Jul 01

Your Scout is back from camp now what?

Has your Scout recently returned from camping and now has time on his hands? The summer is a great time to work on some Merit Badges. Parktakes and other local places offer a variety of badges at a reasonable cost.
To help guide your Scout with earning a Merit Badge: 1) Decide with your Scout what badge(s) he would like to work on. If he would like to go through a badge on his own, please get with me on who the Merit Badge Counselor is for the badge.
2) Get a blue card from Mr. Ed at Wednesday night’s meeting.
3) Fill in the blue card.
4) Have Scout Master Gregg Dorn sign the blue card.
5) Keep the blue card in your Scout binder.
6) Work on the Merit Badge or attend the Merit Badge class.
7) Once a badge is completed the blue card is to be given to Mr. Ed.
8) Congrats on finishing a Merit Badge.
For more information check out the Troop’s website: troop158va.org/wp/?page_id=30 – Charlene Meny

Jun 18


What makes any good organization Great? It is the help of you – a Volunteer (a person who freely offers to be a part of an organization). As a volunteer you are not investing time into our Boy Scout Troop but you are also spending time with your son. A volunteer can be a dad, mom, grandpa, grandma, uncle or aunt. We have various positions available such as:
– Roadside clean up (once a quarter) – co-equipment manager – Merit Badge Counselors – and many more that do not require much time to organize
Some of the positions only require an hour or 2 a month; we are working on descriptions for each job, and the best part you are NOT doing it alone but joining a team.
While the boys are away next week, please think about how you can help the Troop to be a Great Troop for your son to continue attending.
– Charlene Meny

Jun 10

Official Troop Swim test is this Wednesday at Pincecrest. No Meeting at CoF!

Sorry for the late notice, but we are going to hold the annual troop swim test *this Wednesday at Pinecrest Pool in place of Wednesday’s meeting. * Our attempts to get this done earlier with Oak Hill Community Center have been unsuccessful, so with time running out, we have elected to move the event to Pinecrest Pool, which is on the corner of Pinecrest Dr and Fox Mill Rd.
*If anyone is still in need of Scoutmaster Conferences please contact me. For Board of Reviews, please contact Mr. Tucker. *We will find a way to get these done this week.
*ALL active scouts and ASMs are requested to attend and take the test, regardless of whether you are going to summer camp. *
*Scouts and ASMs going on summer camp are expected to be there if at all possible.*
The swim test is an official BSA test that identifies each person as a *SWIMMER, BEGINNER or NONSWIMMER. * It must be taken every year, and held by a certified lifeguard. * All persons are considered nonswimmers until they take the BSA test with the troop. No exceptions. *
*If scouts and ASMs going to summer camp cannot take the test this Wednsday, they will need to do so at Camp Shenandoah. *That is historicaly a significant inconvenience, as you will get batched in with a few hundred other people.
The following is a description of the tests:
– Jump feet first < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Diving> into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming. – Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Sidestroke>, breaststroke < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Breaststroke>, trudgen < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Trudgen>, or crawl < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Crawl>; then swim 25 yards using an easy resting backstroke < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Backstroke>. – The 100 yards must be completed without stops and must include at least one sharp turn < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Swimming_turns>. – Rest by floating < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Floating>…Long enough to demonstrate ability to rest when exhausted.
– Jump feet first <
meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Diving> into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming. – Swim 25 feet on the surface. – Stop, turn < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Swimming_turns>, and resume swimming back to the starting place.
– Did not complete either of the swimming tests.
Any questions, please let me know.
YIS, Gregg Dorn
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May 23

Our Observatory trip is back on!

On Thursday, June 7th, the troop will go to the roll top Observatory at Turner Farm. This is an excellent opportunity to work on the Astronomy MB, or simply just to learn about and see celestial objects through a new million-dollar facility.
Please arrive at CoF by 6:15 PM. We expect to return no later than 9:30PM
We will start with a 20-30 minute discussion/classroom, followed by an hour of observation through the facility’s telescopes.
We do need drivers. Adults, when you sign up, please indicate how many scouts you can take.
If there is bad weather on the 7th, we will go the following night on Friday, June 8th.
SIGN-UP GENIUS LINK: www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0a4da9a62fa46-troop3