Thursday, December 23, 2010

Troop 466 would like to thank all those who purchased a Christmas tree this year. We know that money is tight with many people, and we cannot thank you enough for sticking with us for over 45 years.

We would like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Annual Christmas Tree Sale 2010

St. John the Evangelist Church Parking Lot
10103 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD

Map Link:,+MD&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq=&hnear=10103+Georgia+Ave,+Silver+Spring,+Montgomery,+Maryland+20902&z=16

-Saturday, December 4th, 10am-9pm
-Sunday, December 5th, 10am-9pm

-Monday, December 6th, 5pm-9pm
-Tuesday, December 7th, 5pm-9pm
-Wednesday, December 8th, 5pm-9pm
-Thursday, December 9th, 5pm-9pm
-Friday, December 10th, 5pm-9pm

-Saturday, December 11th, 10am-9pm
-Sunday, December 12th, 10am-9pm

-Monday, December 13th, 3pm-9pm
-Tuesday, Decmber 14th, 3pm-9pm
-Wednesday, December 15th, 3pm-9pm
-Thursday, December 16th, 2pm-9pm
-Friday, December 17th, 3pm-9pm

-Saturday, December 18th, 10am-9pm
-Sunday, December 19th, 10am-9pm

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Rockwell and the Movies

What do George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have in common with millions of Scouts and Scouters? These great American filmmakers both love and admire the work of Norman Rockwell, who spent decades illustrating stories and painting covers for Boys’ Life and the annual Brown & Bigelow Boy Scouts calendars.

Rockwell's Spirit of America (1929) represents just one artistic highlight of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibition and catalog.

Of course, when your movies have brought in billions of dollars, you can do more than just admire an artist: Lucas and Spielberg have long been major collectors of Rockwell’s work.
Now you can see a sizable portion of those collections at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. The filmmakers, who teamed up on the popular Indiana Jones series, have aligned again—this time to arrange the loan of 57 of their Rockwell paintings and drawings for an exhibition that opened in July.

For more, go here.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


"Scouting forces you to deal with your discomfort. It trains you to do the thing you don't want to do. And over time, I realized it does something else, too. It trains you to like it.

Mike Rowe
Eagle Scout
Star of "Dirty Jobs"

Friday, October 22, 2010

Court of Honor (Sept 2010 - Set 2)

The Court of Honor Master of Ceremonies.

Announcing the awards.

The receiving line.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Court of Honor (Sept. 2010 - Set 1)

Getting the food ready.

Getting the drinks ready.

Getting the awards ready.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cunningham Falls Campout (Oct 2010 - Set 3)

At Bob's Hill - Southern View.

Stefan having a secong breakfast. Hey, don't they feed you at home?

At Bob's Hill - Northern Overlook.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cunningham Falls Campout (Oct 2010 - Photo Set 2)

Chicken Tortilla Dinner in a Dutch Oven.

Notice how everyone gave it a BIG THUMBS UP, except for that strange Scout in the center. By the way, who is he?

And, the Scouts made a new friend later on that evening.
No, he did not end up in next morning's breakfast.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Cunningham Falls State Park - Oct 2010 Campout

Sunday Morning Breakfast - Hashbrown Omlet
(or at least that is what I call it).

Everyone liked it. A couple of lessons learned from cooking this meal:

1. More coals are needed than the recipe calls from. Probably about 35 or so.

2. Cook the hashbrowns and onions first.

3. We used "brown and serve sausages" and pre-cooked bacon. A HUGE time saver.

4. More seasoning is needed - pepper and salt. Hot sauce is an option.

5. Feeds 8 to 10 normal people or 7-8 hungry Scouts.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Troop 209 Pumpkin Sale This Weekend

Troop 209 have always been supporters of Troop 466. As brother Scouts, it is important for us to support each other. So, get out there and buy a couple.

Woodside United Methodist Church
8900 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Just north of downtown Silver Spring – west side of Georgia – you can’t miss it.

