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

The Significance of the Troop 501 Neckerchief

card00696_frIn celebrating the birth of the United States of America, on this Independence Day, it seems only fitting that we give pause, and consider how we honor her throughout the year.

Troop 501 is an incredibly patriotic Boy Scout Troop. We have retired our Great Nation’s flag, multiple times, in conjunction with the Veterans of Foreign Wars. We (Mrs Hufford) started the annual Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery New Year Good Turn, at which Troop 501 presents and posts the Colors. And, we have even been honored to be the on-field Color Guard for our Nation’s Standard at a game of the Major League Baseball’s National League Saint Louis Cardinals! the_rattlesnake_flag_at_bunker_hill_battle_print-r3fd72c1fc034436fa3a8374884c40e32_8boyl_8byvr_1200

As a symbol of our pride, and our dedication to the values of Scouting, and as a reminder of our Duty to Country, we proudly wear the Rattlesnake motif, and verse, “Dont Tread on Me,” from the Gadsden Flag, on of the earliest flags of the American Revolutionary War, embroidered on our neckerchiefs of yellow-gold fabric.

In the image to the right, a postcard from our past, the Gadsden Flag, noted in the caption to be our Nation’s First Flag, Revolutionary War Patriots capture British commanders, at the Battle of Bunker Hill, along with the flag of Washington’s Crusaders, and the Continental Flag.

As an outward sign of our deeply held patriotic values, and our tenacity in our brotherhood and solidarity to each other – and to honor another Scout – Eagle Scout Drew Vitello conceptualized the simple, yet complexly significant re-design of the Troop 501 Neckerchief, during Summer Camp, in 2013. It has been a smashing success, and with (and without) our campaign hats, certainly commands attention, whenever we are around!

Bedford FlagTo help re-enforce these lessons of American History and patriotism, we fly a variety of Historic United States Flags from the Revolutionary War – Era, posting a different flag of historic significance, each day. We open Summer Camp with the Bedford Flag. The amoured arm, holding a sword, descending from a cloud, with three cannon balls in the background, is the arm of God. The Latin inscription, which reads, “Vince Aut Morire,” written from top down on the front, and the bottom up, on the obverse, is translated into English as, “Conquer or Die!” The Bedford Flag is the oldest existing flag in the United States, the second oldest in the western hemisphere and the only flag carried by the Minutemen at the battle of the North Bridge in Concord on April 19, 1775, and it was the flag that was flying, representing our fledgeling Nation, over the “Shot that was heard ’round the world,” starting the American Revolution.

It had a long history before the Revolution, for it had been used as a standard of the Massachusetts Bay cavalry Troop for over 100 years and had seen service in the Indian Wars many times before that great day at the bridge.

In 1659, when the cavalry troop was organized, arrangements were made for a proper emblem. The flag was probably made in England for the Massachusetts Bay Colony sometime between 1660 and 1670. Records of the order for the flag, and a description of the proposed emblem, are in the British Museum.Historic US Flags From Text Book

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.

William “Billy” John Fisher, III

Eagle Board of Review: 03/2012

Awarded: 07/07/2012

William “Billy” Fisher, III is Troop 501’s first Eagle, start-to-finish. Billy’s project was initially to install an exercise circuit track and equipment at Arnold City Park. Days before he ordered the equipment, the City of Arnold withdrew their approval of Billy’s project leaving him with precious little time to develop a new project. However, he was able to overcome this hurdle, designing and building a fire truck-shaped reading nook for the Rock Community Fire Protection District, which, in turn gave the piece to the Arnold Branch of the Jefferson County Public Library, where it is enjoyed by children of all ages.

Andrew Jackson

Eagle Board of Review:

Awarded: 06/02/2012

Andrew’s project consisted of building recycling bins at the World Bird Sanctuary, in Saint Louis, Missouri.