What we have done

Report to State Parade

posted Nov 1, 2015, 7:26 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Jul 16, 2016, 5:04 AM by Troop 1409 Wells Branch - Austin, TX ]

Report to State Parade Feb. 6, 2016 in Austin

The 67th annual Report to the State of Texas is scheduled for February 6, 2016 and I want to ensure that your Council is represented. I invite your Council to send a delegation to this event and help kick off the 106th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. I also invite you to encourage units in your Council to participate in this annual event when South Congress Avenue turns into a sea of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Crews and Explorer and Sea Scouts.

In addition to official Report to State activities by delegations from councils around the state, and the parade down Congress Avenue, we will have a Scout Spirit Rally on the South Steps of the Capitol. 

We are working with the Capitol Visitors' Center and venues in town to offer tours, advancement workshops and even places to spend the night for units traveling a significant distances. The tradition of sharing the successes of the Scouting movement with the citizens of Texas dates back to 1949. This unique opportunity allows Scouting to present a report of strength, growth, service and demonstrate the effective
implementation of Scouting values.  For many Scouts, this will be the first time visiting their state capital. The legend, lore and history of the great State of Texas can make this  trip an educational, inspirational, and awe-inspiring opportunity for Scouts and adults from your Council.

All 19 Councils in Texas are invited to send a delegation to represent your Council in the official Report to State ceremony in the Texas House of Representatives.  The official Council Report to State Delegations are comprised of six youth who will be seated on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives. One Scout delegate will be the Council's representative who will deliver the Council's official report to a high-ranking elected state official. Participation as an official delegate for the annual Report to State event is a high honor for Scouts.

Councils' Report to State Delegations will lead the parade down Congress Avenue and are followed by units from around the state. 

Join the 68th 
Report to State Parade!
Units from all over the state participate in the parade as marchers, riding on floats and riding bicycles and various forms of transportation. Some play band music, others dress in costumes to illustrate historic events and advancement work. 

What will your unit do?
For information about joining the 68th Annual Report to State Parade, click here.

Lost Maples Backpacking Trip

posted Nov 1, 2015, 6:39 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Jul 16, 2016, 5:06 AM by Troop 1409 Wells Branch - Austin, TX ]

Lost Maples State Natural Area
Troop 1409 and Crew 1409 will be joining together to go backpacking and explore the outdoors. 

TX Parks and Wildlife website:  http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lost-maples

Scouts will start Friday night with Pizza and then the road trip to the campsite!
There will be meals, hiking, and camaraderie!
Sunday on the way home, we will be stopping by The Apple Store (Love Creek Orchards)!

Where are we going?

37221 F.M. 187 
Vanderpool, TX 78885

Latitude: 29.826021
Longitude: -99.586952

(830) 966-3413

Scout working on Digital Technology Merit Badge!

posted Mar 13, 2015, 7:23 AM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Nov 1, 2015, 6:14 PM ]

The Troop attended the Digital Technology merit badge training by merit badge counselor Greg Jewett, where scouts discovered and learned about the close relationship between humans and the technical world surrounding us.   Scouts today are familiar with many types of digital technology – the Internet, smart phones, tablets, and computers. The Digital Technology merit badge teaches Boy Scouts how to use technology safely and responsibly.  Technology has come a long way since Computers merit badge was first introduced in 1967. These classes taught Scouts about technology in the current digital age, and what to expect in the future!

Computers are just an extension of the Scout, helping the scout, but unlike all the SciFi shows — the machines are simply an extension of - not a replace for - the human mind.

Troop Members going to NAYLE!

posted Mar 13, 2015, 7:21 AM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Nov 1, 2015, 6:15 PM ]

The Troop has been busy preparing for the upcoming summer camps and activities.  We have three scouts that are going to Philmont this summer to attend the NAYLE program in the rugged northern New Mexico wilderness.  The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is the ultimate in training experiences for youth leaders, both young men and women. It is conducted for older Scouts who have the potential for being on the staff of the council junior leader training or youth leader training conference.

