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

Drew Vitello - 2014

Project: Development and Installation of interactive, 3-D, educational playground mural at New Hope United Methodist Church's Preschool

Summer Camp Reminders…

Just a few Summer Camp Reminders:

We are leaving Saint John’s immediately at 11:30 – Make sure that Scouts have eaten lunch. The first meal we will eat at camp will be supper. Parents are responsible for picking boys up, at camp, Sunday morning, around 9:30 am.

Physicals must be completed, and completed on the Official Scout Form: Annual Health and Medical Record, and presented before departure for camp.

Make sure Swimming Trunks, Towel, and Water Shoes/Sandals are packed on the top of Scout’s tote, as Medical Re-checks and swimming test are first order of business.

Don’t forget bug repellant and sunscreen!

Be sure to review the packing/equipment list with your son. There is a copy of the list in both the Scout and Parent Packets. These and other Summer Camp forms and documents can be found on the Summer Camp pages. Boys need to be sure to bring a WATER BOTTLE, chair, plate/bowl and eating utensils, hiking boots or other appropriate footwear.

It is going to be a hot week. We encourage Scouts to drink as often as possible, and have found that having Kool-Aid, or other flavored drink mix helps to keep the boys coming back for more hydration. If parents would like to donate drink mix, or money for ice, it would be greatly appreciated. We have a 5 gallon Igloo we keep filled (two drink mix cans will fill the igloo).

Phones, hand held gaming devices, electronics, and other gadgets are prohibited. In case of emergency, camp staff can be reached at 573/756-5738. We are at Camp Gamble, on Weisman Campsite.

Family Night is Thursday night, and begins at 5:00 pm. Parents are invited to come down, check out camp, share a few stories, and watch the Order of the Arrow Call-Out Ceremony. Boys always appreciate “care packages” of cookies, ice cream, ice-cold soda, and other goodies. Please bring “smellables” (edible goods that can be smelled by critters – racoons, skunks, etc) in critter-proof containers such as a dry cooler, and be sure to bring chairs and flashlights for yourselves.

Red Card Instruction

Don’t forget: Officer Messmer will be conducting the Red Card Instruction at our next meeting, July 12. Remember, this training is required every two years for those that have not earned the First Aid Merit Badge, who are going to summer camp. However, it is highly recommended that all Scouts attend, as a refresher is always good practice.

Website Updates

Wow!!! A ton of updates for the website! More photos were added to the galleries (thanks to Mr Claiborne), and new content was added. You’ll notice a new look, as well. We also have included links to important Scout sites, available in the right sidebar. Don’t forget that the Boy Scout Handbook has a companion website, the link to it is available on our site.

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace Award Patch

Leave No Trace Principles

The tremendous rewards of high-adventure treks are drawing more and more people to the backcountry. At the same time, the vast territory suitable for treks is shrinking in size. More people and less land mean we all must be careful not to endanger the wild outdoors we have come to enjoy.

A High-Adventure Ethic

A good way to protect the backcountry is to remember that while you are there, you are a visitor. When you visit a friend you are always careful to leave that person’s home just as you found it. You would never think of dropping litter on the carpet, chopping down trees in the yard, putting soap in the drinking water, or marking your name on the living room wall. When you visit the backcountry, the same courtesies apply. Leave everything just as you found it.

Hiking and camping without a trace are signs of an expert outdoorsman, and of a Scout or Scouter who cares for the environment. Travel lightly on the land.

The Principles of “Leave No Trace”

“Leave No Trace” is a nationally recognized outdoor skills and ethics education program. The Boy Scouts of America is committed to this program. The principles of Leave No Trace are not rules; they are guidelines to follow at all times.

The Leave No Trace principles might not seem important at first glance, but their value is apparent when considering the combined effects of millions of outdoor visitors. One poorly located campsite or campfire is of little significance, but thousands of such instances seriously degrade the outdoor experience for all. Leaving no trace is everyone’s responsibility.

Plan Ahead and Prepare

Proper trip planning and preparation helps hikers and campers accomplish trip goals safely and enjoyably while minimizing damage to natural and cultural resources. Campers who plan ahead can avoid unexpected situations, and minimize their impact by complying with area regulations such as observing limitations on group size.

Proper planning ensures

  • Low-risk adventures because campers obtained information concerning geography and weather and prepared accordingly
  • Properly located campsites because campers allotted enough time to reach their destination
  • Appropriate campfires and minimal trash because of careful meal planning and food repackaging and proper equipment
  • Comfortable and fun camping and hiking experiences because the outing matches the skill level of the participants

Camp and Travel on Durable Surfaces

Damage to land occurs when visitors trample vegetation or communities of organisms beyond recovery. The resulting barren areas develop into undesirable trails, campsites, and soil erosion.

