<![CDATA[troop642.org - Scout Blog Archive]]>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:01:30 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Shotgun Campout 2019]]>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 01:02:43 GMThttp://troop642.org/scout-blog-archive/shotgun-campout-2019Shotgun Campout 2019
After getting an extra 30 minutes of sleep, we met at the scout house at 7:00 AM. Travel was quick, and most everyone had arrived before eight. After our tents and dining flies were set up, we were treated to a multitude of savory barbecue offerings. For that, we can thank the adults of that campout.

Next, we were on to the main event of the campout: shotgun shooting. The clays would be launched into the air, and the people taking part in the activity were tasked with blowing it into a million pieces. Personally, I found it to be a lot of fun, and it has interested me in shotgun shooting more. That is the same for many of our scouts at the campout. Overall, the campout was a lot of fun, and very unique in its own right.


Bennett P
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<![CDATA[Summer Camp 2019]]>Tue, 05 Nov 2019 08:00:00 GMThttp://troop642.org/scout-blog-archive/summer-camp-20195751104​This year, our Summer Campout was in Elbert Colorado at the Chris Dobbins Scout Ranch. 

On an early June morning, our troop left in separate vans and drove all day until we got to Amarillo and stayed at another troop’s scout house where we played volleyball, “Nuke ‘Em”, and Gaga Ball. We all slept on the floor or on a couch. 

Once we arrived at camp in Colorado, we all began choosing tents and setting up cots. That evening, we ate dinner in the dining hall, and later the camp provided ice cream which we ate outside in the cold weather (yep, COLD weather in June – not something we see much in Houston). 

Monday morning we woke to a 39 degree low and started merit badge classes and later played games with our camp host, Sterling. In one of the games, we had to find Sterling and other counselors who were hiding in the wooded area on a hill behind our camp site. A lot of us were climbing trees and jumping on the rocks. We had a really good time doing all sorts of silly things while looking for the others.

During the nights, scouts would play games in their tents. One night, Jude P. introduced us to Dungeons and Dragons. It started out with only a few people, but then, many others joined because it was very warm in the tent where we were playing. We all enjoyed Jude’s storytelling. 

The camping merit badge group and the Cool Cima Dudes hiked Castelwood Canyon and Pike’s Peak which began on one day and overlapped into the next day. There was a chess merit badge class taught by Mr. Webb where we learned how chess originated and other interesting facts. The orienteering merit badge class did “The Big Race”. The Big Race involved them hiking across the CD Scout Ranch finding points using only their orienteering skills (map reading and compass use) in order to win the Golden Compass. 

On Friday morning, we packed up, said good-bye to Colorado, and drove our long ride back home to Texas.

Everybody had a good time and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and weather.

We held our Summer Camp Court of Honor two weeks after returning home.   At this Court of Honor Troop 642 Scouts earned 226 Merit Badges and 52 rank advancements including 3 Scouts earned their Eagle rank.
 
Auden G.  
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<![CDATA[March 2019 Campout]]>Sun, 25 Aug 2019 22:34:54 GMThttp://troop642.org/scout-blog-archive/march-2019-campoutThis year’s March campout was extremely windy as there was a storm passing overhead and we just barely escaped the rain. We could not have our usual bonfire because of how windy it was for there was a great risk of it spreading.  It was very cold early in the evening and also just as cold in the morning which left lots of us shivering because we were not properly dressed for the unexpected change in temperature.
The First Class Emphasis (FCE) Scouts were tasked with a 5 mile hike. This left many patrols without much assistance for a few hours. And for a couple of scouts, this was their first campout. They survived their first experience and had a good time learning some of the fundamental skills of Scouting.
Many scouts also passed their Board of Review, and ranked up. Their hard work paid off.
 
Auden G.
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<![CDATA[Summer Camp 2019]]>Mon, 17 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMThttp://troop642.org/scout-blog-archive/summer-camp-20191676420​This year, our Summer Campout was in Elbert Colorado at the Chris Dobbins Scout Ranch. 

On an early June morning, our troop left in separate vans and drove all day until we got to Amarillo and stayed at another troop’s scout house where we played volleyball, “Nuke ‘Em”, and Gaga Ball. We all slept on the floor or on a couch. 

Once we arrived at camp in Colorado, we all began choosing tents and setting up cots. That evening, we ate dinner in the dining hall, and later the camp provided ice cream which we ate outside in the cold weather (yep, COLD weather in June – not something we see much in Houston). 

Monday morning we woke to a 39 degree low and started merit badge classes and later played games with our camp host, Sterling. In one of the games, we had to find Sterling and other counselors who were hiding in the wooded area on a hill behind our camp site. A lot of us were climbing trees and jumping on the rocks. We had a really good time doing all sorts of silly things while looking for the others.

