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Time to update your health forms

All 502 youth and adults need to have a current BSA Health form and a copy of the front and back sides of your current health insurance cards on file. If you have not submitted a new health form this fall, please fill out both Part A and Part B of this Health form and bring it to the meeting Monday. Every person attending Camporee must have these to attend.

How to get a Merit Badge

Merit Badges are easy to earn. We do some as a group in Troop 502, as a patrol, or at summer camp, but scouts can also earn Merit Badges on their own. All you have to do is:

  1. choose a merit badge you want to earn
  2. complete and email your blue card to your Scoutmaster at who will sign and approve your card and help you find a counselor if you don’t have one.

NOTE – You may not start or complete a merit badge until approved to begin by a leader. You must work with a counselor approved for training with that merit badge.

BSA Mecklenburg County Council lists several merit badge opportunities. Check back frequently as these are updated regularly.

Bryan on Scouting lists 58 badges Scouts can complete at home

Daniel Boone Council offers several virtual Merit Badges

Virtual/Online Merit Badge Listings is a great site with a big list of Eagle Required Badges and Elective MBs you can earn. There are also Self-Paced Programs, Virtual Counselors, and Other Resources.  You have to click the links to find the low-cost and free programs. While some of the below programs charge a fee, if you follow the above 1 & 2 you can complete Merit Badges in person for no charge.

ScoutSmarts has some good Merit Badge Guides including The 3 Easiest Merit Badges That You Can Earn in 2021

An online search for “BSA merit badges online” or “BSA Merit Badge Carolina 2023” or “BSA Merit Badge College 2024” also give good results.


No troop meeting tonight. Please keep a watch on BAND for upcoming weekend trip announcement and sign up.

Recruiting Help Needed tomorrow 9/21 at Elon Park Elementary

Recruiting Help Needed tomorrow 9/21 at Elon Park. Come in Uniform at 5:30pm. Would like a minimum of two scouts and a couple of troop adults. Should be about an hour of handing out fliers, talking about 502, and getting them to complete the sign in sheet. Pack parents are also attending, but they are still new to this.. Thank you!


Hope your weekend and summer were great! It’s that time of year again to get excited and decide what YOU want to do this year in Scouting!

At HUMC on Monday 9/4 @6:30 we will have the meeting to plan our year. Everyone NEEDS to bring 2 ideas for a monthly meeting topic and corresponding main event with suggestions for logistics (cost, campground, travel distance, other activities). Bring your school calendar. All PLC members are expected to attend and ALL SCOUTS who would like to have a say in what we do this year should attend. Also any parents who plan on attending some trips this it might be helpful to have you at the meeting as well, depending on your scheduling flexibility.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me directly ( (scouts remember to include another adult as well), email the SM and/or ASM email address, or ask your SPL.

Lukas Hess, ASM

S.E.A.L.S. leadership training opportunity

Nov 10 is S.E.A.L.S. Scouts Excited About Leadership Skills leadership training weekend

If you have never taken SEALS training, and are under age 14, and are serving in a position of leadership at Troop 502 now or if you want to have a leadership position in the fall, and you have completed ISLT Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (which we will offer this fall), and you want to attend SEALS leadership training, SEALS is for YOU.
This is a first come first served opportunity so if qualified and interested, please email ASAP to , &

BSA Kodiak Challenge 2023

Planning meeting 9/23

The rarely offered BSA Kodiak Challenge is being offered by the Mecklenburg County Council this fall. Kodiak is an application of the leadership training and skills you have learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST), S.E.A.L.S. and Top Gun / NYLT, and you need to have completed Top Gun prior to applying for Kodiak. This course is will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone – a Scouting adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant. This is not a troop activity.

If you choose to join the 2023 BSA Kodiak event, please bring the following to the planning meeting:
A, B & C Medical Form
Code of Conduct Form
Arrive in Class A
Please plan to bring your own lunch. Snacks will be provided.
Bring your ideas for Fall High Adventure Weekends and locations.

Participants who attend all three sessions will receive the Kodiak Challenge Medal, and Kodiak Claw necklace. 

Course Dates:

Planning Meeting: September 23rd

Weekend One: October 20th- October 22nd, 

Weekend Two: November 3rd-5th

Detailed info about the Challenge is here and registration is at Registration is by individual participants.

Miles D. Eagle Scout project – help needed!

Miles will be performing his Eagle scout project on June 24th and 25th at Anne Springs Close Greenway, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

He will be removing two old picnic tables and building two new ones in their place, outside the PAR garden.

Scouts should bring safety goggles and gloves if you have them, and wear clothes you can get dirty in.

Lunch and water will be provided. Community Service hours will be given to all scouts that can help.

Please email Miles at if you can assist.

Januda S. Eagle Project Info – Help Needed!

Januda will be starting his Eagle Scout project on June 17th. Below please find a link to participate as well as information about the project. All scouts that help will be credited with service hours. If you have any questions please contact Januda at!/showSignUp/9040f4fa8a629abfa7-eagle

Here is the basic information about the project:

Address: McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 28212

It is located at the smaller dog park. After the entrance, walk down the main walkway, and turn on the first left. 

Time: Saturday, June 17th, 8am to 6pm

Project Description:

We are building a concrete pad and lifting concrete structures. We will dig into the ground and create the forms for the concrete. Using an electric concrete mixer, we will pour the concrete into the form. After that, an already-made concrete bench will be placed on top of the pad.

What to bring:

  • Shovels
  • Work boots
  • Eye protection
  • Gloves
  • Masks(for dust)
  • Wheelbarrow (if you have one)
  • 5 gallon buckets

Water, lunch, and snacks will be provided. Please let me know if you have any questions

Troop Meeting Update

Just a reminder that there are no further troop meetings for the remainder of June. Upcoming July events are the high adventure trip and summer camp. Enjoy your summer!

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