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Merit Badge Opportunities

For interested scouts, following please find some local merit badge opportunities as well as service project opportunities. Scouts will need to register on their own, and provide transportation to and from the event.

Belk Scout Camp Merit badge opportunities and conservation service hours available Saturdays in October

October 17, 24 & 31 2020 Conservation Service Projects

October 24, 2020–Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge

October 31, 2020–Forestry Merit Badge

November 21, 2020 –Conservation Service Project

October 31, 2020–Stamp Collecting Merit Badge (at St. Sarkis Church)

Visit for details, registration, 2020 Conservation Guide, merit badge requirements, pre-course homework, COVID-19 precautions and forms

Troop Updates

Troop meeting tonight – 7 p.m. in front of Hammill Hall


Invitations have been automatically generated to emails of parents regarding our migration from Troopmaster to Scoutbook. enables parents to track their Scout’s progress and advancements. There is also an mobile app as well. If you did not receive an email invitation that allows you to log on, please email Cindy McGuffin at cindyd@mcguffin.usa

Scout Dues

Scout dues will remain at $250 with no increase this year. Scouts have already been invoiced for the re-charter fee of $60 ($72 with Boys Life subscription). Since we have started back with regular meetings, we will now be issuing invoices for the balance of $190. If you have already paid the re-charter fee, we thank you. There are still a few scouts that have not fulfilled that initial obligation, and we ask that you clear this balance as soon as possible.

If you are having difficulties with the payment, we ask that you reach out confidentially to Lisa Sampson, treasurer, at so that we can arrange a payment plan that will fit your needs.


High Adventure trip scout/parent meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Troop meeting for all other scouts to begin at 7 p.m. Class B uniform required. Please bring a chair and meet outside Hammill Hall.

One last meeting reminder..

Sorry for the barrage of emails today. One last reminder to scouts attending leadership training…if you have already received ILST paperwork recently please bring all items to training.


For those that ordered Autobell, the cards will be available for pick up at our Sept 21st troop meeting. Thank you!

ILST training starts tonight!

A reminder that the following scouts are to attend leadership training tonight and tomorrow morning. Meet at Hammill Hall and bring a chair to sit on…we will meet tonight from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday morning session is 8 am to 9:30 am – no uniforms required

  • Gabe
  • Joseph
  • Ryan
  • Januda
  • Aidan
  • Jack
  • Cameron
  • Yasindu
  • Varshi
  • Jathin (Friday night only)

PLC planning tomorrow 9:30 am to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided or you can bring your own.















Leadership Training Weekend Location Update

Since we do not yet have access to indoor classrooms at the church, the leadership training this Friday night/Saturday morning will take place near Hammill Hall. Please bring a chair. In the case of inclement weather we will set up a shelter.

Please refer to the troop email from Sept 8th to check if you are on the required list to attend, or refer to the “troop news” tab on our website

Youth Leadership Training & PLC planning this weekend

BSA requires all Youth Leaders to be “trained to position”; completing Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) fulfills this requirement.

The following scouts are requested to attend the second/final ILST this Friday, Sept 11th from 6 p.m. -8:30pm (Sessions 1 & 2) and Saturday, Sept 12th from 8am-9:30am (Session 3). Scouts will meet at the church, exact location there to be advised. Uniforms are not needed. Scouts with a leadership position or anticipated leadership position in the upcoming troop year are expected to be in attendance. Failure to complete this mandatory training may affect your leadership role.

  • Gabe
  • Joseph
  • Ryan
  • Januda
  • Aidan
  • Jack
  • Cameron
  • Yasindu
  • Varshi
  • Jathin (Session 1 still required, need to attend Friday night only )

Jared, Ben, Braeden, Miles and John have already completed training. You do not have to attend Friday night or Saturday morning.

Following ILST, Troop 502’s new PLC will have our Annual Planning meeting 9:30am to 2pm on Saturday Sept. 12th. Pizza lunch will be provided or you may bring your own lunch.

Each Scout should bring two or three detailed plans for the Troop’s monthly activities and is encouraged to use

The following Scouts are requested/expected to attend:

  • Gabe
  • Joseph
  • Jared
  • Joel
  • Aidan
  • Jathin
  • Miles
  • Jack
  • Cameron
  • Yasindu
  • John
  • Ben

Attendance is encouraged but optional for the following scouts

Ryan, Januda and Braden

If you cannot make the Friday and Saturday session please email both Mr. Fisher ( and Mr. Hess ( with a valid reason for not being able to attend.

Autobell Drop-Off Tonight!

A final reminder that I will be in the parking lot near Hammill Hall tonight from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. only for Autobell order drop off. Order must be paid in full by tonight.

If you wish to order however cannot make it up to the church tonight, please email me today at so that I may invoice you. Since I am placing the order tomorrow, all orders must be paid for in full by tonight. Cost is $20 per card with $10 going back to scout’s account.

Thanks, Cindy

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