Our May 2019 campout is to Uwharrie National Forest for a Wilderness Survival Training campout. More details to follow…
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Troop and Crew 505 will hold an open house for youth interested in learning more about Scouting and our units. In addition to pizza and snacks, there will be a focus on survival and camping techniques as well as games and activities. Q&A will be available for parents and family members.
Please RSVP so we can plan for food.
Troop 505 meets Wednesday nights from 7-8:30pm at the American Legion Chapel Hill Post 6, 1714 Legion Rd. Chapel Hill, NC, 27517. Young men between the ages of 10-17 are encouraged to attend anytime. Boy Scouts focuses on developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness. Troop 505 has a strong emphasis on outdoors and camps every month.
Crew 505 also meets Wednesday nights and focuses on high adventure for young men and women ages 14-20. Venturing’s purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens.
October 18th we will have our Fall Court of Honor. Parents, relatives, and friends are welcome to attend as we award our hardworking Scouts with rank advancements and merit badges earned. Unless there is rain we will hold the ceremony outside at the fire pit.
This Wednesday we will begin work on the First Aid merit badge with a CPR course.
We’ll start the meeting with a 15-minute ScoutStrong activity followed by a healthy snack of fruits or vegetables provided by Jacob (remember to turn in your receipt!).
We had a great meeting last week kicking off SCOUTStrong with a round of soccer followed by fresh fruit. Thanks to Owen for volunteering to bring a healthy snack to our next Troop meeting Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
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.
After the PLC meeting we will have our 15 minutes of SCOUTStrong activity. Volunteer to lead this activity? This will be followed up by an evening of advancement catch up (with healthy snacks) in anticipation of our October 18th Court of Honor.
Advancement Catch Up
- Scouts needing to be signed off on rank requirements bring your book and be prepared to demonstrate or discuss the skills.
- We will have Scoutmaster Conferences. If you need a SM Conference email, Scoutmaster.email@example.com.
- We will have Boards of Review. BORs require parent volunteers. Scouts please email Advancement.firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a BOR. Parents please email Advancement.email@example.com if you are able to serve on a BOR.
Merit Badge Catch Up
There are a number of small items that need to be completed for merit badges. Bring a laptop if you have one for the writing requirements or complete them before the meeting and you can assist other Scouts.
Citizenship in the Nation – Below are the requirements most Scouts need to complete.
- Watch the national evening news five days in a row OR read the front page of a major daily newspaper five days in a row. Discuss the national issues you learned about with your counselor. Choose one of the issues and explain how it affects you and your family.
- With your counselor’s approval, choose a speech of national historical importance. Find out about the author, and tell your counselor about the person who gave the speech. Explain the importance of the speech at the time it was given, and tell how it applies to American citizens today. Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has significant meaning to you, and tell your counselor why.
- 6. Find out about three career opportunities in environmental science. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.
Summer Camp – Do you have any outstanding requirements to meet for merit badge classes taken at summer camp? If so bring the requirements and materials needed to work on them.
For our newer Scouts, here’s information about PLC. While we don’t have all of these positions filled, keep in mind that our next election is coming soon November 8th.
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.
This week we will review last weekend’s canoeing and camping trip. What went well? What can we do better?
Fitness was the name of the game with our canoeing trip. This week we’ll get started with Scout Strong.
We’ll also have time for those who need to make presentations for merit badges. If you have papers or assignments to turn in for merit badges please bring those.
Tonight we will continue work on the Environmental Science merit badge. If you have your essay completed, please bring it with you. We will also be finalizing plans for our camping trip this weekend.
I hope to see you all tomorrow night at 7pm for our first meeting of the 2017-2018 Scouting year! It has been a nice and busy summer and I am looking to get the troop organized for the upcoming scouting season.
I have two major things planned for this meeting:
- Make sure we all are up-to-date on all requirements needed to complete any unfinished merit badges or rank requirements.
- Finalize the troop calendar for at least up-to the end of December… and hopefully for the entire year.
To accomplish these two objectives I will need something from everyone (both scouts and parents).
- Your scout handbooks and any materials you have been working on for rank advancements/merit badges
- Your calendars that have any important dates (like school closings/breaks, when is the new Star Wars movie coming out?..etc)
- Any ideas of trips, activities, or places to see that would be fun
- Your wants & wishes of what merit badges you would like us to work on this year (or willing to teach)
- A willingness to make this years scouting program awesome!
I have a pretty good list of awards and merit badges that everyone gave me over the summer and some great ideas of how to fit most of them into our calendar. I also have most of the dates of council and district events and youth & adult training sessions throughout the upcoming year.
Lets kick off this season with planning for a fun and productive year.
“If you fail to plan….you are planning to fail. -Benjamin Franklin”
p.s. There will be NO PLC tomorrow night.
Keith J. Wetzel
This is our last meeting before summer. Please remember to bring your forms for summer camp–Health Form Part, A, B, C; copy of health insurance card; signed release for Camp Durant. See the email from Keith Wetzel for all the details about summer camp including a packing list.
Wednesday, June 14th we will work on the Environmental Science merit badge. Here is your homework for Environmental Science merit badge. Bring printouts of your homework with you to the troop meeting to share out with
3.b.3 Air Pollution. Explain what is acid rain. In your explanation, tell how it affects plants and the environment and the steps society can take to help reduce its effects.
3.c.3 Water Pollution Describe the impact of a waterborne pollutant on an aquatic community. Write a 100-200 word report on how that pollutant affected aquatic life, what the effect was, and whether the effect is linked to biomagnifications.
3.e.1 OR 3.e.2 Endangered Species
3.e.1 Do research on one endangered species found in your state. Find out what its natural habitat is, why it is endangered, what is being done to preserve it, and how many individual organisms are left in the wild. Prepare a 100-to-200-word report about the organism, including a drawing. Present your report to your patrol or troop.
3.e.2 Do research on one species that was endangered or threatened but which has now recovered. Find out how the organism recovered, and what its new status is. Write a 100-to-200-word report on the species and discuss it with your counselor.
6. Find out about three career opportunities in environmental science. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.