Oct. 16-30
Saturdays - 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, 10/17 and 10/24 – 1 p.m.-7 p.m. (Sunday, 10/31 TBA)
Weekdays – 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Beach Jam 2010 - Photos (Set 2)

Always a wonderful sight.

Chris B. eating a bagel w/ a Starbucks Iced Coffee on the way to Wildwood. The breakfast of every growing First Class Scout. Oh, yea.

The view from our campsite to the pier.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

BSA 2010 - Lionel Trains (The Derrick Car)

Troop 466 Webmaster Postion Requirements

Responsible To: Senior Patrol Leader, Scoutmaster and Asst. Scoutmasters

Minimum Rank for this Job: First Class (preferred but not required)

Ranks that this job may apply toward: Star, Life, EagleJob

Description: Troop Webmaster is an elected leadership position but may be appointed. This Webmaster is responsible for ensuring Troop web site and Facebook page contains the information needed by the Troop 466 scouts..

The term are as follows:
  • Completion of the Computers Merit Badge (within one month of election/assignment)
  • Six month to one year Position of Responsibility
  • One month probationary period in which the Webmaster shows responsibility for posting information on the Troop Blog/Website and Facebook within 24 hours.
  • Poor performance can lead to the appointment of another member of the troop. If removed for poor performance, you will not be eligible for sign-off for leadership. You will not be eligible to use this time for any leader position for rank.
Specific Duties:
  • Manage/Update the Troop Blog, which includes posting articles and updating the calendar at least once per week. All postings/changes to the website must be signed off by the Scoutmaster or other leader (as identified by the Scoutmaster)
  • Manage/update the Troop Facebook page. All postings/changes to the Facebook page must be signed off by the Scoutmaster or other leader (as identified by the Scoutmaster).
  • Obtain Web site improvement ideas/suggestions from the SPL and other Scouts. Implement with the approval of the SM or ASM.
  • All passwords must be kept secure. Any security breach must be reported to the SPL, Scoutmaster and other leaders immediately.
  • Set a good example.
  • Enthusiastically wear the Scout uniform correctly to all meetings.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Participate in all Troop activities, including regularly scheduled meeting.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Training For Scout Leaders - Montgomery District

For Scoutmasters: Boy Scout Leader Position Specific Training for Scoutmasters & Asst. Scoutmasters - October 9th, November 7th or 14th (a Sunday course for Saturday observant faiths - waiting on date confirmation) and December 4th.For

For all positions (even including Sea Scout Skippers): Fast Start for their particular position, This Is Scouting, and Youth Protection Training/Venturing Leader Youth Protection Training are all on-line at the training center.

For Scoutmasters, Venturing Crew Advisors (with outdoor programs) and Varsity coaches: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) must be taken; we areoffering it "in District" (although up near Harper's Ferry) on the weekend of October 23-24. Many adjoining districts continue to hold this course through mid-December for those who end up in the later course offerings. There is a Sunday observant session (Friday/Saturday) in Northern Virginia in October, too.

Monday, September 20, 2010

BSA 2010 - Lionel Trains

The 100th Anniversary was just ripe with merchandise. In conjunction with the Boy Scouts, Lionel issued a commemorative set. So, over the next few days, we will display the set.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Poison Ivy...

Photos taken at the Izaac Walton League in Damascus during Outdoor Leader Training.

Notice the three (3) leaves and that they may be notched or lobed.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Want to Join Us?

Are you 11 years old, or have completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old.

Are you interested in learning skills that you can use for the rest of your life?

Are you interested in making memories and telling your grandchildren how you hiked through a herd of buffalo, camped in NYC or know the basics of first aid?

Then maybe Troop 466 is for you.

We meet on Monday, Sept. 13th at 7pm in the Kennedy Room of St. John the Evangelist Parish, and every Monday after that.

Come down and join us to find out more about the exciting adventures.

