Welcome to Boy Scouts of America Troop 23

BSA Troop 23 is part of the Vulcan district of the Greater Alabama Council. The Troop is sponsored by Discovery United Methodist Church in Hoover, Alabama.

Troop meetings are the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at Discovery UMC on Stadium Trace Parkway. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm and usually last until 8:00pm. Any boy, 11 or older, is welcome to visit a Troop 23 meeting regardless of Scout affiliation or experience.  Please contact Ted Moyer with any questions about the Troop.

The latest Troop 23 news and updates have moved to hte home page.  Scroll down to see the latest.  We have added a new section for our Troop’s favorite camping recipes. And, our family favorite, Event Photos, have been given their own blog page.  If you have recipes or event photos, please send those to Ted Moyer or share them via a file sharing or photo hosting service.  Be sure to add your narrative or comments.

Dinkel finishes Eagle Scout service project

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In July, Jonathan Dinkel of Troop 23 from Discovery United Methodist Church in Hoover completed his Eagle Scout Service Project.

His project was at the main entrance to Memorial Plaza at the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park. His project involved erosion control and beautification to the left of the entrance and the installation of an interactive directory to the right of the entrance.

The interactive directory depicts the 36 columns in Memorial Plaza, where the 25 Alabama Medal of Honor recipients are honored with plaques describing their valor. The directory also contains the names of all 25 Alabama Medal of Honor recipients and a QR code that links to the National Congressional Medal of Honor database where there is additional information about each recipient.

A meditation bench was also added to the beautification area.

To achieve the rank of Eagle, a Life Scout must have earned a minimum of 21 merit badges, have served in a troop leadership position and develop, manage and complete an Eagle service project that is beneficial to the community.

Dinkel completed his final Board of Review for Eagle Scout in September. He has earned 39 merit badges and is the senior patrol leader for his troop. Last June, he successfully hiked 82 miles at the Philmont Scout ranch in New Mexico.

His Eagle Court of Honor to receive recognition for this award will be held in November at the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park.

November Zip Lines at Banning Mills

Our November campout is set to soar high above the hills of Georgia at Banning Mills Zip Line Park! We’ll  sail over 1500 feet at speeds of 55-60 mph on some of the best zip lines in the south. There will be a custom tour for everyone to accommodate height and weight restrictions, but the day is full of adventure. You don’t want to miss this one.


Friday, November 20, 2015: Meet at DUMC at 5:00pm and leave immediately. We will camp onsite at the Zip Line park. The trip is approximately two hours and we will stop for dinner on the road.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: Morning team building activites and the soar high above the trees beginning at 1:30pm.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: Return to DUMC approximately 11am.

Travel: By bus and personal vehicles. Adult drivers and supervision are needed.

Cost: $125/person covers gas, camping and tour fees. Individual food, snacks and water are scout provided. Patrols should plan for plan for Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday breakfast. We will eat dinner on the road Friday night. Scouts will need personal money for this two meal.

Uniforms: Friday = Blue (War Eagle!), Saturday = Red (Roll Tide!) & Sunday = Grey. Please make sure you are wearing your proper uniform.

Sign Up at Trooptrack.com

We are changing our sign up process. Please RSVP in Trooptrack to let us know you are coming. Click this link to record your attendance. It is very important that we have an accurate count for trip fees and reservations.  RSVP by November 13! If you have any difficulty, email me and I will record your attendance.

2016 Ski Season is Here!


January is coming fast and it is time to ski!  Our January trip will take us to Ghent, WV, home of Winterplace Ski Resort.    This trip is planned for the Martin Luther King Day weekend holiday and we will have an extra day to enjoy the slopes.  We’ll depart Discovery UMC on Friday afternoon for a healthy road trip.  Saturday and Sunday will be your choice of skiing, snowboarding, tubing or a combination of activities.  Monday will be the road trip home.

Lessons, equipment rental and lift tickets will be available for all. Home base for the weekend will be SkyLine Resort. Scouts will be housed 4 to a room and adults will be separated from scouts. There are rooms available for parents, but please make your plans early and sign up if you would like to go so that we can manage the rooms appropriately.

