2008 Weekly Updates

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July 28, 2008

Busy night, whew!

From Patrick C.

On Friday, August 1st, I will need at least 4 guys to help dig holes, just keep in mind that many hands make light work, any leader that wants to come is more than welcome. I want to meet at Messiah Lutheran Church (8154 Atlee Road Mechanicsville, VA 23111) around 9 am, I'm predicting we'll be done by 10:30-11:00, depending on the soil. If anyone has a post hole digger, you are encouraged to bring that as well. Then, that Sunday, August 3rd, I want to meet at the church (Messiah Lutheran) around 1 pm. We'll be building benches and setting the posts. If anyone has a drill, they are encouraged to bring it. I'm anticipating we'll be done by 3 or so. And as I've said before, many hands make light work. Also, if you have safety glasses you are encouraged to bring those as well, I will have a limited supply.

Thanks, Patrick C.

Annual Planning Meeting

Our annual planning day on August 2nd will start at 10 AM and go through about 3 PM (roughly). Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be provided. Please provide a side dish - salad, vegetable, or desert. Please respond to scoutmaster@troop555.net so that we know how much to buy. This is for adult and youth leadership.

Thanks, Mr. Tehan

Thanks from Joshua T. to all those who helped with his Eagle Project!

Our next committee meeting for advancement will be August 26th. Be sure to have all requirements done and a Scoutmaster conference before then!

Congratulations to our Trailblazers – Get your advancement checked off in your books by a Scoutmaster ASAP!!!!

Seamus and Will are headed off to Buckskin – good luck - we’re eager to hear what you learned and what a great time you had!

If you have any pictures of the troop please send them to our webmaster (webmaster@troop555.net ) or give them to Andrew. He is helping put them together for our 25th anniversary. Please put names and dates on them as you can, and make sure that your name is on them if you want them returned.

Advice from the Scoutmaster – Physically Strong, Mentally Awake, Morally Straight – All three together keep you candle burning bright!

July 22, 2008

The troop will not be participating as a unit with scout day at the Diamond, we did not get a sufficient number of people responding to make this a possibility. If you are still interested in going to the game. please check the Diamond website. There are scout discounts available on an individual basis. http://www.rbraves.com/news/index.html?article_id=968

Patrick's Eagle project is on 8/1, 8/3, & 8/9. He will give more information about it at the next meeting.

From Josh Tehan: (Eagle Project this Saturday!)

For my eagle project I would like for the people who know that they are coming contact me at 730-2246. For whomever comes should bring a set of gloves. Whoever can bring a power drill and/or a power screwdriver can contact me at the above phone number. Please put this info in the troop 555 update, and if you can forward this to the scouts and leaders that would be a great help. Again the project will be at my house from 9-3/4. We will be building and staining shelves for the food bank.

Thanks, Josh Tehan

July 8, 2008

Planning for summer camp is coming along well. Here are the details:

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Summer Campers will gather in the lot behind the church at 12:00 noon on Sunday. Please have had lunch, our first meal at camp will be Dinner.

Full Class A's (shorts/pants, neckerchief slide, socks etc.)

Any medications should be in their original containers in a zip-loc freezer bag with your name and troop# on it. (Parents - please see note from Shawn Coffey below regarding medications)

Spending money suggestion: $20-$30. There are some additional fees that might increase this: [Optional Troop Photo $12.00 (this is the first year for this)] [Merit badge/cope/scuba fees]

Bug Spray and sunscreen are recommended (Some Gold Bond powder may come in handy too,)

NO AEROSOL CANS!

NO ELECTRONICS! (music players, radios, games cell phones.) Leaders will have cell phones for emergencies - scouts may not carry them.

We recommend two old towels, one for waterfront, one for showers. Old thinner towels dry much better than newer thick ones.

Bring at least one pair of boots/closed toed shoes. You may wear sandals around camp if they are the type that have a strap around the back of your ankle. Flip flops are for to and from the shower only.

You may want to bring a camp chair, but it is certainly not required. Other than that, everything must fit in or securely on your backpack.

You may want to pack your clothes in large (Gallon or larger) zip-loc bags to keep them dry, and have an extra for dirty/wet clothes.

Your swimsuit and towel should be on the top of your backpack - the swim test is the first thing we do at camp. Everyone, even non-swimmers need to go to the swim test and get a buddy-tag.

Bring a day pack or something to carry a water bottle in - and bring a water bottle to carry in it!

It is a good idea to put your name on everything!

Friday night Campfire - Parents and families are strongly encouraged to come! Arrive at the camp about 7:00 and we'll escort you on a tour of the campsite before the campfire. Please join us!

Scouts will return to the church about 11:00 Saturday morning. We need all scouts to help clean up and participate in last night activities, so all campers stay Friday night.

