Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Camp Bowman - Goshen Scout Camp 2009 (Set 3)

Each night, all of the troops in the camp gather around the parade field/flagpoles for a closing ceremony with one Troop responsible for the lowering of the colors. All troops are required to bring their troop flag.

After the lowering of the colors, there are a variety of Camp announcements, such as the Troop with the best campsite (which we took the first night), contest winners (which we swept), changes to the program, etc.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Camp Bowman - Goshen Scout Camp 2009 (Set 2)

Ever wonder what a Scout sleeps in at summer camp? Scouts sleep in a wall tent on a platform. Two Scouts per tent. What do you notice across the road?

Here is one of the patrol dining areas. Mr. Kelley and the gang are getting ready to head down to the waterfront.

Here is the other patrol area. Looks like they are getting lunch ready. Yum, yum.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Camp Bowman - Goshen Scout Camp 2009 (Set 1)

Here we are at Camp Bowman. This is a photo of the leader area and beyond it, one of the patrol sites.

Not too bad for a latrine...

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Year...1955

In 1955, the number of Scouts inched up to 35.

Of those, there was one Life Scout (Francis Martorano), one Star (John O’Donnell) , seventeen were Second Classr, and six were First Class.

The oldest Scout in the Troop was 14.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Year...1954

For some reason, the number of Scouts had dropped to 31.

Of those, eleven earned the rank of Second Class and five were First Class.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Year...1953

There were 43 scouts at the time of registration.

By the second year of existence, three of these Scouts earned the Rank of Second Class, and one was First Class. All of the others were Tenderfoot.

The oldest Scout in the Troop was 15.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Year...1952

This was the year Troop 466 came into existence.

There were 42 scouts at the time of registration

Of the 42, six were 12 years of age and one was 15.

All were Tenderfoot.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Troop 466 Eagle Lifts Off (so to speak)

One of our Eagle Scouts, Tonku Gopal, wrote to us:

So this week I was lucky enough to participate in a rocket launch at NASA Wallops Flight Facility as a member of the Naval Research Lab optics team. To anyone who looked into the southeastern sky from 7:46-8:06 p.m. EDT you may have caught some odd flashes in the sky. Apparently some others saw it as well.

Here's a link to a story cnn posted on the launch:

Attached are two pictures of the rocket taking off, sent to us by the project manager. It's a four stage rocket, and its really quite something to watch the different stages go off and slowly come back down to earth. I've got some pictures I took myself of the fourth stage going off and spreading a dust cloud into the ionosphere.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Scout Requirements Update

Please note that there are updates to the Boy Scout Requirements.

In order to earn the rank of...

  • Tenderfoot and Life, Scouts must use the EDGE model (explain, demonstrate, guide and enable) to teach others.
  • Second Class, a Scout must earn an amount of money agreed to by him and his parents and save at least 50% of it.
  • First Class, Scouts must demonstrate Leave No Trave principles on outings.
  • Star, Life and Eagle, Scouts can now use the Troop Webmaster and Leave No Trace trainer as leadership positions.
Complete details on these may be found at:

The World Scouting Organization

You ever wonder what the purple logo on the uniform represents?

It is the logo or symbol of The World Scouting Organization.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Troop Archives - Activity/Participation Patches

From the Troop Archives.

These are just two of the patches from the Troop Archives.

For a little more informaton about Camp Theodore Roosevelt, click here.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Troop 466 Archives - Participation or Activity Patches

Here are some participation and/or activity patches from the Troop Archives.

Boy's Life Participation - 1961

From the Troop Archives.

This is actually a felt banner (8.5" x 11") which was meant to be hung on a wall or some other flat surface. It could have been also put into a picture frame but it is a bit thicker than a normal photo.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Camp Theodore Roosevelt Award

From the Troop Archives.

Does anyone know what year this might have been?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Boy's Life Participation - 1973

From the Troop Archives.
This, like the 1972 one, is made of vinyl. Unfortunately, there are a number of push pin holes in both.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Boy's Life Participation - 1972

From the Troop Archives. This is a vinyl sign given to the Troop 466. It is apx. 8.5" x 11" and unfortunately, has a number of pin holes in it, due to the fact that it was probably displayed over the years using push-pins.
Today, troops receive ribbons to place on their flag for 100% participation.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Did you know he was an Eagle Scout?

Did you know that Ken Whisenhunt, the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, is an Eagle Scout?

Recently, he told the audience at a Friends of Scouting Dinner: "I was not the most talented or gifted athlete, but I've always done my best to be prepared."

"I've always done my best to be prepared."

Something to always strive for!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Did you know he was an Eagle Scout?

Do you know this guy?

It is Mike Rowe of the Discovery Channel Show DIRTY JOBS.

Of course you knew it. We all did.

But did you know that Mike is an Eagle Scout? Yep, Troop 16 in Baltimore.
Mike was recently featured in the EAGLELETTER, a quarterly newsletter of the National Eagle Scout Association. The article discusses the fact that you have the drive to become an Eagle and that there has been nothing in his career not connected to his time in Scouting! Wow! Skills that you can learn which can last a lifetime.

As Mike says:

The Scout law is still one of the best guides for living you'll find. But if you are going to deliberately ignore one element, make it "clean." It's overrated.

You can take a look at his website:

You can also take a look at the letter he sent a 13 year old Scout, encouraging him to earn his Eagle:

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Troop 466 Archives: Deep Creek Lake Trip

Every three years, Boy Scout Troop 466 goes to Deep Creek Lake for a fun week of camping. Here are some photos from 2003? (I don't have a date for these, sorry).

How many of these Scouts are now out of college and working full-time?

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

First Meeting on Monday, Sept. 14th

Our first meeting will be on Monday, Sept. 14th at 7pm in the Kennedy Room.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Life to Eagle Conference - Mandatory for Eagle

Montgomery District has set Saturday October 24, 2009 and Sunday February 28, 2010 as the dates for the district Life to Eagle conferences for this Scouting year.

Precise times and locations have not yet been disseminated.

We’ll keep you posted!

Leave No Trace "Train the Trainer" Course

This is not a Troop 466 sponsored event but posted in case you may be interested in participating.


Course for Scouters October 2-4, 2009 The Leave No Trace (LNT) Train the Trainer course is a weekend 16 hour courses designed for Scouters, educators, youth leaders, etc. who value the outdoors and want to teach others how to protect and preserve it.

The course will be taught by LNT Master Educators Rob Heider and Ed Dennis who are Scouters and veteran BSA High Adventure advisers. The class will cover topics like: a brief history of wilderness and public land protection, review of LNT principles, teaching techniques and learning styles, all with an emphasis on Scouting and LNT. There will be discussion regarding how LNT has been incorporated into the new 2010 Rank Requirements.

Each student will receive information via e-mail to prepare for the course, and will conclude the course with an action plan to teach LNT in the Scouting community. A maximum of 10 students will be accepted. Course graduates receive a certificate from the Leave No Trace Center for Ethics and will be qualified to teach LNT principles to Scouts, Scouters, and other interested groups.

For details and registration, please contact Rob Heider at

Annual Scout Retreat - April 16 thru 18, 2010

Note: This is not on the Troop calendar as an official Troop 466 event. If you are interested in participating, please let us know and we can make it a Troop event. If this is not a troop event, you do have the option of participating.


This year, we are privileged to welcome Fr. Leo Patalinghug, founder of Grace Before Meals ( Fr. Leo recently survived a 'Throw Down' with Bobby Flay, which will air on the Food Network on September 9th.

More information to follow.

Scout Day at the Mount 2009

Note: This is not a Troop 466 sponsored event. If any member of the troop is interested and would like to organize a small group, please let me know or share via email.


Scout Day at the Mount 2009
Sponsored by The Catholic Committee on Boy Scouting of the Archdiocese of Washington

When: Saturday, September 12, 2009
Arrive at Patriot Hall on the Campus of Mount St. Mary’s by 11:00 a.m.

What: A mountain hike, visit to the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, Holy Mass, and a tour of Mount St. Mary’s. Dinner at the Cozy Restaurant

Where: Mount St. Mary’s University and Seminary
Emmitsburg, Maryland

Cost: Free, except for meal costs

All Boy Scouts, male Venture Scouts, and leaders are invited to join us at Mount St. Mary’s University and Seminary for a tour of the seminary, visit to the Grotto, Holy Mass, and a 5 mile mountain hike. While this is an excellent opportunity for Scouts working on religious emblems to complete some of their requirements, the trip is not restricted to those working on emblems. All Boy Scouts and male Venture Scouts are invited. Those who have participated in the past are encouraged to join us again. We will end the day with dinner at the Cozy Restaurant.

For information or to register, please contact Santa Bigony or 301-262-8645)

A Congratulation Note

Wishing you both, John Kelley and Major Cowhig a big CONGRATULATIONS! on your recent Camp Bowman Scouter Award of Merit at Goshen Scout Camp!

Very proud of our fathers and the leadership role that you give to our young people, especially our scouts.

May God bless you and your families with good health and His peace!

My prayers for a Good School Year,

Sister Daniel Mary, IHM