September 20, 2022

In this week’s newsletter

Meeting This Week

This meeting…

We will be meeting at the church and going over the Forestry Merit Badge requirements we can do there. That will include 3, 4, 7, and maybe 6.

Make sure to bring…

notebook (or some sheets of paper stapled together)

October Camping Trip

If you have registered for the October Camping Trip to Appletree North Carolina, please note that this has been changed to a one night trip. More details about the changes can be found on the Troop 77 Appletree Campout Page.

University of Scouting

Any Scout interested in additional leadership training should consider attending the Atlanta Area Council University of Scouting event on September 24, 2022. There are two courses available for youth: Den Chief training and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST). I highly recommend ILST is it’s a great training opportunity for learning how to be a youth leader in the troop. This is also 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 Scouts, 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 consider registering for ILST at University of Scouting.

More information about University of Scouting:
More information about NYLT:

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops

In addtion to the ILST Course being offered at University of Scouting, the Atlanta Area Council has other ILST courses several times each year. 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:

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:
If you have questions OR if you’d like to be part of the Cobbler crew, please contact Adam DeLange:

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 for more:

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 and camping.

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.

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:

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:

Chattahoochee Nature Center offers nature themed merit badge classes on the weekends throughout the year. Upcoming classes include Nature September 25 and Mammal Study October 2.
For more information and to register visit:

Dunwoody Nature Center also offers a number of nature related Merit Badges. Upcoming classes include: Forestry October 8.
Learn more and register at:

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:

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