Troop 50 Virtual Scouting Page

posted Mar 30, 2020, 6:48 AM by BSA Troop 50 DE   [ updated Mar 30, 2020, 6:48 AM ]


Troop 50 has created a Virtual Scouting Page for a one-stop shop of online scouting possibilities. Please make sure your Cyber Chip is updated. This is a mandatory step for ALL SCOUTS!! The link to do so is on the Virtual Scouting Page at the left sidebar. We will update this page as much as possible to provide the latest opportunities for the continuance of the program.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

posted Mar 16, 2020, 8:28 PM by BSA Troop 50 DE   [ updated Mar 30, 2020, 6:40 AM ]


 Families and guests of Troop 50, please read in full the below email from our Scoutmaster this afternoon.

The public schools in Delaware are closed until May 15th.  Similarly, Troop 50 is unable to meet at Ebenezer until May 15, 2020.  Therefore, you will begin to see everyone moving to an online format.  Earlier this week, we tested out the Zoom software and successfully held several meetings.  This is what we will be rolling out for broader use with Troop, Committee, PLC, Patrol, and Patrol Advisor meetings; online merit badge classes; Scoutmaster Conferences and Review Board meetings. Zoom is very easy to use, and we will be offering some basic training to the scouts and adult leaders this week. There are also some helpful tutorials at

Dear Troop 50 Leaders and Parents,

Based on developing information and consultation with our charter sponsor, Ebenezer United Methodist Church, please note that THE CANCELLATION OF ALL IN-PERSON TROOP 50 ACTIVITIES HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 31, 2020.  

Yours in the service of scouting,

Jim Smith, Scoutmaster

Coronavirus - COVID-19 Troop Update #2

posted Mar 15, 2020, 2:13 PM by BSA Troop 50 DE   [ updated Mar 15, 2020, 2:16 PM ]


 Families and guests of Troop 50, please read in full the below email from our Scoutmaster this afternoon.

Dear Troop 50 Leaders and Parents,

Thank you for your continued support while we actively monitor the spread of the coronavirus and its impact on the nation and our community.  Although the number of reported suspected instances of the virus appears to be low in Delaware, we are learning that the numbers are increasing in neighboring states and hearing that the actual number infected in Delaware may be higher due to the lag in receiving test results and/or the hesitancy of some to be tested.

Over the past 36 hours, we have seen the public schools, churches, other youth organizations, and even BSA districts, troops, and packs suspend their meetings and other activities.  After considering the latest reports from health care professionals, and in consultation with our charter representative Ebenezer United Methodist Church, ALL TROOP 50 MEETINGS AND CAMPOUTS WILL BE CANCELED THROUGH FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020.  

We will continue to monitor this pandemic and evaluate our ability to resume activities on a weekly basis. In the event that we need to extend our hiatus, we will explore other opportunities to hold such things as Scoutmaster Conferences, Board Review Meetings, Committee meetings, and other events in a virtual setting such as Skype or Go To Meeting.  The scouts are being encouraged to use their time off from school and scouts to work on rank and merit badge requirements and to meet virtually with their patrols through Skype or similar free internet service.

Ensuring that scouts and scout leaders are safe while attending scout functions is our primary responsibility and concern.  We will continue to monitor the reports and guidance provided by our governments and medical professionals and keep you informed as to when we can safely resume scout activities.

Yours in the service of scouting,

Jim Smith, Scoutmaster

Coronavirus - COVID-19 Troop Update #1

posted Mar 12, 2020, 5:27 AM by Mark Schweiger   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 5:27 AM ]


 Families and guests of Troop 50, please read in full the below email from our Scoutmaster this morning. There is a linked document at the bottom of the page as well:


Good morning Troop 50,


In light of all of the news that is presently circulating about the coronavirus, or COVID-19, I wanted to take a moment to assure everyone that the safety of the children in our program is the BSA’s and Troop 50’s top priority.  We are reviewing available information as it is made public about this new virus, and we will be evaluating each of our upcoming activities and making decisions on whether there is a need to cancel or change how we do any of our scheduled activities. 


