Thursday, June 22, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Parish Picnic 2017 (Part 2)

So, we are looking from our area out to the main picnic area.

The cooking demo is on.

Making pancakes!

Look at that technique. 

The Scoutmaster talking with Sr. Roberta.  

Making Dutch Oven Pizza.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Parish Picnic 2017 (Part 1)

This year, for the first time in many years, the parish held a picnic on June 10, 2017.   Although not attended by a huge number of parishioners, it was a nice group.

The troop was asked to assist with both traffic control and to sponsor an activity.  We did a cooking demo and set up the Trebuchet.   The trebuchet seemed to be popular with the younger boys.   

Looking from the traffic control point on Woodland down to the main picnic area. 

The main area, somewhat earlier in the day.

Our area, way in the back of the playground
ack of the playground.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

2016 Merit Badge Rankings unveiled: These were the most and least popular

Exactly 1,919,912 merit badges were earned in 2016; First Aid accounted for 75,256 — nearly 4 percent.
That’s a lot of young men trained to assist someone in an emergency.
Swimming was second, third place went to Environmental Science, and Citizenship in the World and Citizenship in the Nation rounded out the top five.
Citizenship in the Nation is a newcomer in the top five, taking a spot previously held by Cooking, which dropped to sixth.
Here’s the complete top 10. Notice any commonality? All are Eagle-required.
  1. First Aid
  2. Swimming
  3. Environmental Science
  4. Citizenship in the World
  5. Citizenship in the Nation
  6. Cooking
  7. Camping
  8. Communication
  9. Personal Fitness
  10. Citizenship in the Community

To read the rest of the article, go here.  

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pack 466 Pinewood Derby

Our main Pack feeder is Pack 466, which is sponsored St. John the Evangelist.  Each year, for many years, the Pack holds a Pinewood Derby.  ASM Mr. B decided to attend for a few minutes and here are some photos from the event.  Enjoy!

Some of the cars in the holding area.

The track, which is owned by Troop 8.
All ready for the race!

After the race, there is cake.  Here is one of the creative ones!

Here is another creative cake waiting to be eaten!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Marsden Tract Campout - Part 3 (Feb. 19 and 20, 2017)

After a good night's rest, the troop was up to make breakfast, and then hike the three miles or so on the towpath,  up to the Great Falls Visitor Center.  There, we at lunch (backpacking meal) and then only with daypacks, headed along Billy Goat A and the towpath, to the vehicles.

The campsite in the morning.

Watching the Sun Rise.

Clean dishes, etc.

We even saw a Bald Eagle.  Can you spot it?

Boiling water for lunch.  Yum, Yum.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Marsden Tract Campout - Part 2 (Feb 19 and 20, 2017)

Did I tell you that this was a FANTASTIC campout for a February.  It was in the 60's during the day and did get down to about the low 40's at night.  

So, we arrived at our campsite (3) only to find that there was another group there.  So, after discussing it with them, we moved to Campsite 2, with the understanding that if someone showed, we would move to #3 and they would have to vacate.

So, upon arrival, we began to set up camp.  Of course, there is always dinner, which consisted of macaroni, meatballs and garlic bread.  The key was not only how to show how to use a backpacking stove, but also to clean with limited water.

Setting Up a Tent

Another shot of setting up a tent.

Why does he keep taking "selfies" of himself?

Cooking Dinner.

Lots  of meatballs.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Marsden Tract Campout - Part One (Feb. 19 and 20, 2017)

In preparation for the BTOW, shakedown hikes and campouts are a must.  This gives each Scout and Leader the opportunity to see what works and does not work.

This February, we decided to hold a weekend camping trip to the Marsden Tract on the Potomac River.

After meeting at the troop room, and gathering the needed gear, we headed out to the lower parking lot at Carderock.  Then along the Billy Goat Trail (B) to the C&O Tow Path and back onto the Billy Goat Trail (A) to the campsite.

Here are a couple of photos for your enjoyment!

At the Troop meeting place, slowly getting ready.

Taking a break, somewhere along the Billy Goat Trail.

Mr. B. taking a selfie and the Scouts looking to get into the picture.

Asst. Scoutmaster B. taking a selfie and more getting into the act.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Scout Sunday February 5, 2017 (Part 1)

The 12th Point of the Scout Law is that a Scout is Reverent!   Each year, usually on the first Sunday (or Saturday) of February, Troop 466 celebrates Scout Sunday.  Here are some photos from that event.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Troop Meetings - Preparation for BTOW17 (January Meeting)

In preparation for the Big Trip Out West (BTOW), each meeting focuses on an aspect of he trip.  Here are some meeting photos with the Scouts, leading the way.  Enjoy.

Monday, February 13, 2017

New BSA transportation policy, drivers must be licensed and at least 18

The Boy Scouts of America’s updated transportation policy now requires all drivers to be at least 18 and have a valid driver’s license.
Scouting youth under age 18 are not insured under the BSA’s commercial general liability policy and cannot be allowed to drive to or from Scouting activities.
This includes an under-18 Scout or Venturer driving himself or herself to a Scouting event, even if he or she is the only one in the car. It includes short trips across town and long trips across the country.
There are no exceptions, and the new policy is effective immediately.
To read the entire article, please click here

Friday, January 6, 2017

Our Newest Eagle Scout!

Congratulations to Colin B.   Colin passed his Board of Review in Nov. 2016!   He is our second Eagle Scout this year.