January 16, 2018

Latest Annoucements

Register Now! January 13-14th Bull Run Outing

When:     January 13-14, 2018
Where:    Bull Run Shooting Center,         Centerville, VA and Camp William B. Snyder, Haymarket, VA

Time:      Arrive at the St. Francis parking lot at 8:00am, January 14

                 Return to  Great Falls Library mid afternoon on Sunday, January 15

Scouts will enjoy shotgun shooting at Bull Run Shooting Center and winter car camping at Camp Snyder.  Scouts will take part in a “Learn to Shoot” class beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, where they will learn gun safety, handling and cleaning of a shotgun and then each will take turns shooting skeet.  Scouts will then leave or Camp Snyder for scout skills reviews and overnight tent camping. Register now!

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Register for Summer Camp 2018 – 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.

*FEES: **Early Bird Special -Before March 1, 2018 – $475.00 (SAVE $50.00) 

After March 1, 2018 – $550.00.  For new scouts who join Troop 55 after Feb 1, 2018, summer camp is $475 until May 1, then $550.


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!

Dolly Sods Backpacking Trip September – Scorpion’s Historian Report

By Kevin S.
This outing was a fantastic experience. It was the new scout’s first outing, and they had tons of fun. The weather was exceptionally nice compared to last year, as it was sunny all day and there was no rain.
We left the church in the morning and arrived at Dolly Sods a few hours later. We waited an hour for the last car of our patrol to show up, and went on the hike. Throughout our trip, we saw many pine forests, valleys, and streams. We also met many nice hikers, two of which told us where a perfect camping spot was and how to get to a beautiful sightseeing area. On the trail we sung songs and told stories to keep ourselves entertained and in high spirits. The new scouts did extremely well, leading the way and making the rest of us pick up our pace to catch up. They also worked on their navigation skills. Thankfully, we ended up in the right place.
At the campsite, we were greeted by a nice, cool area in a pine forest to set up camp. There was a fire pit with stone seats surrounding it, and a convenient stream gave us a supply of water. After dropping our bags off, Mr. Lion told us that we were going to hike another half hour to look at a huge valley. And so, we set off again.
The hike up was much easier, as we had no heavy packs to weigh us down. Once we reached the top, we looked around for the best place to see the view. The thirty minute hike was definitely worth it. A huge, vast valley could be seen. Houses appeared as small dots, and you could see everything from the top. We took some pictures, and sat down on the rocks and relaxed. 
After hiking back, we began to set up camp. We pitched our tents and began to set up dinner. Our efficiency proved to help. Several scouts taught the new scouts how to operate the backpacking stove, while two others were pumping water, providing us an infinite amount of fresh water for cooking. Within minutes, we were done cooking, and everyone was left with a full stomach of beef stroganoff. We spent the rest of the night sitting by the campfire telling stories.
The next day, we woke up at 7 AM and began to get breakfast ready. The air was frigid, and everyone was frozen stiff. We cooked a fast meal of apple cinnamon oatmeal, and we started to pack up. We got out of the camp at around 8:30and began to hike. We took no pack-off breaks, and barged our way through the path. 
We arrived the the parking lot at 11:15, finding out that we were sadly one of the last patrols to arrive. However, that did not matter. The trip was a great patrol bonding experience, and we all had lots of fun. DSCN8541

High Adventure Registration Form available!

Mandatory High Adventure Registration Form available!  The High Adventure (HA) Registration Form is MANDATORY for any scout interested in attending high adventure trips.  Complete the fillable form, then print and bring or submit it to our HA coordinator by the stated deadline.  Please see Mrs. Helen Zhou at a Wednesday meeting or contact her via email for any questions.  

2017 Bahamas Sailing High Adventure Trip – Historian Report

DSCF2549 2017 Bahamas Sailing High Adventure Trip

 by James Y. , Crew Historian


On Friday, April 7th, 2017, Alex B., Jack B., Joe Z., Jon B., Sam G., and myself James Y., along with two adult leaders Dr. Jackson and Mr. Ye, met up at Forestville Elementary School at 6:30 PM. We carpooled down to Dulles Airport, on the start of our Bahamas Sea Base Adventure. The first memories began with us flying down to Tampa, Florida..

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