During the nights, scouts would play games in their tents. One night, Jude P. introduced us to Dungeons and Dragons. It started out with only a few people, but then, many others joined because it was very warm in the tent where we were playing. We all enjoyed Jude’s storytelling. 

The camping merit badge group and the Cool Cima Dudes hiked Castelwood Canyon and Pike’s Peak which began on one day and overlapped into the next day. There was a chess merit badge class taught by Mr. Webb where we learned how chess originated and other interesting facts. The orienteering merit badge class did “The Big Race”. The Big Race involved them hiking across the CD Scout Ranch finding points using only their orienteering skills (map reading and compass use) in order to win the Golden Compass. 

On Friday morning, we packed up, said good-bye to Colorado, and drove our long ride back home to Texas.

Everybody had a good time and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and weather.

We held our Summer Camp Court of Honor two weeks after returning home.   At this Court of Honor Troop 642 Scouts earned 226 Merit Badges and 52 rank advancements including 3 Scouts earned their Eagle rank.
 
Auden G. 
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<![CDATA[September 2018 Campout]]>Sun, 12 May 2019 20:40:18 GMThttp://troop642.org/scout-blog-archive/september-2018-campoutOur September campout was fun.  We arrived to a light sprinkle but it went away shortly after setting up camp.

​Mr. Turret told us we had to get a lot of fire wood before anything else.   After we scavenged for wood we hung out and talked and ate and fished. We also had fun tubing and swimming in the lake.  

The cooking was excellent and in the evening we had a huge campfire. The scouts prepared skits and had fun performing them.   Staff stayed up late watching the fire and singing songs.

​The morning meals were well prepared with more than enough to eat.  Some Scouts got rank advancement and others worked on cooking merit badge.
Jack B. & James S. 
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<![CDATA[Summer Camp 2019]]>Sun, 12 May 2019 20:27:50 GMThttp://troop642.org/scout-blog-archive/summer-camp-2019This year, our Summer Campout was in Elbert Colorado at the Chris Dobbins Scout Ranch. 

On an early June morning, our troop left in separate vans and drove all day until we got to Amarillo and stayed at another troop’s scout house where we played volleyball, “Nuke ‘Em”, and Gaga Ball. We all slept on the floor or on a couch. 

Once we arrived at camp in Colorado, we all began choosing tents and setting up cots. That evening, we ate dinner in the dining hall, and later the camp provided ice cream which we ate outside in the cold weather (yep, COLD weather in June – not something we see much in Houston). 

Monday morning we woke to a 39 degree low and started merit badge classes and later played games with our camp host, Sterling. In one of the games, we had to find Sterling and other counselors who were hiding in the wooded area on a hill behind our camp site. A lot of us were climbing trees and jumping on the rocks. We had a really good time doing all sorts of silly things while looking for the others.

During the nights, scouts would play games in their tents. One night, Jude P. introduced us to Dungeons and Dragons. It started out with only a few people, but then, many others joined because it was very warm in the tent where we were playing. We all enjoyed Jude’s storytelling. 

The camping merit badge group and the Cool Cima Dudes hiked Castelwood Canyon and Pike’s Peak which began on one day and overlapped into the next day. There was a chess merit badge class taught by Mr. Webb where we learned how chess originated and other interesting facts. The orienteering merit badge class did “The Big Race”. The Big Race involved them hiking across the CD Scout Ranch finding points using only their orienteering skills (map reading and compass use) in order to win the Golden Compass. 

On Friday morning, we packed up, said good-bye to Colorado, and drove our long ride back home to Texas.

Everybody had a good time and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and weather.

We held our Summer Camp Court of Honor two weeks after returning home.   At this Court of Honor Troop 642 Scouts earned 226 Merit Badges and 52 rank advancements including 3 Scouts earned their Eagle rank.
 
Auden G.
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<![CDATA[Summer Camp 2018]]>Sun, 07 Oct 2018 23:23:07 GMThttp://troop642.org/scout-blog-archive/summer-camp-2018
We returned to camp Sid Richardson this year for summer camp. 
 
Our summer camps are about having fun, earning merit badges and rank advancement.  We had about 50 Scouts attend and we earned about 160 merit badges and awards.  Additionally, there were 22 rank advancements during summer camp (3 Scouts earned the Scout rank, 4 Tenderfoot, 5 Second Class and another 5 First Class, 1 Scout earned Star and last but certainly not least 4 Scouts earned Life).
 
We also had a lot of dads that worked their tails off, so hats off to them.
 
