RODERICK P. EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
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.
ETHAN D. EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT
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.
New Senior Patrol Leader Elected
Troop 287 is a boy-led, scout-run troop. Elections were recently held to select a new Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) and other scout leaders. The SPL and ASPL are the two most senior youth leaders in the troop. The SPL leads troop meetings and the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC). The PLC plans, organizes, and assigns responsibilities for troop meetings and activities. The ASPL assists the SPL and fills in for him when needed. The adult leaders support and guide the youth, but it is the youth leaders who plan the programs, conduct meetings, and provide leadership among their peers. For the adult leaders it can sometimes be excruciating to watch a group of boys struggle with a problem that seems easily solved. Only by letting them struggle and sometimes fail do these young men grow, mature and learn how to be leaders.
New SPL Jack D. (left) and ASPL (right) Christian C-B.
Scouts listening intently as candidates explain why they should be elected Senior Patrol Leader
The "Election Official" goes over the rules of balloting.
Troop 287 Garage Sale Success
Congratulations to Troop 287 on the great success of the Troop Garage Sale! We made over $2,300.00 in sales which included over 139 Scout volunteered hours. The hard work and dedication of all our Scouts is priceless. Also, thanks to all the adults who helped out with the garage sale.
Scouts and adults hard at work!
Another happy customer who was very satisfied with the purchase of her rabbit!
A Scout Earns His Own Way - 2014 Annual Popcorn Fundraiser is Underway!
The 2014 annual Boy Scouts of America popcorn fundraiser is underway. Profits from popcorn sales assist scouts from Troop 287 participate in educational activities, overnight trips and camps, obtain badges and achievements, and to purchase equipment and supplies. Over 70 percent of the revenue from these sales goes directly to local scouting. This helps defray the cost for many scouts to participate in scouting activities.
Scouts from Troop 287 will participate in “Show and Sell” activities at Lowes in Killeen on August 30th and September 6th, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 pm and Walgreens in Harker Heights on Monday, September 1st, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 pm.
Community support for this important fundraising event is greatly appreciated!