I'm sure there's more - but e-mail me or Scoutmaster@troop555.net with questions.

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Scout Day at the Diamond July 27th. See http://www.rbraves.com/news/index.html?article_id=968 If you are interested in going please contact Mr. Tehan.

Service Event July 22nd - Recruitment Drive At Kersey Creek Youth Summer Camp

To recruit boys into Cub Scouts and girls into Girl Scouts we are holding a day of scouting activities at Kersey Creek on July 22nd. Troop 555 will work together with some girls from the Girl Scout troops in the area to put on a fun day for the kids in Hanover Parks and Recreation Summer Youth Camp. The enthusiasm is wonderful and the boys are planning to put up our Pinewood Derby race track, play Ultimate Frisbee and launch water bottle rockets.

There will be no regular scout meeting July 22nd.

From Joshua T. an announcement about his Eagle project July 26th:

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My Project that day will be making the shelves, staining, and varnishing, for the food bank. The date is July 26th, and the time would be from 9 to about 3ish, at my house. Lunch will be provided.

yours in scouting

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SAVE THE DATE!!! October 5 (Sunday) The troop will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary. Everyone who had ever been connected with the troop will want to be there! We are also collecting pictures and memorabilia for the event. More to come!

Advice from the Scoutmaster: In an emergency: STOP! (Stay Calm, Think, Observe, Plan)

July 1, 2008

A very busy meeting all around. What a neat presentation from Blue Ridge! (I'm already making my Christmas list!) Summer Camp is just around the corner, and we've got a big service project scheduled for the 22nd with Hanover Parks and Rec. (More details to come in a separate mailing.)

A thank you from Kevin T. for helping out with his Eagle project!.

From Joshua T. an announcement about his Eagle project July 26th: My Project that day will be making the shelves, staining, and varnishing, for the food bank. The date is July 26th, and the time would be from 9 to about 3ish, at my house. Lunch will be provided. yours in scouting

SAVE THE DATE!!! October 5 (Sunday) The troop will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary. Everyone who had ever been connected with the troop will want to be there! We are also collecting pictures and memorabilia for the event. More to come!

PLC Thursday July 10, 7:30.

This Tuesday and next we will be making final summer camp plans and patrol flags. We have the flags, but please bring decoration items (paints etc.) and design plans.

Summer Camp - Final payments are due. Mr. Showalter will be there Tuesday evening to answer questions about your payments to date and your scout account balances. Summer Camp is the week of July 13-19th.

Pack 555 is looking for Den Chiefs for next year. If you are interested please see the Scoutmaster.

Attention all Troop 555 Eagle Scouts: We are putting together a full list of Eagle projects: hours, places, descriptions, pictures. Please let us know what you have done!

Advice from the Scoutmaster: If you expect to meet unhappy people - you will. If you expect to meet happy cheerful helpful people - you will. Look for the best and you will find it!

June 23, 2008

We had a great trip to Sandy Point. Plenty of work and plenty of play and plenty to eat! Special thanks to the McCombs family for loaning their SUV to pull the trailer!

We worked on some skills last Tuesday, including rope making.

This Tuesday and next we will be getting ready for summer camp and hopefully making patrol flags. We have the flags, but please bring decoration items (paints etc.) and design plans.

Kevin T. is working on his Eagle project before the meeting – here is a note from him:

My Eagle Project will be at 6:00 at the Carson building Tuesday July 1st. Pizza and drinks will be provided for the Scouts that come. The Scouts need to bring the following: sledge hammer, work gloves, and safety glasses. We will be installing the throwing lines in this portion of the project. Scouts: please call me by Tuesday noon if they are planning on attending.

Thanks,

Kevin

746-7356

Summer Camp – Final payments are due. Mr. Showalter will be there Tuesday evening to answer questions about your payments to date and your scout account balances. Summer Camp is the week of July 13-19th.

If you have any merit badge books to donate our librarian would welcome them.

2010 Jamboree for more information check out http://www.bsajamboree.org/

Calendar Announcement – On September 19-21 we will have a camping trip and go to the Oceana Air Show! – Mark your calendars now.

Heads-Up for next summer! We are planning a special high-adventure week next summer in addition to Summer Camp. You won’t want to miss this so stay tuned!

Advice from the Scoutmaster: Just like the strings of a rope we are stronger when we hold together as a troop!

June 17, 2008

Good Luck to Sam J. who is off to ArrowCorps this weekend!

Summer Camp - The second payment of $60 is due, but if you haven't already signed up it is not too late! Be sure your Medical Form is up to date and see Mr. Elliott about your merit badge choices. Summer Camp is the week of July 13-19th.

If you have any merit badge books to donate our librarian would welcome them.

