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Scout Gift Exchange/PoR Elections

posted Dec 6, 2015, 12:59 PM by Aaron Ortwein   [ updated Dec 6, 2015, 1:01 PM ]

Troop 007:  We completely change out the Troop's boy leadership twice a year.  We will hold our elections for the first half of 2016 on Monday, December 21st on the same evening as our 10 year anniversary and holiday gift exchange party.  For those boys who are First Class or above in rank, you know that taking on a Position of Responsibility (PoR) is required for advancement.  As Boy Scout troops are run by the boys, this leadership is critical to a successful troop.

I've attached a detailed description of all the PoRs available.  They include requirements for participation and expectations.  See your Scout Handbook for listings that help you with advancement.  There are two types of PoRs, some that are elected by the scouts and some that are appointed by the Scoutmaster.  We have many boys that need PoRs for advancement so you may not always get your preferred choice of position.  Elected position candidates will be required to give a short speech (1-2 minutes) about why you are interested and qualified for the position (and why the boys should vote for you).  

I need to know of your interest in a PoR by Monday, December 7th, 2015.

Thanks, Mr. Bishop.

Genesee High Ropes Adventure

posted Nov 1, 2011, 4:03 PM by Jim Brent   [ updated Nov 21, 2011, 4:53 PM ]

The November 4th camp out and high ropes trip was very successful... We were off of Route 82 North of Baltimore at the Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center .
More pictures will be posted later... 

For more information, visit the Genesee Valley Website.

AT Hike Backpack Trip in West Virginia

posted Oct 3, 2011, 5:05 PM by Michael Cousino   [ updated Oct 24, 2011, 5:00 PM by Jim Brent ]

October 8th & 9th, Troop 007 continuing its exploration of the Appalachian Mountains from Harpers Ferry. WE trekked 13 miles in full packs for an overnight stay on the trail... We started at Harper's Ferry with the Day Hiking crew of younger Scouts who proceeded north on the trail for 5.5 miles. 

The overnight hikers, proceeded south for a total of 13 miles over two days.
We'll post come pictures soon...

Old Rag Hike

posted Sep 12, 2011, 4:51 PM by Troop 007   [ updated Oct 3, 2011, 4:51 PM ]

Old Rag near the top.

On September 14th, Troop 007 again hiked Old Rag Mountain.

The troop had a good time and here are the details and arrangements:

Driving Directions are on the Resource page in the Old Rag Folder (near the bottom.)

Camping is back, and so is hiking! This weekend is our annual (OK, two years) trip to the Shenandoah mountains for camping, along with Hiking Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park.

When:  We are meeting at the church between 3:45 pm and 4 pm – leaving no later than 4 in order to get to our camping area (property of Scouter George Beattie in Woodstock, VA) before we lose the light.  It will be about a 2.5 hour drive with traffic.  Directions are attached (let me know if you cannot open them, or check our website, where they are posted).

What to bring:  For Friday night, bring your dinner to eat on the road.  For Saturday’s hike, bring a good day pack and two water bottles (i.e., Nalgenes) already filled.  Also, if you are in the patrol led by Chris Conover and Clark Demaree (see attached trip roster), you should plan to bring a lunch for Saturday’s hike, as well.  I recommend that everyone (in both patrols) bring trail mix, beef jerky, dried fruit – anything you normally use on a hike to prevent bonking on the trail.  Also, you WILL need good, broken-in hiking boots!  This is an 8-mile circuit hike, taking in a climb to the top of a 3,300-foot mountain.  There will be some rough terrain, including rock scrambling.

Weather:  Right now, this looks a bit like a fall camping trip, rather than a summer one.  The highs are expected to be in the mid to upper 60s (nice for hiking), with lows right at 50 degrees or even a tad cooler.  Bring real sleeping bags, not fleece bags.  The chance for rain is fairly low: 10-30 percent.  But be prepared – bring rain gear and plan to pack it in your day pack for the hike.   There will normally be a breeze on the mountain, so the extra layer will not hurt.

Money:  There will be a parking fee at the Old Rag trail head ($15 per car load), because we will be in the national park at that point.   Contributions to your driver will be welcome.   Ditto for gas money.  Food costs will be settled up afterwards, as per normal practice.  There is no camping or “program” fee for this one.

We will be rising early on Saturday to get on the road and get to the mountain.  We plan to be there no later than 9 am to get on the trail promptly.  Crowds build rapidly after that.


This will be a great trip.  Old Rag is one of the best mountains in the East for views and fun climbing.  And Mr. Beattie has a great set-up for camping.  See everyone on Friday!

Sea Base 2011

posted Aug 5, 2011, 8:04 PM by Troop 007   [ updated Aug 5, 2011, 9:03 PM ]

The Troop sent two crews to Sea Base's Out Island adventure this year.

All Scouts had a great time and look forward to the Troop's next High Adventure at Philmont Scout Reservation next year.

The Details and our pictures can be found here... 

Service hours at St. Andrew's

posted Apr 10, 2011, 3:04 PM by Troop 007   [ updated Apr 10, 2011, 3:08 PM ]

We recently helped out our sponsor with their spring landscaping...

