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

2015 Summer Camp

Mark your calendars! Summer camp dates have been set! Troop 501 will be attending Summer Camp at Camp Famous Eagle, at the S Bar F Scout Ranch. Some of the highlights of Camp Famous Eagle include Shooting Ranges for Rifle, Shotgun, and Archery, complete with Competitions. Senior campers (think Smokies) will also have the opportunity to enjoy special, Older Boy programs to include rappelling, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayak water polo, a special visit to Huck’s Cove, and a special Older Scout cookout. Younger campers (think first year Scouts) will have a special program to help them work through Scouting Skills essential to obtaining First Class, called Voyageur… Swimming is done in a cove of Nim’s Lake – the Mile Swim occurs on Friday Afternoon. New, this year, meals will be served in the brand new, state-of-the-art Famous Eagle dining hall…

emblem_old_colorThen, there’s the Order of the Arrow… Scouts who are of Advanced rank (First Class and above), as well as leaders, who have attended at least one summer camp session, previously (this will be their second), may qualify for tapping into the Order. NOW is the time to check the Troop 501 Advancement System, to ensure that your information is CORRECT, and Up-To-Date…

For 100 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help to extend Scouting to America’s youth.

The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults. As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose is to:

  • Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.
  • Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
  • Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
  • Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

The Order of the Arrow membership requirements are:

Unit leader approval. To become eligible for election, a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and have the approval of his unit leader prior to the election. The unit leader must certify his Scout spirit (i.e., his adherence to the Scout Oath and Law and active participation in unit activities). The unit leader must also certify that the nominee meets all specified requirements at the time of this annual election.

Youth membership qualifications. All members of, or candidates for membership in, the Order of the Arrow who are under 21 years of age shall be considered youth members or candidates for youth membership, subject to meeting the following requirements:

  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Hold the First Class rank of the Boy Scouts of America, as a minimum.
  • After registration with a troop or team, have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.

Candidates for youth membership shall be elected by other youth members in accordance with policies set forth by the national Order of the Arrow committee.

Order_of_the_Arrow_sashesWith these high standards in mind, Leaders should explain to young, Non-Arrowmen that any boy can become a member of Order of the Arrow at any time–the real qualifications for membership are advancement in Scout Rank, and being a true leader of younger Scouts. Do not tell young Scouts that they must be a certain age or Rank to become a member, for it simply isn’t true. Let every young man attend our Tapping Ceremony with high hopes.

The cost for summer camp, this year, is $262 for Scouts registered by June 1, 2014, and $80 for leaders registered by June 1, 2014.

This is going to be a GREAT summer!!!

Before you know it, July 19 will be here, and it will be time to leave for summer camp… Summer camp, by vote of the boys, this year, will be at Camp Famous Eagle, at S Bar F Scout Ranch. Once again, we will be camping at the Stark campsite, right on the lake (this is the same campsite we had two years ago)! It is going to be a blast!!! With a new shotgun range,  sailboats, and of course, the Iceberg, stand-up paddle boards, and a visit to Huck’s Cove, your Scout is sure to have a summer camp experience he won’t soon forget!

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