Scouting Forever Memorial Fund

Scouting Families,

Troop 77 is honored to announce the establishment of the Scouting Forever Memorial Fund to celebrate the life of Carl Rickert II. We are forever thankful for the contributions he made to our Scouting Family and continue to carry his memories with us during every Scouting adventure.

Carl’s passion for Scouting and the impact he had in the lives of young men continues on as we travel along the Scouting trail. The Scouting Forever Memorial Fund is established to allow our scouts with financial need to participate in Scouting programs and activities that may not otherwise have the financial resources to experience our Scouting adventures.

I ask that you consider a contribution to this memorial fund in Carl’s memory so that his Scouting spirit remains in our hearts and that his commitment to shaping young men’s lives reaches all Scouts within our program.

Contributions to this fund can be made to our Financial Chairman, Charlotte Fuller.

Yours in Scouting,

Mark Hampton
Scoutmaster, Troop 77
(334) 301-4928

November 14 – Troop 77 and Venture Crew Meeting Minutes

Opening:  Steve Nag

Secretary’s Report:  Mara—Minutes approved.

Financial Report:  Charlotte

-$2,484.03, currently in operating funds.

-Sept and October outings will be closed by next meeting.

-Financial report approved/passed.

Admin/Advancement:  Lori

-All Scout meetings a go until Dec COH, Return meeting will be 1/2/2017

-Mark is requesting a COH set-up committee for COH on 12/12/2016

-Committee has decided to continue with 2nd Monday night committee meeting in Dec, and then set up for COH after committee meeting.

Boards of Review:  Josh Waddy

-1 BOR, 2nd Class.

Scoutmaster Issues:  Mark Hampton

-Reminder, Rendezvous work day 26th Nov. 8-12

-Due to State wide burn ban, Rendezvous cooking will need to be done with propane, unless ban is lifted.

-Deadline for Rendezvous sign-up is 11/15/16.

New Business:  Steve Nagy

-Ryan Nagy Eagle COH, 11/20/2016, 3:00pm, all is invited.

Order of the Arrow:  Kevin Francisco

-Winter Fellowship (9-11), deadline for registration is 12/5/2016.

District Issues:  Fred Livaudais

-No Discussion.

Venture Crew:  John Forti

-Staying active, and actively recruiting, approx. 17 current youth members.

-intending to go to Rendezvous.

Navajo:  Kurt Pierce

-Profits from Haunted Hay Ride, went to council and Alaflo to help finish concrete at Endfinger (handicapped) campsite.

-Motion passed to support the concept of the Haunted Hay Ride fundraiser, contingent upon participation from -other Troops.

Next Meeting: December 12th, 2016  5:30pm

West Point Cadet Visit

A United States Military Academy cadet will be in Dothan on Monday, Nov. 21 to present information about the academy and answer questions about academy life. This is a great opportunity for scouts who are considering application to the military academies.


RSVP information is on the flyer.



Volunteering with GP Manna House on 11/19

For those of you that were interested in helping on Saturday, here’s the information.

Hello. This Saturday, November 19, Downtown Enterprise will be hosting  pre-Black Friday Christmas shopping/activities. Along with this people are encouraged to bring charitable donations for the GP Manna House.😁

We need lots of volunteers to set up, collect donations, and clean up after the event. The festivities are from 9-3. But we could use help to set up at 8:30. You don’t have to stay the whole day. Any amount of time would be wonderful.⏰

We are going to meet at the Regents Bank parking lot, closest to Milky Moos. If you plan on spending the day,  please bring some money so that you can eat. We will have a few light snacks and some bottled water. If you’d like to donate some bottled water and snacks that would be greatly appreciated. 💦 if you have lawn chairs you might want to bring those.

I’ve never done an event like this so, I don’t know what to expect. I am asking for your patience. If we receive just one item we are better than the day before. Let’s have fun, get our Christmas groove on, enjoy one another, and support our local businesses. 🎄

Thanks for all your support toward this wonderful ministry. God Bless you all!🙏

If you are not sure what the GP Manna is I will explain. It is a food pantry and clothing closet at the Grace Place church. We serve qualifying low income families within Coffee County. In the last 2 1/2 years we served roughly 6000 families equating to 17,000 individuals. It’s an all volunteer organization. The food and clothing given out comes from charitable donations.

Peace and Grace,
Andrea Staver

Navy Federal Credit Union Movie Night

Navy Federal is hosting a movie night for military families for the Thursday, Dec. 1 showing of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Visit the branch in West Gate Shopping Center to sign up. Tickets will be available to pick up Nov. 21 – Nov. 26. Military ID required for pickup, four tickets per family.

Rendezvous postponed + meeting dates for the remainder of 2016

Rendezvous has been rescheduled for February 17-19 due to the state-wide burn restrictions. Scouts should wear their uniforms instead of Rendezvous regalia to meetings. Scouts should also bring their handbooks and Trail to Eagle binders as they will be reviewing progress and completing advancement instead of preparing for Rendezvous.

Regarding advancement — scouts who are still working out of the 12th edition handbooks to complete their current rank must do so within the next 3 weeks.  As of January 1, all scouts, regardless of the date they achieved their current rank, will use the 2016 rank requirements. The last regular meeting of the year where a scout can have a Board of Review and be advanced using the 2015 requirements is Monday, Dec. 5.
Upcoming meetings:
Nov. 21 — troop meeting, Class “A” uniform
Nov. 28 — troop meeting, Class “B” uniform
Dec. 5 — Patrol Leader Council at 5:30 p.m, followed by the troop meeting at 6:30 p.m. Class “A” uniform.
Dec. 12 — Committee meeting at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Court of Honor at 6:30 p.m. Class “A” uniform plus merit badge sash. Mark and the rest of the committee would welcome some help setting up for the Court of Honor. If you can arrive a few minutes early it would be greatly appreciated!  This is the last meeting for 2016.
Jan. 2 — Happy New Year! Patrol Leader Council at 5:30 p.m., followed by the troop meeting at 6:30 p.m. Class “A” uniform

Woodsmoke Rendezvous XXXVI

The troop has begun preparing for Rendezvous, and several of you have questions. The Woodsmoke Brigade has put together a website which covers the purpose and history of Rendezvous, methods and activities during the event, driving directions, and quite a few pictures which should be helpful as scouts put together their regalia. Check it out!

October 17 – Troop 77 and Venture Crew Meeting Minutes

Financial Report: Charlotte Fuller

  • $3,087.86 currently in operating funds.
  • Russell Sharp donated peanuts (used at fundraiser).
  • Troop purchased $600 worth of tents. Will be reflected next month.
  • Discussion around setting up memorial/scholarship fund in honor of Carl Rickert. Working on the process for that. Please stay tuned.

Admin/Advancement: Lori Durant

  • Discussing another T-shirt order. Running low on larger sizes.

Boards of Review: Josh Waddy

  • N/A

Scoutmaster Issues: Mark Hampton

  • Wade Sharp to fill in for Mark while he is away for the next four weeks. We’re working on Rendezvous prep and skill practice.
  • Merit Badge U is this Saturday in Troy.
  • Still looking for volunteers for haunted trail event at Camp Alaflo.
  • November 11 scouts will help park cars at Montgomery Zoo.
  • Rendezvous work days Saturday, Nov 5th and Saturday, November 26th in Andalusia. Mowing grass, setting up activities areas, prepping camp sites, etc.

New Business: Steve Naggy

  • Veterans Day parade is coming up.
  • Next Court of Honor December 12th.

Order of the Arrow: Kevin Francisco

  • N/A

Kurt’s Navaho Corner: Kurt

  • Was approached by Enterprise High School Diamond Club about teaming up to do a Halloween “Haunted Hayride” event at Camp Alaflo. Funds will be split between Diamond Club and Troop 77 (which will go to Golden Eagle fund). Oct 27-29th. Will be petting zoo, pumpkin patch, etc… Scouts can volunteer and service will count toward service hours. Find out more at
  • Fred need 12 adult volunteers per night to run concessions, rock mining, popcorn, petting zoo, tickets, gaga watch, storyteller helper, etc…
  • Hours of operation are 6:00-10:00pm Thursday/Friday. 6:00-11:00pm Saturday.

District Issues: Fred Livaudais

  • N/A

Venture Crew: John Forti

  • Zipline trip was great. No issues.
  • Have another load of wood that needs splitting. For more info see Firewood Sales.

Next Meeting

  • November, 14th at 5:30pm

2016 Fall Backpacking Trip Info

Below are the details for the fall backpacking trip to the Cumberland Gap.


  • Friday at 5:00pm shakedown at the hut.
  • Saturday meet at hut at 7:00am, departure at 7:30am (sharp!). 8 hour drive to basecamp.
  • Sunday hiking 8 miles.
  • Monday 2 mile hike back to basecamp and spend the day exploring.
  • Tuesday heading home.
 Packing list
  • $40 cash (for meals)
  • No Class A uniforms!
  • Hiking boots
  • Rain gear
  • First Aid Kit
  • Moleskin
  • Toiletries/Medications (will be a shower on site)
  • Waterproof bag
  • Two 1 QT water bottle
  • Pocket knife
  • 1 role of toilet paper in a ziplock bag
  • 550 cord
  • Two garbage bags to use as backpack liner
  • Pair of spare camp shoes/sneakers/crocs
  • Scout pants
  • Fleece jacket/sweatshirt
  • Camp towel
  • Grubmaster packs meals in ziplock bag
  • Two t-shirts in ziplock bag
  • Three/Four pairs of socks in ziplock bag
  • Two pair of underwear in ziplock bag
  • Meal utensils (collapsable bowl/fork/knife)
  • Pillow
  • Spare garbage bag
  • Hat
  • Sleeping bag
  • Lighter/Matches/Firestarter kit
  • Camp soap
 Issued Gear:
  • Fuel
  • Stove
  • Pot
  • Tent
  • Bear bag
  • Sleeping mat
Download the troop gear list:
We will be in bear country. Food must be kept in a ziplock bag, and stored outside of tent and backpack! Troop will supply bear bags.

Patrol Leader Council

The next Patrol Leader Council will be held on Monday, October 3, at 5:30 p.m. Scouts in elected positions as well as those in ranks Star and above should attend. The regular troop meeting will follow the PLC.