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2016 Odessa 286 Plant Sale!

plantsaleSpring is around the corner and it’s time to get ready to fill those flower beds and vegetable gardens!  Troop 286, Pack 286, and Venturing Crew 2675 are raising funds, helping our Scouts learn how to earn their own way, and fill your need for some gorgeous plants this spring!

Our Scouts have full color printouts with all the plants and details.  And, we have an online “storefront” that you can use to “Be Prepared” and plan your orders!  CLICK HERE to see what our Scouts have in store for you!  (WARNING – NOT EVERYTHING IS IN THE WEB STORE, YOUR SCOUTS AND THE PDF CATALOG LISTS ALL).

These plants are grown by Greeson’s Nursery with our “Pick Up Day” set for May 5th. You can place your orders with any member of our Scout Troop, Cub Pack, or Venturing Crew.

Payment is due at time of order.  Last possible day to order is April 14th.

Want to print out your own copy of the Sales Flyer?  Well, CLICK HERE FOR THE .PDF!



Climbing Tower at Puddle Jumpers!

The Boy Scout Climbing Tower will be at the Community of Christ Church in Odessa on Saturday, Aug 8th, 4-6pm!


Come watch the whole family see if they can “Conquer The Tower”, visit with our Scouts doing Pioneer Projects and learn all about Scouting.





How To Help – Scouting for Food

How You Can Help

Flyer Drop-Off: November 8

Boy Scouts, Venturers, Cub Scouts, and others will be distributing flyers to homes in Odessa and the yellow-sffsurrounding area.  Many Odessa Churches will also distribute flyers in their Church Bulletins on Nov 9th.  The flyer is a 3×8 sheet in bright neon yellow.  Like the image to the right.

Food Pick-Up: November 15

On Saturday, November 15, Scouts will go back to those houses to collect the your grocery bags and boxes filled with donated food. Please help by donating boxed or canned goods only (ex. peanut butter, tuna, soup, ravioli, beef stew, and other high-protein items). Nothing perishable, frozen or in glass.

Food collection begins at 10 a.m. so be sure to have your bag and boxes out early. Collection will continue throughout the day.

 Though this initiative is very large, the Scouts will not drop-off and pick-up everywhere. If you do not receive a flyer from the Scouts, please do not leave food on your doorstep. Instead, we hope you will participate by dropping off your donation at one of these locations:


We apologize if this is the case, but hope you will still participate by dropping off your donation at Patricia’s Foods in Odessa, or directly at Helping Hands of Odessa.

Scouting for Food is a project rooted in the very foundation of the Scouting movement. Through initiative and hard work, the Boy Scouts have developed a framework that can help feed local residents in need with emergency aid.

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Scouting For Food

Scouting for Food

SFF2014-LOGOOne of Scouting’s foundational principles is “doing a good turn daily.”  Scouts at all levels of our program participate in good turns and service projects.  Some of these are for a rank advancement, the most famous being the Eagle Scout project.  Others are being good citizens or environmental programs to make our neighborhoods and communities better places to live.

Scouting for Food has been a project of the BSA for decades.  Scouts go out on one weekend (in 2014, November 8), place flyers on the doors of their neighbors, and come back later (in 2014, November 15) to pick up the food and take it to the Helping Hands of Odessa food bank.

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2014 Summer Camp T-Shirts

2014 Summer Camp Shirt Designs – Wicking Microfiber T-Shirt with 2 color full front and back prints. We MUST order these no later than July 5 (next week’s Scout meeting).

$17.50/shirt in Men’s Sizes S-XXL

We need quantity, size(s), and payment no later than our next meeting, July 3, 2014!


Sometimes, It Takes A Swift Kick

If you havn’t heard me say the following three things you will….  I say them alot.  And here’s why.

Every Scout CAN become an Eagle.

Inside of Every Scout there is an Eagle waiting to reveal himself.

Sometimes, you have to Kick the Eagles out of the nest.

Here’s why!



There Is No Try, There Is Only Do

In the Scout Oath and Law you should notice everything is in the positive…  “A Scout is…” is the refrain in the Scout Law.  Our Scouts are positively affirming what they want and need to become…  “Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent”.