Friday, August 27, 2010


9/18 & 10/19/2010

University of Maryland Men's Soccer will be celebrating Scout Day twice this season! Sept. 18 vs. NC State and Tuesday, Oct. 19 vs. Colgate will be our special days for all Scouts. All Scouts in uniform will receive a FREE Maryland Scout Day patch and tickets for the Scouts are only $4 each and can be ordered in advance by calling 301-314-7072.

We hope to see you at the Ludwig Soccer Field on Scout Days this season.

Thanks and GO TERPS!

Kyle Geddes>, Marketing Assistant, University of Maryland Athletics 301-314-7072

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


The Leave No Trace (LNT) Train the Trainer course is a weekend 16 hour outdoor course designed for Scouters, educators, youth leaders, etc. who value the outdoors and want to teach others how to protect, preserve, and responsibly use it. The course will be directed by LNT Master Educator Rob Heider, a Montgomery District Scouter and veteran BSA High Adventure adviser, along with four Train the Trainer qualified Montgomery District Scouters. 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 why LNT is important in the Scouting program, and how LNT has been incorporated into the new 2010 Rank Requirements.

The course is not an official Scouting activity, but this specific course is designed to actively assist Scouters to teach others, both inside and outside of Scouting, how to responsibly enjoy the outdoors using Leave No Trace principles and ethics.

Each registered 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 14 students will be accepted. Adult Scouters with high adventure experience from Montgomery District will receive first preference. 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.

Course details and registration instructions will be posted via the Montgomery Newsflash soon. Please direct questions to Rob Heider at, beginning on Sunday, August 29, 2010.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mike Rowe's Talk at Jamboree 2010

Mike Rowe's presentation at the Jamboree 2010 was just inspiring.

here to go to the video. Go to 3 hours and 8 minutes to see his speech.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Jamboree 2010: Articles from the Daily Gazette in Schenectady NY

As many of you know, four of our Scouts and two of our leaders attended the BSA National Jamboree 2010 in Ft. AP Hill. One of our leaders, Mr. Barone, worked on staff in the Retail Food Area (C) selling hot dogs, burgers, fries, drinks, etc. to hungry visitors and Scouts.

Mr. Barone worked with a number of adults from around the country including Mr. Rick Stellrecht, a writer for the Daily Gazette in Schenectady NY.

Mr. Stellrecht not only worked Retail Food C but also wrote a series of articles on the Jamboree. Take a few moments to read them -- they are short and informative.


Sunday, July 18, 2010


The National Archives is excited to announce that we will be hosting special events for the Boy Scouts this year in celebration of your 100th year anniversary!

Early Entrance Hours for Boy Scouts in Uniform and their Families July 23, 24, 25, 2010 8:30am -9:30am. Enter Through the Special Events Entrance on the Corner of 7th and Constitution Avenue, NW

Additionally, there is a special program at noon on July 26, 29, and 30 that features archival footage of Boy Scouts: "From the Vaults: 100 Years of the Boy Scouts" featuring archival footage of Boy Scouts selected from the holdings of the National Archives. (60 minutes) at the William G. McGowan Theater

Free Admission

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We look forward to celebrating your 100th anniversary with you this July!

National Archives Experience 202-357-5127

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


The NEW 54 Page NCAC Eagle Scout Procedures Guide is newly on-line and can be located at:

This Eagle Scout Procedures Guide is for Life Scouts who are working towards the Eagle rank in the National Capital Area Council, and their adult leaders. It is strongly recommended that all Scouters who are involved in the Life-to-Eagle process become well versed with the information contained herein, and that every Eagle Scout candidate be encouraged to read this publication prior to beginning the "12 Steps From Life to Eagle."

"If you are in the process of or nearing the time (you've completed Life Scout) to work on your Eagle Scout rank, print out this book and READ IT!! FOLLOW IT, TOO!!"

