Troop News

2018 Duke Merit Badge College

posted by Matthew Cox

The 2018 Duke Merit Badge College will be on October 27th, and will offer a number of merit badges, and several Eagle-required merit badges. Please use this link to sign up for any badges that interest you for the weekend.

Fall 2018 Siwash!

posted Sep 27, 2018, 10:07 AM by Scout Master   [ updated Sep 27, 2018, 10:15 AM ]

One of our most popular camping trips of the year is rescheduled for September 29-30th at 
Camp Campbell

What's Siwash?

Siwash was a originally a trade language used by European settlers and Pacific Northwest Indians in the 19th century, but the term "Siwash" has become a term commonly used to refer to camping without a tent. For our Siwash, Scouts will be camping without tents (building outdoor shelters), preparing their own food (foraged or packed), and enjoying the crisp fall weather!

What exactly will we be doing?

We will be learning how to build shelters & plan on sleeping in them, it would be a good idea to team up & build together.
We will work on starting fires without matches.
Fishing will be an option.

What do we need to bring?

Scouts are responsible for own food, there is water available at Camp Campbell.
Scouts should be prepared, and should dress appropriately for the weather. This means layering could be important for this trip. 

Scouts should bring $5 for their driver.

Essentials to consider packing:
  • sleeping bag
  • pocket knife
  • rain jacket
  • change of socks
  • flash light
  • small tarp
  • matches
  • water bottle
  • Poly-cord rope (50-100 feet)
  • Mess Kit
  • Fishing stuff
  • dryer lint (for starting fires)
  • hatchet or pack saw if you have your Totin' Chip
Food Suggestions
  • Breakfast bars, or Ramen, trail mix (think small and light)
  • Foil, oil, and spices if want to fish and cook your catch
  • Soup mixes
  • Bagged tuna or chicken

What are the Logistics?

We will meet at the Scout Shed 10:00AM Saturday the 29th, and departing by 10:15AM. 
We could stop for breakfast on Sunday if we wanted- if so, scouts would need extra cash.
We will return by 11:00AM on Sunday the 30th. We will be sending out an ETA via the Troop Remind app.
A Scout is Courteous- Scouts should bring 5$ for their driver.

If you have questions about the campout, ask your patrol leader at the upcoming Troop Meeting. If you have logistics questions, please email the Troop Outdoor Chair.

Camping Updates for October and November

posted Sep 25, 2018, 5:22 AM by Scout Master

The Patrol Leaders Council has decided to make the October Campout an overnight local backpacking trip in lieu of the backpacking trip scheduled for the weekend of November 16-18. The PLC has decided to participate in the Occoneechee Council Day of Service at Camp Durant, instead. The Day of Service is designed to help in making repairs and readying Camp Durant after the damage recently caused by Hurricane Florence.

This change does not affect the Punkin' Chunkin' to be held at Camp Campbell the first weekend of November.

2018-2019 Campout List

posted Aug 31, 2018, 9:00 AM by Matthew Cox   [ updated Sep 7, 2018, 5:50 AM by Scout Master ]

9/21/2018Reed Gold MineReed Gold Mine, Concord, NC
9/29/2018SIWASHCamp Campbell
10/12/2018Water Camping (TBD)
10/19/2018JOTARaleigh, NC
11/2/2018Punkin' Chunkin'Camp Campbell
11/16/2018Local Backpacking
12/1/2018Triangle Rock ClubTriangle Rock Club
12/15/2018Local Backpacking
1/18/2019FreezereeCamp Campbell
2/2/2019Snow Trip
2/15/2019Local Backpacking
2/22/2019Yorktown CampingUSS Yorktown, Charleston, SC
3/1/2019Ft. BraggFt. Bragg, NC
4/5/2019CrossoverJordan Lake
4/26/2019District CamporeeCamp Campbell

Meeting Plans, 2018-2019

posted Aug 30, 2018, 7:47 AM by Matthew Cox   [ updated Sep 7, 2018, 6:04 AM by Scout Master ]

The PLC has set the meeting plans for 2018-2019! See below for a list of each meetings' plans for the year.

DateMeeting ActivityPatrol Leading
8/28/2018Annual Plan Presentation by PLCPLC
9/4/2018Fire Building CompetitionCrocks
9/11/2018COH Monday, Sept 10- no MeetingDragons
9/25/2018Cooking- Dutch OvenGeckos
10/2/2018Fishing- Clean and CookSpartans
10/9/2018HAM Radio- JOTACrocks
10/16/2018HAM Radio- JOTADragons
10/23/2018Punkin Chunkin Build DayGators
10/30/2018Punkin Chunkin Build DayGeckos
11/27/2018Advancement NightGators
12/4/2018Fencing BasicsGeckos
12/11/2018Cartesian DiversCrocks
12/25/2018No Meeting- Christmas
1/1/2019No Meeting- New Year's Day
1/8/2019Knife Kit AssemblyCrocks
1/15/2019Knife SheathDragons
1/22/2019Tomahawk MakingGators
1/29/2019Tomahawk MakingGeckos
2/5/2019Tomahawk/Knife ThrowingSpartans
2/12/2019Gun Safety/Gun ShowCrocks
2/19/2019Guest SpeakerDragons
2/26/2019K9 DemonstrationGators
3/5/2019First Class Scout Skills OlympicsGeckos
3/12/2019First Class Scout Skills OlympicsSpartans
3/19/2019First Class Scout Skills OlympicsCrocks
3/26/2019First Class Scout Skills OlympicsDragons

Troop 400 30th Anniversary Schedule of Events

posted Jul 18, 2018, 7:50 AM by Scout Master

We are excited for a great weekend of celebration for Troop 400! Below is a schedule of events, with links to the Troop website for events signups, where needed. As of Tuesday eve, we have almost 150 people registered to attend this weekend's festivities! We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, 7/20
   7:00PM - Until -   Set- up tables, chairs, stage/podium, decorations at Gymnasium/FLC
Saturday, 7/21
  9:00AM - 11:00AM - Service Project at Picnic Shelter, Aldersgate Church - Sign up on the Troop events Page!
  5PM - Doors open for Celebration and Dinner, fellowship and swapping stories 
  6PM - Dinner is served/started
  6:40PM (approx.) - Celebration and Memories Program
  8:00PM - Tear down/Clean-up gymnasium
  8:30PM - Overnight Family Camp out on the Activities Field - Sign up on the Troop events Page!
Sunday, 7/22
  7AM - Reveille; Break camp
  8AM - Depart/pick up at camp

Troop 400 30th Anniversary Reunion Update!

posted Jul 11, 2018, 6:49 AM by Scout Master

Man-O-Man, the T400 30th reunion celebration and all the related activities is just around the corner. Here are some more particulars - and some areas with which we will need the help of all Troop members!!

1. If you haven't already done it - make your reservation NOW!!  Maggiano's IS CATERING AND THEIR FOOD IS ALWAYS GREAT!

2. We're setting up and doing some decorating on Friday evening starting at 7pm. We need Scouts and Scouter families to help put out tables and chairs, arrange movable dividers, and put up decorations. If you can help, let Ms Bosecker know (

3. Saturday morning service project - some simple work to help clean and spruce up the area around the picnic shelter and gravel trail leading to the flag pole. . We will have some tools at the site, but need a few more tools (yard rakes, shovels, and gloves) and a few more bodies to do the work! Let Mr Howe ( or Mr Gordon ( know if you are going to be able to help.

4. Sat eve dinner and Celebration - Doors open at 5p, dinner starts at 6p, celebration starts a little after 6:30p. We are asking all current T400 Scouts and Scouters to attend and wear Class A uniform. We'll need a few boys to help with seating, assist with checking people in as they arrive, and any last minute decorations or activities.

5. Campout Sat evening-  starts after Ceremony and gym cleanup. Need to let Mr Howe know if you (and any members of your family) are camping with us! Campfire planned - unless it's pouring rain!  If it starts raining hard - we have a plan B (in the form of a big old gymnasium floor...!!

PS -  Mr Howe is still looking to borrow or find a Camp Cherokee T-shirt to finish up our "shirt line" display. Let him know if you have one he can use for the event!!

This is gonna be A BLAST - and we hope you can join us!!

Worried About Packing for Camp?

posted Jun 13, 2018, 7:10 AM by Scout Master

What to Bring

Other than some basic items, different people and units will bring different items with them. A good exercise is to think about your perfect week at camp, and bring the items that you see in your mental picture. If you want to spend the afternoon fishing on the edge of the lake, don’t forget your fishing rod and tackle box. To help keep you from forgetting those all important items, we have a list below to help you when you are packing.

Personal Equipment

  • Complete Scout uniform
  • T-shirts
  • shorts or long pants
  • swim trunks
  • any Merit Badge-specific clothing
  • underwear
  • socks
  • insect repellent
  • Footware for Boating
  • hat, if desired
  • sweater or jacket
  • extra shoes or boots
  • poncho or rain gear
  • notebook and pencil or pen
  • Scout Handbook
  • merit badge pamphlets (if needed)
  • watch (very important)
  • washcloth and towel
  • toiletry items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. No glass bottles)
  • flashlight with new batteries
  • sleeping bag or sheets & blankets
  • alarm clock (optional)
  • disc golf disc (optional)
  • pocketknife
  • footlocker or suitcase or backpack
  • laundry bag
  • hand sanitizer

Unit Equipment

  • Unit flag
  • First aid kits
  • Patrol flags
  • Bow saws
  • Lanterns
  • Rope
  • Extra plastic
  • Brooms
  • Water hose

What Not to Bring to Camp

Personal rifles or other firearms, ammunition, and bows, including paintball guns, are not allowed in camp; only those supplied by the Shooting Sports area are to be used. Sheath knives with blades longer than 4” are also not allowed at camp. Any such equipment brought to camp must be delivered to the Camp Director when the unit checks in; it will be returned when the unit checks out. In addition, no pets of any kind are allowed at camp; this is policy of the Boy Scouts of America and includes visitors. 

Finally, we strongly recommend that items such as mobile phones, radios, music players, electronic games, and other electronic devices not be brought to camp. Summer camp is an outdoor experience, and these items are not appropriate to that experience. Camps are not responsible for personal or Unit items that are damaged, lost or stolen. 

Have Scouts bring a footlocker or locking suitcase and provide an extra key for the unit leader. That way, if one key is lost, the spare one will be stored safely. With the heat and humidity of June and July, it would be advisable to have a change of clothing for each day of the week. Cell phones for Scouts are not necessary. Considering that there are no provisions to charge them and that reception is weak at best, Scouts are advised to leave them at home.

UCAN Eagle Project Opportunities

posted Jun 12, 2018, 10:52 AM by Scout Master

Urban Community AgroNomics has a number of potential Eagle Projects requested. Click on this link for their Contact information and to inquire about ways you can help! A sample of requested projects is attached.

Reed Gold Mine Camping Trip

posted Jun 7, 2018, 8:30 AM by Scout Master

Troop 400 will be camping on the Reed Gold Mine State Historic site property September 21-23rd. Scouts will have the opportunity to also earn the Mining in Society merit badge, taught on site. This is a great opportunity to camp in a unique historical site, and to earn a rare merit badge, all in one weekend!

Signups are available on the Troop Events Page. Please note- there is a separate Merit Badge signup, as space is limited to 20 Scouts for the class.

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