Happy Halloween!  Please all, be safe out there tonight and have a good time.

IN PERSON MEETING AT: Del Ray United Methodist Church

We will have an in person meeting tomorrow at 7:30.


Don’t forget, orders are due tomorrow for the wreath sale!  This is our one and only fundraiser for the year!  See message below from Mr. Nusz!

 Just a reminder that our annual wreath fundraiser is now underway! Orders are due Nov 1.

For any scouts who were not at this past Monday’s meeting, you can arrange to get a sales packet from me. Call 301-706-6478 or e-mail I’m also attaching the info sheet and order sheet to this e-mail.

 Remember, there are THREE ways to sell!

 1. Face-to-face sales – Turn in orders and cash/checks to me by Nov 1.

2. Direct ship – Use direct ship forms included in sales packet–I have more if needed (top copy to me, one copy to customer, one copy for you)

3. Online – (Be sure to use BSA131 for Customer Code and your name as Beneficiary when checking out.)

 Thanks, and don’t forget what Mr. Ramirez said about the pie in his face!

Orienteering Campout – Last Camping of 2021

See message below from from our Outdoor Coordinator- Mr. Mulvaney

 Join us for the last camp out of 2021.  We will be working on Orienteering ( at Prince William Forest.  This is a great place for Patrols to work together in teams and for Scouts to work on skills and merit badges- camping, cooking, hiking, communications, etc.  Parents are always welcome to come and join in the activities and test your map and compass skills.  We will also need drivers for Friday afternoon and Sunday morning.

 Prince William Forest is near by and easily accessible.  So, plenty of room and opportunity for everyone to help close out the 2021 Camping Season strong.

All the information can be found on our website:

 So, sign up, talk to your Patrol and get them to sign up too!


Scouting for food starts next Saturday and we need your help!  See message below from Mr. Haymes!

 All, first let me introduce myself to those I haven’t met.  I am Russ Haymes and I have one son, Matthew (Troll patrol), in Troop 131.
I am organizing Troop 131’s participation in this year’s Scouting for Food (SFF) project and would like to provide the basics in this email.  This year the troop will use two methods for collecting food.  Scouts will distribute post-it note announcements to homes on Saturday morning in November.  Scouts will collect donations from homes and deliver the food to a local food bank the next Saturday.  This year’s dates for distribution and collection are:

  *   Post-It notes distributed in the troop’s coverage area on the morning of Nov. 6, 2021.
*   Donations collected and delivered to the Alive food bank on the morning of Nov. 13, 2021
Our coverage area is bounded by Quaker Lane, Duke St., West Taylor Run Pkwy., Janneys Lane, and King St.  Our target is to cover this area in a couple of hours on each of the two days.  In order to do this, we need as many scouts to participate as possible.  I will provide SFF project information to the SPL so he and the patrol leaders can communicate with scouts about their participation.

Troop 131 will also post the Scouting for Food flyer to the 131 Facebook group announcing that food donations can also be dropped at First Baptist Church on 13 November between 9:00 and 1:00. Please share this information to your own groups and networks as widely as you can.

WTOP sponsored the program last year and highlighted its significant impact as follows:

Scouting for Food is held every fall prior to Thanksgiving. Local food banks rely on it to stock their shelves for the upcoming holiday months, when food demands are the greatest. Items in highest demand include: canned protein (tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter); soups and stews (beef stew, chili, meat-based soups); 100% fruit juices (all sizes); grains (pasta, whole grain pasta, rice, brown rice, boxed macaroni and cheese); cereals (multi-grain, low sugar cereals, oatmeal); canned vegetables; canned fruits; condiments; and hygiene products (diapers, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste).” 

To recap, I write to alert you to: 

* the dates above, 

* the need for scout volunteers on those days, and 

* the need for adult volunteers to drive the scouts on 6 November, 13 November, or both. 

I will provide more information as we get closer to 6 November.  In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks, Russ Haymes


Monday November 1st                        Troop Meeting- 7:30                                                 Del Ray United Methodist Church

Saturday November 6th                      Scouting for Food                                                 TBD

Monday November 8th                       Troop Meeting- 7:30 (orienteering prep)              Del Ray United Methodist Church

Saturday November 13th                    Scouting for Food                                                 TBD


Friday November 12th – 14th             Camping/Orienteering                                                 Prince William Forest


Monday November 15th                     Troop Meeting- 7:30 (board of review) First Baptist Church

Monday November 22nd                    No Troop Meeting- Thanksgiving                         –

Monday November 29th                     Troop Meeting- (Elections)                             Del Ray United Methodist Church



Wear your Mask and uniform!  Bring a headlamp!  Have a good time!

Blue Cards!  Did you know that your Scoutmaster can email you a blue card?  Just send me Mr. Ramirez an email (!  Note that the SCOUT must request the blue card, not the parent!

See you all tomorrow evening.


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