Monday, July 5, 2010

New Merit Badge: Inventing

Inventing involves finding technological solutions to real-world problems. Inventors understand the importance of inventing to society because they creatively think of ways to improve the lives of others. Explore the world of inventing through this new merit badge, and discover your inner inventiveness.

Learn more...go here:

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Merit Badge: Scout Heritage

There is a new Merit Badge which Scouts can earn entitlge Scout Heritage.

Looks pretty easy to earn except for Requirement Four:

Do ONE of the following:

A. Attend either a BSA national jamboree, OR world Scout jamboree, OR a national BSA high-adventure base. While there, keep a journal documenting your day-to-day experiences. Upon your return, report to your counselor what you did, saw, and learned. You may include photos, brochures, and other documents in your report.

B. Write or visit the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas.* Obtain information about this facility. Give a short report on what you think the role of this museum is in the Scouting program.
*If you visit the BSA’s national traveling tour, Adventure Base 100, in 2010, you may use this experience to fulfill requirement 4b. Visit (with your parent’s permission) for the schedule and for more information.

To learn more, go here.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Safe Trip to Troop 466

A number of Scouts and Leaders are heading down to Goshen Scout Camp. Be safe and have fun, because fun is the only thing to have!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Merit Badge Counselor Registration Deadline now extended to 6/30/2010

Due to the new Youth Protection Training requirements which were posted June 1, ALL merit badge counselors MUST have their Youth Protection Training up to date by NO LATER THAN June 30, the due date for registration for merit badge counselors. Remember, Youth Protection Training is REQUIRED every two years.

Here is what YOU MUST DO NOW:

1. Go to the council home web page

2. Read ALL of the information at the top of the page regarding changes to Youth Protection Training. Click on second "here" button to get the instructions on how to make sure your Youth Protection Training is up to date or take the Youth Protection Training course to make your Youth Protection Training up to date.

3. If your Youth Protection Training is not already up to date (that is, it shows in your MyScouting account that your Youth Protection Training is up to date), then follow the instructions in the posted directions to take the course.

4. When you have completed the course either send via e-mail attachment or print out and fax a copy of your Youth Protection Training certificate to the council person listed in the instructions.

5. If your Youth Protection Training is up to date (and you have verified it in MyScouting), then you do not need to do anything else.

If you do not make sure your Youth Protection Training us up to date by the registration due date of June 30, then you will be dropped as a merit badge counselor, so PLEASE make sure you are up to date TODAY!.

If you have any questions, please contact council registration at either of the phone numbers listed at the bottom of the instructions.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Eagle Scout Project - Some Post Project Comments

This past weekend, we carried out an Eagle Project at the Christian Family Montessori School
3628 Rhode Island Avenue Mt Rainier, MD 20712-2006.

The task was to refurbish the playground. We removed and replaced the sand in the sandbox (at least 60 c.f.), put down new wood chips on the playground (at least 3 cubic yards moved, dumped and raked out) and new boards on the play set.

To quote the project manager:

Thank you all for coming out and helping with my Eagle Project; it definitely looked much better when we finished. We had 22 workers in all show up, more than expected, which was great and made for quicker work. The school representative was very impressed with the job done, and I am sure all the students will be just as pleased with their new digs.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Youth Protection Training Policies - Important Notice

From BSA:

Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA.

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 is implementing several important changes to further enhance its Youth Protection policies.

Effective June 1, 2010:

-- Youth Protection training is required for all registered volunteers.

-- 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.

-- 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 volunteer will not be reregistered.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Troop 466 Remembers One of Her Own on Memorial Day

Frank Morris Streeks, Jr
Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
05 September 1947 - 22 September 1967 Silver Spring, Maryland
Panel 27E Line 002
For more, go here.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


A $50 deposit is due to Mr. Cowhig by June 2nd. Also, if you are taking the bus, a separate $35 check is due by June 2nd.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

BSA at the Indy 500

Going to Speedway, IN to see the Indianapolis 500?

