Boy Scouts of America - Troop 483
Boy Scouts of America
Troop 483
Chartered Organization
Christ United Church
14207 Telge & Huffmeister
Cypress, Tx

Mondays 7:00 PM



Troop History


Troop 483 was first chartered in the early 1960’s. After several years, it was discontinued. It was reorganized in 1981 as part of the Polaris District. and became part of the Rising Star District in 1983. It has been in continuous operation since.

Presently, Troop 483 consists of the following:

Registered Scouts 44
Scoutmaster & Assistants 17
Troop Committee 35

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Tribute to Jo Ann Webber
ScoutMaster
Name: Gary Young
Email:
buffaloeagle62@yahoo.com
Committee Chairman
Name: Berry J. Tungland
Email:
norsemen@prodigy.net
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WebMaster
Name: Teo Salazar
Email:
troop483tx@yahoo.com

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Troop Activities

Troop 483 offers each Scout a wide range of outdoor experiences and skills training. We camp once a month and attend a long term Summer and Winter Camp each year. We also have a High Adventure program for older Scouts. Throughout the year, campouts are scheduled that feature orienteering, knot tying, cooking, aquatic skills and wilderness survival techniques. Some of our more popular outings are canoeing, rappelling and backpacking. Our goal is to present a well rounded scouting program that operates within the ideals of the Scout Oath and Scout Law using the Patrol Method to develop Leadership, Citizenship and Outdoor Living Skills.

Activities for past 24 months

Jan 2005     Patrol competitions - Pedernales State Park

Feb 2005    Camporee - Brosig

Mar 2005    Hicking Trip - Enchanted Rock

Nov 2005     Raepelling - Reimer's Ranch

Dec 2005    Winter Camp - Strake Camp

Jan 2004     Camp Strake-Patrol competitions

Feb 2004     Wilderness Survival

Mar 2004     Lake Fairfield fishing campout

Apr 2004     Camporee

May 2004    Palestine State Park/train to Rusk/Civil war re-enactment

Jun 2004     Summer Camp - Bear Creek in Kerville TX

Jul 2004      Summer Camp - Packard High Adventure Base in Colorado

Sept 2004    Lions Club bike Ride Marathon

Oct 2004     CUC Fall Festival
                   Village Creek Canoeing Trip

Nov 2004      Bastrop State Park backpacking hike
                    Reimers' Ranch Raepelling



Troop Policies

Troop meetings are held each Monday at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall of Christ United Church. The Monday following that month’s activity (third weekend) is for PLC meetings. Check the Troop calendar for any changes.

Each Scout and Adult Leader is expected to understand and comply with the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto, Scout Slogan and the Outdoor Code.

Scouts and Adult Leaders should be in complete uniform. Class "A" uniform consists of Scout pants/shorts, Scout shirt, Scout belt, socks and neckerchief. Solid color pants/shorts may be worn when necessary. Class "B" uniform consists of a Scout or Troop T-shirt with Scout pants/shorts or solid color pants/shorts, Scout belt and socks.

Scouts should bring their Scout Handbook to each meeting and on campouts

Attendance a 75% of Troops activities are required for a Scout to be considered active. If a Scout is considered inactive, he must have approval from Scoutmaster to participate

Active Scouts are expected to advance in rank each year and perform the duties of any elected office to the best of their abilities or resign from their position

Parents are encouraged to participate with the Troops activities as a registered leader and/or as a member of the Troop Committee

Parents are encouraged to attend all Courts of Honor and share in their son’s achievements

Misbehavior will not be tolerated at any Scout activity or meeting. It may be necessary for an adult to pick up their son if contacted by an adult leader. Chronic misbehavior will result in disciplinary action, which may include a probationary period. The Scout Oath and Scout Law will serve as our Code of Conduct at all times.


Troop Finances

At the present time, all existing Scouts and New Scouts will pay a $35.00 fee when joining or re-charting. This fee may be changed at the Troop Committee’s discretion. Troop dues of $1.00 are collected at each meeting or monthly.

Each Scout will have a Scout Account established for them that is maintained by the Troop Treasurer. Any proceeds earned from Troop fundraisers may be used to help defray the cost of any long-term camp fees, the purchase of any personal Scout gear, monthly dues, monthly camping fees, or any other Scout related expense approved by the Scoutmaster or Troop Committee Chairman.

The Troop typically has three or four annual fund raising opportunities. Scouts can participate on an individual basis or as a Troop/Patrol activity. The funds are put in their Scout Accounts or reserved for a Troop or Patrol activity. Some of our fund raisers are the Cy-Fair Lions Club concession stand, the Cy-Fair Lions/Cy-Fair Rodeo Snow-Cone stand, popcorn sales, brisket sales, car washes and trash bag and fertilizer sales.

When necessary, the Troop Committee may decide to retain a portion of all monies earned to be used to replace, repair or purchase any needed equipment such as tents, stoves, lanterns, etc. or to maintain and/or improve the Troop trailer or sheds.


Troop Outings

Permission forms must be completed and activity fee paid prior to attendance at any Troop outing (usually two weeks before campout). Health form must be current and on file with Troop.

Patrols must submit menus and duty rosters for approval to Patrol Advisors or SPL at meeting preceding campout.

Scouts should bring Scout Handbook and be prepared to work on advancement opportunities at each campout. Not all campouts will present opportunities for advancement but all will be FUN!

No alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, sheath knives, controlled substances or firearms will be allowed on campouts. Adults are discouraged from using tobacco products in presence of Scouts. Canned sodas, candy, radios or tape/CD players are also discouraged. Electronic devices may be allowed on long trips if approved in advance by Scout leader in charge of outing.

Scouts must be in uniform while traveling to and from Scout activities. No exceptions unless approval from Scoutmaster and tour leader in advance! Scouts of driving age are not permitted to carry other Scouts. If only one passenger can ride in a vehicle, then that passenger must be another adult or the son of the driver.

All passengers must use seat belts at all times. Truck beds will be used only for transporting equipment and no one is allowed to ride in the truck bed at any time.

No one is to leave an outing or camp without prior permission. Inform adult leaders in advance and use the buddy system.

No eating or drinking in vehicles unless approved by vehicle owner.

Each driver will be provided with a map designating route to be traveled if it is needed.


Advancement

When a boy first joins Scouts, he will begin working on Scout skills that will advance him to the Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks. These may be worked on at the same time but will be earned in sequence. This usually takes 12-18 months. Scouts can work on merit badges during this First Class Emphasis Program, but rank advancement should come first. Merit badges can be earned at summer and winter camp and some classes may be offered during the year during the Troop meetings.

Once a Scout achieves his First Class Rank he will then begin working on the Star. Life and Eagle ranks. Earning merit badges and service hours at this point are a requirement for rank advancement which will also be earned in sequence.

Before beginning any work on a merit badge, the Scout must obtain a merit badge card from the Scoutmaster or his representative they must sign the card. The Scoutmaster will have a list of merit badge counselors available for the Scout to contact.

Once a merit badge is completed, it will be reviewed and approved by the Scoutmaster or his representative. He will return the applicant’s record to the Scout and forward the Record section to the Advancement Chairman for recording in the Troops records. After recording, the Advancement Chairman will insure the award is presented at the next regular meeting and the certificate at the next Court of Honor.

Scouts and their parents are responsible for the merit badge card and making certain it is recorded in the Scouts personal records. The Advancement Chairman can be requested to provide any Scout with a copy of his Scout record.

Upon meeting the requirements for Eagle Scout, he should meet with the Eagle Scout Advancement Chairman to review his application and obtain the necessary approvals. The

Eagle Scout Advancement Chairman will obtain the references to contact and once received, will turn in the completed application to the Scout Service Center for approval. Once approval from National is received, the Scout and parents can begin planning The Eagle Court of Honor. The Scoutmaster and unit leaders are available for planning consultation.


Troop Training

Troop Junior Leader Training will be held twice per year after Troop elections or at the discretion of the Scoutmaster. All Junior Leaders and new Scouts are encouraged to attend.

Adults are encouraged to participate in training courses provided by the District and Council. These include but are not limited to Scoutmaster Fundamentals, Troop Committee Training, Youth Protection Training, Flat Water Canoe Training, BSA Safe Swim and Safety Afloat, American Red Cross and Wood Badge.

Monthly District Roundtables offer unit leaders an opportunity to share information and exchange ideas regarding the Troop program. Roundtable is held the second Thursday of each month at the LDS Church on West Road and Wheatland in Winchester Country.

The University of Scouting is held the first weekend of each February and offers many training opportunities in a variety of subjects. Participants receive a certificate and patch for participating in five periods of quality programs.

The Philmont Training Center at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico offers advanced training in a variety of subjects in all areas of Scouting. Applications must be submitted through Council for approval.