Troop 505 Blue Ridge Scout Reservation Summer Camp 2015

Men of TomorrowTroop 505 has confirmed Blue Ridge Scout Reservation as the destination for our 2015 Boy Scout Summer Camp. We will be in camp from June 14th until June 20th.

To sign-up for Troop 505 Summer Camp, please use the Troop 505 Planner Wikispace at:

Located in Pulaski County Virginia, the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation encompasses 17,500 acres of rugged beauty high in the Blue Ridge Mountains. For over 50 years, the Reservation has been a leader among Scout Camps, pioneering new and exciting programs, and providing thousands of Scouts and Scouters with a positive camping experience.

A commitment to attend camp and a $100 deposit is due at our first January Troop Meeting.

An additional $100 non-refundable deposit is due by our first March Troop Meeting.

The remaining Scout registration fee (estimated $110-$240 for a total of $310-$440 depending on program selected) is due May 1st.

The Camp Powhatan is the Blue Ridge Scout Reservations Merit Badge Camping Program  ($310) which includes: Indian Lore, Leatherwork, Geology, Nature, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Space Exploration and Orienteering (just to name a few). Tucked into the valley formed by the Big Macks Creek, Camp Powhatan is the largest council owned Scout camp in the United States. The big camp atmosphere surrounds you with excitement from morning flags till evening taps. Extensive camping facilities, wireless Internet, and many opportunities for advancement make Powhatan an ideal spot to live the Scout Oath and Law.

Any Troop 505 Scout over 14 years old will be eligible to attend the week long Blue Ridge Scout Reservation High Adventure Program. Scouts may choose between New River Adventure ($310), Voyager Trek ($440) OR Claytor Lake Aquatics Base ($400). Commitment to attend a Blue Ridge Scout Reservation High Adventure Program is due  by the end of January, a minimum 4 Scouts will be required for each High Adventure camp.

We hope all Troop 505 Scouts will be able to attend!

To find out more information visit: CLICK HERE for Blue Ridge Scout Reservation

Option 1 Camp Powhatan (Regular Summer Camp) While in camp, our Scouts will select up to six (6) Merit Badge sessions per week. A first draft of Scout Merit Badge selections will also be due at our first March Troop meeting. Merit badges, live with rest of troop, eat in dining hall – $310 – Troop 505 Scouts attending:

CLICK HERE for a Video of Camp Powhatan

Option 2 New River High Adventure If you are a thrill seeker and looking for a roller coaster week of challenge and fun, look no further than the New River Adventure. There’s so much to do! Whitewater Rafting, ATV’s (4 wheeling/All-Terrain Vehicles) and more! – $310 – max 6 Scouts – Troop 505 Scouts attending:

CLICK HERE for a Video of the New River Adventure

Option 3 Voyager High Adventure Trek Embark on a 5-day, 50-mile-plus canoe trip down the breathtaking New River. We are looking for a few stout mates who are ready to put their sense of adventure and their canoeing and whitewater rafting skills to the test. – $440 – max 6 Scouts – Troop 505 Scouts attending:

CLICK HERE for a Video of the Voyageur Trek

Option 4 Claytor Lake High Adventure Aquatics Base Located on a brand new facility situated on the 4,500-acre highland reservoir of Claytor Lake, this camp caters to older Scouts looking for thrills on the water. This is the first camp to offer the Personal Watercraft Safety as a BSA pilot program. – $400 – max 6 Scouts – Troop 505 Scouts attending:

CLICK HERE for a Video of Claytor Lake Aquatics Base

Troop 505 Florida National High Adventure Sea Base Summer Camp 2016

Scouts of Many TrailsTroop 505 has selected the Florida Keys National High Adventure Sea Base as their destination for Summer Camp 2016. More detailed information on date options will be released as soon as the Troop gets confirmation with Sea Base. Please stay tuned for more exciting information. To find out more information about what programs Sea Base has to offer our Scouts feel free to visit: CLICK HERE for Florida Keys High Adventure Sea Base

To sign-up for Troop 505 Summer Camp, please use the Troop 505 Planner Wikispace at:

The Florida National High Adventure Sea Base is a unique Scouting program that offers aquatics programs found nowhere else. Whether your interests lie in sailing, scuba diving, rustic camping on an undeveloped barrier island, fishing or a combination of all, this is the place for your troop or crew.

