Troop 197 Houston

Troop 197 Houston Boy Scout Troop 197 Boy Scout troop in the Meyerland Area of Houston Texas Troop 197
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Operating as usual

06/15/2019

Six years ago today our crew from troop 197 became one o f the first crews to complete Swamp Base Trek. Trailblazers!

05/15/2019

Pictures going all the way back to 2002...Dan Semetko's first campout.

Troop 197 Eagle Max Barbour completed the Appalachian trail yesterday. Congratulations Max. 2,189 mile.
08/12/2018

Troop 197 Eagle Max Barbour completed the Appalachian trail yesterday. Congratulations Max. 2,189 mile.

07/05/2018
Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch

PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH ANNOUNCES CLOSURE FOR 2018 SUMMER SEASON - 7/5/18

After careful consideration of the situation and available options, the difficult but prudent decision has been made that the Philmont backcountry will remain closed for treks and individual programs for the remainder of the 2018 summer season. This means that the following programs scheduled for this summer are canceled: 7- and 12-day treks; and individual backcountry programs, including Rayado, ROCS, Trail Crew, STEM and Ranch Hands.

Refund Checks for all affected crews will be sent to the lead contact advisor on Monday, July 9, 2018. Over the next few days, our staff will be contacting the lead advisor or contingent leader of these crews confirming the refund, offering a trek at Philmont for the 2020 season, and answering any questions. Please wait and allow the Philmont team to contact your crew – your assistance will help make sure that Philmont phone lines remain open. Your cooperation will be most appreciated. While High Adventure opportunities are at capacity at Northern Tier and the Florida Sea Base, there are opportunities at The Summit and they would be happy to accommodate your crew.

This has been a difficult and at the same time inspiring summer at Philmont. For the first time in its history, Philmont is closing its backcountry. As difficult as this situation has been for our Philmont family and for Scouts across our country, we have been truly inspired by the incredible enthusiasm and perseverance shown by our staff, the resourcefulness displayed by displaced crews to find other summer adventures, and the understanding and good wishes from thousands of Scouts and Scouters from around the world. For all of these blessings, we are truly grateful.

Fire danger in northern New Mexico is currently classified as “extreme.” The fire danger has led to closure of most public lands near Philmont. The Carson National Forest’s nearby Questa and Camino Real Ranger Districts, including the Valle Vidal area that Philmont utilizes, have been closed to public access. The New Mexico Game and Fish Department has similarly closed all of its properties that border Philmont, including the Colin Neblett Wildlife Management Area on our western border and the Elliott S. Barker Wildlife Management Area adjacent to our North Country. Links to these closure notices are included at the end of this release.

On Friday, June 29, 2018, the Morris (Moras) Creek fire started south of the Philmont property line on private neighboring property near the Rayado River Canyon. This fire is currently more than 1500 acres and is burning on Philmont property.

Our ranch managers, volunteer leaders, and national staff have monitored the situation since the Ute Park fire began and attempted to plan alternate trek routes and procedures required by Philmont to manage backcountry emergencies. Because of the Morris (Moras) Creek fire, these alternate trek routes have now been eliminated. The safety of our youth participants, volunteers and staff is the priority at Philmont Scout Ranch and for the Boy Scouts of America.

This decision applies only to Philmont’s backcountry programs. Philmont’s Camping Headquarters and Base Camp area, the Philmont Training Center, the new National Scouting Museum, the Chase Ranch, and the Kit Carson Museum at Rayado will remain open all summer. Training courses at the Philmont Training Center and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) will proceed as scheduled. This decision does not affect Philmont’s fall programs, including Autumn Adventure and fall PTC training conferences.

The Philmont ranger motto is “scramble – be flexible.” That’s what we at Philmont have been doing all summer as we deal with these unexpected and unfortunate circumstances. Our terrific summer staff has embraced challenges that they didn’t anticipate when they signed on. They expected to be delivering awesome backcountry programs and inspiring high adventure experiences to thousands of Scouts and Scouters. Instead, they have enthusiastically taken on difficult and physically taxing timber stand improvement projects, backcountry fire abatement work, community service projects, and staff jobs at other camps. They are making sure we will be ready to re-open next year! Their willingness to roll up their sleeves, pitch in and meet the challenges we have faced reflects the very best on Scouting and our nation’s youth. They have our sincere thanks!

Our National BSA leadership has been working with airlines to assist crews with refunds, changes, and credits. Please refer to the following contacts for support.
American Airlines----1-800-221-2255
Southwest Airlines---1-800-435-9792
Alaska Airlines--------1-800-654-5669
Amtrak -----------------1-800-872-7245

Our entire Philmont family thanks you for your continued understanding, your support, and your cooperation.

Links for information on area closures and fires:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/carson/home
http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/conservation/state-game-commission-lands
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
https://nmfireinfo.com/

06/12/2018
Philmont Scout Ranch

Good option for some of the local Troop camp-outs to experience Philmont Food.

2018 Trail Meals are available! Watch this short video for more information and order here: http://bit.ly/TrailMeals

# 29. 100 Things You Don't Know About ScoutingWhile Robert Baden-Powell's English Scouts had nine points in their Scout ...
08/23/2017

# 29. 100 Things You Don't Know About Scouting

While Robert Baden-Powell's English Scouts had nine points in their Scout Law, Boy Scouts of America added three more: A Scout is brave, clean and reverent.

For those of us who are 62 or older. The US Parks Service is changing the cost for a Lifetime Senior Parks Pass as of Au...
08/05/2017

For those of us who are 62 or older. The US Parks Service is changing the cost for a Lifetime Senior Parks Pass as of August 28, 2017. As long as you are registered and have paid before then you will receive the pass. As of today it is at least a 3 month backlog but the paid receipt is suppose to suffice until the card is received..
https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/senior-pass-changes.htm

07/12/2017
Watch: Fireflies Glowing in Sync to Attract Mates | National Geographic

Scout Tales - The Coolest Nature Phenomena We Ever Saw.
The troop use to take family trips in which everyone’s family was welcome to go. One such trip was to Smoky Mountain National Park in 2005. We had a large group go for a week. We had a great time hiking, bicycling, and rafting in the area. There was one incredibly lucky thing that happened that made the trip super unique. Out of shear luck we just happened to pick the perfect campground and the perfect week to see SYNCHRONIZED FIREFLIES. That’s right, instead of blinking a random they blink at the same time. The Elkmont campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the few places where you can see this unusual species of firefly, and we lucked into being there at the right time. There are only a couple of other synchronized species in the world. For the whole week that we were there, we were treated to an incredible light show. The woods were packed with hundreds of thousands of fireflies and the males would all start blinking fast and then all at once pause for a little while, then repeated over and over again. When they were blinking the whole woods would glow eerily. Then all would go dark. For some reason photographing this in a way that is close to the real thing is almost impossible. Here is a totally inadequate video from National Geographic.:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BOjTMkyfIA

I was reminded of this after hearing a Science Friday broadcast that mentioned these guys.
Enjoy, Ken Groue

Each year in late spring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hosts a special light show, thanks to a species of beetle native to the region. These are th...

Too Hot? Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
06/25/2017
Too Hot? Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Too Hot? Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Stay Safe during Extreme Heat. Excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events in this country. If your community is dealing with the heat and humidity

Happy Father's Day Troop 197 Dads, Grandfathers and Uncles.
06/18/2017

Happy Father's Day Troop 197 Dads, Grandfathers and Uncles.

Four years ago today Troop 197 became only the third crew to complete a Swamp Base trek. Wow, what a great trip. BSA Swa...
06/14/2017

Four years ago today Troop 197 became only the third crew to complete a Swamp Base trek. Wow, what a great trip. BSA Swamp Base was brand new and we were just right the guys to try it out. Since then Swamp Base has had thousands of scouts do the same thing and it just keep getting better. Lots of great memories with us and our great new guide and friend Derek Breaux. The legend of Bo Derek was revealed.

Congratulations to Trek Crew #3 from the Sam Houston Area Council for completing your 60 mile high adventure trek this morning!! Way to be the first out of state crew to conquer the swamp!

