Troop 131,

For those that had the opportunity to get down to Mt Vernon Ave and see the tree lighting, it was certainly a good night, and it was great to see so many people out and about on a Sunday evening.  Santa made an appearance; however, I have a suspicion that we will all see him again soon ….



We will have an in-person Troop meeting at 7:30PM at Immanuel Church on the Hill this Monday

We will hold Troop Elections, and we have two candidates Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)

Nathan Wells and Tadhg Devlin with one or two others still considering running.  For those on the fence, it is not too late, just let me know!

Each candidate for SPL will give a brief speech on why they should be elected and then the troop will have the opportunity to ask them questions.  This is an important position, so please come prepared with some questions on why they will be an effective Sr. Patrol Leader.  Following this we will vote; the current SPL and one adult leader will tabulate the results.

After this, we will break into patrols, and each will vote on the patrol leader.

The elected SPL appoints the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader(s)(ASPL) and the elected PL appoints the Assistant Patrol Leader (APL).

There are plenty of other leadership positions as well.  See below for the most common ones:

  • Troop Guide
  • Quartermaster
  • Scribe
  • Chaplains Aid
  • Librarian
  • Bugler
  • Webmaster
  • Historian
  • Order of the Arrow Representative
  • Outdoor Ethics Guide
  • Den Chief

If you are not the SPL, ASPL, PL, or APL, then I expect you to step up and take on one of these leadership positions.  Leadership is one of the most important parts of scouting and is required for many of the rank advancements!

Finally, The Radioactive Scorpions and the Minute Men have merged into a single patrol and will now be known as the Mustachios!.


ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR- TAKE 3 (third time’s a charm)

The rescheduled walking tour is also fast approaching, please sign up if you intend to come.

Sign Up Here

For the first question- Email address- use the Scout email address if they have one.  If not, the adult address is fine.

Who: Everyone in Troop 131 is invited!

What: Architectural Merit Badge Class and Walking Tour

When: Saturday 10th December: 9:00 AM to Mid Afternoon

Where: Downtown D.C.

Why: Learn about Architecture and many of the interesting buildings downtown.

Bring: Packed Lunch, Plenty of Water and your curiosity

There is one pre (or post) requisite, however, all the other requirements for the merit badge will be covered during the day and tour.

We will start by meeting as a group at the Braddock Metro Station at 9:00 AM (we have extra metro cards if anyone needs one) and then travel by metro to Mark Ramirez’ office (Hickok Cole Architects) 301 N Street, NE in Union Market.

We will tour the office, learn about the history of Architecture, understand the process of building design, talk about sustainable buildings, and learn about the tools used in Architectural design. We will use a VR headset, see the model shop in action, look at drawing sets, touch building material samples, learn how Architects Draw and see both handmade & 3D printed models.

If the weather is nice, we will eat our packed lunch on the roof terrace and then walk from the Union Market area to NOMA (North of Mass Ave) thru Chinatown, into downtown and finally end up at the national mall.  All along the way, we will talk about buildings, identify their components, and determine the time/era they were built.  After sketching a building our two on the mall then we will head back to the metro and back to the Braddock Station

Parents are most certainly welcome to attend.  Hope you will join us for a fun day.



SCHEDULE: One Month(ish) Look Ahead

For your use, see below a list of the activities in the coming weeks:

Monday, December 5th – Troop Meeting- 7:30 PM (Troop Elections)– Immanuel Church on the Hill

Saturday December 10th– Architectural Walking Tour (Third Time’s a Charm!)

Monday, December 12th – Troop Meeting- 7:30 PM (PLC) (Visit Pack 133)– Immanuel Church on the Hill

Monday, December 19th – Troop Meeting- 7:30 PM – Immanuel Church on the Hill

Monday, December 26th – No Troop Meeting- Winter Break

Monday, January 2nd – No Troop Meeting- New Year

Monday, January 9th – Troop Meeting- 7:30 PM – Immanuel Church on the Hill


Wear your full Class A Uniform and Scarf!  Bring your Book, Bring a headlamp!  Leave your phone in your pocket! and 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 at the troop meeting.

©2024 Troop 131 | Alexandria, Virginia.


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