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Cradle of Texas
 

Welcome to the Cradle of Texas District (COT) Scouting Page.  The COT District includes the Brazosport Area (Clute, Freeport, Jones Creek, Lake Jackson, Oyster Creek, Quintana, Richwood, Surfside) and the West of the Brazos Area (Brazoria, Churchill, Damon, Danciger, East Columbia, Old Ocean, Shady Acres, Sweeny, West Columbia, Wild Peach) communities. 

The COT District serves Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venture Crews (co-ed scouting,) two Police Explorer Posts, a Ship and a Team in the Brazosport and West of The Brazos Areas in Texas.

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District contacts

District Chair

Buck Blevens

District Commissioner

District Executive

Aaron Christopher

409-750-3657

aaron.christopher@scouting.org

+ The Cradle of Texas District is always seeking seeking organizations to partner with to create new units and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering or chartering a unit, please contact the District Executive for more information.

The Schedule of Monthly Meetings can be found at the bottom of the page

Cradle Of Texas District News

+ Thanks to All The Volunteers That Made The Camp Karankawa Twilight Camp Happen: Royce Brown, Jeanie Weller, Kelly Stewart, Mandie Boudreaux, Alicia Langford, Bridget Romero, Myrna Talasek, Dianna Marsh, Cierra Schaefer, All The Lifeguards & Lookouts, Sally Deckard, The Oliver Family, JR Frausto, Alan Barker, All The Den Walkers all the Boy Scouts that helped and last but certainly not least: our Awesome Camp K Ranger: PJ Brown.

The Camp Karankawa Twilight Camp had the "top secret" theme this year.  There was lots to do, woodcraft, indian lore, hiking, swimming, sports, BB Guns, Archery; the older boys learned how to safely use a knife.  At the end of the week there was a Campfire Program that was hosted by the Camp Wolf Dens, even the Lifeguards did a skit called "taputcha".  The "Mustang Girls" (sisters of Cub Scouts) participated in all the activities as well.

 

+ Pack 345 out of Freeport Texas knows how to "cross over" & have a good time!  The Scouts "Limbo'ed Under" to their new rank during their Blue & Gold Celebration.

 

+ The Cradle of Texas District held it's Second Annual District Pinewood Derby in the Brazos Mall once again this year.  There was plenty of Pinewood Derby Action with the brothers & sisters even getting in on the action!  Air Conditioning & Scouting are definitely two things that go well together.  This year's winner also won last year.

+ Troop 561 walks tall and looks good carrying the flags in their Home Town during the Sweeny, Texas Pride Day.

 

+ Troop 524's Newest Eagle Scout with his project: making 6 great looking trashcans for the local Little League Field.

+ Troop 524's Court of Honor in Brazoria Texas was a family affair, with lots of advancement.

 

+ Venture Crew 350 Out of Lake Jackson work on teamwork & saving the world.  In the 2nd Picture they had to deactivate a biohazard by figuring out how to pick it up and move one container into another from a 20 foot radius using "found" materials, #MacGyver style.

 

+ The Cradle of Texas 2015 "Time For Adventure" Cub-O-Ree had it all: Grumpy Archers, Queen Bees & her baby bees (b.b. for short,) Nature Hikes, Catapults, Spit Wads, Finger Football, Roe-Sham-Bo & Treasure that was found after a day of good deeds helping the people in the Land of Kay.  It also boasted a group of scouts & their parents that waited out one of the worst storms the area could serve up the night before.

+ Congratulations to the Newest Senior Patrol Leader in The Cradle of Texas District (on the right) for Troop 345 out of Freeport Texas.

+ Pack 366 out of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School had a great Den Meeting that focused on art.

+ Troop 316 in Shady Acres Sweeny Texas had advancements as well as hugs & pins for moms at it's Court of Honor in the Cradle of Texas District.

 

+ Troop 553 in West Columbia had a great Court of Honor that featured: Swearing in of new officers, skits, advancement & the lighting of the Scout Law Candles.

+ Pack 333 Chartered out of Chapplewood U.M.C. in Lake Jackson Texas had a great Blue & Gold.  Lots of Advancement & Lots of Slimy Fun!

 

+ Cub Scout Pack 310 & 394 held a joint Pinewood Derby with twice as much fun!

+ What time is it?  Time For Adventure!!! Cub-O-Ree 2015 is almost here, don't miss out!

+ Webelos Scouts from Pack 503 in Brazoria TX earned their Arrow of Light and Crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 524.  The Cradle of Texas District would like to say congratulations to our newest Boy Scouts.  The cerimony started with the fire of life and ended with the boys walking a path that took them literally from Cub Scouts to their new Boy Scout Troop in Brazoria Texas.

 

+ Pack 560 out of Sweeny Texas had a great time with the activities at the Camp K 60th birthday celebration Saturday.  Rain did not seem to bother the well prepared cubs, their parents and leaders.  The improvements to the Nature Lodge really came in handy on this rainy birthday. We'd also like to send a special thank you to DOW for making these improvements possible.

 

+ Tracy Read, founder of the Brazoria County Cavalry is this year’s West of The Brazos Golden Eagle.  The ceremony was held at the First Assembly of God in Brazoria.  Through his kindness and compassion Tracy has touched the lives of countless veterans & people in need.  Tracy was presented his award by Pastor Dale Frankum of The First Assembly of God.

 

+ Cub Scout Pack 508 Out of West Columbia Texas had a great Blue & Gold.  The boys decorated cakes for their dessert.  Lots of fun was had and lots of cake was eaten!

 

+ Congratulations to the Cradle of Texas' newest Eagle Scout and his family in Troop 524 out of Brazoria Texas.

This Eagle had quite a few mentor pins to hand out.  Every Troop should be so lucky to have so many great Adult Leaders

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+ Troop 561 out of Sweeny Texas was joined by the Webelos of Pack 560 from Sweeny Texas helping out at Camp K.  The Boys did an outstanding job covering the walls of the new PX.  Great Teamwork Guys!

 

+ Pack 345 out of Freeport Texas had a great Blue & Gold.  Awards were presented, mothers were pinned and the camping cake was out of sight!  The leaders also received awards for things like lost marbles & "tea-riffic" leader.

 

+ The Boy Scouts from the Cradle of Texas District in the Bay Area Council were out at the Lake Jackson Sea Center for their nature day.  The scout out reach booth had information and a game.  The kids & their parents had a great time learning from the Boy Scouts.  Special thanks to Jeannie W. & Chris K. for stafing the booth with some Boy Scout help from Troop 345 & 324.

 

+ The Brazosport Leadership Gathering Honoring BASF & Chris Whitte was a great success!  Thanks to everybody that came out to support Scouting in Southern Brazoria County.

-Thanks to the Scouts from Troop 317 for an excelent job presenting the colors & invocation

-Left to Right: Chris Whitte, Cindy Sugss & Scout Executive Chuck Herrera.

-Thanks to Rod Hall & the Rod Hall Honda Family for Sponsoring our 2015 Brazosport Leadership Gathering

-Buck Blevins the Cradle of Texas District's NEW District Chair presents Joe Ripple with plaque thanking him for his two years of service as District Chairman.

 

+ Cradle of Texas District Troop 325 out of Lake Jackson Texas held it's Court of Honor and had lots of merit badges to give out, lots of advancement, lots of new officers, lots of camping to recognize and one new Eagle Scout! Way to go Gage!

 

+  Pack 503 out of Brazoria Texas held their annual Dad & Lad Cake Contest Along with their Blue & Gold.  It was a big night of scout fun with BBQ Chicken no less!  Lots of cakes and lots of scouts!  Pack 503 is part of The Cradle of Texas District in the Bay Area Council.

 

+  Troop 311 out of Lake Jackson's Christ Lutheran Church had a great time at their Court of Honor.  This Cradle of Texas Troop knows what scouting is all about.
Pics:
-New Senior Patrol Leader (back left) & Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (back right) with the newly elected Patrol Leaders.
-First Court of Honor for new Boy Scouts.
-Getting ready for the opening Flag Ceremony

 

+  Scout Sunday was observed on 2/8/2015 at Chapelwood United Methodist Church In Lake Jackson, TX.  These two units in the Cradle of Texas District are great assets to the Bay Area Council.
Boy Scout Troop 328 helped lead both worship services (8:30 AM and 11:00 AM)
Cub Scout Pack 333 assisted and participated at the 11:00 AM service.

 

+  Cub Scout Packs 324 & 366 held their Pinewood Derbys together.  It was a fun filled day with a big crowd and tons of racing Action!  The Cradle of Texas Cub Scouts had a ton of fun.

 

+  Troop 561 out of Sweeny Texas held it's Court of Honor this past week.  The troop started with a proper flag ceremony, raising the flag outside their Scout Hut before the festivities.  There was a lot of advancement and merit badges earned.  This Cradle of Texas District Troop is always involved in community events and is continues to exemplify scouting tradition in a town known for great scouting.

 

+  The Cradle of Texas District Cub Scout Pack 560 out of Sweeny Texas knows how to run a precision Pinewood Derby even with a what is technically known as a "ton" of contestants.  The "open" class is a family favorite with parents and siblings.  This years "open" champ raced the Cub Scout champ and won bragging rights as the fastest Pinewood Derby Car in Sweeny.  Watch out boys, those girls are pretty fast too!

The Cub Scout over all winners.                                              The "open" class winners.

 

+  Cub Scout Pack 503 out of Brazoria Texas has the Pinewood Derby Spirit as they count off the race start.  Good times were had by everyone in attendance.  Even siblings and parents got in on the Pinewood Derby Action!  Special thanks to Boy Scout Troop 524 out of Brazoria for helping keep the races running on time and with clock-work precision.

 

+  Don't let the size of Cradle of Texas District Cub Scout Pack 345 out of Freeport fool you. Their Pinewood Derby was filled with photo-finishes, lots of cheers and tons of Fun!

 

+  At the Cradle of Texas District Banquet and Awards Ceremony there was a lot of fun and fellowship to be had, with some great volunteers receiving recognition for their outstanding efforts.  St. Michael's Catholic Church in Lake Jackson, TX generously donated their banquet hall for the dinner and awards ceremony.  Also a special thanks to Heather and Angel Damion for preparing the delicious Fajita Dinner.

Carlos Armitor, Scoutmaster of troop 324 presents Chris Kneupper with the District Award of Merit.  Steve Elbert also received the District Award of Merit but was not present to receive his award

 

The Lone Star Scouters of 2014 are (L to R) Mark Kuttel, Ken Yung, David Dodson, Rodger Lackey and Paul Chauvel.  Tim Finley, Cubmaster for pack 324 & Bryan Stewart, Scoutmaster for troop 394 also received the award, but were not present.

 

Distinguished Scouters

The complete Distinguished Scouter List:  Rachael McClanahan Pack 345; Nathan Edmundson Troop 345; DJ Hester Troop 524; TC Hester Troop 524; Cliff O'Neal Troop 328; Kevin Land Troop 324; Rob Whitmarsh Troop 324; David Latta Troop 324; Keith Matzke Troop 324; Larry Samson Troop 324; Billy Crawford Troop 398; Noelia Brown Pack 503; Andy Fuentes Troop 516; Shannon Thompson Troop 394; Sandra Farris Troop 553; Don Cameron    Troop 325; Vicki Frausto Crew 350; Saddie Alanis Post 358; Rick Wright Post 390

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+  Cradle of Texas District Cub Scout Pack 333 out of Chapelwood UMC kick off Pinewood Derby Season! What's better than Pinewood Derby? How about a Pinewood Derby that is also a food drive, way to go cubbies!

 

+  Congratulations to the Cradle of Texas District Arrow of Light Recipients from Pack 310. After their crossover they are now the newest Boy Scouts in the Bay Area Council with Troop 394 and Troop 311. What a great way to start 2015!

 

+  Cradle of Texas District Volunteers Richard Talasek and Mike Griffin teach Woodcarving Merit Badge at Camp Karankawa, Winter Camp 2014 in Sweeny Texas.  Mike & Richard are members of the Brazoria County Woodcarvers Club.

 

+  Cradle of Texas District Pack 398 in Jones Creek take a quick rest after decorating their tree as part of the "Christmas in the Creek Celebration."

+ Congratulations to long time Cradle of Texas District Volunteer Kirby Rapstein.  Kirby earned the William T. Hornaday Award earlier this year and was recently presented with it.  He was submitted by Scott Dick for his many years of conservation work. Left to Right: Kirby Rapstein, Michael Griffin, Scott Dick, Richard Talasek

+ The Cub Scouts in Pack 398 out of Jones Creek Texas have been busy.  Multiple Bobcats were awarded, Flag Ceremony Patches were earned along with their Crossover Ceremony.  The Weebs From Pack 398 joined the newly formed Troop 398 tonight in the Cradle of Texas District.  That's what I call Scout Spirit!

+ Clayton Lackey’s Eagle Scout Project was quite an undertaking.  He supervised and planned two “Welcome to Brazoria” Signs.  As you can see, the signs are quite impressive.  The City of Brazoria now has four “Welcome to Brazoria” Signs thanks to the efforts of the Boy Scouts in Troop 524 in Brazoria Texas.  Way to go guys! The Cradle of Texas District is proud to have a great group like Troop 524.

 

Monthly meetings
 

Meeting
Date/Time
Location

Annual Business Meeting

Jaunuary 13, 2015, 7-8 p.m.

Chapelwood United Methodist Church
300 Willow Drive
Lake Jackson, TX 77566

District Committee Meeting

3rd Monday of the Month 11:30 AM

(No meeting in July)

 

Wurst Haus - 102 This Way Lake Jackson, Texas 77566
979.297.3003

District Commissioner Meeting

First Thursday of the Month,

6:30 p.m.
(No meeting in July)

Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-Day Saints
502 Southern Oaks
Lake Jackson, TX 77566

Roundtable

First Thursday of the Month,
7 p.m.

 

Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-Day Saints
502 Southern Oaks
Lake Jackson, TX 77566

Order of the Arrow

First Thursday of the Month,
7 p.m.

Brazosport Chamber of Commerce 300 Abner Jackson Parkway
Lake Jackson, TX 77566

 

 

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