December 22, 2014

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January Outing – Blue Ridge Center Camping

When:    January 17-18, 2015
Where:   Blue Ridge Center, Purcellville, VA 
Time:   Arrive at the St. Francis parking lot at 7:00 AM on Saturday morning January 17th - Return to St. Francis on Sunday, January 18th

The Blue Ridge Center is located on 900 acres of woodlands in an area known as “Between the Hills” (nestled between the Blue Ridge and Short Hill Mountain).  Scouts will camp at Demory Field and share views that extend over a meadow and down the Between the Hills valley toward the Potomac River.  Demory Field offers potable water, a fire pit, grills, picnic tables, and a large pavilion. Scouts will be geo-caching before lunch.  After lunch scouts will hike, work on their scout skills and participate in cold weather Wilderness Survival training and exercises.

To Sign up for this and learn more about the details, click HERE

Unveiling of a Historical Marker on Hunter Mill Road


ON-FIRE02On October 11th, 2014, scouts from Troop 55 took place in a flag ceremony prior to the unveiling of a Historical Marker on Hunter Mill Road in Reston.  A reporter from the Civil War News covered the story, which is in the December edition here:

The event is also featured in the most recent edition of the Reston Lifestyle magazine here:

Troop 55 scouts have become a go-to in the local community for event support, and in particular, flag ceremonies. Pictures from the ceremony can be viewed HERE.

December Adopt a Highway


On Saturday December 6, 2014 the Dragons and Eagles patrols participated in our Troop’s monthly Adopt a Highway. Starting out at 9:30 am behind the Dominos, they planned out how they would complete the segment of Walker Road all the way to approximately River Bend Country Club.  The Dragons and the Eagles patrols split up and started at both ends; meeting in the middle to finish the job. Luckily they were able to finish around 11:30 am get back to the cars just as the rain started. HERE is a link to pictures from the event. In the end, LOTS of garbage was collected.

Time to Sign up for the February 13-15 Canaan Valley Ski Trip – January 7th DEADLINE

February Outing – Canaan Valley Ski Trip

canaanWhen:    February 13 – 15, 2015
Where:   Canaan Valley Resort, Davis WV
Time:   We will depart St. Francis Church in Great Falls at 5:30 p.m – So GET THERE by 4:45pm. by Chariots for Hire coach bus.  Scouts should eat dinner prior to departure and bring snacks for the bus.  Bus will pick up the Scouts at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 15, with an estimated arrival time around 8:30 p.m.

 Base package includes choice of one of two options:

2-Day Ski Package: transportation, Friday & Saturday night lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and dinner Saturday evening, two day/night lift tickets, ski & helmet rental, resort fees, taxes, and service charges.

1-Day Ski Package/1-Day 2 hrTubing/ice-skating Package: transportation, Friday & Saturday night lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and dinner Saturday evening, Saturday one day/night lift tickets, Sunday 2 hour tubing session, Sunday unlimited ice skating including rental skates, resort fees, taxes, and service charges.

To Sign up for this and learn more about the details, click HERE

Great Falls’ Spooktacular Success, traditional village event has record numbers.

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Here is a recent article in the Great Falls Connection covering Troop 55′s involvement with the Haunted House on Halloween. Check bottom of page for link to the full article. Below are a few quotes from the article.

“This year’s haunted house was taken over by the local boy scout troop and had lines in front of it even before the event started at 5 p.m.Children of all ages left the haunted house breathless from being spooked and surprised inside the tent.”

 “The Haunted House had a line all night long and the boy scouts did an amazing job staying afterwards to take it all down and store it again for next year,” said Lobato. “I wouldn’t be surprised if its even bigger and better next year.”

For link to the article click HERE

Sun Gazette (11/11/2014): Wolf Trap event gives local young people an up-close look at camping


The Sun Gazette wrote an article about Troop 55′s leadership in Wolf Trap National Park’s local program. Boy Scout volunteer Corey Hodge, a Langley High School senior, said the program was a “great chance to use my Scout and leadership skills to help youth learn to take responsibility for themselves in a safe and fun-filled environment. I would definitely do this again.”  
For link to the article click HERE