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Upcoming Events

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:
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

Upcoming Hiking

Hello everyone!
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.  

Important information:

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.

Citizenship in the Nation

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

Rifle / Shotgun Merit Badge

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).

  1. Attend the classroom activity.
  2. Complete the homework assignment that will be provided about a month before the classroom activity.
  3. 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. “
Bob Davison
919-606-0119 (c)

Fire Safety Merit Badge

No Cost
Saturday, September 7th
9:00 AM – 12:00

Wake Forest Fire Department
Station 1
420 Elm Ave.

Be Prepared:
Arrive by 8:55
Class A Uniform
Water and Snack

They only have room for 15 participants – See Mr. Rabon at a troop meeting

Pioneering Merit Badge

Start practicing your knots!  
Raleigh Park and Recreation will be hosting a Pioneering Merit Badge Clinic at Forest Ridge Park (Wakefield area) on Saturday 9/28 9:00-12:00.   

Cost is $15.   You need to register and pay directly with them.   

If you sign up please see Mrs. Rabon for a Blue Card.

From Forest Ridge:

Earn your next merit badge at Forest Ridge Park. Sessions are designed to cover most of the material required for merit badges. Allow our experienced instructors to teach new skills while allowing for hands-on application. Equipment will be provided for all activities. Most time will be spent outdoors so dress for the topic and weather.

Registration is required.

Ages: 12 to 18 years

Location: Forest Ridge Park Pioneering Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Barcode: 244459
Register Here

Cycling Merit Badge

Next ride will be at Forest Ridge Park again on Sunday September 8th 10:00.


  1. Clean and lubricate your bike.
  2. Bring your clean bike and helmet to Tuesday’s Troop meeting.
  3. Print the merit badge worksheet below and start working on it. You do NOT need to print pages 5-11 unless you want to do the road bike option.
  4. On page 12 document today’s ride. And document all future rides.
    MB worksheet: Link

MB book:
This is an old version of the actually merit badge book I found online. The requirements are old but it will give you some basic information that will be helpful. Link

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