March 26, 2015

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April Outing – Gettysburg Bike or Hike – April 11-12

gettysburgimageWhen: April 11-12, 2015
Where:  Artillery Ridge Campground, Gettysburg, PA
Time: Arrive at the St. Francis parking lot at 6:30 am on Saturday, April 11, 2015 Return to St. Francis mid-afternoon on Sunday, April 12, 2015, approx time 1pm

Troop 55 will travel to Gettysburg, PA and learn about the Battle of Gettysburg, a turning point in the Civil War, the setting for President Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address”. The group will camp at Artillery Ridge Campground, conduct an orienteering instructional session, see a short movie at the visitor’s center, then the group will split – some will go on a biking tour through the battlefield (14 miles), and the rest will do a 4 mile hike. All bikers must have helmets, and have bikes that are capable of this ride.

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Sign Up Now For Summer Camp – 2015

resicaSummer Camp at Resica Falls Scout Reservation
June 21 – June 27, 2015

Resica Falls is located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.  

  • Situated in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, Resica Falls Scout Reservation is a 4200+ acre Scouting Paradise. Set in what seems like an endless track of mountain trails, clear streams, and waterfalls is an amazing program of activities for Scouts to enjoy for their summer camp experience. Resica Falls offers more than 65 merit badges, including 11 required for Eagle. More information can be found on their website

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Pohick Bay Trip – Historian Report by James Y.: Scorpions Patrol Historian

DSCF4264Pohick  Bay (March Outing)

 By James Y.

We left St. Francis Church early in the morning for the trip to Pohick Bay Regional Park, in Lorton, Virginia. When we arrived, the ground was covered in snow, and took some time to finally get into the campsite. After arriving, we set up our tents and gear, and some of the scouts started playing with the snow, making snowmen, piles, igloos, and snow forts.    [Read More...]

Troop 55 Adopt-A-Highway (3/21/2015)

EagleprojectDATE: 3/21/2015 (Sat 9:30AM – 11:00AM)

LOCATION: Great Falls Walker Rd (North of Rt 193)

Troop 55 is the Adopt-a-Highway sponsor for the segment of Walker Road between the Village up to Riverbend Gold and Country Club.  We commit to picking up trash along this route at least four times a year.  The patrols rotate this responsibility and the effort is scheduled and coordinated by the patrol leaders. 

 This session will be conducted by the Bears and Bucks patrols.  Other scouts, parent and friends are welcome to attend.  We also need adult assistance with monitoring traffic during this event.

Patrol Leaders typically schedule this event for early Saturday morning (9:30 am to 11:00 am) when traffic is lighter. We will meet at the Parking lot behind Great Falls 7-11 store to start the event at 9:30 am. Contact troop leadership Paul Y.(paulyousef9 [at] gmail [dot] com) if you have any question.

 The service hours earned from this vent is qualified for Troop 55  “President’s Volunteer Service Award” program.


Volunteers – iSchool Mini Maker Faire at Reston


Mini Maker Faire Volunteers

iSchool Mini Maker Faire

Volunteer at iSchool’s Table or Children’s Workshop

NOVA Mini Maker Faire

Sunday, March 15, 2015

South Lakes High School and Langston Hughes Middle School, Reston

iSchools for the Future is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children succeed in the 21st century, it asks for volunteer supports from Troop 55. iSchool will be at the NOVA Mini Maker Faire in Reston on Sunday, March 15. We will have a table (all day, 10 am to 5 pm) and we will be running two hands-on classes (schedule TBD, each 45 minutes long). We absolutely need help with the table and the classes on Sunday, but could also use help setting up on Saturday afternoon (March 14 from 4-7 pm). At the table we will have hands-on STEM and art activities. This event is huge and will be packed. It will be a lot of fun for any of the Boy Scouts who volunteer (and you!), as we’ll make sure they have time to roam around a bit. If any of the boys are able to volunteer they can get into the Faire for free (I have to put them on the list) and will get a T-shirt.

Thank you for volunteering with iSchool. Please note, in order to gain free entrance to the Faire, volunteers must commit to at least 4 hours. The NOVA Mini Maker Faire is a huge event that brings together innovators, scientists, thinkers, and artists from all over the region. iSchool for the Future will be hosting a table with hands-on STEM and Art activities and giving two short workshops for children. Volunteers are needed to help with activities at the table and help children with activities during the workshops. Please provide your t-shirt size in the Comments section.

Learn more about the Faire here: There is NO on-site parking. There will be free shuttle buses from the Metro (parking is free at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station on Sunday).

Per rules of the Faire:

Volunteers 18 and over are welcome to sign up below.
Students 14-17 can sign up below, but please provide the parent’s email address to verify permission to volunteer.
Students 12-13 must have a parent or guardian volunteering with the student(both must sign up).

DATE: 3/15/2015 (Sun 8:30AM – 5:30PM)


Contact: Anu Gupta (agupta [at] ischoolforthefuture [dot] org) or Mr. Ye ( yejeff [at] hotmail [dot] com)


Click here to Sign up.

Powhatan Den Chief Training 3/14/2015



When: 3/14/15
Where: Scotts Run LDS Church
1325 Scotts Run Road
McLean, Virginia  22102
United States
Contact: Roger Claff 
reclaff [at] aol [dot] com


Are you interested in serving as a Den Chief?  The course instructs Scouts on the Den Chief leadership position and the necessary skills to lead and befriend Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts. The course motivates through fun, learning skills, playing games and activities that help scouts understand their role in the weekly den meetings. Some Scouts who become Den Chiefs were never Cub Scouts and this course helps them understand that program.Fee: $20 per Scout – payable at the door
Includes: Den Chief Handbook, Extensive Handout, Trained Strip and LunchPlease contact Roger Claff, reclaff [at] aol [dot] com, for additional information. Please email Roger Claff for registration. Click Here to Register