Then check out the Boy Scouts of America's No. 19 Indy Car entry with Alex Lloyd at the helm and the Dale Coyne Racing Team watching his back.

Can't go to Indianapolis? Then check out a way cool photo of the car plus more info at the BSA Motorsports page

More pix at

BONUS: Download the Dale Coyne Racing/Boy Scouts of America wallpaper for your computer at

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How many have attended Jamborees?

1935 Washington, D.C. Canceled due to polio epidemic

1937 Washington D.C. 27,238

1950 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 47,163

1953 Irvine Ranch, California (Area now called Jamboree Road) 45,401

1957 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 52,580

1960 Colorado Springs, Colorado 56,377

1964 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 50,960

1969 Farragut State Park, Idaho 34,251

1973 Farragut State Park, Idaho and Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania 73,610 (Combined)

1977 Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania 28,601

1981 Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia 29,765

1985 Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia 32,625

1989 Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia 32,717

1993 Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia 34,449

1997 Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia 36,015

2001 Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia 42,002

2005 Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia 43,000

Monday, May 17, 2010

Union Pacific Honors BSA 100th Anniversary

Union Pacific Railroad unveiled its No. 2010 Boy Scouts of America locomotive, a bold tribute to Scouting's centennial celebration. UP No. 2010, seen above, is only the 14th commemorative locomotive in Union Pacific's nearly 150-year

"We are deeply honored by the tribute Union Pacific has given to Scouting through the creation of the commemorative locomotive," said Bob Mazzuca, the BSA‟s Chief Scout Executive.

"The locomotive bears the familiar BSA fleur-de-lis, the BSA 2010 logo, the words “100 Years of Scouting,” 10 emblems representing the different stages of Scouting, and the 2010 National Scout Jamboree logo. It may look great, but it wasn't designed to sit still. The 207-ton vehicle will haul cargo across America at speeds that reach 75 miles per hour hauling freight from Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Marion, Ark., to West Coast facilities in Los Angeles, Northern California, and the Pacific Northwest.

For more information, go to Union Pacific.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Letter from the New Scout Executive for NCAC

Taken from the NCAC Capital Comments - May 2010 email:

Dear Scouts, Scouting volunteers, families and supporters;

I am thrilled to be here. Not just because this Council is, according to Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazucca, the “flagship council of the nation,” but because I know this is the place that my 29 years as a Scouting professional have prepared me to be.

Many of you may have heard by now that my last position was as Scout Executive of the Orange County Council in California. I was there six years and when I left, that Council had a membership of more than 30,000 youth, 11,000 volunteers and a $9 million budget. By comparison, NCAC has more than twice the youth and volunteers with roughly the same budget. We’re doing a lot more with a lot less and that is, quite frankly, incredibly impressive.

As outlined in the NCAC Long-Range Strategic Plan 2008-2012, the Washington Metropolitan Area (WMA) is expected to grow both in population and wealth. Recent news reports continue to support this expectation as well as the anticipated ethnic shifts in our communities. The Strategic Plan outlines aggressive goals to tap into the potential of this growth and address these demographic changes so that we can stay true to our vision “to be recognized in our communities as providing the foremost youth program of character and values-based leadership development.” That means truly reflecting the communities that we serve and that support us while expanding into communities that need and want us to help them prepare young people for the opportunities and challenges of life.

I’m looking forward to walking shoulder to shoulder with you as we continue to implement the Long-Range Strategic Plan and deliver the great program of Scouting to every interested youth.

Les Baron Scout Executive, National Capital Area Council (NCAC), BSA

Les, a Life Scout, and his wife of 29 years, Kim, have two children, a son Leslie, 24 (an Eagle Scout) and a daughter Sara, 21.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Advancement Night - March 2010 (Part 5)

We hope that you have enjoyed this series of photos.

Thanks to Asst. Scoutmaster Weston.

Thursday, April 29, 2010