Troop 505 Wilderness Survival Kit Checklist – The Six Essentials

Your survival kit need not be elaborate. You need only functional items that will meet your needs and a case to hold the items. For the case, you might want to use a Band-Aid box, a first aid case, an ammunition pouch, or another suitable case. This case should be – Water repellent or waterproof, Easy to carry or attach to your body, Suitable to accept survival components and Durable.

In your survival kit, you should have–

1. First aid items.

2. Water purification tablets or drops.

3. Fire starting equipment.

4. Signaling items.

5. Food procurement items.

6. Shelter items.

Some examples of these items are– Lighter, metal match, waterproof matches, Snare wire, Signaling mirror, Wrist compass, Fish and snare line, Fishhooks, Candle, Small hand lens, Oxytetracycline tablets (diarrhea or infection), Water purification tablets, Solar blanket, Surgical blades, Butterfly sutures, Ziploc Freezer Bags for Water storage, Chap Stick, Needle and threads, and a Knife.

Troop 505 Disciplinary Policy


It is a privilege to be a member of the Boy Scouts of America and Troop 505.  In order to provide Scouts with a positive Scouting experience and to ensure that the Troop operates effectively, proper discipline and order must be maintained at all times.

Scouts are expected to do what Adult Leaders direct them to do. If a Scout believes that he is being asked to do something that is improper, he should speak with one of the other Adult Leaders.

Because the Troop is a “Boy-Run” organization, the Scouts are expected to cooperate with the Boy Leaders during all activities.

Scouts will respect their fellow Scouts’ feelings and their property. Fighting, rough horseplay, teasing, hazing, excluding another Scout, profanity and name calling are behaviors that will not be tolerated during Boy Scout activities or away from Boy Scouts.

Scouts who have difficulty in accepting or following directions from their Boy Leaders will be counseled by the Patrol Leader, the Senior Patrol Leader, or, if necessary, the Assistant Scoutmasters, Scoutmaster, or the Committee Chair. Parents will be notified of any issues as determined by the Scoutmaster and/or the Committee Chair.

If a problem persists and causes disruptions of any activity the Scout(s) Parents will be called and asked to pick up the Scout, either from a meeting or an outing. The Scout may be asked to take a leave of absence from the Troop until his maturity develops to a level expected of Boy Scouts.

If a visiting Parent observes a Scout violating any disciplinary rules, they should bring the matter to the immediate attention of one of the Adult Scout leaders. Parents should not take it upon themselves to correct behavior unless the Parent feels that a Scout is in imminent danger, (in which case the Parent witnessing the behavior should correct the problem immediately, and then notify an Adult Scout Leader).

Although Scouts need to follow instructions from their Boy Leaders, any need for disciplinary measure should be brought to the attention of an Adult Leader. Adult Leaders on site will determine if and what disciplinary measures should be taken. If problems persist beyond the event, discipline issues will be turned over to the Committee Chair. Boy leaders should not decide on disciplinary measures, but may be asked to give their input or implement disciplinary measures.



Scouts will not be permitted to possess the following items at meetings or outings:

1. Alcoholic Beverages*

2. Illegal drugs or narcotics*

3. Tobacco products of any type

4. Bullwhips

5. Slingshots

6. Bows and arrows

7. Firearms and/or ammunition*

8. Sheath knives (fixed blade), switch blade knives, or knives with blades longer than 4 inches

9. Obscene or pornographic materials

10. Martial arts devices

The first time that any of the contraband items are found in the possession of a Scout, with the exception of alcohol and illegal drugs or narcotics, the items will be confiscated and returned to the parents.

The second occurrence will result in Parents being called and asked to come and pick up their Scouts.

* With respect to alcohol, illegal drugs, narcotics, or firearms, Scouts may not bring, possess, use, distribute, or purchase any of these items during meetings or outings. The first offense will result in the Parents being notified and additional disciplinary actions such as expulsion from the Troop.



At the meetings, Scouts have times when they are required to be quiet and pay attention to the instruction. During instruction periods, Scouts must keep quiet in order to keep from distracting others.



The Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, or the Committee Chair will determine the appropriate disciplinary action to be applied to each incident.

Depending on the severity of the infraction, discipline may include, but will not be limited to, the following:

1) Time-out (separation of the Scout from the group for some time period)

2) Extra duties including, but not limited to, policing the camp ground for trash.

3) Notification of parents to pick up the Scout from the meeting or activity

4) Suspension of Scout from participation in meetings or activities for a definite time period

5) Suspension of Scout from participation in meetings or activities until conference with parent(s) is conducted

6) Expulsion from Troop (only used in severe incidents such as any Scout is endangering the health or safety of himself or other members of the Troop, or repeated behavioral problems.)

Note: Parents may not be notified for disciplinary actions 1 or 2. These actions will be used for most minor infractions.

Parents, guardians, or other adults responsible for Scouts may request a meeting with the Committee Chair to review disciplinary action taken against a Scout. Issues that remain unresolved can be presented for further decisions to the Troop Committee.

Items may be added to this policy as the Troop grows and as necessary; copies of such additions will be posted to the Troop 505 web site.

Troop 505 general discipline policy revised 9/22/2010.