2010 Jamboree for more information check out http://www.bsajamboree.org/, http://webmail.rmc.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.bsajamboree.org/

Calendar Announcement - On September 19-21 we will have a camping trip and go to the Oceana Air Show! - Mark your calendars now.

Heads-Up for next summer! We are planning a special high-adventure week next summer in addition to Summer Camp. You won't want to miss this so stay tuned!

Advice from the Scoutmaster: Flag day is June 14 - Fly your flag!

June 10, 2008

June 20-22 we are camping at Sandy Point! We hope to have canoes and kayaks. We will need to plan menus next Tuesday. Only 1 meeting before the trip! (New Scouts – if you have questions about what to pack – this is the time to ask them. If you want to bring your pack to the meeting someone will go over it with you and give you advice. If you don’t have a pack yet, let us know – the troop has several older packs that you can borrow for a while.)

PLC will be June 12 at 7:30. PLC’s are being moved to the second Thursday of the month.

Pre-approved service time opportunity - James River Regional Cleanup, June 14, 2008, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information check out: http://www.jamesriveradvisorycouncil.com/default.htm

Troop Equipment Amnesty Program! Please check your garages, closets, sheds, and under your beds for any troop equipment that may be hiding in your home. If you find any, please bring it back – thanks!

Summer Camp – The second payment of $60 is due, but if you haven’t already signed up it is not too late! Be sure your Medical Form is up to date and see Mr. Elliott about your merit badge choices. Summer Camp is the week of July 13-19th.

If you have any merit badge books to donate our librarian would welcome them.

2010 Jamboree - for more information check out http://www.bsajamboree.org/

Calendar Announcement – On September 19-21 we will have a camping trip and go to the Oceana Air Show! Mark your calendars now.

Heads-Up for next summer! We are planning a special high-adventure week next summer in addition to Summer Camp. You won’t want to miss this so stay tuned!

Advice from the Scoutmaster: Flag day is June 14 – Fly your flag!

June 3, 2008

June 20-22 we are camping at Sandy Point! We will have canoes and kayaks. We will need to plan for this at the troop meetings - only 2 meetings before the trip!

Keep thinking about Summer Camp - especially if you want to do Cope or the River Adventure. Make sure that your medical is up to date. Camp fees this year will be $210. Summer Camp is the week of July 13-19th. If you have not already paid your $60 deposit, it is due. The second payment of $60 is due as well. It is not too late to sign up!

If you have any merit badge books to donate our librarian would welcome them.

Our next PLC will be June 12 at 7:30. PLC's are being moved to the second Thursday of the month.

Leaders: Please plan on a brief planning meeting during the meeting Tuesday night. Several things need to be checked on for our summer activities including the summer camp pre-camp meeting, summer camp, our planning weekend, and our trip August 22-24 (we have talked about a few options, but need to nail it down.) Leaders - please bring your calendars!

Advice from the Scoutmaster: the journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step - so does the journey to Eagle Scout!

May 27, 2008

Great meeting – lots of activities!

Thanks to all who turned in you Golden Gift receipts.

If you are interested in the 2010 National Jamboree, Ben Ward has some information. More information will be available soon.

Keep thinking about Summer Camp – especially if you want to do Cope or the River Adventure. Make sure that your medical is up to date. Camp fees this year will be $210. Summer Camp is the week of July 13-19th. A deposit of $60 is due. Sign-ups are available at the meeting.

If you have any merit badge books to donate our librarian would welcome them.

Our next PLC will be June 12 at 7:30. PLC’s are being moved to the second Thursday of the month.

Advice from the Scoutmaster Memorial Day reminds of the ultimate good turn done by those who lost their lives in the service of our country. In honor of them remember to Do a Good Turn Daily!

May 20, 2008

Cool meeting - Special thanks to David R. for the mountain bike information!

Congrats to the new scouts who did their first physical fitness tests - 30 days from now we'll test again - try your best to improve!

Please remember materials to decorate patrol flags.

If you are participating in the Ukrop's Golden Receipts program, please consider donating your receipts to the troop. Ben Ward is helping facilitate this for us. We need the receipts by the end of May. Next Tuesday is the last meeting in May!

Flags-out - Flags-in

The flags-out and flags-in is a service project that we have carried out every year for about the last 7 years. On Friday at 5 PM before Memorial Day we put American flags in front of each head store in the cemetery. The flags are provided by the Veterans Administration. On Memorial day at 5 PM, we take the flags up and put them away. This is a great service project that the boys really enjoy. Everyone should participate in this - it is a sight to see. Directions to the cemetery are at the bottom of this e-mail.

For more information on the Cold Harbor National Cemetery, go here

The Shane Adcock memorial fire-ring dedication is this Saturday. If you are planning on going, please be there well ahead of time. Those of you who have already signed up know who you are. Remember Dinner is at the Cub Camp Dining Hall.

