First Aid Merit Badge Class – October 1, 2016


In partnership with the Center for Wilderness Safety, Troop 51 will be holding a First Aid Merit Badge class on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

First Aid Merit Badge class
Saturday, October 1, 2016
8am – 3pm (includes 1 hour for lunch+)
Cost: $35*
Location: Floris UMC (13600 Frying Pan Rd, Herndon, VA 20171)
Registration: (limited to the first 30 people who register, so do not delay in registering)

+ – Lunch not provided.
* – If you have sufficient credit allocated in your Troop 51 Scout account, you can submit your receipt for the class fee in order to be reimbursed.


  1. You must be able to demonstrate current knowledge of the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks first aid requirements.  Whether you have those requirements signed-off or not, you need to be able to demonstrate current knowledge.  Scouts need to read the First Aid chapter in The Boy Scout Handbook to refresh your knowledge.
  2. Scouts should also come to the first aid merit badge class prepared with this merit badge requirement:

“2d: Prepare a first aid kit for your home. Display and discuss its contents with your counselor.”

Hint: read the first aid chapter of The Boy Scout Handbook to find out what should be in your first aid kit.

Remember that the First Class merit badge is an Eagle-required merit badge.  It is also required in order to earn the Emergency Preparedness merit badge (also an Eagle-required merit badge).

The Scoutmaster will provide merit badge applications (aka, “blue cards”) for each Scout that registers for the class.

Parents are encouraged to stay for the class and learn along with the Scouts!

Questions: Contact Mr. Stephen Nicoud (Scoutmaster, Troop 51),

2016 – Camp Highroad – High Ropes, Archery & Fall Court of Honor

2016 – Camp Highroad – High Ropes, Archery & Fall Court of Honor

Scout Training Opportunities – March-September 2016

Scouts looking for additional training to increase your skills have opportunities in the coming months (March to September 2016).

  • Advancement: Life-to-Eagle Seminar (March 5)
  • Boy Scout Positions of Responsibility: Den Chief (March 19), Leave No Trace Trainer (March and April)
  • Scout Leadership Training
    • Bear Claw Leadership Conference (March 19)
    • National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) / Impeesa (June 19-24, July 10-15, or July 31–August 5)
    • National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) (Spring Break, multiple weeks during summer)

For more information see this Scout Training Opportunities briefing.

Troop 51 Open House

Troop 51 Open House

Thinking about Boys Scouts?  Want to have great outdoor experiences?  Want to create memories that will last a life time?

Troop 51 will be holding our annual open house nights on December 9, 2015 and January 13, 2016 at Floris United Methodist Church.  At our Open House, your scout will get to participate in a live scout meeting!  Your scout will work directly with one of our mixed-age patrols, where we will be teaching them scout skills, like 1st aid, knot tying, lashings and a whole lot more.  Each night ends with a game and refreshments.

Troop 51 meets every week on Wednesday night from 7:15 to 8:30.  We hold one campout per month which include events, such as cave exploration, climbing, and a full weekend of rifle and shotgun shooting.  All of our events are “age neutral”, meaning that whether your 10 or 100, we will have an event that you can participate in.  Troop 51 is also very family oriented.  We encourage you to bring along your other family members, and even your dogs, to all the events and enjoy them as a family!

In addition to all of our exciting camping opportunities, Troop 51 attends summer camp annually and we sponsor 1 to 2 BSA high adventure trips, where scouts can participate in back country hiking, 12 day canoeing adventures and even scuba diving!

If you are looking for an outdoor focused troop that balances the demands of both scouting and all of your scouts extracurricular activities, then Troop 51 is the right troop for you!

Camp Highroads 2014

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Merit Badge Process

Here’s a great resource for those of you that my have questions about the merit badge process.  For our new scouts – a great primer for getting a jump on your first year of merit badges!  Thanks Mr. Nicoud!



Northern Tier 2012

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Summer Camp 2012

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Camp Henson 2012

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In keeping with our growing tradition, I wanted to send out a summary email for Camp Henson 2012.  We had a very successful summer camp.  Once again, we returned to Camp Henson in Nanticoke, MD, part of the Delmarva Council.  We had 41 scouts and 10 full-time adult campers attend camp this year. Of the 41 scouts, we had 10 brand new Brownsea scouts.  While at camp, we had the opportunity to participate in 2 camp fires and we had an awesome, late night Troop Swim.  All the scouts had the opportunity to go tubing behind the camp motor boats and we worked on a lot of merit badges.  Our scouts worked on 29 different merit badges that ranged from Archery to Wilderness Survival, with a little Metalworking and ATV riding thrown in for good measure.

Here are some of the statistics we observed at Camp Henson this year:


High temperature:  103

Low temperature: 67

Number of Merit Badges completed: 142

Number of partial Mbs: 33

Tenderfoot Scouts Created: 9

Brownsea Scout Requirements Completed: 370

Eagle Merit Badges Completed: 63

Major Injuries: 0

Scouts returned to parents: 41

I would like to send out a personal thank you to all of the scouts that served as my leaders on this trip, without them, we would not have had a successful summer camp:

John Burbach

Justin Turner

Luke Auman

Austin Gilley

David Fish

Hunter Hageny

Colum Conner

Will Nicoud

Alex Stein

We also had an awesome group of parents that worked together as a team to make a memorable camping experience for all of our scouts, without them, our camp would not have been nearly as successful as it was.  Thanks to all of the adults that worked on or attended camp this year:

Joe Nelson

Brian Gilley

Bob Steindl

Randy Hartman

Mark Lewis

Mark Casey

Stephen Nicoud

Jeff Burbach

Nancy Baker

Dev Singh

Karl Serafin

Min Choe

Brian Downs

Terry Baker

I personally had a great time and will remember this scout camp for years to come.  Not only did I get to participate in a very cool MB (Metalworking), but I got the chance to watch all of our scouts grow.  I saw many of my seasoned scouts grow into strong leaders, I saw quite scouts find their voices and provide direction to other scouts.  I watched as our tentative new scouts, venture into an alien world and come out on the other end as confident, seasoned Tenderfoot scouts.  All-in-all, we had a great week and I am glad that I had the opportunity to spend a great week with all your sons.


Mr. Conner

Rocket Day – What A Blast!!!!

Hello Troop 51,

Today we held our first “Troop Selected” single day outing – Troop 51 Rocket Day.  We had quite a number of scouts and family members join us out at Camp Synder in Haymarket, VA.  We had rockets of all sizes shooting off into a clear, blue sky.  Very few rocket causalities happened and fun was had by all.  We even managed to share the stage with some of our Cub Scout friends from Packs 43 and 158.  Here are some photos of our big day.

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Thanks and I look forward to seeing you all at our Court of Honor this Wednesday, June 20 and United Floris Methodist Church.


Mr. Conner