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!
A Scout Is Helpful
Scouts and Adult Leaders from Troop 287 recently participated in a clean-up day at Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church. Saint Christopher's has generously provided the Troop a meeting place for over 15 years. In appreciation for their generosity Scouts and Adult Leaders help with the landscaping chores several times each summer.
Baylor Merit Badge College
The Baylor Merit Badge College (BMBC)will be held at Baylor University in Waco on the mornings of Saturday, November 8 and Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 8 am to 12 noon on both mornings with check-in beginning at 7 am on November 8. Click here http://www.troop287killeen.org/baylor-mbc.aspx for a tentative schedule of merit badge offerings. BMBC has a strict no refund policy. If scouts do not show up for the first day, no refund or reduction in fees will be possible.
Registration begins on September 6 and the deadline to turn in merit badge selections is the Troop Meeting on September 2.
For further questions and registration contact Ms. Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rock Climbing at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Humans have camped at Enchanted Rock for 12,000 years and from May 2nd to 5th Troop 287 also journeyed there to camp and experience a day of climbing on the granite domes and boulders. We were fortunate to have the certified guides from Rock-About, Inc. from Austin, TX guide us on our adventure. Their knowledge, professionalism and enthusiasm for rock climbing left a lasting impression and made for a great and fun day for our scouts.
Check out the “Climbing Cam” mounted to the helmet of Matt G. and Sean G.
Check out all of the photos from the Enchanted Rock trip at the link below.
Troop 287 Scouts Tour Fort Hood
Our scouts live in the shadow of Fort Hood and many are connected in one way or another through extended family or are family members of active duty or retired military. Many, however, have not “experienced” what our Soldiers do on a daily basis. We were hosted by Noncommissioned Officers of the 1st Medical Brigade.
Our scouts had a great time. We visited the 1st Squadron 7th U.S. Cavalry where we learned the history of the unit (famous from the movie “We Were Soldiers”). Our scouts were allowed to climb in and on a Bradley Fighting Vehicle and a Hummer. They even got to spin the turret of the Bradley! Later we had Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) for lunch, visited the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment and later received a Military Police Working Dog Demonstration. We closed out our day at the climbing wall at the gym at West Fort Hood and received a Combat Medic Demonstration while our dinner cooked. It was a great day for our scouts.
Here is a short video of our motorpool visit.
Check out all our pictures from that day by clicking below.
US Flag Presentation to Troop 287
When Assistant Scoutmaster Jim Wicker came back from Iraq, he brought a US Flag for the the Troop. The flag was officially flown over Iraq for Troop 287 by the 15th Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation) on February 16, 2011 as part of Operation New Dawn.
The historian for the Troop is charged with gathering and preserving troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards and other memorabilia. Historian Xavier C-W framed the flag and certificate to be preserved as part of Troop 287 history. Great job, Xavier!