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2018 Summer Camp

Posted on Feb 23 2018 - 11:00am

Summer 2018 scout summer camp will be in Colorado.  Base camp for younger scouts will be at San Isabel Scout Ranch and older scouts will be able to do high adventure activities at Rocky Mountain High Adventure Base.  We will be at camp from June 17 to the 23rd and there will be a day or two of travel before and after.  This seems like a long ways away but we are already making payments to the camps and working on logistics.  Therefore, please indicate if you plan to participate by registering here  as soon as possible.  Our next payment is due March 15.  Please indicate in the notes if you will do base camp or high adventure.  For high adventure, all youth participants must have been 13 years old by January 1, or have completed the seventh grade before attending camp.

Religious Emblems Program

Posted on Feb 20 2018 - 1:02pm

Billy VanPelt, our Chaplain Aid, made a presentation last week about BSA's Religious Emblems program.  To encourage scouting members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the programs.  36 faiths are currently represented (African Methodist Episcopal Church to Zoroastrian and nearly everything in between).  More information may be found here or by speaking with Billy.

Annual Troop Dues

Posted on Feb 19 2018 - 5:04pm

The Troop Committee reviewed the annual budget for 2018 and has agreed to leave the annual dues unchanged at $325.  This is expected to cover all costs excluding summer camp and order of the arrow.  The budget includes camping fees, food, activities, awards, training, software, equipment and similar items.  Dues should be paid by the end of January by check made payable to BSA Troop 825.  Payments may be provided to Chris Swinbank, Treasurer, or to Skip Teel, Scoutmaster.  Many thanks in advance for your timely payment.  If you have any questions, please contact Chris or Skip.

Merit Badge Progress

Posted on Feb 19 2018 - 5:03pm

Many scouts have merit badges started but not yet completed.  We call these "partials".  Merit Badge counselors are happy to work with scouts to help them finish the badges but the scouts need to take more initiative to finish their partials.  Mr. Jessup is counseling a number of scouts on Citizenship in the Community.  Mr. Stevens is counseling on Citizenship in the World.  Mr. Chipman is counseling Cycling.  Mr. Teel is the counselor for Camping, Canoeing, Cooking,Genealogy, Personal Fitness, Photography and Pioneering. The troop maintains a merit badge progress record which can be found here.  If a counselor assigns work to a scout then the scout should make every effort to complete that work by the deadline given.  The scout law tells us that we can trust a scout to do the assignment and a scout is courteous to his counselor. Thanks.

Cycling Merit Badge - March 3, 2018 at 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Posted on Feb 19 2018 - 4:59pm

We will complete one of the biking activities and practice mountain biking skills such as up and down hills, riding on gravel, traversing roots, etc.  This will be an 8 mile ride in preparation for our long 22 mile ride.  Equipment: Bring your mountain bike & water.  Please be certain your bike is ready to ride, correctly adjusted, air in tires, etc. Location: 1001 S Dairy Ashford Houston, TX 77077 in the parking lot (this is next to the Bayou on Terry Hershey Park in the parking lot with the big glass building.  If driving west on Memorial, turn left on Dairy Ashford, if you get to the Shipley’s Donuts you have gone too far.  We will be in the parking lot of the big glass building on the left hand side of the road.)

Boards of Review

Posted on Feb 8 2018 - 8:44pm

After a Scout has completed the requirements for any rank (except Scout), he appears before a Board of Review ("BOR"). Its purpose is to determine the quality of his experience and decide whether he has fulfilled the requirements for the rank. Per the Guide to Advancement, a BOR must consist of no fewer than three members and no more than six, all of whom must be at least 21 years of age. Unit leaders shall not serve on a BOR for a Scout in their own unit. Parents, guardians, or relatives  shall not serve on a board for their son. We sometimes have trouble conducting BORs because we do not have enough adults available at meetings.  Charles Schutt, our Advancement Chair, will coordinate the BORs. He will need adults to assist from time to time.  BORs are rewarding for both the adults and scout.  Please help out when called upon.  For more information on what a BOR is and how to conduct one, please see the specific section of the Guide to Advancement here.

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