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.
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!
Troop 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.
Several Scouts from Troop 17 earned their Environmental Science Merit Badge at Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach today. Afterwards, Scouts and their families got to enjoy the high ropes adventure courses at the Virginia Aquarium.
Troop 17 has earned the Boy Scouts of America’s 2014 Journey to Excellence Gold Award. This prestigious award recognizes the top 10% of Boy Scout units nationwide, and is presented to Troops based on a thorough assessment of overall program quality including rank advancement, Webelos-to-Scout transition, camping, community service, patrol method and boy leadership development, training, and budgeting and planning.
2011 Troop 17 Eagle Scout Daniel Poehailos will be biking across the USA from Providence, RI to Seattle, WA this summer to raise money and awareness for the affordable housing organization “Bike & Build.” Read More and Donate to Daniel’s Fundraiser!
Scouts in Troop 17’s STEM program had a great visit to the National Air and Space Museum on April 11, 2015 in fulfillment of a requirement for the “Shoot” STEM/Nova award. We focused on the Apollo program and how the United States was able to successfully send men to the moon in only eight years after President Kennedy rallied the nation around this ambitious goal.
Scouts saw the real Apollo 11 command module and even got to touch a real moon rock! We also saw many other historical airplanes and spacecraft, including the Spirit of St. Louis and the Wright Brothers Flyer, and we learned how airplanes fly with numerous hands-on exhibits and simulators. We also saw the 3D IMAX movie “Journey Into Space” which described how NASA hopes to land humans on Mars in the 2030’s.
Our first Troop activity with our new Scouts who just crossed over was indoor rock climbing at Rockytop in Charlottesville. The staff at Rockytop did a fantastic job of leading the Scouts as they earned the Rock Climbing merit badge. We learned how to boulder, belay, and repel, and had a fun day climbing.
Troop 17’s TARC team completed our qualification flights March 21-22 in Culpepper, VA. We have submitted our scores to the TARC national contest and are waiting to hear if we will be invited to the TARC Finals in May!
Troop 17’s annual Weaver Cabin campout and service project for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club from February 6-8, 2015 was a big success! We chopped wood to restock the cabin, held Patrol Leader training, hiked on the Appalachian Trail, cooked some great meals, and watched the movie “October Sky” to satisfy one of the Citizen in the Community merit badge requirements. As always, we had a great time at Weaver and look forward to next year!