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Troop 17 Open House December 16, 2014

campfireTroop 17 cordially invites all current Webelos and other boys and their parents interested in Boy Scouting to our Troop Open House on Tuesday December 16, 2014 from 7:00-8:15PM at the Church of the Incarnation, 1465 Incarnation Drive, Charlottesville, VA (map).

We will be making camp doughnuts, starting and building a campfire with flint and steel, pitching tents, and playing a game of Scouting trivia with prizes.  This will be a fun and informative event to show what Troop 17 has to offer and answer any questions you may have about Boy Scouting or our Troop.

Please Contact Us if you would like to RSVP, have questions, or would like to discuss Troop 17 with our Scoutmaster.

Stations of the Cross Project

Stations of the Cross projectTroop 17’s current service project for our sponsor, Church of the Incarnation, is to rebuild and restore 15 plaques on its Stations of the Cross trail.  Over the past several weeks, we have been cutting and drilling tiles, cutting and staining pieces of wood the tiles are mounted to, welding mounting bolts onto the bronze figurines, and then assembling these items.  Finished plaques are then mounted on wooden pedestals spread out along the trail.

We had a very productive work session last Sunday, and several of the plaques are completed and we are nearly done the others.  The project should be done in the next few weeks.

Boy Scout Troop 17

Boy Scout Troop 17 offers an adventure-based program rooted in the traditions of the Boy Scouts of America that encourages effective character, leadership, citizenship, and fitness development. As a boy-led troop, we always seek to have fun while guiding young men along their path to Eagle.

Activities include camping, backpacking, climbing, boating, biking, high adventure, STEM, and community service. We place special emphasis on mentoring new Scouts.  Troop meetings are held Tuesdays at 7:00pm in the Parish Activities Center at Church of the Incarnation, 1465 Incarnation Drive, Charlottesville, VA.

NRAO STEM Campout November 8-9

telescopes-2000Boy Scout Troop 17 invites local Webelos and their parents to our STEM weekend at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV on November 8th-9th.  This has been a very popular and fun event for both Scouts and Webelos considering joining our troop over the years. You have the choice of camping under the stars or staying in the NRAO bunkhouse.

The NRAO site at Green Bank is one of the leading radio astronomy sites in the world, and offers the unique chance for the boys to operate a real radio telescope and collect data from light years away!

Program: Scouts and parents will be involved with the following activities:

  1. Tour the NRAO facility and see the worlds largest steerable radio telescope up close
  2. Explore the solar system and Milky Way – Scouts will operate a 40-foot radio telescope
  3. Star Lab Planetarium – Learn about major and minor constellations
  4. Activity/Learn about light pollution
  5. Activity/Learn about and go on a hunt to find radio pollution
  6. Make an optical telescope and use it
  7. Use planetarium software to simulate phases of the moon
  8. Boy Scouts will earn the Astronomy Merit Badge
  9. Webelos will earn the Astronomy Belt Loop


  • Saturday Lunch:  Bring a bag lunch
  • Saturday Dinner: Included in cost – Eat in Cafeteria
  • Sunday Breakfast: Included in cost – Eat in Cafeteria
  • Sunday Lunch: Included in cost – Boxed lunch

What to Bring:

  • Scout uniform
  • Bag lunch for Saturday
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Tent and flashlight (if camping)
  • Toiletries
  • Card games/other games for evening entertainment

Cost: $32.00 per person DUE BY OCTOBER 24, 2014 (includes program, dormitory accommodations and cafeteria meals).  For more information or to signup, please contact us.

Griffin’s Eagle Court of Honor

Griffin Eagle COHCongratulations to Troop 17’s newest Eagle, Griffin, who held his Eagle Court of Honor after the regular Troop 17 Court of Honor Tuesday evening September 30, 2014.  Griffin is Troop 17’s 108th Eagle, and fourth Eagle in 2014.

Call for TARC Team Members

Troop 17 TARC Test Flight with G77 Motor

Troop 17 TARC Test Flight with G77 Motor

Troop 17 is once again competing in the Team America Rocketry Challenge.  Any Troop 17 Scouts in 7th-12th grade are eligible to compete and are welcomed on our team – no previous model rocketry experience necessary.  We generally meet weekly for rocket design and build and team planning sessions. Practice and official qualification flights take place on the weekends at nearby organized rocket launches.  We hope to qualify for the US National Finals which will be held in May 2015 in The Plains, VA.

For more information, please checkout our TARC webpage.  If you are a member of Troop 17 and are interested in TARC, or if you are not a member of Troop 17 but are interested in joining our troop, please fill out our contact form.

JMU Football Campout

JMU1Troop 17 participated in the JMU football campout this weekend.  Scouts and parents got tickets to see the JMU Dukes take on Delaware at Bridgeforth Stadium, then we had dinner, watched a movie on the video screen, and camped right on the field.  There was also time for a game of touch football.  The weekend was fun and a big success, and we’ll plan on making this an annual event.

Our Troop’s History

Founded in 1934, Troop 17 is the oldest continuously operating Troop in the Charlottesville area.  We are part of the Monticello District of the Stonewall Jackson Area Council and the youth ministry at the Church of the Incarnation.  Our dedicated and highly trained adult leadership team offers over 40 years total BSA leadership experience.  Since our first Eagle in 1938, 108 young men from Troop 17 have earned Scouting’s highest honor, including four in 2014. Troop 17 Scouts attain the rank of Eagle at four times the national average rate.  Read More

Troop Events

Recent summer activities include Camp Shenandoah, scuba diving at Florida Sea Base, a 100 mile canoe trek at Northern Tier, and backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch. Troop activities include camping, biking, hiking, rock climbing, outdoor cooking, orienteering and STEM. We help new Scouts jumpstart their scouting career by encouraging them to earn the rank of First Class within their first year.  Read More


Troop 17 welcomes Webelos from area Cub Scout packs as well as families who have recently moved to Charlottesville.  Scouts of all faiths and denominations are welcomed and encouraged to join.  We feel Troop 17 has much to offer, and would welcome the opportunity to host interested Scouts and their parents at our Troop Open House on December 16, 2014 or another meeting or activity. For more information or to arrange a visit, please contact us.

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