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

“Great” Turn for Scout Brother

2014-04-21 19.09.20Last week, we learned of a brother Scout from another troop and his family that lost their home to a fire. While all of the family members and pets were safe, they lost all of their possessions, and with Camp-O-Ree just around the corner, the Scout had no equipment. In true Rattlesnake fashion, the Scouts of Troop 501 coiled together, gathered up supplies, equipment, and even some cash, and on Monday, a contingent of Rattlers presented their Brother with a backpacking pack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, water bottle, mess kit, a nice card, and over $50 in cash at his troop meeting. What’s really amazing about this is that this is a time that is especially tough for many Scout families, as many have just crossed over from Cub Scouting, and are in the midst of getting outfitted for Boy Scouting, and securing funds for summer camp. The outpouring of generosity shown by the Scouts and families of Troop 501 is truly phenomenal. You never cease to amaze me. It’s only fitting that we acknowledge you on Saint George Day.

Saint George Day

NewStGeorgeIconSt George’s Day is celebrated on the 23rd of April. Saint George is the Patron Saint of England and also the Patron Saint of soldiers and law enforcement officers, so naturally, Lord Baden-Powell, a General in the British Army, himself, would find him fitting as Patron Saint to all Scouts around the world. His flag is the red horizontal cross on a white background and his emblem is a knight slaying a dragon.

The Legend of St George

The legend goes that George was a son of a nobleman in the Roman army, and became a cavalry officer. George became a Christian and decided to leave the army and travel to the palace of the Emperor, Diocletian, to plead with him to stop his cruel persecution of Christians. As he rode on his horse through Sylene (in present-day Libya), he found that one of the cities was plagued by an evil dragon that lurked in a swamp. This terrifying creature could only be pacified by feeding it with human bodies, and every day one of the citizens was chosen by drawing lots and was sacrificed.

stgeorge2The King’s own daughter, Cleolinda, was going to be the victim on the day that George arrived. He hurried to help her, even though his only weapon was a spear. With awesome courage he charged on his horse, knowing that he had only one shot at killing the fire-breathing dragon. He succeeded and saved the princess’s life.

After talking to George, the grateful King, the princess, and many of the people decided to become Christians. George continued to the Emperor’s palace, but Diocletian had him put to death on 23rd April AD303 for his Christian faith.

Why St George?

Why did Baden Powell choose St George to be the Patron Saint of Scouting?

Baden Powell choose St George to be the movement’s Patron Saint because he exemplified the qualities of the legendary Roman soldier; qualities that reflect good Scoutingimages:

  • Responsibility
  • Truthfulness
  • Devotion to duty
  • A brave heart
  • A noble spirit
  • Dedication to helping others

Follow Saint George!

The black and white sketches shown here were drawn by B-P, and illustrate how he felt Scouting should embody the virtues of Saint George.

FOASStGeorgeThe Footsteps of American Saints

The Footsteps of American Saints program is a series of religious activities that encourage youth to learn about several individuals who have shaped the landscape of Catholicism in America. Through a knowledge of the lives of these Saints and Blesseds it is hoped that participants will be inspired to imitate their heroic virtues and follow in their footsteps. The goal of these activities is to share the lives of several saints so that the youth might relate to what these people have done and maybe look to these individuals as role models. While the activity is Catholic, in nature, it is open to those of all faith backgrounds and denominations.

A patch with the saint’s likeness is available for each activity. To earn the patch, simply complete the activities listed in the Saint George Footsteps of American Saints flyer.

Good Turn for Fellow Scout

Last week, we collected a few items (a backpacking pack, sleeping bag, mess kit), and some cash, for a fellow Scout who lost his home (and all of his Scouting equipment) in a fire. Monday, April 21, 2014, we will present these items to our Scouting brother. We will meet at New Hope, at 6:30 pm. At 6:45, we will all process to where our fellow Scout will be at a meeting, nearby. We will make our presentation to him, and then depart.

Please join us, if you can. Be sure to wear your full uniform: Shirt, necker, Scout Pants or jeans (no sports shorts or pants, please), and campaign hat, if you have one.

Thank you.

Happy Easter!!!

easter_empty_tombThe Scouts and Leaders of Boy Scout Troop #501 would like to wish everyone a joyous Easter! Mr Hufford would like to wish the Scouts and all their Peeps a very happy holiday.


Spring Camp-O-Ree

The River Trails Spring Camp-O-Ree will be April 25-27, 2014 at Beaumont Scout Reservation. The theme for the weekend is Hiking and Backpacking. The cost is $8 per Scout and Adult attending, which covers the cost of all program materials and facilities fees. Please pay at the time of registration. The Spring Camp-O-Ree Manual covers all specifics for the camp-o-ree and provides information on how to prepare. New Scouts will have the opportunity to work through several advancement requirements, to include completing a five mile hike. The food cost for the weekend will be $15 for Scouts, no charge for leaders.