October 22, 2014

Latest Annoucements

“Soft Launch” Period for President’s Volunteer Service Award Web Site

From Oct. 15th to Nov. 15th,  the web site of the program “President’s Volunteer Service Award” is upgraded to a new version, you may experience some software glitches for your service record hours during this “soft launch” period.  Please let Mr.  Ye know if you see any service data missing, and he will contact the customer service at the third party  web site for you. Please stay patient , and continue your excellent volunteer service works for our community.

NOT TOO LATE – October 25-26, 2014 Outing – Dolly Sods Back Packing Trip

Dolly Sods Backpacking Trip October 25-26, 2014


When: October 25-26, 2014
Where: Dolly Sods Wilderness, Monongahela National Forest, WV
Time: Arrive at the St. Francis parking lot at 6:30 AM on Saturday morning Saturday, October 25th
Return to St. Francis by late afternoon on Sunday, October 26nd


Dolly Sods and its’ environs are considered the premier backpacking locales east of the Mississippi River. They feature varied terrain and eco-zones more reminiscent of parts of Canada than the mid-Atlantic. The scouts will backpack and camp in patrols along Red Creek or along the many scenic meadows above the bogs of the wilderness.

Learn more about this spectacular outing by clicking below!



Don’t forget to pay your Troop Dues !!

Please use the PayPal form below, or from the main Troop 55 website, to pay for your scout’s dues. You may also bring a check made to BSA Troop 55 to the next meeting or outing.

Your troop dues help support the troop and the scouts in all the great activities we do throughout the year.

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James River canoe Trip – Historian Report

canoeSeptember Outing:  Canoe Trip on the James River

We had an early morning departure from St. Francis Church for our trip to Virginia’s James River and the Breeden Bottom campsite.  The scenery on the way to the campsite was beautiful; rolling hills, farms, and eventually mountains with deep valleys.  The weather was perfect.  When the Troop 55 trailer arrived, we set up our patrol equipment and tents, and then drove to the Twin River Outfitters to get our canoeing gear and lifejackets.  

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Wolf Trap first-time campers – Historian Report

On Sunday, September 28th  and Monday, September 29th, 36 campers in fifth and sixth grade experienced a camping adventure at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. The program was allowed under special permit by the National Park Service and it was the first time that people have been allowed to camp there. Members of BSA Troop 55 and several venture scouts volunteered to teach the kids about camping.

Process for Advancement to Tenderfoot

It was WONDERFUL to see so many new scouts at the instructor session this past Wednesday.  We’ve had some queries about how to advance to Tenderfoot.  As this rank advancement is a bit more complicated than the “Scout” rank, we wanted to provide the steps to get there.  Please encourage your son to reach to the Troop Guides (Mitchell Pan and Tim Fahlgren) initially, then Patrol Advisors for any questions, but never hesitate to ask a question of anyone.

To reach Tenderfoot rank:

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