# 28.  100 Things You Didn't Know About ScoutingThe gravestone of worldwide Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell is mark...
06/12/2017

# 28. 100 Things You Didn't Know About Scouting

The gravestone of worldwide Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell is marked with a trail symbol of a circle with a dot in the center, which means "I have gone home."

First morning at camp. Best wishes for our Troop at Camp Constantin this week.
06/12/2017

First morning at camp. Best wishes for our Troop at Camp Constantin this week.

05/30/2017

From five years ago...

Congratulations to Daniel Saco, Valedictorian at Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy 2017.  Troop 197 Eagle Scout....
05/25/2017

Congratulations to Daniel Saco, Valedictorian at Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy 2017. Troop 197 Eagle Scout. Texas A&M Bound.

Mr. Curry  Mr. Groue  Mr. AdenMr. Smith
05/24/2017

Mr. Curry
Mr. Groue
Mr. Aden
Mr. Smith

Philmont Scout Ranch
05/23/2017

Philmont Scout Ranch

Are you heading to Philmont this summer? Don't forget your maps! Get yours here: http://bit.ly/PhilMaps

100 Things you didn't Know about Scouting27. The twenty millionth Scout was registered in the BSA in 1952; by 2000, that...
05/23/2017

100 Things you didn't Know about Scouting

27. The twenty millionth Scout was registered in the BSA in 1952; by 2000, that number reached 100 million.

Packing Checklists for Camping Trips
05/19/2017
Packing Checklists for Camping Trips

Packing Checklists for Camping Trips

Need to know what to bring on your next outing? Every packing list starts with these items. They’re called “Scouting Outdoor Essentials” for a reason.

Scout Fair 2017 at Minute Maid Park
05/16/2017

Scout Fair 2017 at Minute Maid Park

Philmont Scout Ranch
04/24/2017

Philmont Scout Ranch

We're still hiring! Positions are available in Food Service, Housekeeping and Maintenance, among other departments. Come spend your summer at Philmont! Apply today! http://bit.ly/PSRJobList
Photo by Clay Helfrick.

Things You Didn't Know about Scouting# 25. Scouts collected more than 1 million tons of litter on Scouting Keep America ...
04/24/2017

Things You Didn't Know about Scouting

# 25. Scouts collected more than 1 million tons of litter on Scouting Keep America Beautiful Day in 1971.

12 other uses for merit badge pamphlets
04/24/2017
12 other uses for merit badge pamphlets

12 other uses for merit badge pamphlets

Crack open some merit badge pamphlets and you'll find books that offer an excellent overview on everything from American Business to Woodwork.

Troop Stories of OldAnthony's Welding Eagle ProjetIn 2006 our Troop had a Scout that chose a very interesting Eagle Proj...
04/11/2017

Troop Stories of Old

Anthony's Welding Eagle Projet

In 2006 our Troop had a Scout that chose a very interesting Eagle Projet. His neighborhood had a dangerous situation that needed to be corrected. There was a retention pond that was surrounded with steel posts that had heavy duty chain welded between to stop cars from accidentally driving into the retention pond. Over the years a number of the chains had become disconnected. His Eagle project was to reattach the chains by re-welding them to the posts. Then paint posts and chains white and finally add reflective tape to posts and chains to make them more visible. The project was great fun and educational because the Scouts learned to weld.

100 Things You Didn't Know About Scouting# 24.  In 1954, the BSA conducted a National Conservation Good Turn, distributi...
04/10/2017

100 Things You Didn't Know About Scouting

# 24. In 1954, the BSA conducted a National Conservation Good Turn, distributing 3.6 million conservation posters. In parks, rural areas, and wilderness areas, Scouts planted 6.2 million trees, and built and placed 55,000 bird-nesting boxes.

Check out this 360 effect by swiping through the picture until it stops.
04/08/2017

Check out this 360 effect by swiping through the picture until it stops.

Just another day in our "office" exploring a new weekend paddling trip opportunity. This trail is a simple, but beautiful 3.5 mile paddle.

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