coming up on Friday March 17 thru Sunday March 19. That's next week!

Start planning menus for you patrol. Trail food for Saturday breakfast, pack a lunch for the hike, and plan for a zesty dinner, and simple Sunday breakfast. Bring a camera!

The Hike-O-Ree will take place on the last day of March,

MARCH 31st, April 1st and 2nd.

10 LEARNING STATIONS ALONG THE 5 MILE HIKE. "Hike-N-Learn" @ THE "HIKE-O-REE."M

You can't miss this opportunity to "Hike-N-Learn," a cousin to "Git-r-done." You will be able to check off requirements in your handbook, pick up a few good outdoor tips. Perhaps make a few new friends. Also for Scouts who wish to get a ten mile rocker to go along with the 2006 Battlefield District Hike-O-Ree, can hike the 5 mile course around Camp Brady Saunders twice in order to earn the honor of receiving the coveted 10 mile rocker. Also at the evening Campfire, we will have a special guest to entertain the scouts. Vespers on Sunday will be led by troop 555's newest Star Scout own Steven K. . Only Bums will no participate in this the first annual Battlefield District Camporee. Be part of History!

STEW MONEY

Don't Forget to bring in your stew money to Mr. Tehan our Troop Secretary.

The following is a note sent to me by one of our scouts who has not been able to attend our meetings for School reasons,we all miss Nick and wish he would come back and join the 555 Eagle Scout honor roll!

"I really regret having missed jay’s eagle ceremony yesterday I had extenuating circumstances that I could not get out of. Yesterday my team went to the Regional FIRST robotics competition and we came in second for the region of several states and I needed to be there for that. I was hoping you could tell Jay congratulations for me and a job well done because I may not be able to make it on Tuesday and I wouldn’t want to forget to tell him later. Thanks and I hope to see you guys soon."

Nick

That's all I have for now if anyone has anything to add please feel free to contact our webmaster via our troop 555 web site.

YIS

Secret phrase is "Ruritan park this Saturday @ 9am"

Camejo 555 committee

February 28, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family, Friends.

First and foremost, The Troop 555 leadership would like all to announce our new meeting time.

Hence forth and from now on at least for a while perhaps for a long while, OUR TROOP MEETING TIME WILL BE; drum roll,................... 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Patrol leaders conference will start at 7:00pm.

Tim J. will lead the PLC next Tuesday March, 7, 2006 at 7:00pm.

Jay Martin's Eagle Court of honor will take place this Saturday March 4, 2006 at Black Creek Baptist Church, for directions www.blackcreek.org also see attachment.

Jay would like every scout participating in the ceremony to arrive on Friday night at 7pm for a rehearsal, please be on time.

On Saturday all scouts should be in attendance at 1pm please make a solid effort to arrive at Jay's Church on time. The ceremony will begin at 2pm.

Please everyone from the 555 family, turn in your Friends Of Scouting donations to our FOS Leader, Mr. Ward.

Prepare for the Appalachian Trail, The AT. This annual high adventure trip will take place starting on April 8th. Thru. Friday April 14.

1st class scouts with scoutmasters approval are eligible for this challenge.

Mr. Showalter, and Mr. Ward suggest that all scouts should participate in the hike to the PRIEST. Here you can prepare yourself for the AT challenge. We will leave on St. Paddy's day. So no snakes during this weekend hike. We will only eat green food and dye our drinking water green. Try to memorize the words for the classic "Danny Boy." Bring your shillelagh or shillalah (Webster says both spellings are fine) for the hike. For those who don't observe this holiday, The date for the Priest hike is falls on Friday March 17, Thru. Sunday March 19.

Mr. Tehan would be pleased if everyone would bring in their stew money next week.

Congrats to Sean P. for earning scholarship merit badge.

ALSO Sean P. would like all scouts to keep Saturday March 11 open.

Sean P. will need help with his Eagle project on this day.

So keep Saturday March 11 open.

This a an opportunity for scouts to earn service time.

YIS

Secret word is "Shamrock"

Camejo 555 committee

February 21, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family, Friends, chicken pickers and cauldron movers.

This is the Stew weekend.

