Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas Tree Shed Set-Up 2009

This morning, we worked from 8:30am to 1:30pm to set up the shed and the site. Sales will begin next Saturday!

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Future Site of Boy Scout National Jamoree's

Click here to read about the new National Scout Center and future home of the National Jamboree's!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Catholic Retreat - 1974

We received the 1st Place Award, but we have no idea what it was for? Do you?

Do you know a former Troop 466 Scout or Leader? Let them know about the blog.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Boy's Life 1975

This seems to be the last year a certificate was issued. After this, ribbons would be issued to troops.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Scuba Diving Merit Badge - New on 12/01/09


The Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce the release of the Scuba Diving merit badge. The official earn date of this merit badge is December 1, 2009. Pamphlets are in the NDC and available for local council service center and orders - just in time for Christmas!

The first new merit badge in over three years, Scuba Diving reflects the new direction of BSA to develop merit badges based on youth/Scout input to assure relevance and excitement around the merit badge offering. This merit badge, developed in association with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), leverages our spirit of outdoor adventure and expands our aquatics offering. More than 84 percent of Scouts surveyed were interested in the merit badge and recommended that BSA adopt it.

Key facts you need to know about the merit badge are as follows:

* Completing the Scuba Diving merit badge will result in the boy achieving an open water certification enabling him to dive around the world with the appropriate supervision, based on his age.

* There are two important roles for this merit badge - the merit badge counselor and a certified dive instructor.

* Sometimes this may be the same person.

* More likely, the counselor will be an existing BSA adult member.

* Always the instructor will be one certified by one of a number of instructional agencies.

* The instructor does NOT have to be a BSA member.

* Earning the Scuba Diving merit badge is open to all Boy Scout-age youth. There are, however, limitations based on age with respect to how deep and with whom a boy can dive. These limitations vary by certifying organization.

* Completion of the Swimming merit badge is a requirement of the merit badge and must be completed prior to entering into scuba training portion of the requirements.

* Boys with a current open water certification will NOT have to recertify in order to earn the merit badge. They will, however, have to have completed the Swimming merit badge, present their certification to the merit badge counselor and complete all the other requirements.

* There are three important pieces of information which must be fully reviewed by the merit badge counselor prior to approving any Scout for the merit badge: the merit badge requirements, the notes to counselor and the scuba policy of the Guide to Safe Scouting.

Monday, November 16, 2009

From the Archives: Rifle Shoot Award

Each week at Summer Camp, every troop sends the Scoutmaster (or someone he nominates) and the Senior Patrol Leader for a friendly shooting match.

It seems that we won once. However, we don't know the date. Do you know the date?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Scouting for Food 2009 & Parish Bazaar

Troop 466 and Cub Scout Pack 466 both participated in Scouting for Food. Fifty-seven (57) bags of food were delivered to the collection point. At apx. 5lbs per bag, that comes to almost 300lbs. of food.

Thanks to all who participated. Thanks to all who donated.

In addition, our Scouts set up a First Aid Station (a couple of minor cuts were treated) at the Parish Bazaar and assisted with the clean up at the end.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Msgr. John B. Brady to be honored on December 3rd

From the National Capital Area Council (NCAC):

Msgr. John B. Bray will be honored on December 3rd with the Robert M. Hanson "Good Scout" Award at the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America’s “Salute to Scouting” at Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, MD.

As a boy, Brady was a member of Boy Scout Troop 4, chartered to St. Ann Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1945 and served as Scoutmaster for his troop for 2 years. It was while attending the National Jamboree in 1950 that he felt the calling to serve God.

Monsignor Brady was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1955. His first assignment was as an associate pastor for Holy Redeemer (Kensington, MD) before becoming the first chaplain for Holy Cross Hospital (Silver Spring, MD). In the late 1960s he was an associate pastor for Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament (Washington, DC) and Saint John the Baptist (Silver Spring). In 1974 Brady became the pastor at Saint Joseph Pomfret (Charles County, MD). He went on to pastor at Saint John Vianney Catholic Church (Prince Frederick, MD) and Holy Angels Catholic Church (Avenue, MD).

