Troop 505 Whispering Screech Owl aka Matt Robertson Eagle Ceremony Oct 6

Spirit of AmericaOn Sunday, October 6th, an Eagle Court of Honor will be held for Matt Robertson at Community Church of Chapel Hill. Class A required.

What: Matt Robertson’s (Whispering Screech Owl) Eagle Court of Honor

When: Sunday, October 6th at 3:30 pm.

Where: Community Church of Chapel Hill,

The Community Church of Chapel Hill is located at 106 Purefoy Road (near the corner of Mason Farm Rd.) Chapel Hill, NC  27514. The ceremony will be at the outdoor chapel behind the Charles M. Jones Community Building. There will be signs posted to guide you.

If weather does not permit an outdoor ceremony the event will be moved inside the Jones Building.

Please join us for a reception in the Charlie Jones Community Building.

Troop 505 Standing Sequoia aka Nathan Harry Eagle Ceremony Jun 26

Growth of a LeaderOn Wednesday, June 26th, an Eagle Court of Honor will be held for Nathan Harry at Camp Chestnut Ridge. Class A required.

What: Nathan Harry’s (aka Standing Sequoia) Eagle Court of Honor
When: Wednesday, June 26th at 7 pm.
Where: Camp Chestnut Ridge, outdoor chapel by the lake.  Camp Chestnut Ridge is located at 4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Road, Efland, NC  27243.  The outdoor chapel is behind the Morris Center and signs will be posted to guide you.

Please join us for a fruit and dessert reception (gluten-free/dairy-free options will be available!) after the ceremony.

Those Scouts taking active part in the ceremony should be at Camp Chestnut Ridge no later than 6:45pm.

Troop 505 Featured In Numerous News Media Broadcasts Memorial Day Weekend

T505TVooka message from Lee Heavlin, American Legion Post 6

Media coverage of veterans in Chapel Hill this weekend has been remarkable!  Thank you to Troop 505 and the families for all of your help throughout Memorial Day Weekend.

We got 3/4 front page and above the fold in the Durham Herald Sun (and they wrote a second story on us and put it on the front page, too) and we are in Chapel Hill.  The N&O gave us coverage in two spots.

There has been some strong support for veterans in Chapel Hill these past few days and we received favorable mention on two television stations and both the News and Observer and Durham Herald-Sun.

Here are some links to just some of the many, many stories in print over the weekend. There are more coming and some will not be released until the local newspapers print their Wednesday editions.

The Herald-Sun gave us FIVE stories this week:  See:

Veterans care about other veterans:

World War II Remembered by Veterans

News Observer  Service shows need for Memorial

Television and radio coverage.

WTVD gave us all day coverage as a featured story!  They modified the story as the day went on.  All ere most impressive.  Great sound bites.

WTVD.  They sent a film crew to both the cemetery and the American Legion.  This was three hours on-site.  There are three videos.  Chapel Hill cemetery and Legion is one of them.

NEWS-14 Time Warner News set a film crew that spent two hours with us and broadcast live from the cemetery.  We were featured news from 6 a.m. to midnight with two 30 second to just over a minute twice each hour.  See:

WCHL and gave us a lot of coverage all day and days up to our event.  They also gave us print coverage on their website and has about 30 photos on line for viewing.

Chapel Hill Magazine

Saturday, May 25 Scouts decorating cemetery.

Events list for Memorial Day

The News and Observer also had a link to the memorial website for donations and I hope that this link helps us with our fundraising See:

Troop 505 American Legion Memorial Day Weekend Community Service May 25-27

Troop 505 has been asked by the American Legion to participate in their Memorial Day Weekend services. If you are available please try to find some time to help. There are many opportunities to serve. ASM Eric Horlbeck will be the Troop adult leading in charge of coordinating the Troop with all Memorial Day Weekend Events. If you have any questions please feel free to contact ASM Horlbeck. To sign up for andy or all if the “Memorial Weekend Events.” Please click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.

a message from Post 6 Commander Lee Heavlin

Memorial Day Weekend at the American Legion Post 6

We don’t celebrate Memorial Day. It is a day of remembrance of those who died in conflict or as a veteran. Veterans Day, however, celebrates the service of Veterans, living or dead, and their contributions to our country and community

16-Memorial Day Cemetery 2012 LHLong (23)The post joins with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, C. V. Cummings Chapel Hill Post 9100, as well as other local veterans and service groups to honor the dead on Memorial Day. In fact, our remembrance begins on Saturday morning, Memorial Day weekend.

We gather early that day at 7 a.m. to place flags on the marked graves of veterans at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery. You are invited to join us and, if you have a loved one buried there, we will give you a flag to place on their grave. Scouts from the many Chapel Hill Troops join us each year.

Flag placement is followed by a short Memorial Day service at 8 a.m. in the cemetery plaza. We will tell the story of Memorial Day and recognize local World War II veterans. Did you know that Memorial Day started as a southern event? It dates back to the Civil War and the decorating of soldiers graves by widows and family. Learn more

Bud Hampton

Bud Hampton

Our post will hold an open house on Monday, May 27th, 2013.  The doors open at 10 a.m. with a memorial service at 11 a.m.  Major Everett “Bud” Hampton, USMC (Retired), is our speaker.  Major Hampton is an Iwo Jima survivor, but there is more to his tale. Bud landed in THREE Pacific islands to capture them BEFORE he got to Iwo Jima. He was a seasoned Marine, who saw many island battles by the time he got there! His Marine battalion was used in Corsica for the filming of The Longest Day.  Read biography

You can download a schedule of Memorial Day weekend activities.  Download Memorial Day 2013 Weekend Events

Need a flyer for your school, church, or group?  Download Memorial Day Event Flyer 2013 

Troop 505 Flying Ostrich aka Bryce Sensenig Eagle Ceremony May 15

Growth of a LeaderOn Wednesday, May 15, a Court of Honor Ceremonial Fire will be held for Bryce Sensenig at the American Legion in Chapel Hill.  If weather does not permit an outdoor ceremony the event will be moved inside the Legion.

The reception will start at 8:00 pm and will include plenty of brownies, punch and traditional s’mores. The ceremony will run promptly from 8pm – 8:45pm. Class A required.

Those Scouts already notified as taking active part in the ceremony, please be at the Legion no later than 30 minutes to reception (practice session for participants will be 7:30 – 8:00pm).

Troop 505 Black Hawk aka Dallas West Eagle Ceremony Apr 24

Troop Meeting, Eagle Ceremony, Wednesday April 24, 6:30-8:30 at Jordan Lake State Park, Ebenezer Recreation Area, Shelter 8 near Old Oak Trail off Farrington Road about one (1) mile south of NC-64, Apex, NC. If weather does not permit an outdoor ceremony an announcement to be made 24 hours prior.

On Wednesday, April 24, Troop 505 will meet at Jordan Lake State Park Ebenezer Recreation Area Shelter #8 for an Eagle Ceremony. The reception will start at 6:30pm and will include plenty of delicious salads, appetizers and snacks. The ceremony will run promptly from 7pm – 7:45pm. Class A required.

Those Scouts already notified as taking active part in the ceremony, please be at Shelter #8 no later than 30 minutes to reception (practice session for participants will be 6:00 – 6:30 pm).

Orange District Order Of The Arrow Tap-Out Ceremony Mar 2

The Campfire Story

Troop 505 2013 OA Nominees

As you all know, troop elections have been held earlier than usual this year. This is because the Lodge is offering an opportunity for candidates to go through their Ordeal at Spring PowWow so they are able to attend the Section OA Conclave in April at Camp Durant. We currently planning to have our Tap-Out Ceremony at the American Legion (1714 Legion Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517) on Saturday March 2nd at 6:30 pm.  This is where we will announce the successful candidates from the troop elections.   While the candidates are being briefed, Troop 505 will be doing a flag retirement ceremony.

The campfire program will probably take about 30-45 minutes.

Scoutmasters, please arrive at 6:15 so you can verify the names on our list and whether or not they will be present.  This helps us make certain we do not miss anyone.

We are watching the weather…. and working on plan B.  We will send emails/call SMs by noon Saturday if the location changes due to weather.