Sorry about the confusion - there is not a camping trip this weekend.

Keep thinking about Summer Camp - especially if you want to do Cope or the River Adventure. Make sure that your medical is up to date. Camp fees this year will be $210. Summer Camp is the week of July 13-19th. A deposit of $60 is due. Sign-up's are available at the meeting.

If you have any merit badge books to donate our librarian would welcome them.

Our next PLC will be June 12 at 7:30. PLC's are being moved to the second Thursday of the month.

Advice from the Scoutmaster (with credit to E. Thomas Seton) even cranking your laundry through a mangle can be a good turn - Do A Good Turn Daily!

May 13, 2008

We started off the evening welcoming four new scouts into our troop from Pack 555. Welcome to Mason, Chad, Drew and Matthew!

Kevin T. wants to thank all those who helped on Saturday with his eagle project. One more day to finish to be announced.

If you are participating in the Ukrop’s Golden Receipts program, please consider donating your receipts to the troop. Ben Ward is helping facilitate this for us. We need the receipts by the end of May.

We have a tentative bike trip planned for Memorial Day weekend – details to come.

That Saturday there will be a memorial service and Dedication of the new Fire Ring at Brady Saunders in Honor of Shane Adcock. We would like to go as a troop if possible. If you can come and attend the dinner that evening (March 24th) please e-mail or call Ben Ward no later than 6:00 PM tonight (Thursday 5/15). His phone is (804) 690-2058 or troop555eaglescout@earthlink.net. This will be a special event – Full Class A’s.

Keep thinking about Summer Camp – especially if you want to do Cope or the River Adventure. Make sure that your medical is up to date. Camp fees this year will be $210. Summer Camp is the week of July 13-19th. A deposit of $60 is due. Sign-up’s are available at the meeting.

Our next PLC will be June 12 at 7:30. PLC’s are being moved to the second Thursday of the month.

Advice from the Scoutmaster (with credit to Baden Powell) the best way to get happiness is to give it to others – Do A Good Turn Daily!

May 6, 2008

Next Tuesday evening (5/13) we are expecting four boys to join the troop from pack 555. The Pack bridging is at 6:30. The OA will be there! We would like for scouts who can to come to the bridging and welcome our newest scouts. Start collecting materials for Patrol Flags to be made that evening as our activity.

This Saturday, May 10th, Kevin T. will be doing the second part of his Eagle project – plan to help out if you can. 9:30 to 2 or 3:00 Lunch is provided.

On Wednesday, May 14, 2008 – 7:00 p.m. we are all invited to the Hanover Board of Supervisors meeting where a proclamation will be read recognizing our three most recent Eagle Scouts! Board Meeting Room, Administration Building at Hanover Courthouse.

If you are participating in the Ukrop’s Golden Receipts program, please consider donating your receipts to the troop. Ben Ward is helping facilitate this for us.

There is a tentative plan for a camping trip Memorial Day weekend. More to come…

Begin thinking about Summer Camp – especially if you want to do Cope or the River Adventure. Make sure that your medical is up-to-date. Camp fees this year will be $210. Summer Camp is the week of July 13-19. A deposit of $60 is due as soon as possible. An application sheet was distributed at the meeting.

Our next PLC will be June 12 at 7:30. PLC’s are being moved to the second Thursday of the month.

Advice from the Scoutmaster (Provided by Mr. Ward) With Preparation, Imagination and Planning, our future potential is unlimited!

April 30, 2008

Thanks to all who helped with the Shed Cleanup and painting. We received a nice note from the church thanking us for our efforts.

Saturday May 3rd there will be a day trip to the Manassas Battlefield. A full schedule of the day is below, and a permission slip is attached. Please return the permission slip to the next meeting! Thanks to Mr. Valacer for taking the lead in planning this trip!

We will have a PLC meeting on 5/6 at 6:45 - All troop leaders should be there.

On Saturday May 10th Kevin T. will be doing the second part of his Eagle project - plan to help out if you can. 9:30 to 2 or 3:00 Lunch is provided.

5/13 - Pack bridging at 6:30 - 4 boys bridging to the troop. The OA will be there! Start collecting materials for Patrol Flags to be made that evening.

If anyone is interested in the Cycling Merit Badge, see Mr. Tehan. The first session is taught by the Richmond Area Bicycling Association on May 3rd from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM.

On Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 7:00 p.m. we are all invited to the Hanover Board of Supervisors meeting where a proclamation will be read recognizing our three most recent Eagle Scouts! Board Meeting Room, Administration Building at Hanover Courthouse.