CLICK HERE to view a video about Florida National High Adventure Sea Base

The Sea Base began in the early 1970’s as a local program in the Florida Keys called the Florida Gateway to High Adventure under the guidance of Sam Wampler, a professional Scouter from the South Florida Council. It offered primarily sailing programs using local marinas and chartered boats sailing to the Bahamas and back. As the idea caught on and grew, it joined the high adventure offerings of the National Council of the BSA along with Philmont Scout Ranch and the Northern Tier High Adventure Base. In 1979 the Sea Base acquired a permanent facility on Lower Matecumbe Key and when this opened for Scouts in 1980 it was renamed the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base. As the popularity of this program grew, scuba diving was added and in 1984 the BSA received the gift of Big Munson Island from Homer Formsby. This undeveloped island offered tremendous program potential as an outpost for primitive camping, Robinson Crusoe style. During this time period the sailing program concentrated on sailing around the fabulous Florida Keys. New sailing programs were started that originated and ended in Marsh Harbour in the beautiful Abaco Islands of the Bahamas.

Sea Base programs continued to excite the imagination of Scouts and Scouters and as attendance grew the need for a second facility was obvious. Thanks to the generosity of J. Porter Brinton of Greenwich, CT, the Brinton Environmental Center opened in 2001 making the Sea Base even better. The Sea Base has continued to add and upgrade facilities and programs to meet the needs of Scouts.

Sea Base now operates eleven different adventures out of three different locations: two in the Florida Keys, and one in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. The adventures Coral Reef Sailing, Sea Exploring Adventure, Eco-Adventure, Scuba Adventure, Scuba Certification, and Live Aboard Scuba Adventure operate in the Florida Keys at Mile Marker 73.8 at Sea Base on Lower Matecumbe Key located 75 miles south of Miami (Lower Matecumbe Key – MAP). Out Island Adventure, Keys Adventure and Florida Fishing programs operate in the Florida Keys on Summerland Key at Mile Marker 23.8 at the Brinton Environmental Center located 125 miles south of Miami (Summerland Key – MAP). (Key West, the southernmost point in the Keys, Florida and the continental United States, is located at Mile Marker zero.) Bahamas Adventure and Bahamas Tall Ship Adventures operate out of the Bahamas Sea Base in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas, located about 100 miles east of Fort Lauderdale. (For mailing and physical address, visit the contact page.)

Scouting’s most complete aquatic facility offers a complete variety of water activities from scuba diving to sailing “Tall Ships”. All of our participants have the opportunity to swim, snorkel, and fish among the most beautiful coral reefs in the northern hemisphere. In 2010, in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of the Boy Scouts of America, the Florida Sea Base will celebrate 30 years of providing Scouts and Scouters from across America ocean adventures that make a lifetime difference.

Sea Base Adventures

Adventures of all kinds await Scouts with a taste for the sea.  Here is a list of the wide variety of adventures you and your crewmates can choose from.  For more details about Sea Base and the individual adventures, take a look at our Online Participant Guide.

Bahamas Tall Ship Adventure

Fly directly to the Bahamas! Experience all the Bahamas Adventure has to offer aboard a Tall Ship. This Adventure is for groups of 18-20 people who are willing to explore the Sea of Abaco. This is an active ship and requires everyone to work as a team as you learn and experience the workings of sailing and sea traveling. This is a seven day event. NOTE: The vessel currently being used in this program is a 60′ catamaran perfect for the depth and conditions in the Sea of Abaco.

Bahamas Adventure

The Sea Base is offering an exciting adventure based in Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island. Your crew can snorkel the beautiful, pristine reefs surrounding Marsh Harbour, wade ashore on the many small cays (pronounced keys) in the area, learn their unique history, and fish for the gamefish which are abundant in the Abacos. You’ll board traditional Bahamas sailing vessels designed to take you to such exotic places as Green Turtle Cay, Hopetown and Little Harbour. There’s plenty of time for fishing, snorkeling and swimming. Steady breezes, the protection of the barrier islands and the reef surrounding Abaco Sound provide perfect sailing getaways. This is a seven day event, and can accommodate crews of 6-8 or 10-12 based on availability.

Out Island Adventure

You think Survivor is tough? Check out Big Munson. The Out Island Adventure combines camping on a remote 100+ acre island, snorkeling on pristine coral reefs, trolling for sportfish, kayaking through red mangroves, and exploring the flora and fauna of Big Munson Island. You will wade ashore on Big Munson Island carrying all the food, water and equipment used during your adventure in a rugged camping setting. Powerboats will take you snorkeling and fish on selected days. A program mate will remain with you for the duration of your trip to assist you in appreciating this unique environment. This is a true high-adventure program, one that combines physical challenge with excitement and adventure. If your crew has strong camping skills and enjoys rugged camping, then the Out Island program is for you. This is a seven day event.

Sea Exploring (Keys Tall Ship)

Designed for larger groups (either a council contingent or a larger troop), offering your crew the opportunity to experience a sailing adventure of yesteryear. These are large vessels, 75 feet or more, normally gaff-rigged topsail schooners, fully equipped and prepared to provide an unforgettable adventure snorkeling the beautiful Keys’ reefs, fishing, and hands-on sailing as well as a port-o-call in Key West.

For a hands-on sailing adventure voyage, one that is exciting, ruggedly challenging, and excellent for larger groups, pack your sea bag for the Sea Exploring program. This is an eight day event.

Coral Reef Sailing

A 40- to 50-foot sailing yacht will become your home for a week. It has a large self-contained galley and dining area where you will prepare wholesome meals from the fresh or canned foods supplied by Sea Base, supplemented by fresh catches from trolling while underway.

Your captain will instruct you in navigation, fishing and sailing, and will remain on board for the entire trip. You choose your own float plan to explore the beautiful Florida Keys. This trip offers one-of-a-kind snorkeling and abundant fishing. You’ll spend a “port day” back at Sea Base and have the chance to demonstrate your sailing skills in our fleet of Hunter Sailboats. This is a seven day event.


If you are looking for an up-close, hands-on educational adventure, then the Eco Adventure is for you. Your crew’s home and base of operation for the week will be two 40’ – 45’ sailboats. From there you will launch into your undersea world of exploration by means of snorkel, mask and fins; kayak; fishing pole and glass-bottom viewer. It is here that you will discover and explore the wildlife and ecosystems of the four major marine habitats of the Florida Keys, study the plant and wildlife, and understand their delicate balance. Scouts will return to civilization with a greater appreciation of the undersea world and their roles as stewards of this amazing environment. Crew size 10-12

Florida Fishing

Come enjoy the fishing you’ve only dreamed of, spending a week in the beautiful Florida Keys exploring the ocean as you try to hook that trophy fish! Play in the largest Scout camp in the world, spanning from the Gulf of Mexico to the Florida Straights in the Atlantic Ocean. The Florida Keys boast several different ecosystems you will have the opportunity to fish and explore.

Scuba Certification

Discover the excitement of SCUBA diving in the warm, tropical waters surrounding the Florida Keys. Crews are trained by professional instructors in our specially designed dive tanks. Approximately five open water dives are conducted on reefs just off shore from the Sea Base. Explicit health concerns require a special medical enrollment in this program. Please contact the Sea Base in advance for details. This is an eight-day event.

Scuba Adventure

Come dive the coral reefs and wrecks of the Florida Keys. Designed for certified divers, this program offers eleven dives (weather permitting). Explore the only living coral reef system in the USA, diving sites like Alligator or Tennessee Reefs, exploring uncharted dive sites up and down the Keys or adding to Sea Base’s own artificial reef.

Your dive itinerary features a night dive, a deep dive (to 60 feet), marine life studies, and other underwater adventures. All food, lodging and equipment is included. You must be a certified diver to participate in this adventure. This is an eight-day event. Explicit health concerns require a special medical acceptance in this program.

Scuba Live Aboard

The Florida Sea Base has combined the sailing and scuba diving programs for one incredible adventure. On this adventure you will be spending your days not only scuba diving, but sailing around the Florida Keys. With a crew size of 10 to 12 people, your home that will transport you from reef to reef is a 57-foot schooner or 2 40-foot sailing yachts.

During this adventure (weather permitting) you will get to dive 15 times, including 3 night dives. When you are not diving there are plenty of opportunities for sailing and fishing while cruising through the Florida Keys. This is an eight-day adventure. All participants must be SCUBA certified by a BSA recognized agency. Explicit health concerns require a special medical acceptance in this program

Troop 505 Official American Flag Retirement Ceremony

An American Flag retirement ceremony for Scout group campfires
Scouts stand in flanking line on one side of fire. MC stands at rear of fire facing audience, asks audience to stand. Color Guard (3 scouts minimum) will approach fire from rear of audience, walk past line of Scouts, then stop at rear of fire facing audience.

Color Guard slowly unfurls flag on far side of campfire so it shows through the flames while MC reads.

MC: “I am your Flag. I appear in many places. I have taken many forms and been called many names. I was authorized by congress in 1818 in the form you see now and have remained unchanged except to add a new star each July 4th after a new state joined the union until I reached my present number of 50.”

“I am more than just red, white and blue cloth shaped into a design. I am a silent sentinel of freedom. People of every country in the world know me on sight. Many countries love me as you do. Other countries look at me with contempt because they don’t allow the freedom of Democracy that I represent — but country looks on me with respect. I am strong and the people of America have made me strong. My strength comes from your willingness to give help to those who are in need. You strive for world peace yet stand ready to fight oppression. You send resources and offer technology to less fortunate countries so they may strive to become self-sufficient. You feed starving children. You offer a home to anyone who will pledge allegiance to me.”

“Your sons gather beneath me to offer their lives on the battlefields, to preserve the Liberty I represent. That’s why I love the American people. That’s why I have flown so proudly.”

“Scouts and their families are some of my favorite people. I listen to your patriotic songs. I’m there at your flag ceremonies and I appreciate the tender care you give me. I feel the love when you say your pledge. I notice that your hand covers your heart when I am on parade. How smartly you salute as I pass by and I ripple with pleasure when I see it.”

“Now I am tired and it’s time for me to rest in the Sacred Flames of your campfire. My colors are faded and my cloth is tattered but my spirit remains unbroken. To set my spirit loose, first cut the blue field away from my stripes.”

MC pauses. Color Guard leader uses scissors to remove blue field.

MC: “Tear each of my 13 stripes and lay it on the fire, one at a time. As you do this, think about the 13 original colonies and the pioneers who carved a nation out of a wilderness. They risked everything to fight for the Independence which we enjoy today.”

Color Guard leader uses scissors to start each stripe, then tears it; another Guard hands each stripe to the next Scout waiting in line. Scout takes stripe in both hands, then walks toward fire, places stripe in base of flames, salutes, then walks to form flanking line on opposite side each facing fire.

MC: (continue slowly reading through next section, timing each state to a fresh stripe) “My first state was Virginia, then Massachusetts, then New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and finally Georgia.”

“As you cut and rip me apart and watch me burn, do not be sad or feel sorry for me. I have had the great Honor of being your flag of the United Stated of America and the Republic for which I stand, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

MC: “When my stripes are gone, kiss the blue field and lay it across the fire. Then stand silently as you watch each star twinkle and fade into ashes.”

Color Guard leader takes blue field, bring it to his lips, then lays it on the top of the fire. Pause silently until blue field has been consumed.

“Now I am just a memory, but if there is a tear in your eye or a lump in your throat; if you felt a shiver in your spine as you watched me burn, then I will be back the next time you need me and my colors will be fresh and bright and my edges won’t be ragged anymore. When I climb to the top of the flagpole, I’ll wave at you and remember the love and respect that you have showed me here tonight.”

“And now Scouts, families, Citizens – Good night.”


