News and Announcements

Upcoming FtoF YPT training - Sat, Tue and Mon dates

posted May 19, 2017, 7:29 AM by Jason Ball   [ updated May 19, 2017, 7:30 AM ]

Hello Troop,
Please attend one of these Face to Face Youth Protection Training sessions if you are not current.  In order to attend a campout of any length, you MUST be current for YPT.  I scheduled these on several different days to try to accommodate everybody’s schedule.  If you are an adult attending a camp that is over 3 nights (ie summer camp) than FtoF, as opposed to online, is REQUIRED.  For all others, please just do face to face because your certification will last for 2 years and FtoF is the most comprehensive and you will not be asked to do any other YPT.
Saturday trainings:
          Saturday, May 20th, 2017 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, 2801 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney
            Saturday, June 3rd 2017 from 10:30 am to noon at Myers Park, 7117 County Road 166, McKinney, TX (after Twilight Camp Orientation near the amphitheater.)
            These trainings are done by the District.  You must register using the link below and upon completion please send a copy of your certification card to me. then click on “Training” and then “Troop, Team, and Crew Leader Adult Training”
Tuesday Training
          Tuesday, May 30 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at St. Gabriel Church, in the St. Mary room.  As you enter the church, go to the right.
          Please click here: to sign up for this session so that we will know how many packets to print.
          This is a great time for ASM’s that want to be able to attend the regular Monday meetings.
Monday Training
          Monday, June 5 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at St. Gabriel Church, in the St. Mary room.  As you enter the church, go to the right.
          Please click here  to sign up for this session so that we will know how many packets to print.
Please call me if you have any questions.
Chris Kiger
(214) 542-9741

Face to Face YPT Training offered on an upcoming Sat morning, May 20

posted May 12, 2017, 1:45 PM by Jason Ball   [ updated May 12, 2017, 1:46 PM ]

Face to Face YPT training is preferred, because that gives you a 2 year window of certification that is good for any campout.
A current F to F YPT training is REQUIRED for adults that are attending a camp of over 4 days, which includes summer camp and winter camp.


Please click on the very long URL above to fill out the registration form.  Let me know when you have completed this training or if
you have any questions.
I am working on scheduling a training(s) during our meeting.  This is a good option for somebody that can’t make a Monday night.
Chris Kiger
(214) 542-9741 cell

Medical Records Forms A, B and C

posted Apr 16, 2017, 6:27 PM by Jason Ball   [ updated Apr 16, 2017, 6:28 PM ]

Parents and Scouts,
Please see the spreadsheet on the email sent out this evening (4/16/2017) showing when each of your medical forms expires. Please find your name on this list and check your status.
You can find the medical forms from our web site: ( blank Form A, B and C) in case yours is expired or will expire soon.  
Please remember that the forms have to be accompanied by a copy of the insurance card and a copy of the shot records.
Please submit two copies, one to stay in the permanent record box and one to be sent to camp outs.
Note: You cannot go to summer camp or high adventure camp until Form C is submitted which requires a doctor’s visit. Please plan ahead for this summer.
Please contact me Mondays during the troop meetings, at or 254-768-9638.
Sabine Smith
PS: Scout Leaders, if there are names on this list of scouts that are no longer in this troop, please email me back and I will take them off.

Adult Leader Opportunity

posted Apr 12, 2017, 7:44 PM by Jason Ball

Good evening Troop, 
We have an opportunity to add RSO's to our troop, but that requires training. This would allow us to be able to open up more ranges if there are leaders able to open the ranges, and we have the RSO's to support the range. Ultimately, less sitting around and boredom for the scouts.  
I have set up an RSO Class on May 6th (with possibly another class on 4/29 for those not able to attend May 6th)  This is a one day class. Below is a little information about this class. If you would like to attend, or need more information, please contact Mark Tackman @ with a subject of... RSO Training ... for further questions and how to sign up. You will need to be an NRA member. 

The Range Safety Officer Course is a 9 Hour course (The class is all day (0730 to 1750, with a break at lunch). The cost for the class is $75, with $50 paid at least 10 days before the class) The RSO course does not include a range day. 
The Range Safety Officer class is lecture and exercises, so we don't do the range at all for the RSO course

On the course payments: I need to have everyone pay the down payment of $50 for the RSO course, so I can buy the materials each one of you will receive for the course. You may pay the total amount of $75 for the RSO Course or just the down-payment by the down-payment due date. Please Note: I really do need the down payment by the evening of the 26th of April, in order to pay a reasonable cost for shipping. At the level of materials I order for these classes, 3 day shipping cost an EXTRA $100. 

