2007 Weekly Updates

December 18, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year.

Tuesday was our last meeting of the Year, and we will not meet again until January 8th.

There will be a PLC before our next meeting January 8th. – 6:45.

Battlefield District Bowl-a-thon is coming up soon - More information at the meeting. Early registration is required, so BE PREPARED to sign up at our first meeting next year January 8th. Payments are due the next week.

THE COST IS $18 PER BOWLER (this includes the cost of a patch) and covers two games and bowling shoes (no reduced cost if you own your own shoes) The time is from 10PM to Midnight on Friday February 8, 2008.

See Ben Ward if you are interested in:

- OA Conclave – sign-up is soon!

- Patrick-Henry Public Speaking Program in January and February (Public Speaking and Communications Merit Badges are offered.)

- Arrow Corps – Spots are filling fast.

The OA Carillon service project is this weekend:

Sat 5-6:30 PM

Sun 5-7-7:30 PM

Advice from the Scoutmaster: Remember at this time of year – A Scout is Reverent.

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer

December 13, 2007

Arrowman,

Here is lastest figures from the National Websites

ArrowCorps5 Reservations by Site

Mark Twain 439 55% Full

Manti-La Sal 189 24% Full

George Washington-Jefferson Full 110% SITE CLOSED TO APPLACTIONS

Shasta-Trinity 504 63% Full

Bridger-Teton 683 85% Full

135 Councils Registered

Updated: November 30, 2007 Percentages based on 800 participants.

If you are interseted in serving on staff or want to be at another site as a paricpate please let me know ASAP.... As you can see it is filling very fast!!!!!

Yours in Scouting and in Service,

Ben Ward

December 11, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Next week is our Holiday Party. We signed up for stuff to bring. If you didn’t sign up, please contact your patrol leader. If you can’t get in touch with your PL, bring something to share.

There are lots of service opportunities available – Here is a good one:

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The Doswell Ruritan Club is requesting help in boxing and loading food products on Wednesday, December 12th and Friday December 14th from 7:00pm to around 9:00pm. Various can goods and other items for the needy will be boxed on Wednesday evening and on Friday, the boxes will be loaded onto two tractor trailer trucks for delivery to three distribution areas in Hanover. The Hanover Christmas Mother has been a part of the Hanover Christmas community service since 1949. In 1988, the Doswell Ruritan Club took over coordinating this program. Last year, over 562 needy families in Hanover were feed though this program. In addition, 1,119 children got a toy for Christmas. To date, the Hanover Christmas Mother has received over $65,000 in donations.\

The activity will take place at the Doswell Community Center off of Route 1. To get there one proceeds north on Route One to Doswell, Virginia. Once you get to the intersection of Route 30 and Route 1, you will see a lumber yard on the left. Just past the lumber yard is a unpaved driveway which leads down to the Community Center (the Community Center can not be seen from Route 1). If you get to the overpast after the Route 30 intersection you have gone too far and need to turn around. I believe this is a good cause and one where a scout can earn some community service time not only for scouting but also honor society and beta as well.

The Ruritans are well known for their support of scouting. One in four clubs sponsor scouting units. Our troops support of this worthy cause would be appreciated.

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For more information contact Don Piacentini.

See Ben Ward if you are interested in:

OA Conclave – sign-up is soon!

Patrick-Henry Public Speaking Program in January and February (Public Speaking and Communications Merit Badges are offered.)

Arrow Corps – Spots are filling fast.

There are some new rank advancement requirements – Information is at the bottom of this e-mail.

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer

December 4, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Congratulations to Ethan S. and Timmy J. Our Newest Eagle Scouts !!! – Salute!

Great Trip last Saturday on the Capital Trail – Thanks to all who came and helped out!

(We were supposed to have a bike trip this weekend but...)

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From Mr. Tehan:

My apologies, but we need to go ahead and cancel the bicycle trip to Poor Farm Park. With the rain this morning and an uncertain forecast of more showers tonight it is best to cancel this trip. I don't want anyone getting hurt, nor do I want to generate ill-will for the Scouts by harming the bicycle trails.

Have a good weekend and we'll see you on Tuesday.

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From B. Ward:

(T. Brady Saunders T-shirts in X-Large size only are 75 cents at the Scout Shop.

OA – Carillon Service Project coming up. Arrow Corps too – See B. Ward.

Ms. Ficor will gather Family Life homework on 12/11, Tuesday after next.

Advice from your Scoutmaster: "Don’t be like a hound and follow the easy trail – remember your goals!"

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer

November 27, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Good meeting – Some relaxing is good… but we’re getting ready for…

Dec 1st hike on the Va. Capital Trail. There will be lots of opportunities to see birds along the trail, you might want to bring binoculars. We will depart at 7:00 AM and return about 5-00 PM. We plan to hike in Class A's. Scouts working on Tenderfoot, First Class and Second Class are encouraged to bring their books, and a small notepad. Who knows, we might get some requirements done! This event will also count toward the hiking merit badge (if you have gotten a blue card). For more details, see Mr. D. Ward. The permission slip is attached to this e-mail.

If you want more information:

this is where the map is...

this is the home page

And now a word from your scoutmaster:

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Our December 8th trip will be a bicycle day trip to Poor Farm Park. They have 25 miles of criss-crossing trails ranging from easy to expert. There will be plenty of trails to match your ability. We will not be providing bicycles, so please bring your own bike. I have 2 that I would be willing to share.