Concentrate Activity, or Spread Out?

  • In high-use areas, campers should concentrate their activities where vegetation is already absent. Minimize resource damage by using existing trails and selecting designated or existing campsites.
  • In more remote, less-traveled areas, campers should generally spread out. When hiking, take different paths to avoid creating new trails that cause erosion. When camping, disperse tents and cooking activities-and move camp daily to avoid creating permanent-looking campsites. Always choose the most durable surfaces available: rock, gravel, dry grasses, or snow.

These guidelines apply to most alpine settings and may be different for other areas, such as deserts. Learn the Leave No Trace techniques for your crew’s specific activity or destination. Check with land managers to be sure of the proper technique.

Pack It In, Pack It Out

This simple yet effective saying motivates backcountry visitors to take their trash home with them. It makes sense to carry out of the backcountry the extra materials taken there by your group or others. Minimize the need to pack out food scraps by carefully planning meals. Accept the challenge of packing out everything you bring.


Backcountry users create body waste and wastewater that require proper disposal.

Wastewater. Help prevent contamination of natural water sources: After straining food particles, properly dispose of dishwater by dispersing at least 200 feet (about 80 to 100 strides for a youth) from springs, streams, and lakes. Use biodegradable soap 200 feet or more from any water source.

Human Waste. Proper human waste disposal helps prevent the spread of disease and exposure to others. Catholes 6 to 8 inches deep and 200 feet from water, trails, and campsites are often the easiest and most practical way to dispose of feces.

Leave What You Find

Allow others a sense of discovery: Leave rocks, plants, animals, archaeological artifacts, and other objects as you find them. It may be illegal to remove artifacts.

Minimize Site Alterations

Do not dig tent trenches or build lean-tos, tables, or chairs. Never hammer nails into trees, hack at trees with hatchets or saws, or damage bark and roots by tying horses to trees for extended periods. Replace surface rocks or twigs that you cleared from the campsite. On high-impact sites, clean the area and dismantle inappropriate user-built facilities such as multiple fire rings and log seats or tables.

Good campsites are found, not made. Avoid altering a site, digging trenches, or building structures.

Minimize Campfire Use

Some people would not think of camping without a campfire. Yet the naturalness of many areas has been degraded by overuse of fires and increasing demand for firewood.

Lightweight camp stoves make low-impact camping possible by encouraging a shift away from fires. Stoves are fast, eliminate the need for firewood, and make cleanup after meals easier. After dinner, enjoy a candle lantern instead of a fire.

If you build a fire, the most important consideration is the potential for resource damage. Whenever possible, use an existing campfire ring in a well-placed campsite. Choose not to have a fire in areas where wood is scarce-at higher elevations, in heavily used areas with a limited wood supply, or in desert settings.

True Leave No Trace fires are small. Use dead and downed wood no larger than an adult’s wrist. When possible, burn all wood to ash and remove all unburned trash and food from the fire ring. If a site has two or more fire rings, you may dismantle all but one and scatter the materials in the surrounding area. Be certain all wood and campfire debris is dead out.

Respect Wildlife

Quick movements and loud noises are stressful to animals. Considerate campers practice these safety methods:

  • Observe wildlife from afar to avoid disturbing them.
  • Give animals a wide berth, especially during breeding, nesting, and birthing seasons.
  • Store food securely and keep garbage and food scraps away from animals so they will not acquire bad habits. Help keep wildlife wild.

You are too close if an animal alters its normal activities.

“Leave No Trace” Information

For additional Leave No Trace information, contact your local land manager or local office of the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, the National Park Service, or the Fish and Wildlife Service. Or, contact Leave No Trace at 800-332-4100 or on the Internet at

For posters, plastic cards listing the Leave No Trace principles, or information on becoming a Leave No Trace sponsor, contact Leave No Trace Inc., P.O. Box 997, Boulder, CO 80306, phone 303-442-8222.

Respect Others

Thoughtful campers

  • Travel and camp in small groups (no more than the group size prescribed by land managers).
  • Keep the noise down and leave their radios, tape players, and pets at home.
  • Select campsites away from other groups to help preserve their solitude.
  • Always travel and camp quietly to avoid disturbing other visitors.
  • Make sure the colors of their clothing and gear blend with the environment. (NOTE: During Hunting Season, it may be better safe than sorry and wear BRIGHT clothes – especially ORANGE Colors)
  • Respect private property and leave gates (open or closed) as found.

Be considerate of other campers and respect their privacy.

Master of Leave No Trace Training Course

Master of Leave No Trace training courses are available from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in cooperation with four federal agencies (the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, National Park Service, and Fish and Wildlife Service). Approximately 18 courses are taught throughout the country each year in all types of environments from alpine tundra to deserts.

