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Boy Scout Troop 889 :: The Woodlands, Texas, Boy Scouts of America
Welcome to Troop 889 of the Tall Timbers District, Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. We are chartered by Christ Church United Methodist and in 2008 we celebrated our 10th year.
Troop 889 is a boy-run troop. The troop currently has 92 boys and 54 trained adult leaders on our committee and Scoutmaster corps. We camp a minimum of 20 nights per year, but we also attend Camporee, visit several options for summer camps per year, plus participate in Winter Camp. Our camping trips include fishing trips (with a fish hatchery tour), rock climbing trips, hiking trips, canoe and water trips, bicycling campouts and spelunking/cave touring trips to name a few. In 2009 we had a large contingent of Scouts headed to Philmont Scout Ranch, three crews to Florida Sea Base in 2010, and have future trips to Philmont and Northern Tier scheduled as well.
Effective immediately,the Patrol Leader's Council (PLC) will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Youth Room on the second Monday of the month, e.g, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10, 3/18, 4/8, 5/13. The Scoutmasters will meet afterwards at 7:30 pm. There will NOT be a Troop meeting on these nights. Scouts currently in any of the following leadership positions are expected to attend PLC meetings. All patrols must be represented by either the patrol leader or the assistant patrol leader.
- Senior ASPL
- High Adventure ASPL
- Jr. ASPL
- FCE ASPL
- Patrol Leaders
- Chaplain's Aide
- Leave No Trace
A TROOP'S BEST patrols exhibit enthusiasm, teamwork, and camaraderie—that special spark known as patrol spirit.
How does your patrol measure up? Here are some tips for building patrol spirit and a way to reward success:
- Choose a good name. This is a key step toward building patrol identity. Use descriptive words, like Roaring River Rats or Fearless Falcons.
- Create a distinctive patrol yell. Let the troop hear that yell often to show your spirit.
Troop 889 participated in an Independence Day Ceremony on July 4, 2012 for the residents of Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care of The Woodlands. Coordinated by Tina Williams, the Activity Director, Senior Patrol Leader Robert Tagliaferro, FCE ASPL Alex Gumm, Eagle Scout Ross McNulty, Life Scout Jacob Yagley, David McNulty, Bailey Hudanish and Andrew Graziano presented the Colors followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Resident Marta Farley, born in the Ukraine, read to the residents her inspirational essay “I am an American.” Guy Windheim, USMC, provided everyone with a brief history of the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. After the ceremony, the Scouts, Ms. Farley and Mr. Windheim proudly displayed the Gadsden “Don’t Tread On Me” Flag on the front porch.
ALERT! This note could save your eyeballs from a gruesome demise!!
Summer is here (or it was when I wrote this) and, of course, school is out. That means you won't be using your EYEBALLS as much. You will subject your delicate vision orbs to a life of sleeping late, TV drivel and Xbox games. Then you'll drag them outside into the 100F temperatures and attempt to drown them in the pool. Gasp!
This type of summertime torture could cause your eyes to shrivel into tiny raisin-like blobs!! (Scientific fact...I saw it in an email chain letter!!)
Save Your Eyes!! Earn the READING MERIT BADGE this summer!!
It's super-honkin' easy!.
Save an eyeball! Read a book! Get a merit badge! It's a win-win-win situation.
What books should you read? Look at these lists:
(From the SPL)
Here are the following patrols who's chuck box's are already color coded:
Also attached to that is their respective number:
Bulldogs: Orange- 3
Razorbacks: Yellow- 4
Cobras: Green- 5
Nomads: Blue- 6
Gators: White- 9
Here are all of patrols that WILL soon be labeled and number in this way:
Beasts of England (Older Patrol): Brown-1
Bison: Red- 2
Scorpions: Purple- 7
Liger: Gray- 8
Phoenix: Black/Gold Stripe-10
Wolves: Brown/Gold Stripe- 11
All of the patrols with a number in the "teens" (11,12,13, etc.) colors
follow the same pattern but a gold stripe is added in addition.
Eleven Troop 889 Scouts have earned the coveted "Triple Crown of High Adventure Award". The Boy Scouts of America (in conjunction with Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association (SAA)) have authorized the issuance of a special certificate and patch to honor those Scouts and Scouters who have participated in at least one program at each of the three National High Adventure Bases operated by the Boy Scouts of America. These Bases are Philmont Scout Ranch (including the Double H Ranch), Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases (Ely, Atikokan, and Bissett), and the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base.
The SAA created the Triple Crown Award in 1996 to both promote all National High Adventure programs (Philmont, Northern Tier, and Sea Base) and help identify those Scouts with a thirst for High Adventure who may potentially be interested in serving on the staff of the Northern Tier and other High Adventure programs.
Scouts who have completed the Triple Crown are: Ross McNulty, Keith Baker, Matt Johnson, Austin Terry, Zach Winkel, Eric Menees, Chris Ditter, Grant Kern, Grant Jacobsen, Adam Hale, and Cody Smith
In addition, assistant Scoutmaster Rob Menees has also earned this prestigious honor.
A special presentation will be made at the August 2011 Troop 889 Court of Honor.
In July, the Troop 889 Northern Tier crew has headed north to cooler climates. http://www.ntier.org/index-home.html
Congratulations to the 2011 Troop 889 Philmont Crews (15 Scouts and 7 adults) for their successful trek and safe return.
|Philmont Northern Crew|
Eric Menees (Crew Lead)
|Philmont Southern Crew|
Alex Gumm (Crew Lead)
Dutch oven cooking is easy and fun! And it easily feeds a hungry patrol.
Here are some basic tips to help you become an expert dutch oven cook. Always remember the number "3"!
Temperature: To calculate the approximate temperature of 333°F (or between 325°-350°F), you simply take the size of your dutch oven (for example 12") and subtract 3 from that number to get the number of charcoal briquettes to put under it (12-3=9) and add 3 to that number to get the number of charcoal briquettes to put on the lid of it (12+3=15).
Each group of additional 3 briquettes adds about 30°F.
Holding your hand 3" from the lid of your dutch oven for approximately 3 seconds means you are at approximately 333°F. Less time means you're heat is a little too high, more time means you're temperature is lower.
So on your next campout, request the use of one of the troop dutch ovens and make a masterpiece.