T1424 Weekly Newsletter – April 26, 2015

Newsletter Highlight


Youth Leader Reports

You will notice that we have started to include reports from some of our Youth leaders in the newsletter as part of our ongoing effort to make the appointed positions more visible and productive. The youth leader reports will always be grouped at the bottom of the newsletter.


Calendar Reminders


Mark your calendars for the important Troop events described below. As always the official troop calendar has the latest information on these and all troop events at www.bsatroop1424.com


Patrol Leadership Council

The PLC meeting for April will take place on Tue, April 28th. The meeting will start at 7:20pm to allow time for participants to complete the Special Olympics service project prior to the PLC.  


Troop Committee Meeting

The April Troop Committee meeting will be held Tue, April 28th starting at 7:30pm.


Thunderwolf District SMS & IOLS Training

Friday, May 1st through Sunday, May 3rd at Camp Mauritz


SM Corps Meeting (May)

Sunday, May 3rd from 1:30 – 2:30pm


FCE / MB Workshops / LTE Coaching (May)

Sunday, May 3rd from 2:30 – 4:30pm


Court of Honor

Tuesday, May 5th starting at 6:30pm


Fallen Officers Ceremony Service Project

Thursday, May 14th at 7pm


May Campout

Swimming at Hamilton Pool, Camping at El Rancho Cima Friday, May 15-17th


Summer Camp Parents Meeting

Information meeting on Summer Camp, Time and Date TBD



Advancement and Merit Badges


Court of Honor

The next Court of Honor (COH) will be held on Tuesday, May 5th. Liam Balaski will be the Master of Ceremonies. Cynthia Balaski will support Liam as the Master of Ceremonies Coach. 


Deadline for earning all rank advancement and merit badges was Tuesday, April 21st.



Treasurer Report


Summer Camp Payments

First half payments of $249 for Summer Camp are past due.

Second half payments of $249 are due soon.





May Campout is to Hamilton Pool near Austin and camping at El Rancho Cima. Alex Fuhrmann is the leader.


Summer Camp 2015 will be at Camp Hale near Talihina, Oklahoma from June 28th through July 4, 2015. Robert Steffen is the campout leader.


High Adventure 2015 – The Summit Bechtel Reserve. Mike Schultz is the leader. 


High Adventure 2016 – Philmont Scout Ranch in July / Aug of 2016.  Mike Schultz is the leader.


High Adventure Winter 2016 – We are planning a winter high adventure trip to the OKPIK Holiday stay program at Northern Tier High Adventure base in Minnesota. The minimum age for this trek is 13. Dates will be departure on Dec 26, 2016 with return on Jan 1, 2017.


High Adventure 2017 – 2019

Long range plans include:

     Florida Sea Base in the Summer of 2017

     The Summit Bechtel Reserve in Summer of 2018

     Philmont Scout Ranch in Summer of 2019



Service Projects


Special Olympics

We are scheduled to volunteer with the Special Olympics soccer team. Practice is from 6-7:15pm on Tuesday April 28th. Please reply to jdean@proconsrv.com if you would like to be added to the roster.


Missouri City Fallen Officers Ceremony – The Troop has participated in this ceremony for the past 4 years. The Troop participates in the opening ceremony and helps to distribute flyers to the attendees. We have also helped by placing blue ribbons on all the trees along Cartwright Road the week prior to the ceremony.





Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) and Scoutmaster Specific (SMS)

Thunderwolf district has decided to combine the Spring 2015 IOLS and SMS training for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters into one weekend training event. The training will take place May 1-3, 2015 at Camp Mauritz near Ganado, Texas. Registration is open on the district websitewww.thunderwolfdistrict.com


First Aid Training

Carlos de Carlos has graciously volunteered to organize a Troop level CPR certification. Carlos can certify up to 6 people at a time with the training class. We plan to organize several classes to get a majority of the Troop trained and certified. The first class should be held in May. More info to come on dates and times.


Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

WFA training is being arranged by Crew 140 at Camp Sienna on May 16-17. There should be a limited amount of spots available to us. Other WFA training opportunities are:


May 2-3 in Spring

May 2 and 9th in Rosenberg

May 9-10 in Spring


National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

The training dates for 2015 are as follows:



June 7-12, 2015 at Bovay Scout Ranch.

June 14-19, 2015 at Bovay Scout Ranch



December 26-31, 2015 at Bovay Scout Ranch


Trainer’s Edge

Come Learn the EDGE training model and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences! This course will give you the tools to present an effective and exciting training. Learn ideas and methods to improve your presentations. Training will be Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 8:30 – 3:30pm at the Cockrell Scout Center.



Quartermaster Report

(by Ethan N, Troop Quartermaster)


Designated Patrol Quartermaster

All Patrol Leaders will have to select a patrol quartermaster before the April campout. Patrol Quartermasters will make sure everything is in the gearbox & all supplies are in its place after campouts.


Camping Tent Check-in

Patrol Leaders are responsible for tent check-in to quartermaster at patrol meetings.



Scribe Report

(by Carter R, Troop Scribe)


Scout Fair was cancelled due to weather. On April 19 a swim test was held and 16 Scouts and 8 adults attended. At the April 21st Troop Meeting 16 Scouts attended.



Historian Report

(by Carlos C, Troop Historian)


Village Creek Canoeing Camp Out

On April 24-26 was our Village Creek canoeing camp out, where both new scouts & old scouts learn something about skills in the water and how to have fun. When we arrived at Village Creek, it was dark but it wasn’t until the next morning it started rain, it was muddy, and it was really wet. The rain was on then off then on again, but when it came canoeing time it was bright, and the sun was out. When we got there, all the new scouts were excited, but once they were on the water they were paddling right, then left not knowing where to go. They got used to it and adjusted. Then when we got back we had our scout specialty… Chicken Fried Rice. So over all it was great campout and everyone had lots of fun.


Arrow of Light for Pack 282

During the Arrow of light ceremony, we welcomed 3 new additions to our wonderful troop… Alex, Matthew, and Bryce. There were all very excited but when an arrow was snapped that caught everyone off guard. After they crossed the bridge to our scouts changed their loops gave a little information about the troop and welcomed them. We are so glad they choose our troop to be their troop.


Order of the Arrow Report

(by Ben A, Troop Order of the Arrow Representative)
Arrowman Bash

Arrowman Bash will be May 1-3 at Bovay Scout Ranch. Activities include games and competitions, giveaways, free stuff, shooting sports, rock climbing, American Indian crafts, American Indian Pow-wow, Service Projects, Special Guests, and much more…



Alex O, Ben A, Ronald H, and Mr. Hood all became Brotherhood members in the Order of the Arrow at a ceremony on Sunday, May 19th. Brotherhood is possible for OA members 10 months after they have completed their Ordeal.



OA members that were elected in the Fall of 2014 are signed-up to attend their Ordeal on May 1-2 at Bovay Scout Ranch. Participants may also stay overnight on Saturday night and participate in the Bash activities.



If you have news you would like added to the next newsletter send an email message to the troop email account atbsatroop1424@gmail.com