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Welcome to Troop 224

Troop 224’s objective is to maintain an active and varied outdoor program that has an outing at least 8-10 times per year. Every 6 months after officer elections the troop will plan all of its outings for the next period.  A calendar is then generated that gets posted to the web and distributed to Scouts and parents.  

Key Metrics

2017 Recharter resulting in 49 Scouts

Average age of Eagle Acheivement 16.8 years of age

Total Eagle Count 73 (3 so far in 2017, 8 in 2016, 4 in 2015, 8 in 2014)

Eagle achievement 95% once Life rank achieved

28 Adult Leaders



Troop 224 is an organized group of scouts and adults ready for action and adventure.  We meet weekly on Mondays at 7:30pm to 8:30pm at Greenville Oaks Church in Allen Texas.  You cannot take the “OUTING” out of “SCOUTING.” In fact most boys join and stay in Troop 224 so that they can go on adventures and enjoy the time with their scouting friends. 49 Scouts - 3 Patrols 

Top List 

Troop Camping trips with a mix of activities, with a Yearly High Adventure program
Productive/Highly attended Summer Camp every year rotating camps every year
•Consistent Spread of age groups within the patrols
•Strong  Executive Committee Board and Committee members with yrs of experience
Financially Stable for many years
High Renewal of Scouts at Recharter
High Attendance at the Committee Meetings
Rank Advancement monitored and supported 
Size of the Troop makes it more of a Family than a Scouting Organization
Boy Led Mission – not a continuance of Cub Scouts
Strong Communication via the Troops Web site with a published calendar
 
Come join us and enjoy Scouting like you have never experienced 
 

Introduction:

 

Troop 224 was founded in 1983 and is proud to have continually served Allen, Fairview, Lucas and the surrounding areas for over 30 years. We are chartered by and meet at the Greenville Oaks Church of Christ in Allen every Monday at 7:30pm.

Boy Scouting is for boys 11 to 17 years of age.  There is no prior cub scouting experienced needed to join Boy Scouts.  Boys also may become Boy Scouts if they have earned the Cub Scouting Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old.

Joining Boy Scouts allows your son to interact with other boys of differing background, interests, and social areas.  He will mingle and work with a wide variety of young men with varying interest such as Athletes, Musicians, Artists, Computer Science, Engineers, etc.  This is a unique opportunity to interact with circles not open in other settings.   He will broaden his circle of friends.

Our Troop’s strength is that we are a Scout-Lead troop with a strong adult leadership support team. Our belief is that scouts learn how to be leaders by doing, and as Troop leaders we are committed to guide, to encourage and to mold our scouts into strong respectful young men.  We camp every month (except December) and try to vary our activities to expose our boys to as many experiences as we can. Our Troop has 3 patrols and we strive to make sure each is represented by scouts of all ranks and ages. Scouts learn quicker from watching older scouts, and we pride ourselves in how well our scouts integrate and help each other. Our Scout Master, Rod Britton, has guided our Troop for over 15 years and provides an invaluable wealth of scouting knowledge, experience, stories, and fun to everyone (scouts and leaders).

 

Uniforms:

Boy scouts is a uniformed organization as is Troop 224. The troop’s official uniform consists of the following:

BSA Class A shirt                   (purchased by the scout)

Circle 10 council patch           (purchased by the scout)

Troop 224 neckerchief            (provided by the troop)

Neckerchief slide                    (provided by the troop)

Green shoulder epaulets         (provided by the troop)

Green troop # patch                (provided by the troop)

 

In addition, the troop has Class B (troop T-shirt) shirts available for scouts to purchase. This shirt can be worn at campouts and some troop meetings as instructed.There are no official pants, socks or shoes as part of the Troop 224 uniform. However, scouts will be expected to wear appropriate attire for any activity or event.

 

Meetings:

When and Where:

The troop meets every Monday evening at the Greenville Oaks Church of Christ.  During the school year we meet from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. During the summer our meeting hours are from 7:30pm – 9:00pm.  The troop does not meet on Monday’s that are school holidays for the Allen or Lovejoy school districts.

What do we do at meetings?

All meetings consist of the following:

Opening flag ceremony

Individual recognition for earned MB’s and rank advancements

Troop and/or Patrol activities

Announcements

Closing flag ceremony

 

Troop 224 meetings are planned by the PLC (Patrol Leadership Council) with input from the adult leaders as needed. Meeting activities will vary as we try and provide opportunities for learning, leadership and laughs.  Some of the activities that occur at a Troop 224 meeting are:

Merit Badge instruction
Scout led instruction (knots, lashing, first-aid, fire safety, and orienteering)
Scouting and Outdoor skills
Campout preparation
Patrol competitions
Troop elections
Games

 

What do I wear to a meeting?

