Sunday, December 23, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Location: St. John the Evangelist Church 10103 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring MD -- near Medical Park Drive)
Thursday, November 22, 2012
chris bakes a mountain man breakfast. way to go!
Monday, November 12, 2012
Our first campout of the Scouting year was to Little Bennett Regional Park near Clarksburg, MD. This park is heavily used by Scout Troops.
On Saturday, Oct. 20th we arrived at Little Bennett at 10:30am and were told that check in would not be until 1pm. Therefore, we decided to hike around the park. We used the trail map pictured below (a detailed pdf of this map is available here.) The four mile hike we took is mapped in red.
We parked at the Hawk’s Reach Activity Center at approximately 11am, and proceeded around Loop E. From there, we picked up the Bennett Ridge Trail. When we reached Western Piedmont, we took a right and continued on it till crossing two streams. We got our feet wet a bit but no one fell in.
|the scouts hiking on the Western Piedmont trail|
We continued till we reached Beaver Valley Trail. The Scouts had a choice on which trail to take back and decided to head back to Bennett Ridge Trail and then to Loop E, back down to the Activity Center. We arrived back at the center at approximately 1:30pm.
For the Scouts, the learning objectives were:
- Identify your location on a map and the next way-point.
- Practice the buddy system
- Did you have everything you needed in your day pack?
|the scouts discuss the next waypoint late in the hike|
|Chris prepares the dutch oven as Johnny looks on.|
Saturday, October 27, 2012
We just finished a great Fiesta Chicken Dinner that Chris Dohler baked in the Dutch oven, followed by an awesome peach Cobbler. Yum. Not a scrap left over.
We're expecting light rains tonight, and plan to get on the road tomorrow before any heavy weather from hurricane Sandy.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
|Troop 466 hikers atop Rocky Top Mountain, July 3rd, 2012|
The first day's hike was rugged, with several climbs and descents. But due to the late start, the total distance hiked the first day was relatively short, a little over five miles. Despite the short distance, there was plenty of bear scat on the trail.
There was also some human refuse at a construction site at the Ivy Creek parking area. The picture below shows the scouts pitching in to clean up the refuse from the construction site.
The first night camp was at Pinefield shelter, shown below. Three other hikers - hiking from Tennessee - joined the troop at the shelter soon after the troop's arrival. These Tennessee hikers had seen a black bear on the trail just before reaching the shelter. The scouts were surprised, and a little relieved, that they had not seen the bear. They could not have been far from it.
|"Did you see that bear?"|
This hike can be viewed on Google Maps via this link
Saturday, October 13, 2012
|Forest fires visible before the hike|
|beginning of the 50 mile hike|
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Oct. 8th Meeting
Next meeting, October 8th, will be pioneering. First, we will have a skills instruction on square, diagonal, round, and shear lashings. Then, we will have the patrols begin building catapults.
Oct. 15th Meeting
The following meeting, October 15th, scouts will continue building their catapults. Once they finish we will have a mini war-like contest (maybe with water balloons.) Supplies:
- printout instructions on how to build catapults for each patrol
- staves (I think about 4 footers)
- lots of rope and twine
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
|Certificate of Appreciation from the US Army for our shipment of goods to the troops!|
|Thanking Mr. Simons for his service to the troop. Hoorah!|
Note that all photos were provided to the blog by our Troop Historian.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
- There are 2.7 million youth members. Over 1.5 million Cub scouts, over 900,000 Boy Scouts and over 230,000 in Venturing.
- There are over 1 million adult volunteers
- Collectively, Scouts have conducted over 25 million hours of volunteer service to our communities.
- There were over 51,000 Scouts who achieved the Eagle Rank in 2011. This is the 6th consecutive year of over 50,000.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Those who have been involved with the Boy Scouts of America know how tough Scouts can be. They master hundreds of unique skills, learn what it takes to survive in a variety of circumstances, and focus on teamwork to accomplish goals that otherwise would be insurmountable. Now, as part of Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?, teams of adults from different backgrounds will have an opportunity to test their mettle against some of those Scouts in challenges based on theBoy Scout Handbook.
For more information, please click here.
Since 1952, Boy Scout Troop 466 has been serving the young men of this parish and the larger community. During all of those years, St. John the Evangelist has been our sponsor. Because of this, we felt that it was important for you to provide you with a "State of the Troop" update.
During 2011, our Scouts earned the following ranks:
· Seven (7) earned the Scout Rank
· Five (5) earned the Tenderfoot Rank
· One (1) earned the rank of Second Class
· Two (2) earned the rank of First Class
· Two (2) earned the rank of Star
· Two (2) earned the rank of Eagle Scout
Our Scouts also earned a total of thirty (30) Merit Badges, ranging from Art to camping to Wilderness Survival.
One Scout completed the Blessed Carlos Rodriguez Activity (Footsteps of American saints), sponsored by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS). Joseph Barone (Scoutmaster) has awarded the Archdiocese of Washington Patch, for providing service of more than 100 hours to Catholic Scouting Programs.
Our Troop has also participated in the following activities:
· Scout Sunday (February)
· Goshen Scout Camp (July)
· Scouting for Food with Cub =cout Pack 466 (November)
· Parish Bazaar (November)
This was the year in which our Troop completed our two week Big Trip Out West to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. There were almost 40 Scouts, =eaders and parents who completed the first week, and apx. 33 the second week.