May 7, 2024

In this week’s newsletter

Court of Honor

This Tuesday May 7th, we will have our final Court of Honor of the year. Please wear your full class A (including neckerchief and Merit Badge sash).

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:

Oak Grove Scouting Gear Swap

Oak Grove Scouting is excited to announce a new, virtual gear swap group through Facebook. Members of the Oak Grove UMC Scouting community can request access to the group via Facebook or by scanning the QR code below with your smartphone. Whether you are trying to find some new-to-you gear, or you are looking to free up a little extra space in the closet, this page is for you!

The Gear Swap page is a space for our community to virtually participate in buying, selling, trading or searching for scout gear. We ask that listings posted to the Gear Swap page be only gear, items and clothing relevant to scouting. Any spam or self-promotion will be removed. As always, please be kind to others in our community through any interactions on this page.

We need a 2nd BSA-registered adult to help us administrate this site! Please reach out to Paul Mooring to fill this role.

Ways to Join:

Go to: 

Scan QR code

Or or search

Facebook for “Scouting at Oak Grove – Gear Swap” and request to join the group.

Merit Badge Opportunities

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

  • The AAC is offering its next Merit Badge Summit on Saturday, April 27th.  The summit will be dedicated to STEM-related merit badges, including tough-to-get badges such as Sustainability.  The cost per class is $20, and registration closes on April 19th. Registration opens February 27th at 9:00 a.m.
    To learn more visit:
  • 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 the Canoeing Merit Badge on May 5th and 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 Nature Study on April 20, Soil and 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.
Find out more 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

  • Or text @troop177p to the number 81010

Troop 177 Scouts

  • or text @troop177s to the number 81010