- 04.17.2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Black River Dist RT
Ad Altare Dei Training
- 04.19.2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Easter vigil fire
- 04.21.2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Troop Meeting & Horsemanship MB
Administrative Professionals Day
- 04.24.2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ilau Machque Chapter Meeting
More Information Coming!
Welcome to Troop 444!
Troop 444 has been serving the youth in the Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Apex and Angier for nearly 10 years. As a ministry of the St. Bernadette Catholic Church, we meet every Monday evening at 7:00 pm in the Social Hall of the church building. We have 15-18 Scouts and 10-15 Leaders registered with the BSA, and can always use more; the more the merrier.
Scouts run the program; Lord Baden-Powell – the founder of scouting in 1910 – developed the Patrol Method. This allows the Scouts to lead the troop as they see fit. Adults take on the role of advisers, and safety monitors. The Senior Patrol Leader is truly in charge of the troop, and he has his leadership Team, the Patrol Leaders Council, to ensure what he decides as an activity is what a majority of the members of the troop want to do. Scouts, each and every one of them, have a say in what the troop does, and does not do.
BSA announces partnership with ATV manufacturer Polaris
All-terrain vehicles combine dirt and a motor — what’s a Scout or Venturer not to like?
Recognizing this winning mix, the BSA launched council-level ATV programs at camps across the country. And today, Polaris — a leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles — enters a 10-year partnership with the BSA, providing top-of-the-line ATVs, side-by-sides (SxS) and safety equipment to help deliver this exciting program to even more youth.
Driving down a dirt trail doesn’t replace the rugged adventures of exploring on foot, but it does add diversity — not to mention horsepower! — to current activities available at BSA properties.
Now, with the help of Polaris, Scouts and Venturers age 14 and older will not only learn to drive the crème de la crème of ATV equipment, but they’ll also receive safety instruction vetted by a company with 60 years of industry expertise.
This new partnership arrives on the heels of a national pilot ATV program hosted at several Scout camps, including Northern Star Council’s Tomahawk Scout Reservation. Polaris donated ATVs and safety gear to the Wisconsin camp, which taught hundreds of Boy Scouts ATV safety, basic riding and maintenance skills.
Scott Wine, Polaris chairman and chief executive officer, says, “We are encouraged by the success of the pilot and look forward to expanding the course to a national level.” The instructional course will involve safety lessons that will focus on responsible riding, as well as a respect for the environment.
What’s that mean for your Scouts or Venturers?
If your troop or crew wants to get started, check with your council to see if they offer the ATV program. With the added boost from the new partnership with Polaris, this popular activity could be headed to a local camp near you soon.
New Fieldbook Coming soon!
Often described as “the best all-around guide to outdoor adventure on the market today,” the Fieldbook is the go-to manual for everyone interested in backcountry challenges—from hiking, camping, and canoeing to mountain travel, ultralight backpacking, wilderness navigation, and whitewater kayaking.
Fieldbook, the fifth edition, will be arriving in Scout shops and bookstores during the month of April.
Scouting brings more than a century of outdoor experience and stewardship of nature to this new edition. Its pages are enriched by the input of nationally recognized experts in mountaineering, backpacking, Leave No Trace, and environmental protection.
Chicken BBQ Saturday, May 31st
2014 Chicken Barbecue is ready to go! For $9 a plate, you get a full Lunch or Dinner!
11 AM - 6 PM in front of Johnson Optometrist - Fuquay Varina
Don''t forget to bring two to three canned goods for our Annual Scouting for Food Appeal to go toward needy food pantries in the area.
Parents - be looking for a sign up sheet to take part in the heavy duties, and Scouts to handle the light duties!
2016 Boy Scout Program Changes
New Boy Scout Handbook, other Boy Scout program tweaks due in 2016
The saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” could be used to describe some tweaks coming to the Boy Scouts program in 2016.
The merit badge program has been getting stronger with the release of each new merit badge, and the trail to Eagle Scout continues to produce terrific young men. Neither will change.
We are getting a new Boy Scout Handbook, but the 13th edition, due out in January 2016, will keep most of its content from the 12th edition (released in 2010). The design and images inside will be updated, but much of the text will be unchanged.
I already previewed changes to Cub Scouting coming in 2015 and Venturing coming this year. Compared to the makeovers for those two programs, what’s happening in Boy Scouting is more of a slight modification than a complete overhaul.
Find out what’s changing (and what isn’t) and when after the jump.