Camping Plans for Fall 2019

Troop 505 is excited about our camping plans for Fall of 2019.

September 27 to 29: Camp Out: Orienteering

October 5: Running a merit badge at Webelos Woods

October 18 to 20: Sailing on the Neuse River

November 5 to 7: Hiking at Falls Lake

December 6: The Climbing Place Overnighter

Please contact us for more information. See our Contacts page.

June 10th Hike to Falls Lake and Cookout

Troop 505 would like to invite Webelos (1st year), those working on the Arrow of Light (2nd year), and any boys interested in learning more about Troop 505 to join us for a day hike and cookout at Falls Lake State Recreation Area on June 10th, 2017. We will meet at the Falls Lake State Recreation Area Park Office (off U.S. 50) at 10 am and will hike along the hiking trail to the Shinleaf recreational area. We have a pavilion reserved at Shinleaf and will have a cookout and games for the scouts. The event will end around 2 pm.

Scouts should wear appropriate footwear for a hike, water, and other essentials they believe they might need for a hike (trail snack, sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, rain gear, map/compass, toilet paper, personal 1st aid kit).

Address for the Park Office: 13304 Creedmoor Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587.

Directions: Take I-40 East towards Raleigh. Take exits 283 to I-540E towards US-70. Take Exit 9 for NC-50 toward Raleigh/Creedmore (you will take a Left at the end of the exit ramp onto NC-50). You will stay on this road approximately 7 miles until you reach the recreation area. The Park Office is right before you cross over Falls Lake.

Please RSVP to drewfogarty “at” hotmail “dot” com if interested in attending the event or have questions.

Troop 505 Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge (1 of 4) Meeting Oct 12

Spirit of AmericaDuring our next Troop Meeting at the American Legion Post 6 on October 12th from 7-8:30pm, we will end work on our requirements for the BSA Citizenship in the World Merit Badge will take about two (2) months over four (4) sessions during our regular scheduled Troop meetings.

Please try your best to attend if you are interested in completing this Merit Badge. And please remember to purchase your Citizenship in the World Merit Badge Series Pamphlet the next time you are at the Scout Store.

During this session we plan to complete any requirements that have not been completed in previous sessions.

Troop 505 Patrol Leaders Council Oct 5

Growth of a LeaderTroop 505 will have it’s regularly scheduled Patrol Leader’s Council on October 5th from 6:30-7pm. The PLC is always scheduled the first Troop Meeting of every month. If you currently hold a leadership role that requires participation in the Troop PLC, you attendance is expected. These positions include: Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leaders, Assistant Patrol Leaders (if your Patrol Leader is unable to attend), Scribe, all Troop Guides and all Junior Assistant Scoutmasters.

In an effort to better organize our Uniformed Adult Leadership, a meeting of Assistant Scoutmaster’s is requested during the regularly scheduled PLC. If you are currently a registered Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 505 or if you desire volunteering in this role, your attendance is requested.

“The patrol system is not one method in which Scouting for boys can be carried on. It is the only method.”

—Lord Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder

The Patrol Leaders’ Council

A Troop should always be led by its elected boy leaders. With the guidance of the Scoutmaster and his assistants, the boy leaders plan the program, conduct troop meetings, and provide leadership among their peers. The Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC), not the adult leaders, is responsible for planning and conducting the Troop’s meetings and activities.

The members of the Troop elect one of their own to serve as the Senior Patrol Leader. To give more Scouts the opportunity to lead, once a year, the current Troop 505 Assistant Senior Patrol Leader moves into the Senior Patrol Leader position and the Troop elects a new Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.

Your Role in the Patrol Leaders’ Council

The Patrol Leaders’ Council is made up of the Senior Patrol Leader, who presides over the meetings; the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and all Patrol Leaders, with the support of the Troop Scribe and the Troop Guides. As a Patrol Leader, you serve as the voice of your Patrol. During PLC Patrol Leaders should present the ideas and concerns of your patrol and in turn share the decisions of the Patrol Leaders’ Council with your Patrol.

Patrol Leaders’ Council Meetings

The Troop’s meeting programs and activities are selected and planned at the annual program planning conference. The troop’s yearly plan is then submitted to the Troop Committee for approval. The Troop Committee either approves the plan or makes alternative suggestions for the Patrol Leaders’ Council to consider. At its monthly meetings, the PLC fine-tunes the plans for the upcoming month by organizing and assigning responsibilities for the weekly Troop meeting program and planning the details of any upcoming Troop activities. The Troop Committee should always interact with the PLC through the Scoutmaster.

Patrol Leaders’ Council Position Descriptions

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) – top junior leader in the troop. He is elected by the entire troop and leads the Patrol Leaders’ Council and, in consultation with the Scoutmaster, appoints other junior leaders and assigns specific responsibilities as needed.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) – fills in for Senior Patrol Leader in his absence. There may be more than one ASLP. They are responsible for training and giving direction to the Scribe, Quartermaster, Troop Historian, Librarian, Webmaster and Instructors.

Patrol Leader (PL) – gives leadership to members of his Patrol and represents them on the PLC.

Assistant Patrol Leader (APL) – is fully informed about all aspects concerning his Patrol and fills in for the Patrol Leader in his absence.

Troop Scribe (TS) – attends the meeting to support the PLC as the Troop Secretary.

Troop Guide (TG) – attends the meeting to support the PLC as an advisor and guide to the Patrol(s) and Patrol Leader(s).

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (JASM) – an Eagle Scout, 16 years or older, attends the meeting to support the PLC, who supervises and supports other boy leaders as assigned by the Scoutmaster.

Troop 505 Annual Field Games Patrol Competition Oct 5

To Keep Myself Physically StrongOur next Troop meeting will be this Wednesday, October 5th, 7-8:30pm. We will will be having our 1st Annual Indoor Field Games Patrol Competition.

Please bring a good sportsman attitude, your Scout Handbook and your BSA Sports Merit Badge Pamphlet. Any person(s) assigned a responsibility of bring materials for the evening should remember to be on-time with the expected materials in-hand. All Scouts should attend this Troop meeting in their Class B’s and be prepared for a workout.

Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday for another exciting Troop 505 Scouting night.

Troop 505 Personal Fitness Merit Badge (2 of 2) Workshop Sep 21

To Keep Myself Physically StrongDuring our next Troop Meeting at the American Legion Post 6 on September 21st from 7-8:30pm. We started working on our requirements for the BSA Fitness Merit Badge over two (2) sessions during our regular scheduled Troop meetings over the past month.

Please try your best to attend if you are interested in completing this Merit Badge. And please remember to purchase your Personal Fitness Merit Badge Series Pamphlet the next time you are at the Scout Store.

During this Troop meeting we plan to complete all the requirements not previously completed.

We will discuss plans to implement the following requirements over the next 12-weeks:

7. Outline a comprehensive 12-week physical fitness program using the results of your fitness tests. Be sure your program incorporates the endurance, intensity, and warm-up guidelines discussed in the Personal Fitness merit badge pamphlet. Before beginning your exercises, have the program approved by your counselor and parents.

8. Complete the physical fitness program you outlined in requirement 7. Complete the physical fitness program you outlined in requirement 7. Keep a log of your fitness program activity (how long you exercised; how far you ran, swam, or biked; how many exercise repetitions you completed; your exercise heart rate; etc.). Repeat the aerobic fitness, muscular strength, and flexibility tests every two weeks and record your results. After the 12th week, repeat the three tests, record your results, and show improvement in each one. For the body composition test, compare and analyze your preprogram and postprogram body composition measurements. Discuss the meaning and benefit of your experience, and describe your long-term plans regarding your personal fitness.

Troop 505 Personal Fitness Merit Badge (1 of 2) Workshop Sep 14

To Keep Myself Physically StrongDuring our next Troop Meeting at the American Legion Post 6 on Septmber 14th from 7-8:30pm, we will start work on our requirements for the BSA Fitness Merit Badge over two (2) sessions during our regular scheduled Troop meetings.

Please try your best to attend if you are interested in completing this Merit Badge. And please remember to purchase your Personal Fitness Merit Badge Series Pamphlet the next time you are at the Scout Store.

During this Troop meeting we plan to complete:

1. Do the following:

A. Before completing requirements 2 through 9, have your health-care practitioner give you a physical examination, using the Scout medical examination form. Describe the examination. Tell what questions the doctor asked about your health. Tell what health or medical recommendations the doctor made and report what you have done in response to the recommendations. Explain the following: Why physical exams are important?, Why preventative habits (such as exercising regularly) are c. important in maintaining good health, and how the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and other harmful substances can negatively affect our personal fitness., Diseases that can be prevented and how., The seven warning signs of cancer., The youth risk factors that affect cardiovascular fitness in adulthood.

