August 23, 2022

In this week’s newsletter

Meeting This Week

We will start Reading Merit Badge! We will work on the things we can do at a normal meeting, such as requirements 2, 4, and planning for 5. We will have another meeting at a library at a later date.

Also, start gathering books for the book list! You can get a physical copy at a library, or use an online library like Libby, or find a pdf.

We need to read four books from different subjects (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, ect) One of them needs to have a movie after it.

So far, the list is

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger [fiction] 488pgs

A Brief History of Time by Steven Hawking [non-fiction, movie] 256pgs

Scouts’ Life (everyone can do different ones if we want) [magazine] 30ish pgs? idk

Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstien (or another Shel Silverstien book) [poems] 192pgs

This list is not set in stone, we can suggest changes at the meeting.

Make sure to bring…

Any and all Scouts’ Life magazines you have

A phone or laptop for research

A copy of your favorite book (optional)

September Camping Trip

Registration for the September Camping trip closes this this Friday August 26 at 10:00 p.m. For September, we will be heading to the Etowah River where Scouts will have the option of either kayaking making stops along the river to fish, or floating down the river in an innertube. Please note that some of the trip details have changed including an option to camp Friday night or drive up Saturday morning. Please be sure to get the latest trip ship from the Camping and Outings Page.

Court of Honor Next Week

Next week we will hold our Fall Court of Honor. This week’s meeting will be the last chance to finalize any rank, merit badge, or award requirements to be recognized at the next Court of Honor. If you have any remaining requirments to finish up, please plan to finish those this week.

University of Scouting

Any Scout interested in additional leadership training should consider attending the Atlanta Area Council University of Scouting event on September 24, 2022. There are two courses available for youth: Den Chief training and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST). I highly recommend ILST is it’s a great training opportunity for learning how to be a youth leader in the troop. This is also a pre-requisite for National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). This is a week-long leadership training course that will teach you how to be an effective leader not just in Scouts, but in school, at home, and in all aspects of life. Courses are offered several times a year during school breaks. If you are at all intersted in NYLT consider registering for ILST at University of Scouting.

More information about University of Scouting:
More information about NYLT:

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops

In addtion to the ILST Course being offered at University of Scouting, the Atlanta Area Council has other ILST courses several times each year. Registration is open for the next session on November 5th. If you are at all interested in NYLT, please consider taking one of these courses.

More information about Atlanta Area Council ILST:

Convservation Weekend

Registration is open for the 2022 Conservation Weekend at Camp Woodruff November 11-13 at Camp Woodruff. Scouts will have the opportunity to work on up to three conservation themed merit badges, all of which will help satisfy requirements for the Distinguished Conservation Service Award, and participate in a workshop on creating and leading a conservation service project.

Scouts 14 and up may choose instead to take the Leave No Trace Trainer Course which qualifies them to serve as the Leave No Trace Trainer for the Troop.

Adults may register for the Certified Angler Instructor Training. Successful completion of this course qualifies them to serve as Fish and Fly Fishing Merit Badge Counselors.

More information about Conservation Weekend can be found at:

Service Opportunities

There are opportunities for community service listed on the Community Service Page. If you know of any other opportunities, please feel free to share these with Julian or Mr. Taylor.

Advancement Opportunities

August 26-28, 2022 there will be a First Year Scout Skills campout for any Scout working on ranks through First Class. This program is offered by the Atlanta Area Council at the Lake Allatoona Aquatics Base. Scouts will be camping and working on a variety of Scouting Skills

To learn more about the First Year Camp Skills, visit:

Merit Badge Opportunities

Atlanta Area Council has announced all of the Merit Badge summits for 2022. The next Merit Badge Summit will be Saturday, Oct 29, 2022 and will be Stranger Things themed, meaning some of the more uncommon (i.e. stranger) Merit Badges will be offered. Registration opens September 16, 2022 at 9 AM.
To learn more about this and other Merit Badge Summits planned this year, visit:

Atlanta Area Council offers many merit badge offerings throughout the year. Upcoming Merit Badge opportunities include Aviation offered September 17 and October 15th, and Personal Management September 10th at the Federal Reserve Bank (note this conflicts with our scheduled aquatics campout for September).
More information about these and other Merit Badge programs at:

Chattahoochee Nature Center offers nature themed merit badge classes on the weekends throughout the summer. Upcoming classes include Environmental Science August 27.
For more information and to register visit:

Dunwoody Nature Center also offers a number of nature related Merit Badges. Upcoming classes include: Reptiles and Amphibian Study August 27, Insect Study September 17, and Forestry October 8.
Learn more and register at:

Daniel Boone Council headquartered in Asheville, NC has a rolling slate of virtual merit badge programs, with new merit badges offered every week. These are usually two sessions in the late afternoon or evening. There are quite a few popular merit badges including a large selection of Eagle Required. These usually fill up, but if you look at later weeks, there are plenty of seats still open.
Learn more and register at:

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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