Troop 1 Trail Signs

December 2015 Camping 

In addition to working on the map and compass skills, at El Rancho Cima Scout Reserve last weekend we took a leaf out of the pages of Merit Badge Book (Signs, Signals, and Codes) and the boys went on a trail blazed with trail signs.  To introduce the concept, adults placed the trail blazes (below) on a trail that eventually brought the boys to the bear-vault with a variety of trail snacks inside. This is a great activity for scouts of all ages. We made a small booklet that they can carry in their camping gear. Booklets are available at the Troop 1 meetings.

The GPS technology like Google Earth, Garmen,  and others are great techniques for finding the way especially around town and can be explored in other Merit Badge books. But with a few carefully placed rocks and twigs the route is always available especially if needed for survival. These blazes were used before the days of high tech the first among the trails signs that are used by woodcrafters, Indians, and hunters. Baden Powell said, “A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.” Check out these additional websites for more information: 

Trail Signs & Blazes

Trail Signs of Direction

Trail Signs: Traditional

Sample Signs and Blazes:




November Newsletter 2014

Cold weather camping –

On November 15-16th Troop 1 members participated in the Webelos Woods Camp at Smilin’ V Scout Ranch in Liberty Hill. This new acquisition of Capital Area Council had approximately 250 people attending and it is only 45 minutes North from FPC. We met Webelos who are getting ready to cross over in 2015 and in 2016 during the mingling period and a couple Webelos and their families visited during mealtime.

 It was cold! Weather was a combination of wet, windy, and cold temperatures ranging from low to mid 40’s during the day and into the 30’s at night. Looking for the silver lining in the clouds that engulfed us in a steady fog throughout the camp would be that it gave us an opportunity to Start, Stop, and Continue. This process of evaluating includes:

Start doing that will make things better?

Stop doing because it is not helping?

What is our strength, and what is working well that we want to continue?

This can help provide a fresh insight into ways to improve winter camping.  Layering is the key to tolerating the cold: turtlenecks, long underwear, and heavy jackets help one tolerate the cold. Wool items were warmer almost to the point of being too warm, while cotton let too much cold air through (beanie hats, gloves). Perhaps the “Smart Wool” works better, but it can be pricey. With activities and camping in cold conditions on the horizon, assembling some of these items will help “Be prepared” for camping in the colder weather. Texas weather is typically warm and we do not need these supplies very often here in the Sunny South, so if there are any gently used items that you would like to loan or donate to Troop 1 boys (men’s size small or medium) bring them to the next meeting and give them to the Quartermaster.


Some Suggestions & Tips for Winter Camping:

(Wool type) hat, covering for ears if not included with hat, cotton sleeping cap, gloves, glove & sock liners, wool or heavy cotton socks, layers of clothing, long underwear, Long sleeve shirt, Long pants, Sweater, Hiking boots or sturdy shoes, Insulated parka or coat, Mittens,  Rain Gear.


Order of the Arrow

Provided by: Thomas Bizzell

The Order of the Arrow is likened to the honor society of the Boy Scouts of America: One that exemplifies the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life. The Order of the Arrow (OA) provides adventures in service and leadership, with opportunities in High Adventure, local leadership roles, and community service. This organization has been part of the scouts since 1915. This summer is the 100th anniversary and the celebration takes place at Michigan State University in August 2015 at NOAC (National Order of the Arrow Conference).


Bring extra gloves

Sleep in dry clothing, especially dry socks

Wear a sleep cap

Hand warmers

Sleeping bag liners or put one sleeping bag inside another


Troop 1 Cold Weather Campouts:


December 5-7 Camp Green Dickson, Shiner, TX

December 27-January 1, NYLT

December 31-January 4, Lost Pines Scout Reserve, Bastrop TX

January 23-25 Lost Pines Scout Ranch, Bastrop, TX

Frequently asked Questions:


Q. Is there an OA program in Armadillo District?

A. Yes, Capitol Area Council Tonkawa Lodge #99 encompasses 15 counties in Central Texas. The lodge has approximately 1,500 arrowmen and calls the Lindsay Lodge at Lost Pines Scout Reservation near Bastrop, Texas our home ground.


Q. Who plans the OA program?

A. Boys under 21 (with guidance from adults as needed)


Q. What is the role of the OA Troop Representative?

A. A Troop/Team OA representative is a youth serving his unit as the primary liaison to the troop's lodge and/or chapter. He attends the meetings and relays info from the chapter and/or lodge back to the SPL, Scoutmaster, and Arrowmen. This role can count toward leadership with approval from SM.


Q. Who is eligible for OA?

A. Registered members of BSA with 15 days and nights of camping during the two year period including one long-term camps consisting 6 consecutive days and 5 nights of resident camping. Under the age 21 and minimum rank of First Class. With SM approval candidates are elected by members of unit. Adults are also eligible (age 21 or older).


Q. What do the OA members activities include?

A. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year round and long term resident camping and providing cheerful service to others. Service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich and help to extend Scouting to America’s youth.


Q. Where do the OA meetings take place?

A. Members of OA meet 1/month on the second Thursday of the month meetings take place at the same place as the Round Table meetings in our Armadillo District. Next get together is December 11th at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive near 2222 and MoPac. Arrive at 6:45 p.m.; meeting starts at 7:00. The OA helps with Report to state, Camporee, Conclave, OA trail group, and more.


Q. What is the Arrowman Service Award?

A. New in 2015 the Arrowman Service Award (ASA) is designed to recognize members who recommit themselves to the ideals of the Order, increase their level of service to their local unit, their council, and participate in the Order’s 100th anniversary celebration. The patch for this award can be worn on the sash.


Q. How much does the Order of the Arrow charge for annual dues?

A. Annual Dues are still only $10.00. Additional costs include the $35 candidate fee which includes the sash. Sash is worn at official OA ceremony on Right shoulder and never folded.


