News and Announcements

2018 Rotary Club of McKinney Flag Delivery Signup

posted May 18, 2018, 3:04 PM by Jason Ball

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 to accrue both service hours for your next scout rank and scout bucks to go towards future scout campouts or summer camp.

Per flag holiday delivery or retrieval, we will need a total of:

4 Adult Drivers
8 Scouts

Exact routes for adults and scouts will be assigned in advance of each flag install/retrieve event.

Note:  All scout families (scouts and adult drivers) are expected to participate in at least one flag holiday event each year per Troop 531 guidelines.  This is important to ensure sufficient staffing per flag holiday to allow for enough drivers and scouts to cover the troop routes this year.  Each route is expected to take no more than 3 hours if all signup slots are filled for a flag holiday.  The troop receives much needed funds from this fundraiser much like our other fundraisers.  So sign up early and often in support of our troop!

As always, you can reach me for any questions at my address or cell phone number:


Yours in Scouting

COH Signup Link 05.21.2018

posted May 17, 2018, 8:22 PM by Jason Ball

Please see link to sign up for refreshments for Court of Honor Monday.

COH Reminder 05.21.2018

posted May 17, 2018, 8:19 PM by Jason Ball

Hello Troop 531,

Just a reminder that Monday's meeting is our Spring Court of Honor. It's a great time to honor all our Scouts and their hard work. Don't forget to wear full class A uniform. Also, you will find an attached report on the email sent out today of what we currently have in the way of awards being presented. If you are expecting something different, please let Andy Hudson know. I realize it's shorter notice than normal, but try to let me know of any changes before Saturday evening in order to get it in for this Court of Honor. 

See email from this afternoon for listing....

We look forward to seeing you there. 

Andy Hudson
Advancement Coordinator Troop 531

REMINDER: Save the Date: Eagle Project May 19th 9:30 AM

posted May 14, 2018, 8:00 PM by Jason Ball   [ updated May 15, 2018, 4:27 AM ]

Troop 531,

I need your help with my Eagle Scout project.  This is a great way to get service hours and to give back to the community.  The project supports the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center in Plano.  This organization helps children who have been abused.  We will be making improvements to a playhouse the children use, building shelves for a storage facility and painting a 6 foot concrete wall.    

What: Tyler Bagby’s Eagle Scout Project

What to bring:

Wear clothes that can get paint on them and work gloves
Sun screen, a hat and water bottle
A roller pan and paint roller handle (if available)
A cordless drill (if available)
What is provided: We will have donuts, coffee and juice for breakfast and pizza and drinks for lunch. 

Where: Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center, 2205 Los Rios Blvd., Plano, TX 75074

When: Saturday, May 19th starting at 9 am

How: Sign up on line. 

Special Note: For those over 18 please complete the linked form and call  for him to pick them up Wednesday night this week. (SEE EMAIL FOR CONTACT INFORMATION)

Oklahoma Watersports Campout Final Details for this Friday, May 11 departure

posted May 9, 2018, 3:10 PM by Jason Ball

Troop 531 McKinney
4:53 PM (13 minutes ago)
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Friday departure details at the bottom of this message.

 What do I need to bring?
    - Everything you would bring for a normal campout, plus....
    - Sunscreen
    - Shoes for the water that have a strap across the heel.  MANDATORY to wear at the riverpark.  Crocs with strap = ok.  Flip flops = no way
    - No barefeet allowed in park.
    - Two for drying off and one for sitting on in the car when driving back from the riverpark.  
       Please don't leave a wet mess in your driver's car  :)
    - Change of clothes and shoes for Sat afternoon.  Please change into dry clothes/footwear before you get into the car to drive back to our campsite.
    - Avoid having to put on a ton of sunscreen by wearing an SPF water shirt.
    - Extra money if you want to buy something at the riverpark.  You have already paid for lunch and dinner.
    - Swimsuit with pockets and a baggie that will seal if you want to keep something dryish in your pocket.  Lockers I am told are free.
    - Class A uniform for travel to and from the campsite (Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, OK)
    - Standard eating utensils and plates for breakfasts that will be cooked at camp and for cracker barrel on Friday night.  Water bottle.
    - Did I mention sunscreen?