The next troop meeting we will be talking about bicycle safety. This is essential for this trip. If you are going on the bicycle trip, you need to be at this meeting. If you can't be at the meeting, then you will be required to go through the bicycle safety prior to riding - no exceptions.

Bicycle helmets are required - again, no exceptions.

We will leave the church at 8 AM, so be there by 7:45 so we can load bicycles. We will need carriers for the bicycles. I have a trailer and a bicycle rack, but I can't do both. Parents/leaders - we will need drivers that can carry bicycles. We will return around 5 PM. Thanks.

I look forward to an exciting, but safe, trip.

YIS

Michael Tehan

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Thanks to all who brought in things for the “Adopt a Ship” program. A good turn! It was great to see how appreciated this was. Ms. Ficor will gather Family Life homework on 12/11, Tuesday after next. Next Tuesday – First Meeting of the Month – Full Class A’s If you are interested in ArrowCorps or being on ArrowCorps staff, please see Ben Ward. At last count the positions were already getting full.

Advice from your Scoutmaster: "Use all your resources – everything you have!"

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer

November 13, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Congratulations to Timmy J. for winning the LaserQuest Scoutmaster Bounty!

Mr. Camejo reminds you that the deadline for submitting patch ideas is fast approaching. See the link below for details:

http://ww2.scouting.org/100years/100years/content/NationalLogoContest.aspx

From Mr. Ward:

Dec 1st hike on the Va Capital Trail. All day, bring your own lunch, good to invite potential recruits – (scouts and Webelos perhaps?), and our friends in the Ventures. This event will count toward the hiking merit badge (if you have gotten a blue card). Some details still to be worked out, but we will probably leave about 8am from the church, and return around 6pm. (Tentative times – may change.)

We are gathering materials to send to deployed servicemen under the “Adopt a Ship” program. These items are due next week. A handout was distributed at the meeting. Check the blog for details.

If you are interested in purchasing a 555 all-in-one troop numeral patch, they are now available for $1.50. Remember we also have troop t-shirts and hats for $10.00 each.

If you are interested in Arrowcorps or being on ArrowCorps staff, please see Ben Ward.

OA Service Project coming December 22&23 – Watch your Tom-Tom or see Ben Ward for details.

Please forward announcements for next week’s Pre-Meeting Reminder or Weekly Update as well as e-mail additions or changes to Mr. Showalter.

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer

November 6, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

This Saturday, November 10t,h meet at Northside Baptist Church on Studley Road for Bags-In. We’ll start about 9:45, and the whole thing shouldn’t take too long.

Northside Baptist Church is located at 7600 Studley Rd. A link to the address on Google maps: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=northside+baptist+church+mechanicsville+va&ie=UTF8&ll=37.666429,-77.378082&spn=0.623978,1.101379&z=10&iwloc=A&om=1.

After “Bags In” on we will be going as a troop to CiCi’s for pizza and then down to Laser Quest. You need to attend both Bag’s Out and Bag’s In to participate unless you have special scoutmaster permission. Costs are as follows:

$15 for any scout that participates in both events

$15 for a parent

$10 for a recruitment guest

Next Tuesday Night – First Meeting of the Month – Full Class A.

Any outstanding stew money should be turned in to Mr. Showalter.

It’s always time for recruitment! There is a special anniversary recruiter patch available for any scout who recruits another boy to join scouting before the end of November.

From Mr. Ward:

Dec 1st hike on the Va Capital Trail. All day, bring your own lunch, good to invite potential recruits – (scouts and Webelos perhaps?), and our friends in the Ventures. This event will count toward the hiking merit badge (if you have gotten a blue card). Sone details still to be worked out, but we will probably leave about 8am from the church, and return around 6pm. (Tentative times – may change.)

We are planning to help gather materials to send to deployed servicemen under the “Adopt a Ship” program. Check the blog for details.

If you are interested in being on ArrowCorps staff, please see Ben Ward.

Please forward announcements for next week’s Pre-Meeting Reminder or Weekly Update as well as e-mail additions or changes to Mr. Showalter.

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer

November 1, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Great fun at the Halloween Night Meeting! A good time was had by all, and a special thanks to B. Ward for his presentation on World Jamboree.

This Saturday meet at Northside Baptist Church on Studley Road for Bags-out. We’ll start about 9:45, and the whole thing shouldn’t take more than an hour.

Northside Baptist Church is located at 7600 Studley Rd. A link to the address on Google maps: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=northside+baptist+church+mechanicsville+va&ie=UTF8&ll=37.666429,-77.378082&spn=0.623978,1.101379&z=10&iwloc=A&om=1.

Next Tuesday Night – No Meeting! It is Election Day, and our troop policy is no-school-no scouts.

Any outstanding stew money should be turned in to Mr. Showalter.

After “Bags In” on November 10th we will be going as a troop to CiCi’s for pizza and then down to Laser Quest. You need to attend both Bag’s Out and Bag’s In to participate unless you have special scoutmaster permission. Costs are as follows:

$15 for any scout that participates in both events $15 for a parent $10 for a recruitment guest

It’s always time for recruitment! There is a special anniversary recruiter patch available for any scout who recruits another boy to join scouting before the end of November.

