January 17, 2023

In this week’s newsletter

Meeting This Week

This week we will be working on orienteering! So please bring a warm jacket, a compass and a headlamp/ flashlight. We will also continue to practice our flag skills outside. Let me know if you have any questions, or if you are unable to attend our meeting.

Committee Meeting This Week

Monday at 7:30 we will have our last committee meeting of the year. We will be discussing our upcoming camping trips as well as any other troop business that needs to be addressed. All parents are encouraged to attend. Zoom meeting info will be sent out via Remind on Monday.

Cumberland Island Camping Trip
February 17 – 20, 2023

February’s trip to Cumberland Island will be a challenging and memorable experience. Because this is a 4 day weekend, we can accomplish our main objective of volunteering through conservation and service projects (8 hours per person) AND have a good amount of time to explore the island.

In addition to serving during the weekend, we will have time to hike and explore the island. Depending on weather and what and where the projects are, we will work towards the most efficient way to complete our service hours and hike/enjoy the island. The National Park Service has committed to being being organized and ready for our whole group to serve.

Through the service projects (e.g. trail maintenance and restoration, beach cleanup, landscaping around Cumberland National Seashore sites, etc.), Scouts will have an opportunity to earn one or more Scouts BSA conservation-based awards. Details are still being sorted, but opportunities may include the following: Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award, National Park Service Scout Ranger Award, BSA Historic Trails Award, and the Messengers of Peace (Environmental Dimension), Stewardship award. Service project work may also count towards other items such as the Outdoor Ethics Action Award, World Conservation Award, and rank advancement.

For more information and to register for the trip visit the Cumberland Island Campout Page on the T77 website.

Become a Volunteer at Winter Family Jubilee

The Atlanta Area Council of the BSA is hosting a one-day Cub Scout Family event on January 21st. It takes a large team of volunteers to make camp events an amazing experience for Cub Scouts and their Families!

The Council is looking for an all-star team of experienced Scouts and Leaders to provide support and guidance at Winter Family Jubilee!

Any Scout intersted in volunteering can sign up to volunteer at: https://forms.campbertadams.org/view.php?id=9338632

Summer Camp

Troop 177 will be attending Summer Camp the week of June 18-24, 2023 at Camp Sequoyah in Delta, Alabama. Please note that this is a change from the previously announced dates and location. Additional information on pricing and registration should be released by mid-February.

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 Saturday, February 4, 2023 (note the date has changed from the originally published date) and will focus on Eagle Required Merit Badges. Registration open November 29, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
To learn more about this and other Merit Badge Summits, visit: https://www.atlantabsa.org/MeritBadgeSummit

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: https://www.danielboonecouncil.org/virtual

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

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