Q. Where can I find more information about the Order of the Arrow?

A. Ask Mr. Bizzell, adults, and scouts with the Tonkawa patch on their uniforms. Visit these websites for more resources:;


Reminder for Troop 1 OA members:

January 10, 2015 at LPSR Chapter meeting and Lodge Banquet beginning in the afternoon

February 7, 2015 Report to State

February 12, 2015 Chapter Meeting at Round Table location 6:45

February 13-15, 2015 LPSR Ceremony Workshop AIA, $30 supply fee

March 6, 2015 Camporee: Tap-out and Brotherhood

May 1-3, 2015 Ordeal and Fellowship


Service Projects: BIG Thanks to Shaun George for inviting Boy Scouts from Troop 1 to participate in conjunction with his employer to “Stop Hunger” on Saturday, November 13, 2014. Two of our members and two Cub Scouts helped feed the hungry. The goal was to make 10,000 meals, but it was exceeded by 300! Total meals were 10,300. This only took 2 hours and there were about 40 total volunteers.

Sewing:     Barbara Spencer is at the Round Table meetings with her sewing machine and is available to help with sewing patches/Badges. She charges $3.00 per patch. If those summer camp patches are still sitting on the table look her up. She also does alterations, mending, monograms, and more.    Contact her email at


Barbara Spencer is at the Round Table meetings with her sewing machine and is available to help with sewing patches/Badges. She charges $3.00 per patch. If those summer camp patches are still sitting on the table look her up. She also does alterations, mending, monograms, and more.  Contact her email at


--Committee Challenge at This is a short online class and it is a once and done deal. Some of us discovered that we cannot take the class on our iPhones as it requires another application. While you are visiting this website you might also check out the additional interesting subjects like: Hazardous Weather, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, and more .

--CPR/AED/First Aid Certification is available for adults and kids age 14 and older. We have a trainer in our Troop who is willing to provide this class for $5.00 each. See the Committee Chair for more details.

--NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) for boy’s age 13 and first class winter and spring registration is now open: Winter: December 27 – January 1, 2015. Spring: March 16-20, 2015.

--Wood Badge for adults (similar to the boys NYLT) registration is open. Two weekends: First weekend - March 5-7, 2015; Second weekend - March 26-28, 2015. Fall 2015 TBD.



Nov. 25 – No Troop Meeting (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Dec. 8 - Last Day to request BOR & Turn in Paperwork to Council for 2014

Dec. 11 - Round Table/OA meeting (at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive near 2222 and MoPac. Arrive at 6:45 p.m.; meeting starts at 7:00)

Tuesday’s 7:15-8:45 meetings at FPC




Recipe of the Month:

Recipe of the Month:

Mr. Jackman’s Dutch Oven Apple Pie

6-7 apples cored, peeled, sliced

1 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon or apple pie spice

 2 refrigerator pie crusts

Place one pie crust on foil lining in the Dutch oven. Add the apples and next four ingredients. Place the other pie crust over the mixture. Bake until golden brown or when you can smell the sweet aroma.

Summer 2014

Troop 1 Summer Newsletter

Troop 1 members are not the only ones in town with the #1 on our uniforms, the Cub Scout Pack 1, and Venturing Crew 1 units also have the same number and are sponsored by the same Charter Organization.

Cub Scout Pack 1: Paul’s beading

Way to go, Paul!

Way to go, Paul!

Paul Slutes, the Cub Master for Pack 1 has earned his Wood Badge Beads. He had his beading ceremony at First Presbyterian Church on Monday, April 21, 2014. The boys from his Pack 1 performed a great skit and cheered the loudest from the front row when Paul received his beads. Many of his Patrol members were also present. It was a wonderful time of celebration for Paul’s accomplishments. Next time you see Paul, be sure to congratulate him for working his tickets. Fall Wood Badge begins October 24-26, 2014. The second class is scheduled for November 7-9, 2014. It is a lot of fun to attend both weekends to complete the class work. Hopefully, Troop 1 will help  Cub Scout Pack 1 with recruiting night again this year providing games and fun while the adults receive the presentation and forms.

Next, we have the opportunity of meeting the new Venturing Crew 1 who graciously wrote an article for our newsletter:

An Introduction to Crew 1

by: Claire Nelson, Crew President and Lilly Andersen, Vice President

A hike to the 1,804-foot summit of Silver Peak was one of the many things that Crew 1 accomplished on our “California Excursion” early this summer. Over the course of the two-week trip our crew stayed at three different Boy Scout camps in California- one on Catalina Island, one in the mountains of the Sequoia Forest, and one in the outskirts of Los Angles. For the first week and a half we spent our time participating in adventures such as a fourteen-mile bike ride down steep trails in the Sequoia Forest, a seven-mile canoeing trip, paddle-boarding, lots of hiking, swimming, COPE courses, and a scuba dive off of Catalina Island. Then we concluded our trip by spending time at LA beaches, shops, and touring many places.



