Troop 250 News – Week of January 16, 2017

Hello all,

Note : Tuesday, January 17 is PLC – no Troop Meeting.

We had a small group get together to play Whirlyball and Indoor Laser Tag this past Saturday.   Whirlyball was a lot of fun with some high scoring games.   Laser Tag was also a lot of fun; we played one Game with teams, and one where it was every man for themselves.   If there is enough interest, we may try to re-schedule a time to go play outdoor Laser Tag. 

Pack 307 Pinewood Derby – Friday, January 20 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm – Pack 307 is holding their annual Pinewood Derby on Friday, January 20 at Martin Methodist Church, which is located at 2621 Bedford Road.  If you are a Pack 307 alumni, you are invited to join the race!  You can build a new car, or use the one you built when you were in Cubs Scouts or Webelos.   Car check-in is also at Martin Methodist on Thursday, January 19 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. 

Even if you are not going to race, please try to attend to represent Troop 250.  This is a great opportunity to meet and recruit new Scouts. 

Merit Badge College – Saturday, January 28 and February 11 – We have submitted Registration requests for Merit Badge College, we are just waiting to hear back.   Registration was limited to Scouts who already hold the rank of rank First Class, but in years past they have opened it up to all Scouts.   If you are not yet First Class, but are interested n Merit Badge College, go ahead and bring your Registration form in case they open it up to newer Scouts.  Be sure you list you first AND second choice for each time period, and also review the Prerequisites for the Merit Badges you requested.   

February Campout – Ft Hood – we have moved our trip to Ft Hood to the weekend of February 24.  Sign-ups are open on the website; Deadline is Saturday, February 10!   We will be camping on the base at the picnic grounds, and Cub Scout Pack 254 will be joining us.    Younger Scouts will camp with their families; but their Webelos will camp as part of our Scout Patrols, so we will have another chance to recruit new Scouts.   Ft Hood will be setting up an itinerary for us; some of the things we could do are 1) visit the Army Museum on the Base, 2) visit the Mounted Battalion stables,  3) a tour of the vehicle pool (trucks, tanks, armored vehicles, etc….) and/or the Airfield, and 4) Engagement Skills Training (weapons simulation).     We will have more specifics as the date gets closer.   This is a unique opportunity that doesn’t come along every day, and as mentioned above, gives us another chance to recruit new Scouts.     

Recruiting : As we’ve discussed in our last few Troop meetings – we are in the middle of Recruiting season.   If you know any Webelos 2’s, or have any friends who are in the 6th grade or older, invite them to come to a Troop meeting to see what we are all about.

Other News :

Future Campouts – Registration for all campouts between now and Summer Camp is open on the Troop website.   We especially need to get an idea of how many Scouts will be going to Summer Camp as the first payment is due January 31.    

Dues – Be sure you are up to date on your monthly dues – it is $5 a month / $60 per year.   You can pay in advance, or per month.   If you fall more than 3 months behind, you must get caught up before you can attend a campout or activity other than a Troop meeting.

Troop Committee Meeting – just a reminder, we have a monthly Troop Committee Meeting where Troop Adults and Parents discuss our activities and review finance and equipment needs, among other things. Even if you are not an avid camper or super active in Scouts, you can help out by attending the Committee Meetings. The Committee Meeting is the 1st Monday after the first Thursday of each month. A little confusing, yes, but the District Roundtable is the first Thursday of the month, so we hold our Committee Meetings the following Monday so we can share and discuss news from Roundtable.  Our next Committee Meeting is Monday, February 6 at 7:00 pm. We also welcome you to attend Troop events and/or campouts so you can see your son and his fellow Scouts in action.

Upcoming Activities :   

Jan 17 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – No Troop Meeting – PLC Only

Jan 19 – (Thursday) – 6:30 to 8:00 pm – Pack 307 Car Check-in (if racing in Scout division)

Jan 20 – (Friday) – 6:30 to 8:00 pm – Pack 307 Pinewood Derby

Jan 24 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBD

Jan 28 – Saturday) – 12:30 to 5:00 – Merit Badge College – LDS – stay tuned

Jan 31 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBD

Feb 2 – (Thursday) – 7:30 pm – District Roundtable – LDS

Feb 6 – (Monday) – 7:00 pm – Troop Committee Meeting

Feb 7 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBD

Feb 11 – Saturday) – 12:30 to 5:00 – Merit Badge College – LDS – stay tuned

Feb 14 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBD

Feb 21 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBD

Troop 250 Activity Reminder Update – Whirlyball

Hello again all,

    Forgot to mention that since this is a “large group friendly” activity, you can attend even if you did not sign up on the Troop website.  Just be sure to bring your $20 payment with you.     They have arcade games and a concession stand. 

That said, you MUST register for future events on the Troop website; deadlines are normally two weeks prior to the event. 

Troop 250 Activity Reminder – Saturday, January 14, 2017

Good morning all!


     Just a reminder – we are meeting at Whirlyball in Hurst ( ) at 11:00 to play Whirlyball and Indoor Lasertag.   Slight change; we have the Whirlyball court from 11:00 am until 12:30 (another group starts at 12:30); we will play LaserTag from 12:30 until 1:00 pm.   Cost is $20 per person; if you have not paid please bring payment with you.    As always, cash should be in an envelope with you name, the dollar amount and what it is for written on the outside. 

Parents : you are welcome to join in (it’s a lot of fun), but if you choose not to, please arrange to pick up your Scout at 1:00 pm.