Sorry 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.
On February 5th 2017, Troop 642 attended Sunday worship at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. We attended, Scout Sunday, as a Troop to show our appreciation to MDPC for sponsoring our troop for more than 50 years. Over those years, 560 Scouts from Troop 642 have achieved the rank of Eagle, an accomplishment that would not have been possible without the support of MDPC.
During the service, 13 Scouts were recognized for earning the rank of Eagle during 2016: Alec Abrams, Ethan Bains, Carson Barker, Harris Cooley, Andrew Dawson, Varun Dixit, Matthew Garvin, Zachary Harkins, Alec Norman, Abhiraj Sinha, Turner Snelling, Caleb Touchstone and Thomas Vassar.
Nick Latiolais was recognized for receiving the Lifesaving Honor Medal award for applying the First Aid skills he learned in Scouting and saving a life.
Bobby Herrera, Blaze Hoskins, Jackson McCown, Kyle Moore, Ethan Schmidt and Baker Wardell were recognized for receiving the God & Church award.
Keagan Firenza, Michael Goolsby, Bryce Keith, Alex Lamprecht and David Mavergeorge, were recognized for receiving the God & Life award.
Both of these classes were lead by Mr. John Beall and Mr. Jim Goolsby.
The service was very good and the musical worship was great. Ethan S.
Five Scouts were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor ceremony held December 7, 2016 at Boy Scout Troop 642 sponsored by Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. The new Eagle Scouts from Memorial High School are junior Varun Dixit, junior Abhiraj Sinha, senior Matthew Garvin, senior Alec Abrams and Stratford High School senior Andrew Dawson.
All members of Troop 642 are proud these young men and the achievement that they have earned. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill.
Varun Dixit earned 24 merit badges and served in the following leadership positions: Librarian, Webmaster, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader and Troop Guide. For his Eagle Project, Varun created four dog waste stations for the Houston SPCA. The Houston SPCA is a nonprofit organization that is Houston’s first and largest animal protection organization and shelter. Varun designed and built four stations that included a wooden trashcan holder, a bag dispenser, and a sign. These stations were installed along a path that the SPCA uses to walk their dogs. Varun is the first in his family to become an Eagle Scout.
Abhiraj Sinha attended 5 summer camps and held the following leadership positions: Quartermaster, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader and Troop Guide. Outside of Scouts, Abhiraj is a volunteer at Memorial Herman and he has achieved the presidential award for volunteering from Memorial Mustang Outreach Bunch. For his Eagle Project, Abhiraj refurbished two garden beds and planted twelve roses in them, repainted 65 parking spots, and built an oak picnic table at the Hindu Worship Society of Houston. Abhiraj is the first in his family to become an Eagle Scout.
Matthew Garvin earned a total of 28 merit badges and served in the following leadership positions: Librarian, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader and Troop Guide. For his Eagle Project, Matthew constructed and stained fourteen 48x48 in. frames and two 5 ft. long benches for American Legion Post 521. The frames hold the pictures and names of the Texas veterans who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. The families of these fallen soldiers now have a place to grieve and pay their respects. Matthew is the second in his family to become an Eagle Scout.
Andrew Dawson earned 23 merit badges and served in the following leadership positions: Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Chaplain’s Aide, Quartermaster and Troop Guide. For his Eagle Project, Andrew constructed a pigeon coop for the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary. He designed, constructed and installed an 8x4 ft. pigeon coop with a separate aviary extending an additional three feet. His project allows the Sanctuary to receive and maintain pigeons to show the children who both visit and participate in year-round programs and gives visitors an opportunity to view the birds close up. Andrew is the first in his family to become an Eagle Scout.
Alec Abrams earned 22 merit badges and served in the following leadership positions: Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, and Troop Guide. Alec’s Eagle Project took place at a home owned by VitaLiving, a company with several group homes for special needs adult residents in Houston. The project entailed the removal of an old and run down fence and construction of a new one in the backyard of the beneficiary’s house. Alec also built and mulched a raised flower bed, and planted a mulched and edged azalea bed. Alec plans to remain an active member of Troop 642.
On the weekend of November 19, Troop 642 went to the Tauber ranch for the annual feast campout. At this campout Scouts cooked a thanksgiving meal such as honey glazed ham, beef tenderloin, trash can turkey, stuffed jalapenos, fresh cooked breads, veggies, deserts and more. All meals were cooked with coals or an open fire. After dinner we had a bonfire and hot coco. The weather was beautiful but it dropped below freezing at night so you had to get your fire going early. I look forward to the 2017 feast campout to do it all over again. – Ethan S.