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

Memorial Day Good Turn

Sunday, May 27, 2012 will be the annual Memorial Day Good Turn at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. This will be the 63rd year that Scouts will be placing American flags on the graves of our brave servicemen and women. We will meet at the church parking lot at 11:00 am, and carpool. Be sure to bring a water bottle, and rain gear! Patches are available for purchase, and are priced as follows: Main Patch (Does not change from year-to-year) – $3; Year Tabs (2012, and limited quantities of prior years) – $0.50; 60 Year Commemorative lapel pin – $1.00.

Spring Camp-O-Ree

This year’s Spring Camp-O-Ree will be at S Bar F Scout Ranch, April 27-29, and the theme is: The Amazing Race. There will be many events that we will compete in throughout Saturday, with a campfire Saturday night. The cost is $21, with $15 for food, and $6 for the Camp-O-Ree camp fees. This is sure to be a GREAT event!!! We will leave the church parking lot at 6:30… We will get to set up camp during daylight. Yea!!!

CSAW/BSAW Rescheduled

So sorry for all of the confusion, Saturday. CSAW/BSAW was rescheduled, and your faithful Scoutmaster did not listen to his voicemail, until it was too late. Please join us for CSAW/BSAW on Saturday, 04/21/2012. We will be leaving from the church at 8:00 am. It is highly recommended that ALL Scouts attend, as this is a great way to learn new skills, refresh skills already earned, and work toward your ranks in progress.

Backcountry Camping Tips

You’ve already tried car and RV camping. You’ve camped at commercial campsites that had a convenient restroom and water supply. Now, you want to explore the road less traveled. Backcountry camping, also known as primitive camping, is a wonderful way to explore the remote and secluded areas of our national forests. However it requires some advanced camping skills.

Develop a Camping-Specific Fitness Program

Unlike traditional camping, most backcountry camping trips involve moving from site to site. Climbing uphill while wearing a backpack involves, strength, endurance and balance. Thus, about two months prior to your backcountry camping trip, you should begin a camping-specific fitness program, which involves strength, endurance and balance exercises. Some people put the treadmill on an incline, and wear a backpack while training.

Pack a Detailed Trail Map and GPS

Keep in mind, in backcountry camping, you are less likely to hike on paved or marked trails. As such, its easy to get lost. If possible, use a topographical map, and learn how to read it. Check the map periodically.

Pack a First Aid Kit

While commercial first aid kits are fine, you might want to add additional items, such as rubber gloves and a CPR mask. You should also consider bringing along a mountain first aid book.

Water Tips

Each person will need about 1.5 liters of water a day. Remember to bring along water filters, because drinking directly from the stream could be dangerous. Cooking water should be boiled for five minutes and treated with purifying tablets.


Do not chop down trees for firewood. Use the wood from trees that have already been downed.

Beware of Bears

Pack your food in bear-safe containers, which can be found at camping stores.

Happy Trails!

In June, we will be going backpacking at Washington State Park. We are looking forward to this exciting adventure, and really can’t wait! This will be a great opportunity for our younger Scouts to get a few miles under their belts and experience a team-building (and character building) adventure with our Troop. It will also be a good opportunity for our more seasoned Scouts to get back to basics, and enjoy a little time away, while helping teach our younger Scouts important skills that are new to them. It will be a perfect time for all us to work on “Leave No Trace” fundamentals, and brush up on skills we haven’t used in a while.


Missouri has many trails, and there are quite a few within a short driving distance from Saint Louis. If you have a favorite trail that you would like for us to consider for a future outing, feel free to submit it to us at If you want to see what some of the other trails in the area have to offer, check out – just click the logo-link, above!