The cost for the individual courses pay for the materials and the class itself. There is a small fee ($10) from the NRA for the RSO certifications, but you pay that online after the class. That fee also depends on whether you are already an instructor, and or already an NRA member, I will explain in the class.

Scouts Needed: Troop 531 St. Gabriel Parking Lot Cleanup Need

posted Apr 12, 2017, 7:23 PM by Jason Ball

In preparation for Easter, St. Gabriel has an urgent need to clean up the
parking lot of debris from the sanctuary construction project.  Mike Howes
is leading efforts for Troop 531 to run a police line to clean up this debris (PVC pipes,
concrete, etc) THIS FRIDAY MORNING at 10:45am in the church parking lot.  He
needs scouts to volunteer for this effort; which should take no more than 1-2 hours
to complete.

Where:             St Gabriels (meet on east side of parking lot; look for White Ford F150)
When:              10:45am-??? (most likely done by noon)
What to bring:  work gloves, water, walking shoes
Weather           Sunny and 72 degrees

There will be a nice edible surprise at the end for those who join the police line
on Friday.  However, you will need transportation to enjoy it according to Mike.

May 1st Court of Honor (COH) Deadlines

posted Apr 11, 2017, 5:04 AM by Jason Ball   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 5:04 AM ]

Our next Court Of Honor will be May 1st.
In order to include any merit badges and rank advancements earned since the last COH, your Scout must have visited with Mr. Smith or Mr. Hudson so that the badges and advancement were input into our troop software. If your Scout has not visited with either of these gentlemen, then they will not receive any badges or rank. In order to receive badges and rank, it is important that the following groups of Scouts get this information entered at the following meeting.
New Scouts that just crossed over - you have until April 24th to visit with Mr. Smith or Mr. Hudson.
All older Scouts have until April 17th to meet with Mr. Smith or Mr. Hudson.
An email was sent to the Troop this morning that had attached to it the current listing of merit badges and rank advancements that have been entered into TroopMaster. Please review to ensure that nothing that should be included is not missing and have your Scout follow up at their next meeting.

Scott F. Smith

Need More Troop Flag Volunteers for 2017 Program!

posted Mar 27, 2017, 4:02 AM by Jason Ball

Update on flag signups....

So far, we have 3 adults and 8 scouts signed up for flags.  Huge thanks to those who have signed up so far.  However, we need more troop signups!  We are well short.

We need to cover a total of three routes to meet the troop goals of this fundraiser and continue on the awesome momentum from the income of our mulch program.  Without the extra committed signups, we will need to reduce routes we cover which will result in the reduction of our annual troop funding.  Let's not negate the gains that have been made from the mulch program by reducing our flag routes we commit to.  We need committed volunteers signed up by April 1 before we can commit to flag signups for 2017 with the Rotary club.

Reminder:  this is a mandatory program for all scouts in the troop to volunteer for at least one date.  If you have any questions on how this all works, please email me directly: or call me after work hours (after 6pm).  I would be happy to answer any questions you have about the process, what a typical flag retrieval or delivery includes, etc.

Below is the original email that was sent out.

Thanks all!


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

The signup link is found here:

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)

Archery Instructor Training Coming Up - our troop needs an archery instructor(s)

posted Mar 26, 2017, 7:50 PM by Jason Ball

When we have shooting sports campouts we are limited to rifle and shotgun.  We have certified personnel (thanks Don S and Pat L!) that are able
to operate a BSA shooting range and we have had some great shooting campouts.
Our Scouts would like to include archery in our repertoire of shooting sports, but we do not have anybody trained and certified to operate an archery range.
Please consider taking the upcoming archery instructor training.  Your son and their Scouting buddies will appreciate your effort to add a new twist to our
You don’t have to be proficient in archery to become certified to operate an archery range. This is not about you making a bullseye, it’s about you learning how to
run an archery range to allow our troop to have a safe and fun adventure.
Please let me know if you sign up for this training or have any questions.
Chris Kiger
(214) 542-9741

Upcoming training at the Philmont Training Center

posted Mar 24, 2017, 4:25 AM 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 Mar 24, 2017, 4:06 AM 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, 

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