At the present time, there is only 1 documented suspected case of coronavirus in the State of Delaware. Therefore, there is not an immediate need to cancel this evening’s troop and committee meetings. But, that doesn’t mean that the need is not there for each of us to begin practicing, and encouraging others to practice, safe habits. Prior to your arrival this evening, the keypad, door knobs, tables, and other surfaces most frequently touched will be wiped with disinfectant wipes to help prevent and reduce the spread of illness.  Those entering the CLC this evening will also be asked to wipe their hands with a squirt of hand sanitizer. 


To help all of us stay healthy, please review the information that follows, including the attached poster from the CDC about germs.  You are also encouraged to do the following:


·      Wash your hands often, using soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at last 60% alcohol;

·      Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;

·      Avoid close contact with people who are sick;

·      Stay home when you are sick – if you or your son are not feeling well, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND SCOUT ACTIVITIES until you are feeling better without medication.  Please do not attend scouts, if you are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath and/or are having difficulty breathing OR you have been in recent contact with someone else who is experiencing any of those symptoms. Indeed, if you experience multiple symptoms, it is advisable to self quarantine and get checked for the flu or coronavirus immediately.

·      Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash – or use the bend of your elbow;

·      Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;

·      Avoid handshakes for now.

·      Please let me know immediately, if you or a family member have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.


Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep the entire troop healthy and safe!

Yours in the service of scouting,


Jim Smith, Scoutmaster

What you need to know

What is the coronavirus?

An outbreak of the new coronavirus called COVID‐19 began in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. The virus causes respiratory illness and has infected thousands worldwide. Cases have been reported in the United States.


What are the symptoms?

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.


How does it spread?

The virus spreads through the air from coughing and sneezing and also from close personal contact like touching or shaking hands.


How can you protect yourself or others from COVID19?

Although there are currently no vaccines available to protect against human coronavirus infection, you may be able to reduce your risk of infection by washing your hands often; avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. If you have cold-like symptoms, as a courtesy to your co-workers and others, please remain at home while you are sick. If you share a workstation or equipment with others, consider wiping it down with disinfectant wipes after use. For information about hand washing, see the CDC's Clean Hands Save Lives website.


What should you do if you suspect you or someone else has contracted COVID19?

Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover on their own. Although there are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human coronaviruses, you can take the following actions to help relieve symptoms if you are mildly sick:


Take pain and fever medications. Ask your pharmacist how they may interact with any medications you currently take. Caution: The CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend not giving aspirin to children.

·      Use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough.

·      Drink plenty of liquids.

·      Stay home and rest.


If you are concerned about your symptoms, please call your local health care provider. Telemedicine is a good first line of defense in order to limit potential exposure in a waiting room. CVS Health® offers Video Visits* in 40 states and Washington, D.C. 


Who should be tested for COVID19?

The CDC recommends that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, returning from a Centers for Disease Control designated Level 2 or Level 3 advisory area, or who has been in contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed of having the coronavirus within the last 14 days should be tested.


If you suspect that you have contracted COVID19, where can you go to be tested?

The U.S Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to enable emergency use of the CDC's 2019-nCoV Real‐Time RT‐PCR Diagnostic Panel. This authorization allows the use of the test at any CDC‐qualified lab in the U.S.


How can I access COVID-19 testing?

Patients who have concerns that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or may have symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health care provider or state Department of Health for testing. The tests will likely be nasal swabs that are then sent to a laboratory.


Where can you obtain more information?

You can find more information on COVID-19 at these links: 





Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.  Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.  CDC recommends cleaning hands in a specific way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.  The guidance for effective hand washing and use of hand sanitizer was developed based on data from a number of studies.


Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

·       Before, during, and after preparing food

·       Before eating food

·       Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea

·       Before and after treating a cut or wound

·       After using the toilet

·       After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

·       After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

·       After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

·       After handling pet food or pet treats

·       After touching garbage


Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.


