September 3, 2014

Latest Annoucements

September 2014 Outing – James River Canoeing

Twin River Camping and Canoe Trip Sept 20-21, 2014


When: Sept 20-21, 2014
Where:             Twin River Outfitters: Breeden Bottom Campground and James River Canoeing
Time:   Arrive at the St. Francis parking lot at 6:30 am on Saturday, Sept 20th and return to St. Francis mid-afternoon on     Sunday, Sept 21st

Whether this is your first canoe trip or you’re an experienced boater, this 10.5-mile 2-man canoe trip is ideal for a large group wanting to have fun.  It includes plenty of rapids; 5 which are rated class II, great mountain views, and a remote wilderness feel.  On Saturday you will check in with Twin River Outfitters, where you will receive your safety orientation, river maps, and life jacket. From there you’ll be shuttled to the staging area where you’ll begin your 2-day river trip. Sunday morning you will complete the rest of the 10.5 mile canoe trip after breakfast, clean up and head home.

Online outing sign-up available soon!

Troop 55 Introduces “The President’s Volunteer Service Award” program


Service to our community and others is an important aspect of Scouting as evidenced by its inclusion in the Scout Oath wherein a scout pledges “to help other people at all times”. To encourage scouts and scouts family members to service the community, BSA Troop 55 became “Certifying Organization” in July 2014 to establish the “The President’s Volunteer Award” program at BSA Troop 55.   Troop 55 will also establish accounts for different patrols;  individual scout’s community service hours will be aggregated into his patrol.  


At Court of Honor, we will award “President’s Volunteer Service Award”  not only to scouts who achieve it, but also we will award patrols who meet the award criteria. We encourage a “very friendly” competition among different patrols from troop 55  in term of serving our communities. To create an account and keep track of your community service hours,  please go to this URL (with your parent’s help if you are under 14), once you create your web account, please contact Mr. Ye (yejeff [at] hotmail [dot] com) for “Record of Service Key” to help link your account to Troop 55 as your certifying organization, as well the group key for your patrol.


To find out more, please check “President’s Volunteer Service Award” at troop 55 web page


Great Falls Connection : Experiencing Adventure

 Great Falls Connection ( Wednesday,  August 13 2014)

“Ten teenage Scouts and two adult leaders from Troop 55 in Great Falls went on a life-changing trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (part of the Rocky Mountains) at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., this summer. …”


NCAC Goshen Family Camp Weekend 2014 (8/29-9/1)

Goshen Family Camp 2014All Scouts and families are invited to join BSA National Capital Area Council’s  Family Camping Weekend at Goshen Scout Reservation.

The weekend begins on Friday, August 29th and continues through Monday, September 1st, 2014.

The cost is $15.00 per person. Your family will be able participate in activities such as: BB Gun, Rifle and Shotgun Shooting, Swimming, Archery, Waterskiing and Wakeboarding, hiking, campfires,other staff-led activities. Each family in turn provides their own tents, food, and personal items.

Registration Information at NCAC Web Site:


When: 8/29/2014 -9/1/2014
Where: Goshen Scout Reservation
340 Millard Burke Memorial Hwy
Goshen, Virginia  24439
United States
Contact: Philip Barbash 
Philip [dot] Barbash [at] scouting [dot] org 
Phone: 301-214-9141

Shenandoah Area Council 4th Annual Valley Rally Bike Ride (8/16, 9/13/2014)

Valley_Ralley_Bike_Ride4th Annual Valley Rally Bike Ride(Saturday 13, 2014)  is organized by BSA Shenandoah Area  Council, it rides through parts of the Northern Shenandoah Valley in VA and Eastern Panhandle of WVA. This event will be held RAIN OR SHINE and offers a variety of routes including 25, 50, 65, and 100 mile routes. This is a self-paced ride for everyone from the recreational to serious cyclist.

For More information, check the web site at:

The Valley Rally Bike Ride is offering another opportunity for Boy Scouts to work towards the Cycling Merit Badge.  It covers some of the rides that Boy Scouts need for the Cycling Merit Badge, the Scouts will need additional rides aside from these (3) provided rides to complete the Merit Badge requirements.  It will cover the items for the Cycling Merit Badge items 2 – 5.

The Cycling Merit Badge Ride will be meeting at Clearbrook Park pool entrance in Clear Brook, VA(address: 112 Clearbrook Drive, Clear Brook, VA 22624 )  at 8:00am each Saturday.  The dates are:

  • July 26th
  • August 16th
  • September 13th (4th Annual Valley Rally Bike Ride)

The cost is $30/person and it includes support for all 3 rides and a VRBR tshirt. The registration link is here:  This registration will include the Valley Rally Bike Ride on Sept 13, 2014. For questions, please contact Mr. Harold Spencer(Scoutmaster of Troop 6 at Charles Town, WV) at Cell-304-268-8399 or email Harold_spencer [at] yahoo [dot] com

Washington Post : Throngs gather on the Mall to celebrate the Fourth of July, D.C.-style

 Washington Post ( Saturday,  June 05 2014)

“… And there were members of Boy Scout Troop 55, from Great Falls, Va., who brought flags and streamers to help kick off the parade on Constitution Avenue NW. …”

Troop 55 Scout At 2014 National Independence Day Parade