Troop 505 Summer Camp Health Forms Due Jun 30

This is friendly reminder to all those Scouts who have not completed the required BSA Health Forms A-C (including a medical physical within the past 12 months and Form B signed by a physician) that we are less than 4 weeks away from Summer Camp. BSA, Camp Raven Knob and Troop 505 require all these forms to attend Summer Camp. Any Scout with incomplete BSA Health Forms (A, B and C) WILL NOT be able to attend Summer Camp with the Troop. All forms MUST be given to Ms Lisa Vook by June 30th.

BSA Health Forms A-C can be found at

MANDATORY Troop 505 BSA Youth Protection Training

Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA and Troop 505.

To increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America and Troop 505 are  implementing several important changes to further enhance their Youth Protection policies.

Effective June 1, 2010:

1.     Youth Protection training is required for all registered Troop 505 volunteers.

2.     New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before they submit an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.

3.     Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the Troop 505 volunteer will not be reregistered.

To ensure these policies are fully implemented, please take the following steps:

— If you have not taken Youth Protection training within the past two years, please log on to MyScouting and take the training. Be sure to have your member ID number. The number can be found on your Boy Scouts of America membership card.

— If you do not know your member ID number, contact your unit leader or committee chairman. Your council can also assist.

— A person does not have to be a registered volunteer or have an ID number to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in to MyScouting and create an account. From the MyScouting portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training. Upon completion, print a certificate and submit it with an application or submit to the unit leader for processing at the local council.

— If you have taken Youth Protection training online but did not input your member ID number, please log on to MyScouting and input your member ID in the My Profile section so the training will be linked to your records.

— If you have taken Youth Protection training within the past two years but did not take the course online, log on to MyScouting to ensure your records are up-to-date, or contact your council for verification that your Youth Protection training records are accurate.

To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent’s Guide in any of the Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to

Troop 505 Jun 25-27 Pilot Mountain Nature Weekend Plan

Pilot Mountain


Troop 505 will spend the weekend at Pilot Mountain State Park. We will camp on Friday and Saturday nights in the family campground at the Park. Saturday’s main activity will be a ten-mile hike on the trails in the park. We will meet at the YMCA on Friday afternoon and return on Sunday mid-day.

For more information about the park visit:

Adults who can drive – and camp this weekend – please contact Lisa or
Derek by email or at the June 2 Troop Meeting.

Signup : At the June 2d Troop Meeting
Anticipated expenses: Transportation: $10 to $15, Meals: ~$20, Camp site $8


Prepare for a backpacking outing. A hat and sunscreen are required as is Insect repellent.

Equipment guidelines are posted on the Troop web site at


Wear your Class B uniform (Scout pants) on this outing. Bring your class A s for flag ceremonies, Scout’s Own, and the Campfire. Bring a complete change of dry clothes to be left in the vehicles for the ride home.

Meals and Troop equipment

Meals are by patrol as arranged at the Troop meeting on Wednesday night. If you have questions about your responsibilities or cooking supplies contact your patrol leader. Patrols will be preparing five meals (Friday supper, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast.

Grubmaster budgets
Friday supper: $4 per person
Saturday breakfast: $3 per person
Saturday lunch: $4 per person
Saturday dinner: $4 per person
Sunday breakfast: $3 per person

Tent assignments will be made by patrol at Wednesday night’s meeting.

Directions ~100 miles, travel time is about 2 hours

Directions from the State Park



Troop 505 Asst Scoutmaster Trained BSA COPE/Climbing Instructor

Troop 505 would like to congratulate our Asst Scoutmaster Cordell for completing the BSA COPE/Climbing Instructor Course last weekend. This is an extremely amazing opportunity for the Scouts of Troop 505. As a trained BSA COPE/Climbing Instructor, Asst Scoutmaster Cordell will be able to teach and take our 505 Scouts on any BSA COPE Course, rock climbing and use Occoneechee Council Climbing equipment when with the Scouts on climbing activities. Not many Troops have this type of skilled Asst Scoutmaster at their disposal. This gesture definitely shows our high adventure Asst Scoutmaster Cordell’s commitment to making our 505 adventures some of the best in the nation.

For those not familiar with the BSA COPE/Climbing Program, The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America developed Project COPE to meet the needs of today’s youth who are seeking greater challenges to their physical and mental abilities. The goals of Project COPE are consistent with the methods of Scouting. Group activities are ideal for emphasizing the patrol method and developing leadership. Individual activities help promote personal growth.

COPE is an acronym for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience. It is comprised of a series of outdoor challenges, beginning with basic group initiative games, and progressing to more complicated low-course and high-course activities. Some of these events involve a group effort, while others test individual skills and agility. Participants climb, swing, balance, jump, rappel and think through solutions to a variety of challenges.

The course provides an opportunity for each participant to achieve success as an individual and as a member of a group. The objectives of Project COPE include building confidence, developing leadership skills, and attaining a sense of common cooperation among group members. The course is designed to build more self-confidence in a shorter length of time than anything most people have experienced.

Participants work together as a group throughout the COPE experience, learning teamwork and trust. In addition, COPE participants develop leadership skills, improve their self-esteem, communications and problem solving skills. And even as they develop these important, participants say Project COPE is an absolute blast!

Thank you Asst Scoutmaster Cordell! Let’s go Climb!