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Shooting Campout, Dec. '09

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This December brought another excellent chance to earn the coveted Polar Bear patch for sleeping outside when the temperature is below freezing and as expected, Troop 451 didn't back down from the challenge. On Friday night, a large contingent from 451 made their way to Worth Ranch for a weekend of shotgun and rifle shooting, and of course, great food and fun fellowship.


Needless to say, the mornings were a little chilly, but ever prepared, the Scouts found excellent ways to keep warm.

Mr. Kay fed us way too well and really spoiled us with a fantastic gumbo on Saturday night. One more weekend like this and he may have to elect him permanent grubmaster!

After a little Saturday breakfast, it was off the shotgun range where Mr. Whitten and Mr. Arnett did an awesome job teaching the boys about gun safety, gun etiquette and the proper way to handle a shotgun.


















Each of the boys got to shoot at the bright orange pidgeons flying everywhere (thanks to our very popular hand launcher)

8 of the boy…
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Congratulations to Ameya B. Troop 451's newest Eagle Scout
Saturday afternoon, in the sanctuary at Grace Baptist Church, the weekly meeting place for Boy Scout Troop 451, friends and familiy gathered for Ameya B's Eagle Court of Honor to celebrate his achieving Scouting's highest rank. The ceremony was both cheerful and reverent, two of the tenets of the Scout Law, and featured a wonderful video compiled by Ameya's parents of his scouting career from Cub Scout to Eagle Scout. Only 2% of those who enter Scouting ever attain the rank of Eagle, but Troop 451 is proud to count Ameya as our 7th Eagle Scout this year. Ameya, your friends, family and fellow Troop 451 members are both proud of, and happy for you. Many congratulations to you and your family on this outstanding honor.

Look Your Best, Do Your Best, Be Your Best

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I listen to Dr. Charles Stanley on the way to work most days. I have heard in his sermons this phrase – look your best, do your best, be your best. His messages relate this phrase to the Christian life. I was thinking how that same message is what we are striving toward in out scouting troop.

Look Your Best – We expect each scout to be in full scout uniform, to wear their uniform proudly and to take proper care of how they present themselves. The uniform has many aspects. The word uniform is defined as distinctive clothing worn by members of a particular group; not varying; having the same form or manner. We are all part of one team. The symbolism in various parts of the uniform shows the desires of scouting – learning about truth, acquiring knowledge, being lead in the right path to name just a few. Check out the first few pages of the scout manual to see the importance of the uniform.

Do Your Best – This is one of the foundations of scouting. Each time a scout or scouter says the Scou…
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Congratulations to Trent P. Troop 451's newest Eagle Scout

Saturday evening, in a serene Chapel setting in the woods overlooking Lake Lewisville, nearly 100 friends and familiy gathered for Trent P's Eagle Court of Honor to celebrate his achieving Scouting's highest rank. As with many of Trent's Scouting accomplishments, the ceremony was unique, impressive and in the true spirit of what it means to be an Eagle Scout. Only 2% of those who enter Scouting ever attain the rank of Eagle, but Troop 451 is proud to count Trent as our 6th Eagle Scout this year. Trent, your friends, family and fellow Troop 451 members are both proud of, and happy for you. Many congratulations to you and your family on this outstanding honor.

Family Campout, Oct. '09

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Even though this weekend was cold and rainy, there was plenty of warmth and fun to be had at our annual Fall Family Campout - this year at Camp T'Sungani on Lake Lewisville. It was great to have "whole families" camping together and the facilities at the Town North Y were great for camping.

Everyone met up Friday night about 7 p.m. and started setting up camp. The Evans were some of the first to arrive and proved to be lifesavers loaning their extra tent to another family who found themselves in need of one. The camping area at Camp T'sungani is a mixture of the kind of woods boys can get lost playing in for days.
There are also a bunch of open spaces overlooking Lake Lewisville including this stunning point, as well as an inviting dock for swimming and canoeing in the warmer months.
One of the neatest features of the campsite is the little chapel built into the side of the hill up in the woods. It's quite a reverent, serene place during the day, but on Saturday nig…
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Congratulations to Ethan B.
Troop 451's newest Eagle Scout This afternoon, in front of a packed sanctuary at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Flower Mound, Ethan B. was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank of achievement that can be attained in Scouting. Only 2% of those who enter Scouting ever attain the rank of Eagle. The church was a fitting location for the ceremony as Ethan's Eagle project involved repainting the historic Bethel Chapel behind the church. Ethan, your friends, family and fellow Troop 451 members are both proud of, and happy for you. Many congratulations to you and your family on this outstanding honor.

Slippery Falls Scout Ranch Campout, Aug. '09

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This weekend we went up to Oklahoma to the Slippery Falls Scout Ranch and enjoyed a hot, sunny August day swimming in a river, a creek, a watering hole, a pool, and a lake - not the mention the time we spent climbing on giant rocks, jumping off boulders and enjoying God's wonder in the sunset over Turtle Rock. As always, the weekend was filled with great fun, great friends, great food, a couple of midnight raccoons and one leech. We can't wait to go back!


SFSR is a huge sprawling piece of property with hundreds of giant rocks, thickets of trees and dusty trails.
Saturday morning breakfast consisted of homemade donuts - or uh, that's what they were supposed to be. What time is lunch?


A 100-ft. footbridge connects the shoreline to Turtle Rock - a huge rock formation that provides the perfect place to look out over the entire lake. As we'd find out later, it also makes a spectacular spot to watch the sunset.

Good thing we saw this sign. DiCiaccio and Tuggle were about to thr…