The Master of Leave No Trace course has three components:

  1. low-impact camping skills,
  2. wild-land ethics, and
  3. teaching techniques.

A five-day field course provides students with a comprehensive overview of Leave No Trace techniques through practical application in a field setting comprising a short backcountry trip.

If you are interested in attending a Master of Leave No Trace course, call the Leave No Trace hotline at 800-332-4100 ext. 282. Also call that number for a list of Leave No Trace masters in your area.

Low-Impact and No-Trace Camping & Hiking

Low-Impact and No-Trace
Camping & Hiking

As an American, I Will Do My Best to:
Be clean in my outdoor manners.
Be careful with fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors.
Be conservation-minded.

— The Outdoor Code

Back-country areas are places to seek solitude and a “wilderness experience” away from crowds, noise, and daily pressures of life. By using Leave No Trace skills, trail users can reduce their impact on the diverse, fragile, and spectacular areas in our country. The following are guidelines that will assist trail users in successfully enjoying the American wilderness.

Leave only footprints
Take only memories

Seven Keys to Low-Impact and No-Trace Camping

Pretrip Plans

  • Wear a uniform or other clothing that will blend into your surroundings.
  • Obtain as much information as possible before venturing out. This includes topographic maps, recreation maps, information sheets, and guidebooks.
  • Learn about regulations and restrictions of the area prior to traveling.
  • Avoid popular areas during times of high use.
  • Select areas that are right for your activities.
  • Plan 12 or fewer in your group or patrol.
  • Check ahead to see if the area can accommodate and/or will allow your group size.
  • Repackage food into lightweight containers that can easily be carried out with you.
  • Be prepared to filter or boil all water during your trip.
  • Leave a detailed itinerary with someone prior to venturing out.
  • Take along trash bags and use them.


  • Stay on designated trails and avoid any cross-country travel.
  • If unavoidable, select hard ground or snow for cross-country travel.
  • Do not cut across switchbacks.
  • Read your map carefully to avoid having to build cairns.
  • When encountering equestrians, step to the downhill side of the trail and remain quiet.


  • Use designated or already impacted campsites when appropriate.
  • Choose sites free of fragile plants.
  • Hide your campsite from view, out of site of trails, streams, and lakes.
  • Stay as few nights as possible in one place. Before leaving the area, naturalize it as much as possible.
  • Select a campsite 200 feet or more from trails, lakes, streams, trails, and wet meadows.
  • Avoid constructing structures or digging trenches.
  • Do not ditch tents.


  • Use a lightweight stove for cooking rather than building a fire.
  • If having a campfire, use existing fire rings instead of building new ones.
  • Build fires only were approprate, away from trees, rocks, shrubs, and meadows.
  • Make sure the fire is dead out.
  • Scatter the ashes and naturalize the area.
  • Use only dead and down wood. Never cut green trees or bushes.
  • Know the fire restrictions for the area.
  • Replace sod or ground cover to erase burn scars.


  • Burn food scraps completely in a fire or put them in a plastic bag and carry them out.
  • Pack out everything that you pack in.
  • Do all washing 50 feet (about 75 steps) away from camp and water sources.
  • Dig latrines 200 feet or more from camps, trails, and water sources.
  • Bury sump holes and latrines when you are through with them, and restore ground cover.

Horses and Pack Animals

  • Keep groups small and carry lightweight equipment.
  • Keep the number of animals to a minimum.
  • Select a campsite that has enough feed for your stock.
  • Keep stock 200 feet or more from lakeshores.
  • Bring pellets, grain, or weed-free hay to areas where feed is limited or grazing is not allowed.
  • Remove (or scatter) manure; Remove excess hay and straw.
  • Use hitchlines, hobbles, and pickets to constrain pack animals. Hobble or picket in dry areas.
  • Tie to sturdy trees or rope.
  • Move picket pins and temporary corrals several times per day.


  • Hikers step off a trail to let horses pass.
  • Do not pick wildflowers. Enjoy them where they are, then leave them for others to see.
  • Keep noise down when you are around other campers and hikers. Leave radios and tape players at home.
  • Attempt to be as courteous to others as possible. Excessive noise, unleashed pets, and damaged surroundings distract from the quality experience in the backcountry.
  • Please remember that visitors can help preserve these sites for future generations by not disturbing them in any way.

More Information

  • The national Leave no Trace program, which advocates leaving minimal impact while using an area for recreation purposes, is another good source of information. This program provides comprehensive information that can assist in achieving a stewardship ethic. For more information, contact: The National Leave No Trace Program 1-800-332-4100
  • Boy Scout Handbook (#30176)