Our Crew loves the outdoors and is big on empowering girls to take more leadership roles. We started out as a Girl Scout Troop in Kindergarten and as we got more interested in the outdoors we found that BSA offered better opportunities to participate in high adventure and outdoor activities, so we recently formed our own crew. If someone asked me to sum up our group of girls with a few words, I would tell them that that is simply an impossible task because of how long we have known each other. As a group we have been through so much together ranging from camping in several types of severe weather to dealing with each other’s emotions and learning how to communicate with each other so that everyone’s needs are met. Currently the crew could be described as experienced campers, so much so that we teach classes on backpacking and camping to younger Girl Scouts.  But if you ask any of the members, they could tell you that this was not always the case. We started our introduction to true camping around second grade and didn’t adjust so well to it at first. On our first camping trip we showed up to our campsite in good spirits, excited to take on the new challenge, and everything went very well until it was time to go to sleep. Then, we not only had some girls uneasy from being away from home, but when the raccoons stirred near the campsite and crickets jumped into the tent it left some girls unable to sleep. Going forward several years to this past November, our Girl Scout troop hosted an event to a theme of The Amazing Race for our whole Service Unit. We planned a weekend full of activities including a backpacking class and a day-long race to a similar style of the TV show, The Amazing Race, with camping skills challenges. This is an example that shows how much we have grown, going from not being able to handle crickets in the tent to teaching younger girls how to lead their own trips and what to do in the outdoors. Something our crew is planning for this coming year is a trip to the Swiss Alps in July 2015. We are planning on spending about ten days in Switzerland trekking through the Alps along a chain of huts, where we will sleep each night. Our interest in this trip arises from our strong sense of adventure and desire to try new things that are both mentally and physically challenging for us, which a strenuous trek through the Alps has promised. Much of our next year will be spent training and preparing for the adventures we are sure to have in Switzerland. Right now we are in the process of recruiting more people to come with us to Switzerland, so if you are interested in finding out more details about it and possibly joining us on the trip, please feel free to contact us. On our quest to obtain the new skills that we will need, our crew might also be interested in participating in some of Troop 1’s campouts/events to learn some of the skills you already have and explore new ways of running things that might work better for us than what we already do. We would like to reach out to your members for help with some of the service projects our crew organizes, which could be explained in more detail as they come up. Our crew is looking forward to exploring even more of the opportunities offered by the BSA program and interacting more closely with your troop as we do so.  Ultimately, we hope to continue to develop our outdoor skills and take more amazing trips to use and enjoy them.

Crew 1

Crew 1

 Now that we have had a chance to meet and greet our kindred #1 units, let’s take a look at:

 What Troop 1 has been up to over the summer?

First, a special note of gratitude to those who spent months of planning, medical form gathering,  coordinating directions, for the drivers to summer camp and the adults participating at Camp Orr this summer, and the parents who let us spend time with their kids.  An extra special “Thanks” to the generous members of Troop 55, their Scout Master and his boys in Dennison Texas for providing us with a warm welcome our first night out. There were movies, cookies, and refrigerated soft drinks and water. Adults were supplied with cots and coffee. Sunday morning we were well rested and ready for the drive into Jasper, Arkansas. The kindness of Troop 55 is an inspiration to us all. We arrived at the Camp Orr after passing the brake check on the way down into the valley. We all went to the “Vespers” the first night to meet the camp staff.  This is also the spot where the Interfaith Chapel Service was held and Troop1 participated by leading the Scout version of Kum-Bah-Ya song during the service.



The fun filled evening of skits, songs, and campfire ended and we headed back to our camp site named “Deer”. In the morning we had a flag ceremony at our campsite and then went to breakfast. We held this Troop flag ceremony each day at Deer campsite. In addition, the entire camp gathered each day before breakfast we had an opening flag ceremony and before dinner we had a closing flag ceremony.  Monday morning, the High Adventure Trek headed out after breakfast and all the base camp scouts went to their Merit Badge classes. At this point the river was at normal levels. Later in the week, the Camp Director stated that the river was too high due to heavy rainfall and he did not want us crossing this river to get to the hiking trails to Antenna Pine. The scouts at base camp left this hike undone so that in the event that we return it will be a new adventure. Each day after lunch there was a volleyball court set up, however, the boys did not simply play volleyball, they played Nuc’em. This game was observed by many of the adult leaders, but only played by the boys. They even played in the rain, so it must have been a riot!  



During summer camp week one of our adults went to the LNT (Leave No Trace) training classes. We all will benefit from learning how we can practice the LNT skills on our campouts.  Camp Orr has recently adopted a prayer and the author recited before lunch.

Camp Orr Prayer:

Written by: Harold L. Pyle

As the Buffalo River flows

     Thru the Ozarks,

We by the Grace of God,

Gather near Scouters Bend,

For Fellowship, Fun, and Food.


Keeping in mind that we have been in drought conditions for most of the time our younger scouts have been going on campouts, we had rain most every day during camp. This provided excellent training resource and we endeavored to persevere!  A Dutch Oven cobbler cooking contest on Wednesday night and our boys at base camp entered with this blue (Smurf)  cobbler with drops of Hot Sauce because we haven’t found anything that doesn’t taste better with hot sauce.

Seriously Delicious!

Seriously Delicious!

The members of the Troop that went on the High Adventure Trek did not let the rain slow them down, achieving their 50 miles (more like 62 miles) of hiking to landmarks like Antenna Pine, camping, and canoeing along  the Buffalo River. I think they would have kept on going if the Ranger would have let them.  Upon their return to base camp they found clean clothes and hiked out again to Twin Falls.  We returned to home June 28th to hearth and home.

Arrow points to the regional Antenna Pine tree as seen from the flag grounds! We will hang the flag there next time guys!

Arrow points to the regional Antenna Pine tree as seen from the flag grounds! We will hang the flag there next time guys!

Philmont Training Center:  

By: Kim Welter

Do you know that there is over 137,000 acres of land that was donated by Mr. Waite Phillips to the Boy Scouts of America in Northeastern New Mexico? We went to where the Rocky Mountains meet the Plains on the historic Santa Fe Trail where wagon headed west would look for this landmark "The tooth of Time." One of the highlights for us, besides visiting Trenton’s Baldy Mountain General Store, was working on the Philmont Scout Ranch Duty to God patch. The booklet of daily readings helped us to be mindful of the many blessings surrounding us each day. It was easy to rejoice in the mild weather, meeting other BSA families from around the world, fabulous tents, excellent training, the family programs, modern bathrooms, and good camp food. The list could go on and on! It was also easy to fill every waken moment with exciting training activities, but by working on the Duty to God booklet we were reminded  to Count the blessing that God gives us and admire His handiwork. We attended interfaith services at the Philmont Training Center Chapel and Catholic services near the Tooth of Time.  Every day there is a trek returning from the backcountry and trek’s preparing to go out to the backcountry ranging from 5-10 days all over the ranch with the desire to attend these services. We learned these Chapel services are always full and that Philmont Chaplin’s responsibilities also include search and rescue. There are 5 chapels for many types of worship services. My heart was overflowing with joy out there in God’s country and although I cannot bring Philmont to you, I want to share this very special part of the Boy Scouts with you.  There are many Religious Emblems that can be earned and Duty to God patches that will allow you to draw closer to Him. Please set up a time with the Chaplain Aide if you would like more information. A Scout is Reverent.

Lightning striking the Tooth of Time taken by PTC photography class members!

Lightning striking the Tooth of Time taken by PTC photography class members!

Troop Calendar: Weekly Meetings: Tuesday nights

Thanks to our Popcorn “Kernel” there are scheduled Show-N-Sell Popcorn Sales are taking place during the month of August.

Popcorn TIme again!

Popcorn TIme again!


August 2014

 23 - Cub Scout/Boy Scout/Venture Leader

September 2014

10 - District Key Three Meeting

11 - Cub Scout/Boy Scout Roundtables

11 - OA Chapter Meeting

18 – Re-charter Training

18 - Fall Membership Tally Night

18 - Nominating Committee (year around)

25 - District Committee Meeting

26-28 - BALOO/OWLS/IOLS Trainings

October 2014

9 - Cub Scout/Boy Scout Roundtables

9 - OA Chapter Meeting

10-12 - Webelos Woods

16 - Nominating Committee (year around)

23 - District Committee Meeting

23 - Annual Business Meeting

30 - Cub Scout leader Specific Training

Chisholm Trail District Scoutmaster/Asst. Scoutmaster Leader specific Training


This course will cover the practical skills necessary to run a successful boy-led troop, including the role of adults, program planning, troop administration, the outdoor program and advancement. SM/ASM LST should be taken in conjunction with IOLS. Lunch provided. Class runs 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Event Cost: $20. Fees include lunch and snacks. Address: Round Rock Presbyterian Church, 4010 Sam Bass Road, Round Rock, TX, 78681

Capitol Area Council Boy Scout Winter Camp:

Winter Camp is a great time to be at Lost Pines Boy Scout Camp. The staff is focused on providing the best possible program, including many merit badges that are not normally offered at summer camp.

Registration coming soon!

December 26-30, 2014 Week 1

December 31, 2014 – January 4, 2014 Week 2


Recipe of the Month

Oatmeal Raisin Bars:

 ½ cup butter

2/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp cinnamon

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats

1 cup raisins

Mix butter and sugar well, then add egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to the butter mix gradually. Press batter into lightly greased 8x8 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and cut into bars. Store in 1 gallon plastic storage bag and take as desert, breakfast, or both on the next campout!

Tips: Put a sheet of wax paper over dish to press the dough evenly without getting it on your hands.

More or Less:  Double the recipe and bake in 9x11 baking dish (bake 30-35 minutes) or drop the dough by tablespoon to make cookies (bake 10-12 minutes).

The valley entrance to Camp Orr after descending the mountain. The Buffalo River just beyond the trees (right).

The valley entrance to Camp Orr after descending the mountain. The Buffalo River just beyond the trees (right).

February/March 2014

The Scoutmaster’s Minute

A Change Is Coming

As most of you know, I will be stepping down as Scoutmaster in March. It has been almost 4 years since I took over from Hilton Beckham as Scoutmaster and I was Committee Chair for two years before that so it has been over 6 years as a leader of Troop 1.  Jason Hall has agreed to take over as Scoutmaster and I look forward to the different flavor of leadership and enthusiasm that he will bring to the position. There will be some things that will stay the same and others that change just as there was when I took over from Hilton.  I believe it will be a learning process that will benefit our Scouts to experience the change in leadership.

My role in the Troop will change as I will focus on being the Eagle Coach for many of those Scouts who are working on Eagle as well as helping the younger Scouts who are working on First Class. I hope to continue my participation in the Council Training activities like Wood Badge and NYLT as well as helping Troop 1 in recruiting and the occasional campout especially those that involve backpacking!

Many people have asked me why I volunteer with the Scouts and my answer has always been the same – I believe in the Scouting program. It isn’t perfect but it is still one of the best programs for youth to grow and learn in a safe environment. The lessons learned in Scouting are applicable throughout their lives and the Aims of Scouting of Character, Citizenship and Personal Fitness are as needed today as they were 100 years ago. It has been my honor and pleasure to work with your young men.  I believe I have learned as much if not more from them than they have learned from me.

That being said, Troop 1 and your Scouts will need you going forward. The Troop has benefited from the adults like myself, Tom Bizzell, Hilton and Liz Shelby who value the program and help despite not having children in the Troop. We will continue to participate but we will need you to step up to help Jason and the other leaders continue to make this a Troop that we can be proud of for the next 100 years.

Yours in Scouting,

Kuruvila Mani

AOL campout

On January 24-26, 2014, Troop 1 held the Arrow of Light (A.O.L.) campout for the Webelos from Waterloo District. This service project took place at Lost Pines Boy Scout Reserve in Bastrop. It has become a tradition for Troop 1 to work with the boys of Waterloo District each year. It gave the Webelos a chance to learn the skills needed for Outdoorsman from the Boy Scouts in Troop 1. The leaders from Waterloo arrived with supplies and we worked together to set-up tents for the families they had collected from more than four different schools. The Webelos were assigned to their Patrols and spent the weekend working on skills, went for a three mile hike, and attending a campfire brought a happy ending to a good day. For many Waterloo families, this was their first camping experience. Troop 1 led the Webelos in requirements and went on a three mile hike. Chapel service was held Sunday morning where the photo (above) was taken.

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” ~ Albert Einstein

Wilderness Survival II

On February 14-16, 2014 the Troop had an opportunity to go on the second Wilderness Survival campout. BIG Thanks to our host Mr. Mani and his family. We are very grateful for the opportunity to camp on their beautiful ranch.  Some of the Boy Scouts attended last year and they formed patrols ranging from "hardcore" to "I am new at this". Take a look at the following photos taken of the boys shelters. Can you find your scouts patrol shelter? (hint) One is a natural shelter found by Mr. Mani.


Rosedale Ride

Troop 1 Community Service

20th Anniversary Rosedale Ride

Troop 1 has been supporting the Rosedale Ride for many years and this year is no exception. On March 22, 2014 we will provides a break station for those riding to raise money for the Rosedale Foundation (501-c3). Our station has the reputation of having the most amazing sweet and savory snacks, the ever favorite dill pickles, water and other beverages. The boys are physically fit “bike stands.” We hope to break our 2013 record of 150 visitors this year.  The Rosedale Ride is an annual charity bicycle ride with routes of 26, 42, and 62 miles and a children's fun ride of 2 miles. The mission is to support the children of Rosedale School, AISD’s only school for children with multiple disabilities. Plan on meeting at FPC in the Class A uniform (Field Uniforms) and spending three to four hours for this service project. Let Scoutmasters Kuruvila Mani or Jason Hall know if you can attend.

Recipe of the Month: Buckeyes

Mr. and Mrs. George kindly shared this amazing treat with us in December and it is guaranteed to make you smile. For one reason they are delicious and they melt in your mouth. Another, of importance to naturalists, the Ohio State Tree is the Buckeye Tree. These treats resemble the nut from the buckeye tree, but if you are ever in Ohio please note: large quantities of Buckeyes are poisonous to man. This makes the treat even more fun to eat, especially for Ohioans! BIG Thanks to the George family for sharing their recipe!

2 cups of peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups crushed graham crackers
1/2 stick of butter, melted
Chocolate bark
Chocolate chips

Mix melted butter & peanut butter in large bowl. Add graham cracker crumbs & mix. Add powdered sugar & mix. Cover bowl & refrigerate 4-6 hours. I just leave it overnight in fridge. Line baking pan or tray with wax paper. Melt a bowl 1/2 full of chocolate bark & 1/2 of chips. Roll peanut butter mixture into balls & dip in chocolate. Then, line them on the tray & refrigerate till hardened.  

Example of Buckeye

Example of Buckeye

Riddle: What's round on both ends and high in the middle?

Camporee 2014

Over the past couple months, the boys have been working on their Cooking Merit Badge. They have been learning about planning menus, reading food labels, and safe handling of food. They should "Be Prepared" for this year the Armadillo District Camporee which is focusing on the new Eagle rank requirement Cooking Merit Badge. February 28- March 1 we will attend the Camporee festivities. We are going to return on Saturday night so that the Troop 1 members can get cleaned up for the former Troop 1 member, Joshua Hutto’s, Eagle Court of Honor on Sunday March 2nd, in Kerrville, Texas. If you did not get a chance to sign-up at the last committee meeting contact the Scoutmaster Kuruvila Mani or Jason Hall. All are welcome and rides are being arranged.

On-Line Training for Troop 1 Adults

At our last Committee meeting, Committee Chair Beth Gintella, requested a show of hands as to who has completed the on-line training of "committee challenge". There were only a few hands raised. We can quickly improve this by going to and signing-in. The Youth Protection Training is also available on-line at this website if you need to update YPT (training is good for 2 years). When you go to this website you will also see other informational opportunities like: safety afloat, safe swim defense, weather, and more. Recently, I had the chance to sit down with my scout and watch the Cyber Chip program at It is set up for all age levels and it was an eye opener for us on how to be safe on-line. These programs are "FREE! Once you have your training certificate, notify your Committee Chair person and Trainer.

Buckle Up for a Ride in American Heritage

With the Merit Badge book on “American Heritage” in our hands we looked at question #2B, which asked our scout to find an organization that promotes positive change in American society. We decide that the answer to this question is the Boy Scouts of America. We then ask ourselves: what was it that made the Boy Scouts of America believe change was necessary? How did the BSA help accomplish this change? We will need to travel back in time to find the answers.

 Picture yourself with your khaki uniform in the driver’s seat of a DeLorean time machine, like the one from the movie "Back to the Future." The flux capacitor is fully charged, the date set to February of 1857, and your destination is London. You travel back in time to meet the infant Robert Stephenson Smyth Powell.  The young lad’s father died when he was barely three years old, and his mother changed their surname to Baden-Powell to include her husband’s first name (Baden). Traveling through time to the year 1876, you visit Baden-Powell when he joins a cavalry regiment in India to become an expert in scouting and reconnaissance. This also gave him the ability to put his artistic and acting skills to use by working as a spy on occasion. Disguised as a Naturalist, he famously claimed to draw a butterfly while on a mission to obtain information about the enemy fort.  Cleverly drawn within one of the butterfly wings was the layout and placement of artillery at the fort. He showed himself a competent officer and was quickly promoted.

Traveling to 1899, we see that Baden-Powell has been inspired to write “Aids to Scouting”, a book intended to be used as a military manual. He observed that men in the field needed training for specific situations; the men needed to know how to move stealthily through rough country, read the signs of nature to navigate, how to make independent decisions when officers were not present, and to take care of basic survival in the outdoors. While serving in South Africa in the small town of Mafeking, he organized the boys into a “cadet corps.” They carried messages and served as lookouts to spot enemy movements.

Next, the trusty DeLorean takes us to the year 1903, B-P is returning to Britain to find that he was not only famous for his defense of Mafeking, but he had inspired boys throughout Britain to gang together in quests for outdoor adventure like the “cadet corps” using the “Aids to Scouting” manual he had written earlier. The Industrial Revolution in Britain found the working class moving into urban slums, where disease, malnutrition, overwork, unemployment, and other problems plagued their lives.  The flux capacitor is still good to go, so we skip ahead to 1907. After carefully planning to prove the potential of the Scouting idea to the British people, B-P put his theory into practice by taking the boys to the world’s first Scout camp at Brownsea Island. One attendee, Arthur Primmer, recalls: “You have to think back to what it was like in those days. . . . Nobody went camping. Not boys. The only camping that was done then was by the army.”  The experiment was a success and B-P completed the manual in book form in 1908 called, “Scouting for Boys.”

A year goes by. It’s 1909, and your DeLorean has traveled to a foggy street in London. American businessman W. D. Boyce was offered help to cross the street by a lad around the age of eleven who was carrying a lantern. After reaching the other side of the street Boyce offered to pay the boy, but he said “I am a Boy Scout, Sir. I am simply doing a Good Turn.” To this day the lad with the lantern is revered in the lore of scouting as the “unknown scout”.  Boyce immediately tracked down more information about the Boy Scout organization.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic in America, the thirst for outdoor adventures was showing signs of growth in groups like “The Sons of Daniel Boone” led by Daniel Carter Beard and “The Woodcraft Indian” led by Thomas Ernst Seton. Missionaries from Britain are believed to have brought the “Scouting for Boys” manuals with them to the States. At the turn of the 20th century, America was also rapidly changing from a nation of farmers and artisans to one of factory hands and office workers. The country’s transition to an industrialized society caused many to worry that some valuable things were being lost in the transition like; morals, physical fitness, and spiritual development of boys and young men…moreover, would such things transfer to this new age?

Traveling to 1910, we rejoin the businessman W.D. Boyce as he forms Boy Scouts of America, after filing incorporation papers in Washington, DC. The press wrote that this organization meant “to promote, through organization and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and for others, to train them in Scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using the methods which are in common use by Boy Scouts.” The uniform was originally khaki like the U.S. Army uniform of the time, complete with baggy trousers tucked into canvas leggings known as “puttees” and a four-pocket tunic with a high “choker collar.”

Behind the wheel of our DeLorean we visit our hometown Austin, Texas. Mr. Lyman J. Bailey formed Troop 1 in 1911. They only had a British handbook on scouting to guide them and membership included 40 boys. The Austin civic leader was a Sunday School Superintendent and he aroused interest great enough to cause boys to walk from all parts of the city to attend meetings on Friday night at young men’s Christian Society Hall.  

We now return to 2014 and park our DeLorean, still wearing our traditional Khaki uniforms (which we received a free consultation on in 1980, from designer Oscar de la Renta). The inquiry remains: what made the Boy Scouts of America believe change was necessary?  How did the BSA help accomplish this change?  One answer can be found when we look to those who lead us. Considering the GREAT leadership of Troop 1, starting with Mr. Lyman J. Bailey and encompassing current Scoutmasters such as Liz Shelby (currently COR), Jason Hall, Kuruvila Mani, Thomas Bizzell, and Hilton Beckham, Troop 1 has a rich heritage of amazing leaders. They have dedicated their time to impart their scouting knowledge and skills to our boys. The passion of our leaders for scouting is an inspiration to us all. If we had the ability to time travel in our DeLorean to see the Bi-Centennial anniversary or the Sesquicentennial anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, what would it look like? The future is unwritten, but if the dirt-smudged faces of the boys who perform skits around the campfire and make us all wear giant grins are any indication, we must be doing something right.  

(material from "Boy Scouts of America, a Centennial History", by Chuck Wills, Copyright 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited; and Troop 1 Manual: Chartered Organization Representative, Liz Shelby)

Sir Robert S.S. Baden-Powell

Sir Robert S.S. Baden-Powell


February 28-March 1 Camporee

March 2 Eagle Court of Honor Kerrville

March 13 Roundtable Frank Fickett Center

March 22 Rosedale Ride

April 4-6 El Rancho Cima and kayaking

April 10 Round Table 6:30-8:30 Frank Fickett Center

April 12 Spring-a-ling at FPC

April TBD Court of Honor Troop 1

May 2-4 Griffith League Backpacking

May 8 Round Table at Frank Fickett Center

June 12 Round Table at Frank Fickett Center

June 22-28 Summer Camp

December 2013/January 2014

The Scoutmaster’s Minute

                                                                                                                                           Kuruvila Mani

 One of the things we try to instill in our Scouts is the concept of Citizenship. It is the one of the three main Aims of Scouting and one of the aspects is a commitment to service to others. We also talk about how things go around in circles and we have an example of that with our service activities. In September of 2011, the Bastrop community had been affected by the forest fires that had destroyed homes and more than 30,000 acres of forest including a significant portion of the Griffith League Scout Ranch. Troop 1 through the efforts of Dan and Trenton Wight got in touch with the Red Cross and we offered our services to help in any way they could use us. We had a campout to the beach scheduled that weekend, but the Scouts canceled it in order to help the community of Bastrop. We handed out supplies, tools, and water to the residents of that community. One of my clearest memories was when Scott Hall was putting some supplies in the car of an elderly lady. She asked if she could give him a hug as that was all she could afford to give as she had lost almost everything. It was a meaningful day for the boys and adults. This past weekend, we participated in another aspect of that same event by planting Loblolly Pine seedlings at Griffith League Scout Ranch. They are planning to plant over 1 million trees over the next ten years and Troop 1 was there planting trees.  It will be interesting to go back over the years and see those trees grow and know that we were part of the renewal process at both Bastrop in 2011 and Griffith League in 2013. These are lessons that will stay with our Scouts. We are a part of a larger community and we should all take the opportunity to serve others whenever we can.



About this Newsletter

Kim Welter

I had a blast attending the fall 2013 Wood Badge leadership training at Lost Pines in Bastrop. There were many adventures, including: learning about the Boy Scout program, various leadership techniques, meeting friends from all around the council, and writing tickets. One of my tickets is to provide this Newsletter. Articles from Adult Leaders, Boy Scouts in Troop 1 and their family can share stories and events that scouts are pursuing with the Boy Scouts of America. Participation is very easyjust send an e-mail  to me with articles attached. I look forward to providing the Bi-monthly newsletter in the coming year.