On the second day of summer camp our troop was granted troop swim, where the troop got to free swim for about an hour. We played jackpot in the shallow end and sneakers in the deep end. There were about 15 of us in the pool, so it was fun.
 
Cell phones are not allowed at summer camp so we use the 642 Weather Rock to keep up with weather.  The Original weather rock was handled by the all-powerful Dr. Krell.  After the flood at El Rancho Cima, the original weather rock was left there so people would always know the weather there.  So now, Mr. Krell (Dr. Krell’s son and an Eagle Scout from 642) wields the Weather Rock 2.0.  With its power, it will tell you the weather at any time of the day! So, you don’t have to have Wi-Fi to know what the weather is!  Mr. Krell predicted that the sun was shining for the day and, the prediction was SPOT ON! So its 100% legit!
 
Have you ever wanted to shoot somebody off a giant air pillow?   If so, then the blob, at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch is where your mind should be!

What happens is you get somebody that weighs less than you and they jump on the blob.  Then they scoot to the end of the blob and when they least expect it you pounce on the blob and they go flying!

Then it repeats! Honestly, I would rate the fun meter on this 10 out of 10.

 
Overall it was a great and safe Summer Camp.  We can’t wait until next year.
 
Jack B. and Cam S.
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<![CDATA[March 2018]]>Sun, 24 Jun 2018 22:38:42 GMThttp://troop642.org/scout-blog-archive/march-2018On the last weekend of March, the troop went to Wimberley to camp and advance in rank.
 
We had lots of fun on the hikes training for Philmont and Durango high adventure camps. The hikes were around seven miles for the Durango Scouts and thirteen for the Philmont crew.
 
The cooking was also fantastic with Dr. Krell saying he had the best pork tenderloin ever.
Bryce, Evan, and Park were some of the cooks with great food from all.
 
Is it raining, sunny or cloudy? Maybe even a flood or tornado! It can all be told with Dr. Krell’s Weather Rock!  Dr. Krell pulled out the Weather Rock and Mr. Cain was able to tell that it was a sunny day because it rock was hot.
 
Wimberley is always fun and I’m already counting down the days until we go back next year.

​JLB and CES
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<![CDATA[Summer Camp 2017]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 21:09:10 GMThttp://troop642.org/scout-blog-archive/summer-camp-2017Summer camp was amazing!

We stayed at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch (SR2) for one week. During that week scouts participated in merit badges that were required by the troop as well as merit badges that interested them.

1st year scouts took Pioneering, Swimming, and Basketry merit badges.  All three are required by the troop so they did not get to choose their merit badges, but they had a lot of extra time to explore camp, go to the trading post, sleep, or mess around with friends.  

2nd year scouts took Life Saving, Kayaking or Canoeing merit badges and two other merit badges of their choice. Some of those choices were Fishing, Archery, Woodcarving, and many more.

3rd year scouts took Orienteering, Camping, and two merit badges of their choice, like Horsemanship and Rifle Shooting.  During the Orienteering merit badge, scouts participated in an orienteering race where Charlie O. and Jackson M. got 1st place, winning the golden compass.  Scouts also had the choice during free time to participate in extra merit badges.  

4th year scouts are “Dudes” and spent the days on the lake Sailing, Skiing, Motor boating, and Standup Paddleboarding.

After dinner on two days scouts got to participate in blobbing and the troop free swim.  Scouts also got hats, cups, and whatever they wanted branded with the SR2 logo.

I personally think that the food was pretty good and the staff were very enthusiastic.  I can’t wait till we go next year to experience it again. ~~~RES~~~
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<![CDATA[April Blog]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:30:16 GMThttp://troop642.org/scout-blog-archive/april-blogSorry I haven't posted recently. I was all tied up in my knot ropes and was cleaning my Dutch Oven collection. Here are the blogs for our February campout and our April campout.

​The April campout was very fun. We showed our colors as the "Rainmakers" and stayed the whole campout even though it rained. We made wash stations with lashings, cooked awesome meals and had a Bon-Fire. At the Bon-Fire we had a fun time presenting skits including "My Important Papers", "The Golden Toilet" and many more. I worked with some of our new scouts, teaching them how to clean Dutch Ovens and they helped our cook prepare our meal. The wildflowers were in bloom at this ranch so we were surrounded by natures beauty.

​At the February campout we enjoyed Shipley's donuts and played laser tag. The laser tag field was set up after dinner and we split into teams. We also had a free for all where James S. won overall. As always we cooked awesome meals and as an extra we had a few knot tying contest. It was my most favorite campout so far.

​Ethan S.

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