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

Scouting is More Fun with Friends!


Scouting is more fun with friends, and now is the perfect time to ask yours to join!

No boy should miss out on the excitement of his first camping trip, the exhilaration of leading others for the first time, or the pride of earning his first merit badge. You know—you’ve been there!

You’ve seen the positive impact of Scouting. You’ve seen your Boy Scout learn, test his limits, and thrive in the world around him … and now it’s time to share that with others.

Use these links to reach out to your network of friends and family. Spread the word that now is a great time to become a Boy Scout!


Thank you for spreading the word! Help ensure no family misses out!

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Boy Scouts Collect Nearly 2.2 Million Food Items During Scouting For Food

Once again, we did a fantastic job with Scouting for Food. This year, we maintained traffic flow and control. I know that many of our Scouts were looking forward to sorting and packing food, but we were asked to do this important task by the Arnold Food Pantry staff. Our task is not always exciting, but it is necessary, to help ensure that the neediest of families can have food on their tables, and hopefully, brighter holidays, with less worry. Your help and support makes this a reality. Thank you!

The holidays will be a little brighter for many families in need throughout the region as the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America collected 2,195,060 items of food Saturday during the 32nd annual Scouting For Food drive. It is the third-largest collection ever recorded and highest total since 2008 when Scouting For Food collected 2,196,237 food items. That number will only continue to grow next week as MERS Missouri Goodwill, 2016 Scouting For Food sponsor, will be accepting canned good donations Nov. 20-26.

This year, our District, River Trails, collected 161,302 food items; 28,002 more than last year. In southeast Missouri, Scouts collected 133,870 items of food, a 10.2% increase over last year. Donations were delivered directly to local food pantries. Food in the St. Louis City and County was taken to local firehouses where donations were sorted and boxed. Sunset Transportation provided vehicles, drivers and equipment to transport the boxed food to the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

Scouting For Food donations will be distributed to more than 500 food pantries and food banks throughout the region. It will keep shelves stocked for weeks and in some cases months to come providing well over 500,000 meals for those in need.

2016 River Trails District Scouting for Food Results

Klondike Derby / Cabin Campout

Klondike Derby Clip

The annual River Trails District Klondike Derby will be held on Saturday, February 6, at Beaumont Scout Reservation. We will be camping in an enclosed cabin/ shelter at West Tyson County Park, just a few minutes from Beaumont, at the Beaumont/Antire exit from I-44. In addition to the fun of the camp, itself, there will be many events at the Klondike, to include:

Cold—Weather Gear: Scouts will hear a brief overview of some useful cold—weather gear and techniques, then patrols will compete in an obstacle course in which proper layering is a key to success.
Shelter: Scouts will learn various sheltering techniques, then will apply those
techniques in an obstacle course.
*Requires 1 tarp per patrol
First Aid: Scouts will discuss cold—related first aid situations, then patrols will compete in a toboggan stretcher race. Awards will be given for the fastest and slowest times.
Retort Cooking: After a brief introduction to the retort method of cooking, each scout will prepare and cook an omelet in a Ziploc bag using boiling water. Scouts will need to bring their own eggs, as well as any desired additional ingredients
(ham, cheese, onion, peppers etc). Please make sure all additional ingredients
are pre-cooked and ready to go in order to ensure that everyone finishes their
*Requires 1 egg per participant
Games: Scouts will play ga—ga ball or kickball to stay warm and have some fun!

Kettle corn and trading post will be available throughout the day.

The cost of this event is only $20 per Scout, and $5 per Leader.

Summer Camp is Around the Corner!

I know, I know… There is still snow on the ground, but it’s time to start thinking about Summer Camp! Registration opens February 1, 2016!!!

The fees for Camp Geiger, this year are:

Scouts – $262.00

Adults – $188.00


Fees after April 1st:

Scouts – $277.00

Adults – $203.00


The minimum down payment to hold your spot is $100, per participant.

To assist Scouts in raising funds for Camp, we will be selling Camp Cards, again! The sale starts February 1, and continues through March 29! We will be selling them at Shop ‘n’ Save at Gravois Bluffs, again, on Saturday, March 5.

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery New Year Good Turn

Don’t forget, Sunday, January 24, 2016 is the 7th annual Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery New Year Good Turn! As in the last 6 years, Troop 501 will be conducting the flag ceremony. This is a very important function, and a high honor for our troop! All Scouts and Leaders are to be in as full and complete uniform, as they have, to include: Uniform Shirt, Neckerchief, Woggle, Merit Badge Sash (for Scouts, only), Campaign Hats (for those who have earned them), official Scout pants (if available, otherwise nice blue jeans), Scout (or green) socks. Additionally, as we will not be wearing coats, all Scouts and leaders should dress warmly, and in layers. It is highly recommended that all Scouts and Leaders wear a black, long sleeve thermal under shirt, mock turtleneck, or sweatshirt without hood.

Scouts need to arrive at 11:00 am, so that we can practice the flag ceremony.