Troop 505 Harrison Czajkowski 2012 North Carolina American Legion Scholarship Recipient

Troop 505 Harrison Czajkowski was named the recipient of the American Legion, Department of North Carolina, Division winner of a scholarship for up to $1,000 to attend a Boy Scout High Adventure Trek of his choice.  He was sponsored by Chapel Hill Post 6. Congratulations Harrison!  Learn more

Troop 505 Leave No Trace Training Nov 10

If anyone is planning on attending either of the following courses:

• Leave No Trace 101 // November 10th @ Mawat Merit Badge College

• Leave No Trace Trainer // December  7th – 10th @ Camp Durant

Please use the above links and set yourself to attending if you are planning on going to either event.

The time to register is now. Both courses are quickly filling up and will likely be full by the end of the week.

The LNT 101 course has a cost of $5.00 which includes lunch & materials. If you are planning on attending the Trainer Course it is highly recommended you attend a LNT 101 course first.

The LNT Trainer course has a cost of $70.00 per person which includes all your meals and course materials during the course. There is a limit of 14 students in this course. Transportation from the American Legion to Camp Durant can be arranged for those who are attending. Please be aware this course is being conducted in a natural setting during December. It is likely to be cold. Be prepared for some winter style camping over the course of the weekend.

If you want to attend the LNT Trainer course please print out the registration form (, and bring it with you along with your enrollment fee to the next crew meeting on Wednesday. If paying by check please have check made out to “BSA Occoneechee Council #421”. I will only approve attendance for those members who have a $0.00 or positive balance in there individual scouter accounts.

Avery Z Chipka
Venture Crew 505 Advisor

Troop 505 Presidential Volunteer Service Award

Troop 505 is now a certifying organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA).  This means your Scout can turn in hours to the Troop Community Service Chair, and we will enter them into the awards program.  A Scout can earn a collar pin (really pretty), certificate, and formal recognition for his community service of any kind. This is a great resume builder for high school aged students beefing up their resume for college. You can enter hours retrospectively, which helps, and we can set the year-long date to start and end at any time, depending on your Scout’s individual needs. We would like to do it per calendar year Jan 1– Dec 31 unless you tell us otherwise. Volunteer hours for church or any legitimate community  service in or out of country counts.

So please visit the website ( if you want to find out more. If you have hours to be registered, please give the Troop Community Service Chair a list (date, hours, duty) by email or hardcopy.  We will make all the entries.  The program is also applicable to adults and adult hours will go to a troop group award.

The Presidential Volunteer Service Award

America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a Nation.

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

To date, the President’s Council has partnered with more than 80 Leadership Organizations and more than 28,000 Certifying Organizations to bestow more than 1.5 million awards to the Nation’s deserving volunteers.

The Award

Depending on which award package is ordered, award recipients can receive:

  • An official President’s Volunteer Service Award lapel pin
  • A personalized certificate of achievement
  • A congratulatory letter from the President of the United States

Award Criteria

Any individual, family, or group can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours earned over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime at home or abroad. The following are the eligibility requirements for each age group:

  • Kids: Age 5-14
  • Young Adults: Individual Age 15-25
  • Adults: Individual Age 26 +
Picture of Bronze President's Volunteer Service Award Pin

Bronze Level

Kids: 50 to 74 hours
Young Adults: 100 to 174 hours
Adults: 100 to 249 hours
Family & Groups: 200 to 499 hours

Picture of Silver President's Volunteer Service Award Pin

Silver Level

Kids: 75 to 99 hours
Young Adults: 175 to 249 hours
Adults: 250 to 499 hours
Family & Groups: 500 to 999 hours

Picture of Gold President's Volunteer Service Award Pin

Gold Level

Kids: 100 hours or more
Young Adults: 250 hours or more
Adults: 500 hours or more
Family & Groups: 1000 hours or more

Picture of Blue  President's Volunteer Service Award Pin

President’s Call To Service

All Ages

4,000 hours or more of volunteer service (over a lifetime).

Most certifying organizations will only enter volunteer work done for their own charity.  The Boy Scouts are fortunate because we can enter comm. Service done anywhere.

This program is entirely for your benefit, and there is no requirement for anyone to participate. Individuals simply cannot participate unless they have access to a certifying organization.

National Honor Patrol Award

The very best patrols exhibit enthusiasm, teamwork, and camaraderie – that special spark known as patrol spirit.

The National Honor Patrol Award is given to patrols whose members make an extra effort to have the best patrol possible. Your patrol can earn the award by doing the following over a period of three months.

Your patrol may earn multiple award patches by meeting the requirements in additional 3 month time periods.

1. Have a patrol name, flag, and yell. Put the patrol design on equipment and use the patrol yell. Keep patrol records up-to-date.

2. Hold two patrol meetings each month.

3. Take part in at least one hike, outdoor activity, or other Scouting event.

4. Complete two Good Turns or service projects approved by the patrol leaders’ council.

5. Help two patrol members advance in rank.

6. Have at least 75 percent of members in full uniform at troop activities.

7. Have a representative attend at least three patrol leaders’ council meetings.

8. Have eight members in the patrol or experience an increase in patrol membership.

Each unit leader determines if a patrol qualifies for the National Honor Patrol Award. The patch is an embroidered gold star (BSA No. 00367) worn around the patrol emblem and purchased at Scout shops or council service centers. There is no application form.

Patrol leaders may use this NHP award tracking sheet to record their efforts.

Boy Scouts of America William T Hornaday Conservation Awards

Conservation and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for a long time. Camping, hiking, and respect for the outdoors are a part of the Scouting heritage. Many of the requirements for advancement from Tenderfoot through Eagle Scout rank call for an increasing awareness and understanding of the natural sciences. Many former Scouts have become leaders in conserving our environment and protecting it from abuse. Right now Scouts are involved in learning about environmental problems and actively working to make a difference.

This awards program was created to recognize those that have made significant contributions to conservation. It was begun in 1914 by Dr. William T. Hornaday, director of the New York Zoological Park and founder of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hornaday was an active and outspoken champion of natural resource conservation and a leader in saving the American bison from extinction. He named the award the Wildlife Protection Medal. Its purpose was to challenge Americans to work constructively for wildlife conservation and habitat protection. After his death in 1937, the award was renamed in Dr. Hornaday’s honor and became a Boy Scouts of America award.

In the early 1970s, the present awards program was established with funding from the DuPont Company. At that time, the late Dr. Hornaday’s idea of conservation was broadened to include environmental awareness.

The Hornaday Awards are highly prized by those who have received them: Approximately 1,100 medals have been awarded over the past 80 years. These awards represent a substantial commitment of time and energy by individuals who have learned the meaning of a conservation/environmental ethic. Any Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer willing to devote the time and energy to work on a project based on sound scientific principles and guided by a conservation professional or a well-versed layperson can qualify for one of the Hornaday Awards. The awards often take months to complete, so activities should be planned well in advance.

The fundamental purpose of the Hornaday Awards program is to encourage learning by the participants and to increase public awareness about natural resource conservation. Understanding and practicing sound stewardship of natural resources and environmental protection strengthens Scouting’s emphasis on respecting the outdoors. The goal of this awards program is to encourage and recognize truly outstanding efforts undertaken by Scouting units, Scouts and Venturers, adult Scouters, and other individuals, corporations, and institutions that have contributed significantly to natural resource conservation and environmental protection.

William T. Hornaday Awards

William T. Hornaday awards are presented for distinguished service in natural resource conservation for units, Scouts, Venturers, and Scouters. Boy Scouts may earn the Hornaday Badge or the Hornaday Bronze or Silver Medal.

William T. Hornaday Badge

To be eligible for the Hornaday Badge, presented by the local council, a Boy Scout must do the following:

1. Earn First Class rank.

2. Plan, lead, and carry out at least one project from one of the categories listed below.

3. Complete the requirements for any three of the primary merit badges listed. In addition, complete any two of the others listed.

William T. Hornaday Bronze Medal

To be eligible for the bronze award, granted by the National Council, a Boy Scout must do the following:

1. Earn First Class rank.

2. For the bronze medal: Plan, lead, and carry out three projects from three separate categories listed.

3. Earn the Environmental Science merit badge. Earn at least three more primary merit badges listed, plus any two others listed.

William T. Hornaday Silver Medal

To be eligible for the silver award, granted by the National Council, a Boy Scout must do the following:

1. Earn First Class rank.

2. Plan, lead, and carry out four projects from four separate categories listed.

3. Earn the Environmental Science merit badge. Earn all six primary merit badges and any other three.

Project Categories

  • Energy conservation
  • Soil and water conservation
  • Fish and wildlife management
  • Forestry and range management
  • Air and water pollution control
  • Resource recovery (recycling)
  • Hazardous material disposal and management
  • Invasive species control

Primary Merit Badges

  • Energy
  • Environmental Science
  • Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Forestry
  • Public Health
  • Soil and Water Conservation

Elective Merit Badges

  • Bird Study
  • Fishing
  • Gardening
  • Geology
  • Insect Study
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Mammal Study
  • Nature
  • Nuclear Science
  • Oceanography
  • Plant Science
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Reptile and Amphibian Study
  • Weather

A Few Hornaday Silver Medal Honorees

Matthew Authement, Troop 219, St. Petersburg, Fla.: Removed invasive tree species at nature preserve; improved migratory songbird habitat; constructed nesting boxes and birdcage for educational program at preserve; managed community battery recovery and recycling project.

Brady Baldwin, Lone Scout, Green Valley, Calif.: Removed trash and built sign to discourage littering at park; built and installed bat boxes; built and installed recycling bins; promoted energy conservation at middle school.

Kyle Baldwin, Lone Scout, Green Valley, Calif.: Cleared dams blocking a creek; promoted use of solar energy at high school; installed wood-duck boxes; installed information signs at a park.

Daniel Barber, Troop 942, Cameron, N.C.:Designed and installed outdoor physical fitness stations; installed bridges across streams near high school; made cross-country running course more environmentally friendly; restored the area surrounding town well sites.

Matthew Brennan, Troop 13, Warren, Pa.:Restored damaged undergrowth at wildlife area; monitored bald eagle nest and planted vegetation to serve as food for wildlife; removed hazardous discarded fishing line from reservoir; repaired hiking trail for better erosion control.

Travis Cochran, Troop 104, Cedarpines Park, Calif.: Restored forest and wildlife habitat at fire station; improved wildlife water source; protected endangered plants at park by removing invasive species; returned illegal road to natural conditions; planted and maintained trees at Scout camp.

Carl Diamond, Varsity Scout Team 1357, Woodbridge, Va.: Removed trash and repaired damage to a hiking trail; removed non-native vegetation from a wildlife refuge; promoted proper disposal of hazardous household waste; improved wildlife habitats in park.

Robert Dixon, Troop 748, Oceanside, Calif.: Removed invasive tree species from wildlife preserve; developed plan to create backyard wildlife habitats; monitored activities of endangered native bird population; removed and repaired incorrectly installed drainpipes that were causing erosion.

Lewis Gorman IV, Troop 144, Cherry Hill, N.J.: Started battery recycling program; restored and rerouted hiking trail at Scout camp; built and installed nesting boxes for birds along a trail; created a tree identification trail.

Jesse Hand, Venturing Crew 18, Manitou Springs, Colo.: Conceived and directed erosion control project; led reforestation project; organized chemical waste collection and recycling program; worked on wolf protection/community awareness project.

Graham Huggins, Troop 320, Simpsonville, S.C.: Built nature trail around pond; introduced pond fish that would eat invasive weeds; launched erosion control projects at state park; repaired signs along hiking trail.

Jonathan Kruse, Troop 519, Russiaville, Ind.: Built and installed bird feeders along nature trail; launched erosion control project along river; ran composting education program; ran hazardous material disposal project.

Michael Lionetti, Troop 825, Houston, Tex.: Planted native vegetation to prevent erosion and flooding; explored ways to improve flood control properties along a canal; ran Christmas tree recycling program; planted native trees.

John Maseda, Troop 301, St. Petersburg, Fla.: Removed invasive species of tree from park; taught wildlife education classes; restored native plant populations at a park; promoted proper methods for hazardous material disposal.

