April 25, 2023

In this week’s newsletter

Meeting This Week

This week we’re planning out our next few months of meetings and activities. If you have any ideas you’d really like us to do write them down! Also this meeting, Violet will be stepping up as SPL, which means we need a new ASPL so if you are interested, write out a brief speech to present on Tuesday and we will have a vote. If you have any questions about being an ASPL or what it entails please email Jamie or Mr. Taylor!

May Camping Trip — Backpacking Fort Mountain S.P.

May 12 – 14, 2023

About the Campout

For our May campout we will be hitting the trail for hiking and backpacking at Fort Mountain State Park. This is a beautiful location with outstanding trails, suitable for all Scouts.  Scouts should select one of the four different groups that you would like to particpate with on this trip, but depending on group size and adult leadership, we may need to move you to a different group.

For more information visit: https://sites.google.com/oakgrovescouting.org/site/campouts/may-backpacking

Round Table

Adult Leaders and Parents of Troop 77, Troop 177 and Venturing Crew 77,

Please come join our Hightower Trail District Roundtable meeting on April 27th to hear an Emory Psychiatrist and an Emory Psychologist talk about and answer questions regarding the current mental and emotional health of our Scout-age kids.  While we host Roundtables monthly (I am currently the Scout Roundtable Commissioner that organizes those events), this one in particular is a “don’t miss” opportunity.  I think this is an amazing chance for all of us to hear from experts who deal with these issues day in and day out, and I really hope you can attend.  In order to make sure we have enough space for everyone that would like to attend the event, please RSVP to mwevans76@gmail.com ASAP  that you can make it.  If you already received Hightower Trail District’s email directly with the information above and have already RSVP’d, then you DO NOT need to RSVP again.

Thanks.  Clinton Cole
Scoutmaster Troop 77 

Eagle Court of Honor

you are cordially invited to the
Troop 77 & Troop 177
SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2023
3:00 PM

Oak Grove United Methodist Church
1722 Oak Grove Road
Decatur, GA 30033

Refreshments to follow in the Grand Hall.

Summer Camp

Attention scouts and parents! The Troop annual swim testing date is set for Saturday May 20th from 3-6pm at Dynamo Swim Club (3119 Shallowford Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341). 

Swim tests are only good for a year and must be renewed annually. Every Scout or adult planning on attending summer camp, Philmont, any fall Troop water activities or campouts, Northern Tier, or participating in any Aquatics Merit Badge must pass the BSA Swimmer Classification test as a swimmer.

Sign up for your Swim Test.

Visit the Summer Camp webpage for imporatant dates and news regarding camp! 

Merit Badge Opportunities

Atlanta Area Council has already announced all of the Merit Badge summits for next year. The next Merit Badge Summit will be April 29, 2023.
To learn more about this and other Merit Badge Summits, visit: https://www.atlantabsa.org/MeritBadgeSummit

In addition to the Merit Badge Summits Atlanta Area Council offers many merit badge days throughout the year. Upcoming Merit Badge opportunities include a Metal Work Merit Badge day on April 29th, and Aviation workshops every month this year.
More information about these and other Merit Badge programs at: https://www.atlantabsa.org/meritbadgedays

Aquatics Merit Badge Workshops are held throughout the summer at the Allatoona Aquatics Base. Registration for June 3 classes are alrady open and June 10 classes open April 28. New Classes open each Friday.
More information about these programs can be found at: https://www.atlantabsa.org/caabmb

Chattahoochee Nature Center offers nature themed merit badge classes on the weekends throughout the year. Upcoming classes include Environmental Science April 30, Canoing on May 7, and Mamal Study on May 21.
For more information and to register visit: https://www.chattnaturecenter.org/education/scouts/scouts-bsa/

Dunwoody Nature Center also offers a number of nature related Merit Badges. Upcoming classes include: Soil and Water Conservation May 27.
Learn more and register at: https://dunwoodynature.org/scout-merit-badges/

Troop Communication

Please be sure to join our Remind Classes to get notifications on all of the Troop 177 happenings. There is an app, but you can choose to get notifications via text messages or email.

Troop 177 Parents

Troop 177 Scouts