News and Announcements

New Youth Protection Trainings required by Oct. 1, 2018

posted Aug 27, 2018, 7:32 PM by Jason Ball


All new and currently registered adult leaders are required to complete this training.  Please send me a screen shot of your completion certificate when you are done.

The Boy Scouts of America's new updated Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all registered adult leaders in all BSA programs on March 14th.  It replaces the face to face Youth Protection Training required for camps by the state of Texas.  By October 1, 2018, all new and currently registered leaders will be required to complete the updated training.   If you took the new YPT between Feb13 and March 13, they don't have to fully retake it to comply with Texas FTF, they can just retake the quiz.  It takes a couple hours for it to update their certificate.

Mandatory Updated Adult Youth Protection Training 
Quick Facts
In some states this may be known as the mandatory reporter of child abuse training required by state law. BSA National Mandatory Training Policy 
• Youth Protection Training (YPT) must be taken every two years. 
• Councils are permitted to enact additional requirements. Mandatory Training The Boy Scouts of America’s new updated Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all registered adult leaders in all BSA programs. Other adults participating in Scouting are strongly encouraged to take this one-hour online training. 
The mandatory training modules are the following: • Overview and Policies • Sexual Abuse • Bullying 
The prior version of BSA’s Youth Protection trainings will no longer be available. 
The updated training replaces other Youth Protection trainings and is required for all BSA programs. By October 1, 2018, all new and currently registered leaders will be required to complete the updated training. 
The enhanced and updated content will allow leaders and councils to comply with all current legal requirements. 
• Adults accompanying units on activities who are present at the activity for 72 hours or more, must also take Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive. 
• New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training prior to completing the registration process. • Units cannot re-charter unless all unit leaders have completed YPT within two years. 
• Adult Youth Protection Training is required for adult program participants 18 years or older. Adult program participants (Venturing, Order of the Arrow, Exploring) must complete adult Youth Protection Training before submitting their adult application. Account Users 
You must have a account to take the training (BSA registration is not required for an account). Printing Training Completion Certificate The training certificate will only be available for printing after completing the three required training modules and passing the test which completes the Youth Protection Training. It is available on on the Dashboard by clicking the print icon: After clicking the print icon, the certificate opens as a pdf that can be printed and/or saved

Please contact me if you have any questions.
Chris Kiger, ASM
Committee Chair for Training

We still have openings for the 2019 PHILMONT Trek

posted Aug 6, 2018, 5:21 PM by Jason Ball

We still have openings for the 2019 PHILMONT Trek


Troop 531 has openings on their 2019 High Adventure Trek to Philmont Scout Ranch.  The trek will be June 15th to 27th 2019. Check out Philmont’s cool website and the attached document to find out more about this adventure. 





Who: Scouts must be 14 prior to attending Philmont or be 13 prior to attending and have completed eighth grade,

Adults must be registered with BSA

When: Sign up by Sept 17th 


1.     Send an email to me at with PHILMONT in the title.  Let me know the Scouts and or adults name of who is registering. 

2.     Send me a deposit for $100 per person to reserve your spot.  Checks can be made payable to Troop 531.
3.     Complete the sign up form (Click Here) and submit by Sept 17th.

Upcoming Wood Badge Training Sessions for adult leaders in Sept and Jan

posted Aug 4, 2018, 10:49 AM by Jason Ball

Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, the course draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor organizations throughout the country. It builds on the best traditions and experiences of Wood Badge and also draws from a wide range of sources within and beyond the bounds of Scouting to present the latest in leadership theory and team development.
Upcoming Wood Badge Courses (click here for brochure)
Wood Badge 127 - Camp Wisdom September 13-15, 2018 and September 27-29, 2018
Wood Badge 128 - Camp Wisdom January 25-27, 2019 and February 8-10, 2019

Yours In Scouting,
Chris Kiger

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 

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