August 22, 2023

In this week’s newsletter

Troop Meeting

Hello everyone!

At the meeting this week, we’ll be working on the Reading Merit Badge. I’d encourage everyone to read over the requirements for the badge before the meeting. Please start thinking about books you can use to complete the requirements (e.g. 4 books from different genres). I’ll bring several books as well.

In the last half of the meeting, we’ll discuss the open house we’re holding on September 5th.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Yours in Scouting,

Violet T

Court of Honor

Our first Court of Honor of the new program year will be on August 29th. This is always are biggest Court of Honor as we will have a lot to recognize Scouts for from summer camp and all of the summer advancement opportunities. If you are close to finishing a rank or merit badge and would like to be recognized, please let Violet or Mr. Taylor know, so we can get that done before the Court of Honor. Advancements will need to be signed off this by this Tuesday to be recognized at this Court of Honor.

September Campouts

At last week’s meeting the Scouts took a vote and decided not to go backpacking September 15-17 (originally scheduled for Sept. 8-10). Instead they have opted to go camping at Lake Allatoona on September 29-October 1. They will be assisting Alice with a conservation service project as part of the Annual Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup Day on Saturday September 30th. More details will be available in the next few weeks, but please make a note of the date and location change.

NAVO 2023

Come out to NAVO is a new orienteering challenge for all Scouts BSA, Venturers, Sea Scouts, Explorers, and adults to enjoy this fall at Bert Adams Scout Camp! You can race for competition or just for fun! Maps offer Scout-level competitions with challenges for both beginners and advanced runners. Event is Saturday September 9th. This is a great opportunity for Scouts that need First Class rank requirement 4a.

For more information and to sign up, visit:

Hightower Trail Merit Badge Day

Hello Scouts!

In October, Hightower Trail will be offering a merit badge day and yours truly is in charge of making that happen. 

Btw, for anyone who does not know yet, I am the new Hightower Trail District Program Director. 

My ask from you scouts is I want to know merit badges that you would like to see offered. Many merit badge days offer ones that are not of much interest and/or merit badges that have been offered so many times at events and you just wish they were different.

I created a sign-up genius (there is probably a better way) to save time and energy. Please add your name to merit badge slots. Each merit badge has 20 slots, if any fill up no need to try and add your name. I will do my best to get that merit badge offered.

Here is the link,

Parents feel free to sign up if you feel strongly about some merit badges being offered, Also, if you are a merit badge counselor and would like to help please let me know. I will be reaching separately to counselors at a later date.

I believe the date will be 10/21/2023

Thank you all

Brian McCoy

Merit Badge Opportunities

Atlanta Area Council offers several Merit Badge earning opportunities throughout the year.

  • Upcoming Merit Badge opportunities include:
    • Personal Management September 30.
    • Metalwork September 30.
    • Aviation on September 9, October 14, and November 4.

      More information about these and other Merit Badge programs at:
  • The next Merit Badge Summit will be October 28, 2023 and will be “Stranger Things” themed, focusing on some of the more obsure Merit Badges. Registration opens August 29.
    To learn more about this and other Merit Badge Summits, visit:

Chattahoochee Nature Center offers nature themed merit badge classes on the weekends throughout the year. Upcoming classes include Environmental Science on August 26, Nature on October 1, and Mammal Study on October 8.
For more information and to register visit:

Dunwoody Nature Center also offers a number of nature related Merit Badges. Upcoming classes include: Reptile and Amphibian Study on August 26, Insect Study September 16, and Forestry October 7.
Learn more and register at:

Scout Troop 372 in Dunwoody is sponsoring a Merit Badge Day on August 26 at Saint James United Methodist Church. Several Merit Badges will be offered.
See their event page for details and registration:

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.

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