June 10th Hike to Falls Lake and Cookout

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

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

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

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

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

June 7th – Service Project and Parent Meeting

On Wednesday, we will be doing a few service projects  around the American Legion Post, including filling in a rut and clearing out a fire pit. As these projects will require the use of shovels, it is recommended that you bring a sturdy pair of shoes or boots with you.  This work could also be a bit dirty, so consider bringing clothes you don’t mind getting some dirt on as well.

It will be muddy, so bring a change of shoes so we can leave our muddy shoes outside and change in to clean ones so we don’t track mud inside.

While the Scouts are doing this work, parents are invited to a parent meeting to discuss needs, ideas, and goals for the Troop and for Scouts. Leaders want to hear your feedback so please feel free to share your thoughts at the meeting.

There will be no patrol leaders meeting this month.

May 17th – Trivia Night + End of Physical Fitness

BrainParty_LogoForBlogOn Wednesday May 17th Troop 505 will meet in at the American Legion in Chapel Hill.

The focus will be on a current events trivia.  Scouts should have been watching or paying attention to the news recently.

We will also finish out our personal fitness merit badges.  So for those needing this merit badge please wear appropriate athletic clothing.

May 3 PLC + Planning

On May 3th, Troop 505 will meet at 7pm at the American Legion in Chapel Hill, NC. Tonight we will plan for upcoming camp outs, Court of Honor, and summer camp.

The Patrol Leaders’ Council, PLC, will meet at 6:30pm. The PLC is always scheduled the first Troop Meeting of every month. If you currently hold a leadership role that requires participation in the Troop PLC, your attendance is expected. These positions include: Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leaders, Assistant Patrol Leaders (if your Patrol Leader is unable to attend), Scribe.

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

—Lord Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder

The Patrol Leaders’ Council

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

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

Your Role in the Patrol Leaders’ Council

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

Patrol Leaders’ Council Meetings

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

Patrol Leaders’ Council Position Descriptions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 19 – Environmental Science Merit Badge

This week we will continue working on the Environmental Science merit badge. Remember to bring your homework:

Make a timeline of the history of environmental science in America. Identify the contribution made by the Boy Scouts of America to environmental science. Include dates, names of people or organizations, and important events.

It was suggested to choose at least three things for your timeline that are spaced out in years (in other words don’t choose three things that happened at the same time).

This is an Eagle Scout required merit badge (or Sustainability). You can download the workbook here: https://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/3/3a/Environmental_Science.pdf.

For questions please contact your merit badge counselor Ms. Powell.

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:

April 5th – PLC + Bowling

For our April 5th meeting we will meet at 6:30pm at:
Mardi Gras Bowling
6118-A Farrington Rd. Chapel Hill 27517

We will have a short PLC Meeting from 6:30-7 but all Scouts are welcome to attend if you want input into upcoming camping trips.
We will bowl from 7-8:30 ish. Parents are welcome to bowl too!
Tonight admission is $10 and includes shoe rental and bowling until 10pm. Our Troop event will last until 8:30pm so if you want to stay past 8:30 you will need to work that out with your parents.
Please bring money for admission and food/snacks. Let me or another leader know if you need assistance with that.