Joshua Mayes, Troop 105, Wallisville, Tex.: Planted vegetation to benefit marsh wildlife; repaired boat ramp at Scout camp; conducted seed collecting and planting project for wildlife refuge; restored native grasses to marshlands.

Griffin McGee, Troop 908, Burns Harbor, Ind.: Removal of non-native plants; led ditch construction project to improve drainage; planted pine trees at camp; built new hiking trail at park.

Quentin Mullen, Venturing Crew 009, Winchester, Ind.: Built outdoors learning display at environmental center; ran battery recycling drive at middle school; created nature program at Cub Scout day camp; helped with biological survey and monitoring project at 10 sites.

Samuel Nassie, Troop 770, Paradise, Calif.: Restored hiking trail; helped with reforestation project in wildfire-damaged area; installed wood-duck nesting boxes near a lake; created program for proper disposal and recycling of household batteries.

Victor Otruba, Sea Scout Ship 2001, Mansfield, Pa.: Founded nonprofit organization to clean up a river; set up demonstrations of limestone treatments that improve water quality; gathered hardwood nuts and planted them on reclaimed mining land; rerouted stream that was eroding a coal mine.

John Peake, Explorer Post 2121, Ventura, Calif.: Installed warning signs on face of storm drains; established native butterfly park; worked on oil recycling education program; worked on hazardous material disposal program.

John Rasmussen, Troop 623, Hutchinson, Minn.: Implemented an education project involving backyard habitats for bats; created a project to raise awareness of an invasive underwater plant; conducted a recycling/composting education project; collected data on land restoration project.

Lucas Reineke, Troop 105, Glendale, Ariz.: Developed project to educate children on fish preservation; gathered information for large tree planting project; created public education project concerning recycling and composting; repaired erosion damage on trail.

Jeffrey Teigler, Troop 341, Altoona, Pa.: Conducted projects to improve safety, wildlife diversity and rehabilitation efforts at a wildlife rehabilitation center; worked on projects to improve water quality in streams; spearheaded reforestation project along a stream; planted trees over a limestone aquifer to reduce pollutants.

Wade Walker, Troop 74, Manhattan, Kan.: Removed undesirable trees along streams; resurfaced driveway near stream and redirected stream to prevent erosion; directed project to remove hazardous materials; built and installed birdhouses and bird feeders.

Dylan Wetzel, Troop 256, Harrisburg, Pa.: Built, installed and maintained bird nesting boxes; implemented erosion control methods along stream; implemented recycling program; directed project that resulted in the planting of 1,700 trees.

Boy Scouts of America National Outdoor Awards

Do you enjoy camping under the stars, rafting a whitewater river, or hitting the trail afoot, on a bike, or even on a horse? Can you pitch a tent, find your way, and bandage an ankle using only materials in your pack? Are you prepared to do any of these in rain, snow, sleet, or heat? If so, the National Outdoor Awards are for you.

There is nothing virtual about these awards—you can earn them only by demonstrating both knowledge and experience in the outdoors. So, if you are a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout and think you are tough and disciplined enough to hike or ride the miles, camp the nights, and run the rivers or lakes, then read on and see if the National Outdoor badges or possibly the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement could be for you!

The BSA has introduced its new National Outdoor Awards. The awards are available to Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts who meet specific requirements in one of five subject areas: camping, hiking, aquatics, riding, and adventure.

There are two levels of the award. Boys can start with the National Outdoor Badges, seen at right. These are earned by boys who demonstrate “that they are knowledgeable, safe, and comfortable in the outdoor activity covered by the badge.”

Each segment is earned by completing the First Class rank, earning relevant merit badges, and accumulating experience—nights of camping, miles of hiking, hours of swimming, etc.

Once they earn a segment, boys can go the extra mile (in some cases literally) and shoot for gold or silver devices, available for spending extra time on a particular activity.  The badges and devices are impressive, but the highest honor for outdoor lovers is the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement, shown below.


1. Earn the First Class rank.

2. Earn the Camping merit badge.

3. Earn two of the following three merit badges: Cooking, First Aid, Pioneering.

4. Complete 25 days and nights of camping—including six consecutive days (five nights) of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America – including nights camped as part of requirements 1 through 3 above

A gold device may be earned for each additional 25 nights of camping. A silver device is earned for each additional 100 nights of camping. The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of nights camping.


1. Earn the First Class rank.

2. Earn the Hiking and Orienteering merit badges.

3. Complete 100 miles of hiking or backpacking under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including miles hiked as part of requirement 2.

A gold device may be earned for each additional 50 miles hiked. A silver device is earned for each additional 200 miles of hiking. The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of miles hiking.


1. Earn the First Class rank.

2. Earn the Swimming and Lifesaving merit badges.

3. Earn the Mile Swim BSA Award.

4. Earn at least one of the following merit badges: Canoeing, Rowing, Small Boat Sailing, Whitewater. 5. Complete at least 25 hours of on-the-water time, applying the skills that you learned in the merit badges.

5. Complete at least 50 hours of any combination of swimming, canoeing, rowing, small-boat sailing, or whitewater activity under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including time spent in requirements 2 through 4.

A gold device may be earned for each additional 25 hours of aquatic activity. A silver device is earned for each additional 100 hours of aquatic activity. The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of hours of aquatic activity.


1. Earn the First Class rank.

2. Complete at least one of the following: Cycling merit badge and 100 miles of cycling; or Horsemanship merit badge and 50 miles of horseback riding.

3. Complete 200 miles of riding activities, either on a non-motorized bike or a stock animal, under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including the miles in requirement 2.

A gold device may be earned for each additional 100 miles of riding. A silver device is earned for each additional 400 miles of riding. The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of miles of riding.


1. Earn the First Class rank.

2. Complete either the Wilderness Survival or the Emergency Preparedness merit badge.

3. Complete 10 of any combination or repetition of the following adventure activities under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America:

a. A backpacking trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 20 miles without food resupply.

b. A canoeing, rowing, or sailing trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 50 miles without food resupply.

c. A whitewater trip lasting two or more days and covering more than 20 miles without food resupply.

d. A climbing activity on open rock, following Climb On Safely principles, that includes camping overnight.

e. Earn the National Historic Trails Award.

f. Earn the 50-Miler Award.

g. Attend any national high-adventure base or any nationally recognized local high-adventure or specialty-adventure program.

Items 3a-g may be repeated as desired. A single activity that satisfies multiple items in 3a-g may be counted as separate activities at the discretion of the unit leader. Similarly, a single activity that doubles an item in 3a-d may be counted as two activities at the discretion of the unit leader.

A gold device may be earned for each additional five activities. A silver device is earned for each additional 20 activities. The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of activities.

National Medal for Outdoor Achievement

The National Medal for Outdoor Achievement is the highest recognition that a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout can earn for exemplary achievement, experience, and skill in multiple areas of outdoor endeavor.

In order for a Scout to earn the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement, the Scout must complete the following requirements:

1. Earn the First Class rank.

2. Earn the National Outdoor Badge for Camping with a silver device.

3. Earn any two additional National Outdoor Badges, each with two gold devices.

4. Earn the following merit badges: Backpacking, Emergency Preparedness, Nature, and Wilderness Survival.

5. Complete a 16-hour course in Wilderness First Aid from the American Red Cross, Wilderness Medical Institute, or other recognized provider.

6. Become a Leave No Trace Trainer by completing the 16-hour training course from a recognized Leave No Trace Master Educator.

7. Plan and lead, with the approval of your unit leader, an outing for your troop, team, patrol, or squad in two of the following activity areas: hiking and backpacking, aquatic activities, or riding. Include in each outing a service element addressing recreational impacts resulting from that type of activity. With the approval of your unit leader, you may plan and lead the outings for another Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, Varsity Scout team, Sea Scout ship, or Venturing crew.

8. Complete at least one of the following:

a.  Plan and lead, with the approval of your unit leader, an adventure activity identified in the National Outdoor Badge for Adventure for your troop, team, patrol, or squad.

b.  Successfully complete a season on a council summer camp staff in an outdoor area, such as aquatics, Scoutcraft, nature/environment, climbing, or COPE.