April 20, 2021

In this week’s newsletter

Troop Meeting This Week

This week we have three main activities. First, will be to hold our semi-annual election for Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (see below). Second will be to do the menu planning and duty roster for the Silver Comet Trail Campout. Third, will be to put on the Campfire Program the girls planned last week, which will include the swearing in of our new Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and to thank our outgoing Senior Patrol Leader for her service.

Troop Elections April 20

At our meeting on April 20th we will hold our semi-annual election for the Assistant Senior Patrol. The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader serves for six months in that position before becoming Senior Patrol Leader for six months. Scouts will need to prepare a campaign speech to deliver on the 20th. If you are interested in running for this position, please contact Mr. Taylor.

Upcoming Camping Trips

Our April camping trip will be Biking the Silver Comet Trail April 24-25. Meal planning and patrol duties on the campout will be assigned this Tuesday. If you are signed up to camp, but cannot make the meeting this week, please contact your Patrol Leader or Senior Patrol Leader as soon as possible.

Adults, if you can haul a trailer and would be willing to do so for the Silver Comet Campout this week, please let Mr. Taylor know. The folks who would normally do this are not going on this trip, and we need someone who can get the troop trailer to and from our campsite. Note, you don’t need to attend the campout, just be willing to drop it off on Saturday and pick it up Sunday.

In May we will be returning to Lake Allatoona Aquatics Base the weekend of May 14-16. We are planning to do a boating activity and have two canoes at our disposal to use for this campout. For the number of girls we typically have camping we would need need about seven total boats (five more than we have). If there are any available after the Canoeing MB class that day claims the ones they are using, we are free to use those, but if you have a canoe that is in good shape that you would be willing to lend to the troop for this event, please let Mr. Taylor know, so we can guarantee a spot in a boat for every Scout.

Summer Camp

If you have not already registered for camp but would still like to attend, please let Mr. Taylor know. We can register additional Scouts for camp until June, as long as there are still spaces available. More information can be found on our Summer Camp Information page.

Service Opportunities

Eva has invited us to join Pack 345’s Bear Dean (where Eva serves as a Den Chief) for a Frazier-Rowe Park cleanup May 8 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Scouts will  will lay down mulch, pull weeds, remove invasive plants, pick up trash, move big sticks, or whatever else else is needed. Wear class B, bring your water bottle, 10 essentials and garden gloves.
For more information contact Eva. If you are are planning to attend, please RSVP through Scoutbook.

This can be counted for regular or conservation service hours for those that may need it for rank, merit badges, or other awards.

Advancement Opportunities

Cyber Chip Class
Tuesday April 27th, 6:30 – 7:30 (right before the Troop meeting), Randy Carpenter will be leading a 6th-8th grade Cyber Chip class.  Scouts should complete this annually, and it is a requirement for Scout and Star ranks, as well as for many Merit Badges.
Sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C054FA4AA2BAAF94-cyber

Orienteering Course
Saturday, May 1st at 11:00, Dennis Cryor and Chris Henderson will be leading our orienteering course.  This will fulfill First Class rank requirement 4A.  
Sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d44aead29a7ff2-troop

Both of these are offered by Troop 77 and advanced sign up is required. If you would like to participate in either of these classes please let Mr. Taylor know, so Troop 77 can get you signed up.

Merit Badge Opportunities

Citizenship in the Nation
Mr. Taylor is offering a Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge session on May 2, for Troop 177 Scouts only. If you need this Eagle Required Merit Badge and want to attend please contact him for information.

Aviation Merit Badge 
Offered May 8, 2021 by the Atlanta Area Council at the Aviation History & Technology Center in Marietta (9AM-12PM). Autumn P is signed up to attend and sharing this information if other T177 Scout are interested. It will require some “light homework” posted in the Google Classroom prior to the event. 
To Register visit: https://www.atlantabsa.org/meritbadgedays (Aviation under “other merit badge days”)
For more information download the Aviation MB Day Info Sheet.

Other Merit Badge Opportunities

Construction Merit Badge Day
Atlanta Area Council is holding a construction Merit Badge Day on May 15 for Scouts 16 or older. Merit Badges Offered include: Drafting, Electricity, Landscape Architecture, Surveying, and Welding. Note that while the dates on the info page are for 2020, registration is open for the 2021 Construction MB Day.
More information and registration at: https://www.atlantabsa.org/cmb

Atlanta Area Council Merit Badge Days
The Atlanta Area Council offers several Merit Badge days dedicated to specific Merit Badges. Upcoming Merit Badge offerings include Aviation and Railroading.
More information at: https://www.atlantabsa.org/meritbadgedays

Northeast Georgia Council Pathfinders
Scoutland is a Northeast Georgia Council Scout Camp on the shores of Lake Lanier. This summer they are offering two weeks of merit badge classes, where you can work on, and in most cases complete, one merit badge per day. There are still a lot of openings for most merit badges. This a great opportunity to work through several merit badges this summer.
More information and registration at: https://www.nega-bsa.org/Pathfinders

Daniel Boone Council Virtual Merit Badge Classes
Every week Daniel Boone Council in North Carolina is offering several virtual Merit Badge classes via Zoom. Most classes are $10 and are two evenings per week, after school hours.
More information and registration at: https://www.danielboonecouncil.org/virtual