Begin thinking about Summer Camp - especially if you want to do Cope or the River Adventure. Make sure that your medical is up to date. Camp fees this year will be $210. Summer Camp is the week of July 13-19th. A deposit of $60 is due as soon as possible. An application sheet was distributed at the meeting.

Advice from the Scoutmaster (Provided by Dennis N - Eagle Scout!) Carry the Scout Oath and Law with you throughout your life - it makes a difference every day...

April 22, 2008

We talked about the Sherando trip and had a day pack demonstration (what to pack). Sam also demonstrated what to pack into a wilderness survival pack.

April 26th - Service Day. We will be cleaning up and painting the Shed and some areas around the Church as well as organizing our equipment. We'll start about 2:00 and work through the afternoon - Weather permitting - shed, trailer, and closet cleanup and shed painting from 2 PM til it's done!

Saturday May 3rd there will be a day trip to the Manassas Battlefield. A full schedule of the day is below, and a permission slip is attached. Please return the permission slip to the next meeting! Thanks to Mr. Valacer for taking the lead in planning this trip!

We will have a PLC meeting on 5/6 at 6:45 - This is a change!

On Saturday May 10th Kevin T. will be doing the second part of his Eagle project - plan to help out if you can.

5/13 - Pack bridging at 6:30 - 4 boys bridging to the troop

If anyone is interested in the Cycling Merit Badge, see Mr. Tehan. The first session is taught by the Richmond Area Bicycling Association on May 3rd from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM.

On Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 7:00 p.m. we are all invited to the Hanover Board of Supervisors meeting where a proclamation will be read recognizing our three most recent Eagle Scouts! Board Meeting Room, Administration Building at Hanover Courthouse.

Begin thinking about Summer Camp - especially if you want to do Cope or the River Adventure. Make sure that your medical is up to date. Camp fees this year will be $210. Summer Camp is the week of July 13-19th. A deposit of $60 is due as soon as possible. An application sheet was distributed at the meeting.

Advice from the Scoutmaster - If the Earth were only a few feet in diameter ... Take care of and protect our Earth - Happy Earth Day.

April 15, 2008

We planned for our camping trip to Sherando Lake – the Trail Days Camporee! The troop will gather at 4:30 and depart at 5:00 from the Carson building. We travel in Class A's. Please have had dinner before you leave. The troop will travel to the Camporee, and return between 12 and 1:00 on Sunday. A permission slip is attached to this message. Remember to bring a day pack for the hike and appropriate clothing – Be prepared.!!

April 26th – Service Day. We will be cleaning up and painting the Shed and some areas around the Church as well as organizing our equipment. We'll start about 2:00 and work through the afternoon.

Saturday May 3rd there will be a day trip to the DC area – more details to come. Folks who went on the False Cape trip need to make sure they have reimbursed the troop. The charge was $42.29.

On Saturday May 10th Kevin T. will be doing the second part of his Eagle project – plan to help out if you can.

On Wednesday, May 14, 2008 – 7:00 p.m. we are all invited to the Hanover Board of Supervisors meeting where a proclamation will be read recognizing our three most recent Eagle Scouts! Board Meeting Room, Administration Building at Hanover Courthouse.

Begin thinking about Summer Camp – especially if you want to do Cope or the River Adventure. Make sure that your medical is up to date. Camp fees this year will be $210. Summer Camp is the week of July 13-19th. A deposit of $60 is due as soon as possible. An application sheet was distributed at the meeting.

Advice from the Scoutmaster Minute provided by Charles G. – Clean your knife every day – It's the law!

April 8, 2008

Great busy meeting. The PLC met and the meeting included tables, patrol planning, a game and more. Our next meeting is next Tuesday April 15.

The next Camping Trip is the Spring Camporee – April 18-19-20. We need firm commitments and menu planning next meeting. The theme is Trail Days and the Camporee will take place at Sherando. This should be a great trip – please attend!! There will be a hike, a parade, campfire, and we’re told that the lake is freshly stocked. (Scouts 16 and over need fishing licenses with trout stamps.)

April 26th – Service Day. We will be cleaning up and painting the Shed and some areas around the Church as well as organizing our equipment. We’ll start about 2:00 and work through the afternoon.

Saturday May 3rd there will be a day trip to the DC area – more details to come.

On Saturday May 10th Kevin T. will be doing the second part of his Eagle project – plan to help out if you can.

On Wednesday, May 14, 2008 – 7:00 p.m. we are all invited to the Hanover Board of Supervisors meeting where a proclamation will be read recognizing our three most recent Eagle Scouts! Board Meeting Room, Administration Building at Hanover Courthouse.

Begin thinking about Summer Camp – especially if you want to do Cope or the River Adventure. Make sure that your medical is up to date. Camp fees this year will be $210. Summer Camp is the week of July 13-19th.

For long term planning – be thinking about Jamboree 2010 – it’s closer than you think!

Advice from the Scoutmaster: Together we stand! – as Patrols, as a Troop and as Scouts!

April 1, 2008

Welcome back from Spring Break! We had a great meeting – There is a regular meeting next week.

Timmy J’s Eagle Ceremony is this Saturday (4/5/2008) at 4:00 in the New Hanover Sanctuary – Please arrive at 3:15 if you are participating!! Mr. Tehan is looking for stories – please e-mail him at scoutmaster@troop555.net if know of a particular honor that should be included as we recognize this great accomplishment.

Congratulations to Sam J, our new SPL and the rest of our newly elected leaders. There will be a PLC for all new and old leaders next Tuesday at 6:45. Upcoming Leadership Training - Watch for dates. - New and Old leaders should attend.

Any remaining Stew Money needs to be turned in next Tuesday.

The troop will go camping April 18-20. We’ll have more information on the Spring Camporee that weekend at the next meeting.

Advice from the Scoutmaster: Anger is like nails in a fence – you can pull them out – but it always leaves it’s mark.

March 18, 2008

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

We had a great meeting - No regular meeting next week - Spring Break.

Tonight (Friday March 21, 2008) Pack 521 is holding their bridging ceremony at 7:00 PM at the Hanover Wayside. We have a scout joining our troop. Mr. Tehan will be there to welcome him, and would like to have some scouts join him in welcoming our newest scout.

Scouts and Leaders going on the False Cape trip will meet Tuesday at 7:00 for a pack and supply check. Bring your Pack!

The False Cape trip will leave early next Wednesday (7:00?) and return Saturday. More details on specific times at the pack check.

Our next regular meeting is Tuesday April 1st. This is the first meeting of the month, Committee Meeting for Advancement, Full Class A's.

Elections April 1st. - Upcoming Leadership Training - Watch for dates. - New and Old leaders should attend.

Advice from the Scoutmaster: Integrity - Hold onto yours!

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer

March 11, 2008

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Next week, 3/18, is our last regular meeting before Spring Break. Please make sure all outstanding stew money is turned in. The False Cape participants will meet the next Tuesday evening (spring break) - but there will be no regular meeting on the 25th.

Pack 521 will be bridging on March 21 at 7:00. We have a scout joining us from the pack, and would love to have a few scouts there to welcome him.

False Cape Guys - Start Walking as much as possible with a pack now! Even a little bit of conditioning can make a huge difference.

Begin thinking about summer camp - especially making sure that physicals are up to date.

The Battlefield District Merit Badge counselor list has been updated and is available to view. (We keep it in the scout closet with the library.)

Timmy J. is having his Eagle Ceremony on Saturday April 5th at 4:00 at NHPC. Invitations are in the mail!

The Venture Crew is hosting a lock-in at Peak Experiences on May 30th. Please let them know if you are interested - they need commitments soon.

Plans for our 25th anniversary celebration are in flux - but it will not happen Memorial Day weekend. Look for something in the Fall.

Advice from the Scoutmaster: How do you measure yourself? Feet and inches? Pounds? or the Scout Law?

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer

March 4, 2008

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Well. we seem to have recovered from Stew. If you have any more money to turn in, please do so next Tuesday night.

Our next big event is the False Cape trip over Spring Break. We did some planning for the event Tuesday, more planning to come. It is very important that those scouts who plan to attend the event attend the planning meetings over the next few weeks.

Our 25th Anniversary is scheduled for Memorial day weekend May 23-25. You should already have received a letter about this, but if you can attend and/or help please contact Mrs. Carr either by e-mail at thcbackwoods@yahoo.com or phone 746-0573. The Carr's are taking the lead on this event - thanks to them both for their work on this event and for 25 dedicated years of scouting with Troop 555!

We are looking for adults who will volunteer to take the Temporary Food Establishment Food Safety Class for our next stew. We would like to have a few individuals who are trained. We need at least one trained individual present at each stew. Ben Ward is trained, but we need more. The next training date is August 21,2008. If you are interested, please contact one of the committee members.

The Venture Crew is hosting a lock-in at Peak Experiences on May 30th. Please let them know if you are interested - they need commitments soon.

Please remember for advancement that active participation in the troop, both at meetings and events is a requirement. Please read your troop guide carefully for specifics. The troop guide is available on our website, and you need a competed copy with you when you go up for advancement.

If you haven't already made your donation or pledge to Friends of Scouting, please consider doing so - every $ goes directly to scouting. Please see Mr. Showalter for more information.

Advice from the Scoutmaster: Winners and losers act differently - be a winner!

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer

February 26, 2008

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

The heat was on! Fire building skills were tested. OK, so the ground was wet and the fires weren’t all they could have been – a good time was had and folks learned things.

