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STEM Grant: NASA Summer of Innovation (SoI)

December 18, 2013

Troop 472 will be applying for a grant from NASA Summer of Innovation (SoI) program for the summer of 2013.

Our Troop has an aggressive STEM agenda: In 2013

  • We are looking for all of our scouts to earn the new Robotics Merit badge.
  • We will be co-hosting a STEM related workshop with Girl Scout Troop # 437.
  •  We have created a STEM Merit badge fair.
  • We are going to visit the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

Our Troop will also be using this grant if we received  it to partaking in the NASA Summer of Innovation program which will explore the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  The scouts will be participating in a series of workshops in which they will be exposed to the fascinating bodies of our solar system and the means by which we explore them.

The NASA Summer of Innovation (SoI) program is designed to support student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by strengthening the capacity of organizations or schools that inspire and engage female, minority or high poverty middle school students in STEM content. The SoI focuses on organizations that provide student experiences during the summer and through extended learning efforts designed to keep students involved in NASA-themed STEM activities during the academic year. Through the SoI Mini-Grant Program organizations will be able to apply for funding up to $2500 to integrate SoI themes and content into existing middle-school student or teacher centered summer or after school programs.


“American Heritage” Boy Scout Merit Badge Workshop @ Chesterfield Museum

November 17, 2013

Times: 10:00 am – 01:00 pm
Location: Chesterfield Museum
Web Site:
Event Date:

This program is geared for Boy Scouts looking to fulfill their merit badge requirements addressing history and cultural heritage.

$10. Register online.

Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield, VA 23832

Red Ribbon Week patch from The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

October 1, 2013

Red Ribbon Week Patch



Boy Scouts & Girls Scouts can Earn a FREE Patch from the DEA!

Dear Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts Leaders,

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) created a Red Ribbon Week patch to encourage and support Scouts who wish to learn about Red Ribbon and participate in local efforts to educate youth about the dangers of drug abuse.
Red Ribbon Week was established in memory of the sacrifices made to help keep our communities drug-free and encourage youth to lead healthy lives, free of drugs. Observed annually from October , Red Ribbon Week is a national celebration to promote youth education on the dangers of substance abuse.

The DEA encourages all Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups to participate. Patches will be given to the first 25,000 qualified participants.

All Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are eligible to participate in the program. To earn the DEA Red Ribbon Week Patch, Scouts must complete the following:

Each Scout leader or designee must submit the Intent to Participate form by . The online form is available at
Each Scouting unit or troop must coordinate or support a Red Ribbon Week activity.
Each Scout must attend a drug prevention education session.
Each Scout must take the DEA Drug-Free Pledge.
The Scout leader must submit the Activity Report upon completion of program requirements, no later than Friday, December . The online form is available at
Please review the Implementation Guide. Many of your questions will be answered in the guide.

For questions or comments on the program, please send email to or call 202-307-7981.

For more information and employment opportunities visit us at

Troop 472 Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge Clinic

August 20, 2013

When: Saturday

Registration starts


Cost: $15 per Scout, lunch and snack provided..

How many? 20 Scout max

1. Obtain a merit badge card with their Scout Master’s signature.
2. Obtain and read the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge book.
3. Need to have completed First Aid Merit Badge.
4. Be prepared to discuss #2 of the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge requirements with your Merit Badge Counselor.
5. Scoutmaster approval before beginning Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge.

First Year Camper & Parent Orientation Meeting @ Camp T. Brady Saunders on 6/15

May 28, 2013

Location: 1723 Maidens Rd, Maidens, VA 23102 – Camp T. Brady Saunders

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This is a special orientation meeting for first year campers and their parents. It will help relive anxieties many first year campers and their parents have about Boy Scout summer camp.

A hotdog lunch will be provided.

Signup is required for all attendies:

Some of the questions we will answer:

  • Where am I going to sleep?
  • What do the tents look like?
  • Where do I eat?
  • What are the showers and bathrooms like?
  • Where do I go if I get an injury?
  • What is there to do during the day?
  • What is “Trailblazers”?
  • Special video ho home sickness.
  • How do I communicate with my Scout?
  • What should I bring to camp?
  • What should I leave at home?
  • Medications at camp?


Optional Troop Event: Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge @ Lufteknic Porsche Service and Restoration

May 28, 2013


Lufteknic Porsche Service and Restoration will host a tech workshop on Saturday, June 8th for Scouts interested in auto mechanics. The shop has three Eagle Scouts on staff and wanted to extend an opportunity to current Scouts to work on Automotive Maintenance merit badge and get some great hands on experience.

The Auto Maintenance Merit Badge session will run from  9:30 am – 12:30 pm on Saturday, June 8th.

Lufteknic Porsche Service and Restoration is located at 1529 Brook Rd., Richmond, VA 23220, US

Pre-registration is required. The cost for the day will be $30 to pay for materials and lunch, payable at the door.

Scouts are asked to bring the following:

1. Blue card with Scout information and signed by Scoutmaster.
2. Proof the required pre-requisites have been completed and/or the written work for the pre-requisites (see below for a list of pre-requisites)
3. Water bottle (filled)
4. Sunscreen

Scouts are NOT to wear Class A uniforms. Scouts are to wear clothes that can get dirty. Scouts are to wear tennis shoes or boots. NO OPEN TOE SHOES!
The following requirements must be completed PRIOR to attending the merit badge session or the Scout will receive an incomplete and will have to finish the merit badge on their own.

Requirement 5A
Requirement 8A
Requirement 9A
Requirement 11A, 11B, or 11D
Requirement 12

Membership Standards Decision Reached

May 28, 2013

For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been a part of the fabric of this nation, with a focus on working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

Based on growing input from within the Scouting family, the BSA leadership chose to conduct an additional review of the organization’s long-standing membership policy and its impact on Scouting’s mission. This review created an outpouring of feedback from the Scouting family and the American public, from both those who agree with the current policy and those who support a change.

Today, following this review, the most comprehensive listening exercise in Scouting’s history the approximate 1,400 voting members of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council approved a resolution to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone. The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting. A change to the current membership policy for adult leaders was not under consideration; thus, the policy for adults remains in place. The BSA thanks all the national voting members who participated in this process and vote.

This policy change is effective Jan. 1, 2014, allowing the Boy Scouts of America the transition time needed to communicate and implement this policy to its approximately 116,000 Scouting units.

The Boy Scouts of America will not sacrifice its mission, or the youth served by the movement, by allowing the organization to be consumed by a single, divisive, and unresolved societal issue. As the National Executive Committee just completed a lengthy review process, there are no plans for further review on this matter.

While people have different opinions about this policy, we can all agree that kids are better off when they are in Scouting. Going forward, our Scouting family will continue to focus on reaching and serving youth in order to help them grow into good, strong citizens. America’s youth need Scouting, and by focusing on the goals that unite us, we can continue to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve