Troop 501 Eagle Scouts

Andrew Jackson - 2011

Project: Recycle Bins at the World Bird Sanctuary

William "Billy" John Fisher, III - 2012

Project: Fire Truck Reading Center at Arnold Branch Library

Christopher "Blake" Hufford - 2013

Project: Flag Pole Installation and Beautification Project at New Hope United Methodist Church

Paul Morton Claeys - 2013

Project: Playground Renovation and Update; Construction and Installation of Benches at New Hope United Methodist Church's Preschool

Archived Posts/Notices

Spring Camp-O-Ree

The River Trails Spring Camp-O-Ree will be April 25-27, 2014 at Beaumont Scout Reservation. The theme for the weekend is Hiking and Backpacking. The cost is $8 per Scout and Adult attending, which covers the cost of all program materials and facilities fees. Please pay at the time of registration. The Spring Camp-O-Ree Manual covers all specifics for the camp-o-ree and provides information on how to prepare. New Scouts will have the opportunity to work through several advancement requirements, to include completing a five mile hike. The food cost for the weekend will be $15 for Scouts, no charge for leaders.

Adult Leader Training

Scouters-TrainingEvery Scout deserves trained leaders, and every leader deserves training. Upon completion of Scout Leader Basic Training (Youth Protection, This is Scouting, Scoutmaster/ Committee Member Basic Training, and Outdoor Skills), and a period of tenure, Leaders can earn the Boy Scout Leader’s Training Award. The following trainings are available:

Scout Leader Basic Training:

Youth Protection (Required of ALL Leaders) - Free –

This is Scouting (Required of ALL Leaders) -

Scoutmaster/ Committee Member Basic Training -

River Trails Boy Scout Leader Training will be starting on April 16th, with registration starting at 6:30pm.  The cost is $20.00 which includes a Scoutmasters Handbook and Training Manual.  Training will be held at the Windsor IC, which is the same place that Cub Scout Roundtable is held.

It is very important that all Leaders are trained.  That includes Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Committee Chairperson and Committee Members, and all other adults in the Unit that may have influence on the Scouting Program.  The more knowledge you have as an Adult Leader, the better chance of having a successful program.

Remember, this is a boy led organization. In order for a troop to run correctly, we must understand the Scouting method and help the boys be successful.

Spring Basic Training Schedule:

Wed. April 16th          6:30pm-9:30pm             Windsor IC

Wed. April 23rd.        7:00pm-9:30pm              Windsor IC

Saturday April 26th.   9:15am-2:00pm              Beaumont

Wed. April 30th.        7:00pm-9:30pm              Windsor IC

May 2-4                      Overnight Training         Beaumont

Please take advantage of these opportunities to help your Troop.

Advanced Training:

Rock Climbing Training – Overcoming fear, instilling confidence, peering over the edge or staring up the cliffs of Freedom, Ranger Falls, Collarbone or Baby Snake at S bar F Scout Ranch or the dramatic sculpted cliffs of Giant City State Park near Pine Ridge Scout Camp in Southern Illinois is a highlight for many troops, crews and posts. This training will enable a Scouter to lead climbing at S bar F, Giant City Illinois State Park next to Pine  Ridge Scout Camp, Pere Marquette State Park (gear at Beaumont) and the climbing towers/walls at Beaumont Scout Reservation, Camps Lewallen, Joy, Sunnen and Warren Levis. Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 7:00 – 9:30 pm, at Emerson Center, Cape, & Herrin offices; Saturday, May 31, 7:30 am, Castle Rock parking lot, S bar F. Ends approximately 4pm on Sun. June 1.

Wood Badge:

Wood Badge is advanced training for adult leaders in Scouting designed to enhance contemporary leadership skill and develop more effective Scouters. The Wood Badge program gives participants a greater understanding of Scouting aims and methods, while developing true Scout Spirit. It is anticipated that all people who complete Wood Badge training will continue to work actively in the Scouting program to further the aims and methods of Scouting.

Wood Badge Requirements:
  • Be a registered adult leader
  • Complete Basic Leader Training (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturer)
Spring Course 2014
Beaumont Scout Reservation,
High Ridge, MO
May 16-18 and May 30-June 1, 2014
Pre-Course Date: April 5, 2014

Tragedy Befalls Local Scout and Family

Last week, a local Scout and his family suffered a house fire. Fortunately, all family members and pets are fine, but it is a total loss, as I understand it. We have been asked to focus all of our efforts on helping the Scout obtain Scouting equipment, and get ready for Camp-O-Ree, weekend after next. To that end, if you would like to make a donation, please bring it to Troop Meeting, tomorrow night. Call Christy Hufford, who is coordinating efforts on behalf of the troop, at 314-698-8746. Troop 501 will be contributing a new sleeping bag, and backpacking pack.

Service Hours!

A message from our Troop’s Institution Head… Please volunteer, if you can:

Just a reminder that we have LOTS of opportunity for you to get some service hours in at the church this weekend. And, we know it’s not about “just doing the time” but about using our time and gifts in a way that is pleasing to God, that will draw others closer to Him.

Almost all of our work this weekend is about providing “Radical Hospitality” to GUESTS who choose to come here over the next several weeks – so our goal is to think of them and their needs first. Listed below is the break down of time and activities available. I need to know (the sooner the better) what times(s) you are planning to come and help, as well as your preferred volunteer activity. (

8:30-Noon Clean Up the Church! Choices are Inside or Outside work.
1pm-10pm Movie Marathon
Choices are Concessions or Childcare
Shift-work is ok. The movies show at 2pm (Jesus Christ Superstar), 4:30pm (Godspell) and 7pm (Passion of the Christ)

Have a blessed week!

-Michelle Shoger

Boy Scout/Venturer/Explorer Shoot-O-Ree

A Boy Scout/Venturer/Explorer Shoot-O-Ree, sponsored by the Council, will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 9 am to 3 pm, at Beaumont Scout Reservation. The cost will be $15, if registered by April 30, and $17 if registered after. Lunch is not provided, but snacks and lunch will be available for purchase for an additional cost. This is an OPTIONAL, individual event. Register online at