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December 2016 Indoor Climbing

TROOP 1128 December Indoor Climbing
Vertical Rock Manassas
December 10-11, 2016


DETAILS: Troop 1128 is going on an outing December 10-11, 2016 to an indoor climbing gym, Vertical Rock Manassas, at 10225 Nokesville Rd, Manassas, VA. This is an overnight lock-in. After two hours of climbing and belying instruction, scouts can climb all night, play games, and/or sleep. The gym has a wide range of routes rated from 5.5 to 5.14 and a bouldering area. There will be NO tent camping and NO patrol cooking, but pizza, snacks, and drinks will be available.
Scouts should wear class B uniform shirt, loose-fitting athletic shorts or pants, and sneakers. The gym will be able to provide climbing shoes for most scouts. Scouts should bring a sleeping bag, toiletries, and (optional) playing cards or other favorite game. No previous climbing experience is necessary. The trip is open to all Scouts. In addition to the form below, parents must complete the waiver for each scout at

DEADLINE: Because final numbers must be given to Vertical Rock four days in advance, scouts must sign up AND turn in their permission slip and $40 fee by Tuesday, December 6, 8:30PM. LATE SIGN UPS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

SCHEDULE: Scouts should arrive at Andrew Chapel on Saturday, December 10, no later than 7:30 PM (evening). We will depart promptly at 8:0 PM (evening), and will return by 8:30 AM (morning) on Sunday, December 11.

COSTS: There is a $40.00 fee per participant (Scout and adult) to cover the facility fee, Vertical Rock climbing staff, equipment rental, and pizza. Adult participants who do not plan to climb pay $10.00.

PARENTS: Drivers may be needed to get us to Manassas Saturday evening and to pick us up on Sunday morning. It is approximately 35 miles one-way to the climbing gym. Please indicate if you can help with transportation for your son.

CONTACT: Please contact ASM Conrad Hertzler ( with any questions.

Scout for Food – November 5th and 12th

Scout for Food

November 5th and 12th


Scouting for Food is an annual food collection orchestrated by the Scouts from the National Capital Area Council.

Local Scouts distribute plastic bags to homes across the region and return to pick up the bags, now filled with food, one week later. Collected food is turned over to local foodbanks for distribution to needy families in the area. This is the single largest community service project that the Scouts participate in all year.

Our yearly Scouting for Food Drive starts Saturday November 5th with distribution of bags and adults and Scouts are needed for this important Troop 1128 activity that helps the needy. We need to have at least 23 parents to drive and all Scouts to place the bags (with flyers inside) at the front of houses. A map will be provided to each driver for the area assigned to them for bag distribution.


Junior Leadership Training (Fall 2016)

Junior Leadership Training (JLT)

October 29, 2016: 9 AM – 3 PM


The PLC will conduct JLT training on Saturday, October 29th from 9 AM to 3 PM. Lunch will be served.

Junior Leadership Training is a Scout’s first exposure to leading in the Patrol setting. Youth protection, issue management, and working as a team are the focus. The program is executed through scenarios delivered in videos and practical exercises.

The training is recommended for Scouts after reaching 2nd Class. All Patrol positions of responsibility require JLT attendance at least once in a Scout’s career. This training is also required for the Basic level of the Troop Achievement Award.

JLT is offered twice each program year. So, if you cannot make the entire training due to a schedule conflict, please sign-up the next time when you can make the whole class.


November 2016 Rope Course Campout



Troop 1128 Climbing Campout

The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School
November 19-20, 2016

DETAILS: Troop 1128 is going on a climbing and camping trip to The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, Maryland, on November 19-20, 2016.

On Saturday morning, we will drive to The Adventure Park, where we will first spend approximately 30 minutes getting a safety briefing on The Adventure Park and the use of the double-connected, “always-locked-on” safety harness system.  We will then have about 3 hours to climb The Adventure Park’s challenge bridges and ride the zip lines on the Park’s 13 color-coded trails based on difficulty and age limit.  More information about the Park can be found here:

After climbing on Saturday, the Patrols will engage in a Patrol Competition before we check into the campsites located on the grounds of the Adventure Park.  Patrols will cook dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.


