October 11, 2022

In this week’s newsletter

Meeting This Week

This week’s Tuesday meeting is the Golden Spoon, on Oct 11th. I need everyone, including the Scouts that will not be at next week’s meeting, to fill out this check-in status form. That way, I can assign partners for people who have not chosen any yet, and I can make sure that everyone is prepared.

Thank you guys!

SM note (each team has a budge of $10 for their golden spoon meal).

November Camping Trip

The November campout will be a joint outing with the second year Webelos. Scouts will lead the Webelos in Olympic-style Scouting games and work on basic camp skills. We will also enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner together Saturday night!

For more information and to register vistit the November Camping Page.

January Camping Trip

Due to the delicate nature of the caves we will be visiting in January, access is limited and requires early planning to get a permit to enter the caves. If you are thinking about going, please sign up today. Registration closes soon, and we will not be able to accomodate late registration requests.

For more information and to register vistit the Caving page on the Troop 77 Website.

The Oak Grove BBQ is Back – and we need you!

After going virtual for the last 2 years, we’re heading Back to the Pit with the 61 st Annual Oak Grove BBQ on Saturday, October 15 from 11AM – 4PM! In addition to being a great day filled with delicious, lip-smacking, belly-rubbing food, the BBQ is a huge fundraiser for multiple ministries – including scouting!

Scouts have ALWAYS been a HUGE part of the Oak Grove BBQ, and we need you this year! There are many jobs for younger scouts, older scouts and adult volunteers to cook, set up, serve, or help clean up. All volunteers will earn service hours and the coveted, collectable Oak Grove BBQ Patch!

Wondering what the best job is for you?

  • Cub Scouts (with parents) and First Year BSA Scouts: Consider helping with the Dining Room
    Drinks and Turnover, helping to clear plates and clean tables!
  • Traditional Scouts: Consider helping with Clean Up or Stew Stirring!
  • Older Scouts and Adults: You can sign up for any job, including Stew Stirring, Pulling of the Pork,
    or a coveted overnight Pork Cooking Shift!
  • In addition to these ‘official’ jobs, there’s a longstanding tradition for Scouts to cook cobbler for
    the late-night cooking crew.

To volunteer or to buy your BBQ Tickets, go to: https://ogumc.org/event/barbecue
If you have questions OR if you’d like to be part of the Cobbler crew, please contact Adam DeLange: adamfdelange@gmail.com

Jamboree on the Air/Internet

Get Ready to connect with millions of Scouts from around the world for a weekend of fun and friendly group activities over the Internet and airwaves! From talent shows to an interactive 3D campsite, a global campfire, live shows, and much more—this digital event inspires global citizenship through communication technology to help create a better world.

JOTA/JOTI Begins Friday, October 14, 2022 and ends Sunday, October 16, 2022.

JOTA/JOTI participation fulfills requirements for the Citizenship in the World merit badge and the International Spirit Award.

For more information visit: https://www.jotajoti.info/

Volunteer at Spookyree

It takes a large team of volunteers and staff to make Fall Family Camp an amazing experience for our Scouts. Scout BSA Troops or individual Scouts are encouraged to volunteer to help at this event. Volunteers will have all meals, lodging, and a patch, plus service hours (where applicable). If you are interested in volunteering, please register at the link below. You will receive further information from our Volunteer Coordinator closer to the event. Click here to register: https://www.campbertadams.org/volunteer

Upcoming dates to volunteer are: October 7-9, October 14-16, and October 21-23.

Note that while this is a troop approved service opportunity, it is not (currently) a troop planned activity. If you attend, you will need to make your own arrangments for transporation.

There are opportunities for community service listed on the Community Service Page. If you know of any other opportunities, please feel free to share these with Julian or Mr. Taylor.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops

Atlanta Area Council offerother Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops courses several times each year. ILST is a great training opportunity for Scouts to learn to be an effective leader in the troop. Registration is open for the next session on November 5th. If you are at all interested in NYLT, please consider taking one of these courses.

More information about Atlanta Area Council ILST: https://www.atlantabsa.org/youthtraining

One more reason to take ILST is that it is a pre-requisite for National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). This is a week-long leadership training course that will teach you how to be an effective leader not just in the troop, but in school, at home, and in all aspects of life. Courses are offered several times a year during school breaks. If you are at all intersted in NYLT makes plans to take ILST.

More information about NYLT: https://www.atlantabsa.org/NYLT

Merit Badge Opportunities

Atlanta Area Council has announced all of the Merit Badge summits for 2022. The next Merit Badge Summit will be Saturday, Oct 29, 2022 and will be Stranger Things themed, meaning some of the more uncommon (i.e. stranger) Merit Badges will be offered. Registration opens September 16, 2022 at 9 AM.
To learn more about this and other Merit Badge Summits planned this year, visit: https://www.atlantabsa.org/MeritBadgeSummit

Atlanta Area Council offers many merit badge offerings throughout the year. Upcoming Merit Badge opportunities include Aviation offered October 15th.
More information about these and other Merit Badge programs at: https://www.atlantabsa.org/meritbadgedays

Chattahoochee Nature Center offers nature themed merit badge classes on the weekends throughout the year.
For more information and to register visit: https://www.chattnaturecenter.org/education/scouts/scouts-bsa/

Dunwoody Nature Center offers a number of nature related Merit Badges spring through fall.
Learn more and register at: https://dunwoodynature.org/scout-merit-badges/

Daniel Boone Council headquartered in Asheville, NC has a rolling slate of virtual merit badge programs, with new merit badges offered every week. These are usually two sessions in the late afternoon or evening. There are quite a few popular merit badges including a large selection of Eagle Required. These usually fill up, but if you look at later weeks, there are plenty of seats still open.
Learn more and register at: https://www.danielboonecouncil.org/virtual

Winter Camp at Bert Adams

The Atlanta Area Council is excited to offer Winter Camp at Bert Adams for Scouts BSA Troops! Scouts will have the opportunity to camp, play, and experience unique programs and merit badges that are not available at either of our summer camps!

We’ve pulled together the best of our summer camp staff for an all-star leadership team. Scouts can attend as a Troop, patrol, or as individual provisional Scouts.

More information about Winter Camp visit: https://www.campbertadams.org/wintercamp

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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