Troop 505 Official Boy Scout Health Forms Due May 1

To Keep Myself Physically StrongIt’s that time of year to start the process of renewing everyone’s health forms. For more information on the changes to the BSA Health Forms please feel free to visit:
The form needed for Regular Summer Camp:
Please start the process of getting these complete ASAP. New forms will be due to the Troop no later than May 1st.

Troop 505 Philmont Scout Ranch 2013 Expedition Q&A

High AdventureThese Questions & Answers are based on opinions by Ken Parham, from troop 400 in Durham who has attended Philmont 4 times since 2007.  Ken led this discussion for Troop 505 and here are the questions we asked and his answers listed.

What is cell coverage like at Philmont?

Cell coverage is spotty but available depending on how high an elevation you are at when searching for a signal. Some scouts have brought iphones for video and photos and brought a solar charger to keep there electronics charged up. Philmont discourages too much electronics because they want scouts to enjoy the great outdoors.

Should we wear our scout uniform? 

Class A uniforms for Airline travel and during the first and last day in Philmont Base camp. Other than that, the scouts wore whatever they wanted on the trail.

How did you bring your backpack on the airline? 

Best way to carry your backpack is to put it in a large duffel bag. If it won’t fit in the duffel with all your stuff in it, you should put it in the duffel empty and load your other stuff around it. This will help prevent damage occurring to your backpack while on the conveyor belts at the airlines, etc.

Did your guys go to Philmont early to get acclimated to the altitude?

They arrived one day early and stayed in base camp at Philmont (you are allowed to stay one night at base camp prior to starting your trek) They do have canvas tents with bunks in them BUT they are on a FCFS basis and if they aren’t available you would have to sleep in your own tents in a designated area at base camp.

How difficult is the acclimation to elevation change?

The first day you are in base camp at 6,000 feet. The next day on the trail you hike about 1.5-3.0 miles with not much elevation change. Philmont tries to do a good job of helping you slowly acclimate.

Did anyone get sick from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or other elevation related issues? 

Not sure. One scout had nausea for several days but eventually it went away. A doctor at Philmont reported that the single most reported health issue at Philmont is Nausea. Nausea is one of the symptons of AMS and altitude illness.

Did anyone have any injuries during your trips?

One scout had a sprained ankle. Some adults were sick, etc. Philmont has a very good health facility and if you get sick or injured on the trail the philmont staff will take you off the trail and put you up at the infirmary until you are well enough to return to the trail and then they will take you back to rejoin your Crew.

What did you guys do to physically prepare for Philmont?

We went on several pre-trek backpacking trips. (Uwharrie, AT, etc) The single most reported regret of scouts that attended Philmont was that they didn’t do enough pre-trek hikes. This not only prepares your scouts physically but it also helps you to determine who works well together, what gear you don’t really need, how to pack your backpack for best comfort, makes you more efficient to setup and breakdown your gear, etc.  We also tried to encourage scouts to get out and walk in there neighborhoods, at school and during free time with their pack on there backs loaded up with weight.  Because even though you may be in great shape you can’t predict how the pack will wear on our body until you do it.  The last thing you want to do is be at philmont with a pack you haven’t worn much and it hurts your back.

How did you set up pre-trek hikes?

We set it up into crews just like we would at Philmont with a crew leader, etc and went on backpacking and hiking trips.

What was the average size/ weight of packs carried?

It shouldn’t be more than 1/3 your weight and it should be comfortable. In years past adults have carried 55 lbs +, but older adults are trying to pack lighter. Typical pack weights were 35-45 pounds.  Philmont recommends a 4500 cubic inch pack.  I mentioned I had purchased an Osprey Atmos 65, and he commented that this pack was borderline and almost too small.

Did anyone drop out of going after they signed up?

Yes, after the first pre-trek hike, a few adults dropped out. Also one scout was injured with a broken leg and couldn’t make the trip.

What about gear, does everyone need to bring a stove or water filter?

We only brought 2 stoves, one to use as a primary and one as a backup. Also Philmont issues each person water purification tablets made from Chlorine Dioxide. (Micropur), water filters are not really necessary but they did bring a c ouple of them.

What about getting water?

Most of the water comes from wells. Typically you will fill up your bottles from a faucet although it still needs to be treated it will look relatively clear.  Which you can use the tablets to clean or your water filter if you choose to bring one.

What about the weather and temperature?

Ken brought two pairs of shorts, one pair of long pants and one pair of rain pants. This was his particular layer system to keep warm.  A 30-40 degree sleeping bag is plenty warm. Anything below those ratings will likely be too warm and make your sleep uncomfortable.  Also a fleece or light down jacket would be nice. At night the temps get down to around 40 degrees, especially if you are at higher elevations or if it’s raining. It did rain a couple days so good rain gear is a necessity.  Also if you don’t want to use sun screen, consider wearing long pants and long sleeve light weight shirt.

Regarding the gear issued by Philmont do we have to use there’s or can we bring our own?

You can bring your own.  For example, Philmont issues a dining fly and poles, but they brought a 10x 10 tarp of there own and used trekking poles as the poles for there dining fly to cut down on weight. Also , some of the kitchen items were removed because scouts had there own items to cover those items issued by Philmont.

What about the trail food they issue, was it any good? 

Some of it is, and some is not. They issue you enough food that even if you don’t eat all of it, you won’t starve. Also, every staffed camp has a food swap container where people drop off food in the drop box that they didn’t want to eat. If you see something in there you like and want, take it. If you have something you want to drop off for others you can choose to or not. A big hit was mac and cheese, but some dishes were not great. Personal preference mostly.

What if you break your pack or some equipment on the trail?

Philmont has some nice packs for rent and if that happens they can get you another one to use while you are on the trail among other items.

What about food allergies?

Some scouts and adults had allergies. In those cases they brought there own food. It will be delivered to various staffed camps for you to pick up along the trail just like the Philmont provided food is. Its recommended that you bring just the food you need to replace the food that contains allergens. But its your choice if you want to replace it all, you just have to carry it one way or another.

What about tents?

Philmont has tents that they will loan out on a FCFS basis. The tents are relatively new and made by MSR. However they are heavy and rugged. Its recommended that you bring your own two person tent. Most of the people in there group bought the 2 person quarter dome type tents from REI and those worked fine.  They require two people to a tent. Once you are assigned to a crew you should pick your tent mates.

What about sleeping conditions?

You need to bring clean fresh sleep clothes. Your daytime hiking clothes need to go in bear bag in case you spilled a smellable on them. Some people slept in shorts and a tshirt while others slept in long underwear. Personal preference. But it sure does feel nice to sleep in clean clothes at night in your sleeping bag. The weather is dry so even if your clothes get soaked in sweat or rain they dry fast.  Although still smell sweaty.

What about camp shoes?

A lot of people brought Croc’s. They are bulky but light weight and you don’t have to worry about them staying wet for a long time, they dry fast since they are plastic/rubber material. Most people strapped them on the outside of there pack.  It was recommended that you wear your hiking boots on the plane to Philmont, because in the event that your luggage gets lost or arrives late, you don’t want to have to go buy yourself a brand new pair of hiking boots for the trail.

Is the mileage on the itineraries and treks accurate? 

No not really. If you go on a trek that states its 55 miles, it will be longer because you are required to do a 3 hour conservation project, plus staffed camp activities may require you to walk a couple miles for the activities, the bathroom may be quite a ways away as well. So if you go on a 55 mile trek, that’s just point A to point B mileage, the extra walking isn’t included,  for example a 70 mile trek will be more like 90 miles of walking.  Keep that in mind when selecting your trek.

What did most scouts pick in terms of treks?

Its not recommended that you go on a strenuous or super strenuous trek unless you are in great shape. When they say strenuous they mean it. Most scouts should pick Challenging or Rugged especially if its there first time to Philmont.

Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? National Geographic TV Series Premier Mar 4

Watch “Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?”

Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? Premieres March 4, 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central

That’s right! Six episodes of the reality TV show “Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?” will air on the National Geographic Channel starting Monday, March 4, at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central time.

Invite your Scouts to watch the exciting trailer to get ready for the show. Also, visit the “Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?” website at for additional fun activities and an opportunity to share Scouting photos through social media!

Get “Tougher’s” cool digital downloadable Web banners and background screens from the Toolbox at Pass the word – “Tougher” is coming to town!

Troop 505 Weekend Camping Checklist – The Fifteen Essentials

In preparation for any Troop Weekend Campout please review the following Weekend Campout Checklist. Troop 505 Scouts should always be prepared with The Fifteen Weekend Campout Essentials while camping (your Patrol leader will be checking).

1. Shelter: Tent max 2 lbs per person, Tarp.

2. Navigation: Map (w/protective case), Compass or handheld GPS.

3. Hydration: Water bottle w/water, Water filter (only if required).

4. Fire: Matches or lighter, Fire starter w/ waterproof container.

5. Tools: Boy Scout Handbook, Backpack (25% of weight), Pocket knife and/or Multi-tool, Duct tape, Bandana, Rope or string.

6. Illumination: Headlamp or flashlight, Extra batteries.

7. Hygene: Soap and Towel, Tooth brush and  toothpaste, Deodorant.

8. Bedding: Sleeping Bag, Closed-cell foam sleeping pad, Energy bars or trail mix.

9. Nutrition: Six (6)  planned meals, Extra day’s supply of food.

10. Food Preparation: Compact Stove, Fuel, Cookware, Knife, Spoon, Fork, Mess Kit (w/ cup, plate and bowl), Airtight food containers, Brillo/scrub pad.

11. Emergency Preparation: First-aid kit (see First-aid checklist), Reflective blanket, Whistle, Medication.

12. Insulation: Boy Scout Uniform.

In warm weather: Wicking T-shirt x2, Wicking underwear x2, Quick drying pants/shorts x2, Long-sleeve shirt, Insulating jacket or vest.

In cool weather: Wicking T-shirt x2, Wicking underwear x2, Quick drying pants/shorts x2, Wicking long-sleeve T-shirt x2, Wicking long underwear, Synthetic or wool knit cap, Glove, Insulating jacket/vest/pants (fleece).

13. Rain protection: Waterproof rain jacket with hood, Waterproof rain pants or Poncho, Gaiters.

14. Sun protection: Sunscreen and lip balm, Skin-shielding hat and clothing, Sunglasses (optional).

15. Proper footwear: Boots or shoes suited to terrain, Synthetic or wool Socks x2.

Other than The Fifteen Weekend Campout Essentials (although not required), you should consider bringing the following: Water sandals, Multifunction watch w/altimeter, Camera, Binoculars, Trekking poles, Field guide(s), Insect repellent, Camp stool, Toilet paper, Trowel, Two-way radios, Cell phone, Extra cash, Trash Bag, Notepad w/pencils and Itinerary.

Note: For your first campout, just bring as much of the following equipment as you already own or can borrow.  You will need a sleeping bag and a closed-cell foam camp sleeping mat right away, but try not to buy any other new equipment until you have been on a couple campouts and had a chance to talk to your Scoutmaster about what to buy.


Troop 505 National Scout Jamboree 2013 Overview Jul 15-24

What is the Jamboree?

The National Scout Jamboree is normally held every 4 years and brings over 40,000 scouts from all over the country together for fun and fellowship.  This Jamboree will be have many high adventure opportunities for the youth participants including white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, and more.  Below are a few videos to see what the activities really look like:

Here is a video from the BSA National Commissioner:


Below are the national and council websites for the jamboree.


The 2013 National Jamboree will be held at “Summit” Bechtel Reserve, the newest BSA high adventure base.  The “Summit” is still under construction so the first chance most scouts will have to attend the Summit is the 2013 National Jamboree.  The Summit is located near the New River Gorge in West Virginia.  Here is a video about “the Summit”:


July 15-24, 2013.  While that is a long time in the future scouts must make the decision to go on this trip soon.

How do will scouts travel to the Jamboree?

Scouts will take buses provided by Occoneechee Council to and from the Jamboree.  The cost of this service is included in the total cost listed below.

Who can go? 

Scouts must meet a number of requirements to be eligible to attend the jamboree.