From Ben Ward: - Still looking for flag bearers for the November 3, 2007 Battlefield District Dinner. Arrive at 5:00 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm. Those scouts that are coming as flag bearers will be eating free. Parents need to pay (Please bring a dish that will feed 12 people). We will be doing an opening and closing flag cemermony.... So you need to stay for the whole thing. Any questions please call Ben Ward 690-2058

The troop sends a special salute to D. Ward and J. Camejo. They were awarded the Vigil Honor at the OA Fall Fellowship this past weekend. Congratulations – You’ve earned this honor and stand as great examples of the level of service we should all aspire to!

We are planning to help gather materials to send to deployed servicemen under the “Adopt a Ship” program. Check the blog for details.

If you are interested in being on ArrowCorps staff, please see Ben Ward.

Please forward announcements for next week’s Pre-Meeting Reminder or Weekly Update as well as e-mail additions or changes to Mr. Showalter.

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer

October 25, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

New Leaders, The remainder of New Leader Training will take place this Sunday, 10/28 from 2:00 – 4:00 at the church.

Next Week’s Meeting – Halloween Night Hike!

We will have a Halloween party and night hike next week. Scouts are asked to bring a two-liter drink and/or a snack (chips/cookies etc.) We are inviting Webelos from a few packs, so come and have a great time. I’m told there will be a costume contest. Invite a friend.

Speaking of inviting friends – It’s always time for recruitment! There is a special anniversary recruiter patch available for any scout who recruits another boy to join scouting before the end of November.

Popcorn orders MUST be returned on October 30 (That’s next Tuesday!). No late orders can be accepted, so please get them in.

Any outstanding stew money should be turned in to Mr. Showalter.

After “Bags In” on November 10th we will be going as a troop to CiCi’s for pizza and then down to Laser Quest. You need to attend both Bag’s Out and Bag’s In to participate unless you have special scoutmaster permission. Costs to be announced.

We are planning to help gather materials to send to deployed servicemen under the “Adopt a Ship” program. Check the blog for details.

From Ben Ward:

I am looking for flag bearers for the November 3, 2007 Battlefield District Dinner. Arrive at 5:00 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm. Those scouts that are coming as flag bearers will be eating free. Parents need to pay (Please bring a dish that will feed 12 people). We will be doing an opening and closing flag cemermony.... So you need to stay for the whole thing. Any questions please call Ben Ward 690-2058.

If you are interested in being on ArrowCorps staff, please see Ben Ward.

Please forward announcements for next week’s Pre-Meeting Reminder or Weekly Update as well as e-mail additions or changes to Mr. Showalter.

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer

October 16, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

New Leaders, The remainder of New Leader Training will take place from 2:00 – 4:00 on October 28th. Please note that this is a change.

There is a national patch contest for the 100th anniversary of scouting. More information at: BSA 100th Anniversary Celebration Logo Contest.

From Mr. Valacer: Popcorn orders should be returned on either October 23 or October 30. No late orders can be accepted, so please get them in.

Any outstanding stew money should be turned in to Mr. Showalter.

From Ben Ward:

ATTENTION: ALL ARROWMAN (YOUTH AND ADULT)

Arrow Corp 5

FIVE SITES

FIVE WEEKS

FIVE THOUSAND VOLUNTEERS

ARE YOU READY????

More Information About Arrow Corp is at the bottom of this e-mail

Please forward announcements to include for next week’s Pre-Meeting Reminder or Weekly Update as well as e-mail additions or changes to Mr. Showalter.

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer

October 15, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

What a weekend! Encampment was a blast. We learned and saw great things. I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's stories on Tuesday!

New Leaders, Please remember that there is leadership training from 6:30 - 7:30 this Tuesday 10/16 and the next two Tuesdays as well.

Any outstanding stew money and/or encampment money should be turned in to Mr. Showalter.

Encampment equipment should be returned clean, dried and in good condition. If there is any problem with equipment (missing parts, wear and tear etc,) please make a note of the needed repair so we can get it taken care of. (Everyone - Please check for any troop equipment you may have at home, and please bring it to the meeting.)

If anyone has announcements to include in this week's update, please forward them to me no later than noon on Wednesday. I'm going to try to send out two, and only two e-mails a week to the troop - A short pre-meeting reminder (like this one) either on Sunday or Monday morning, and the full weekly update which I hope to have out no later than Thursday afternoon each week. Update information and e-mail address additions and changes should be e-mailed to eshowalt@rmc.edu . Some special events will justify additional e-mails, but the troop will do our best not to fill your e-mail boxes with too much.

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer

October 10, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Many congratulations are due! First – Congratulations Carson Camejo – our newest Eagle Scout!

Second – Congratulations Mr. Tehan – our newest Scoutmaster!

Encampment this weekend. (Change from e-mail -- permission slip is in the Forms & Documents section under BSA Forms) . We’ll gather at 5:30 at the Carson building, and plan to leave at 6:00. Class A all weekend. Bring your swimsuit if you plan on trying the scuba tank. Bring something to carry water in, it should be cooler, but you will still get thirsty. We should return around 11:00 Sunday morning. For those who are planning on going for Saturday to visit – it is at RIR.

HELP – we need someone to pull the trailer!!!!! If you have a truck and can pull the trailer to the encampment, please contact either me (reply to this address) or Mr. Tehan.

