May 18-19 – Canoeing on the Shenandoah River

The last day to sign up is Tomorrow!  Respond to Mr. Jahns and get your slips and payment in

Life to Eagle check in

Calling all Life Scouts and their parents! The Advancement Chair invites you to a conversation during the meeting on May 13. Just a run through a practical check list and to hear any questions you might have about the process or areas to prioritize on the basis of your work thus far.


Our new T shirts are in!  If you haven’t received one pick one up at the meeting!

Summer Camp at Goshen

If you haven’t signed up yet, now’s the time. Sign up with Mrs. Larson at

NYLT, National Youth Leadership Training

Are you 14 or in 8th Grade? Are you a First Class Scout? If so, you have the opportunity to participate in an exciting, fun, and useful training through scouts – NYLT! We have some confirmed attendees, so let me know if you want to attend!

High Adventure – Dolly Sods July – TIME TO COMMIT!

Our  foray into the wild of West Virginia’s Dolly Sods trip is scheduled for July . The Dolly Sods crew’s next steps are locking in our participants ( that includes adults) and selecting our crew leader.  This position is perfect for the scout who is looking for a leadership position that will challenge him and help him become an even better scout.  You don’t have to do everything but you will have to delegate. Don’t hesitate to step up.

The route is set, and meal planning has started.  Training hikes, gear preparation are the next step.

See Mr. Rodger and Mr Guynn for more information.

Stem Committee and Events:

Did you know that over 50% of Merit Badges are STEM related?  Mr. Steenstra ( has found quite a few STEM opportunities coming up.

World Scout Jamboree

The WSJ is this summer at the Bechtel Reserve in WVA.  If you would like to visit for a day, see below link.  Max, Thomas, Matthew, and Mr Rodger are going this year!

 Service Opportunities

Saturday, June 1 

From 11AM to 4PM, the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria-Caen Sister CIty Committee will be holding a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day on the Waterfont in Alexandria. Troop 131 Scouts have been invited to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the ceremony, in addition to helping set up and break down the event. Scouts with athletic talent may be needed to run a soccer clinic for children and supervise games of petanque/boules. This is a unique opportunity for our Scouts to be of service in a public way while honoring the sacrifice of so many on June 6, 1944 on the beaches of Normandy. Every year the number of veterans of that day who are still alive gets smaller, but I counted at least five WWII veterans at last year’s celebration.  —Mrs. Greiner

Notes from the Senior Patrol Leader:

– PATROL LEADERS – It is your responsibility to touch base with your Patrols and be sure that they are paying attention to the Skills Training and working on their Advancement

– CELL PHONE USAGE – Not in the troop meetings, except with very few exceptions when they are being used for advancement or merit badges.  

– Uniforms and Opening/Closing Ceremonies – wear your Field Uniforms and line up properly for the ceremonies.  

– BRING YOUR SCOUTBOOKS TO THE MEETINGS!  Opportunities for Advancement are being wasted just because Scouts don’t remember their books.  

Other Items of Interest

Stem Committee:

Contact Mr. Steenstra at the troop meeting if you would like to be on it!  There are lots of great opportunities around the area.




If you know of anyone that is not on this list that wishes to be, please have them contact me and I’ll get them added.  Also, if you are receiving this and wish not to, please let me know!

SM Bolte

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