Thursday night 02/23/06 @ 6:30 pm in the pavilion behind Chamberlayne heights Methodist church, we need able bodied men to help with the pots. Four pots will be moved from the church to the FOP. The large Pot which can fit the entire Pedro Patrol has to be picked up at the Ruritan Barn. Near Martin's farm and next to the Pavilion where Reed Piacentini our newest Eagle Scout built five picnic tables for his Eagle project.

Friday Stew night 02/24/06 Please come one come all. Family friends, brothers, sisters, neighbors. At 6:PM we start Chicken picking.

Saturday 02/25/06 around 7:00 AM We also need as many hands as possible. This is when we pour Our stew into plastic quarts. Also help is needed in cleaning up moving the pots back to where they belong. and taking the trash to the dump.

Thank you all for your help.

Last night: The Troop 555 paper air force was designing and testing gliders which will be used by our armed forces to infiltrate Osama Been hiding's cave in a stealth like manner akin to the Owl's fierce bloodthirsty night attacks. A live target (David R.) was used during the skills demonstration, No one was hurt. The results of our testing were sent to Roswell area 51, in New Mexico, next to Philmont scout camp.

Advancement: David R. earned communications merit badge, Ethan S. earned the personal management merit badge. Congrats.

Once again, This note comes from Mr.. Tehan.

Please put February 26th on your calendar. This is the Sunday after the stew.We have a great opportunity to shine as a Troop with a camping demonstration at Virginia Center Commons. The Battlefield District has its Pinewood Derby that day, so there will be many Cub Scouts to see the demonstration. This demonstration is being done for many reasons. First, we will be in front of many Cub Scouts and we will be the only Troop there with a display. We will be able to put on a show and may recruit new scouts into our (or possibly another) Troop. Second, this display is being judged as part of a Council wide contest in February. Third, we can show the community what it means to be a Boy Scout, especially in Troop 555.We will be in a prime location in the mall - the food court area at the stage/gazebo. Everyone will pass this display. I will need your help in planning what to do, gathering necessary items, setting up the display, and participation during this event. The time of this event will be worked around the Pinewood Derby both before and after to get access to the most Cubs.Keep an open mind about what you would like to show off; skills, games, skits, presentations, etc. The time to be there is 12 noon We will be there until 4pm, the young cub scouts need to see Boy Scouts having fun!

Full uniform, neckerchief.

Sell more stew, You all in the 555 stew selling family can still sell stew, all the way up to 6pm when you can give Miss Ficor the final Stew count.

Secret word is "stir."

YIS,

J. Camejo

Troop 555 Committee

February 14, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Congratulations Reed P. February 14, 2006

Reed earned the Rank of Eagle Scout.

Please inform Miss Ficor at our meeting next Tuesday how many Quarts of stew you have pre-sold so far.

Sell Stew, Sell Stew, Sell Stew.

A note from Mr. Tehan

Please put February 26th on your calendar. This is the Sunday after the stew.

We have a great opportunity to shine as a Troop with a camping demonstration at Virginia Center Commons. The Battlefield District has its Pinewood Derby that day, so there will be many Cub Scouts to see the demonstration. This demonstration is being done for many reasons. First, we will be in front of many Cub Scouts and we will be the only Troop there with a display. We will be able to put on a show and may recruit new scouts into our (or possibly another) Troop. Second, this display is being judged as part of a Council wide contest in February. Third, we can show the community what it means to be a Boy Scout, especially in Troop 555.We will be in a prime location in the mall - the food court area at the stage/gazebo. Everyone will pass this display. I will need your help in planning what to do, gathering necessary items, setting up the display, and participation during this event. The time of this event will be worked around the Pinewood Derby both before and after to get access to the most Cubs.Keep an open mind about what you would like to show off; skills, games, skits, presentations, etc. There will be more to come, but I would like everyone's participation. Thanks.

Mr. Richardson advised patrols to use their hard earned popcorn money, it is still available for patrol use.The six month deadline is coming up. If you don't use your patrol money it goes into the troop funds.

The Priest pre-AT hike & chill out weekend will take place on March 17-19. Everyone is invited to participate!

Mr. Ward promises an experience of fun and fellowship that you will remember always, (we will have fun.)

We had some outstanding news about our troop's Friends of Scouting contributions, Mr. Ward informed 555 that our total as of February 14, 2006, which also happens to be the day Reed P. became an Eagle scout, but I digress, is eleven thousand dollars. Thank everyone who contributed to Scouting In Virginia.

Sell Stew, Sell Stew, Sell Stew.

Congratulations also go out to David R. Our newest Life Scout.

Also Shaun P. received the go ahead from the committee to start work on his Eagle project approved.

Ethan S. Received the Citizenship in The World Merit badge,

and Carson C. received the Public Speaking Merit Badge.

Congratulations to all!

Secret words are "Stew count."

YIS,

J. Camejo

Troop 555 Committee

January 24, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

As the "YUTES" ( youths) would say "HEY YO, Practice your knots."

Practice your knots.

PLC led by Timmy J. our Senior Patrol Leader, went well, the month was planned and it we should have fun and learn new skills.

Practice your knots.

Hobbies night was fun, Kevin T. brought in his radio remote airplane, Mr.. Ward wouldn't let us take it for a ride. If only there were a few vertically and or spindly scouts available last Tuesday. Then perhaps we could have strapped a scout on top of the plane loaded with water balloons, ahhh what fun. Instead we got some knowledge, now most of us know the different parts of an airplane, maybe.

Start selling STEW. "not only can you wear a pair of frozen stew quarts as shoes to make one taller, you can also draw a red heart with a red marker on silver duct tape for a fancy tummy warming romantic Valentines day gift." Nothing says love like a quart of 555 Brunswick stew!

Practice your knots.

Next meeting, Tuesday January, 31st. even though the schedule on the website says 1/31 - PLC ignore. we had the plc.

Next -up.

2/7 - Committee Meeting

2/21 - Adult Leaders Meeting

2/24 - 2/25 - Spring Stew

Secret word "HEY YO, Practice your knots." "word."

YIS,

J. Camejo

Troop 555 Committee

January 17, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Timmy J. our senior patrol leader would like to have the PLC next Tuesday. January 24.@ 6:30 pm.

ASSISTANT PATROL LEADER, ALL PATROL LEADERS, SCRIBE, LIBRARIAN, HISTORIAN, CHAPLAIN'S AIDE...

PLEASE MAKE IT A POINT TO ATTEND.

Patrick Henry Public speaking and Communications merit badge classes start next Saturday January 28th. Scouts who enroll in this course must have Public Speaking merit badge before he can take the Communications merit badge.

The merit badge classes will be held at Short Pump Middle School January 28, February 4, and February 11th. Scouts should check in at 8:00 am. the first day. Special sessions will be held on Website building, parliamentary procedure and careers in communications. Call either Gair Ayers or Kerry Baker at (804) 355-4306 should you have any questions.

Scouts, scouters, committee members, parents. You are all invited to participate in the first annual Hobbies day. Share with the troop what else you do, Timmy J. talk briefly about his scout patch collection, Patrick C. talked about his wood carving. Bring in items for a "show and tell." A suggestion bring a blanket, small tarp, towel.. so that you can place your items on a clean surface, other than the floor.Talk about how you started your hobby, and how you find time to do it. Can you get a merit badge because of your hobbies? This segment of our meeting next week should be fun and educational.

The lads had fun at the Klondike, until the wind, rain and thunder squelched the fun. All scouts came home safe and muddy. The chunky tomato soup (CHILI) was mouth watering, it was so filling no one could finish the allotted portion. All participants received an official 2006 Battlefield district Klondike Patch featuring a ferocious man eating polar bear.

Learn the six basic knots: You will be tested by the leaders, and if you are successful, a reward will be given. Please look in your hand book and know the purpose of each knot. You can ask another scout or a leader to teach you the knots if you want to learn. The knot will be useful through your life.

#1. Bowline

#2. Clove Hitch

#3. Square Knot

#4. 2 & a half hitches

#5. Sheet Bend

#6. Timber hitch

Secret word is "Patrick Henry."

YIS,

J.Camejo

January 10, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

Klondike Derby this Saturday January 14.

Have an early breakfast, and meet at 7:00 am. at Carson Hall.

Bring $8.00 for the activity fee.

We will have lunch at the Klondike Derby.

The lads will return around 6:00 pm.

15 scouts

4 Leaders

2 other leaders working at the Klondike.

21 members will represent Troop 555!

"GIT-R-DONE."

By the way bring a camera, you never know what can happen.

10 items that each scout needs to bring:

1. Hat, coat, and gloves.

2. 4 foot length of rope.