Photo: sunset from my backpacking trip overlooking Lake Bastrop


All Shall Be Revealed in Due Time

Trenton Wight


For food, for raiment,

For life, for opportunity

For friendship and fellowship,

We thank thee, O Lord. Amen.

The Philmont Grace 

One of the proudest moments of my life was the moment I reached the summit of Baldy Mountain at Philmont Scout Ranch. The summit of Baldy Mountain is located some 12,441 feet above sea level in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The mountain itself is located on the northwest corner of Philmont Scout Ranch, which is in northern New Mexico. It isn’t necessarily an extremely tall mountain by any means, but it challenges a few extremely dedicated and strong hikers every year. Reaching the summit is one of the most extreme tests of preparation, mental strength, willpower, physical strength, determination, and some may even say foolishness. The last step to the summit of the mountain will be the hardest, toughest, most rewarding step you could ever take in your life.

Philmont has been described as a test of manhood. Boys go to Philmont. Men come back. Put on a backpack with 60 pounds of personal gear, clothes, your house, everything you need to live for two weeks, and then put in five or six pounds of food and water. Take all of that seventy miles in six and a half days, down trails that are actually rivers, up mountains that can give you knee problems for life, through valleys and meadows, through mud the consistency of whipped cream and peanut butter, and rocks made for ankle twisting, and you’ve summed up Philmont. What you can’t sum up, however, is the experience.

I can leap into the story of my trek, but I should probably start earlier. I’ve been in the Boy Scouts for most of my life, and recently I was introduced into the Order of the Arrow. Soon afterwards, I reached the rank of Eagle Scout, and I realized that it was time to go out with a bang. I don’t mean I was going to quit scouting, I just mean that I needed to do something to tie up my scouting career. What is it that every serious scout does that truly proves his worth and leaves a lasting memory? Philmont. I was turning 18 that December; I wanted to go as a youth. Summer was coming up soon, so I looked into my options. My scoutmaster informed me of an opportunity called the Order of the Arrow Trail crew, and I decided to look into it. I got all the paperwork done, all the necessary signatures, and I was ready. I started my training program. I was to wake up at 6 AM every day and hike around my neighborhood with a fully loaded pack and all my hiking gear until I hit five miles. Never happened. I reduced it to one mile and bump it up in increments, still never happened. Summer came, I hadn’t trained. I loaded my pack into the motorhome and we left on vacation. We made it to Utah, and I realized that I needed to get into shape. At this point in my life, I weighed nearly 230 pounds and wasn’t much muscle. Well, my legs were solid steel, but nothing else on me was muscle. On a drive through Arches NP, we found a trail to hike. It started out as a paved trail, so I stepped up my pace to a jog, maybe a near run. I had a small pack on me, I had some water, and I had my cowboy hat. I found myself at the end of the trail, and I had some options. I could climb up an intimidating rock feature and continue on, or I could just go back to the car. I decided to climb the rock. I took a few trails after that and hiked a bit, and then I found another big rock. I hopped on top of this one, which was probably 30-40 feet up at the top, and I found myself at the top of the world. I realized I was on top of a huge rock arch, I looked around, gazing at the majestic beauty of Utah, and I suddenly realized how high off the ground I was. Being a guy who won’t get on top of a ladder, I wasn’t exactly happy about this. I got down pretty quick, albeit nervously, and made my way back to the car on adrenaline and shaky knees. I jogged, I ran, I skipped, I hopped, and I finally reached the end of the trail. I had hiked about eight miles that day, and I really wasn’t that tired. I thought I was ready for Philmont. Pretty soon we made it to Durango, Colorado, and I started to acclimate. I can just say here, acclimation is a wonderful phenomenon to have working in your favor. When you’re down in Texas, at an altitude of 1,000 feet above sea level, there’s an abundance of air to breathe. You can hike, climb, do all the normal things you do with ease because you have air to breathe. The altitude of base camp, however, is 6,690 feet above sea level. The first campsite we were at for the night was at 8,920 feet, and the second campsite we were at was at 10,480 feet above sea level. The next day we hiked all the way to 12,441 feet. That can be an increase in 11, 500 feet in under five days if you do it wrong. The base of the ski mountain I was hiking was at 8,793 feet, and the summit was at 10,822 feet. I spent at least a week in Utah and Colorado hiking at higher elevations before I even attempted this. If you aren’t properly acclimated, you can have nosebleeds, you can have nausea, you can even pass out from a lack of air. Acclimation is extremely important. Anyways, I’m done preachin’, back to my story. I climbed the local ski mountain, full pack, and it wore me out. This was about three days before my trek was to start, and when I got out of the car and walked through the parking lot, I realized how great of a thing oxygen is to have when you’re hiking. Having made it to the base of the mountain, I climbed it a bit, but I quickly gave up. Hiked some more on some level ground, trained a little bit, and I was ready. I weighed myself and my pack on a scale, the two of us together weighed 280 pounds. That doesn’t include seven liters of water and five days’ worth of food. Needless to say, my pack and I were extremely overweight.