And in the Scout Oath not only are the affirmations always in the positive, but in the verb of action.   “I will do my best, to do my duty”…

Yoda said it best…  “There is no try, only Do, or Do Not”

Scouts Do…  They don’t try.  They simply do.  They don’t try to hike five miles, they do hike five miles.  They don’t try to cook while on a campout, they do it.  They don’t try to do anything.  They simply are expected to do.

Not because they don’t try, they do try.  But in everything they are trying they are positively doing things.  And it’s simply doing what they think they can’t, and they do, our Scouts learn they can do anything.

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Have Fun and Focus

Scouts, it’s getting to be “Scout Season”.  Where alot of Scout Activities happen all in a row.  Just look at our schedule!

And as we come into the “Scout Season” this is my time to give you a little advice.

Don’t “sweat” the Merit Badges.  Don’t “sweat” the rank advancements.  Be smart about your choices and taking advantage of your opportunities for both Merit Badges and Rank Advancement.  But don’t “sweat” it either.

“Scout Season” is where there is alot of work and opportunity for both Rank Advancement and Merit Badges occurs.   But don’t forget to have a little downtime and funtime planned along with your Merit Badge and Rank Advancement opportunities.

For Summer Camp you will be choosing the Merit Badges you will work on at Camp.  Choose wisely.  Choose Merit Badges that you are interested in AND will help you advance to earning your Eagle.  Choose more than just one or two.  But also make sure you have a little time for yourself as well.  Time to have fun.  Time to play a little ball, take a nap, read a book, play some chess, talk with your fellow Scouts, meet other Scouts from around the Camp.

Have Fun!  Plan for Fun!  And Focus on the Merit Badges you really want and need.

In the end, it’s not who’s sash has the most badges.  It’s the fun, friends, and growth as a Scout you have along the way to being recognized as the Eagles I think you all can be.



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Be Prepared

The Scout Motto, BE PREPARED, means you are always ready to do your duty in body and mind.  And since you never know what’s going to happen in the future, it’s your duty to Be Prepared for anything.

Scouting’s founder, Robert Baden Powell urged all Scouts to be prepared in Body, and Mind.

And being organized.  Knowing what you need to do to Be Prepared requires Planning.  A modification of a common reminder of the importance of Planning is to “Never forget the 6 P’s”…

Prior, Proper Planning Prevents Pee Poor Performance

Being prepared is the critical first step for any outdoor outing. But prior planning is also a critical first step to getting good grades and being successful in school.  For keeping your bedroom clean.  For having the right clothes clean and ready for a Scouting Event, or, Church on Sunday.

The good part about Planning and Being Prepared is that you can start right now and be ahead of 99% of the people you know.  Most people don’t plan and arn’t prepared.  Taking the first step is important in this endeavour.   Don’t make the mistake of procrastination. Plan, prepare, and execute. Don’t make the mistake of putting things off until the last minute, then being disappointed when the result of your poor effort is a poor result.

Some of the best learning experiences we have all had are a result of our own mistakes, failures, or lack of planning.  In other words, not being prepared.  Do a little Prior Proper Planning and Be Prepared, for Life.


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A Scout is Reverent

This has been a busy month for us. Starting the New Year, getting ready for and having a terrific Klondike, and on Saturday is Merit Badge Acadamy.

In the Bible, in Genesis, it is stated that “On the Seventh Day, God Rested”. Which is kind of how it feels after a whirlwind January for our Troop. New Year, to Preperation, to Klondike to Merit Badge Academy.

And the 12th point of the Scout Law states “A Scout is Reverent”

It’s been a big month. A busy month. And now we have the opportunity to thank our Chartering Organization by attending services with them in their Church. On Sunday, Feb 3rd, we get our own opportunity for “A day of rest” and to honor the Scout Law by showing that truly, “A Scout is Reverent”.

So we’ll meet up on Saturday for Merit Badge Acadamy, and then we’ll see you all on Sunday Morning at the Longbranch Baptist Church to share services and fellowship with our Chartering Organization.

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