Follow these five steps every time.

1.    Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

2.    Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

3.    Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

4.    Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

5.    Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.


Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water

You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.


Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations.  However,

·       Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.

·       Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

·       Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals.


How to use hand sanitizer

·       Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).

·       Rub your hands together.

·       Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.

Fall 2019 Court of Honor

posted Oct 25, 2019, 7:29 PM by BSA Troop 50 DE   [ updated Oct 25, 2019, 7:29 PM ]

Troop 50 had their Fall Court of Honor on Thursday October 24, 2019. Scouts were recognized for Advancements, Merit Badges earned, and Special Awards. Also, new leadership was officially sworn in and a small celebration with cupcakes, ice cream, and a veggie tray were enjoyed. Click here to see a gallery of photos.

Troop 50 Visits Pack 205

posted Oct 11, 2019, 12:43 PM by BSA Troop 50 DE   [ updated Oct 11, 2019, 12:49 PM ]

On Wednesday October 9th, Scouts from Troop 50 traveled to the AOL Den Meeting for Pack 205 and led the young scouts in completing several requirements towards Scouting Adventure. The Scouts, together, had an enjoyable evening. The AOL Den was attentive, excited, and listened well while Troop 50 discussed various parts of the Scouting Adventure Requirement. If you would like Troop 50 to visit your den meeting, please email us at and we will be happy to schedule a time that fits your den well. Thank you to Pack 205 for this opportunity!


posted Jul 14, 2019, 6:49 PM by BSA Troop 50 DE   [ updated Jul 14, 2019, 6:56 PM by Mark Schweiger ]

During the Troop Meeting on Thursday July 11, 2019 the Troop unveiled brand new Class B T-Shirts. The shirts come in light and dark blue options and are made of high quality moisture wicking material. Special shout out and thanks go to Mr and Mrs Green as well as Scouts Tyler Z, Aaron W, and Sean M.



As if that weren't enough the Troop also unveiled our newly designed exterior of the supply trailer!

Child Cancer B+ 5K 2019

posted Apr 28, 2019, 7:11 PM by BSA Troop 50 DE   [ updated May 3, 2019, 7:08 AM ]

    Troop 50 members, families, friends, discussed during last weeks Troop Meeting, our own Scout Brett has joined the B+ Foundation to raise awareness for and ultimately BEAT CHILDHOOD CANCER!! We are asking anyone and everyone to donate to his team and/or join Troop 50 and Brett's family at the 13th Annual B+ 5K. Event details are below. Please see the link for the 5K as well as another link to learn more about B+. If you go to the Official B+ 5K link you can search for Brett's name and join his team. There is an amazing story behind this organization!

13th Annual B+ 5K Fighting Childhood Cancer
DATE: Wednesday June 19, 2019
TIME: 5:00pm Walk-Up Registration, 6:45pm Start
LOCATION: Salesianum School, 1801 N. Broom Street Wilmington DE, Map


Cape Henlopen Campout April 2019

posted Apr 17, 2019, 5:35 AM by BSA Troop 50 DE

    Troop 50 traveled to Cape Henlopen State Park for a weekend campout April 5th through 7th. During the weekend patrols visited a World War II bunker, worked on the Oceanography Merit Badge, had cooking competitions, and had a beach campfire. Trips like this are just one example of the exciting things you can do at Troop 50! Consider joining and coming with us on our next adventure!

CHSP 04-2019 Campout

Hope Dining Room Service

posted Feb 2, 2019, 8:32 AM by BSA Troop 50 DE   [ updated Feb 2, 2019, 8:33 AM ]

Thursday January 31, 2019 Troop 50 made sandwiches for the Hope Dining Room. The service project was part of the Troop weekly meeting. Patrols decided, to add more fun, to compete against each other in trying to make more sandwiches. Along with sandwiches the Troop also assembled toiletry bags of essential items.

Having fun, giving back to the community by helping those less fortunate...scouting at Troop 50!!

Sandwich making for Hope Dining Room

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