OA members – Fall Fellowship is fast approaching – If you need details contact Ben Ward. (There’s also something about 5 of these and 5000 of those – ask him – he’ll tell you – I promise!)

Those interested in Hiking Merit Badge – See Mr. Carr.

Important Notice to New Troop Leadership – Leadership Training will take place over the next three Tuesday nights from 6:30 – 7:30 – Be there!

If you haven’t turned in your stew money, please do so ASAP.

Bring Dues, Bring a Friend.

Scoutmaster Minute – Be Prepared (for more information see: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/09/24/scouts.missing/index.html)

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, Assistant Scoutmaster/Treasurer

October 8, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

We have a regular meeting Tomorrow (Tuesday) night. We should start our meeting at 7:30. Please be on time (early even, we have lot’s to do!) We will be working on Encampment Preparations. The Encampment is this weekend. We will leave from the Carson Building Friday Evening, and return Sunday. Our registration is in, and we should be ready to go! I’ve attached some information below that may be helpful in preparation.

(I don't know how to format it the way it was in the e-mail so here is the Encampment Information from the e-mail in PDF format , and it's also in the Miscellaneous section under Forms & Documents)

From Mr. Tehan: We will have a PLC on Tuesday night at 6:45. All youth leadership should be there to help plan for the coming meetings. I have added a PLC meeting for the 2nd Tuesday of every month. If we get a regular meeting established, we can have much more fun.

Mr. Carr needs to know if you are interested in the hiking merit badge. The first hike is to be Saturday Nov.3, 2007. He needs to start planning now depending on how many sign up. This hike will follow the Bags-Out activity and will be completed before dark. You MUST let Mr. Carr know this week. (Blue Cards are required before starting a Merit Badge!)

Get your Stew Money in!

The Next Update should be sent out Wednesday, so if you have information to add send it to me at eshowalt@rmc.edu

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter

September 26, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Stew this weekend! We’ll move the pots Thursday night and begin making the stew on Friday! Come one – Come all for Chicken Picking 6:00 Friday evening! T he plan to stay the night to help stir, and on Saturday morning to dip into the quarts. Really, this is fun! Wear a Hat!

If you have not already signed up to go to the encampment on October 12-14, please e-mail me (eshowalt@rmc.edu) and get added to the list! – I need to turn it in this week.

Adult Leaders – There is an urgent call out from the Council for help at the encampment seating scouts at the opening and closing shows. If you think you can help, please contact encampment@mcws.net

Timmy J. has scheduled his Eagle Scout Project for October 6th and 7th. More details to come either by e-mail or on the Blog.

Congratulations to our new leadership!!!!!!

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, Scoutmaster

Troop 555

September 21, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Tuesday night is elections - Please come to run for a position and/or to support the troop with your vote!

Popcorn - The sale officially starts on September 29, 2007. Please do not begin selling before that date.

Stew - We move Pots Thursday night, and begin cooking on Friday. Please plan to attend, and encourage your friends and family to join us for Chicken Pickin Friday night and Dipping Saturday morning. We need every scout we can get to help out with stirring over the night - many hands make light work!

If you have additional stew orders, or changes to your stew orders, please e-mail me at eshowalt@rmc.edu - I'll pass it along.

Encampment - We need to make our plans on attendance, and how our Troop will contribute to the program. - Ideas are welcome, bring them Tuesday!

If you are interested in ordering any encampment logo gear - check our troop blog for a link to the order form. http://troop555va.blogspot.com . There is some really cool stuff (hats, t-shirts, jackets, and more!) We will order as a troop, so e-mail me with what you want before Monday so we can get our order in on time. After that, the price goes up, and you may not be able to get what you want.

Our troop website is now being managed by Andrew W.! You can send web information to webmaster@troop555.net.

See you Tuesday!

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, Scoutmaster Troop 555

September 12, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Last night we had a great Court of Honor. Thanks to all who helped make this event a success, especially the scouts who did all the work to earn the ranks and badges!

Special thanks also to the Carr's for helping set up the dinner, and to Ben Ward for working with the advancement portion of the program.

This Saturday is Kevin T's Eagle project. Here is some information from him...

Eagle Project plan for Saturday September 15. . It will start at 8:30am in the church Parking lot and end at 4:00. Lunch will be provided .My plan is to install the baskets and throwing lines. This is going to be a two day project. The first day we will install the baskets. To install them we first need to dig a hole 18 inches in the ground. Then we will stick the pipe in the hole and pour cement around it. After that we need to make sure it is level by using a leveler. Then we strap a wooden brace to it to keep it plumb. The second day we will install the throwing lines. We will paint a 4by4. After that we will drill a hole in the 4by4 and drive a rebar through it.

Andrew W. is taking over the troop website. He says:

As y'all may or may not know, I am the new webmaster for the troop's website. If you don't know what that means, then basically I'll be doing all the updates for it. I even have the tools I need to completely redesign the website should you guys choose. So please e-mail me at Draconus727@aol.com with any suggestions you might have for changes to the site. Also, our photo album could definitely use some updating, so also send me all your best pictures from the scouting events we've done. As I didn't actually know any html coming into this, please allow me time to figure out how to implement any changes to the layout.

Matt Davis, an assistant scoutmaster and our loyal webmaster for many years, and family are expecting another child in January - a girl! Please keep good thoughts for them, and congratulate them if you see them!

Please be selling stew - we need a count by next meeting (Tuesday 9/18) to decide how much to make. This will be a class A meeting - School has started!

New Merit Badge opportunities are posted on the Blog - Check it out!!!!

Please check the troop calendar, and make sure that Stew (9/28) and the Council Encampment (10/12-14) are on your calendars!

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, Scoutmaster

September 11, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

We're looking forward to seeing all of you at our Court of Honor this Tuesday, September 11. We're starting our dinner at 6:30. You should already have heard from your patrol leaders last week reminding you what to bring in the way of a two liter drink and side or dessert. Our court of honor should start about 7:15. We expect to be done before our usual finishing time. Class A's!

Kevin T's Eagle project is this Saturday, so please remember to put it on your calendar. He will start about 8:30 and be done about 4:00 (This is day one of his project more to come about day two.)

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter

May 29, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS GO TO OUR NEW EAGLE SCOUT, JEFFREY R. . APPLAUSE FOR HIS ACHIEVEMENT BROKE THE 2MIN. MARK SET BY NICK W. .

NEXT TIME WE ARE FINISHED WITH AN EAGLE BOARD OF REVIEW, WE WILL HONOR MR. APP, (THE EAGLE ADVANCEMENT CHAIRMAN FOR THE BATTLEFIELD DISTRICT. ) WITH A TROOP 555 PATCH AND MAKE HIM AN HONORARY MEMBER OF OUR TROOP, HE'S HERE AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH.

YOU ARE ALL INVITED NEXT TUESDAY TO THE BRIDGING CEREMONY FOR PACK 555,

THE PACK AND TROOP FAMILY WILL GATHER AT 6:30 PM

WHERE? CARSON HALL

IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER WE WILL MOVE THE CEREMONY IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL. (THE BIG ROOM BEHIND THE YUTES PARK.)

June 1st. 2nd. and 3rd. OA SERVICE WEEKEND

For those who have been elected into the Order Of The Arrow, Fulfill the promise that you made when you received your Sash!

THIS service weekend will allow all of us in the OA to help out our Camp.

On June 1st. 2nd. and 3rd. At Camp T. Brady Saunders, there will be work to do.

SASH BURNING CEREMONY, STILL ON!

NoWorka-3 the Lodge with many members will have a sash burning ceremony.

This solemn occasion happens when the JUNE moon is full.

All scouts are invited to participate, especially those who have been elected TO THE ORDER OF THE ARROW and HAVE CHANGED THEIR MINDS ABOUT THEIR PROMISE, ALSO the weight of their guilt is unBEARable.

On Saturday June 2, 2007

from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

At the Dash Mart (formerly the FAS MART) on Mechanicsville Turnpike

next to the Car Pool Car Wash.

?'s call Mr. Slicker

(804) 730-2287

Capitol Tour Information

Troop 555 will be touring the Virginia State Capitol and other locations on Saturday June 23rd.

The Capitol Tour is at 10:00 and the Executive Mansion of the Confederacy tours are at 1:00 and 1:15. We will also see the Confederate Museum and other sites.

Cost Scouts $4.00 Adults $8.50.

REGULAR TICKET PRICE FOR THE MUSEUM OF THE CONFEDERACY IS $12.50 PER PERSON.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS TRIP.

THE MUSEUM WILL BE MOVING TO ANOTHER LOCATION IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA.

For more information contact B. Ward: troop555eaglescout@earthlink.net

Don't Forget and mark it on your calendar

Nick W's Eagle Court of Honor

Sun Jun 10 6pm - 7pm

PIG ROAST AND BARN DANCE FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY.

BRING YOUR JUG, SPOONS, AND OR YOUR WASHBOARD.

NICK WILL FEATURE HIS TRUCK DOCUMENTARY.

Our Scribe would like everyone not to forget their dues.

Also money for camp is due.

Don't forget up-to date medical forms.

YIS

Camejo

May 22, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

June 1st. 2nd. and 3rd. OA SERVICE WEEKEND, $15 Fee Due MAY 25th.

For those who have been elected into the Order Of The Arrow, Fulfill the promise that you made when you received your Sash!

A service weekend will allow all of us in the OA to help out our Camp. On June 1st. 2nd. and 3rd. At Camp T. Brady Saunders, there will be work to do.

No-Worka-3 the Lodge with many members will have a sash burning ceremony.

This solemn occasion happens when the May moon is full. All scouts are invited to participate, especially those who have been elected and the weight of their guilt is unBEARable.

Don't Forget and mark it on your calendar

Nick W's Eagle Court of Honor

Sun Jun 10 6pm - Sun Jun 10 7pm

This note from our blog: Capitol Tour Information

Troop 555 will be touring the Virginia State Capitol and other locations on Saturday June 23rd.

The Capitol Tour is at 10:00 and the Executive Mansion of the Confederacy tours are at 1:00 and 1:15. We will also see the Confederate Museum and other sites.

The following are allowed in the State Capitol per Capitol Security!!!

1. Camera's

2. Willing to Learn Something

3. Cell Phones (Remember No scouts are allowed to have cell phones on Scout trips! Only Leaders.)

The Following are NOT ALLOWED in the State Capitol per Capitol Security!!!

(We will leave these in the cars to be picked up after the tour).

1. Lunch

2. Water

3. Pocket Knives

4. Backpacks

5. Walking Sticks

Permission Slips will be at the next meeting to take home and returned to B. Ward NO LATER then Tuesday 5 June 2007. Money is due as well on this date. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

For more information contact B. Ward troop555eaglescout@earthlink.net.

This note from Mr. Showalter

We will be doing our Flags Out – Flags In service project at the Cold Harbor Battlefield cemetery. We will gather at the cemetery at 5:00 Friday May 25 in Class A uniforms. This should take less than an hour, but we will credit an hour of service time for both Flags Out, and Flags In. Flags in will take place at 5:00 Monday May 27.

Please come help out – this is great service to our community.

For more information about where we will be, check out the following website: http://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/cems/nchp/coldharbor.asp

This note from Mr. Piacentini, via Mr. Tom Slicker.

We have a location, date and times for the joint Pack/Troop 555 car wash. On Saturday June 2, 2007 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Dash Mart (formerly the FAS MART) on Mechanicsville Turnpike next to the Car Pool Car Wash.

I will send a fax to the Mechanicsville Local today to get the wash included in their calendar. I will also try to get a blurb in the Richmond Times Dispatch.

I will provide a cooler full of bottled water and a gallon of Car Wash soap and a bucket and a couple of drying towels..

We need the following:

A. Two hoses

B. A hose splitter - to convert one outlet to two

C. Each scout needs to bring 2 towels for drying.

D. Several New Sponges

E. Three Buckets

F. A poster board or two for the kids to hold up.

G. Two decorated coffee cans to put the donations in.

H. Lots of Bodies

Attn: Scoutmaster and Asst Scoutmasters:

A couple of points I failed to mention at the Boy Scouts on Tuesday night. The town of Greensburg did have a Boy Scout Troop 211 of the Quivera Counsil of Southern Kansas. The funds we collect will be sent to Quivera counsil to benefit the familes of those scouts. So we will be helping our brothers in scouting.

If all scouts (especially those who are unable to attend the wash) could please speak with their relatives and family friends. To inform them about what we are doing and inquire if they would like to contribute. Any funds they collect could be brought to the next Troop meeting.

Thanks,

Tom Slicker

(804) 730-2287

Our Scribe would like everyone not to forget their dues.

Also money for camp is due.

Don't forget up-to date medical forms.

YIS,

Camejo

May 15, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends:

We have cancelled the trip to Skyanchor camp, and the disabilities awareness merit badge.

This Friday we will not start the first leg of the Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge.

We will not visit and camp at SKYANCHOR, a 45 acre Farm. Since 2002, the main thrust of the camp has been to share a creative way to understand the challenges faced by the disABLED.

Camp July 8-14, 2007

Next Tuesday:

May 22, 2007

Bring in $110 for Camp T. Brady Saunders.

This is half of the Camp fee.

Have your up to-date medical forms.

Cope: you need a 2007 medical form, visit your doctor and get your examination.

All leaders over 40 must have a 2007 medical form.

As always our scribe would be pleased if you bring in your dues.

This Saturday May 19, 2007 8:00 am. Camp Brady Saunders Fire Ring.

Be there, Service project in Honor of a fallen Eagle. ( Fire Ring ) E- mail Ben Ward if you are going to attend, all meals will be provided.

YIS

Camejo

May 14, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends:

This Friday we will start the first leg of the Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge.

We will visit and camp at SKYANCHOR, a 45 acre Farm. Since 2002, the main thrust of the camp has been to share a creative way to understand the challenges faced by the disABLED.

Our troop will participate in activities such as:

  • Restricted arm Badminton
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Blind Beeper Ball
  • Wheelchair Bowling
  • Wheelchair Shot Put and Discus
  • One arm Golf Drive
  • Blind laser BB Shooting
  • restricted sight Ladder Golf
  • Crutch Obstacle Course
  • Blind Putt Putt
  • Signing
  • Star Tracking
  • Blind Trust Run
  • One arm Volleyball

The purpose of the course is to allow able bodied persons to experience the challenges which a "Physically" disabled person faces.

We will also cover Mental disabilities: We live and work with folks who are not as fortunate as the mentally and physically fit folks that we think we are.

How about someone who had a stroke, they maybe paralyzed, or sound different when they talk, someone who had an accident and hit their head, too many concussions in boxing, or football.

I hope that by earning this merit badge we will respect and befriend the people that we come in contact who we call now "nuts", "retard" and "special" (I hear our own scouts using these hurtful words).

We are not all born with same brain functions most people take for granted. Some folks do and say thing that they don't mean or can control. They depend on medicine. The meds introduce missing "chemicals" that allow one to function and succeed in society.

Prominent professionals could not have accomplished work that has contributed to bettering the world without Medicine. No one is perfect.

I would be proud if we can all attend this weekend of camping learning and fellowship.

We should plan menus for Friday Cracker Barrel, Saturday breakfast, Lunch Dinner and Sunday Breakfast.

This is not a cooking weekend, lets keep our meal tasty as always but basic and easy to clean.

For those with food allergies, bring your own meals.

We need tents, cooking equipment, there will be water.

Check out the attachment or the website for more details about SKYANCHOR

Scouts and ALL ADULTS and leaders are welcomed to attend this weekend. We rarely get an opportunity to learn and have fun at the same time.

www.skyanchor.org

Don't forget you dues, and please make an effort if possible to arrive by 7:00 for Roll Call and dues.

We will also talk about the WASHINGTON D.C. EXPEDITION, WE ALL HAD A GREAT TIME THE AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM, THE MILITARY EXHIBIT, THE NATIVE AMERICAN MUSEUM, AND THE WHITE HOUSE VISIT.

WE SHOULD DO IT AGAIN AND STAY AN EXTRA DAY!

SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW!

YIS

CAMEJO

March 2, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends:

The meeting was busy, talk of troop activities, such as the AT-pre hike, The AT hike, and the big shindig at the Richmond racetrack celebration the 400th anniversary of Virginia, and 100 years of scouting. I cut and pasted the information below from our blog.

We spoke about Troop spirit, participate in troop events, such as weekend day hikes, (Crater, Old Dominion trail, Stew, AT Pre-Hike, and so on. It's never too late to talk about camp. Start thinking about C.O.P.E., Rangers' Challenge, The James River Canoe Trip, and Merit Badges.

From our blog: Mr. Showalter wrote the following updates.

AT Pre-Hike

March 30, 31, and April 1st - Open to any scout. Deadline for sign up to go is March 20th. We'll leave NHPC at (TBA) (We need to leave as early as we can to avoid hiking in the dark.) We'll begin where we ended last spring and hike to the James River. This is a hike of about 10 miles, there are 2 shelters along the way where we will plan on staying.

AT Hike

April 9-14th: We leave early, at 7am, in the morning of April 9, arrive at the James River around 9am and do the car shuffle. We'll begin soon after. This hike is our annual hi-adventure hike and is open to scouts who are 14 years old, have achieved 1st Class, and have scoutmaster permission. The hike will be a bit more strenuous than last years more because it will be longer than anything else. We'll hike about 35 miles.

Spring Hike-O-Ree:

Spring Hike-O-Ree: April 20, 21, and 22:At Brady Saunders. Lots of Fun activities and a great day of hiking - Watch here for more details

Council Camporee & Celebration

Council Camporee & Celebration of 100 years of scouting and in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Jamestown. Oct 12th, 13th, and 14th. Camp at the Richmond Raceway. This is being put on by Council and plans are still being set but it is sure to be one of the best events ever. We should plan on attending. There will be more info to come as the time approaches. Early sign-up will be required. - Watch for more information!

Bring in your Stew money, as soon as you can.

YIS,

J.Camejo

T.555

February 6, 2007

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends:

Good meeting last night, thanks to all who helped make the Webelos feel welcome. Here are a few important items and calendar updates.

Scout Sunday (We missed mentioning this last night – Sorry!!) This Sunday is Scout Sunday at New Hanover. We are invited to join the congregation for the 9:45 service. If you possibly can, please join us. We will gather in the commons between 9:15 and 9:30 in Class A uniform and sit as a group. This is the only time of the year when we have the opportunity to officially gather with the congregation as a group to be recognized and to thank the church for their continued support.

Friends Of Scouting Dinner: Next Tuesday (February 13) is our annual FOS dinner. Scouts and their families are invited and encouraged to join us as we celebrate the anniversary of Boy Scouts. We will gather for dinner at 6:30, so come a few minutes early to help set up and to meet and greet your fellow scouting families. Families should stay as we will probably end well before our normal 9:15 ending time. The main course is provided, but please help out a bit by bringing a side or dessert.

Patrol Leaders: Please call the members of your patrols to verify how many guests (count scouts, family members and guests) we can expect. Please pass this information along to Patrick C. no later than Sunday afternoon so that he can call Mrs. Carr who has again graciously agreed to provide our main course. (Patrick, you may want to make some calls to remind folks you haven’t heard from.)

In the event of inclement weather (that is if schools were closed for snow) our snow date for the FOS dinner is the following Tuesday, February 20.

Stew: February Stew is the weekend of February 23-24. Please be sure to have it on your calendar, and start selling. We would like to have preliminary order numbers in at the next two meetings.

Other Upcoming Dates:

March 17th – Service time – Help with CARITAS at NHPC

March 25th Eagle Court of Honor

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, Scoutmaster

Troop 555

January 16, 2007

Dear Scouts Scouters, Families and Friends:

A new member of Troop 555, earned the rank of Scout last night, Mr. Showalter along with our senior patrol leader Patrick C. as is tradition, presented a new Troop 555 Neckerchief, and red epilates to the third McC. in our Troop, I don't remember the lads' name, I just called a few leaders, no one was in, and I had to get this E-mail out now. We will all learn his first name by next meeting. So for now congrats. go to the youngest of the three brothers M. One Scout, Two Stars.

Congratulations to all who received their 2006 "do a good turn for America rockers."

During our last meeting, we learned that if you're camping or working outdoors when it's cold, "cotton kills."

Mr. MCcombs once again reminded all of us about safety and warmth in non cotton layers.

THERE WILL BE A BACK PACK SHAKEOUT- SHAKEDOWN TUESDAY JANUARY 30 DURING OUR REGULAR MEETING.

PLEASE look AT THE WINTER CAMPING HAND -OUT FROM MR. McCOMBS. MAKE A CHECK LIST.

HAVE THE PROPER SLEEPING BAG OR BAGS, AS WELL AS FLOOR FLAT FLOOR COVERING. THEN A GOOD LAYER OF NON COTTON BLANKETS, THEN YOUR SLEEPING BAG.