The work week with your crew starts before you even realize it. The foremen burst out of a building yelling, “We have a bus, we have a bus!!!” You call your mom and dad to tell them goodbye, text your buddies, and within the next 5 minutes you and your crew are on a school bus with all of your gear catching your last glimpses of civilization for the next 14 days. You reach the drop-off point, which just so happens to be located next to a set of dirty stables. You throw your gear out of the bus onto the horse poop covered ground, everyone straps on their packs, and there’s always the few that forgot to pee. You take care of that, and in the meantime learn an important lesson about where to and not to pee, how to not wet your pants while carrying a pack and “taking care of business”, and how not to fall down with a pack on your back and your pants around your ankles. On the trail, you start to get to know your crew a little bit better, everyone talks and sings and messes around, you get to know everybody’s pace with the realization that you may just happen to be a little slow for the group. The first hike is about two or three miles, and your pack weighs in excess of 65 pounds due to the water, large consist of food, and work gear in the pack. It drags on forever, even though you’ve properly acclimated (you spent the last week up in Colorado, you even hiked a ski mountain with the pack), you’re still worn out by the time you reach the camp. Tents get set up, dining fly gets set up, and your home for the next seven days of your life is set up. The foreman set up dinner, and then you line up to eat. One of your comrades volunteer for grace, you remove your beloved cowboy hat and bow your head. You eat heartily, today was a long day and tomorrow will be even longer. You go through what will be your nightly ritual from now until trek week. One or two people tell their life story and how they got to Philmont, you go around the circle telling thorns, roses, and buds, then you end the night on a quote. As everyone drifts off to their respective tents, changes into their sleep clothes, slips into their sleeping bag, you think about that quote and what it really means. You think about the day, and you think about how much fun you are about to have at Philmont. That’s how my first day went at Philmont. In the duration of twelve hours, I had gone from a freshly showered, crisply uniformed scout stepping out of my dad’s car with a backpack to sleeping in the backcountry of the toughest test of manhood in the country.

To be continued...



2013 Popcorn Fundraiser

The 2013 Popcorn fundraising campaign wrapped up in November. A warm "thank you!" goes to the First Presbyterian Church, who kindly allowed Troop 1 and Pack 1 scouts to sell popcorn at the Church. Special thanks are also extended to our parents, and congratulations to all the Boy Scouts in Troop 1 and Cub Scouts in Pack 1 for reaching for their goals in popcorn sales!


Scouts who earned $1000+

Tristan J.

Mark W.

Scott H.

Stephen G.

Scouts who earned $600+

Jack G.

Ezra S.

Thomas M.

Jonas R.


The champion of this annual projectalso known as our Popcorn Kernel, Mr. Jackmanstepped up for the second year in a row. His coaching and mentoring helped the scouts learn life skills and salesmanship techniques.  He made Show-'n'-Sell reservations last summer at several community retailers which included the following: Home Depot, Walgreens, CVS, Breed & Co., and Sam’s Club. He volunteered to help our Capital Area Council distribution center, while our Scoutmaster, Mr. Mani, graciously allowed us to store the popcorn at his home to provide a “cool” location in the summer.  When the Armadillo District at Camp Mabry asked for help, Mr. Jackman was again instrumental in volunteering. BIG THANKS to both Mr. Mani and Mr. Jackman!

Per the agreement with Trails End Popcorn, a percentage of the funds are allocated to the Council. Troop 1 earned a little over $13,000 this year in popcorn sales, in comparison to the 2012 sales that came to around $11,000. Pack 1 earned around $1,300 this year in popcorn sales, compared to the 2012 sales which totaled around $500.




Birthday Wishes For December:

Stephen G.

Carlos L.

Mark W.

Trenton W.


Birthday Wishes For January:

Timothy G.

Tristan J.



Recipe of the Month: Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

This recipe was provided by Gail Wight. Thank you for sharing this delicious treat with us!


  • 2 (16-ounce) cans sliced peaches in heavy or light syrup, or in fruit juice, your choice
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries, optional
  • 1/2 cup baking mix (recommended: Bisquick)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Ground cinnamon


  • 2 1/4 cups baking mix (recommended: Bisquick)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Cinnamon sugar (1/4 cup sugar combined with 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon; store in an empty spice shaker jar; shake well before each use)

Tip: Prepare the ingredients in one baggie and the topping in another baggie to make it easy to assemble on the campout


Drain 1 can of the peaches. Combine both cans of peaches, including the juice from the undrained can, the blueberries, if using, the baking mix, sugar, and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Place this mixture into the Dutch oven.

To make the topping: Combine the biscuit mix, sugar, butter, and milk in a re-sealable plastic bag. Drop bits of dough, using your fingers, on top of the peaches. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Place the Dutch oven on charcoal and bake for 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown and crusty.

Helpful Links:


Fishing Merit Badge: Homework was #7 from the November campout. Find out the regulations in your area. Go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

Check out website to find FREE 30 minute information for the whole family that covers: YPT (Youth Protection Training), This is Scouting, Troop Committee Challenge, Physical Wellness, Safety Afloat, Climb on Safely, Den Chief, Trek Safely, Weather Hazards, Safe Swim Defense.

Keep up with the District News like: Scouting for Food service project at


Register for adults and scouts at the Frank Fickett Center and camps around Capital Area Council on this website:  Upcoming events:

Boy Scout Winter Camp, Week 1-December 26-30, 2013 Week 2-January 1-5,2014 at Lost Pines Scout Reservation

January 18, 2014 - 2014 University of Scouting at St. Edward's University

February 1, 2014 - 2014 Report to State Parade

 February 27-March 1 / March 20-22, 2014 - Wood Badge Spring 2014


Calendar Dates:

Jan 9 Round Table

Jan 24-26 Troop 1 Camping (Service Project Waterloo District)

Feb 13 Roundtable

Feb 14-16 Troop 1 Camping (Survival II)

Feb 28-3/2 District Camporee




Training Opportunities:



February 1, 2014 - Scoutmaster/ASM Leader Specific Training

February 22, 2014 - Trainer's EDGE

May 10, 2014 - Trainer's EDGE

June 7, 2014 - Scoutmaster/ASM Leader Specific Training

December 27, 2013-January 1, 2014 - National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) prerequisites



Leave No Trace Training:

In December, our Scoutmaster arranged for Leave No Trace training for adults by inviting BSA Leader Deanna Hagle to Troop 1 meetings. She is a veteran trainer who has served as a LNT trainer for many years as well as serving on many Wood Badge and NYLT Staff courses. BIG Thanks to Deanna Hagle and to the adults who attended the training sessions to earn their Leave No Trace Awareness Cards. This training is available upon request; if you are interested in attending this class, please contact the Troop Trainer.