We wear Class A shirts to scout meetings with one exception. The meeting on the Monday following a campout the scouts can wear their class B shirt.  In addition, we only wear our neckerchief and slide to formal events.

Communication:

Email

The troop’s primary method of communication other than announcements at the weekly troop meetings is via email. The troop maintains a troop contact list and a troop wide email list. Only authorized adult leaders can send emails to the troop email list.

Website/Scoutbook:

The troop maintains a troop web site allen224.mytroop.us as an internet presence for those searching for a Troop in the area.  Officially we utilize and maintain Scoutbook web based program. Scoutbook is a tool that is promoted by Boy Scouts of America and is becoming more integral part of our record keeping and ability to connect with our modern scouts!    

It includes some of the following features:

  • Pack membership management
  • Scout requirement tracking and advancement
  • Awards tracking and purchase orders
  • Communication tools
  • Calendar and events and more!

As a parent, the most important of these features to you would be the scout requirement tracking. Parents and scouts can create their own account - for FREE - and are given permission to view their scout's record and progress toward their next rank.   

Pictures

Troop 224 uses www.shutterfly.com to manage and make available to the troop, pictures from troop activities.  Families just need to register on www.shutterfly.com using the same email address as the troop has listed in our contact list to gain access to troop pictures.

Camping:

Camping is an integral part of the Troop 224 scouting experience and one of the more exciting elements of scouting for the scouts. Campouts allow the scouts to work on leadership, planning and organization, teamwork, communication, and scout skills. In addition, most if not all campouts, provide an opportunity for scouts to work on rank advancements as well as merit badge requirements.  And most important, the scouts get to try new things and have a lot of fun!

Monthly campouts:

The troop schedules a campout or activity 11/12 months of the year.  Campout are planned by the PLC (Patrol Leadership Council) working with the troop adult leadership. Monthly campouts are typically 2 night campouts scheduled for the 3rd weekend of every month with the exception of June or July when the troop participates in a BSA summer camp.  For most campouts the troop meets at the church at 6:00pm on Friday and returns to the church at 1:00pm on Sunday.

Summer residence camp:

Each summer Troop 224 participates in a week long BSA residence camp.  This is a week long camp at a BSA facility where scouts get to earn merit badges, participate in scouting activities, games and competitions. Scouts get to interact with scouts from other troops. This is one of our favorite activities to participate in as a troop. Here are a few of the camps that Troop 224 has attended over the last few years. 

Camp Pioneer – Hatfield, AR

Camp Hale (Hale Scout Reservation) - Tulsa, OK

Camp Constantine – Graford, TX (Possum Kingdom Lake)

Camp Kerr (Slippery Falls Scout Ranch) Tishomingo, OK

Troop 224 believes in attending different camps vs. attending the same camp every year.  We believe this provides our scouts better experiences as each camp offers different MB’s and camp programs. This is especially important in keeping our older scouts active and engaged.

High Adventure outings:

Troop 224 has a subcommittee of parents who identify opportunities outside of the monthly troop campouts for our older scouts that are looking for a more challenging experience to test their scouting skills. These activities are considered high adventure activities, and based on the interest of our scouts we try and schedule one per year. Recent high adventures organized and attended by parents and scouts from our troop include:

Philmont Scout Ranch (2013)

Northern Tier (2014)

Sea Base (2015)

Philmont Scout Ranch (2016 is already scheduled!)    

Other outings high adventure activities attended in the past by our scouts include:

Back packing in Big Bend

Deep sea fishing in Galveston

Back packing the Grand Canyon.

BSA National Jamboree in Washington DC

Finances - fees and fundraising:

There are costs to participating in scouting and that is no different for Troop 224.  There are yearly dues collected at the time your scout joins or re-charters with the troop as well as campout fees, etc.  Troop 224 works hard to keep the fees down and provides opportunities for scouts to earn money towards those fees through fundraisers.

Dues and council fees:

At the beginning of each scouting year all scouts and adults must re-charter with the troop. At that time 2 required fees are collected and one optional fee.  The fees below are based on scouts entering a troop or re-chartering for the 2016 scouting year.

$33.00 BSA re-charter fee – goes to the BSA Circle 10 council. (Registered adults and scouts)

$36.00 troop dues - goes into the troop general fund (scouts only)

$12.00 Boys Life magazine subscription (optional) – Monthly scouting magazine.

It should be noted that the BSA re-charter fee and the Boys Life magazine subscription are not set by the troop. The troop dues of $36 are based on $3/month and are voted on each year by the troop committee.

 

Activity/Campout fees:

The cost of monthly campouts will vary depending on the activity and location. Prior to each campout, troop leadership calculates the cost of the campout and sends that out to the parents and scouts.  Campout fees will cover such items as food, gas, campground fees and any special cost such as equipment or facility rentals if there are any.  As a general rule most campouts will be in the $15 - $25 range. For activities where there’s a facility fee (zip lining, indoor rock climbing for example) or equipment rental (kayaks/canoes) the cost will be in the $50 - $75 range.

