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Scouts in the Military

Posted on May 22 2013 - 5:21pm

The link between the military and Scouting traditions is strong. The BSA counts Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Gen. David Petraeus, Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and countless others among its distinguished alumni. In addition to the top brass, there are tens of thousands of in the ranks.

  • 181 NASA astronauts were involved in Scouting (57.4% of astronauts). 39 are Eagle Scouts.
  • 36.4% of the United States Military Academy (West Point) cadets were involved in Scouting as youth. 16.3% of cadets are Eagle Scouts.
  • 22.5% of United States Air Force Academy cadets were involved in Scouting as youth. 11.9% of cadets are Eagle Scouts.
  • 25% of United States Naval Academy (Annapolis) midshipmen were involved in Scouting as youth. 11% of midshipmen are Eagle Scouts.

The Troop will be marching in the Memorial Day Parade. Fulfill your Scout Oath and register to march with the troop.

Memorial Day Parade Float Build - Sign Up Now

Posted on May 22 2013 - 4:56pm

Scouts and adults are requested to help put together a float on Saturday morning, May 26. If you can help out, please sign up.

Zip Line Trip Reminder

Posted on May 16 2013 - 10:01am

All scouts are reminded to eat before arriving at St. Jude. We will not be stopping for dinner. Bring money for purchasing lunch on Sunday.

YOU MUST complete the Catamount waiver form online and bring a signed paper copy with you to hand in upon arriving at St. Jude.

Patrols - don't forget to bring the materials identified by the SPL for Saturday's Pioneering activities.

Saturday will also provide opportunities for scouts to complete requirements for rank advancement. Bring your Scout Book!

Summer Camp Registration and Forms - PAYMENT DUE ON SUNDAY!

Posted on May 15 2013 - 5:42pm

Summer Camp registration is now open and you can receive the early bird discount IF paid in full by 6 pm on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

If you plan to participate in summer camp, now is the time to start planning for annual physicals and for completing all required forms. Refer to the Summer Camp registration information for details. Forms are due to the Summer Camp Registrar (Mrs Quincy) no later than Sunday, June 23rd at 5:00 pm.

"A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room."
― Robert Baden Powell

Flag Etiquette

Posted on May 15 2013 - 5:42pm

According to the United States Code Title 36 Chapter 10:

§171. Conduct during playing the national anthem
During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should render the military salute at the first note of the anthem and retain this position until the last note. When the flag is not displayed, those present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed there.
§172. Pledge of allegiance to the flag; manner of delivery
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.
§177. Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag
The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. To place the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered.

The flag of the United States of America is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.

When carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the flag of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.

§174. Time and occasions for display
The flag is typically displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.

On Memorial Day the flag is displayed at half staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset.

The Troop will be marching in the Memorial Day Parade. Fulfill your Scout Oath and register to march with the troop.

Zipline Campout Registration Now Open - thru Saturday, May 11.

Posted on May 8 2013 - 4:21pm

NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGE: Catamount cannot accomodate our group on Saturday. Therefore, we will be going to Catamount on Sunday morning. PLC is currently working on plans for the day on Saturday.

Registration for the Zipline campout is now available online. The fee is partially subsidized by the troop from fundraisers - so sell those pancake breakfast tickets.

All Zipline participants must fill out an online waiver form, print out the form, sign it, and give it to Mr Quinlavin or Mr Iken.

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