1)    Scouts must have current BSA membership

2)    Scouts must be at least a First Class Scout and have completed the sixth grade or be at least 12 years of age by July 1, 2013, and not reached his 18th birthday by July 24th, 2013. NOTE: Crew members must have completed the 8th grade or be at least 14 years of age by the first day of the jamboree, but have not reached their 21st birthday by the last day of the jamboree.

3)    Must be approved by Scoutmaster West and the Occoneechee Council Jamboree Committee.

4)    Must register online and pay all fees on time.

How much does it cost?

The cost is $1,150.00.  The cost includes a bus ride to and from the Jamboree, tent use and troop equipment use while at the Jamboree.  The cost also will include a shirt and several other souvenirs that the Council will provide to youth participants.

How do I sign up? 

To sign up you will need to fill out two forms.  The first is at  Choose “Youth” on the right hand side of the site and follow the directions.  Once the online application is complete then print out the “2013 National Scout Jamboree Request to Attend” form (the 2nd form) and fill it out.  You will also need to send that form and $100 deposit to Council.  Once you have completed all these steps you have reserved your spot.  From that point on you will need to make sure you pay the amounts towards the total cost to Council by the dates specified below.

Payment Schedule

Initial Deposit $100.00 Due with your completed form
1st payment $250.00 Due by March 31, 2012
2nd payment $200.00 Due by May 31, 2012
3rd payment $200.00 Due by July 31, 2012
4th payment $200.00 Due by September 30, 2012
Final payment $200.00 Due by January 1, 2013

What if I sign up and pay some of the money but then decide I don’t want to go? 

If you register and then decide later that you do not want to go there will not be a refund for your payments.  The scout will have to find a replacement scout wanting to attend and work out the payments/refunds between the scouts.

Is there any financial aid for the Jamboree?

Yes.  A limited amount of aid is available.  Council will make determinations for financial aid on a case by case basis.  Below is a link to the site with the financial aid forms. You will need to fill out both pages of the financial aid form and turn it in with your application.–documents.html


Troop 505 Official Grubmaster Record

A good Troop Duty Roster assigns equal work for everyone in the Troop. Done properly it will help maintain order, everyone will know their assigned duties and no Scout will have to worry that they are doing more than their share. Everyone will be assured the opportunity to be an active member of their Patrol.

Two weeks prior to departure, each Patrol is responsible for assigning a Grubmaster.

A Grubmaster… may have to breakaway from an activity early in order to start the meal. Prepare and serve the meal ON TIME; put away extra food and put trash from the food preparation in the trash; put wash and rinse water on to heat up during the meal; dump hot grease before they eat; assure everyone receives an equal portion (either serve the food to patrol members and guests or tell everyone the amount they can have). The cooks serve themselves last. Try to have everything ready at the same time. Remember: CLEAN AS YOU GO.

To help aide the Grubmaster in planning and assigning responsibilities for meal planning and preparation the assigned Scout must complete the TROOP 505 GRUBMASTER RECORD. The ASPL must approve the final Grubmaster Record 72 hours prior to departure.

Remember more hands will make the work easier. The patrol members are not dismissed to attend other activities until the kitchen and patrol areas are secured.

You are not ready, if your patrol is not ready. The Troop is not ready, unless all Patrols are ready. When the Troop is ready, then you are ready.


Troop 505 Official Quartermaster Register

A good Troop Duty Roster assigns equal work for everyone in the Troop. Done properly it will help maintain order, everyone will know their assigned duties and no Scout will have to worry that they are doing more than their share. Everyone will be assured the opportunity to be an active member of their Patrol.

The Troop 505 Duty Roster must be completed by the assigned Patrol 1 week prior to departure and approved by the SPL at least 72 hours prior to departure.

The Troop 505 Duty Roster is completed in two parts. The Duty Roster for the trip programming is completed by the Program Patrol assigned by the SPL. The Duty Roster for the trip service items are completed by the Service Patrol assigned by the SPL.

Upon completion of the Program and Service Patrol Duty Roster(s) the Quartermaster must confirm the Quartermaster responsibilities of the Duty Roster(s) are properly assigned and equipment is properly allocated by Patrol with the completion the TROOP 505 QUARTERMASTER REGISTER.

The SPL must approve the final Quartermaster Register 72 hours prior to departure.