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

Requirement Sign-Offs

In a boy-led troop, it is the Patrol Leader’s responsibility to sign-off on most completed requirements. The few exceptions include (but are not limited to) completion of Scoutmaster Conferences, Boards of Review, and Show Scout Spirit. Service hours must be approved, in advance, by the Scoutmaster, or his designee, however, completion is still approved by the Patrol Leader. As a boy-led troop, all requirements, except as noted, will need to be approved and signed-off on by the (Senior) Patrol Leader, or his designee. It is for this reason that it is critical that each Scout bring his handbook to each meeting. It is the Scout’s responsibility to present his handbook to his (Senior) Patrol Leader for approval, and then to the Scoutmaster during Scoutmaster Conferences for recording.

Merit Badges: A Scout must have approval from the Scoutmaster prior to beginning work toward any merit badge. The Scoutmaster will sign the merit badge application (National “Blue Card,” or Council “White Card”), upon approval. As a Scout is Prepared, shall present the card to the Scoutmaster to request approval and signature. Blue cards can be printed from the troop website, or the advancement system. Once a Scout has completed the requirements for a given merit badge, and secured all the necessary signatures, he is to return the merit badge application to the Scoutmaster, for data entry and safekeeping.

The advancement system is provided as a service to the Scouts and their families, allowing them to see exactly where the Scout stands on his Quest for Eagle.

Bear Grylls – Adventurer, Former UK Special Forces Soldier, TV Personality, and Chief Scout – Scouts UK

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Bear Grylls is Chief Scout to over half a million brilliant scouts in the UK! When asked why he chose to volunteer for the UK’s largest mixed youth movement, Bear said: ‘In short, because I love adventure and I love hanging out with good friends. For me this is what Scouting is about.’ On 17 May 2009, The Scout Association announced Grylls would be appointed Chief Scout following the end of Peter Duncan’s five-year term in July 2009. He was officially made Chief Scout at Gilwell 24 on July 11, 2009, in a handover event featuring Peter Duncan in front of a crowd of over 3,000Explorer Scouts. He is the tenth person to hold the position and the youngest Chief Scout since the role was created for Robert Baden-Powell in 1920.

Born on 7 June 1974, Edward Michael “Bear” Grylls is the youngest ever Chief Scout and the movement is currently experiencing its biggest surge in membership since Scouting began.

He first got involved in Scouting aged eight as a Cub Scout. Bear attributes this time as a big part of the inspiration behind his adult adventures presenting TV shows such as Born Survivor: ‘So much of who we are as an adult is formed when we are kids,’ said Bear. ‘What Scouting says to people is: “it’s okay to go for it in life”.’

‘Every child has a right to have an adventure. Life is about grabbing opportunities. The prizes don’t always go to the biggest, the best and the strongest – they go to those who persevere. These are simple life lessons that Scouting teaches people.’

The Chief Scout is the lead volunteer of The Scout Association, providing inspiration for the 100,000 adult volunteers involved across the UK.

The position was created in 1920 with the appointment of Robert Baden-Powell, who founded the Scout Movement in 1908.

Bear joins 100,000 Scout volunteers who give up their time to provide adventurous activities to 400,000 6-25 year olds, in the UK.

Skateboarding, climbing, kayaking, camping, sailing, orienteering, cycling, hiking, grass sledging, potholing… Scouting is all these things, and more.

Scouting encourages young people of all backgrounds, male and female, to have self-belief and a voice; to develop physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

First Class Requirement #7a & 7b

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Pioneering (in Scouting) is the art of using ropes and wooden spars joined by lashings and knots to create a structure. Pioneering can be used for constructing small items such as camp gadgets up to larger structures such as bridges and towers. These may be recreational, decorative, or functional.

In camp, Scouts may construct functional items like tables, camp dressers and gadgets, as well as decorative camp gateways. Pioneering is a common merit badge in many countries, and was required for the Eagle Scout rank in the 1920s and 1930s.

The name comes from the 18th and 19th century military engineers who went ahead of an army to “pioneer” a route, which could involve building bridges and towers with rope and timber (for example the Royal Pioneer Corps).

Pioneering skills include Knot tying (tying ropes together), lashing (tying spars together with rope), whipping (binding the end of a rope with thin twine), splicing (joining or binding the end of a rope using its own fibres), and skills related to the use, care and storage of ropes, spars and related pioneering equipment.

First Class Requirement 7a.

Discuss when you should and should not use lashings. Then demonstrate tying the timber hitch and clove hitch and their use in square, shear, and diagonal lashings by joining two or more poles or staves together.

First Class Requirement 7b.

Use lashing to make a useful camp gadget.

Building any good camp gadget requires at least some basic skills in Scoutcraft, e.g. proper use of wood tools, tying basic knots, simple lashings. At Boy Scout Summer Camp, these camp gadgets are often referred to as “campsite improvements.” A good camp gadget should be durable, aesthetically pleasing, and serve a purpose. There are numerous designs and ideas: Favorite Camp Gadgets.


Christopher “Blake” Hufford

Eagle Board of Review: 07/25/2013

Awarded:  To Be Announced

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Three years and 7 months ago, Christopher “Blake” Hufford embarked on a very daunting journey, one clearly off of the beaten path, with no waypoints, no guide, no other leader before him. He left a very successful troop to start a new troop; a troop to serve those Scouts who may not be as successful in a larger troop. While any new unit must have at least five youth members, and five adult leaders, Blake was clearly The Founding Youth Member of Boy Scout Troop 501. On July 25, 2013, Blake Hufford became the third, and final Founding Member of Troop 501 to earn his Eagle rank. Blake’s project was the installation of a permanent flagpole at New Hope United Methodist Church, replacing a wooden, wall-mounted pole mounted outside of the entrance of the preschool. He also planted daylilies at the site, and laid new marble chips, freshening the landscaping. Blake’s project was the first of Troop 501 to be publicized on a national, Boy Scouts of America website, having been featured on the Official Blog of the BSA’s Scouting Magazine, Bryan on Scouting. His project was also featured on the Greater Saint Louis Area Council’s Facebook page, the July 18, 2013 issue of the Arnold Leader newspaper, it’s webpage, the Arnold Patch, and the Arnold Patch Facebook page.

Service Hours Disguised as Summer Fun!!!

Ahhh… It’s summer. The days are longer. The nights are hotter. The crickets and cicadas are chirping lullabies. The boys of summer are in full swing, and the familiar sounds of the ballpark ring out… The crack of the bat, the cheers, the fireworks. Lots of fireworks. We _are_ talking about Cardinal Nation, here! And, the barkers- “Peanuts!” “Cotton Candy!” “Fun, here! Get your Fun, here!”

We have three GREAT opportunities for service hours, disguised as Summer FUN!!! It’s Mission Possible!

July 20, 2013 – Pack 830 Bike Rodeo – 10:00 am to noon Saline Firehouse, in Springdale (Rte 141);

July 28, 2013 – Australian New Year Water Carnival – 9:30 am to noon, New Hope United Methodist Church;

August 10, 2013 – Arnold Area Scout Bike Rodeo – 9:00 am to noon, Fox Service Center.

Keep in mind that not only are these events great opportunities to earn service hours, but also huge opportunities to recruit new members for Troop 501!