April 12 – OA Elections and Cyber Chip

On April 12th, Troop 505 will meet at the American Legion in Chapel Hill, NC.

At 7 pm we will have Order of the Arrow nominations and elections.

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Following elections, Scouts will earn the BSA Cyber Chip which covers cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft. Earning this badge is required for Scout and Star Scout ranks.

The requirements differ by grade range and each Scout must complete an assignment with their parent or guardian to receive the award. The homework is listed below. Please complete this in the next week or so. We will complete the other requirements at the meeting April 12th.

Grades 6-8 Cyber Chip Requirements
Homework: 

  • Write and sign a personalized contract with your parent or guardian that outlines rules for using the computer and mobile devices, including what you can download, what you can post, and consequences for inappropriate use.

Grades 9-12 Cyber Chip Requirements

  • Write and sign a personalized contract with your parent or guardian that outlines rules for using the computer and mobile devices, including what you can download, what you can post, and consequences for inappropriate use.
  • Discuss with your parents the benefits and potential dangers teenagers might experience when using social media. Give examples of each.

Here are two resources which may be helpful for creating the personalized contract:

Troop 505 Order of the Arrow Elections Apr 13

The Campfire StoryDuring our next meeting on April 13th starting at exactly 7pm we will hold our Troop Order of the Arrow Elections. If you qualify and if you are interested in representing the Troop as a brother in the Order of the Arrow, please plan on attending this meeting.

For more than 95 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help to extend Scouting to America’s youth.

Mission

The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.

Purpose

As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose is to:

Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.
Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
History

The Order of the Arrow was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, Boy Scouts of America. It became an official program experiment in 1922 and was approved as part of the Scouting program in 1934. In 1948 the OA, recognized as the BSA’s national brotherhood of honor campers, became an official part of the Boy Scouts of America. In 1998, the Order of the Arrow became recognized as Scouting’s National Honor Society when it expanded its reach beyond camping to include a greater focus on leadership development, membership extension, adventurous programming, and broader service to Scouting and the community. Today, its service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults, are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help extend Scouting to America’s youth.

Membership

The OA has over 171,000 members in lodges affiliated with more than 290 local BSA councils.

Eligibility

The Order of the Arrow membership requirements are:

Unit leader approval. To become eligible for election, a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and have the approval of his unit leader prior to the election. The unit leader must certify his Scout spirit (i.e., his adherence to the Scout Oath and Law and active participation in unit activities). The unit leader must also certify that the nominee meets all specified requirements at the time of this annual election.

Youth membership qualifications. All members of, or candidates for membership in, the Order of the Arrow who are under 21 years of age shall be considered youth members or candidates for youth membership, subject to meeting the following requirements:

Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
Hold the First Class rank of the Boy Scouts of America, as a minimum.
After registration with a troop or team, have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.
Candidates for youth membership shall be elected by other youth members in accordance with policies set forth by the national Order of the Arrow committee.

Troop 505 Order Of The Arrow Elections Feb 11

The Campfire StoryDuring our next meeting on February 11th starting at exactly 7pm we will hold our Troop Order of the Arrow Elections. If you qualify and if you are interested in representing the Troop as a brother in the Order of the Arrow, please plan on attending this meeting.

For more than 95 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help to extend Scouting to America’s youth.

Mission

The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.

Purpose

As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose is to:

  • Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.
  • Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
  • Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
  • Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

History

The Order of the Arrow was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, Boy Scouts of America. It became an official program experiment in 1922 and was approved as part of the Scouting program in 1934. In 1948 the OA, recognized as the BSA’s national brotherhood of honor campers, became an official part of the Boy Scouts of America. In 1998, the Order of the Arrow became recognized as Scouting’s National Honor Society when it expanded its reach beyond camping to include a greater focus on leadership development, membership extension, adventurous programming, and broader service to Scouting and the community. Today, its service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults, are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help extend Scouting to America’s youth.

Membership

The OA has over 171,000 members in lodges affiliated with more than 290 local BSA councils.

Eligibility

The Order of the Arrow membership requirements are:

Unit leader approval. To become eligible for election, a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and have the approval of his unit leader prior to the election. The unit leader must certify his Scout spirit (i.e., his adherence to the Scout Oath and Law and active participation in unit activities). The unit leader must also certify that the nominee meets all specified requirements at the time of this annual election.

Youth membership qualifications. All members of, or candidates for membership in, the Order of the Arrow who are under 21 years of age shall be considered youth members or candidates for youth membership, subject to meeting the following requirements:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Hold the First Class rank of the Boy Scouts of America, as a minimum.
  • After registration with a troop or team, have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.

Candidates for youth membership shall be elected by other youth members in accordance with policies set forth by the national Order of the Arrow committee.

Troop 505 Bolin Creek Watershed Big Sweep Oct 11

So Much ConcernThis is one of the Big Sweep events that we’ve done every year. It’s a worthy cause, we have a good time, and we get a free lunch!

Please email Jon Candelaria by this Wednesday (Oct. 1) if you’re interested and he’ll turn in all of our names for registration.

They ‘validate’ service hours for High School!

Carrboro Recreation and Parks (Bolin Creek Watershed)
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 9am-noon
Ages: 8+
Meet at the Century Center (100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro)
Contact Julie Collins 919-918-7392
The morning will consist of cleaning up trash and recycling debris left around Carrboro and our parks. Adults are encouraged to participate! Youth’s time and effort will be acknowledged through certificates, and t-shirts as well as service learning hours. Free t-shirts for the first 50 registered participants. Lunch provided for all volunteers!

Andrew Hodson Genesis Farm Eagle Project Aug Workdays

So Much Concerna message from Andrew Hodson concerning upcoming Eagle Project workdays

Andrew Hodson Eagle Project Workdays
Genesis Farm 1878 Genesis Farm Road Chapel Hill

http://www.genesisfarmnc.com/

Aug 1 10-4, Aug 2 10-4, Aug 3 2-6
Aug 8 10-4, Aug 9 10-4, Aug 10 2-6

Project will consist of: removing overgrown weeds and trimming trees around pool fence, replacing chain link fence, clearing debris & removing pool liner.

Please wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and closed toe shoes. Bring any gardening shears/tools and work gloves you may have.

Lunch will be provided.

Please notify me at  drew.hodson@gmail.com as soon as possible if and when you are able to help so we have plenty of food!

(Qualifies for high school service hours)

Thank you,
Drew

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 Jose Smokowski Church Path To Labyrinth Eagle Scout Project Aug 5-7

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a message from Eagle Scout Candidate Jose Smokowski
Hi Everyone,
I am recruiting volunteers to help with my Eagle Project.
My eagle project is creating a 200ft path from the back of a church to a clearing where there is a labyrinth. The first day, we will clear the path and make a trench on either side of the path about 2 inches deep and line it with rocks. On the second day we will be spreading gravel on the path. The third day we will be using a sort of machine to pound down the gravel. On the third day I would need more adults for pounding down the gravel.
Dates: August 5th, 6th, and 7th 8am to 1pm. Lunch will be provided.
Address: Seawell School Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
What to bring: working gloves, shovel, rake, hoe, one wheelbarrow if possible.
Thanks for considering volunteering.
Jose

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: http://www.heraldsun.com/search?q=chapel+hill+veterans

Veterans care about other veterans: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/x1592163207/VFW-American-Legion-care-about-other-veterans

World War II Remembered by Veterans  http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x1592163183/World-War-II-remembered-by-American-Legion

News Observer  Service shows need for Memorial  http://newsobserver.com/2013/05/27/2920948/service-highlights-need-for-chapel.html#storylink=misearch

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.  http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9117426

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: http://triangle.news14.com/content/694524/chapel-hill-kicks-off-holiday-weekend-with-sunrise-grave-decorating-service

WCHL and Chapelboro.com 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.  http://chapelboro.com/photos/memorial-day-at-american-legion-post-6/

Chapel Hill Magazine

Saturday, May 25 Scouts decorating cemetery. http://www.chapelhillmagazine.com/downloads/slideshows/grave-decorating-ceremony/

Events list for Memorial Day  http://www.chapelhillmagazine.com/blogs/chapel-hill-magazine-blog/weekend-best-bets-memorial-day-edition-140/

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: http://www.chapelhillmemorial.org/make-donations

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.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E4AA8A628A13-memorial

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 

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 stephen.c.nuttall@gmail.com  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.