June 1, 2021

In this week’s newsletter

Memorial Day

We hope that everyone is having a safe and happy first week of summer vacation. On Memorial Day, please remember to take a moment to pause and reflect on the brave men and women who have given their life in the service of our country.

Last Week’s Meeting

At last week’s meeting we made some great progress on painting and finishing the cornhole boards. With a little extra effort from the Shofners the boards are ready to be delivered. Everyone who assisted on these should take great pride both in a job well done, and in being able to give back to our Chartering Organization, without whom the troop would not exist.

We also want to extend a special thanks to Audrey G. for bringing the opportunity to our attention, so that we could give back to the church.

Summer Activities

Due to a family Emergency in the Taylor household last week, we are still finalizing plans for our summer activities. We should have more information about these activities in the next few days. Look for invitations via Scoutbook, or check the calendar later in the week.

Local High Adventure


I successfully completed the coursework for Wood Badge, which is the top tier of Adult training in Scouting.  After completing the course work, we have various additional activities to complete, and I am going to need some help from Scouts and Leaders to get one of them done.

I need both Scout and Leader help with my goal of taking a crew of co-ed Scouts (we will be doing this through the Venture Crew made up of Scouts from Troop 77, Troop 177 and Venture Crew 77) on a Local High Adventure Trip that will simulate the backpacking adventure of attending Philmont (without it taking 14 days, traveling to New Mexico and costing nearly $2,500 like Philmont does).  The trip will be over the long Columbus Day weekend leaving the evening of Wednesday 10/6/2021 after school and returning Monday 10/11/2021.  I am looking for three sets of volunteers:

(1) approximately 8-10 Scouts (14+ or have completed the 8th grade) both girls and boys to go on the actual hike itself,

(2) approximately 5 Older Scouts, preferably with Philmont experience, to meet us on the trail for one day (likely either Saturday or Sunday) and host a Philmont-like Program Activity (and then those Scouts can hike before and after that day in the same area), and

(3) Adult Leaders to (a) go with me and the High Adventure group (including at least one female leader) on the hike, and (b) at least two leaders to hike with and assist the Program group.

If you are interested in getting involved in this project, then please send me an email at ctcole0308@gmail.com with what part you are interested in doing, and if you are looking to be in our hiking crew, a couple of paragraphs as to why you think you would be a good candidate for this trip, especially if you are someone that would like to attend Philmont someday but do not currently have the means or opportunity to do so.


Mr. Cole
High Adventure Coordinator – Troop 77, Troop 177 and Venture Crew 77
(and still Scoutmaster of Troop 77!)

Summer Camp

Remember that Summer Camp is the Week of July 18-24th at Woodruff Scout Camp in Blairsville, Georgia. If you need to make any changes to your summer camp schedule, please contact Mr. Taylor ASAP.

Merit Badge Opportunities

Atlanta Area Council Merit Badge Days
The Atlanta Area Council offers several Merit Badge days dedicated to specific Merit Badges. Upcoming Merit Badge offerings include Aviation and Railroading.
More information at: https://www.atlantabsa.org/meritbadgedays

Northeast Georgia Council Pathfinders
Scoutland is a Northeast Georgia Council Scout Camp on the shores of Lake Lanier. This summer they are offering two weeks of merit badge classes, where you can work on, and in most cases complete, one merit badge per day. There are still a lot of openings for most merit badges. This a great opportunity to work through several merit badges this summer.
More information and registration at: https://www.nega-bsa.org/Pathfinders

Daniel Boone Council Virtual Merit Badge Classes
Every week Daniel Boone Council in North Carolina is offering several virtual Merit Badge classes via Zoom. Most classes are $10 and are two evenings per week, after school hours.
More information and registration at: https://www.danielboonecouncil.org/virtual