October Backpacking Trip to Dolly Sods Wilderness

Dolly Sods Fall Color

Dolly Sods Backpacking Trip
Columbus Day Weekend – October 8-10, 2016

This year for the first time we are going to Dolly Sods in the Fall!  There are many benefits to doing it this time of year:

  • There will be fewer people so we can camp in areas that are normally too crowded
  • The fall colors are great
  • There are increased opportunities for wildlife viewing

DETAILS: Troop 1128 is going on a 3-day backpacking trip to Dolly Sods Wilderness near Petersburg, WV, on October 8-10, 2016 (Columbus Day Weekend).
The trip is open to Scouts with experience on other Troop backpacking trips. It is not suitable for Scouts who have never been backpacking, or for new Scouts.
This is a true backpacking experience. We will be backpacking a total of 15 miles over three days, and carrying all equipment, tents, stoves, food, and water.
Proper personal equipment is essential, including pack, boots, sleeping bag, rain gear and clothing.
The recommended equipment checklist is available on the Troop website. There will be a pack inspection prior to the trip.
Average October temperatures in the mountains are 65°F day and 40°F night. Rain is always a possibility.
Layers of clothing, a good rain jacket and rain pants (no ponchos) and a sleeping bag rated down to 25°F are required for safety and comfort.


Troop Fair, Webelos Visit, Family Dinner and COH

To all Troop 1128 Scouting Families:

The annual Troop Fair and Court of Honor (COH) will be held on Saturday 24 September 2016.

A detailed schedule of the day’s activities could be found here.

The Troop fair will is our opportunity to welcome 2nd year Webelos Cub Scouts from many of the cub scout packs in the area. Scouts are asked to be at Andrew Chapel at 9 AM to help assemble the exhibits to welcome cub scouts who will arrive in the afternoon. Parents are invited to see the exhibits at 330 PM.

At 515 PM we will have a cook-out and troop dinner. The troop Court of Honor will start at 630 PM.




Introduction to Backpacking
Massanutten Mountain
September 17-18, 2016Change of Location:  Due to dry conditions/limited water in GWNF, the trip location has been changed to Massanutten Mountain, near reliable water from Strasburg Reservoir.


2017 National Jamboree

Troop 1128 scouts have the opportunity to participate in the 2017 BSA National Jamboree from July 19-28, 2017. The National Jamboree is an event that only happens every four years and typically just once during each boy’s years as a scout. The National Jamboree will be held at The Summit BSA High Adventure Base near Mt. Hope, West Virginia, where it also was held during July 2013. More than 40,000 scout participants from every state in the country will attend, making it sort of an Olympics of scouting. The Summit will also be the site of the next World Jamboree during the summer of 2019; the most recent World Jamboree was held in Japan in 2015.


Introduction to Backpacking

Introduction to Backpacking
George Washington National Forest
September 17-18, 2016

Troop 1128 is going on a backpacking trip on September 17-18, 2016 to George Washington National Forest near Wardensville, WV.

The trip is open to Scouts who have been to Goshen, or who have experience on three other Troop camping trips.  This trip is not otherwise suitable for new Scouts.


First Meeting

Hello scouts, scouters and parents,

Hopefully everyone has had a great summer and you are ready to get back into our scouting program. I know the Troop emails have provided some updates over the past few week but here are a few items for all of you:

  • Tomorrow, Tuesday 9/6, will be our first troop meeting of the 2016-2017 calendar. 
  • We have a critical need for volunteers for the Troop Fair which is scheduled for 9/24. This event is occurring earlier than normal so we need to start our planning quickly. We need 4-5 parents volunteers to make this event successful. Please let me know if you can volunteer. Also, I will like to have an initial planning session tomorrow so please come to the meeting if you can.
  • We also have need for other volunteers in other areas but we will cover that topic at the Troop Committee meeting on 9/20.

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow at the Troop meeting.

Gus Vazquez
Troop 1128 Committee Chair


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