This weekend is Stew !!!! Come one, Come all. Many hands make light work! We especially need folks to help by:

1: Chicken Pickin Friday night (about 6:00). The more people we have the faster it goes.

2: Staying overnight to stir the pots! (Please come!!!) there is a world of difference between three shifts and two, and four would be even better!

3: Dipping and Packing Saturday morning. (about 6:30 AM)

Please remember that individual scout accounts are credited on both quarts sold and hours worked.

Next week is a committee meeting. Advancement, Full Class A’s – Bring Stew money.

Ukrop’s Golden Receipts have started, the troop is participating.

Advice from the Scoutmaster: Read the outdoor code – and follow it!

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer

February 19, 2008

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

First, thank you for your stew responses. We are over 800 quarts and have capacity for about 150 more. I am waiting on a couple of responses from people formerly in the troop that still get the troop email. Thanks for answering the call. Keep sending in your additional orders, but the stew will not be canceled.

We had a good meeting on Tuesday with several Webelos joining us. The cobbler was great and I'm told the cinnamon bread was good (it must have been - I was too late to get any). Thanks to the leaders who handled the meeting in my partial absence. Thanks to the boys who planned the event for the Webelos.

The next event is the stew weekend on February 29th and March 1. Just a reminder that we need parents to participate in the chicken picking usually starting around 5:30 - 6:00. We always have a good time.

Coming up during Spring Break is our False Cape trip. We need firm commitments on Tuesday night. Currently, we have 12 spots available including adults. We are looking at getting more spots, but we may be forced to limit the participants in favor of the boys. This is considered a high adventure trip and is limited to First Class Scouts who are 13 years old and/or approval of the Scoutmaster. If we get more spots, I will consider opening this up to willing and able participants. The dates for this trip are March 26-29.

For previous trips, the Battlefield Klondike Derby was a great success. The boys did great with the Cold Weather Camping. Everyone stayed warm.

Ukrops Golden Receipts have started, the troop is participating.

A note to parents follows this message, Please read.

Advice from the Scoutmaster: Make friends - be friendly!

Yours in Scouting,

Michael Tehan

Scoutmaster Troop 555

February 12, 2008

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Great Meeting! The PLC planned for our next meeting when the WEBELOS will join us. Come dressed to impress - Class A!

The Battlefield District Bowl-a-Thon was Friday night, and a great time was had by all.

This weekend is the Battlefield Klondike Derby! Cold Weather Camping Fun (Brrrr) Fun! Gather Friday night with cold weather gear at 6:15 at the Carson Building. We will return at approximately 12:30 on Sunday. Cost for the weekend is $25 ($10 Klondike fee + $15 camping fee.) Permission Slips required, if you haven't already given yours to the scoutmaster, please do so Friday night.

Keep selling stew - orders are due February 19th! Early sales mean less work later. $6.00 per quart.

Ukrops Golden Receipts have started, the troop is participating.

A note to parents follows this message, Please read.

Advice from the Scoutmaster: Tomorrow is the secret to success - keep living the oath and law!

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer

February 6, 2008

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

A great Court of Honor last night. Congratulations to all who received awards, and thanks to al those who made contributions to Friends of Scouting. If you were not able to attend, please see Mr. Showalter for your Friends of Scouting envelope.

The Battlefield District Bowl-a-Thon is Friday night.

Scout Sunday is this Sunday at New Hanover. If you can, please come in full class A uniform between 9:00 and 9:15 AM. We will be joining NHPC for the Intergenerational Contemporary service.

Keep selling stew - orders are due February 19th! Early sales mean less work later. $6.00 per quart.

The Battlefield Klondike is the weekend of the 15th-17th. We need commitments Tuesday Night.

And speaking of Tuesday, our next meeting is Tuesday Feb 12. There is a PLC at 6:45, and the committee will be meeting as well. The next week we are expecting a visit from some Webelos - let's plan something special!

Advice from the Scoutmaster: What do your parents really want from you? Live the Scout Oath and Law!

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer

February 4, 2008

IMPORTANT: New Eagle Applaction 2008 Version

Hello all,

Just found this, We to need be aware and need to start using the following. The Eagle Applaction 2008 Version is the newest version. We need to be sure that all Life Scouts start using this applaction. There is a new space on the applaction labeled requriment # 5. The Life Scout must give the name of the project and give the grand total of hrs from page 10 of the Eagle Scout Leadership Project Workbook. # 18- 927E 2007 Printing

Editions of this applaction previous to the 2000 revision SHOULD NOT BE USED.

All information taken from the 2008 Eagle Scout Applaction.

I will have copies of this at the Court of Honor Tuesday....

Any questions please call me....

690-2058 Cell

779-3937 Home

See y'all Tuesday Night.