Troop 505 OA Brothers

We need you all to come out to the Legion at 3:30 to help set up for this event. If you can come to help set up AND be a torch bearer, please send me an email at  asap but by Thursday, February 28. All Troop 505 Scouts who were nominated for the Order of the Arrow Ordeal a few weeks ago need to be in attendance March 2 for the Orange District OA Tap-Out Ceremony. This is the ceremony normally held at the camporee with torches, campfire, and much pomp and circumstance. It is a great thing to watch. The OA will announce who has been elected at this ceremony, so bring your boy in full uniform and watch a great show.

Troop 505 Stone Mountain Hiking Expedition Specs Nov 9-11

Troop 505 will meet at 6pm Friday night on Veterans Day Weekend at the American Legion Post 6 to lead an American Flag Retirement Ceremony. The Troop has over 200 flags to retire and plans to start the ceremony around 7pm and end around 11pm. The Troop will camp on the American Legion property Friday night.

The Troop will be departing on Saturday at 9am and drive to Stone Mountain State Park and camp in the ‘drive-in group campsites’. Saturday departure will be at 9am sharp. Activities Saturday include a day hike on Stone Mountain, work on Scout skills, and a Patrol competition during the afternoon/evening.  A 10 mile hike may be an option if there is interest and we have adequate adult coverage.

Anticipated Costs per Scout

Campsites – $8

Travel – $12

Food – $20


Friday, 6:00pm Arrive at the American Legion – Set-Up Camp at American Legion Post 6

7:00-11:00pm Veterans Day Weekend Flag Retirement Ceremony

11:00pm Lights Out

Saturday, 7 am, Reveille, breakfast and prepare for day’s activities

9:00 am, Depart American Legion, Chapel Hill for Stone Mountain State Park

~ 11:30 am, Arrive at park, Group Campsite in Family Camping Area – Set Up Camp

Saturday, 8-mile day hikes across Stone Mountain, patrol activities, and Scout skills

Saturday evening, Scoutmaster Spaghetti Dinner

Sunday morning, Reveille, breakfast, Scout’s Own

Sunday, 9am, Depart for Chapel Hill


Prepare for a backpacking outing.  Plan for cold, wet weather.  See web site for equipment guidelines.


Friday dinner – eat dinner before you arrive or bring your own

Friday late night – Scoutmaster Cracker Barrel

Saturday breakfast – by Patrol

Saturday lunch – By patrol to be distributed by Grubmasters to Scouts for the Trail

Saturday dinner –  Scoutmaster Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner

Sunday breakfast – By Patrol

Grubmasters are responsible for Saturday and Sunday meals (3).  Budget $15 per person for Saturday breakfast, lunch, and other meals.  Scouts should pack trail mix, clif bars, etc. for the hikes

Driving Directions

(145 miles each way)

Troop 505 Eli Parker Eagle Ceremony Jun 6

Troop Meeting, Eagle Ceremony, Wednesday June 6, 7-8:30 at New Hope Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill.

On Wednesday, June 6, Troop 505 will meet at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill for an Eagle Ceremony.  The ceremony will run from 7 PM – 7:40 PM followed by cake, ice cream sundaes, and fruit (the healthy choice) .  After the ceremony, there will likely be a short troop meeting at the church.   Class A.

Directions to church:  The church is ½ way between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough.  From Timberlyne North (corner of Weaver Dairy Road and MLK Blvd Jr.),  take MLK Blvd north bound toward Hillsborough for 3.8 miles.    MLK Blvd will turn into old Route 86.   New Hope Presbyterian Church is on the left hand side.   Look for the balloons on the road.  If you get to New Hope Road you went too far.

Those scouts already notified as taking active part in the ceremony, please be at the church 15-30 min early (6:30 – 6:45 pm).

Troop 505 Featured In News 14 Memorial Day Weekend Broadcast

a message from Lee Heavlin, American Legion Post 6

A very special thanks to all American Legion Post 6 members and families that woke up extra early today to decorate graves.  Boy Scout Troop 505 joined us for flag placement along with Troop 835, who also played taps.

NC-14 News was there on our arrival and they interviewed a lot of you.  They also interviewed a Boy Scout from Troop 835. I think the story that broadcast was outstanding. The cemetery looked great and this was a live news feed from the cemetery.  Here is a link to the story: