Welcome to the Cradle of Texas District which 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.
District Chair: Joe Ripple
District Commissioner: Bruce Hook, firstname.lastname@example.org
District Executive: Aaron Christopher, 409-750-3657, email@example.com
Monthly Meeting Information Can Be Found At The Bottom Of This Page
+ The Cradle of Texas District is always seeking volunteers to help serve on the District Committee, as well as to help organize and carry out events. We are also continually seeking organizations to partner with to create new units. If you are interested in volunteering or chartering a unit, please contact the District Executive for more information.
COT District news
Cradle of Texas Troop 516 from Shady Acres, Sweeny Tx spent some time out at NASA learning what S.T.E.M. is all about
Cradle of Texas District Scouts from Troop 524 were on the front page of the Brazoria County News. Story and photo courtesy of Brazoria County News, West Columbia, Re-posted with permission.
EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT—Donald Hopwood, second from left, recently completed his Eagle Scout Project—two Welcome to Brazoria signs. Pictured, from left, Brazoria Councilman Gary Kersh, Hopwood, Brazoria Mayor Ken Corley, fellow Scout Clayton Lackey, Bill Hopwood, and Dakota Chupp. Lackey is currently working on his own project-two matching welcome signs at the other end of town.
via the Brazoria County News:
Donald Hopwood, a senior at Columbia High School, recently completed his Eagle Scout Project and on October 16 will attend a formal board review where he hopes to attain the coveted Eagle Scout Badge.
Hopwood’s project is something all Brazoria citizens can be proud of—two entrance signs into the city. A total of 287 man hours went into the effort and it shows.
The stone engraved Welcome To Brazoria signs located on SH 36 north and the other on FM332 on the grounds of the American Legion Hall should last his lifetime.
“It brings a smile to my face every time I drive by,” admitted Hopwood, who came up with the idea several years ago when the new bridge was built over the Brazos River.
From conception to finished product, all the work erecting the signs was done by Scouts, even the welding and poured concrete.
Fellow Scout Clayton Lackey, a junior at Columbia High School, is also working on a companion project for his badge. Lackey will construct matching welcome signs to be erected on SH36 south by McCoys and FM521 south towards Fireplaces by Roye.
“I’m just 16 years old and I have a little more time to get it done,” said Lackey.
Scouts have certain criteria they must meet before attaining the Eagle Scout Badge. Requirements are that they complete the project before their 18th birthday. They must be active in their troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at least six months after achieving the rank of Life Scout.
Scouts earn a total of 21 merit badges including First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation/World, Personal Fitness, Emergency Preparedness and many others.
“We couldn’t be more excited and proud,” said Brazoria Councilman Gary Kersh. “I think we have one of the best, most active Scout organizations around.
Brazoria Mayor ken Corley agreed.
“We can’t thank these kids enough,” said Corley. “They have done an excellent job.”
Corley said there was plenty of discussion on where to place the entrance signs as far as right-of-way, highway frontage, electrical, etc. He hopes one day another project will be done to illuminate the signs.
Hopwood is the son of Bill and Cynthia Hopwood of Brazoria. Lackey is the son of Roger and Laura Lackey of Brazoria. They are both members of Boy Scout Troop 524.
Cradle of Texas District is proud of Garrett Virgel from Sweeny Cub Scout Pack 560 and David Michael Dodson from Sweeny Boy Scout troop 561. They helped local veterans, Mark Hannah and Joe Gutierrez raise the flags at the Sweeny High School Football Game.
Pack 398 in Jones Creek, looking sharp as they participate in National Night Out. Way to Go Guys!
Congratulations to the FIRST EVER Quartermaster in Troop 345 out of Freeport in the Cradle of Texas District.
Troop 553 in West Columbia welcomed three new Eagle Scouts today in the Cradle of Texas District.
Congratulations to Josh Cooper, Matthew Boineau John Cole.
The Parents and Leaders with the Eagles The Eagle Scouts pin their fathers
Congratulations to the Cradle of Texas District Newest Eagle Scout From Troop 324
Congratulations Carl Kneupper from Troop 324 in Lake Jackson for earning the prestigious William T. Hornaday Badge. The Award was presented by Robin Shaw.
Left to right: Helen Kneupper, Chris Kneupper, Carl Kneupper and Robin Shaw.
The Cradle of Texas District Boy Scout Troops 561 & 516, Cub Scout Troop 560 along with Girl Scout Troops 27274 and 27236 honored our veterans at the Sweeny Memorial Park Flag Pole Dedication. They did a fantastic job with the flag ceremony and really represented the spirit of scouting well. Not only did they do a great job, they made the front page of both The Facts (Newspaper) & the Brazoria County News!
Cradle of Texas Boy Scout Troop 524 Court of Honor Highlights:
Last Merit Badge Needed for Eagle
Nate Moore Presents Roger Lackey with an auxiliary gas tank so they don’t have to stop for gas as much on their way to scouting events, The New Senior Patrol Leader & Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Congratulations to all of the Cub Scouts that participated in the First Annual District Pinewood Derby inside the Brazos Mall. It was a lot of fun and a huge success!
The Bay Area Council would like to thank Dow for a generous grant through their “Dow Gives Community Grants” Program. The grant will be used to make repairs to the currently unused Nature Building in the Camp Karankawa Conservation Area. This Nature Building will be an educational addition to the campgrounds, giving scouts the opportunity to learn about outdoor science and observe wildlife in nature. The building will also house equipment to conduct experiments related to soil erosion, water quality and studying tree/fossil/leaf samples. The Leaders from The Cradle of Texas District Troop 324 out of St. Michaels Catholic Church put the grant proposal together: Chris Kneupper, Paul Chavel Jr., John Irvine Jr. and Carlos Armintor put the grant proposal together.
Pictured Left to Right: A Scout from Cradle of Texas District Troop 324, Duane Koch (Dow Employee,) Chris Kneupper (holding The Dow Gives Community Grants Crystal Diamond,) Carlos Armintor (Scout Master Troop 324,) Paul Chavel Jr.
Troop 553 in West Columbia Celebrated 5 Eagle Scout Awards Today. The Cradle of Texas District is proud to welcome into the Ranks of Eagle Scout, Front Row (L-R): Evan Spencer, Zack McCarthy, Alan McCarthy. Back Row (L-R): Greg Taylor, Jim Ed Cole.
Cradle of Texas District Boy Scout Troop 524 out of Brazoria TX follow the scout law by helping with the annual Brazoria Volunteer Fire Fighters BBQ & Carnival.
Congratulations to West Columbia Texas Troop 553's newest Senior Patrol Leader & Assistant Senior Patrol Leader!
Cradle of Texas District Police Explorer Post 358 out of Freeport TX gives back to their community by helping with the Freeport City "Kid Fest" Day.
Scott Dick (right) presents Mike Griffin (left) with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Outstanding Eagle Scout Award for exceptional service and achievement on a regional level. Mike is a 1970 Eagle Scout from Boy Scout Troop 311 sponsored by Christ Lutheran Church in Lake Jackson, Texas.
Mike is the first recepient of this award in the Entire Bay Area Council, way to go Mike!
Boy Scout Troop 561 in Sweeny, Texas live the Scout Oath and Scout Law
Cub Scouts at the Cradle of Texas 2014 Day Camp perform the Closing Flag Cerimony.
Congratulations to the Cradle of Texas Skeet Team! They are the District Champions of the Bay Area Council!
+ Brazoswood student wins prestigious Venturing award. It’s the first honor of its kind given in the 12 years the Venturing program of the Boy Scouts of America has been in Brazoria County, and the recipient couldn’t be more deserving. Brazoswood senior Pahola Gonzalez, a Guatemalan native, earned the Venturing Silver Award through a variety of activities to prove both physical and mental competency, along with a strong sense of community and a commitment to personal growth, Venture crew head adviser Bruce Hook said. Read the rest of the story here.
+ Congratulations to Paul Chavel Jr. The Cradle of Texas District's newest Wood
Badge recipient. Paul is shaking hands with Ron Ricaldi & PJ Brown, our Camp K Ranger.
+ The Cradle of Texas District B.S.A. would like to thank the Freeport Lions Club, The Mayor of Freeport: Norma Moreno Garcia (Pictured Far Right) & Freeport City Manager: Jeff Pynes (Pictured Far Right) for their support of Troop 345.
+ Troop 328 & Pack 333 attend Scout Sunday with Rev. Peter Cammarano to honor their Charter Organization, Chaplelwood United Methodist Church. Chaplewood U.M.C. was named Charter Organization of the Year by the Cradle of Texas District.
District Committee Meetings are held in alternating venues each month:
Odd Months: 6:30 p.m., 3rd Monday, Brazoria Civic Center - 202 W. Smith Street; Brazoria, TX 77422
Even Months: 6:30 p.m., 3rd Monday, Brazosport Chamber of Commerce - 300 Abner Jackson Parkway, Lake Jackson, TX 77566 -- There is no District Committee Meeting in July.
Commissioner Meeting: 6:30 p.m., 1st Thursday, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 502 Southern Oaks, Lake Jackson, TX 77566 -- There is no Commissioner Meeting in July.
Roundtable: 7 p.m., 1st Thursday, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 502 Southern Oaks, Lake Jackson, TX 77566 -- There is no Roundtable Meeting in July.
Order of the Arrow: 7 p.m., 1st Thursday, Brazosport Chamber of Commerce, 300 Abner Jackson Parkway, Lake Jackson, TX 77566