B. Have a dental examination . Get a statement saying that your teeth have been checked and cared for. Tell how to care for your teeth.

2. Explain to your merit badge counselor verbally or in writing what personal fitness means to you, including: Components of personal fitness, Reasons for being fit in all components., What it means to be mentally healthy, What it means to be physically healthy and fit., What it means to be socially healthy. Discuss your activity in the areas of healthy social fitness., What you can do to prevent social, emotional, or mental problems.

3. With your counselor answer and discuss the following questions: Are you free from all curable diseases? Are you living in such a way that your risk of preventable diseases is minimized? Are you immunized and vaccinated according to the advice of your health-care provider? Do you understand the meaning of a nutritious diet and know why it is important for you? Does your diet include foods from all food groups? Are your body weight and composition what you would like them to be, and do you know how to modify them safely through exercise, diet, and behavior modification?, Do you carry out daily activities without noticeable effort? Do you have extra energy for other activities? Are you free from habits relating to poor nutrition and the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and other practices that could be harmful to your health? Do you participate in a regular exercise program or recreational activities? Do you sleep well at night and wake up feeling refreshed and energized for the new day? Are you actively involved in the religious organization of your choice, and do you participate in its youth activities?, Do you spend quality time with your family and friends in social and recreational activities?, Do you support family activities and efforts to maintain a good home life?

4. Explain the following about physical fitness: a. The components of physical fitness, b. Your weakest and strongest component of physical fitness, c. The need to have a balance in all four components of physical fitness., d. How the components of personal fitness relate to the Scout Law and Scout Oath.

5. Explain the following about nutrition: a. The importance of good nutrition, b. What good nutrition means to you, c. How good nutrition is related to the other components of personal fitness, d. The three components of a sound weight (fat) control program.

6. Before doing requirements 7 and 8, complete the aerobic fitness, flexibility, muscular strength, and body composition tests as described in the Personal Fitness merit badge pamphlet. Record your results and identify those areas where you feel you need to improve.

Aerobic Fitness Test
Record your performance on one of the following tests:
Run/walk as far as you can in nine minutes
OR
Run/walk one mile as fast as you can
Flexibility Test
Using a sit-and-reach box constructed according to specifications in this merit badge pamphlet, make four repetitions and record the fourth reach. This last reach must be held steady for 15 seconds to qualify. (Remember to keep your knees down.) Click here to see how to build a Sit and Reach Box.
Strength Tests
Record your performance on all three tests.
Sit-ups. Record the number of sit-ups done correctly in 60 seconds. The sit-ups must be done in the form explained and illustrated in the merit badge pamphlet. Click here to see the illustration from the merit badge pamphlet
Pull-ups. Record the total number of pull-ups completed correctly in 60 seconds. Be consistent with the procedures presented in the merit badge pamphlet. Click here to see the illustration from the merit badge pamphlet
Push-ups. Record the total number of push-ups completed correctly in 60 seconds. Be consistent with the procedures presented in the merit badge pamphlet. Click here to see the illustration from the merit badge pamphlet
Body Composition Test
Have your parent, counselor, or other adult take and record the following measurements:
Circumference of the right upper arm, midway between the shoulder and the elbow, with the arm hanging naturally and not flexed.
Shoulders, with arms hanging by placing the tape two inches below the top of the shoulders around the arms, chest, and back after breath expiration.
Chest, by placing the tape under the arms and around the chest and back at the nipple line after breath expiration.
Abdomen circumference at the navel level (relaxed).
Circumference of the right thigh, midway between the hip and knee, and not flexed.
If possible, have the same person take the measurements whenever you are ready to be remeasured to chart your progress.

Troop 505 American Legion Community Service Work Day Sep 7

So Much ConcernOur First Troop meeting for for the 2016 school year will be from 7-9pm on September 7th at the American Legion Post 6.

During this meeting we will be performing various community service activities for improving the American Legion grounds. Please come prepared to work on everything from weeding the flag ceremony area, to edging the sidewalks, to cleaning the up the trash, to clearing the lakeside.

Bring all the necessary tools from your home that might help us imrove the Legion grounds. Make sure to bring goggles, hard toed shoes and gloves for your safety. Do not wear your Class A’s as we will be getting dirty this day. Looking forward to seeing the entire Troop ready to serve our Chartering Organization, the American Legion Post 6