Between 1960-1966 Brady served as the Scout chaplain for Philmont Scout Reservation (Cimarron, NM). When the National Capital Area Council opened Goshen Scout Reservation outside Lexington (VA) in 1967, Brady gave the invocation at the opening ceremony and has served as a camp chaplain during the past 43 years. His dedication to his faith, to Scouting and to Goshen Scout Reservation is legendary.

Monsignor John B. Brady retired from being a pastor in 2005. He is an avid canoeist, singer, songwriter and outdoorsman.

You may remember, Msgr. Brady was the Goshen Catholic Chaplain this past summer. We attended the Mass he celebrated (and our troop served as servers and lectors).

At our 50th Anniversary, he con-celebrated the Mass at St. John's.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Scouting for Food

Reminder, meet at the Kennedy Room at 8:30am for bag pick-up on Saturday, Nov. 7th.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Year: 1963

The number of Scouts at the time of registration increased to 62.

Registration cost each Scout thrity-five (35) cents. Boy's Life was $1.35 for the year.

There were still a number of Eagle Scouts listed at this time:

  • Donald Atwell (age 15)
  • Norman Bishop (age 14) of Seminary Rd.
  • Stephen Cole (age 15) of Brisbane St.
  • Michael Dyer (age 15) of Bucknell Dr.
  • Joseph Mescher (age 15) of Gardiner
  • Joseph Nevin (age 15) of Georgia Ave.
A number of patrols were listed: Ranger, Flaming Arrows, Panther, Apache and Jellyfish(?).

Although most of the Scouts attended St. John the Evangelist for both school and church, Scouts did come from other schools: Oakland Terrace, Glen Haven, St. Andrew's, Sligo Jr. High School and Holy Redeemer.

The Scoutmaster was Gilbert Cole, Jr.

Do you know the whereabouts of any of these Scouts or Leaders? We would love to hear from them. Please share this blog with them.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Year: 1962

The number of Scouts at time of registration dropped again. This year, there were 52.

However, there were a record number of Eagle Scouts registered:
  • Wayne Athway (age 15)

  • Donald Atwell (age 14)

  • George Carnahan, Jr. (age 15)

  • James Carnahan (age 14)

  • Michael Dyer (age 14) of Bucknell Dr.

  • Joseph Mescher (age 14)

  • Joseph Nevin (age 14) of Georgia Ave.

Two patrols are mentioned in the archives: Flaming Arrows and Wolves.

The Scoutmaster is William Lester of Greeley Ave.

If anyone knows where any of these Scouts or Leaders are today, please let us know. Please feel free to share this site with them.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Year: 1961

By 1964, the Troop had shrunk just a bit to 62 Scouts.

Wayne Attaway (Menlo Ave.) was listed as the only Eagle, but there were six Life Scouts at the time of registration.

Two patrols were listed: Panther and Flaming Arrows.

One of the Scouts listed was Frank Joseph Lopes (Crest Road), who was (and still is) active in the life of St. John the Evangelist.

The Scoutmaster was Jack Jardeleza.

If anyone knows where any of these Scouts and Leades are today, please let us know or share this blog site with them.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Year: 1960

At the time of registration, there were 72 Scouts. Of those, George Carnahan, Jr. was an Eagle Scout. Robert Harvey (Harmon Road) held the rank of Life.

The Apachie Patrol was the only one on record.

The Scoutmaster was Francis Burke (August Dr.) and Jack Jardeleza was one of the Assitant Scoutmasters. (Note: Mr. Jardeleza was a Deacon at St. John's and passed away a number of years ago.)

If anyone knows where these Scouts and Leaders are today, we would love to hear from them.

Please share this blog site with them and all your friends.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Eagle Scout Project - Completed and A Success!

From Aiden Cowhig:

Yesterday's Eagle Project was a great success. We began work at 8:00 AM and worked until we were finished at about 3:30 PM, taking a short break in the middle of the day for lunch. The work was done quickly and efficiently. The fence looked professional, and the painting looked excellent. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came and helped me do my Eagle Project. Again, thanks to all who gave me their time.