When We Meet

Troop Meetings
  Tuesdays 7:00 p.m.
PLC Meetings
  2nd Tuesday of the Month 6:00 p.m.
Committee Meetings
  3rd Monday of the Month 6:30 p.m.

All meetings are normally held at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 2800 Trimmier Road, Killeen, TX  76542


Hot News



On November 4th, 2014, Troop 287 hosted a Retirement Reception at Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church in Killeen in honor of Mr. Gordon Plumlee.   Mr. Plumlee, affectionately known as “Mr. P.”, retired as Scoutmaster of Troop 287 after 27 years of service.  During his 27 years he touched the lives of over 1800 Scouts.  Many adult scouters from throughout the community who have known Mr. Plumlee over the years and former scouts of Troop 287 attended the reception to express their thanks for his guidance and leadership.  Mr. Plumlee was presented with a plaque on behalf of the troop.  He was also presented with his beloved coffee pot from the adult patrol box.  It is thought that this coffee pot has been in the Troop as long as Mr. Plumlee.  Recently it came to light that he was able to find a replacement part for the coffee pot in a garage sale, not a complete coffee pot but a single lonely part!  In return, Mr. Plumlee presented the new Scoutmaster, Mr. Dennis Duffey, with a stack of his infamous 3X5 index cards.  He was renown with summer camp counselors throughout Central Texas for the index card comments, positive or negative, that he would leave for Camp Directors regarding counselor performance.

In all seriousness we wish Mr. Plumlee the best in his “retirement” even though he will continue with the Troop in another capacity.

Check out all the photos of the reception here.




An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held on October 26, 2014 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Killeen, Texas in recognition of Daley T. achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Daley started his journey in scouting when he was in the third grade.  He started as a Bear with Pack 248 in August 2006 and continued until he earned his Arrow of Light in fifth grade.  He then crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and became a Scout with Troop 287 in March 2009.  To date he has earned 35 merit badges while in Troop 287.

Daley progressed in his leadership skills by performing various positions including Den Chief, Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader.  He graduated from the National Youth Leadership Course in December 2011.  He was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, an honor society for scouting, as an Ordeal member in May 2012. The most significant event for Daley in scouting was going to Philmont Scout Ranch in the summer of 2012 and hiking 95 miles in the mountains of Cimarron, New Mexico. 

For Daley’s Eagle Project, he led scouts and adults to clean out an overgrown grove of oak trees which the church lovingly calls The Lutheran Oaks.  Dead branches and debris were removed, a path was made and three stone benches were installed to offer a quiet place for contemplation.  Congratulations to Daley and his parents Ian and Brooke on achieving scouting’s highest honor.

For more photos of the Eagle Scout Court of Honor click here  http://www.troop287killeen.org/oct-daley-t-eagle-coh.aspx


An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held on August 10, 2014 at St Christopher's Episcopal Church in Killeen, Texas in recognition of Roderick P. achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.  Roderick began his trail to Eagle Scout with Cub Scout Pack 255 in Harker Heights, Texas.  He continued scouting in Enterprise, Alabama with Cub Scout Pack 50 where he received his Arrow of Light on November 17, 2007.  Roderick entered Boy Scouts with Troop 99 in Enterprise, Alabama where he was part of the Menewa District's first National Youth Leadership Training graduating class.  After moving to Texas he returned for 3 years to serve as a counselor and staff member at Camp ALAFLO in Alabama.  Roderick joined Troop 287 in January 2010 where he served as a Troop Guide.  His Eagle Project was to construct two water catchers at Union Grove Park which act as wells to help the quail population of Central Texas.  He worked with the Army Corps of Engineers, Ace Hardware and received a donation of two tractor tires from Gerstenberg to complete the project.  Roderick is also an Ordeal and Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow.   Congratulations to Roderick and his parents Rod and Eileen on achieving Scouting's highest rank.

For more photos of the Eagle Ceremony click here  http://www.troop287killeen.org/aug-roderick-p-eagle-coh.aspx

For more photos of the Eagle Project click here http://www.troop287killeen.org/nov-roderick-p-eagle-project.aspx


On July 26, 2014 Life Scout Ethan D. completed his Eagle Scout Project by placing “Don’t Pollute” markers on 50 plus storm drains for the City of Harker Heights, Texas. The more oil, paint and debris we keep out of the storm drains the better off we will all be.  All of the storm drains marked  flow to Stillhouse Lake Reservoir which provides drinking water to area cities and towns as well as to many species of wildlife.   Scouts assisting Ethan with his project were Jimmy W., Evan J., Trevor D., Jack D., Joseph L., Josh R., Devin L. and Alex G.




Welcome to the fun and adventure of Scouting and membership in Troop 287! The following tidbits tell you a little about us.


Troop 287 was founded in 1961 and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Killeen. It has been a continually active Troop stressing the purposes of the Boy Scouts of America. which are the development of CITIZENSHIP, CHARACTER, and FITNESS. Our program is designed to achieve these purposes and is diverse. The program intends to challenge your son while enabling him to learn and grow at his pace. Scouting is not a just a boy activity; rather it is, and will continue to be a family affair. You are invited to be an active participant in his experience. Your support is important to your son and can be accomplish in many ways. You can be a Merit Badge Counselor, serve on the Troop Committee, be an Assistant Scoutmaster, or simply go camping with us.  You are always welcome at Troop meetings.


If you take the OUTING out of Scouting, nothing remains. Troop 287 puts the OUTING in Scouting in a big way. There are monthly campouts lasting Friday to Sunday. Eagle Scout projects, caroling at Christmas time. and other activities. So, as you can see, we keep the OUTING in Scouting.



Mr. Gordon Plumlee



Mr. Dennis Duffey