September 6, 2022

In this week’s newsletter

Meeting This Week

This meeting…

We are doing a requirement sign off competition! Try to sign off as many advancement or Merit Badge requirements in one day, and the people with the most get prizes!

Make sure to bring…

Scout book (as always)

Anything you need to do the requirements

September Camping Trip

Registration for the September Camping has closed. If you are registered and have not completed the BSA swim test in the last year, please contact Mr. Taylor ASAP to arrange to be tested.

October Camping Trip

Registration is open for our October camping trip! We will be camping at Appletree Group Camp on the Nantahala River in North Carolina and hiking along the trails that run through the camp. Our trip is scheduled for the weekend of Septemer 30th through October 2nd. More details and registration info can be found on the Camping and Outings 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:

Service Opportunities

South River Cleanup

Help clean up the South River! Wear yourself out with others as we have a fun and rewarding time pulling cans, bottles, and tires out of the South River! You can participate as a member of the land crew or get in a kayak or canoe and load up your boat with trash as you float down the river. Let Andrew Kraft ( know of questions and if you are interested in participating! Learn more and sign up here!

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 September 17 and October 15th, and Personal Management September 10th at the Federal Reserve Bank (note this conflicts with our scheduled aquatics campout for September).
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: Insect Study September 17 and 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