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

EDGE Method

The latest Boy Scout requirements for Tenderfoot and Life ranks require the Scout to use the EDGE method. This is a four step method for teaching a skill.

EDGE is very basic, but it really does work. It will help Cub Scouts learn and retain skills also.  So it is not only for Boy Scouts and Venturers, but for den leaders also.

The EDGE Method

The EDGE method is a four step method for teaching a skill:

  • Explain
  • Demonstrate
  • Guide
  • Enable


First explain what you will be doing. Tell them the steps involved. Visual aids might be helpful for this step. Use questions to gauge their understanding.


Show them how to do the skill. Demonstrate the steps using the actual materials. Describe what you are doing.


Let them practice the skill. Guide and coach them as they try to do it themselves. This step will take the most time.


Enable them by letting them do the skill themselves without any intervention.

Red Card Training

In order to earn a merit badge that requires knowledge of CPR at summer camp (Swimming, Rowing, Canoeing, and others), Scouts must have already earned the First Aid merit badge, or obtain Red Card (CPR) instruction. Officer Messmer will be conducting Red Card training at our next Troop Meeting, July 12, 2011. While this is required training for new Scouts, those who have not earned their First Aid merit badge and did not complete the training last year, it is highly recommended for ALL Scouts.

Electronics, Gadgets, and Phones… Oh, My!

Due to the expense of replacing today’s high-tech gadgets, cell phones, hand-held gaming devices, and other electronics, as well as the distractions they cause, these devices are not allowed on Troop 501 campouts and outings. If a Scout brings a cell phone to a campout, it will be held by the Scoutmaster, or designee, during the campout. It will be returned to the Scout upon departure from the event, so that calls can be made to arrange for transportation. At no time, will a Scout be allowed to use his own, or another Scout’s cell phone during a campout or outing. In case of emergency, the cell phone of an adult leader will by utilized.

Official Uniform Site

The uniform makes the Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Boy Scouting is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Scout’s commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals. The uniform is practical attire for Boy Scout activities and provides a way for Boy Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished. Uniforming is one of the Methods of Scouting. The Methods of Scouting are those methods by which the Scouting program is delivered. Information on the Official Uniform of the Boy Scouts of America can be found on the internet. A site developed to support the uniform is located here: