News and Announcements

Upcoming training at the Philmont Training Center

posted by Jason Ball

I received this e-mail from Scouting and thought I would pass it on.  I don’t know anything about these sessions other than what is provided, but I do know that
The Philmont Training Center offers highly regarded courses.
Chris Kiger

Troop 531 Mulch Sales 2017 - Delivery Day 3/25

posted by Jason Ball

Good morning Troop. 

We had a fairly successful first mulch sales fundraiser. I am still working on final details, but we have almost 3000 bags of mulch coming in on 42 pallets that will be delivered sometime Friday. I think that's a great start, and KUDOS to the boys, and parents, that helped with this fundraiser. This will certainly help put some much needed funds back into the Troops account. 

I was hoping that the mulch would be delivered Thursday afternoon, but we did not make it on the trucks. We are still set for delivery to my house Friday, and I'll be calling first thing this morning to hopefully narrow down the time. Due to the status of the church parking lot and the renovation, as well as some other scouting conflicts that would not allow all mulch to be picked up Saturday before services, this is the best location and opportunity for this large of a delivery. 

Please plan to start picking up your mulch at 8AM Saturday Morning. I need to wrap up the last pickup on Saturday around 2pm due to a family activity, and I'm sure we could all use some rest, and ice by then. I committed to making myself available on Sunday for those with the scouting conflicts that I had contacted, and who had contacted me.  

Pickup Location is...
2212 Bradford Dr.
Prosper, TX. 75078

My contact number is - 972-712-2919

I have a large driveway, and plan to have the mulch placed behind my fence if possible. There should be room to back right up to the pallets. I do plan to be delivering our 1000+ bags of mulch on Saturday, and most likely roll into Sunday as well. So please contact me to work out the details for Sunday if needed. Keep my phone number handy to contact me to pick up additional mulch. My wife will also be assisting me with checking out the mulch you have ordered.  

Additionally, if you did not sell any mulch, but would like to come and help load trucks and trailers on Saturday.... The more the Merrier!!!! And I hope to see some of you here. This fundraiser should be adding a significant amount of funds to the troop, so we are all benefiting from this fundraiser. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. Otherwise, I will see you all on Saturday morning. 

Have a great day. 
Yours in Scouting, 

Face-to-Face YPT Training Coming up

posted Mar 20, 2017, 4:37 PM by Jason Ball

There are a number of training options for this class.  Face to Face is our Troop’s preferred method of YPT training because it
allows you to attend longer term camps (those over 3 nights) as well as weekend campouts.
Please register at
When training is completed, DO NOT LOSE YOUR CARD!  Please make sure that you give
Kevin Hascoat has a copy of your card so that we can log it appropriately.

Please call me if you have any questions.
Chris Kiger
Assistant Scoutmaster
(214) 542-9741

ASM and SM training coming next month - please sign up (Also training for Charter Organization Rep and Troop Committee Leader)

posted Mar 18, 2017, 8:46 AM by Jason Ball

Upcoming is the training to help you in your role as Assistant Scoutmaster or if you aspire to be a Scoutmaster in the future.
This training is really good and fun.  It’s broken into 2 parts, classroom and outdoors.  The classroom portion is 2 evenings, and
the outdoor portion (IOLS) is a single night of camping.  Once you complete this training you can proudly wear the “Trained” patch
underneath your ASM patch.
Also, please see below for dates and times for Charter Organization Representative and Troop Committee Leader Specific training and Venture Committee Leader Specific.
Please go to this link to sign up and let Chris Kiger or Kevin Hascoat know once you have completed the training

Thank you,
Chris Kiger
Assistant Scoutmaster
(214) 542-9741

Cross Over Camp Out This Weekend

posted Mar 16, 2017, 7:11 PM by Jason Ball

Good evening Troop 531 -

Are you ready to go to crossover campout?  It looks like it's going to be a great weekend for outside activities.  Important information below:


Troop Leadership/Grubmasters - Please be at the church at 5:20PM in preparation for departure.  We need coolers iced, boxes know the drill!

All other Scouts need to be at the church by 5:40.

We are leaving at 6:00.


We are trying a different location...we will be meeting at the North West side of the parking lot.


There is a chance for rain.  Please pack accordingly

New Parents:

If you need to turn in your medical paperwork, please catch me before we leave so I can confirm it's all completed.


Please provide the total number of nights/days supply + 1 (just in case) in original bottling with instructions.  Allergy season is starting to ramp up so please send allergy medication if needed.

Everyone in the Troop is excited to welcome our new Scouts and we're looking for a great TTFC session.  We'll see everyone tomorrow night!


Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise Flag Delivery

posted Mar 14, 2017, 8:22 AM by Jason Ball   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 8:24 AM ]

Troop 531 Families,
We are once again raising money for Troop 531 by delivering and picking up flags for the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise (  We will be delivering and picking up flags for the following federal holidays:
Memorial Day
Flag Day
Independence Day
Labor Day (including 9/11)
Veterans Day
New scout families, this is your chance for you to show off your new flag skills that you will learn at Crossover Camp!  We use SignUpGenius to plan out the flag season.  Easy to sign up and see what slots are available and open for you to take!
Per flag holiday delivery or retrieval, we will need a total of:
5 Adults
10 Scouts
Exact route assignments will happen approximately 1 week before the date of delivery of flags for that particular holiday.  This allows more flexibility in assigning adults and scouts to routes based on number of signups and experience level (younger scouts can learn from older scouts)
Please sign up for one or more available dates.  As always, you can reach me for any questions at my address or cell phone number:

Camp Constantin Update

posted Mar 12, 2017, 7:08 PM by Jason Ball

Camp Constantin 2017 
July 9-15
Hello Troop 531,
I hope everyone has had an excellent spring break!
Our second payment for summer camp is due this coming Monday the 13th ($100).  We still have space if anyone wants to join in on this great summer camp experience.
Please visit our fb page to see pics from last year at Constantin!
Camp Constantin 2017 
Scout Fee            $255
T Shirt                   $20
Fuel/ice /misc.    $10
Merit Badges     $?
Adult fee             less than $150. We are given 2 free spots, but we divide that savings among all attending adults.
$50 Deposit Due now
$100 Due March 13th
Remainder due May 13th
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email or call.  I will be at the meetings ready to sign you up for this adventure.
Carlos Lopez
Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 531
McKinney, Texas
214 288 9303

Mulch Sales Winding Down

posted Feb 27, 2017, 3:36 PM by Jason Ball

Good evening Scouts,  

I have heard some very positive responses about mulch sales, and have had a few questions. So I hope I can help hit them all. 

1)  "when could they start selling mulch." 
  Answer -- Mulch sales began when I sent the initial email Jan 23rd. If you missed that email, please contact me and I will re-forward it with all the pertinent information 

2) "Where are we getting our mulch?" 
Answer -- We are getting our Mulch from Jemasco out of Paris Texas. Several troops have been using Jemasco for years

3) "do we have fliers with pictures and to post online?"
  Answer -- Well, Sorry y'all, but that is a No.  I am not a graphic designer, or much of a computer person, and have never been in marketing. If I was, I might have newer and bigger toys. Haha!!!   Maybe next year someone with that experience can help the boys and the troop out with that. I've seen a really nice baseball flier from a friend of mine that sells for their baseball program. But they do have a marketing manger build that for them. 

4) "How do we figure out how much Mulch someone needs?
 Answer -- I meant to send out the answer to this a while ago, and I'm sorry I haven't, but I've been pretty busy. 
   --- for that, I found this website that me and CJ have been using when we sell if they don't already know how many bags they need.This calculator has been very accurate when we have worked with people who regularly do mulch, and has been within a couple bags when using the 2" option in the calculator. So I would highly recommend using this on your smart phone. Sorry, but we were not able to find an app that we liked

Anyway, A few final reminders.
Mulch sales ends Monday March 13th. I will be collecting all sales sheets, along with the cash and checks that night. I hope our treasurer is there to take all this to the bank that night :-)
 --- If you cannot make it to the meeting that night, please contact me to get your funds prior to me placing the order. 

Attached I am sending a form that all scouts will need to fill out and email me with their orders.
----  I would also like this form printed and turned in with all cash or checks. This can be turned in at any meeting, or during the final cutoff meeting on Monday March 13th. (This will help them be more accountable with data entry and accuracy. As well as allow me to not have to interpret their hand writing to avoid any errors in our final order) 

I hope everyone is working hard on this fundraiser. From sitting in on the end of the last Committee meeting, it sounds like our growing troop could really use this fundraiser to replenish and replace some well used equipment. And from my personal perspective, this has been a 'no-brainer' fund raiser. People love helping scouts, and they need mulch anyway. AND WE ARE DELIVERING!!!

Lets get out there and close out the last couple weeks of Mulch Sales strong. The Troop and your Scout Accounts will appreciate it. :-) 

Have a great week. 
Yours in Scouting,

Wood Badge Training Dates

posted Feb 20, 2017, 4:20 PM by Jason Ball

Wood Badge is the premier adult training in Scouting.  Several of our adult leaders have completed Wood Badge training and would be happy to answer any questions you have about this course.

The first part of the Wood Badge course reflects unit meetings, while the second part of the course uses a unit camping activity as its delivery model.
See the bottom of this e-mail for the 5 central themes in Wood Badge.

wood badge classes

Wood Badge Five Central Themes
The themes that follow encapsulate the course content of Wood Badge for the Twenty-First Century.
Living the Values 
—Values, Mission, and Vision 
—Aims and Methods
Bringing the Vision to Life 
—Listening to Learn 
—Giving and Receiving Feedback 
—Valuing People and Leveraging Diversity 
—Coaching and Mentoring
Models for Success 
—Team Development Model 
—Situational Leadership
Tools of the Trade 
—Project Planning 
—Problem Solving 
—Managing Conflict 
—Assessing Team Performance 
—Managing Change 
—Celebrating Team Success
Leading to Make a Difference 
—Leaving a Legacy 
—Learning the Greatest Leadership Secret
Chris Kiger
ASM, Training Committee Chair

REMINDER: Sign Up For Volunteering at McKinney Scout Derby

posted Feb 16, 2017, 3:04 PM by Jason Ball

It’s not too late to still sign up to help for the Rope Bridge or the Casting Contest at the McKinney Trout Derby this Saturday.  We still need volunteers to help make the event a success.

Yours in Scouting,
Curtis Bagby
Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 531

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