May 14, 2024

In this week’s newsletter

Meeting this Week

For this week’s meeting we will be doing a trail hike at Lullwater Preserve on the Emory Campus.

  1. Scouts should plan to arrive at The Clifton School parking lot (1900 Starvine Way, Decatur) by 7:15 p.m.
  2. Come prepared with a daypack with your 10+ essentials including a water bottle, and a flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries.
  3. This is an activity uniform (aka “class B”) event, and as always closed toed shoes are required.
  4. Parents are welcome to come and hike with the troop or drop off their Scout.
  5. If the Clifton School lot fills up, overflow parking is the Starvine Deck (1945 Starvine Way Unit 400B Atlanta, GA 30033).
  6. We will assemble as a troop in the grassy area next to the school at 7:30 sharp.
  7. Pick up will be at 9:00 at the Clifton School.

May Outing

We are planning a day hike at Stone Mountain Park on May 19th at 9:00 a.m. We will hike to the top of the mountain and practice some trail cooking.

Swim Tests

The Troop annual swim testing date is set for Sunday May 19th from 3-5pm at Dynamo Swim Club (3119 Shallowford Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341). 

Swim tests are only good for a year and must be renewed. Every scout or adult planning on attending summer camp, Philmont, any fall Troop water activities or campouts, or Northern Tier, or planning to do any Aquatics Merit Badge must pass the BSA swim test.

Sign up for Swim Tests

Summer Camp Planning

If you are planning to join the Troop at Woodruff Summer Camp June 16-22, 2024, you can still register until the end of May, but you may not get your first choice of Merit Badges or other summer camp programs.
More information at:

Overnight at the Georgia Aquarium

Save the date. Troop 177 will be doing an overnight visit to the Georgia Aquarium the evening of Saturday July 20, 2024. More details and sign ups will be availalbe soon.

Merit Badge Opportunities

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

  • Registration opens this week for AAC’s Next Shooting Sports Day on August 17, 2024. These events are only for Scouts who have already started one of the shooting merit badges, but still need help meeting the targeting requirements.  
    For more information visit:
  • Registration for the ever-popular Aquatics Merit Badge Days in Allatoona will open on April 19.  Scouts can choose from seven water-related merit badges, including Swimming and Lifesaving.  Classes can fill up quickly.
    Learn more at:

Chattahoochee Nature Center

The Chattahoochee Nature Center has updated its offerings for 2024.  CNC will host Mammal Study on May 19th.  Each class costs $45.  
For more information and to sign up visit:

Dunwoody Nature Center

Dunwoody Nature Center has updated its classes through the summer.  Dunwoody will offer Water Conservation on May 18, Sustainability on June 29 and Environmental Science on July 20.  
For more information and to sign up visit:

Georgia Tech University STEM Academy

Georgia Tech will be hosting its annual STEM Academy camp from June 2 – June 7.  Scouts will have the opportunity to complete requirements toward a number of STEM-related merit badges.
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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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Troop 177 Scouts

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