Estimated Prices for the weekend:

  • Ski Both Days – $365
  • Ski one day & Tube the other – $335
  • Snowboarding both days – $400
  • Snowboard one day & Tube the other – $355

The cost estimate above includes a one hour lesson each day, lift tickets, equipment rentals, food on Saturday and Sunday, transportation and hotel. Scouts will be responsible for food during travel: Friday Dinner and Monday Lunch. As we get closer we will firm up the estimated costs. Because of the expense involved in his trip, we will need paid confirmation by November 15, 2015. After that date, we can’t guarantee rooms or slope packages.

Proposed Schedule:

  • Friday, January 15, 2016:  Depart DUMC at 1pm sharp!  Dinner will be on the road.
  • Saturday, January 16, 2016: Skiing, snowboarding, tubing!
  • Sunday, January 17, 2016: Skiing, snowboarding, tubing!
  • Monday, January 18, 2016: Depart Winterplace at 8am.  Arrive DUMC approximately 3pm.

Travel: By bus and personal vehicles.  Adult drivers are needed.

Uniforms: Friday = Green, Saturday = Grey, Sunday = Blue, Monday = Red

Questions: Ted Moyer 205-821-7205


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Eagle Scout Project Workday October 17

The mulch spreading team

The mulch spreading team

Bryan Carlisle will be performing his Eagle Scout Project on October 17th, 2015. Scouts are needed to help at Deer Valley Elementary School from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Bryan will be rebuilding the bleachers for the outdoor classroom as well as building an arbor.

Scouts need to bring post hole diggers, work gloves and appropriate work clothing. We will be using drills and saws for the wood, so be careful. Water and lunch will be provided.

Let’s help another Troop 23 Scout earn his Eagle rank!

September Campout Mammoth Cave National Park


Our September campout is set to visit one of America’s greatest National Park treasures – Mammoth Cave National Park.  This is the world’s longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a “grand, gloomy and peculiar place,” but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name – Mammoth.


Friday, September 25, 2015: Meet at DUMC at 5:00pm and leave immediately. We will travel to Maple Springs Campground in Kentucky. The trip is approximately five hours.  We will need to be efficient and eat on the road to get there at a reasonable time.

Saturday, September 26, 2015: Scouts will have their option of exploring the entire cave system on the Grand Avenue Tour or the more adventurous can take the Introduction to Caving Tour! Details of each tour are below! Note: The Wild Cave Tour requires sturdy, over the ankle, lace up hiking boots to be a participant.

Sunday, August 16, 2015: Return to DUMC approximately 1pm.

Travel: By bus and personal vehicles. Adult drivers and supervision are needed.

Cost: $50/person covers gas, camping and tour fees. Individual food, snacks and water are scout provided. Patrols should plan for plan for Saturday breakfast, lunch, and Sunday breakfast. We will eat dinner on the road Friday night and lunch on Sunday on the way home. Scouts will need personal money for these two meals.

Uniforms: Friday = Orange (War Eagle!), Saturday = Green (Go Blazers!) & Sunday = Red (Roll Tide!). Please make sure you are wearing your proper uniform.

Grand Avenuie Tour Details

This physically demanding trip will give you an excellent idea of the size and complexity of the Mammoth Cave System. Learn of the cultural and natural history of the cave and how they are interwoven as your journey takes you through some of the most dramatic passages in this “mammoth” cave. Walk through a variety of cave as you encounter gypsum lined passages, narrow canyons, steep underground hills, large rooms and ares with dripstone formations.

This tour includes the entire Frozen Niagara Tour route and all of the Domes and Dripstones Tour except for the 280 stairs descending the vertical shafts at the entrance.

Introduction to Caving Tour

Want to really go caving? Not sure if spelunking is for you? Try this short, small group caving challenge to discover things about the cave and yourself. Experience off trail adventures wearing traditional caving gear. Learn how cavers work together as a team as they travel over uneven terrain, crawl through tight holes and climb up rocky slopes. Bring your friends or family for an action packed activity!

In order to minimize the spread of White Nose Syndrome, a fungus that has resulted in the death of millions of bats in the eastern United States, Mammoth Cave National Park has instituted stringent cleaning procedures for all off-trail spelunking tours this summer. All equipment and outerwear including gloves will be provided by the park. Visitors must provide their own boots. No personal caving equipment allowed. No Exceptions. Shorts and t-shirt recommended for wear under required coveralls.

PLEASE READ: Chest or hip measurement must not exceed 42 inches; if you are larger you may not physically pass through the crawl spaces.  Sturdy, lace-up hiking boots that cover the ankle are required. Boots with zippers will not be admitted on the tour. Boots must have good aggressive tread. No slick-soled footwear is permitted. No tennis shoes allowed. You will not be allowed to participate in the tour if you are not wearing proper footwear – no exceptions. Please bring an extra pair of tennis shoes or sandals for use during boot cleaning at the end of the tour.

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August Rafting & National Infantry Museum

Our August campout has moved by one week to August 14-16. We will be travelling to Columbus, GA to visit the National Infantry Museum and raft the Chattahoochee River in Columbus. The Military Infantry Museum has some cool interactive exhibits as well as an IMAX theater.  And, the “Hooch” has been rated as one of the Top 12 man-made adventures in the world!


Friday, August 14, 2015: Meet at DUMC at 5:00pm. We will travel to Bluff Creek Campground in Pittsview, AL near the Georgia state line. This is an Army Corps of Engineers campground on Walter F. George Lake.

Saturday, August 15, 2015: In the morning we will visit the exhibits at the National Infantry Museum and raft in the afternoon. You will have your choice of the interactive exhibits or the IMAX movie as part of your camping fees. Saturday afternoon be sure to have bathing suit, sunscreen, towels, water shoes, etc. for a successful rafting trip.  Please download and complete the waiver for the rafting company.

Sunday, August 16, 2015: Return to DUMC approximately noon.

Travel: By bus and personal vehicles. Adult drivers and supervision are needed.

Cost: $60/person covers gas, camping and fees. Individual food, snacks and water are scout provided. Patrols should plan for plan for Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. We will eat dinner on the road Friday night and lunch in Columbus on Saturday. Scouts will need personal money for these two meals.

Uniforms: Friuday = Blue, Saturday = Class A for the Infantry Museum, & Sunday = Red. Please make sure you are wearing your proper uniform.

2015 Advance-O-Rama is Here! Register Now!

Vulcan-AOR-Patches-350pngThe 2015 Vulcan District Advance-O-Rama will be held on August 29, 2015 at Canterbury United Methodist Church. This is a great event giving Scouts across the district and the council the opportunity to earn merit badges. Scouts can sign up for two classes, one in the morning and one after lunch. Note that Art, Aviation/Weather and Emergency Preparedness are full day classes.



Merit Badges offered this year include:

  • Art – All day (additional $6.00 materials fee)
  • Automobile Maintenance – AM/PM
  • Aviation/Weather – All day
  • Camping – AM/PM
  • Citizenship in the Nation – AM/PM
  • Citizenship in the World – AM/PM – see pre-requisites below
  • Cooking – AM/PM (additional $5.00 materials fee)
  • Crime Prevention – AM
  • Dentistry – AM
  • Emergency Preparedness – All day – see pre-requisites below
  • Engineering – AM/PM – see pre-requisites below
  • Fingerprinting – PM
  • Fire Safety – AM/PM
  • First Aid – AM/PM
  • Nuclear Science – AM/PM
  • Photography – AM/PM
  • Scouting Heritage – AM
  • Swimming – PM


  • Art – Class size limit is 15, additional $6.00 fee for materials
  • Cooking – Class size limit is 10, additional $5.00 fee for materials
  • Citizenship in the World – Class size limit is 14. Strongly recommended for older Scouts, Star Rank and above. Read the Merit Badge Book in advance – a written test will be given at the end of the class.
  • Citizenship in the Nation – Read the Merit Badge Book in advance
  • Camping – Class size limit is 15
  • Engineering – Complete Requirement 6 prior to the course
  • Emergency Preparation – Bring Personal Emergency Service Pack or Family kit
    • Drawing of house to develop escape plan
    • Pants and shoes to walk in woods

Important information:

  1. No walk up registration.
  2. Lunch will be provided at all venues
  3. Scouts will be responsible for arranging transportation to venues away from Canterbury.
  4. Scouts should read the Merit Badge Book for the classes they are signed up for in advance. Additional information and worksheets are available at meritbadge.com


Class Locations:

All classes, except the following, will be at Canterbury United Methodist Church, 350 Overbrook Road, Birmingham AL 35213. Maps and directions to the remote venues will be provided. Check in starts at 7:00 AM and classes will start at 8:30.

  • Art – Birmingham Museum of Art
  • Aviation/Weather – Southern Museum of Flight
  • Dentistry – Dental office of David Clanton
  • Swimming – Vestavia Hills YMCA
  • Fire Safety – Mountain Brook Fire Station #1 (City Hall)