Troop News

New Webmaster at Troop 1409

posted Mar 22, 2019, 5:54 PM by Rozelle Scott   [ updated Mar 22, 2019, 5:57 PM by Greg Jewett ]

Troop 1409 wants to welcome our new Webmaster Rozelle Scott-Henricks, a scout at the Tenderfoot rank.  Rozelle is in 6th grade and comes to the position with a good attitude and computer knowledge.   He welcomes good stories and news from all aspect of the Troop, the District and Council!

Logan O'Neil Eagle Project

posted Jul 15, 2018, 1:55 PM by Troop 1409 Wells Branch - Austin, TX

Logan chose an Eagle Project of building picnic tables for the Dessau Elementary School.  He wanted to provide a space where students could meet with parents for lunch and after school.  The project provides the community a face-to-face way of communicating and interacting instead of technology based interactions. The picnic tables are made from treated lumber that has been stained and protected.  These tables can be found in the front of the school.

Scouts attend Summer Camp Tahuaya 2018

posted Jul 15, 2018, 12:24 PM by Troop 1409 Wells Branch - Austin, TX

Camp Tahuaya is a beautiful, heavily forested 150 acre camp with the largest natural spring in Texas. Walking distances are short! The lake is stocked with trout. The cold sparkling  springs attracted the camps & burial grounds of prehistoric Plainview Man, and later several Native American tribes. Spanish Conquistadors built their forts here.

Texas settlers built a grinding mill and millrace whose ruins are now historic landmarks in the camp. The Old Military Road and
the Shanklin Mill brought thousands of wagons to the spring, carving deep wheel ruts still visible in the stone by our lake.

The stone fences, plentiful arrowheads, Military Road, and millrace ruins are visible reminders of Camp Tahuaya’s frontier heritage.

The boys worked hard to fix the existing fire pit to update it to current fire safety standards. Clearing out a twenty-foot circle of all the grass and gathering the rocks from the campground to make a ring.  The firepit was placed in the center!

Scouts to volunteer at 2017 WB PioneerFest!

posted Mar 22, 2017, 7:39 AM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Mar 22, 2017, 7:39 AM ]

The scouts of Troop 1409 and venturing crew members of Crew 1409 will be volunteering at the 
Wells Branch Pioneer Festival!  Come join us in learning about of our history and how it was done in the old days!

Pioneer Festival
Date: 04/01/2017 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:  Katherine Fleischer Park
The annual Wells Branch Pioneer Festival celebrates Texas history Saturday, April 1 from 12-5 pm. The Pioneer Festival is centered around the historic Wells Branch Homestead, the 1850s-era cabin in KF Park. The Pioneer Festival will feature fun and educational activities throughout the day to experience the history of 19th century Texas. Demonstrations include butter churning, candle dipping, weaving, and log splitting, just to name a few. There will also be music, amusing pioneer games, pony rides, and even a petting zoo!  There will be concessions for sale.  If you would like to volunteer, or have a craft or activity from that period for demonstration, call the MUD office at 512-251-9814.  

Two Scouts complete NYLT Spring 2017

posted Mar 12, 2017, 4:58 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Mar 22, 2017, 6:47 AM ]

Two scouts, Eron J. and Logan O. have completed and successfully graduated from the Spring 2017 National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)!

We are very proud of these boys and their accomplishments thus far and excited to see the their full potential to be the great leaders the can grow into after taking this course!  

Troop and Crew 1409 - Gulf Wars in Mississippi!

posted Mar 12, 2017, 3:25 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Mar 22, 2017, 7:24 AM ]

Scouts from Troop 1409 and Venturers from Crew 1409 went to Mississippi March 11th through March 19th to participate in the Gulf Wars 26!  Gulf Wars is an annual war between the Kingdoms of Ansteorra and Trimaris, and hosted by Gleann Abhann and Meridies. It is also know as the war without enemies for the friendliness of all our attendees.

Tons of pictures have been added to a Flickr Photo Album for you to enjoy!

Created with flickr slideshow.

Hiking Merit Badge: Town Lake

posted Feb 5, 2017, 9:39 AM by Greg Jewett

The scouts of Troop 1409 are working on their Hiking Merit Badge.  The most recent hike was a 10-mile hike around the Town Lake loop.  Every scout did a great job and made it successfully.  Below is a picture of the route we took (captured with a Garmin Dakota 20 GPSr).

Click to view a larger version of the map.

Town Lake Route Detailed Data

Every campfire, ever.

posted Dec 17, 2016, 5:46 AM by Troop 1409 Wells Branch - Austin, TX   [ updated Dec 17, 2016, 5:03 PM ]

 Re-posted with permission pending from "The Oatmeal!"

Every Scout knows that during a campfire, it is a constant struggle to avoid the smoke from the fire.  If it gets into your eyes, it burns and causes you to cry.  If you accidentally inhale it, you will start coughing.  If you manage to avoid those two incidents, you will still smell like a campfire until you wash your clothes!

What techniques have you deployed to try to avoid the smoke?
Have you ever had a phrase you iterated in hopes it would convince the smoke to go elsewhere?  It is a little well known fact that smoke as a hot gas is attracted to colder objects (ie us), thus probably where the thought that smoke follows us and we could try to convince it to go elsewhere!

What are some of the phrase you have heard?
  • "I hate fluffy bunny rabbits!" 
  • "gray bunny gray bunny go away"
  • "I hate white bunny rabbits!"
  • "white rabbit, white rabbit", then move!
  • If you are roasting s'mores, I have heard that stuffing your mouth with marshmallows and then trying to utter "fluffy bunnies" also works!

So this is for every Scout who as ever sat at a Pack, Troop or other campfire!  Enjoy!

Can you build a smokeless fire?  No!
However, you can build a fire that will have drastically less smoke or direct the smoke in a predictable location so you can enjoy the fire!

Check out this article:  Building a smokeless fire...

Troop 1409 lead Fourthfest with Color Guard

posted Jul 16, 2016, 6:03 AM by Troop 1409 Wells Branch - Austin, TX   [ updated Jul 19, 2016, 7:27 AM ]

The scouts of Troop 1409 participated in the Wells Branch Fourthfest Parade, celebrating Independence Day.    Troop 1409 followed the Parade Marshall and Travis County Sheriff lead car in the parade.  Numerous scouts from the Venturing Crew 1409 and Boy Scout Troop 1409 participated.  Immediately following the parade Venturing Crew 1409 handed out Watermelon to the festival goers.  The Troop and the Crew also held their annual fundraiser of selling sodas and water.

Summer Camp: Camp Kerr Scout Ranch at Slippery Falls

posted Jul 16, 2016, 5:45 AM by Troop 1409 Wells Branch - Austin, TX   [ updated Jul 16, 2016, 5:46 AM ]

Troop 1409 had a delegation of scouts that attended summer camp up in Oklahoma at the Kerr Scout Ranch at Slippery Falls.  Scouts had a great time interacting with fellow Troops, putting on the "Un-caffinated Scout Masters campfire skit" and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful facilities and staff at the scout ranch.   

Scouts worked on numerous merit badges: Geocaching and Orienteering (using technology, geolocation, compass usage, map reading and more), Snorkeling Certification (using the equipment and safety), Basketweaving, Pottery, Indian Lore, American Cultures, Astronomy, Movie Making, Photography, Chess, Rifle Shooting, Kayaking, Horsemanship, Small Boat Sailing, Space Exploration, Wilderness Survival, Geology and Plumbing.   

Congratulations to Chris for completing his BSA Lifesaving (Life Guard) Certification.  

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