April 24, 2018

Latest Annoucements

Register for May 2018 Shenandoah River Canoe & Camping


When:  May 12-13, 2018
Where:  Canoeing: Shenandoah River, Harpers Ferry, WV                                Camping: Brunswick Family Campground, Brunswick, MD

Arrive: St. Francis Parking Lot 7:00 am, Saturday, May 12
Return: St. Francis mid-afternoon on Sunday, May 13

We will canoe on the Shenandoah River just above Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Paddlers wind their way down river for about 7 miles through the scenic Shenandoah Valley. Canoeing this scenic and mellow river includes navigating small Class I-II rapids, a great combination of relaxation and fun. We will be camping at Brunswick Family Campground in Brunswick, Maryland.

To Learn More and Register Click Here

Upcoming Eagle Scout Court of Honor!


EagleScout2Two Troop 55 Eagle Scouts to be honored

Congratulations to Jonathan Bugge and Alex Bonadio, our latest scouts to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout!  Join us for the Eagle Scout Court of Honor to recognize and celebrate these two scouts’ journeys and accomplishments.

Where:  St. Francis Episcopal Church

When:  Sunday, 4/22/2018, 3:00pm

Register now for Summer Camp 2018 at Resica Falls

ResicaFallsSummer Camp!  JUNE 24 – JUNE 30, 2018

Situated in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, Resica Falls Scout Reservation is a 4200 acre Scouting Paradise. Set in an endless track of mountain trails, clear streams and waterfalls, Resica has an amazing program of activities for Scouts to enjoy during their summer camp experience.  It’s time to make plans for merit badges at camp.  Check the information page for merit badge options, maps and more.

*FEES: * For new scouts who join Troop 55 after Feb 1, 2018, $475.00 until May 1, then $550.  $550.00 for all others.  

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER  <— the page contains a link to downloadable information about the merit badges available, schedule, camp map and the form to submit to Mrs. Burke!

Eagles Cooking Competition – Historian Report

By: Nathan Hauda

For the cooking competition, the Eagles patrol did an American theme. The weather there was snow everywhere. (That sentence rhymes I know). We chose pizza for our American theme. Everyone had to bring their own ingredients for the pizza. At 12:00 p.m. we started making the pizzas for dinner. We also made potato fries and root beer floats. When we made the pizzas we make a box oven so we could cook the pizzas. The box oven did not catch on fire like it did in 2012 when I was a new scout.

After we finished cooking Mr. Shan and I started setting the table for the competition. Since the theme was American, we had red, white and blue everywhere – cups, plates, silverware, streamers, and tablecloths. The pizzas we made were pepperoni, cheese, and Hawaiian. Before we started the cooking competition Tyler, Lucas, and I had to cut a meal for the Webelos that were visiting.

Friday night before the cooking competition, we have an overnight camp out at St Francis. When we first got there we set up our tents and set up everything inside the tent. Then after that, we set up tents over the table to protect us from the snow. I helped another scout with advancement requirements by the fire, so he could rank up. After that, we had a campfire. We set up the outside tables and our chuck boxes on Friday night, so they were all ready in the morning when we had to cook breakfast and set up for the competition. When the campfire ended at 9:59 PM, I went to bed because I was very tired.NateHauda

Until June 2018: Dining for Dollars at Glory Days!

GloryDaysNow through June 30, 2018   When you dine at any Glory Days Grill during the December 2017 through June 30, 2018 time period, they will contribute 10% of the total food and beverages purchase to the Troop 55 fundraiser. 

Bring your friends, family and neighbors!  Simply ask your server for the itemized copy of your guest check (not the charge card receipt) and give it to a troop member.  Questions?  Kristie KimClick here for the flyer.

First Time Campers – Historian Report

By Cameron Beem       

            This year’s first time campers was a blast! We started welcoming campers at about 8:00 to 9:00 am. Some of the volunteers had camped out the night before and planned, others were helping set up bright and early. We took all of the group pictures first, and we had a new patrol of campers this year, the orange patrol! While we took the pictures, the campers were learning about a new way to carry their water bottle, a jug knot! A jug knot is a knot tied just below the cap of the water bottle, and has a larger loop that can be worn around a campers torso. Next, we walked them down and helped them set up. I took some pictures here as well. Once they were set up, they enjoyed a lunch of burgers and hot dogs, while some of the scout volunteers started to prepare Dutch oven dinners. After lunch, campers were told about their super activities that they would be doing. They were birdwatching, gardening, archery, fly fishing, and new this year, a climbing wall!

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              The stewards (people who distribute food and take pictures and handle trash, etc.) took a lot of pictures of these events. The campers enjoyed all of the activities, and this went until about 5:00. During this time, I helped with lighting the Dutch oven dinners, and getting charcoal and matches. When the campers came back, they made small foil dinners, which had potatoes, vegetables, and different kinds of meat. They also had stew, (Because the foil dinners were small) which they really enjoyed. Then, I was just walking around, taking some pictures, and I saw Katie Feng, one of the leaders of this program. So, I went up and asked her if I could be the MC (Master of Ceremonies) for the campfire that evening. She said yes, because she knew that I did a lot of acting, and had a pretty loud voice. So after dinner, I announced the skits and quieted down the campers, and I think I did pretty well, even though the campers were quite a rowdy bunch, and I had to quiet them down often. So after the campfire, which of course had marshmallows, I sat down in a circle for cracker barrel. Cracker barrel is when all of the volunteers go and talk about things that went well, didn’t go well, and things that they were looking forward to, or were waiting to see improved. After the cracker barrel, I went up to the big tent and slept. And even though there was a lot of thunder, I slept like a rock.


              The next morning, we went to get breakfast ready for the campers. They had all noticed the pouring rain and lightning last night, but it didn’t seem to affect that they slept well. After breakfast, they did more super activities, which were all based on the trail. While they were gone, we cleaned up trash and got ready for lunch, which was sandwiches. After lunch, everyone enjoyed a closing ceremony, and we took closing group pictures, and the campers left. It was a great event, and a great cause!