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

IWL Campout Goes off with a Bang!

IWL Campout Goes off with a Bang!

April 23, 2012

This weekend, 20 Troop 51 scouts faced the rages of the elements and participated in our April Campout at the Isaac Walton League shooting range.  We had a great day on Saturday and all of the scouts had the opportunity to shoot both 22 caliber rifles and compound bows.  Our bullet tally for Saturday was 1000 rounds and even Ryan’s 8 year old sister had the opportunity to get in on the action (She shout almost 100 rounds all by herself).  Saturday, just as the ranges were closing, the rain started to fall, and boy did it fall, as is tradition with most Troop 51 camping trips :).

Sunday started off well weather-wise, but right as the shotgun range was opening, it started to rain.  Did that deter us – NO!  We picked up our guns and moved right into shooting.  From 10:00 to 1:00 the scouts shot off round after round, and by the end of the event, we had 15 shotguns lined up on the range firing away.  When it was all said and done the scouts and adults expended 2000 shotgun rounds and killed approximately 500 clay pigeons (no real pigeons where harmed in the execution of this campout :).  Despite the weather, fun was had by all and I am pretty sure that we will be hosting more shooting campouts in the future.

Keep a close watch on the calendar – we are heading into a very busy spring/summer season with a lot of camping and events to come.


Mr. Conner

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Elizabeth Furnace Campout a HUGE Success!!!

March 18, 2012

Troop 51 hosted its annual New Scout Campout at Elizabeth’s Furnace this weekend.  This is a great opportunity for our new scouts to get acclimated to the Troop, learn some valuable skills, and have a lot of fun.  This weekend, the scouts went on two different treks.  The older scouts did a 10+ mile hike to Signal Knob and had the opportunity to see some gorgeous scenery.  The new scouts completed their 5 mile hike and were so excited that they sang songs all the way down the mountain.  At camp the senior scouts helped our new scouts with some key skills – Isaac, Riley, and Austin treated boys to lessons about safe ax handling and help the our younger scouts to get their Toten Chips.  Our Star and Life scouts worked with the new scouts on their requirements, helping many of them get key Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, and 1st Class requirements signed off and many of our new members achieved the rank of Scout.  As always, Mr. Gilley treated us to some fabulous eats and fun was had by all.

Thank you Mr. Gilley for a great time and congrats to our newest Scouts!






Ski Trip 2012

The highs there were about 25 degrees and the lows were about 3 degrees without calculating wind chill.  Everybody had a great time and it was a learning experience for some of the newer scouts.  Here are a few pictures…