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

Every Scout Deserves Trained Leaders

A trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in their role. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be. Every Scout deserves a trained leader!

Training is available and required for all for registered leaders. The BSA requires all registered leaders to complete Youth Protection Training, and to update their training every two years. Troop 501 requires all leaders to be trained in their positions. Most required training can be completed online, at no cost, at Leaders need to create an account, and create a profile. Be sure to enter your membership ID#, so that your training can be accurately credited to you. From the left column, select E-Learning. Then, just select the “Boy Scout” Tab, and start your training!

All of the training listed below is required, with the exception of “Supplemental Training”:

Youth Protection Training: New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training within 30 days of registering and before volunteer service with youth begins. Youth Protection Training must be completed every two years to remain current.

Fast Start Training: An orientation training for your volunteer position you can take to get you started before Position-Specific is available.

Leader Position-Specific Training: The main course necessary to be considered “trained” for your Scouting position. See the training page of for “What Makes a Trained Leader.” Please Note: Some required training is only available as instructor-led courses, such as “Introduction to Outdoor Skills.”

Supplemental Training: The training beyond “the basics” to learn more about a particular skill or program. Check with your local council and view the training page of for additional opportunities.

In addition, whether you are a leader, commissioner, Scout, or Venturer, you will find a wealth of information in the additional classes offered at University of Scouting on Jan. 25 at Fox High School in Arnold, Mo.

– Save $10 on your University of Scouting registration fee by registering before Jan. 10 –View course catalog | Register

First Class Requirement #2

Scouts  measure height for First Class rank


Scouts Measure Height

First Class Requirement 2

Using a map and compass, complete an orienteering course that covers at least one mile and requires measuring the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.).

Peter Le Roux at the Ropes and Poles Blog provides the helpful illustration above and the directions:

This technique for measuring the height of an object is an old one- there is a very similar drawing in Scouting For Boys. In principle, it is very simple: by measuring the distance on the ground, we can calculate the height of the tree by comparing it to the height measured on a stave.

In this simplified metric version:

Measure of 9 units (they can be anything- meters, feet, stave lengths, even Scout lengths)

Place a stave upright on that point, and measure one more unit.

Placing your head on the ground, look up to the top of the tree. Make a mark on the stave. The height of the tree will be ten times the height marked on the stave.

This can be fairly accurate, providing that the tree is roughly upright and the ground is basically level

NextGen Gallery Software Crashed Our Site

As you may know, the website has had some issues, lately. The software used for the photo galleries used all of the memory of the server that our website runs on, causing it to repeatedly crash, taking not only our own website down, but other websites, also. It was so bad, that the company that owns the computer that our website run on thought that our site had been hacked, and infected with malware, when it was just software gone bad. This software, called NextGen Gallery, was, at one time, the best available. For quite some time, however, many people have been having difficulties with it, as have we. We have fixed the issues as they have come up, at the expense of other software. However, it has now just become too much of a problem, and our hosting service has charged us real money for their troubles, not to mention suspending our site for several weeks, while they tried to sort it out. We have made contact with the company that makes the NextGen gallery software, as have others, but they have been unresponsive. Unfortunately, the developers of the NextGen software have just become sloppy, lazy, and apathetic to their users (and to think they charge money for it!). The NextGen gallery software has been removed, and the website is now functioning, again. We were able to save all of the photos. We are in the process of reloading the photos to website. Not all of the photos have been loaded, yet, and you will notice some changes with those galleries that have been updated. Thank you for your patience, as we continue to fix this problem.