Troop fundraiser:

The troop holds a troop garage sale each fall as the only troop fundraiser.  Families donate items to the garage sale and the scouts help run the sale. All money raised from the garage sale goes into the troop general fund to help with the cost of equipment and other costs associated to running the troop.

Scout fundraiser(s):

The troop provides several opportunities for scouts to earn money to help with the cost of scouting.  Participation in scout fundraisers is not required but is encouraged. All proceeds from these fundraisers go directly into the scouts personal accounts.

Annual Pancake breakfast – Scouts sell tickets to and help run the annual pancake breakfast each spring. This is a fun activity and a great opportunity for the scouts to interact with the community.

Popcorn Sales – Yes the same popcorn you scout sold as a cub scout. For scouts that want to participate they can sell popcorn as a Boy Scout.

Firewood Sales – The last 2 years Troop 224 has made available to the scouts the ability to raise money by selling firewood. The scout only must take the orders; the supplier actually delivers and stacks the firewood.

** were always looking for new ideas for fundraisers for the scouts.

Scout accounts:

What is a scout personal account?  Each scout that joins the troop has a personal account that is tracked by our troop treasurer. Any funds the scout earns as part of a fundraising activity is “deposited” into his account.  The scout may request funds from his scout account at any time to use for a scout related expense. Eligible expenses can include dues, campout fees, uniforms, or the purchase of personal gear to be used for scouting (i.e. backpack, camp chair, knife, head lamp, etc).

Scholarships:

Although the troop attempts to keep costs at a reasonable level for our families, we recognize that there may be cases where the cost may become a deterrent or roadblock to a scout participating in an activity. We feel very strongly about the impact scouting can have on a boy and under no circumstance do we want cost to be the reason a scout does not participate.  Assistance/Scholarships are available through the troop. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Scout Master or Committee Chair directly to discuss.

 
EAGLE COUNT 73 and growing 
Eagle Scout Project Year Number
Hall, Weston Preschool landscaping 2017               73
Miller, Eric Horse Shed at SPCA Collin County 2017               72
Graham, Tyler Kirk Evans of Olson Elementary Planters 2017               71
Taylor, Kendall Faith Church - Landscaping 2016               70
Martin, Garrett Raptor Center - remove 75 trees from prairie land 2016               69
Young, Ben ACO Food Pantry 2016               68
Bruner, Landen Lucas Fire Dept - Table & Chairs 2016               67
Duke, Brady Special Education Sensory Boards 2016               66
Galletti, Austin Child Identification 2016               65
Gueller, Grant SPCA Shelters 2016               64
Ballew, Brady Stantions for races 2016               63
Orr, Dan Solitary Bee Houses - Heard Museum 2015               62
Patoski, Derek Habitat for Humanity Fencing 2014               61
Jacobs, Ryan Book Drive - Grand Texan Retirement Center Library 2015               60
Gordon, Huner Lovejoy High School Parking Spot Painting 2015               59
Vaughn, James Raptor Center - Butterfly Garden 2014               58
King Brendan Special Olympics Regional  - Athlete Villiage 2014               57
Farrell, Christian Fitzhugh Cemetery Veteran Memoral named bricks & landscaping 2015               56
Waller, Jacob Mustang Creek - Christmas Decorations 2014               55
Guillemaud, Luke Lovejoy Elementary Butterfly Garden 2014               54
Miller, Chris Raptor Center - outdoor classroom benches 2014               53
Gueller, Michael My Possibilities - Compost Garden & Rainbarrels 2014               52
Farrell, Brandon Fitzhugh Cemetery Veteran Memoral Concrete layout & landscape/lighting  2014               51
Mair, Stu Heritage Ranch Smoke Detector Battery Replacement 2013               50
Fisher, Zach Raptor Center - remove cedar trees from prairie land 2013               49
Vaughn, Richard Heard Museum - Rebuild Trail/Platforms 2012               48
King, Patrick Seis Lagos Playground cleanup/rebuild 2012               47
Gus Young Raptor Center - Bridge, gravel travel & painted fence by pond 2012               46
Casey Deerman Lovejoy - Landscaping 2011               45
Troy Holmes Sand Volleyball Court (Oak Point Church) 2011               44
Troy Minix Lovejoy - Landscaping 2011               43
Andrew Harres Rennovation Greenville Oaks church playground 2010               42
Patrick Crowley Heard Museum Board Walk 2010               41
Thomas Crowley Heard Museum Board Walk 2010               40
Michael King National Guard Exercise Yard 2010               39
Evan Piles GPS Tagging of Trees for  City of Allen 2010               38
Ben Moore French Drain at FBC-Allen Youth Center 2009               37
Kasey Widhalm Fairview - Roadrunner Trail Fencing/Stations 2009               36
Jordan Landers Care Boxes for Soldiers in Iraq 2009               35
Krys Fergusen Painted FBC-Allen Food Pantry 2009               34
David Wills Forest Grove Christian Church Landscaping 2009               33
Daniel Wills Hart Elementary Kid Zone Area 2009               32
Greg Horne Doggie Dodo Stations - Centennial Park 2008               31
Russell Anderson GPS Tagging of Trees for  City of Allen 2007               30
Kyle Widhalm Lucas Christian Academy Football Benches 2007               29
James Gomez Replanted 200 trees for City of Allen 2006               28
Justin Dunham Trailer Park Beautification 2006               27
James Buchannan Updated Playground at St. Jude's 2006               26
Jared Patoskie Heard Museam Trail - Boardwalk Panels 2005               25
Clay Upton Bird Houses - Plano Fire Dept Fundraiser 2004               24
Matt Britton Bird Houses - build/install around Allen 2003               23
Nathan Klein Nature Trail cleanup/redirect traffic 2003               22
Craig Rimka Allen Cemetary Cleanup 2003               21
Spencer Nicholas City Park Upgrade - East Allen 2003               20
Cody Ford Park Clean Up - Keep Allen Beautiful 2003               19
Liberty Francis Arbor Day Tree Distribution & Landscaping 2002               18
Cole Williamson Used Eye Glasses - Mexico Mission Trip 2002               17
Larry Fackler Repaired Storage Shed & Landscaping for Christ the Servent Lutheran Church 2002               16
Chris Hernandez Used Bicycle Drive - Missions 2002               15
David Britton Walking Trail - Heard Museum 2001               14
Michael Garner Build Tables/Benches - Allen Animal Shelter 2001               13
Patrick Norton Can Food Holders for Allen Food Pantry 2000               12
Steven Rimka Painting - Allen Animal Shelter 2000               11
Brian Barr Samaritan Inn Clean Out 1999               10
Jereme Monson Samaritan Inn Clean Out 1998                 9
Steven Law FBC Allen Landscaping/Volleyball Court 1997                 8
Chris Rippe City of Allen - various facility repairs & paint 1997                 7
Kevin Groves Clean up/repair - Allen Park Trash Cans 1993                 6
Mike Law Caddo Grass Lands / Wood Duck Hutches 1992                 5
Darin Groves  Clean Up of Several Creeks - Allen 1991                 4
Erik Monson City of Allen - Hiking trail improvements 1991                 3
Scott Lehew Fundraiser for a Local Charity (no longer allowed) 1989                 2
Brian Dodge Soil Erosion Control - Allen Park 1989                 1

