May 9, 2023

In this week’s newsletter

Meeting This Week

Hello Scouts!

This meeting, we’ll be doing requirements for the Chess Merit Badge! We’ll be going over some of the talking requirements before we get to the fun part of actually playing the chess games. I will be bringing a few chess sets, but if you have an easy-to-transport set, you would like to use, please bring it. 

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Yours in Scouting,

         Violet T.

Committee Meeting This Monday

This Monday (May 8th) we will have a virtual committee meeting at 7:30 p.m. all adult leaders and parents are encouraged to attend. Zoom details will be sent our via Remind.

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:

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.

Volunteer for Cub Day Camp, June 5-9

Hightower Trail Cub Scout Day Camp is June 5-9 from 8:30 am-4pm at Chamblee UMC. The camp relies completely on volunteers to run everything! Adults fill key program roles, but BSA youth volunteers form the backbone of the week. Please consider volunteering! You can help ½ a day, a full day, a few days, or the entire week. Not only is is this a lot of fun, but it’s a great way to earn service hours for rank advancement.

To sign up, visit

Questions? Email Program Director Mrs. Katherine Hunt at

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.

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