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NRAO STEM Campout December 3-4, 2016

Boy Scout Troop 17 invites local Webelos and their parents to our STEM weekend at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV on December 3-4, 2016.  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

Meals:NRAO_logo

  • 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

 

NRAO STEM Campout and Electronics Merit Badge

Troop 17 hosted Webelos from area Packs this weekend at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, WV.  Scouts learned about NRAO and the Green Bank Telescope (GBT), the largest steerable dish radio telescope in the world.  Scouts then earned the Electronics merit badge, including numerous experiments involving the construction and experimentation with circuits to learn how electronic components like resistors, capacitors, diodes and transistors work.  Each Scout then learned how to solder and built a circuit board using LEDs, transistors, resistors, capacitors and a power switch that blinked a series of LEDs.

We also camped under the stars and had a great time at night using telescopes to observe planets and stars, and also playing light-up frisbee, football and soccer.

IIHS STEM Tour and “Start Your Engines” Award

As part of our work on the “Start Your Engines” STEM/Nova award, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) hosted Troop 17 for a highly informative presentation and tour of their research facilities in Rucversville, VA.  Through this unique opportunity, our STEM program participants learned a tremendous amount about automobile design and safety, the latest in crash avoidance technology, the physics of automobile crashes, and how IIHS helps improve safety.

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

Meals:NRAO_logo

  • 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.

Oceana Naval Airshow and Camping

The Oceana Naval Airshow is a long-time Troop 17 favorite, with camping at First Landing State Park at Virginia Beach and a day attending one of the premier airshows in the US at the Navy’s eastern master jet base, Oceana Naval Air Station.  The Blue Angels capped off an incredible show that also included numerous acrobatic aircraft, an air power demo by the US Navy, and the Shockwave jet powered truck.

 

Mountain Biking

Troop 17 went mountain biking at Preddy Creek Park in northern Albemarle County today.  It was an awesome experience, and we had fun riding on the trails and takin some time to refresh ourselves in the creek too.  Scouts also learned about bike maintenance and safety.

Mountain Biking

Summer Camp 2015

Troop 17 went to Summer Camp during the first week at Camp Shenandoah in Swoope,VA.  Most Scouts participated in the Timber Mountain first year program, concentrating on fun while learning Scouting fundamentals, skills, and rank advancements.  Troop 17 got to lead one of the evening flag ceremonies, and once again earned Honor Troop.  It was another great summer camp at Camp Shenandoah!

STEM “Shoot!” Award

TrebuchetTroop 17 STEM program participants built trebuchets as part of the “Shoot!” STEM/Nova award.  Scouts learned how trebuchets work, gained skills building their trebuchet, and then had a target shooting competition where they learned how to adjust their trebuchet so they could use the principles of projectile motion to hit a target.

In fulfillment of another requirement for “Shoot!” the boys also built calibrated projectile launchers and took experimental data that allowed them to analyze and explain the relationship between force, angle and distance traveled of a projectile.  We also earned the Space Exploration merit badge in fulfillment of “Shoot!” requirements, including the building and launching of model rockets.

“Shoot!” was a very hands-on STEM badge that gave the Scouts many real-world opportunities to build, experiment, analyze and explain how projectile motion works.

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