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Who We Are

Our Troop was established in 1993 and has a membership of 113 boys. We meet in Plano at the Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church on North Star just north of Renner with Troop Meetings the on Sundays at 3:30pm.

We have a monthly campout except for summer months when Summer Camp, High Adventure Treks, and Jamboree trips are the primary focus.

Below you'll find summories of a few events and the fun our boys have had over the years. 

 


What We Do

  • Attend National Jamboree at the Summit
  • Canoe in Canada (Northern Tier)
  • Tour Carlsbad Caverns
  • Shoot rifles, shotguns, and compound bows
  • Rock climb and rappel
  • Spelunk in primitive caves
  • Hike the East Texas Piney Woods
  • Backpack at Philmont 
  • Practice civic responsibility
  • Learn to balance a checkbook and manage our money
  • Spend the night on Battleships
  • Climb Guadalupe peak
  • Participate in the Valley Forge Pilgrimage
  • Cook gourmet dishes
  • Serve the community
  • Canoe and Kayak in Arkansas and Oklahoma
  • Mountain bike
  • Build huge bonfires
  • Ride Ziplines
  • Throw tomahawks
  • Rope Calves
  • Meet Scouts from around the world at the World Jamboree 

 


We are Boy Led

Our troop is a boy led organization. This means that as much as possible we want our boy scouts to both make the decisions for the troop, and to be responsible for the implementation of those decisions to create a fun and purposeful scouting program.

In boy scouts the role of the adult is quite different than in cub scouts. In cub scouts the adults make the decisions. In a boy led troop, the adults are there primarily to address safety issues, and to provide coaching and mentoring to the boy leaders. The boy leaders are responsible for administering the day to day programs and making the decisions. The boy leaders are even responsible for teaching all the skills necessary for younger scouts to succeed (so far as is possible.)

The adults have to take a step back, and allow the boys to learn from (safe) failures as well as successes. Adults should intervene immediately if safety is an issue. However for most other problems, rather than intervening directly, adults should inform the Troop leadership – the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), Asst. Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL), or the appropriate Patrol Leader and let them handle the problem.

The Troop is organized into Patrols. Each patrol consists of (typically) 6 - 10 boys generally in the same age range. A patrol is the basic unit of operation for the Troop. Patrols usually sleep together, cook together, and do the same activities. Each patrol purchases the food needed by the patrol for each campout. Patrols can do activities specific to that patrol (i.e. a patrol could go camping with appropriate adult leadership.) Each patrol is managed by the Patrol Leader, who is in turn responsible to the Senior Patrol Leader.

Another difference from Cub Scouts is that we do not have family camping. Our troop policies allow only males to stay overnight at our activities. Additionally, all adults should take Online Youth Protection Training before their first campout.

 


Our History

 


Notable Moments

Seabase 2016

Check out this beautiful photo taken at Seabase! Mr. Wille explains it best:

On the second day of our Seabase Trek, we had anchored off Man O War Cay for the evening.  In the distance, I noticed a storm forming.  I noted the position of the sun and crossed my fingers that the storm would get bigger.  Mother Nature did not disappoint. I watched and took pictures of this storm for at least 30 minutes.  The Scouts did not seem to notice it much.  The boat captain and I enjoyed the show though.  It was remarkable to see how these storms form quickly and then dump their rain quickly and fizzle.

Read more about the trip, including a photo diary and more!

 

Northern Tier 2015

While some teens were busy attending camps, playing Xbox, or just sleeping late over the summer, 22 teens and six leaders from Troop 1776 were off on an adventure. An adventure that provided them an opportunity to learn how to master a canoe, have some great fun fishing, and hone their camping skills, all while being totally disconnected from the real world.

The Scouts took part in a high adventure program called Northern Tier, known as the Boy Scouts of America's oldest national high adventure program, outfitting scouting groups for canoe trips since the summer of 1923.

Read the full article here!

 

National Jamboree 2013

Possibly the largest contingency from any single troop in the United States.  Jamboree troops are typically comprised of multiple troops from a council.  Troop 1776 provided all the leaders and the majority of the scouts for two Jamboree troops.  Between scouts and adults we had 80 Troop 1776 members involved at the first National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve!!

National Jamboree 2013  

 

Valley Forge Pilgrimage and Encampment (Presidents’ Day Weekend 2009, 2012, and 2016):

The Valley Forge Pilgrimage and Encampment is the oldest annual Scouting event in the World.  The event is hosted by the Cradle of Liberty Council and commemorates the soldiers of the Continental Army who braved the winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge. Each year more than 2,000 brave the winter chill of the Delaware Valley to participate.

For newspaper coverage of this historic event, click on the article ...

 

National Jamboree 2010

At the final night's Arena for the National Jamboree 2010, Scouts from Troop 1776 played a significant role. This show had a live audience of 70,000 and was broadcast on National television through a cable network. You have to watch the video to believe.

A link to the final night's Arena show is set forth below. Before you watch, some things to look for:

    • At approximately 3:58:00, Tyler Hemenway is featured significantly in introducing the new Scout High Adventure Base, the Bechtel Summit, 4,000 fantastic acres in West Virginia.
    • Our boys lead the 70,000 Scouts and Scouts in the Scout law at the end. They are the boys in the red hats, at mark 4:51:00.

What a night to remember!!!

(click here to see video from 2010 Jamboree)

 


Troop Membership

Youth membership numbers from as reported by the annual recharter.  2016 membership is from the BSA National Roster mid-year.