Yours in Scouting and in Service,

Ben Ward

January 29, 2008

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Please read this thoroughly, there are actions you need to take.

We practiced Ethan's Eagle ceremony on Tuesday. The ceremony is at 2 PM on Saturday. If you are in the program, you need to be there by 1:30. All Scouts - wear full class A uniforms including your merit badge sashes and OA sash if you are a member.

Next Tuesday is the Friends of Scouting dinner and general Court of Honor. All families are encouraged to attend. Please don't drop off your children as we will probably finish earlier than a regular meeting. Please follow these instructions for the meeting:

O2 patrol - bring side dishes - vegetables, fruit salad, etc. A garden salad will be provided by the troop. This patrol is to show up at 6 PM to help set up the commons and other duties as assigned by the coordinators.

Purple Cobra patrol - bring deserts. This patrol needs to stay after the meeting to help clean up.

Both patrols - you will be receiving a call from Patrick or Will. Please tell them the number of people attending from your family. Don't forget to include yourself. Patrick and Will - please send me an email with the Scout's name, how many will be attending or if there was no answer as soon as you can by Friday night.

The Battlefield Klondike is now a camping weekend on February 15-17. Please support this event. Our own John Camejo is heavily involved in this event. It will be exciting.

Service time - Pack 555 is having their Pinewood Derby on Feb. 2nd in the morning. Any time you spend on this will count toward service time. Let me (Mr. Tehan) know if you can help out. Just respond to this email.

Troop 555 T-shirts are in. Still $10.

Sell stew - the deadline for turning in the count is Feb. 19. This year is $6/quart. Give a coupon on Valentine's Day for stew when it's made.

Scoutmaster's minute from Don Ward - Make your reputation your future.

Dave Tostenson is handling the troop's recharter. He will be calling to verify your information.

Battlefield District Bowl-a-thon : The time is from 10PM to Midnight on Friday February 8, 2008.

See Ben Ward if you are interested in:

-->OA Conclave – April 25/26/27

-->Arrow Corps – Spots are filling fast –Sites are now re-open.

Mr. Piacentini will be teaching Citizenship and Communications merit badges in January for another troop. If you are interested, please contact him.

Yours in Scouting,

Michael Tehan, Scoutmaster

January 15, 2008

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

I am standing in for our communications expert, so I hope I communicate all that needs to happen.

Next Tuesday is a planning meeting, not a troop meeting. I need as many leaders as I can get. Boys, if you can come to help finalize the plans for the rest of the year, please do. We will start at 7:30 in the Carson building.

The camping event (Northern Neck Klondike Derby) at the end of January has been CANCELED. There wasn't enough participation. This is the same location that the Battlefield Klondike will be held - at Sandy Point in King William county. That brings me to ...

The Battlefield Klondike is now a camping weekend on February 15-17. Please support this event. Our own John Camejo is heavily involved in this event. It will be exciting.

The deadline to register for the Feb. 8 bowling has passed, but there may still be time to register. Respond to this email ASAP and I will forward on to Mr. Richardson. The details are below.

Sam J. did a great job with his presentation on cold weather camping. He received a special "grab bag" prize for this.

Service time - Pack 555 is having their Pinewood Derby on Feb. 2nd in the morning. Any time you spend on this will count toward service time. Let me (Mr. Tehan) know if you can help out.

From Mr. Showalter, "Nothing says I love you like the promise of stew." Remember to start/continue selling stew.

Scoutmaster's minute - Think about your freedoms while taking your exams.

Battlefield District Bowl-a-thon : 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 – April 25/26/27

->Arrow Corps – Spots are filling fast –Sites are now re-open.

Mr. Piacentini will be teaching Citizenship and Communications merit badges in January for another troop. If you are interested, please contact him. Start thinking about Selling Stew. Early sales mean less work later. $6.00 per quart.

Yours in Scouting,

Michael Tehan, Scoutmaster

January 12, 2008

Dear Scouts, Scouters, Families and Friends,

Well the New Year has arrived, and we have had our first meeting of 2008.

Battlefield District Bowl-a-thon is coming up soon – If you want to attend the last day to pre-register and pay your $18 is Next Tuesday.

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 – April 25/26/27

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

->Arrow Corps – Spots are filling fast –Sites are now re-open.

On the 26th and 27th we’re hoping to go to the Northern Neck Klondike Derby. What a great time! Commitments are due next week!

Mr. Piacentini will be teaching Citizenship and Communications merit badges in January for another troop. If you are interested, please contact him.

Start thinking about Selling Stew. Early sales mean less work later. $6.00 per quart.

Advice from the Scoutmaster: The Scout Oath and Law are the only New Year’s resolutions that you need!.

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Showalter, ASM/Treasurer