3. Warm socks.

4. Drinking cup.

5. NECKERCHIEF

6. Sturdy footwear.

7. Appropriate Rain gear for each scout.

8. Watch (recommended)

9. WATER

10. Fist-sized rock

Patrol Equipment

1. Patrol flag

2. Patrol roster

3. Pencil & Paper in large Ziploc bag

4. Scout Handbook

5. 50 feet of rope

6. Patrol Yell

7. Cloth bag for gold nuggets (your score)

8. (2) six foot long staves (or equivalent)

9. Blanket

10. Patrol First Aid Kit

11. Compass

12. Matches

13. String

Sled

1. Klondike Sled

2. Securely stowed equipment

3. Towing harness, good condition, securely fastened to sled

4. Mount for patrol flag

This will be a fun packed day. Patrols will have a great time working together!

Scouts not attending the Klondike Derby will have an opportunity to earn service time. This Saturday around 9:00 am. you can help the Church set up for CARITAS. Go to Carson Hall introduce yourself and let them know that you are there to help set up. You will be helping the Church in the transformation of Carson Hall. When you are done it will become a dormitory. If you have any questions please call the Church @ (804) 730-9700.

We will meet at a different location for next Tuesday's meeting January 17, 2006 @ Hanover Hall @ 7:00 pm. Hanover Hall is the New expanded room to the left of the Church Commons. See you there, and lets talk about the Klondike.

Talk about the AT started officially last night. A challenge of a lifetime. For mature scouts who are fit and can take care of themselves. Details to come.

Mr.. Showalter asked all of us to enjoy your experiences in Scouting. Become self sufficient responsible and mature.

YIS

J. Camejo

555 Committee

January 3, 2006

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Family and Friends,

For those of you who missed the standing room only, Communications merit badge off Broadway performance of "a Camping we will go" which received four stars from the Mechanicsville Local. "The audience was in suspense waiting for all nine scenes to evolve." "Raw and barren scenery was akin to the Japanese theatre." The photo by the Theater critic Ken Odor from the "Local" featuring the second curtain call can be purchased by calling the Mechanicsville Local. The Theater critic from The Times-Dispatch's Clark Bustard said, "A masterpiece, Original score, musicianship, and perfect comedy timing make this a must see!" "I had to buy my ticket from a scalper." "In a nutshell, an evening when Felini met the Von trap family. The fire Marshall had to send patrons willing to pay S.R.O. tickets. "Ballet" parking helped the early birds, after the lot was full late comers were on their own. " The Hanover Penny saver gave it three stars, "couldn't get into the theater," the reviewer listened to the performance via a cellular telephone which was held by kind patron with a ticket and a fresh c-note.

Cinematographer Andrew Scor-spiel-lucasburg Filmed the performance. The DVD will be on sale at the next court of honor.

Congrats to the cast and the behind the scenes staff! and by the way, outstanding work on the merit badge you all have earned it!!!!

That was last year.

Let's have a great 2006.

The Committee met along with Mr. Showalter and Mr.Ward Sr. were in attendance.

Plans to build shelves on one side of the inside of the trailer, when we use the trailer on camping trips, the trailer will tell what else to purchase.

The "name the Trailer contest" is in full swing. Troop 555 will vote for an appropriate name for our trailer. The winner of the "name the Trailer contest" will receive a custom "stickman," walking stick.

Next week the Church Committee will hopefully look at our proposed trailer Graphics and give their approval.

Mr. Piacentini wants everyone to know on Sunday January 8th at 3pm.-5pm Troop 555 is sponsoring the Cit. In The Community Merit Badge.

The Class will take place at The New Hanover Presbyterian Church (upstairs classroom in the Education Building.) Questions, contact Carole Ramser 550-1968, or just show up.

We have been waiting all year to use our three sleds, finally, the "Klondike Kalamity," is here on January 14th. We will be there all day.

Check-in starts at 7:30 am.

This is a winter outdoor camping skills competition. We will compete by patrols,The sleds will be pulled by SCOUT POWER no dogs.

We will plan for our adventure at the meeting next Tuesday.

Mr. Ward reminded everyone to be smart, and cautious when you use the internet! I'm sure your parents have warned you about the bad people that you can't see out in the World Wide Web. Be vigilant if something sounds or looks strange, hit delete and trash it. Don't give anyone your name, age or address. Use the web, don't let it use you.

J. Camejo 555 committee