- 09.01.2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- 09.03.2014 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black River Dist Com Mtg
- 09.06.2014 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Court of Honor
- 09.08.2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- 09.12.2014 - 09.14.2014
Outdoor Merit Badge University
Eagle Scout Docs
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. During 1922, The National Knights of Columbus Convention adopted scouting as the official program for boys 11 to 17 years of age. 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 25-30 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.
Sailing …Just a dream and the wind...
It is time to prepare for Sailing Merit Badge. Our first meeting for all of the new Boys will be On Youth Protection. We will be showing A Time to Tell. Our second meeting will be on Safe Swim Defense. And the meeting prior is safety afloat. This will be taught by the Scoutmasters and online video. Scouts will get a test at the end of the training.
Boys' Life Flashback - A Season of Service
What is your Favorite Scouting Memory?
This month we flash back to a year when Service was just as important as Scouting itself. A legacy of service is what the Scouting Movement is about and world renowned for. In this issue, there is a great story and great ideas as to what to do for service.
Read the December, 2001 Issue Here.
A great place to start reading? Page 8.
The Reason for the Patrol
It's difficult to describe how important patrol spirit is to becoming a real patrol. If you've been in Scouting for any length of time at all you've probably heard the term "Scout Spirit", and you know that it means doing your best to live up to the Scout Oath and Law. Well, "Patrol Spirit" means pretty much the same things, except that it's the patrol that does its best together. It doesn't just happen overnight. A lot of things have to happen to a patrol for it to develop the sense of "team" spirit that they'll need.
As their Patrol Leader, your job will be to start them on the road to doing just that. You'll start by making some pretty important decisions together from the beginning. Then, you'll show them how to be a good Scout, and what it means to be a member of a patrol through your actions as Patrol Leader. Little by little they'll get the idea, and pretty soon the patrol will have developed "Patrol Spirit." After that it will be up to each member of the patrol, you in particular, to nurture that spirit and make it a part of everything you do.
So, let's take a look at the decisions your patrol will have to make to start down that path, and some of the things you'll have to develop over time. Remember, you are all in this together. It's not just your patrol, it's our patrol. Every member has to be involved in building the patrol.
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.
Building a Better Boy
By Sean Mitchell
Photographs by John R. Fulton Jr.
What will inspire success and happiness in your son? Give him a purpose. Best-selling author Michael Gurian tells you how.
- The 10 Values
- Questions of Purpose: Are you a hero, son?
- The Mentors' Responsibilities
- A Michael Gurian Library
For more than a decade, social scientist and family therapist Michael Gurian has worked to raise the nation’s consciousness about boys. His intent is for adults to better understand boys’ inner lives, drives, and brain chemistry in order to help them reach healthy maturity.
Gurian is the author of The Wonder of Boys, about the social and emotional lives of boys, and The Minds of Boys, which examines why boys are not doing as well as girls in school and how to change that. Now he has published the third book in this trilogy, The Purpose of Boys (Jossey-Bass, 2009, $26.95), which addresses the ways in which parents, mentors, and teachers can help boys find a direction that will carry them to productive and honorable lives.
The father of two girls, Gurian argues that the importance of nurturing boys has been eclipsed in recent years by the legitimate attention given to better understanding girls. And he’s trying to right this imbalance.
“Obama has started a President’s council on girls and women,” Gurian points out. “So did Bush and so did Clinton. There’s no President’s council on boys and men. We’re still fighting the fight to get people to talk about boys. It’s not an either-or.”
Why do boys need a purpose? Boys don’t come into the world with an inner path of worth the way girls do. Girls know from a very early age that they can be mothers and have new life within them. Boys don’t have that. So boys want to feel that they are needed in this world, and having a purpose fulfills that need.