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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

Summer Camp

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.

Summer Camp

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. 

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.

Outings Schedule – 2019

August Hanging Rock
September VA Creeper Trail
October Falls Lake
November Camp Durant
December Day Trip
January Church Lock-in
February Rail Camp
March Backpacking
April Amusement Park
May Mystery Outing
June Family Picnic

September Outing

Virginia Creeper Trail

Registration is now active for the September outing to the Virginia Creeper Trail, a 34 mile long rail line converted to a bike trail in beautiful southwest Virginia.

Register Here

This trip includes being dropped off with a rental bike and helmet at the “top” of the trail, for a mostly downhill ride to the “bottom”.

Cost = Announced via Troopnews Email

Includes camping, transportation, bike and helmet rental, meals (for scouts), cracker barrel, and fishing “tournament” on Saturday night – you can choose to catch your dinner from the trout stocked pond at the campsite (or just catch and release).

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