Troop News

Scouting for Food 2015

posted Jan 23, 2015, 3:41 PM by Scout Westview

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From our beginning, the Scouting movement has taught young people to do their best, to do their duty to God and country, and to help others at all times. The basic aims of Scouting include teaching young people to be helpful, and to develop courage, self-reliance, and the ability to be ready to serve.

 

Over the next two Saturdays Scouts, leaders, and families will put into action what Scouting is all about! We are excited about the efforts of each one of you! Troop 609 is one of 562 units registered. 131,971 estimated youth and 51,726 estimated adults and leaders will be participating. We thank each of you for joining us in this effort!


As a reminder, we will be meeting at Westview on Saturday morning (Jan 24th) at 9:30AM and have a brief meeting where we will go over our target neighborhood and coordinate with the Pack.  We plan on then heading to the target neighborhood around 10:15 and begin distributing the door hangers, following the Safe Scouting guidelines.


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Century of Service - Land Stewardship Day November 15th

posted Nov 13, 2014, 2:46 PM by Scout Westview

This Saturday, November 15th, Troop 609 and Pack 609 will participate in the Sam Houston Area Council's Century of Service Celebration by participating in an outdoor conservation project at the Westview School.  The project involves cleaning out some of the flower beds at the school, both for  butterflies and vegetables.

Please plan on arriving at the school for our usual meeting time of 9:30AM on Saturday, dressed for gardening.  Please keep in mind the weather will be cool, with rain only chancy by the early afternoon.  Also appropriate to bring are leather gardening gloves and shovels.

Camp Strake Campout

posted Oct 12, 2014, 10:53 AM by Scout Westview

The camp out was a great success! We went canoeing practiced archery. We made breakfast tacos, and silver turtles with hot dog meat or steak.
Afterwards, we played a game like hide & seek, but with elements of tag in it. After all our activities, we slept well in our tents for two peaceful nights. My opinion for sleeping in tents; I felt really comfortable in my tent with my brother Julian.
We had fun.
Senior patrol leader,
Alex H
Wolf patrol member for 
Troop 609

A Great Start to the Season

posted Sep 30, 2014, 4:20 PM by Scout Westview

After a busy first month back, Troop 609 has accomplished quite a bit!  Coming off the success of the first campout at Bovay Scout Ranch, the boys have worked hard and continued to learn and demonstrate skills towards rank advancement.  Last Saturday saw the Troop participate with the Westview School's booth at the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event, helping to spread the word about the Troop, as well as teaching many people how to tie knots ranging from the square knot to the bowline, and their uses.  Next up will be a focus on first aid, followed by our next campout the weekend of Oct 10-12.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting this Saturday!

Open House and First Campout

posted Sep 3, 2014, 6:40 PM by Scout Westview

After a great first meeting of the year, which featured the creation of a new patrol and patrol leader elections, the Troop is looking forward to this Saturday, when we will be hosting our Fall Open House.  Held during our normal meeting time, the Fall Open House gives boys from outside the Troop or outside of Scouting the chance to see the Troop in action.  
Come be a Scout with Troop 609 on Saturday, September 6th, from 9:30-11:30 AM at The Westview School

During the meeting, we will also finalize plans for our first campout of the season, including headcount.  The camp-out will be held at Bovay Scout Ranch in Navasota, TX, from September 12-14.  Information on the campsite can be found on the council website at  http://www.samhoustonbsa.org/bovay-scout-ranch

Have a Great Summer

posted Jun 24, 2014, 4:09 PM by Scout Westview

As we close the school year and head in to summer vacation, I want to wish all of our boys a well deserved congratulations for all the hard work done this year.  Have a safe and happy summer, and see you all back in September.

Scouting For Food

posted Jan 22, 2014, 2:16 PM by Scout Westview

This Saturday, January 25th, both Troop and Pack 609 will meet at The Westview School at 9 AM -  once everyone has arrived, we will assign each boy a target block (or two) on which to distribute door hangers.  Please be aware that we may be joined by a crew from a local news station, coordinated by the Council.  Let me know as soon as possible if anyone would like to be interviewed if this does come to pass.

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http://www.samhoustonbsa.org/camping_and_events/activities/scouting_for_food

A Cub Scout promises to "give goodwill" and a Boy Scout promises "to help other people at all times." There is no better way to show our Scouting Spirit than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful. 

Scouting for Food is scheduled for January 25 and February 1, 2014, when Scouts throughout the Sam Houston Area Council help make a difference to fight hunger. Scouting for Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America and is a part of the national BSA program - Good Turn for America. In partnership with the Houston Food Bank and "Souper Bowl of Caring," this council-wide service project begins Saturday, January 25 as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, February 1 to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries.

All participating Scouts will receive a 2014 Scouting for Food patch at the March Roundtables.

Saturday at the Arboretum

posted Nov 12, 2013, 1:52 PM by Scout Westview

Our next outdoor Troop activity will be on Saturday, Nov 16th at the Houston Arboretum.
Chris Di Ferrante has been kind enough to contact the Arboretum to set up a guided 'Forest Trek' in the early afternoon (from 1-2PM). Please let me know who will be able to attend as soon as possible so that the proper arrangements can be finalized.
Information on the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is available on their website at http://www.houstonarboretum.org/
Once we have the full headcount, I will send out more information on activities..
Once again, thanks Chris for getting the ball rolling on this.

Boy Scout Health and Medical Record Form

posted Nov 1, 2013, 9:44 PM by Scout Westview

A reminder to all Scout parents that the Boy Scouts of America Annual Health and Medical Record Form Part A and B are to be completed at least annually by participants in all Scouting events. This health history, parental/guardian informed consent and release agreement, and talent release statement are to be completed by the participant and parents/guardians.  A doctor's examination/appointment is NOT necessary in order to complete Parts A and B.  For more information please visit http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/ahmr.aspx
 
In order to make sure everyone's records are up-to-date, please bring the updated/completed/signed form to our next meeting on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013.   

Troop 609 Media Release Form

posted Sep 16, 2013, 4:20 PM by Scout Westview

In order to be able to effectively record Troop events and progress, we are asking all parents/guardians of Scouts to complete and return a Media Release form.  We are currently evaluating the use of online live-streaming of Troop meetings via Google Hangouts - such streams would be by invitation only and would allow for remote participation by Scouts who would otherwise be unable to attend a meeting (with the intent of course that this would be on an as-needed basis, and not a replacement for the Troop meetings).  Please review and bring with your Scout to tomorrow night's meeting.

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