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NRAO STEM Campout November 14-15, 2015

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 14-15, 2015.  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 Electronics Merit Badge
  9. Webelos will work on Webelos Adventures in Science elective


  • 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


Troop 17 Open House December 1, 2015

Troop 17 cordially invites all current Webelos and other boys and their parents interested in Boy Scouting to our Troop Open House on Tuesday December 1, 2015 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 to RSVP, if you have questions, or would like to discuss Troop 17.

October 2015 Backpacking

Troop 17’s backpacking trip in the George Washington National Forest from October 10-11, 2015 was very successful and fun!  We hiked on a trail that was at times challenging, with multiple stream crossings and numerous technical elements.  We also worked on numerous Scout rank advancement requirements and had a blast!  We are already looking forward to our next backpacking adventure.

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