August 9, 2022

In this week’s newsletter

Meeting This Week

With school back in session we will be returning to our regular meeting schedule. We look forward to seeing everyone this week. We will be making plans for the upcoming year of Scouting.

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. The next avialable date is August 20th, with another one scheduled for November 5th. If you are at all interested in NYLT, please consider taking one of these courses.

More information about Atlanta Area Council ILST:

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 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 August 13, 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 Canoeing on August 11 and 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.

Troop 177 Parents

Troop 177 Scouts