What’s Happening in Troop 555

Camp Lawton July 2013 -   We just returned from Camp Lawton today.  We had camped in the “Zuni”Campsite along with Troop 733.  The two troops connected almost at once - What a great bunch of scouts and leaders - we will try to get together with this troop much more in the future because they like to have as much fun as we do and the leaders are great !

Memorial Day Ceremony -  Our tradition of Reading the names of those soldiers from Santa Cruz County who died in the line of duty, started 19 years ago and this year’s ceremony was fantastic!  With Mr. Ronquillo’s leadership, we also had the honor of participating in the “lone soldier table” part of the ceremony.  Good job to all who attended and helped keep our tradition alive.  (Photos Here)

Pack 576  Cub Camp and Cross-Over -  Troop 555 members ran the archery range and pool for Pack 576’s Campout at the Double V Scout Ranch.  Thanks to those who donated their time to help out!

Camp Lawton Work Weekend -  Troop 555 Scouts and Adults performed a ton of work this last weekend - We had volunteered to drive the 3 hrs to Camp Lawton to help get the camp ready for summer camp.  We helped move an industrial Freezer into the Camp Kitchen, we rebuilt the campfire bowl stage back that was destroyed by fallen trees during a great windstorm cut and removed many fallen trees in the Pima-South Campsite.  Set up platforms and a few tents.  Thank you Tim Werner for your friendship and help during and after the work day.  We drove back to Tucson but were too tired to return to Nogales.  We camped at the Double V Scout Ranch and got to use the pool that night before returning home Sunday .  (See Pics by Clicking Here)

Mezikan Cookoff May 11th.   Be prepared with your best family recipe for the contest.  The troop will provide the heat (grills and stoves)  scouts provide everything else (nothing can be prepared at home).

Salt River whitewater camp was a blast!   Record snowfall added to record levels of waterflow on the Salt.  It was a great trip but a little cold.  (Click Here for Photos)

T555 has 12 elected into the OA.   6 scouts have attended the ordeal at Camp Lawton, balance to attend in August.

Salt River Whitewater trip has been rescheduled from April 23 to April 30, May 1, 2, because of Order of the Arrow Ordeal at Camp Lawton.

First Aid and CPR is our Theme for April.  Meetings will cover all lower rank first aid.  Merit Badge and certification courses to be offered on the weekends.

Summer Program and SCUBA  certification programs to be held.  Attend our Planning Meeting to be a part of this great program!

Pack 555 and Pack 576 Cubs and Webelos attended the Scout Show in Tucson.  Congratulations all Pinewood Derby Winners!

Ricky and Joseph will Represent Southern Arizona at the National Jamboree in July and Aug. !!

11 Scouts and 1 Adult Elected in the Order of the Arrow !   -  Congratulations Scouts !

Salt River Whitewater Trip - April 30, May 1 and May 2-    The dates of the trip have changed, mainly because of the Order of the Arrow Ordeal date at Camp Lawton in Mt Lemmon.   Sign-up’s are still available.   Only 40 positions open so when it’s full, it’s full.   Sign-up now and don’t get locked-out!

Spring Break Camping Trip - Location is set.  Come to the meeting for details and final planning.

Pinewood Derby -  Scouts and Adult leaders hosted the Pinewood Derby for Pack 555 and Pack 576 on Feb.27 with over 120 cubs racing their cars.  Judges and starters were all Troop 555 members.  The Santa Cruz District races were ran in the afternoon and the winners will go on to race at the scout show in Tucson on April 10.

Sunrise Ski Trip -  We had 26 scouts and 5 adults attend this great trip !  Over 140 inches of snow with lots of powder that was available.

Rabies Clinic - Thanks to all scouts and adults who volunteered their time to help run the Rabies Clinic on Jan 17th.  Eric really did the most running the whole day.

End of Year Meeting - We only had about ½ of the troop attend.  (Finals etc). But it was a nice deviation from our regular meetings.  Hope to see everybody back in January of 010.

Ski Trip plans now finalized -  Details and costs at our meeting.

Tumacacori Festival Service Project -  Thanks to all scouts and adults who attended the Service Project at Tumacacori after the Christmas parade.  (photos available)

Annual Christmas Parade - Hot Chocolate Fundraiser coming up!  Saturday 3:00pm -   Scouts should show up in uniform.

Tumacacori Clean-up Service project -  Saturday - Nov. 28. - to help the Park Service get the grounds ready for the Annual Tumacacori Festival - (Our traditional service project).  Troop 555 and Troop 121 got a lot of work done.  The fiesta grounds really look good now!.    (Photos here)

20th Annual - “PreThanksgiving - What to do with all those Thanksgiving Turkey left-over cookoff”  -  Hey this year - Everything was edible!  Good job to all patrols on coming up with great meals with the only the items we supplied.  Great creativity and teamwork !  Photos in our Photo Album under “ Nov/Dec Activities”.

1st Session - FishingMerit Badge - Sunday 14th -  Lake Patagonia -  8 Scouts and 5 adults attended this first session.  Ricky got the prize for the first fish, Joseph for the largest fish.   Great start on the merit badge.  Some Photos here

Veteran’s Day Parade - Great scout spirit exhibited by those scouts and adults who attended and represented our troop !   Thank  you !

Anza Days - Scout Retreat at Tumacacori - Nov. 7,8.  - was really a great event for all scout and scouters, and everyone who attended.  It was held on the fiesta grounds North of Tumacacori Mission, where we perform our annual service project.  Only 3 Triple Nickel scouts attended this great event.  Maybe next year we can get enough interest in the rest of the troop to attend this great event!  (See Photos by clicking here)

Pumpkin Carving -   Every year,  scouts get to take their built-up aggressions against pumpkins and channel it to good use.  (See Photos of October Activities Here)

Old Tucson “Nightfall” and troop camp  - at the Double V was lots of fun.   Old Tucson really puts on a good “haunted Ghost Town” we stayed until 1AM then went back to camp.  Scouts finally crashed out at about 3:00AM, but got another night of camping under their  belt also.  (See Photos by clicking here)

Topock Gorge and Needles Canoe Trip - was a BLAST!  The weather cooperated and the winds were favorable on this trip!  12 Scouts and 3 adults attended this trip and it was one of the best yet!  Topock Gorge was beautiful but the Needles Run was the most fun part of the whole trip!  Canoes got swamped a “few” times, but all in good fun!  Thumbs up for a repeat of this trip! (See photos here)

All Scouts and adults attending the Colorado River Canoe Trip - Mandatory Fall break meeting - Tuesday Oct. 13.  All payments must be complete by this day.

Colorado River Trip Prep -  Final Sign-ups by Oct 6. !!   Huge Dry bag sale - close-outs !  Save BIG $$$$ at this meeting !

Movie Night -  Tuesday Oct. 6.  “Robin Hood - Men in Tights”  Showing Bring your own eats!

Congrats New Star Scouts -  Eric L .. And Louie M.  Are our neswest Star Rank Scouts - Great board on Oct. 2.

Canoe Merit Badge Session – Lake Patagonia Sep 27.  Last session of the year !  Don’t miss out!

First Aid Merit Badge Course Session #2  - This Sunday Noon to 4:30pm.  Fitness Express.

Double-V Campout -  New Scout Induction Campout was great!   Scouts fit-in lots of swimming, archery , and obstacle Course running in before the Cross-over and new scout induction.  The rain storms that were threatening all evening finally hit us about midnight but we were prepared for them.  Nobody got wet despite some strong showers and winds.  (See photos of the camp in our photo album)  

Fall Break Planning - 1)  Havasupai permits are sold out.,   so it may look like a river canoe trip is in the stars!

Troop 555 Presents - Four More Eagle Scouts ! - David Gutierrez, Fernando Luna, Alejandro Luna and Brian Brubaker were presented their Eagle Scout rank awards in-front of the Nogales Lion’s Club last Tuesday, September 1.  New records set !  David is the 3rd Eagle of 3 scouts in his family,  the Lunas are the 1st Twins awarded their eagle in 555, and Brian is the 2nd Eagle Scout in his Family who’s father was a Past Lions’ Club president. - 1 time in Nogales!   

Pimaree was Fantastic!  -  Two scouts from troop 555 were our representatives to this international event - Scouts from Mexico and the United States camped together for a week and competed in many intercamp activities.  We will push for more attendance for the next pimaree !

Final Pimaree Sign-ups - We have 2 scouts (Joseph and Ricky) who will be attending the weeklong Pimaree at Camp Lawton next week.  This is where scouts from the USA and Mexico get together for a week of camp, scouting activities, fun competition and campfires.  Let your scoutmaster know now if you wish to attend!

Pool Party and Scout 2nd Class, 1st Class and Swimmers test -  Tuesday, July 14th at the City Pool on Hohokam Drive.  Get there before 7pm.  Bring clothes and shoes that can get wet.   $5.00 per person.

Archery Merit Badge -   Summercamp didn’t have a program that let our scouts even start the Archery Merit badge, but Troop 555 has some extremely qualified Archery Instructors and much more equipment than summer camp has available.  Our first session is on July 11!  Get most of your requirements passed-off and shoot as long as you want for qualifications!

Troop 10 Mile Nighttime bike ride - Bring your helmets and lights.  We will close the meeting early and ride the streets of the city with a special side trip .....

Camp Lawton -  June 28 thru July 4th -   5 Scouts and 3 adults  attended summer camp at Lawton.  The amount of merit badges fell short of what we had expected through no fault of our scouts, but all partials will be completed here locally within the next few weeks.  We did make a new new friend through the appreciation of good mexican food:  Troop 164 and Nogales 555 teamed up to form a great friendship and has also performed the best flag ceremony of the week at summer camp.  We are looking forward to a joint venture between the two troops somewhere in the near future!

Watersports merit badge sign-up -  2 trips per week to the lake.  Sign-up early to get your spots reserved.

Memorial Day Ceremony was fantastic!  24 Troop members read the names of those soldiers from Santa Cruz County who had lost their lives in the line of duty.  This is a great honor and continuing tradition for troop 555.  The scouts took a trip to Flux Canyon and Red Rock Lookout after the ceremony.  See photos in our photo album.

Saul Kramer Eagle Presentation -  Saul was awarded his Eagle Rank at the Nogales Lion’s Club meeting this last week.. Congrats to  Saul who has also aged-out and is now an assistant scoutmaster in the troop.

Salt River Whitewater Trip -  on April 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Was a BLAST!  We were a little concerned when the rain storm that we were driving in started to spit-out snow before we arrived at camp, but everything was calm but cold when we arrived to set-up camp.  The water level on the Salt was low, but made for a great time dodging boulders.  The rapids were fun and our guides (Brad and Brady) were GREAT!  We had plenty of good food and good company with troop guests : Shaun, Pete, Jorge and Jorge Jr.  This may have been the last weekend for rafting this year because of the low water levels, so we hit this one just right!

Santa Cruz Rabies Clinic -Thanks to all Scouts and Adults who volunteered their time to help run the Santa Cruz County Rabies Clinic and Thank you Dr. Escalada for your support to Troop 555!  ( March 09)

Fossil Springs Backpack Trip - 12 scouts and adults traveled 5 hours to Fossil Springs Trailhead and hiked another 3 hours into Fossil Spings Campgrounds.  The nights were cold but the creek water was clear and warm.  We had a great time and hiked out the Old Flume Road to meet out vehicles.  What a Trip!  A special “Thanks” goes out to Henry who works for the SRP and whom we had met on the road out.  Thanks for you help and fellowship!  We really appreciated it!

January 09 and Feb 09 - (news to be filled in)

Great Eagle Presentation - Jan 6th. - Troop 555 Presented 4 New Eagle Scouts to our Sponsoring Organization - The Nogales Lions’ Club at a luncheon at Mr. C’s Supper club on January 8th.  Congratulations to Kenny Larriva and Parents, Diego Valencia and Parents, Michael Soto and parents and Armando Arana and parents !   _Outstanding Presentation !

Oceanography MB - Be sure to buy a disposible underwater camera for this weekend’s beach/oceanography camp!

Fall Camp - Aravaipa Canyon-  Sign-ups also on Sept. 16th.  Cost for holding permits:   $15.00 per person.  

Puerto Penasco -Beach Camp and Oceanography Merit Badge - Permission slips and payment due on Tuesday, Sept. 9th. To insure that we have enough equipment for everybody.  Bring your parents to the meeting and we can notarize the permission slips at the meeting!

Lord of War - Tuesday - August 26 - Class B’s are acceptable wear for this meeting!

Diego V. - Eagle Service Project - Meet at the VFW at 8:30am.  Good luck Diego !

Pablo V. Is elected new Senior Patrol Leader !  - Taylor W. Is Assistant SPL - Congrats !

First meeting back for the new school year -  August 12,  7:00PM   VFW

Congratulations to Michael S. On his completion of his Eagle Project.   His Eagle board is next.   We then have 7 more life scouts who need to complete projects before the end of the year !  Keep up the good work!

Congratulations to Kenny Larriva on a great Eagle Scout board - Kenny is our newest Eagle Scout !

The Fossil Springs/Grand Canyon Trip - Turned out to be a BLAST!  Leaving Nogales at 5 am and driving to Fossil springs trailhead,  15 scouts and adults hiked into Fossil Springs where water shoots out of the ground at 25 to 30,000 gallons per minute. The waterfalls and pools were refreshing.  We hiked in the rain and darkness for 3.5 hrs to get back to our vehicles.  We then camped at the 10X campsite just 4 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  It was a great 4-day trip.  Se  our trip photos under our picture album.

Hohokam Pool - 06/25/08 Swim tests and pool party to celebrate Mr. Bache-Wiig’s 84 birthday and Marla’s 29? Birthday.

6:00pm to 9:00 pm.

Good luck and best wishes to Mitchell N. And family! - They are moving to Texas this week.  Hope you find a good troop Mitchell!  Keep in-touch!

Gauntlet Photos Here - Every year we have the gauntlet and every year it gets better!  (See Photos here)

Alex M. Completes his Star Rank - Congrats Alex!   Board members say it was a great board!

The Salt River Whitewater Trip - Was fantastic!  The weather cooperated and we had a total of 36 scouts and adults atttend this trip!  We will definately stay at this campgroung again next year (if there is enough water).

Armando A.  Successfully completed his Life Rank Board -  Wednesday night, April 9th.  Congratulations Armando.  Looks like we have 7 Life scouts planning eagle projects now!

Webelos Cross-Over Campout and Cub Graduation -  April 5th.  Pena Blanca Canyon.  This was a fantastic weekend!  The weather was perfect and Dens from both Pack 555 and Pack 576 attended this graduation/cross-over campout!  Triple-Nickel has nine new scouts and 2 new adult leaders added to our ranks.  Congratulations on you Arrow of Light Awards and Welcome to 555:  Nathanial B.,  Izak B.  Izak U.,  Nicolas M., Mario M.,  Victor Manuel G., Sebastian A.,  Sebastian K.,  Sebastion L,  Welcome Assistant Scoutmasters  Carlos B. and Horacio L.  Great to have you aboard!

Manny V. Completes his Eagle Project -   Manny had the commitment from 25 scouts to help him at his Eagle Project this last weekend at Calabasis Cemetery.  It was a great project, but less than half of the scouts who committed actually came out to help.  Great Project Manny.  Good Luck on your Eagle Board !  Update:   Congratulations Manny !  You are Troop 555’s newest Eagle Scout !   Great Board !

Troop 555 Hosted Pack 555 and Pack 576 and Santa Cruz District for the 2008 Pinewood Derby -  About 90 scouts ran their pinewood derby cars at the VFW on Saturday March 1.   It was a great race and We ran the district run-off’s in the afternoon.  We sure could have used more Troop 555 scouts to help run this event.  Thank you to all T555 Scouts who did show-up!    (Photos Here)

19th Annual Sunrise Ski Trip - Was a successful and fantastic trip this year !  Despite blizzard conditions (40 MPH winds and over 20” of snow, Troop 555 scouts learned to to handle the powder and had a great time.  We got to ski for ½ day on Thursday, all day Friday, all day and also night skiing on Saturday.  It started to snow on us Thursday night and didn’t stop until Saturday morning.  The winter storm closed most of the roads to Sunrise so the thousands of people who wanted to ski the holiday weekend didn’t start arriving until late Saturday and this was great for us.  Only those scouts with advancement got to go on the trip.

Backpack Demo for Webelos Invitational -  Here’s a chance to show-off what you know!  Webelos scouts from Packs 555 and 576 are invited to our meeting on Feb. 19.  This meeting will start early at 7:00 pm so scouts will have to arrive early  (6:00) to set-up.

Salt River Whitewater Trip - This year’s raft trip is promising to be one of the best whitewater trips yet.  There is greater than average snowfall in the White Mountains and this means lots of run-off in the spring.  Trip dates are  Friday, Saturday and Sunday - April 25, 26 and 27th.   Total cost is $140.00 per person.  Deposits are needed now to hold your place.  First 50 people who sign are going!  More info by clicking on the “Forms and Info” tab on the left side of the home page.

18th Annual Sunrise Ski Trip - Each scout needed an advancement to qualify his position.  We  cut-off  at 16 people and cancelled 8 rooms.  This is the smallest group we have taken in over 18 years but is going to be a great ski weekend!

Troop 555 Hosted Pack 576 at the Hidden Cave - Troop members took Cubs and Webelos from Pack 576 to the Hidden Cave on Jan. 26.  There were so many scouts who wanted to see the cave that we had to divide into two groups.  It was a great trip !

District Dinner - attendance by scouts who committed was dismal this year.  Seems like we have a problem that has to be addressed by the Senior Patrol.

First Meeting of 2008 - Will be on Tuesday, Jan. 8th.  New Patrol formations and advancement push will be on for the ski trip!  Possible smaller trip to happen on Jan. 19, 20, 21.  See the scoutmaster for details.

Last Meeting of 2007 and Dinner - Location was held at Las Vigas Steak House at 7:00pm Tuesday, Dec. 18th.  Most Memorable Recipients include Charlie B,, Noe and Noe Sr., Luis M and Louie and “Louie”, Michael S., Victor M., Rene M. (Click Here for Photos)

Last Map and Compass Course of the Year - Was held for 6 scouts who successfully completed the day-long course on Sunday, Dec. 9th.  Boards of review to follow now for ski trip qualification !  Great job guys !

Last Hidden Cave Trip - Triple Nickel sponsored Den 4 to the Hidden Cave on Satuday for 16 parents and Bear Scouts.  We provided the opportunity for these scouts to get some real caving time in.  Thanks MUCHO to those T555 Scouts and Scouters who went along to help !

Hot Chocolate Fundraiser - We sold lots of chocolate Dec. 7th, but not as much as last year due to the poor showing of scouts to help sell.  All proceeds will be divided up into individual scout accounts.

31st  Annual Tumacacori Festival Service Project - 31-year Troop 555 Tradition! We  met at Tumacacori at 9:00 pm. Played “Kick-the-Can” until 2:00AM then performed our service project.  We had Breakfast in Nogales 8:00am the next morning at Zula’s and then made it home for some much-deserved sleep !  (See pics by clicking here)      

Brotherhood Ceremony at Double V - We had many candidates for Brotherhood this Nov. 30 and Dec. 1., but only six could attend.  UPDATED:  It was a very wet Ordeal Weekend.  Over 1 inch of rain and 25 MPH winds with many gusts to 50 MPH all night long.  Most of us stayed dry, and also got a lot of work done at the the Double V Scout Ranch.  Congrats to our newest Brotherhood members - Diego V.,  David G., Kenny L.,  Saul K., Andrew U. Rene M.  (Click Here for Photos)

 

Troop 555 Hosted Dan and Den 8 at Hidden Cave -  Troop 555 Scouts took a total of 18 webelos and adults to Hidden Cave this last weekend.  (Click Here for Photos)

 

Troop and Pack 555 Double V Campout was a GREAT SUCCESS !! - All Scouts, Webelos and Cubs had a great time !  Weather was perfect and lots of Archery, and BB Gun shoot-offs - topped-off with a great campfire hosted by the Scouts of Troop 555 and M.c.’D by Pablo V was great.  T555 scouts also paid for the weekend by helping to Re-Roof one of the Ramadas at the Double-V.  Thanks Mucho scouts.  Last good turn was done by planting “LOUIE” back where he should be.  We will now have a troop mascot everytime we go back to camp !  (Click Here for Photos - More photos available under individual Den Photos in our “Cubs Corner”)

Aravaipa BP -  This trip is limited to about 29 people.  Please see your scoutmaster for eligibility.

Happy November Birthdays to the following scouts:   Adan G.  Charles B.  Armando A.  Jaime F.  Michael S.  

Brotherhood Ceremony at Double V Scout Ranch - All Ordeal members who are eligible for Brotherhood should make this weekend.

Annual Tumacacori Service Project Coming up on Dec. 1  -  This is the one that everybody waits for!  OA Brotherhood ceremony at Double V Scout Ranch on the same weekend.

Leonid Meteor Shower Campout - November 16, 17 and 18th.  Come and watch the Leonid Meteor showers with us or just get into a great night-time “Capture the Flag Game” .  We will be leaving after school on Friday. Nov. 16.  Double V Scout Ranch

“Mountail Lions - A CAT BY MANY NAMES”   A big “Thank you to Shiela Beck for putting on a great presentation at Patagonia Lake Visitors Center Thurday night, Nov. 1 on Mountain Lions (Cougars) habitat, mannerisms and what to do if encountered in the wild.  It was an informative meeting for all those 555 scouts who attended.

THANK YOU’S  DUE:  Troop 555 is sending a special “Thank you” to Steve and Kim Dorion of Jerkwater Canoe for making this trip happen for us.  They went way out of their way, along with their son Adam and his friend Connor, Jim and Holly and everyone else in their group!  It made a ig difference for our group of Spirited scouts and adults !  Thanks Again!

Black Canyon/Topock Trip was great !  We were a little-bit worried when we got off the plane in Las Vegas and it was actually COLD outside.  Temps were actually into the low to mid 50’s and we were dressed in tee-shirts.  Its usually 90 to 100 degrees here at this time of the year. Aside from a few minor injuries, the trip was a success and the football games on the river sand-bars and Park Moabi were great !   

The Black Canyon Trip is a Go !   We have 48 scouts and 9 adults who will fly to Las Vegas, tour the Hoover Dam, Canoe the Black Canyon, Drive to Topock and Canoe the Gorge, this weekend.   Its going to be a great trip.  Remember - Photography MB requirements is to tell a story with photos.   Take lots and we need “action” shots mostly.  If 45 people each take a photo of a landscape, we end-up with 45 photo’s of the same thing.   Get creative !  Meet at 7:00AM sharp on Saturday.

Den 8’s Lake day  Included a canoe course for parents and scouts.  Was a fantastic day.  Thanks to Troop 555 scouts Jaime F.  Ariel V. For helping out all day long.

Thank you Ivan R.  For Volunteering to help with Pack555 - Den 1’s Canoe Course.  This is your 6th. Instructional course for your qualification.  Good Job.

Our Trip Date is finally here-  Mandatory meeting on Tuesday for all who will be attending the BC Trip on Oct 6th.

Knot Gauntlet next Tuesday, Sept. 18.  - Come Prepared or/and bring a towel.  (Rope rental $2.00 per scout)

Pyro tryouts - Fastest Patrol Wins !

Pack 576 CPR Certification Course  Sept 14.    16 Scouts and Adults received their CPR certification Friday night.  Check with your scoutmaster for the next available cert. Course.

Rocky Point Beach Campout Tentative September 15 or 16th. !!  

Great Ethnic Food Cookoff this coming Tuesday -  Adults will provide the fool. Patrols will bring everything else including clean-up items.  Fires will start  at 6.

Order of the Arrow Ordeal and Brotherhood Weekend  September 7th and 8th. - We will be leaving after school on Friday and driving to Mt. Lemmon (about 2.5 hours).  Great opportunity to get your brotherhood !

14 members of Troop 555 Received their AHA CPR  Certification Monday night - Great course.  Another certification course will run on Friday Aug. 31 for Webelos scouts of Den 8.

4th and 5th Canoe Session at Patagonia Lake - Aug. 25 and 26th.  This course is a “must” if you are going to attend the Black Canyon Trip in October!   Note - 12  scouts completed the course on Saturday and __ on Sunday.

Water Skiing Merit Badge - Thursdays after School - Speak to your Scoutmaster

First Meeting back will Aug. 14   7:00pm

Black Canyon  Fall Canoe Trip - The last time we went on this great trip was in 2003.  All scouts wishing to attend must have passed the canoeing merit badge.  Adults must have gone through the course also.  Total cost is going to be about $350.00, with the 1st $100.00 for airline tickets due by Aug.21.  Scouts must also have CPR certification and first aid passed as a troop requirement along with regular advancement to attend.  Sign-up now as our attendance list will be closed-off by September 4 and there will be no changes allowed!

2nd Canoe Merit Badge Session for July 24 - Sign up now!

Planning Meeting - July 31st.  7:00PM - Calendar, Fall trip and Patrol Elections to be discussed.

Bike meeting - July 17th.,  Mapping Basics July 24,   First Aid Merit Badge and CPR Certification Week - Aug 14.

No Troop Meeting Tuesday - July 3rd.  -  Have a Happy 4th of July!

Pool Party to honor John Bache-Wiigs 82nd Birthday- Used to be tradition that we celebrated his birthday at summer camp at Camp Lawton every year.  Marla Lopez also has her birthday on the same day and we are celebrating her 20+ birthday also.

1st Canoeing Merit badge course was held June 16th.   We only had 6 scouts take advantage of this course.  We will run 2 more courses this summer. - We are planning a Black Canyon canoe trip this September and everybody attending must have gone through a Canoe MB course - adult volunteers included.  We are limited to 12 people per course.

Next Weeks’ meeting will be held at the Nogales Rec Center Pool - New Scout swim tests, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class Swim requirements, Swimming Merit badge will be kicked-off tonight.  6:00PM to 9:00PM.   Swimmers should bring a pair of long pants (without holes in them), a button-up long-sleeve shirt, and shoes that can get wet.  $5.00 per person to cover the cost of pool rental and snacks/drinks.  Be there early !

LORD OF WAR - This turned out to be a great competition!  Scouts will be better prepared next year I’m sure.  Only the strongest patrol who had team work and new their stuff came out dry !  See Photos  Here or in our Photo Album under LOW07.

The Knot Gauntlet was lots of fun! - Also lets scouts know how well the really know their knots !  We will run this event again by popular demand, before school starts.  (Photos on-line in our Photo Album or by clicking Here)

Summer Camp positions available ! We will be going to summer camp during the first week of July.  Scout sign-ups still available.  Adult covervage still needed.  If you have a few days off and would like to camp up in the pines, please speak to the scoutmaster !

Memorial Day Ceremony - It’s important to stress that Memorial Day isn’t just “another holiday” or a “day off”,  its a day to remember and reflect on those who gave their lives for this country; for our freedom.  Many lives were lost fighting and defending what we enjoy, and it is an honor and privilege for Troop 555 to be able to read the names of those men from Santa Cruz County, who give their names in the line of duty.  The scouts who did show up for the ceremony performed admirably.  We are proud of you !  (Photos Here)

May Birthdays - Happy Birthday to 555 Members who have birthdays in May - Jesus O., Chris P., Dante A., Brian B., Alex M.,  Pablo D. and Louis M.

Movie Night next Tuesday - Each Scout and/or Patrol should bring their own eats and drinks.   Feature length movie will start at 7:00pm.

Tubac Fire Department Emergency Prep and Response Team - Triple Nickel Scouts played accident victims this last Saturday morning (May 13th) at 8:30am.  Thanks to the Scouts who showed up!  (Click here for Photos)  

Flag Ceremony - Rio Rico High School -  This Wednesday night.  Triple Nickel Scouts will perform the opening Flag Ceremony at 6:00pm   Photos Pending.

Great Mexican Camp Food Cookoff - Was a huge success!  Andre A’s “Patrol Patrol” took the money!  All patrols had SUPER meals prepared and a big thanks to our Judges:  John Bache-Wiig,  Martin Taylor, Mary and Simon Kellar, Jimmy Camacho and Victor.

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Trip Review and Photo Night - Lots of Pizzas eaten !   Photos of Service Camp were reviewed.  - Cookoff menus planned also.

Mt. Lemmon Service Project Camp at Camp Lawton -  a total of 35 scouts and adults traveled 120 miles Friday night and set up camp at Camp Lawton, Mt Lemmon, to complete a service project that we had started as an OA project last  year.  We cut and hand-carried all cut metal panels from the old watertank below Apache South campsite that had burned-out during the last forest fire  We completed out project and also had time to hike up to the “towers and Look-out” up on Bigelow Peak before returning and  preparing a well-deserved dinner.  Big Thanks to all Adult volunteer who help transport scouts and equipment. (Click Here for Photos)

Salt River Whitewater Trip  Canceled - Again ! - Water levels on the Salt River dropped to 489 CFM even after a weekend of light rain.  There is not enough water to run a trip and our Outfitters are sending their river guides home to Colorado.  Looks like we have a choice of keeping our campsite and camping there, or going South and camping at Puerto Penasco.  Either way, parents will be needed to drive.  Lets take a vote this next meeting !

Map and Compass Outing - 2nd, 1st Class Compass Training  was  Sunday at 9:30.  Four Scouts showed up only, but  learned a lot. .  Lots of scouts raised their hands, but only 4 showed-up !

Big Chuys Golf Tournament -  Thank you all scouts and adults who help out with “Big Chuys” Golf Tournament.  Photos are now available in our album or by clicking here. Thanks  to Mr. Mtz.. And all other volunteers who worked the golf tournament this last weekend.  Donated funds will go  into scout  accounts.

 

Birthdays This Month: Happy Birthday to the following Troop 555 Members who have a birthday in April:   Manny V. 04/04,  Alejandro and Fernando L.  04/15,  Rosendo F.  04/16,  and Mitchell N.  04/21.  

Whitewater Trip -  Our Salt River Trip is in jeopardy !  T I A -  We live in Arizona and a fact of life here is drought conditions.  Our Trip Outfitters wanted us to move our trip to April 14th., but could only accommodate 30 people.  This would be fine for any other troop, but we are now a MEGA-TROOP.  The water-flow on the Salt river is down to 630 CFM and when it drops to 500 CFM, the season is over - unless we get some rain. (Click Here for WATERFLOW LEVEL information).  The trip will still be planned for April 27th. 28th. and 29th and we will pray for rain. We will make a decision the week before the planned trip and if conditions are not right, our contingency plan will be to go to Rocky Point and Camp on the Beach.   Any monies will be refunded at that point and I will keep a deposit on-hand with the outfitters for next year. If it does rain and we are able to go on the whitewater trip, we will be leaving at about 3:30 pm on Friday. Check Lists are on the site .

End of School Year Backpack Trip - Looks  like Havasupai is in again !  We have reservations available and will be preparing for this trip!

Cross-Over Campout and Ceremony - It was a LOT of work, but this year’s cross-over ceremony was probably one of the best that we had performed in the last 18 years !  We always perform our Cub graduations and Cross-Overs into the troop, under the stars and it was a fantastic weekend !  The Weather was perfect !  We now have 20 new Scouts and 2 New Assistant Scoutmasters in Troop 555 !   A big welcome to all !             (Click Here for Photos)

Rabies Clinic - 9 Scouts, 2 Webelos and 3 Adults from 555 helped run the Rabies Clinic at Fleitcher Park on March 24.  It was a successful clinic this year.  Always there to help out Dr. Escalada and Dr. Rojas !

Cross-Over Campout Prep - Next meeting March 27.- Patrol Leaders should print-out Menus and Duty Rosters for this meeting.  These are down-loadable on our website under the “Forms and Info” link button.

Troop Movie and Pizza Night -  Tuesday, March 20th.  Eragon will be showing for any scouts who didn’t leave out-of-town for the Spring Break.  We were going to watch “Blood Diamond”, but it was too long for our time slot.

Salt River Whitewater trip Date Change -  The dates for the Salt River Whitewater trip has been changed.  We will be leaving on Friday afternoon, April 27 at about 3:00 pm.  This will put us on the river on Saturday, April 28th.  See the RED “Whitewater” box for details.

Great Backpack Demonstration Meeting -  Webelos II from Pack 555 participated our backpack demonstration meeting in prep for an upcoming backpack trip.  All patrols put-on EXCELLENT demonstrations !   About 90 scouts and adults showed up for this meeting !

Webelos II Cross-Over  Into our troop is scheduled for Saturday Night,  March 31.  Come and welcome these new scouts into our troop and have a great campout at the same time!

Pack 555 Webelos II Troop Visit- About 20 Webelos II scouts will be visiting our meeting for their Arrow-of-Light requirement on Tuesday March 13th.  Each patrol is set-up to demonstrate backpacking equipment and techniques.

Troop 555 will Host the District Pinewood Derby - Triple Nickel  set-up and ran the district and Pack Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 10th.  As many scouts as possible are needed for this event !

Birthdays this month: Rene M.  Feb 27.   Ivan R. March 1,  Aaron F. March 4, Issac G.-and David G. March 9,  Sam C.  March 10, Phils B.  March 25.  Happy Birthday to all !

Hey!  There’s still snow on the Mountain !!  Updated -  A small group of triple-nickel scouts and adult volunteers who didn’t get to go on the first ski trip finally had the opportunity to go skiing !   7 Triple Nickel scouts and 3 adults went to Sunise Park this last weekend.  The outside temperature on Saturday morning was 8 degrees !  It warmed up to 24 degrees but nor before a few scouts got sick from dehydration.  Over-all  a great Trip!  Mr. Mayer got to ski lots and even actually skied some b lack trails and a “Double-Black Diamond with some of the scouts.   Pictures now posted (Click Here).

Big Congrats to Andrew! - Andrew was presented with his Eagle Scout Award in front of the Nogales Lions’ Club today at lunch time.  Great job Andrew!  (See photos by clicking here).

I don’t know what to say here - We all have a lot of work to do and back to basics is what we need.  Camporee prep seems to be a good place to start, but advancement has to take front seat to any program in our troop.  We have to get the “Soul of the Troop” back and will need everybody to cooperate with us to get this accomplished.  Please get your copy of your advancement sheet today !  

Underwater Memorial Placed for Troop 555 Eagle Scout Mike Karam - Alex Kory and Vince Dober made a memorial marker for Mike Karam,  Troop 555 Eagle Scout and Master Diving Instructor.  The memorial was constructed of 500 or 600 lbs of of cement and a stainless steel plaque in memory of Mike.  It was placed of San Pedro Island in 21 feet of water at low tide.  Location coordinates are: N27°58’00.56” x W111°22’19.48” .  Many more Triple Nickel scout divers will be able to visit this memorial for many years to come!   Good job Alex and Vince and Thank you !  (Click Here for Photo of Memorial)

Troop 555 - 17th. Annual Sunrise Ski trip  -  We left on-time and hit a blizzard just past the city of Globe which delayed our arrival into Pinetop.   We rented all of our gear and checked into the Sunrise Lodge.   It snowed all the way.  The ski lifts were closed  down due to high winds and blowing snow, so we didn’t get to ski the first day.  37 scouts and 13 adults and family members hit the slopes on Friday and Sat for some good skiing.  The trip wasn’t without problems though, for the 1st time in 17 years we didn’t get any troop ski shots.  Tradition broken.  Maybe some other time?   Be sure to attend the meeting on Tuesday Feb. 6 to watch the photo slide show and discuss the trip !

B2B - Back to Basics kick-off was this Tuesday.  Patrol leader training and situations covered.  Every week will offer new training and chances to “show our stuff”.  Keep tuned to this station !

Ski Trip still looks promising - Sunrise got 14 inches of snow yesterday (01-19) and its still snowing. We are hoping for one additional sknowstorm before we leave.  Get your final payments taken-care of now and avoid the last minute rush.  Looks like we will have about a 50 person trip this year, and yes, your scoutmaster is going this year.  NO INURIES YET!  

Scouts and Leaders Hosted Mexican Grupo 11 - To Hidden Cave this last weekend.  15 Scouts and Leaders took the trip.  Temperatures were 25 degrees outside the cave and 85 degrees inside the cave.   A good time was had by all.

1st Troop Meeting of 2007 ! - Wow,  a new year upon us and I hear talk of a fantastic troop calendar!  Our first meeting back is on Tuesday, January 9th.   Your goal for this year should be Advancement, Advancement, Advancement!   Points are given for advancement and service and this is your ticket to the big trips!  Scout spirit is developed by attending everything that is available to you!  Lets not waste any time this year and take advantage of everthing !  Welcome back Troop 555 !

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Movie Premier of “Eragon”  showing Saturday at 10:30 am !  Please have all tickets sold be this time.  Turn in any proceeds before the movie or at our last meeting next week.

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Troop 555 scouts sponsor Pack 555 Den 3 Scouts to the Hidden Cave - 8 Triple Nickel Scouts and 2 adult leaders sponsored Den 3’s scouts at the Hidden Cave this last Sunday,  Dec 17.  All told,  over 25 scouts and adults were able to get into the cave this trip.  It was a great learning experience and a fun time was had be all.  See photos by clicking HERE or go to The Cubs Corner, Den 3 Photo page!

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Great Tour to Mt. Hopkins - Fred Whipple Observatory - 11 Troop 555 scouts and adults attended the Mt. Whipple Observatory tour on Dec. 09.  Absolutely fantastic trip !  Mr. Villasenor kicked-off the Astronomy Merit Badge with this trip and it was great !  Triple Nickel also extends a huge Thank you to Mr. Park Thoreson and Dan B. - for this great trip !  Scouts were in the right place at the right time and met a very famous astronomer - Dr. Gaspar B. Who is credited with finding the largest Exo planet in the universe - outside of our solar system.  Scouts learned about telescopes, equipment and methods of gazing the stars !  Gamma Ray Reflector scopes, the HAT Project (only those who went on the trip know what this stands for), and the huge rotating MMT were toured.  You can view out photos by clicking HERE or going to our photo page.  Great Trip !

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We  ran the last 2nd and 1st Class Map and Compass course of the year, this last Sunday, Dec. 10.   Only 6 scouts called or took advantage of this course (needed for advancement and eligibility on our next trip).  This was a good course (see photos under our 2006 On-Going Activity Photos”)

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Mr. Villasenor is counseling the Astronomy Merit Badge - The Mt. Hopkins Tour of the 6.5 meter Telescopes is this coming Saturday,  Dec. 9.  All interested scouts will meet at the VFW at 7:00 am and bring a sack lunch also.  Please don’t  be late as we have to leave on time to catch the bus at the bottom of the mountain for this tour !  Great opportunity - Don’t Miss It !

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Movie Premier Ticket Sales now due! Please turn-in your sales for the movie premier on Dec.16th.  Sales are due this week !

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Christmas Parade  Fundraiser and Tumacacori Service Project Info - This is a great way to put a little money in your account for the ski trip coming up !  We meet at Alamo Plaza (Domino’s Pizza) in-front of Food City at 6:00pm.  Parade should be over about 8:00 and we all meet at  Larriva’s at 8:45 PM to leave to Tumacacori for our 27th Annual Service Project.  You had better get some sleep on Saturday during the day because you wont sleep Saturday night!  Be sure to bring your permission slip and money for breakfast Sunday morning.

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Scouts who have not paid their  registration Fees will not be able to attend the Tumacacori Festival Service Project ! -

Please get your $20.00 paid now to be eligible for events !

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Troop 555 held it’s 1st Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Left-over Dinner at our last meeting !- Patrols cooked Turkey Tacos, Turkey Enchiladas, Turkey and Red Chili Tortas, Turkey Mole, Roasted Turkey, Orange glazed Turkey, Breaded Turkey, Pepsi Turkey, Turkey Chili, Chocolate Turkey - but No Turkey Sandwiches !  Great time had by all and I didn’t even need Rolaids !  

Good Job Patrols !

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Troop 555 Camped at Mowry Flats Nov. 17 thru Nov.19th and watched the Leonid Meteor Showers !  - This was one of the most enjoyable camps that we have been on in the last few years !  22 Scouts had 14 Archery Stations set-up and the “Most Comfortable Camp” theme.  Food was great and the weather was cool at night, but after the campfire the Troop 555 “Desert Oasis” theater played “Nacho Libre” and” Into the Blue” for entertainment.  Thanks to lots of adult help - Rene, Manny, Beto, Lee, Alex, David to help make this a great camp!  

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Special Thanks to Ariel, Jaime and Charlie - For representing Troop 555 with me at the Veteran’s Day Parade.  We attended the services at City Hall after the parade and our groups got a photo op with the Mayor of Nogales.  Thanks again guys !

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Veteran’s Day Parade, Mowry Camp, Tumacacori Service Project, Christmas Parade and Sunrise Ski Trip Prep all Happening Now !!!   Advancement necessary for some of these !   Get Moving NOW !!

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October and November Birthdays -  Happy Birthday to:

(October Birthdays) - Diego A.,  Pablo M.,  Sebastian S.

(November Birthdays) - Adan G.,    Charles B.,     Armando A.,     Jaime F.,         Michael S.,    Diego U.

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A Special thanks to Mr. Oscar V. - Who set up the Star Party at the Smithsonian Institute this last Saturday night, Oct. 28.  We had 23 scouts, adults, and family members attend this event.  It was a fantastic night - skies were clear and temps were great!  We are really looking forward to taking the tour of the 6.5 meter telescope on Mt. Hopkins this coming December.  Mr. V. Will be counseling the Astronomy Merit Badge.      See Pictures here or in our Photo Album Under 2006 Misc Activity and Meeting Photos.                   

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Troop 555 Attended the Zoo Art Project  - For Reid Park Zoo at the Teyeacha Park on Saturday, Oct. 28.  Seven scouts and 1 adult painted 10 or 12  of the 55 gallon trash barrels for Reid Park Zoo.  The cans came out nice and the troop was asked to take on an expanded part of this project next year.  It was a lot of fun !   See Pictures here or in our Photo Album Under 2006 Misc Activity and Meeting Photos.

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Triple Nickel Scouts also helped-out with the Book Fair at the Nogales Library - on Saturday, Oct 28.  Scouts showed up and helped put up boothes and also take down the event that afternoon.

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Triple Nickel goes Diving !  The troop hosted 44 total divers and instructors on its dive trip to San Carlos Mexico October 12th thru 16th.  The troop made its Headquarters at the Condominios Pilar, which was just perfect.  We rented 2 boats from Gary’s Dive Shop but one of them broke down and we had to compromise our second day of diving.  Aside from a few problems, most dives were great and the San Pedro Island dive (1 dive only) was great. Water temperature was 84 degrees and no jellyfish !  The surface conditions going to the island was choppy to say the least and if we had gotten an earlier start like we wanted to, we could have saved 3 hours of daylight and diving.   Well,  next time we know better.  Congratulations to all scouts and family members who received their Open Water Certification and to all those divers who got their advanced dives in also.  A very Special thanks goes out to Mr. Ken  L. and  Dr. Saul, who really put forth a super effort to help me make this trip happen!!  See Photos Here!

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We got off to a rough start at the Double V Scout Ranch this last weekend, but decided to turn it into a fun weekend for our Scouts !  We located a campsite that we made into our home for the weekend.  Scouts set-up an archery site and a few of Pack 555’s Dens took advantage of this.  Triple-Nickel Scout Lifeguards were on-hand for the afternoon swim session at the Double V Pool (Nice Pool).  We were supposed to sponsor the Pack for various events but plans had changed late Friday night..  Our scouts performed a service project Saturday afternoon to help earn our keep at camp. Scouts worked hard and some scouts suffered more (Charlie) than others on this project.   (Click Here for Pictures)

Troop 555 would also like to take this space and Thank Mr. Tim Werner for putting up with us all weekend and also to extend our sincerest condolences to him and his family on the loss of his grandson.

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The water is running at Sycamore Canyon !  Sycamore Canyon Hike was fantastic !  We had never seen more butterflies than we saw this weekend !  Millions of them !  The pools were full and the water was great ! (See Photos Here) . The canyon was full of brilliant colors.  Looking forward to our next backpack trip out here again.  If you missed this, you missed a great hike..

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Map and Compass Course held  on Sunday 09/17/06.  Scouts attending passed 2nd Class and 1st Class Requirements for Map and Compass.  Good Course !!

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Triple Nickel Scouts and Adults who have birthdays in September:  Andrew U.  Michael G.,   Diego V.  Eddie Siordia, and Mr. Larriva  -  Happy Birthday to All !!!

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Congratulations to Triple-Nickel’s Newest OA members! Diego A.  Michael G.  Diego V.  Alex L.  Fernando L.  Manny V.  Saul K.  Taylor W.  David G.  Kenny L.  Andrew U.  Brian B.  Bobby B.  Phils B.  Armando A.  Nick E.  Mr. Rene Martinez, Dr. Saul Kramer all earned their Ordeal Sash this last weekend at Camp Lawton.  The group, along with Steve Mayer had volunteered to take down one of the old water tanks that had not been in use for years. It was an exceptional project to which Troop 555 Scouts and a few other new friends of Troop 555 got a chance to prove our colors !  Great job guys! (Click Here for Photos) You can be proud of the way you passed your ordeal and remember it every time you look at your sash !  We have 3 members who could not make this ordeal but maybe can make it up on December 9th at the next Ordeal at the Double V Scout Ranch.

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Iron Chef Cookout - We always have a good time when we cook at the meetings.  This week, it rained - no, it poured as we were getting our grills and stoves set-up.  That  didn’t stop  competition.  Heck it didn’t even slow it down.  As a scoutmaster, I have got to say that I have never seen this level of cooking in our troop before.  This was fantastic and I can’t wait to see what happens next time.  A very special “Thank You” goes out to John Bache-Wiig, Ken Larriva and Manny Gerardo for being our judges this time around!

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Map course Plotting Meeting - It  was surprizing to see how many errors came up during this exercise, but it was a good exercise. We will plan more of these to go along with cross-country backpacking later this year.  Good job to the patrol who made it to Walmart and back in such a short period of time.

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Congratulations to Bobby Brubaker - Passed his Eagle Board of Review on 08/24/06 - Great Board Bobby !!

Congratulations  to Phil Baffert -  He was awarded his Eagle Rank at the Lion’s Club meeting Aug. 29th. ........................................................................................................................................................................................

Last Meeting 08/22/06 - Compass and Mapmaking - “Down and Dirty” review.  All scouts will need compass, flashlight and possibly a rain poncho for next weeks’ meeting.

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TRANSPORTATION TO SAN CARLOS FOR SCUBA CERTIFICATION TRIP -  We need to set-up transportation and rooms in San Carlos for the check-out trip.  If your parents are planning to attend this trip,  please let Steve Mayer know so that we can coordinate rides for scouts and equipment.  We are very short on transportation at this time.

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SCUBA Classes Started on 08/16/06 -  We had 22 scouts and a few parents show up at Alexander’s for Scuba Course Sign-ups.  This, combined with approximately 12 scouts who will take the Advanced Diver Course and another 7 or 8 who just want to go diving, promise to make this one good troop activity.  The check-out dives will happen over a 4 day trip to San Carlos, Mexico over the Fall School break.   There is still time to get signed-up for this great course !  Click on our calendar for class dates !

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Next meeting on 08/22/06 - Every scout needs to bring his own compass.  If you have to buy one, please make sure that you purchase a Silva Map Compass or a Suunto compass.  Please stay away from the Coleman compasses or lensatic compasses at this time.

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Knot Tying meeting  (08/15/06) - Troop 555’s way to teach the knots !   It’s a wet but fun meeting.

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First Meeting of the New School Year - We had our first meeting of the new school year on Tuesday night, Aug. 8.  Items discussed - SCUBA  courses, City Recycle Program (Also meeting this Saturday morning at 7:00AM), class b uniforms and upcoming campout at Lake Patagonia (Water fight Campout).   Talk to your patrol leader for details if you missed the meeting!

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Congratulations to all OA candidates elected earlier this year- The Ordeal that we sill go to  is scheduled for September 8,9,10th on Mt. Lemmon.  We will leave after school on Friday. Candidates are:  Diego A., Armando A., Phil B., Bobby B., Brian B.  Issac G., David G., Michael G., Saul K., Kenny L., Alex L., Fernando L., Michael S., Andrew U., Diego V., Manny V., Taylor W., and our adult canididate is Mr. Martinez.

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City Of Nogales Recycle Program - Last Thursday’s recycle session had to be cancelled by the City due to bad weather the night before.  All city workers were busy repairing streets.  Was rescheduled to  Wednesday,  Aug. 2 and then cancelled because only 2 scouts showed up.  We had a little better showing on Thursday.  4 scouts out of the 9 that committed to go, actually showed up.  Thursday was then cancelled because of rain.  I really thank the scouts who showed up and I will credit them with time put in, but we really need to address the problem of scouts who commit and then don’t show up.   

                                                                       Any suggestions on how to handle this?

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Meeting:   07/25/06 - Practiced round, square and diagonal lashings and then the scouts lashed together a 14 foot tower.  All members climbed on the tower and it held - until the bottom supports started to split, then everybody got off - fast.  We decided not to meet next week and resume meetings on Aug. 8 - the first day of school.  We have to get SCUBA sign-ups that night.

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Meeting:   07/18/06 - We had an easy meeting today.  We only had about 21 scouts show-up.  City Recycle volunteers for this Wednesday and Thurdsay  3:00 to 8:00 pm.  Had a big Bacon game and discussed  fundraisers.

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Huge “Thank You” from the Soto Family and also from your scoutmaster, to those scouts who showed-up in uniform and also to volunteered to park cars and shuttle visitors up to the Soto’s home and back down again during services for their daughter, Lauren, who lost her life in a tragic accident.   Kenny, Philippe, Andrew  and Ivan -  Thank you.

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Great thanks to the 7 scouts who helped out with the City of Nogales Recycle program this last Thrusday.   50% of the proceeds will go into each scout’s own account and the balance to the troop.  Next day for our Troop:  Wednesday, July 26 and  Thursday, July 27,  at 3:00 pm - City Works Building.

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Meeting:   07/11/06 - We had an easy meeting today.  We only had about 21 scouts show-up.  City Recycle volunteers for this Saturday,  7:00 to 12:00 noon.  Discuss up-coming campout.  Went to the City Park and played post-world cup soccer game.

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4th of July Celebration - A very special thank you to all scouts and adults who attended the 4th of July festivities at Fleitcher Park this last Tuesday.  Troop 555 scouts helped to pass-out the give-away gifts and help out in other areas.  A  fantastic fireworks show followed.  Troop 555 also thanks Mayor Albert Kramer, Jaime Fontes, and Cecilia for the opportunity to help out.

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City of Nogales Recycling Project -  Great opportunity at a fundraiser!  The City of Nogales has passed an ordinance that all households will have recycle bins along with new trash bins.  Troop 555 has been invited to help pass-out new bins starting in the Meadow Hills area and continuing until the whole city is covered.   We had 3 scouts and 1 adult show up on Friday and 4 scouts and 1 adult on Saturday.   It was a hot day, but 5 people equaled the amount of deliveries that 15 people in another group delivered.  This program should  last approx. 1 month and the City of Nogales will give us special days for delivery so that we dont have to compete with other groups for delivery options.   Hope to see more troop members help out next time.  Thank you  Diego A,  Manny V.,  Taylor W. And Ivan R. -for your diligence !     Check  back for new project dates !

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Lake Patagonia Waterfight Campout - We have this campout every year and every year the adults and senior scouts win the waterfight (See the rules below):

Rule #1: Adults and Senior Scouts Always win.

Rule #2: See Rule #1

All joking aside, this is a fun campout, but it is hot. You will have your choice of either suffering of heat exhaustion or being water-logged. Scouts can get lots of fishing time in, but have to watch the weather. Nobody on the lake if it is going to storm. We had to evacuate the island last year because the water level raised so much, let’s see if we can do it again this year!

Date is tentative and depends on summer camp schedule.

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CPR Course – New numbers have come out and we are now teaching American Heart Association CPR courses using the new rules. If you are new, or your certification card is about to expire in the next couple on months, join us and get trained on the new numbers. You could save a life !

Check with your scoutmaster for schedule information.

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First Aid Merit Badge and American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid Course - We will be running a few of these courses in July and August. Please e-mail the scoutmaster to sign-up for one of these courses. Information covered will completely cover all Tenderfoot, 2nd Class and 1st Class first aid requirements, the First Aid merit badge and you will also receive the AHA First Aid course card. Email me at smayer@therealtroop555.com

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Swimming and Lifesaving Merit Badges - The City of Nogales is letting us use the main pool at the Recreation Center on Hohokam Drive to run these two merit badges. We can use them a few evenings during the week. We pay a small rental fee and this cost will be passed on to the scouts attending.

The Swimming merit badge is a prerequisite for the Lifesaving MB. Please sign-up at the meetings or Email me for a current schedule. smayer@therealtroop555.com

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Motorboating and Water Skiing Merit Badge -   Limited number of spaces are open and will take quite a few trips out to the lake to complete these merit badges.  Lots of useful info. Provided to make you a safe motorboat operator.  Sign up now !

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