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Boy Scout Troop 889 :: The Woodlands, Texas, Boy Scouts of America
Welcome to Troop 889 PDF Print
Troop 889Welcome 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.

Merit Badge Info PDF Print

Vintage Merit Badge SashAbout Merit Badge Counselors: 

The Merit Badge Counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a Merit Badge Counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a Merit Badge Counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.

To become a Merit Badge Counselor you simply need to:

  • Fill out a BSA Adult Leader Application (Download)
  • Take Youth Protection Training on-line (about 15-20 minutes)
  • Tell us what Merit Badges you would like to counsel (Download)
  • Turn in all your forms to the Troop Committee
  • Attend the next available Merit Badge Counselor Orientation

If you are not yet a Merit Badge Counselor, it is easy to become a volunteer. You will need to register with the Boy Scouts of America, through the Tall Timbers District.  Obtain, complete, and turn in to the Troop Membership Chairperson the Adult Leader Application. The Troop Membership Chairperson and Tall Timbers District will process your application.  Every applicant's references are checked to insure the scout's safety. 

Next, complete the online course for Youth Protection TrainingFollow this link, log on (you may need to establish a logon if you haven't already done so), and take the course.  It should take you 15 to 20 minutes.

Merit Badge Counselor Links:

Schedule Changes Effective Immediately PDF Print
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.
  • SPL
  • Senior ASPL
  • High Adventure ASPL
  • Jr. ASPL
  • Patrol Leaders
  • Historian
  • Scribe
  • Librarian
  • Bugler
  • QM
  • Chaplain's Aide
  • Leave No Trace
  • Webmaster
  • Guides
  • Instructors
National Honor Patrol Award PDF Print
National Honor Patrol patchA 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.
Independence Day Ceremony at Terrace Assisted Living Center PDF Print
altTroop 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.
11 Scouts Awarded Triple Crown Award PDF Print
Triple CrownEleven 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.

Dutch Oven Cooking is Easy and Fun PDF Print
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.

BL Joke of the Day

  • “Explosion”
    A book never written: “Explosion” by Dina Might.
  • The traffic light covered itself
    Sam: Why did the traffic light cover itself while going from red to green? Nick: I don’t know. Sam: It didn’t want anyone to see it change!

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