Category: Troop News
1. Hammock Camping Class
Date: Saturday February 1st
Time: 9:00-12:00 Cost: free
Leader: Mr. Rector
Sign up: with Mrs. Rabon
Location: Forest Ridge Park meet in the large shelter by the playground.
Activity: Hammock camping class for anyone who wants to sleep in their hammock on camping trips. You must be hammock certified to sleep in your hammock. If you have already had this class you do not need to attend, but you are welcome to come for a refresher.
2. Troop Hike
Date: Saturday February 15th Time: 10:30- 1:30 (approximate)Distance: 5-6 miles Trail: Mountain to Sea Trail Leader: Mr. Rabon
Sign up: No RSVP required
Location: Meet at the Falls Lake Visitor Assistance Center (11405 Falls of Neuse Road). Be Prepared: Weather appropriate clothing and your 10 essentials.
3. Railroad Merit Badge Camping Trip
Date: Camping trip 2/21-2/23Location: NC Transportation Museum in Spencer NC Sign up:https://www.signupforms.com/registrations/21594
You will work on the merit badge in the morning and have free time to explore in the afternoon. If you like trains this is a trip for you!
4. Engineering Merit Badge Class
Date: Saturday March 7th
Time: 9:00-12:00 Cost: free
MB Counselor: Mr. Prichard
Location: St. Catherine’s Church
Sign up with Mrs. Rabon
5. Disability Awareness Merit Badge Class
Date: Saturday April 4th
Time: 9:00-12:00Cost: free
MB Counselor: Mr. Smith
Location: St. Catherine’s Church
Sign up with Mrs. Rabon
From Mr. Rector
As Mr. Deuger mentioned in his email about summer camp, we will have a high adventure option the week of July 5-11 at Camp Pipsico for adults and Scouts (14 and older for PEX, 13 and older for SCUBA). I have included the link for the camp’s high adventure programs. They are offering PEX (Pipsico Experience) and SCUBA, but, unfortunately, Sail Hampton Roads is not offered the week we are going. The cost of PEX is $475 for youth and $400 for adults. SCUBA is $645 for both youth and adults. There is a $20 discount for both programs if paid in full by 4/1/20. Base camp is available for leaders that are not interested in PEX or SCUBA and the fee is $140. Availability is limited for PEX (12 spots for youth, 2 for adults) and SCUBA (10 spots for youth, 2 for adults), so I would like to reserve spots as soon as possible. If you are interested in joining us for high adventure at Pipsico this summer, please let me know and I will start the reservation process.
From Mr. Deuger:
Now that the new years has passed and the cold winter wind blows we all look to the warmer days of summer and our best outing of the year, summer camp. Troop 511 has two different excursions to choose from this year. Mr. Rector is planning a high adventure trip to Pipsico in Virginia the week of July 5 to 11, he will be advising the troop on that trip soon. This year the troop is going to Camp Ho Non Wah for our regular summer camp the week of June 28 to July 4. Camp Ho Non Wah is outside Charleston SC on the Atlantic coast. Camp Ho Non Wah offers the Woodsman program for 1st year scouts, regular merit badge program and Bohicket Towne where you live like the settlers did in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. More information will be coming out about these programs soon. We are working on opening up the registration on our troop website and will have that going soon too. We want to get the early bird cost for camp so we are targeting to have all fees payed to the camp by May 1st. For the merit badge program the fee is $300, Woodsman program fee is $330 and Bohicket Towne cost is $370. In order to make the May 1st deadline all fees are due to the troop by April14th. Additional troop fees will apply for travel and lunch on the day we travel to camp, amount has yet to be determined. The fee for adults this year is $150 and I am hoping for the usual 8 leaders to accompany the scouts. Any questions or concerns, let me know. More information will be flooding out as the days go by.
We are having a few Troop hikes this winter (dates below). Great prep for the 14 mile backpacking trip in March or just because you enjoy hiking. Please come join us for some fresh air and exercise.
1. Come prepared with your 10 essentials in your day pack. Wear weather appropriate clothing and bring plenty of water.
2. Be on time and have a great attitude. Scouts, no RSVP is required but be on time. Parents, if your Scout arrives late you may NOT drop off your scout and tell him to catch up with us. You must hike with your Scout until you catch up with the group or choose to join us another day.
3. Return times are approximate and will depend on the pace of the group. If you are on a tight time schedule please join us for a different hike.
4. You must sign your Scout in and give us a emergency contact number. Do NOT drop your Scout off and leave.
5. If a non Troop 511 Scout (such as a sibling) wants to hike with us the parents must hike with us also. 6. Friendly dogs on leash are welcome.
1. January 18th (Sat) 10:15am – 11:45 (approx return time).
Wake Forest Reservoir- meet near the boat ramp. We will hike 4-5 miles.
2. February 15th (Sat) 10:15 amFalls Lake – exact location TBD.
Below is the link for the Council’s District hikes if you are interested in joining them. They host hikes the first Sunday of every month 2:00-4:00.
We hope to see many of you on Saturday by 10:15.
St. Catherine’s has asked us to change missals for the church next week, 11/26, before our meeting. Please help our Charter Organization and earn 1 hour of community service for rank advancement. If you are able to help, please meet in the chapel at 6pm.
Volunteer Opportunity on
December 8th from 2:00-5:30 pm.
Volunteer at ”The Christmas Shop” at Wake Forest United Methodist Church. I am the Youth Group Counselor in charge so Troop 511 has a special invitation to come help our community! You can also earn service hours if needed. You must sign up with me and come dressed in holiday spirit by wearing red or green and Santa or elf hats are encouraged.
The Christmas shop is a place for children ages 3 through 5th grade to come shop for items to give their parents, grandparents or siblings for Christmas. You will be volunteering as a ELF to help them shop or as a gift wrapper. Parents are welcome to volunteer as gift wrappers.
The Chirstmas Shop takes place Sunday, December 8, in the Familiy Life Center at Wake Forest United Methodists Church ( 903 S Main Street) Youth will arrive at 2pm to help with set-up, and will stay until 5:30pm to help with clean up.
All volunteers are encourage to get into the Christmas spirit and dress up in reds and greens, and santa hats, or something festive.
Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Saturday December 7th 12:00-3:00 at the church.
Free and taught by Mrs. Weidner.
You need to sign up with me by email (copy a parent) or at the Troop meeting. Parents, when you drop your scout off make sure I have a current contact number before you leave.
YIS, Mrs. Rabon
Important announcement: Our Popcorn Coronel said that there are still slots left for the booths at Louisburg and also at the Lowe’s Improvement at Wake Forest. Email her and ask for a slot if you still need sales.
Our Troop has been giving a fabulous opportunity to earn the Rifle and/or Shotgun Merit Badge with The Sir Walter Gun Club in Creedmoor. 1:1 instruction. They do this monthly with different Troops so they are very knowledgeable about Scouts.
If you are interested read carefully there is a lot of information.
The maximum number of scouts they allow is 20 and it will be first come first serve. I will start taking sign ups Monday night 8/12 at 6:00pm in the order I receive the emails. If space is still available you can also sign up with me in person at the Troop meeting. This gives everyone time to look at their calendars and have conversations with parents.
You MUST attend both days of their training.
Classroom training: Saturday October 5th 8:00- noon
Range Time: Saturday October 26th 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Ammunition for both Rifle and Shotgun is free to the scouts thanks to the NRA Grant.
Rifle – free
Shotgun- ammo is free but the cost is around $8 to cover their cost of clay targets. This will be charged to their scout accounts.
You will need to drive your scout or arrange to carpool.
The following is from Sir Walter Gun Club:
“Scouts MAY NOT bring ANY firearms with them.”
“Scouts must shoot our rifles and shotguns. They are all youth model guns that will fit them. The shotguns are 20 ga. semi auto’s with reduced recoil and perfect for scout use.”
“Scouts are welcome to try for one or both merit badges. We have not had a scout fail to qualify for the rifle badge in years. One on one instruction works wonders and my instructors are very dedicated to seeing their student succeed. (We sometimes swap out instructors to achieve the right chemistry between instructor and student and the instructors initiate this when needed)
I hope every scouts that does not have the rifle merit badge will try for it.”
“The shotgun badge is a bit harder to achieve. Shotgun shooting is not for everyone but again I encourage them to try.”
“Three things are needed for the scout to receive the blue card: (Everyone who passes all three will leave Saturday afternoon
with a blue card(s).
- Attend the classroom activity.
- Complete the homework assignment that will be provided about a month before the classroom activity.
- Successfully shoot the requirement specified by each merit badge.
The homework assignment is the first section of the merit badge book and is designed to get the scout to open the book and read it.
If a parent has a question you cannot answer feel free to
share my contact info with them so they can ask me directly. “
Saturday, September 7th
9:00 AM – 12:00
Wake Forest Fire Department
420 Elm Ave.
Arrive by 8:55
Class A Uniform
Water and Snack
They only have room for 15 participants – See Mr. Rabon at a troop meeting