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

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

First Class Requirement #7a & 7b

1974-5Favorite Camp Gadgets

Pioneering (in Scouting) is the art of using ropes and wooden spars joined by lashings and knots to create a structure. Pioneering can be used for constructing small items such as camp gadgets up to larger structures such as bridges and towers. These may be recreational, decorative, or functional.

In camp, Scouts may construct functional items like tables, camp dressers and gadgets, as well as decorative camp gateways. Pioneering is a common merit badge in many countries, and was required for the Eagle Scout rank in the 1920s and 1930s.

The name comes from the 18th and 19th century military engineers who went ahead of an army to “pioneer” a route, which could involve building bridges and towers with rope and timber (for example the Royal Pioneer Corps).

Pioneering skills include Knot tying (tying ropes together), lashing (tying spars together with rope), whipping (binding the end of a rope with thin twine), splicing (joining or binding the end of a rope using its own fibres), and skills related to the use, care and storage of ropes, spars and related pioneering equipment.

First Class Requirement 7a.

Discuss when you should and should not use lashings. Then demonstrate tying the timber hitch and clove hitch and their use in square, shear, and diagonal lashings by joining two or more poles or staves together.

First Class Requirement 7b.

Use lashing to make a useful camp gadget.

Building any good camp gadget requires at least some basic skills in Scoutcraft, e.g. proper use of wood tools, tying basic knots, simple lashings. At Boy Scout Summer Camp, these camp gadgets are often referred to as “campsite improvements.” A good camp gadget should be durable, aesthetically pleasing, and serve a purpose. There are numerous designs and ideas: Favorite Camp Gadgets.