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

IMPORTANT!!! Recharter Fees Are Due

The cost for the troop to recharter this year has increased to $40, however the cost for the troop to re-charter Scouts and Leaders has remained $15. All Scouts and Leaders must submit $15 to remain active with Scouting, and these fees are due to the troop by December 14, 2012.

Troop Camp-In and Cheesecake Bake

Don’t forget this coming weekend’s Camp-In and Cheesecake Bake… We will start with the Pack 830 Pack Meeting, at Guffey Elementary School. After the pack meeting, we will return to New Hope United Methodist, where we will begin our Annual Camp-In and Cheesecake Bake. The boys are free to bring any games or electronics they wish (to include consoles, hand-helds, and tv/monitors) – however the troop, its leaders, nor church, will accept any liability for these items. Saturday morning the boys will begin baking the cheesecakes that they have sold. Saturday night, the boys will be entertained by an exotic “Amazing Animals” show, and the movie, “Scout Camp.” Dinner will feature a Mexi-bar, taco meat, chips, taco shells, tortillas, beans, spanish rice, and all the fixin’s!

Boys are encouraged to attend anyone who they would like to join the troop for Saturday night dinner, shows, and sleep-over (if they wish to stay the night). Siblings are also invited to come for dinner and show. The cost for guests is $5 per person, and the cost for Scouts staying the weekend is $10. Each member of the troop is expected to be present, and help out, and assistance from parents is greatly appreciated.

CSAW/BSAW A Success!

At yesterday’s CSAW/BSAW, four of Troop 501’s boys learned a little more about camping, and reinforced a lot of what they have already learned. Alex and Ian earned the Camping merit badge, and Sam and Steven just need to accumulate a few more nights, each, to earn their second Eagle-required merit badge!

The Day That Has Lived On In Infamy

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

“The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

“It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.”

Those words, spoken by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on Monday, December 8, 1941, still resonate today.

It seems appropriate that as we recall the trials, tribulations, anguish, loss, tragedy, and ultimately, the victory of our American servicemen and women during World War II, that we remember all of those who have sacrifice for our freedoms – From the American Revolution, the French and Indian War, the War of 1812, the Civil War – where brother fought brother, the Great War to End All Wars, the Korean Conflict (still in progress, but at cease-fire), the Vietnam War, Desert Shield and Storm, and the Cold War to today’s embattled troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other Middle Eastern locales. Please keep these men and women, and their families and loved ones in your prayers, as well as those of conflicts past.

To read President Roosevelt’s speech, in its entirety, please click here: Declaration of War to Japan – Day of Infamy speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt.