Boy Scouts of America Troop 17

St. John's Episcopal Church, Roanoke, VA

Upcoming Troop 17 Meetings and Events


Monday 7th – No Meeting (North Cross Spring Break)

Monday, 14th – Meeting: Merit Badge Classes

Monday, 21st – Meeting.  Merit Badge Classes/ Prepare for Hike Campout

Friday 25th – Sunday 27th Hike Campout

Monday, 28th  Meeting: Merit Badge Classes

Lawrence Farm Campout 3/25-3/27/22


12-Day expedition will arrive at Philmont on: 6/25/2022 and will depart Philmont on 7/7/2022

  • The 12-Day Reservation fee is $1,295.00/person with payment schedule as follows:

    • Deposit of $150.00/person due 1/30/2021

    • Advance of $572.50/person due 10/1/2021

    • Balance of $572.50/person due 3/1/2022

  • All payments must be made by check (credit/debit cards are not accepted) payable to Philmont Scout Ranch, 17 Deer Run Rd, Cimarron, NM 87714.

  • All payments must be accompanied by a Philmont invoice.

  • To avoid financial risk, please be sure to collect fees in advance from participants.

  • Keep in mind that 8 participants are required for a minimum crew. We strongly urge that you be conservative to avoid forfeiting fees. You can add participants up to a maximum of 12 in a crew (includes youth and adults) through 3/1/2022.

  • A crew requires a minimum of 2 adults, 21 years of age or older, with a strong recommendation for 3 adults and 4 being the maximum with a majority being youths.

  • Youth need to be 14 years old OR 13 years old and completed 8th grade by 6/25/2022.

If you are interested in going to Philmont, please contact Scoutmaster Lawrence.

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Working on the cycling merit badge


pictures from campout October 9-11


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Troop 17:
          As you know we have a camping trip on the schedule for this weekend. Not having scouts last week because of North Cross spring break probably disrupted the flow of communication and I got a mixed reaction from the Scouts when we discussed it at the meeting on Monday night. Hopefully by now they’ve had a chance to think it through.
           The plan is simple and relaxed We will meet at the church at 5:30 on Friday evening and plan to leave from there to go to my farm in Craig County. Some parents will need to drive, so if you Google Triangle Breeze Lane, New Castle it will take you there. We will finish up late morning on Sunday. Verizon does not have a signal there but UScellular and Sprint do. Verizon has a signal in the town of New Castle so be sure to make your calls before you leave town. We will finish up late Sunday morning. Parents can plan to be there to pick the kids up at about 11 but if you need to make other arrangements you can always call me on my cell 535-5949
          We have always called this Mountain Man camp out but everybody had so much fun backpacking last time that we will add an element of that to this trip. IIf anyone’s backpack is too heavy, I will also drive my vehicle with the extra gear to the second campsite. We will set up camp the first night and sleep under the stars on a ridge near my cabin, then move camp on Saturday to a new spot a couple of miles away, where we will build survival shelters for Saturday night. It will be cool, which is the best time to camp because there should be few or no bugs. The two places where we are camping both provide an excellent opportunity to hear the male eastern wild turkeys sound off as they try to gather their hens. I heard one on Monday morning.
        In addition to building our shelters we will also be cooking meals over open fires. I plan to bring a bag dinner for Friday night, cook oatmeal, cocoa and an apple for breakfast, a sandwich and fruit and bottle of water for lunch, a can of stew, a bagel and Gatorade for dinner. I might eat a tin of sardines with dinner too. I’ll probably have the same breakfast on Sunday morning. Water, hot chocolate, Gatorade and juice are always good to have any time. I usually bring a bag of top Ramen as a late snack.
         In addition to cooking and building shelters and fires we will use our compasses to find our way to the next camp. We will have a fire building competition on Saturday afternoon Please review the scout handbook to see which requirements for tenderfoot second class or first class might be met by planning your meals, knot tying, first aid, etc. Bring your scout books so I can send you off on any of these requirements that you meet.
         Please sign up with the attached link so I will have an idea of how many to expect. Please indicate if you need to borrow a backpack from the troop. This is a great opportunity to start backpacking in preparation for Philmont. I will be there Friday evening and can drive a couple of scouts but I am not returning to Roanoke on Sunday. Please sign up as soon as possible.
        Yours in Scouting,
          David Lawrence