Charlotte troop’s ties to submarine run deep

A thank-you letter from the ship's commanding officer. (Click to enlarge)
A thank-you letter from the ship’s commanding officer. (Click to enlarge)

For sailors aboard the USS Charlotte patrolling hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface, home can feel light years away.

But thanks to an ongoing relationship with a Boy Scout troop based in the submarine’s namesake city, crew members get a little taste of life back on the land.

Troop 1, based in Charlotte, N.C., began its relationship with the Los Angeles-class submarine in 2005 when Scouts visited the ship. Representing the City of Charlotte and the BSA’s Mecklenburg County Council, Troop 1 Scouts and Scouters presented the commander and crew with two framed prints of the city taken by a professional photographer and former assistant scoutmaster.

Several years later, Troop 1 wanted to present updated skyline photos for the updated boat to serve as a thank you from Troop 1 and the citizens of Charlotte for the crew’s service to our country.

And so last year, the Scouts presented the crew with new photos of the city skyline, including one signed by Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera.

The ties don’t end there. 

The relationship with the USS Charlotte has given Scouts on the path to Eagle the chance to practice writing and communication skills. Several Scouts have corresponded with the USS Charlotte’s executive officer as part of Communications merit badge requirements.

Another Scout built an exact model replica of the USS Charlotte, which is displayed in the Scout meeting room.

Speaking of models, Troop 1’s eight-year relationship with the submarine serves as a model for other Scout units looking to recognize our servicemen and servicewomen while also providing advancement opportunities for Scouts. Great job, guys.

What do you think?

How does your pack, troop, team, or crew recognize the military in your area? Share some success stories in the comments below.

More Photos

Troop 1’s leaders sent me tons of great photos. Here are a few more:

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Photos by Roger Ball


    • I am Eagle Scout Peter Harris of troop 1 charlotte nc and I went on that trip! I am the guy in the backwith the buzz cut in the first photo of the troop wif all the red shirts and I am the guy on the far left in the uss charlotte sign photo of the troop. I was really young then, but I loved all the old bat patrol scouts that were really good friends to me! they cracked me up! but they are now long been eagle scouts. I started as a tiger cub and went all the way to eagle! and I am a HUGE fan of the Charlotte Hornets! Can’t wait till the 2014-15 season! WOO!

  1. While my grandson (now 1st class – headed toward Eagle), was in Cub Pack 25, Prattville, AL, we had a number of of patriotic themed Pack meetings.

    Near Veterans day each Cub was asked to share a picture of some family member who was currently in the military service or was a Veteran. We displayed all of the photos on tables at the Pack meeting. For those without photographs they could simply bring a name on a paper giving the service info.

    Another project was a visit to the Pack by a WWII vet who had been a POW in the Pacific theater. He had a show and tell with artifacts he had made while a prisioner. And the Cubs were able to handle the items.

    We also picked pecans and sold them, donating the funds to the local Honor Flight for WWI vets.

    Finally we met at the Montgomery airport to welcome home a charter plane full of WWII vets and their escorts.

  2. In addition to Boy Scouts, I am deeply involved in a Girl Scout sailing program – Roughly speaking think of Sea Scouts, but sails FAR more than any Sea Scout Ship I have ever talked to and is girls only.

    The Girl Scout sailors have adopted a local Coast Guard Cutter. They’ve visited the ship about twice a year for several years, sent cards and letters to crew when on patrol, made donations of workout gear for crew use when underway and provided cases, and cases, and cases (and more cases) of Girl Scout cookies.

    Relationships like this are pure gold, for both the military unit and for the scouting unit, Each side benefits.

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