Service Hours

Scouting For food 2011

posted Mar 6, 2011, 5:31 AM by Troop 007   [ updated Mar 6, 2011, 2:06 PM ]

Do a good Turn daily... part of the Scout Oath... a Boy Scout promises to help other people at all times. By participating in a Scouting for Food program, scouts come a step closer to fulfilling those words. Across the country, in many councils and districts, thousands of troops and packs with millions of scouts involved collect tens of millions of pounds of food which is distributed to needy neighbors. If your troop or pack is not involved in a local program, or if there is not a program in place, this is a great opportunity for you to help improve your scouting program.

Here is our latest group of Scouts who participated in this valuable program.

This is how it works:

    * Bags are distributed to homes with instructions on pick-up date - usually the next weekend.
    * Full bags are collected.
    * Bags are delivered to food bank.

This year we distributed the bags on Saturday February 26 and picked up 70 Bags on Saturday March 5, 2011 adn delivered them to the Food Bank.

Our Scouting for Food co ordinator is Mrs. Lisa Colangelo.

(Thanks to the Boy Scout Trail for much of this information: (used with permission,)
and to Cub Scout Pack 400 for the image which we modified: )


posted Jan 13, 2011, 5:30 PM by Jim Brent

Just to confirm, we will have a troop meeting this Monday, January 17, as normally scheduled, despite the holiday.
We will be starting the planning process for the upcoming Klondike Derby, which is being held Saturday, 29 January at McKeldin Area, Patapsco State Park.  As in the past, we are volunteering to run our traditional station on the Cub Scout trail, so we will need a good turnout during the day at the park.  We also will be camping out that night (Saturday, 29 January) for those hardy Scouts willing to prepare themselves for winter campign.  NOTE:  This is a change from the previous schedule.  We have switched the camping night from Friday to Saturday, for feasibility's sake. This will avoid having to rush around on Friday afternoon to get camp set up before nightfall.  We will have more time on Saturday following the conclusion of the event.  Just keep your fingers crossed that it does not snow so much that they close the park (as it did last year).
Please come to the troop meeting prepared to let us know whether you can come to Klondike (a) for the day, and/or (b) for camping Saturday night. Thanks!

Cooking Merit Badge Session - SUCCESS

posted Jan 3, 2011, 1:25 PM by Troop 007   [ updated Jan 23, 2011, 3:20 AM by Jim Brent ]

We had a very successful Merit Badge Session and 12 Scouts completed their Cooking Merit Badge requriements, three Scouts just started the badge at this sessions and will complete the remaining requirements after a little more work...


Saturday 22 January 2011 at Assistant Scoutmaster Jim Brent's Home from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.... (Corrected Date)

We will be finishing the Cooking Merit Badge Requirements for anyone who has been working towards them and wishes to attend. We will be preparing a meal with dessert for all to eat for lunch . We'll calculate the costs once everyone is signed up... (Cost is based on the number of participants and the amount of food we need to purchase.) You will need to email to Mr. Brent by 15 January 2011 if you wish to participate.

The main thrusts of the session is 
  1. Food Safety review and utensil maintenance, (the easy way...) 
  2. The US FDA Food pyramid and calculating the nutritional value of the meals from your patrol's last camp out -
     - along with how to calculate portions and costs...
  3.  Some Campfire cooking and baking tips, (baking will be on the Dutch Oven Cooking.) 
The downloads can be found at our Cooking Web page at: Troop 007 Agents of Cooking...

Philmont 2012

posted Dec 31, 2010, 2:51 PM by Troop 007   [ updated Jan 3, 2011, 2:10 PM ]

I am scheduling a meeting for Monday, January 10 at 8 pm (we will have PLC at 7 that evening) to provide information and answer any questions you might have about what a Philmont expedition entails, the process of preparing, costs, etc.  We'll try to keep it under an hour.  Here is the basic info:
1. Dates:  Philmont has given us the dates of August 4-16, 2012.
2. Cost: The expedition fee will be $740 per person, payable in three installments.  The first is a $100 deposit, which is due to Philmont by February 25, 2011.  Half-payments of the remainder (2 X $320) are due Oct. 1, 2011 and March 1, 2012.  There will be additional costs for travel and 1-2 nights' accommodations bookending the expedition.  Philmont does offer a "scholarship" program that would cover half the expedition fee.
3. Age requirement:  Each boy must be 14, or be 13 and have completed the eighth grade (i.e., a rising ninth grader) at arrival at Philmont. 
4. Crews:  We have pre-registered for two crews, meaning that we have potential space for up to 24 individuals, including as many as 20 boys.  Right now, the sign up list includes 12 boys and five adults.  That would function as two crews of 8 and 9 respectively (crews are 7-12 people).  Once we finalize commitments from our troop, we may be able to open up some slots for neighboring troops.
We will need to be prompt and give this some focused attention in order to set the crew sizes and make the deposit payment by February 25.  I will be the conduit to Philmont for any questions you need answered during this period.
This will be a great adventure! (JRA)

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