About Troop 229
Troop 229 is first and foremost a Boy Run organization. We believe that the greatest growth and experience comes with opportunities for leadership and responsibility.
Adult participation is a necessity and is required to ensure the program’s goals can be achieved.
The Scout will get as much out of Scouting as he puts in to it. Family support and participation greatly contributes to a Scout’s advancement and interest.
In Harker Heights and the surrounding communities, academics, sports, music and other personal achievement goals can at times conflict with Troop 229 activities. We want our Scouts to take advantage of all opportunities available to them. We encourage attendance at meetings and outings, but regular attendance is not mandatory in order to be a member.
|Troop 229 is an ethnically and culturally |
diverse organization. We Represent America!
As parents, Scout leaders, active adults, or committee members, we want our boys to be well-rounded young men.
We have been fortunate in maintaining the size of our troop. This affords a higher degree of personal attention from adult leaders and in many cases, Scouts form stronger bonds with their peers in this setting.
NEW SCOUT PROGRAM
The transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts can be both exhilarating and unsettling. In Cub Scouts, activities are run by parents. Boy Scout activities are run by the Scouts with parent guidance and involvement.
Troop 229 provides troop guides (senior Scouts) for the incoming Scouts which aids in the transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts..
Scouting ranks include: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle.
Each rank requires the Scout to learn basic camping, safety and first aid skills. As a Scout masters basic skills, merit badges are added to the requirements to allow the Scout to focus on specific skills.
In addition to personal rank advancement, there are several Troop positions the boys can serve in, they include: Senior Patrol Leader, Asst. Senior Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Patrol Leader, Asst. Patrol Leader, Librarian, Historian, etc. These positions allow the Scout to gain experience in both leadership and responsibility. Some positions are elected while others are assigned by the Senior Patrol Leader.
Troop 229 is active year-round:
- Troop Meetings on Monday Nights
- Day Activities - As planned
- Camp Outs - Monthly
- Summer Camp
As the Scout matures, Scouts are welcome to join Venturing Crew 229 that consists of male and female high-school age young adults. They meet on on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, and plan activities directed toward older Scout interests. This includes an annual Super Activity that normally takes place in the summer.
ORDER OF THE ARROW
Each year, Scouts nominate their peers who have shown exemplary “Scouting Spirit” to the Order of the Arrow. This is a Scouting Service Organization comprised of honor Scouts.
In order to pay for troop equipment, supplies and patches for advancement, the Troop holds various fundraisers during the year. They include:
- Popcorn Sales
- Spaghetti Supper
- Friends of Scouting
Scouts who participate in these events earn a percentage of the sale. That percentage is applied to the scout’s individual Scout account.
|The scout can use their Scout account funds for|
purchasing personal equipment or for activity fees.
The troop has all the equipment necessary for campouts. Each Scout will need to have his own “personal gear”. Presently, we have the following equipment:
- Patrol Boxes
- Cooking Gear
- Camping Tools
The Harker Heights DAV is our chartering organization. The Troop has the use of a spacious meeting room. It is handicapped accessible.
Troop 229 participates in several community service functions throughout the year. These include food drives, camp improvements, and park cleanups.
We recognize the advancements in rank and other accomplishments of our Scouts and adults four times a year. We believe it is important to provide positive feedback to our young men. Our "Court of Honor", as the ceremony is called, instills pride in the Scout and encourages further advancement.
Eagle Scout ceremonies are planned as needed. This is a special once-in-a-lifetime event for the Scout, his family and the Troop.
|Only 2% of scouts reach the rank of Eagle. It is an |
achievement that merits it’s own award ceremony!
COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES - ADULTS
To provide effective support and planning the Troop 229 Committee regularly, and parents are strongly encouraged to attend.
THE PATROL METHOD
In order to provide individual and team building exercises, the Troop is made up of several “Patrols.” Each scout is given the opportunity during his scouting life to hold different positions in a patrol to gain leadership experience.
Our newsletter and two-month calendar is sent out bi-monthly. We also have a collection of necessary Scouting forms available through this site, and the Troop leadership.