October 18, 2017

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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

Troop 55 Open House – Saturday, 10/21, 10:30am-12pm

Check out Troop 55 and join us in Jamboree on the Air!   

When:  Saturday, October 21 – 10:30am until 12pm

Where:  Saint Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA 22066

Troop 55 will host an open house for those interested in Boy Scouts (scout-led programs for boys 11 years old or who’ve completed 5th grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award) or in Venturing for girls and boys agjota-joti-2017e 14-21.  We’ll have two ham radios going, internet access, flag-signaling, Morse-code activities and more!  Visit Troop 55 to join the fun and learn more about our programs.  Click here to learn more about BSA’s Jamboree on the Air.

A new home for your old bike! Saturday, 10/21, 10am-12pm

Put your old bike to good use by donating it to Bikes for the World.  Help Troop 55 partner with Saint Francis Episcopal Church and the Rotary Club of Great Falls to support the Bikes for the World effort.  CliBikesfortheWorldck here for the flyer and go to www.bikesfortheworld.org for more information.

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.  

Jamboree on the Air – Amateur Radio and Camping at St. Francis

Jamboree on the Air – October 20-21, 2017AmateurRadio

Where: St. Francis Episcopal Church, Great Falls, VA

Time: Arrive at 7:00 PM Friday, Oct 20.  Finish by 4:00 PM Saturday, Oct. 21

Jamboree on the Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world and uses amateur radio to link scouts and ham radio operators throughout the world.  Scouts who arrive on Friday evening will setup for JOTA and JOTI then enjoy flashlight code competition and camping.  JOTA-JOTI events are on Saturday, including a Troop 55 Open House.  To read more, to signup or Pay via PayPal, click here.

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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