On Saturday, we will leave the campsite by 9:15 am to head north to Riversport Adventures for an 11:00 am arrival.
Our reservations for whitewater rafting are at 11:30 am.  We will have a 30 min safety briefing from 11:00 - 11:30 am.
Lunch at 12:30 pm.
Depart  Riversport Adventures at 5:00ish.  Head south back to campsite, stopping at CiCi's pizza for dinner.


Senior Patrol to meet early in the church parking lot between 5:20-5:30pm Friday

Grubmasters meet in the church parking lot to get ice and food packed. 5:30pm Friday

Patrols are to meet in the church parking lot at 5:45pm Friday

Departure from St Gabriel at 6:30pm Friday

Estimated departure from campsite ~9:45 am Sunday  Target arrival at St Gabriel between 12:15 to 12:45 

Parents - If your child has medication to be dispensed during the campout, it will need to go to the selected adult for distribution.  Please provide all medication in the original bottle for only the number of nights + 1 dosage (just in case).  Please also include written instructions for distribution.  

Contact Chris Kiger for any questions about Riversports Adventure, payment, waivers, itinerary, etc...
Contact Kevin Hastcoat for any troop or camping related questions.

Chris Kiger

Save the Date: Eagle Project May 19th 9:30 AM

posted May 7, 2018, 8:03 PM by Jason Ball

Hello! Please help another Scout out with his Eagle Scout Project on May 19th at 9:30 a.m! It will be at the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center in Plano, the address is 2205 Los Rios Blvd Plano, TX 75074. 

Wear clothes to paint in, and we will be painting and building shelves. Please fill out the form in the link if you plan on attending! Breakfast and lunch will be provided! Thank you!

Thank you!

What to bring to Troop meeting on Monday for Oklahoma Water Sports Campout Inbo

posted May 6, 2018, 7:20 PM by Jason Ball   [ updated May 6, 2018, 7:21 PM ]


Thank you to all who signed up online for the campout this weekend, 5/11 - 5/13.  List of people that have signed up is in the email that was sent last night.  If you did not get it, please let know and he will make sure you get it (still having some problems with gmail delivery).  

Payment is needed this Monday meeting, 5/7, because I will be buying our tickets and making 
arrangements for our whitewater slots first thing Tuesday morning.  If you did not sign up online from the 
link that Kevin Hascoat sent, then I do not have you as attending.  Questions?  please contact

Please bring the following to the meeting:
    - Signed waiver for the water park
       Mandatory for Adults and Scouts.  For the Group Event Code, type "Troop 531" without the " "
       Please use the Group Event Code so that they can easily find our waiver forms.
       Please print out or screen shot and bring to the meeting.
    - $77 in the form of a check.  This includes $66.50 for park admission and lunch plus $3.50 for campsite fee
       plus $7.00  for CiCi's buffet for Sat dinner.  Make check to Troop 531.  I will be paying CiCi all at once, instead
       of each person paying one at a time.  Dinner includes buffet and a drink.  I can take exact change, but will not have
       $3 change if  you bring $80 - please bring $77 exact change if you are bringing cash.
    - $10 cash for the drivers.  If you are going to be a passenger, please bring $10 so that we can pay the gas for 
      the driver's 6 hour round trip.  To be paid along with registration.  If you are a child of a confirmed driver or a driver, 
        then no need to pay.
    -  $10 cash (exact change) to be paid to grub master for Fri cracker barrel, Sat breakfast, and Sun breakfast.
        This food charge is for all Scouts and adults.  Please do not bring a $20 bill for gas and food, because it is going to 
        different people.

At the meeting when you bring your payment, I will confirm your swim test status.   As stated previously, all Scouts must be a "Swimmer" status in order to do the whitewater, stand up paddle board, and kayaking.  There are many, many other activities you can do if you are a "Beginner" or have not taken the swim test.

Please contact Chris Kiger at or (214) 945-5522 if you have questions.

Chris Kiger 

2018 Oklahoma Watersport Campout

posted May 1, 2018, 6:41 PM by McKinney Troop   [ updated May 1, 2018, 6:43 PM ]

Good evening Troop 531, 

Just a gentle reminder signup is due Saturday May 5th and the Swim test is Sunday May 6th from 6pm-8pm at the McKinney Apex Center.

Also note:   Non-slip water-shoes are required for ALL activities [NO FLIP FLOPS]

When:          May 11-13
Where:        Riversports Adventure, OKC (Boathouse District location) 
                    on Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm
Camping:      We will camp in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area near Sulphur, OK
                    on Fri and Sat nights
Other            YES!!!  There are many other activities available at Riversports Adventure,
Activities?? including:  Sky Trail, zipline, flatwater kayaking, stand up paddle boarding,
                    BMX course, extreme water slides, climbing walls, and extreme jumping.
                    Click on
                    for pictures and descriptions. 
Restrictions: In order to do the whitewater, stand up paddle boarding, and flatwater kayaking
                      you must be classified as a “Swimmer” according to BSA Swim Test guidelines.
                    A “Nonswimmer” or “Beginner” can do all of the land-based activities.
Swim Test:  The Troop is having our annual swim test from 6-8 pm on Sunday, May 6 at
                    the Apex Center on El Dorado.  More details to follow regarding swim test.
Drivers:        We will not be able to have this campout if we don’t have enough drivers.  The
                    Scouts are very enthused about this campout and the initial poll showed over
                    30 wanting to attend.
Cost:            $66.50 admission to park, which includes box lunch (food can’t be brought in)
                    $10/passenger gas money to be given to drivers for their 6 hour round trip drive
                $4 fee to cover the campsite (2 sites at $30/each/day, so $120 total)
                    We will hit up a CiCi’s pizza for dinner, because we have a 1 ½ hour drive
                    from the park back to the campsite, so each Scout needs to bring $7ish for dinner.
Sign-up Due:   Please sign up for this campout by this Saturday May 5th so we will know if we have enough drivers.
Questions?  Please contact Chris Kiger  or (214) 945-5522   

Troop 531 Swim Test this Sunday, May 6

posted Apr 30, 2018, 6:11 PM by Jason Ball

Hi Troop,
Please attend the Swim Test this Sunday.  If you plan to participate in aquatic activities (like summer camp, Whitewater campout, etc...) all Scouts and adults must have a swim test.  Without a swim test rating, you are considered to be a 
"non-swimmer" for Scouting purposes, which restricts your water activities.   
Your classification as a Swimmer/Beginner/Non-Swimmer dictates where you can swim, how deep, and watercraft you can use.

WHEN:        Sunday, May 6 from from 6-8 pm
WHERE:      APEX Center at 3003 Alma Road (intersection of Alma/El Dorado)
COST:          $2
WHO:           EVERY Scout and adult that plans to camp with the troop.  Swim tests are valid for 1 year, so if you did 
                    last year's test you are good for the upcoming Whitewater camp out, but not for summer camp or any other
                    camp outs that we have that involve water.  This includes camp outs that have not been scheduled yet.
QUESTION: Contact Chris Kiger (214) 945-5522 or Matt Delozier (

Here are the types of tests/classification:

Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: side, breast, trudgen, or crawl. Swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke.
The 100 yards must be completed without stops and must include at least one sharp turn.
Rest by floating…Long enough to demonstrate ability to rest when exhausted.

Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
Swim 25 feet on the surface.
Stop, turn, and resume swimming back to the starting place.

Did not complete either of the swimming tests.

Camporee Details

posted Apr 15, 2018, 3:52 PM by McKinney Troop

Camporee is next weekend!  Time to shake the dust off the rope bridge and get ready to lash some A-frames to climb trees.  Sign-up sheets for Scouts and Adults will be at the Scoutmasters' table.  Additional details can be found on the District website:  Scouts and Adults must be signed up in order to get this year's coveted Camporee Patch!  AIM HIGHER!  This year the event will be held at the Chambersville Tree Farm at 7032 CR 971 Celina, TX 75009.  

Anyone wishing to attend Camporee must have Forms A & B on file.  Crossover Scout Parents, please confirm with Sabine Smith your Scout's forms are on file. 


Food:   $15 (to be given to your patrol grubmaster)
Camp:  $10 (to be given to Mr Hastcoat)
Please bring your money to the Troop Meeting tomorrow, be sure to bring $5 and $10 bills to avoid making change.


Senior Patrol to meet early in the church parking lot between 5:20-5:30pm Friday

Grubmasters meet in the church parking lot to get ice and food packed. 5:30pm Friday

Patrols are to meet in the church parking lot at 5:45pm Friday

Departure from St Gabriel at 6:30pm Friday

Estimated departure from Camporee ~9:30am Sunday

Parents - If your child has medication to be dispensed during the campout, it will need to go to the selected adult for distribution.  Please provide all medication in the original bottle for only the number of nights + 1 dosage (just in case).  Please also include written instructions for distribution.  

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