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

Eagle Court of Honor

You are cordially invited to attend the Eagle Court of Honor for William John Fisher, III, July 7, 2012, at 7:00 pm at the home of Mr and Mrs William John Fisher, Jr, located at 3836 Autumn Set Drive, in Arnold, Missouri  63010.

All Scouts to be in uniform, and RSVP to Mr Hufford. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Be sure to bring chairs.

Bass Pro Shops to Partner with Boy Scouts

Troop 501 is  proud to announce that Bass Pro Shops has selected the Boy Scouts of America as a promotional partner for its upcoming 2012 Summer Family Camp promotion.

Bass Pro Shops is inviting every family, friend, and supporter of Scouting to visit the local Bass Pro Shops store at some point this summer from June 9 through July 15, 2012.

In its fourth year, this multi-faceted event gives families the knowledge and ideas they need to maximize their enjoyment of the outdoors. The following events are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and weekends for the duration of the promotion (remember, everything is free!):

  • Workshops for youth (suitable for ages 8 to 12) on subjects like fishing, camping, and archery. Opportunities are available to test youth bows, practice casting, shoot air rifles, and do other activities.
  • Free crafts will be available for children of all ages, including stamping animal tracks, leather stamping, and building and painting a birdhouse. Each Saturday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., families may enjoy making s’mores together over an open fire in front of the store.
  • Families may take home a copy of the Summer Fun Guide, a 52-page magazine produced in conjunction with Field & Stream magazine. It’s chock-full of great information for families.
  • On weekends, families may have their photos taken and retrieve the finished photo from a special website.

The promotion takes place…
It runs in all Bass Pro Shops stores from June 9 through July 15, 2012, and is open to anyone interested in visiting a Bass Pro Shops store during the dates mentioned above. BSA employees, friends, family, volunteers, alumni, and supporters are all welcome!

Scout presence in stores…
At any time during Family Summer Camp (but particularly on weekends, when traffic is highest), Scouts are encouraged to be in the store, in uniform, to talk to customers, solicit membership (youth and adults), and remind visitors of the donation program (explained below). Bass Pro Shops have offered covered, skirted tables and chairs for councils interested in providing coverage and will have in-store signage promoting Scouting.

Merit Badge classes and workshops being conducted…

Bass Pro Shops is uniquely qualified to offer several workshops with merit badge requirements included. Bass Pro Shops offer the Fishing and Rifle Shooting merit badges for Scouts (The fishing workshop does not include the final step of actually going fishing; for the Rifle Shooting merit badge workshop, Bass Pro Shops is using the air rifle option). Each store will select two or more associates to become certified as merit badge counselors, and a supply of blue cards will be available for counselors to sign off on the classes they teach.

Classes will be taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, June 12 Fishing
Thursday, June 14 Rifle Shooting
Tuesday, June 19 Rifle Shooting
Thursday, June 21 Fishing
Tuesday, June 26 Fishing
Thursday, June 28 Rifle Shooting
Tuesday, July 3 Rifle Shooting
Thursday, July 5 Fishing
Tuesday, July 10 Fishing
Tuesday, July 12 Rifle Shooting

Class sizes limited for the Summer Family Camp merit badge classes and workshops
Class size will be limited to 10 Scouts, so pre-registration will be necessary. Scouts may register in-store at the customer service desk or over the phone by calling the store at (636) 688-2500.

Custom Fitting Your Pack

The following illustrations will help you custom fit your backpack for comfort and endurance. It is important to understand that when backpacking, the weight of the pack should rest on your hips, not on your shoulders. The primary purpose of the shoulder straps are to keep the pack close to your back.

While the following instructions show an external-frame backpack, the instructions are relevant to both internal- and external-frame packs.

The following instructions are specific to external-frame backpacks:

The following hints for packing your backpack are applicable to all packs, internal- or external-frame backpacks:

Summer Camp Parents’ Meeting

During the next Troop Meeting, Tuesday, June 26, we will conduct a Summer Camp Parent Meeting. Come learn about all the adventure that Summer Camp has in store for your Scout, and get the answers to all your questions (and then some). Come get helpful hints and advice that will make your week away from your son easier for you (don’t worry about him, he’ll be having a blast)!

Red Card/CPR Training

The next Troop Meeting is very important for all boys going to Summer Camp, particularly first-year campers… There are several merit badges that require basic aid and CPR training and skills. These are recorded on the Red Card, and the Red Card is presented at Summer Camp as evidence that the Scout has acquired these skills. During the next Troop Meeting, Officer Messmer will be conducting CPR/Red Card training, and will also cover several First Aid Requirements for Tenderfoot, Second, and First Class rank requirements. This training will not be repeated prior to camp, so it is very important that all first-year campers, as well as those Scouts that have not yet earned First Class, attend. Those Scouts that have already earned First Class are needed to assist Officer Messmer.