 

Griffin Hunt - Eagle Project - Book Collection

Posted on Apr 3 2017 - 2:21pm

Troop 

This past Saturday Griffin Hunt passed out his flyers for his eagle project.  Tonight he will be asking for support of his second phase.  If you have any books for ages PreK through 5th grade and would like to donate, please bring them to tonights meeting. 

Josh Nichols Eagle project

Posted on Mar 10 2017 - 4:53pm

Troop 224,

On March 18th 2017, i will be having my Eagle Scout project, and i need people to help volunteer, i understand that this is the Saturday of love joy’s spring break, but, there will be donuts and pizza. Plus, this could count towards any sort of service hours for any organization. The project will begin at 9:00 am and will end around 3 pm, we will be removing debris from the “Trail at the woods” trail and then filling it with new material. Located off of alma, the address is in the flyer below. Let me know if you have questions about parking or the trails location using the contact information down below.

Also, please RSVP by texting or emailing at: 469-525-8171 and 469-733-6193. 
Email is: jnichols616@gmail.com

No Regular Troop Meeting Spring Break March 13

Posted on Mar 10 2017 - 4:52pm

No Regular Troop Meeting Spring Break March 13

Elections coming soon

Posted on Mar 10 2017 - 4:49pm

Election are coming!!   Would be a good idea to attend the March camp out and gather support of your fellow scouts to get thier votes.   Get your base fired up to support you as the following Monday will be SPL election.

March 20 - Senior Patrol Leader election and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader selection

March 27th - Patrol Leaders and Instructor Sign up

If you need a leadership position for rank its time to step up and reach out. 

Troop Committee meeting

Posted on Mar 10 2017 - 4:41pm

Troop Committee meeting

Adults will be meeting at March 27th, 6:30pm prior to the scouts arrival.  All are invited to provide input or just to observe the operations of the Troop

4 Eagles Ceremony

Posted on Mar 10 2017 - 4:40pm

Currently on March 26 Tyler Graham, Kendall Taylor, Ben Young, Eric Miller are planning thier Eagle Ceremony.

BSA Troop # 224

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