May 2, 2023

In this week’s newsletter

Meeting This Week

This week’s meeting will be focused of First Aid! We’ll be going over First Class requirements 7a & 7b, as well as making sure our personal first aid kits are up to date. 

What that means is that everyone who comes to the meeting needs to bring their first aid kit from their 10 essentials. (*If you don’t have a first aid kit or don’t have a good container for it, Target has a deal where if you buy 3 first aid items, you get a free first aid bag*) /*Scoutmaster’s note. There’s no need to go buy anything fancy. A ziplock bag will be sufficient to hold your kit. */

Additionally, Ms. Henderson will be giving a presentation about backpacking hygiene during the meeting. We can also do some preliminary meal planning for the backpacking campout on May 12th.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Yours in Scouting,

Violet T.

May Camping Trip — Backpacking Fort Mountain S.P.

May 12 – 14, 2023

About the Campout

For our May campout we will be hitting the trail for hiking and backpacking at Fort Mountain State Park. This is a beautiful location with outstanding trails, suitable for all Scouts.  Scouts should select one of the four different groups that you would like to particpate with on this trip, but depending on group size and adult leadership, we may need to move you to a different group.

For more information visit:

Additionally, view our April campout here:

Eagle Court of Honor

you are cordially invited to the
Troop 77 & Troop 177
SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2023
3:00 PM

Oak Grove United Methodist Church
1722 Oak Grove Road
Decatur, GA 30033

Refreshments to follow in the Grand Hall.

Troop Court of Honor

We will have a Combined Troop Court of Honor with Troop 77 on May 16th. All Scouts, their parents, family, and friends are encouraged to attend. As part of this Court of Honor there will be a special ceremony to recognize Virginia for earning the rank of Eagle. Scouts and registered adults should plan to wear full field uniform (a.k.a. class A) including neckerchief.

Any Scout wishing to complete rank requirements, merit badges, or other awards to be recognized at this Court of Honor needs to be plan to have everything completed by next Tuesday, May 9th.

Sewing Night

Janice Todd will be hosting a sewing nights for Troop 177 and 77 Scouts and leaders this Tuesday.

Anyone needing patches sewn should place their shirt and/or sash with patches into a large ziploc bag labeled with the Scout’s name and have your Scout wear a Class B uniform (i.e. Scouting T-shirt) to the meeting.  Depending on how many adult volunteers are available to assist Janice, the shirts/sashes will either be returned that same evening or possibly the following meeting if there’s not time to finish all the uniforms that get dropped off.

On that note, IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HELP WITH SEWING on any of those evenings, then please email Janice Todd at to let her know.  Janice is in the process of transitioning out of her Sewing Committee Leader role and we need a new parent to take that over between now and the end of the year in order to continue offering the sewing committee services for our Scouts moving forward.

Summer Camp

Attention scouts and parents! The Troop annual swim testing date is set for Saturday May 20th from 3-6pm at Dynamo Swim Club (3119 Shallowford Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341). 

Swim tests are only good for a year and must be renewed annually. Every Scout or adult planning on attending summer camp, Philmont, any fall Troop water activities or campouts, Northern Tier, or participating in any Aquatics Merit Badge must pass the BSA Swimmer Classification test as a swimmer.

Sign up for your Swim Test.

Visit the Summer Camp webpage for imporatant dates and news regarding camp! 

Merit Badge Opportunities

Atlanta Area Council has already announced all of the Merit Badge summits for next year.

In addition to the Merit Badge Summits Atlanta Area Council offers many merit badge days throughout the year. Upcoming Merit Badge opportunities include Aviation on May 6th (and every month this year), .
More information about these and other Merit Badge programs at:

Aquatics Merit Badge Workshops are held throughout the summer at the Allatoona Aquatics Base. New Classes open each Friday. Registration for June 3 and 10 classes is already open.
More information about these programs can be found at:

The next Merit Badge Summit will be October 28, 2023.
To learn more about this and other Merit Badge Summits, visit:

Chattahoochee Nature Center offers nature themed merit badge classes on the weekends throughout the year. Upcoming classes include Canoing on May 7, and Mammal Study on May 21.
For more information and to register visit:

Dunwoody Nature Center also offers a number of nature related Merit Badges. Upcoming classes include: Soil and Water Conservation May 27 and Sustainability June 24.
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