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12/4/12 Troop Open House and Holiday Party

Place: 400 N Oak St (American Legion Hall

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 (Scouts from 349 need to be at the parking lot no later than 6:30)

Description: Every year Troop 349 Hosts an open house for local Webelo Dens to come and see how a Boy Scout Troop operates and what they can expect to do when they join 349. The event is broken down into two sections:

A presentation on the value of scouting and how the troop operates for parents and guardians
-Why scouting helps with college admissions
-What is the definition of boy led
-Troop plans for the coming year

A hands on demo for webelos and boys considering joining the troop
-Primer on orienteering
-Navigate to 4 stations
-Observe scouts working in each station and ask questions
-Successfully complete the course and receive a 349 badge of merit

The open house takes place in the legion hall for parents and outside in the parking lot (rain or shine) at 4 stations featuring hands on activities and demonstrations in the following scout requirements:

  • Fire building
  • Camp site cooking
  • Camp site set-up
  • Lashing

As the boys navigate the stations they are encouraged to take part in some of the activities and then upon successfully completing the course they will receive a special Troop 349 Badge of Merit. While this is taking place parents are encouraged to sit through a short presentation and then ask questions about the troop and it’s operations. The last 20 minutes is a small court of honor followed by the Troops annual holiday party with drinks cookies and informal meet-and-greets.



2 New Eagle Scouts from Troop 349!

This past Spring, Troop 349 welcomed it’s first two Eagle Scouts!

June 2012: This past spring, Troop 349 welcomed Jack Ulses and Philip Whittlesey in two back-to-back courts of honor, to the rank of Eagle Scouts. The troop opened its doors in 2009 with 5 Scouts, and soon there after 12 more boys joined its ranks. Currently the troop has 37 scouts, all at various ranks.

This past June Jack Ulses, one of the original 5 Scouts graduated as the troops first Eagle Scout. For his Eagle project, Jack created a music workshop designed for students in Grades 2 and 3, to introduce them to basic music concepts through interactive activities (rhythm and musical instrument games).  He also incorporated an introduction to musical instruments vis-a-vis the involvement of Scouts in the troop who offered to demonstrate the instrument they play and give its brief history.  Finally, each of his workshops concluded with an “instrument petting zoo,” to offer the young students the opportunity to explore the musical world.

Foxes Music Company generously donated the musical game and helped to defray the printing costs for flyers. Ms. Connie Jenkins at MEHMS provided advice on how to structure the workshop, and the Mary Riley Styles Public Library hosted the workshops in the community room in the Children’s section of the library.

Also in June, Philip Whittlesey, graduated as the troops second Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Philip planned and led a project to create a natural habitat to attract native wildlife at the Gulf Branch Nature Center in Arlington.  Philip organized a group of volunteers to clear invasive species from an area about 120 feet long by 60 feet wide.  Using logs and branches from a fallen tree, the group built brush piles where wildlife can make their homes.  Philip and his group then planted persimmon trees and hazelnut bushes native to the area.

We’re so proud of both you and we know you will go on to do great things in your lives!

Facts and requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting here are some recent facts:

  • In 2011, 51,473 Scouts earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
  • Around 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2011.
  • In 2011, the average age of boys earning the Eagle Scout rank was 17 years of age.
  • From 1912 to 2011, more than 2 million Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank.

To earn the rank, a Boy Scout must progress through the ranks in the following order:

  1. Tenderfoot
  2. Second Class
  3. First Class
  4. Star
  5. Life
  6. Eagle

Earn 21 merit badges, including:

  • First Aid
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Communications
  • Environmental Science
  • Personal Fitness
  • Camping
  • Family Life
  • Personal Management
  • Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving
  • Cycling, Hiking, or Swimming
Other aspects of the award are:
  • Serve six months in a troop leadership position.
  • Plan, develop, and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization or any school or community.
  • Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
  • Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.

8/23 Visit to the Naval Surface Warfare Cntr Carderock Div

Navy’s Center of Excellence for Ships and Ship Systems

The Carderock Division consists of approximately 3,200 scientists, engineers and support personnel working in more than 40 disciplines ranging from fundamental science to applied/in-service engineering. They are the Navy’s experts for maritime technology. The Division houses world-class facilities and laboratories. Carderock’s Headquarters is located in West Bethesda, Maryland.

The tour will last approximately 1 ½ – 2 hours and allow us access to several unique maritime R&D facilities.  The motto of the Division is ‘Where the Fleet Begins,’ for Surface Ships, Submarines and Carriers; from ship forms and machinery to propellers it all starts at Carderock!

Click here for the packet

12/10/11 Holiday Fundraiser

Every year Troop 349 sells mistletoe to bring a little holiday cheer into your home!

This garland comes de-berried, decorated, and bagged with a short story of the garlands history and what it means when you hang it in your house during the holidays. It’s proven to be quite popular with people in the community and we typically sell out.

The Troop sells individual bags of mistletoe for $5 each (see the picture to the right) 

Buying Opportunities:

  • Scouts will be selling Sat Dec. 10th in front of the Giant in Falls Church City from 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Scouts will be selling at both Falls Church Metro Stops from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wed. Dec. 14th & Thurs. Dec. 15th
  • Scouts will be selling Sat Dec. 17th in front of the Giant in Falls Church City from 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Scouts from the troop will also be walking through the Farmers Market selling mistletoe from baskets Sat Dec. 17th from 9:00 -10:00 am(we are not allowed to set up a table in the Market).
  • Scouts will also be at the Vienna Metro stop on Mon. Dec. 19th from 5-7:00 PM
  • Scouts will also be selling in their neighborhoods from Dec 10th – the 20th

Proceeds from the Holiday Fund raising
Proceeds form the sales will go to fund the troops yearly ski trip as well as some of the other activities the troop engages in throughout the year.

More information will be made available in the coming weeks for this, if you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr Valley



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