Scoutmaster-Update
Outside Troop Meeting! 
 Join us again at the FBC outside auditorium Monday night at 7:30-9:00 pm.
For those of you not familiar with the area, it is the “Additional Parking Area” past the cones, past the troop shed.  Scouts will walk from the front parking lot to the back area.  A few guidelines:
1)  WEAR MASKS!  Please do not come to the meeting without one.  You will not be able to stay at the meeting without a mask!
2)  BE WELL!  if you have a fever, cough, or show any signs of being sick, do not come to the meeting.  Be ultra careful!
3)  BE PREPARED!  It’s summer in DC – so be prepared for bugs and thunderstorms.  This will be an outdoor meeting and we will not go into the Church.  We will have drinking water available.
4)  WEAR YOUR UNIFORM – Class A Field Uniforms.  No neckerchiefs are required during the summer months.
Bring Headlamps!  It’s getting dark earlier and they are needed!
Scout Skills! 
We can become rusty in many of our scout skills since we aren’t using them as much, so we’ll be focusing on them for both the new scouts and refreshers for the more experienced.  This week we’ll be brushing up on:
1)  Knife Skills – Bring your Pocketknife!
2)  Knots
3)  Ten Essentials
Older Scouts – be ready to teach and brush up on unused skills.  Younger Scouts – read your Scout Handbook and come prepared!
Hiking Merit Badge
Ryan Mulvaney and his Dad have planned out hikes for the Hiking Merit Badge.  The plan is as follows:
10 Mile Hike- Friday 21 Aug, Camping at Matthews Arm campground (Luray), Sat hiking Overall Falls trail, 11.08 miles (lots of elevation change), back home Sat evening
15 Mile Hike- Sat 12 Sept, this is a hike only, no camping, just up early in the morning.  Occoquan (Fountainhead Regional Park) to Bull Run.  Or vice versa (if it is just us, we will hang out at Bull Run winery to re-coop!)
20 Mile Hike- Friday 2 Oct, drive to Roanoke.  (Lodging TBD- can camp, can hotel, can Jellystone!) Sat 3 Oct Appalachian Trail from Dragon’s Tooth to McAfee Knob/ Andy Layne Trail.  Spend the night in Roanoke (TBD), and then return back to Alexandria Sun 4 Oct.
Are you interested?  If so, please contact Ryan at Ryan.grant.mulvaney@gmail.com and his dad Brendan at Bsmirish@gmail.com

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