A CHANGE OF CLOTHES FOR SLEEPING, CLEAN SOX, LAYERS OF NON COTTON CLOTHING, FOR THREE DAYS.

TOUGH OUTDOOR GLOVES, A WARM WOOL HAT, AND THICK STURDY BOOTS, "GORE-TEX" IF POSSIBLE.

MENUS WERE STARTED.

After this winter weather campout and hike, Troop 555 will be able to say: "We laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom and chuckled at catastrophe."

------- THE WIZARD OF OZ, 1939.

NO MEETING NEXT WEEK, JAN. 23 TESTS.

NEXT MEETING TUESDAY JANUARY 30TH.

MR.SHOWALTER'S SCOUTMASTERS, MINUTE WAS ACTUALLY A MINUTE. HE TALKED ABOUT COURAGE. IT TAKES COURAGE TO DO THE RIGHT THING ON YOUR LIFE JOURNEY.

WHICH REMINDS ME OF THE COWARDLY LION FROM THE WIZARD OF OZ, AND HE SAID, "Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the "ape" in apricot? What have they got that I ain't got?

DOROTHY THE SCARECROW, AND THE TIN WOODSMAN ALL SAID: Courage!

yis

J.Camejo

Troop 555 committee

January 9, 2007

Dear Scouts Scouters, Families and Friends:

We had the honor to be a part of Troop 555 History, on Tuesday January 9, 2007 we had TWO Eagle Scout Board of Reviews simultaneously .

The two new Eagle Scouts: Charles "Chuck", "Chas." K. and Joshua "Josh", "Drum line" P. Congratulations!

Mr. App, the Eagle Scout Advancement Chairman for the Battlefield District, of the Former Robert E. Lee Council, and now known as the Heart Of Virginia Council, introduced the New Eagles during our closing ceremony. Mr. App made it clear to all present that Chuck K. & Josh P. are this year's first two Scouts to become Eagles in the two oo seven.

The first two Eagle Scouts class of 2007.

Like twins, Josh P. was the First Eagle by 8 minutes and twenty three seconds. Finally at eight forty eight, Charles K. followed.

Charles K. always the gentleman allowed Josh P. to pass through the lashed cedar logs, and the world of Eagledom, "After you, what's the hurry?", said Charles. Talk of Eagle Tattoos on their next trip to Ashland, The Center of the Tattoo Universe.

Who will be the next Troop 555 Eagle?

This Saturday: January,13 @ 8:00 am

Battlefield District FOS (Friends of Scouting) Family Campaign Kickoff Breakfast

Saturday, January 13, 2007 starting at 8:00 – 9:30am

Breakfast included/Children are invited to come with parents

Fairmont Christian Church (6502 Creighton Church)

RSVP by Jan 12th. For questions please call Wayne Luck, Family Campaign Chair, 559-9716, or our own Mr.Don Piacentini, District FOS Chairman 261-7321.

Looking ahead:

OA Ordeal and Service weekend, Fri Mar 16-17-18 .

For those who have their Ordeal Sash, now you can earn your Brotherhood Sash.

As long as It's one year from the time that you survived your ordeal.

There's nothing to it, you must know the Admonition, (Oath,) walk with a group of fellow Brotherhood candidates for about a mile.

You talk and "ponder that which is your purposed," carry a symbolic piece of wood during your journey, which one deposits in a large fire at the end.

If Virginia Tech Jay M. is there don't "heed not his advice!" Seal your OA membership! Please make an effort to have fun, Have fun!!!

We will have a "winter" kickback weekend on February 2-4. With the weather the way it is, long trousers are optional.

Brunswick STEW Time

February Thursday 22nd POTS.

Friday February 23rd all night!

Yours in Scouting,

J. CAMEJO

January 2, 2007

Dear Scouts Scouters, Families and Friends:

There was a Committee Meeting last night, Mr. Mckitrick, Mr. Clark, Mr. Tostenson, Mrs. Bull, and Mr. Camejo were in attendance.

There was no advancement.

Mr. Piacentini, informed us that the Cub Pack is growing and in good shape.

Mr. Tehan our treasurer said "were good."

Mr. Clark, "Pop Corn, Done."

Mr. Tostenson will take care of re-chartering.

We will have a winter kickback weekend on February 2-4. That was the talk of the meeting last night. Miss. Ficor had hand-outs and a talk about camping in the cold weather. The wise veteran of the cold wars taught scouts what to wear, and what to bring.

Also The Hike-O-Ree is back Friday Thru Sunday, April 20-22, If you remember what fun we had last year. This year it looks like a new venue, Camp Albright.

Scouts interested in the week long canoe trip at Brady Saunders, "a 50 miler", the deposit is due by February 1st.

Also, Older scouts interested in "Buckskin Training week" talk to Mr. Ward, Showalter, Ben Ward, any leader will help you get the application. Talk To Ben Ward, he loved Buckskin training as a "yute."

Talk or perhaps rumors of a cooking contest during the winter camping weekend, Troop 555 Chefs prepare to do battle, or maybe we can join forces and prepare a feast for the troop? Talk among yourselves, at the PLC next week.

Call Patrick C. for details. Write down Ideas detailing future troop activities during meetings and campouts. Patrol leaders Scribe, Quartermaster, Librarian, all leadership positions should be there to represent the troop. Good luck and have fun!

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