The Troop has been attending the leadership classes that Scoutmaster Rich Michelson has been putting together.  

Please help us congratulate Life and Star scouts Andrew, Sean and Evan on completing NYLT, the prerequisite for attending NAYLE. 

The Boy Scouts want you! Now is the time to join the fun and excitement of America’s foremost youth program for boys.  Come see us at Troop 1409.  The Troop meets at Wells Branch MUD Annex (14611 Wells Port Drive, Austin, Texas, 78728) and meet on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.

Scout Meet with Elected Officials

posted Mar 13, 2015, 7:14 AM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Nov 1, 2015, 6:15 PM ]

Scouts and Leaders of Troop 1409 and Crew 1409 came out to meet with the elected officials of the Wells Branch and surrounding Austin community at the Elected Officials Reception at the Wells Branch Community Center.   Members met and shook hands with State Representative Celia Israel, Mr. Adan Ballesteros (Constable), and Mr. Randall Slagle (Justice of the Peace), and Travis County Commissioner for Pct. 2, Brigid Shea. Eric spoke with Mr. Israel again about his “Solar Roadways”, and she told us that she was very happy she was elected into the Transportation Committee.  She remembered coming to speak with us at the Troop house.

Mr. Randall Slagle had a very firm handshake - and told the scout’s he better not see any of them in his courtroom!

Mr. Ballesteros (and his executive aide) told us about his Wilderness First Aid training, and encouraged scouts to come!  He said they teach their officers the same as they teach scouts and others.  On a side note, I know Aden very well, as I see him many times when we go to Mama Jack’s breakfast place in the mornings.

State Representative Celia Israel
Mr. Adan Ballesteros (Constable)
Mr. Randall Slagle (Justice of the Peace)
Travis County Commissioner for Pct. 2, Brigid Shea

El Camino Real Paddling Trail

posted Sep 14, 2014, 5:26 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Mar 13, 2015, 7:43 AM ]

El Camino Real Paddling Trail

 Who  Crew 1409 & Troop 1409
 What  Canoeing on the Colorado River
 Where  Bastrop, Texas
 When  November 14 — 16, 2014
 Cost  $23 (excluding food)


Friday, November 14th
  • Meet at the annex at XXpm to carpool. Wear your uniform!
  • Either eat along the way, eat before you arrive, or have something easy to prepare on site.
  • Drive to South Shore Park (375 South Shore Road, Bastrop, Texas).
  • Setup camp!
Saturday, November 15th
  • Get up and eat breakfast.
  • Leave by 9 am to travel to Fisherman's Park in Bastrop
  • Paddle, paddle, paddle, eat, paddle, paddle, paddle
  • 2–4 hours later, take out at Lost Pines Recreational Trails.
  • Return to South Shore Park.
  • Prepare dinner.
  • Sleep!
Sunday, November 16th
  • Get up and eat breakfast.
  • Leave by 11 am to return to the annex.

What to pack!?

This campout is in November, so prepare for cold weather!  Remember jackets, hats, gloves, and a warm sleeping bag.  This is a car camping trip, so you are not limited on gear, BUT it all has to fit in our vehicles, so do not overpack.  

Sleeping gear

Personal cooking gear

Personal food

Cold weather clothes (plus extra set in case you get wet)

You will be given a 2-gallon ziplock to store a spare set of clothes during the canoe trip.  If you endeavor to keep dry, you won’t need them.  



Dinner - either eat on the road or have something simple to prepare on site.

Dessert - Troop Patrols will provide dessert for the whole group.


Breakfast:  Provided by Crew 1409

Lunch:  Pack a cold lunch in a ziplock (or other water proof container) and water for eating either in the canoe or on the shore during the canoe trip.  

Dinner:  Scout’s choice (hot, cold, anything as long as they prepare it).  

Dessert:  Troop Patrols will provide dessert for the whole group.


Breakfast:  Provided by Crew 1409

Troop Equipment

  • Dessert ingredients and preparation items

  • Wood

  • Flags for retirement ceremony

  • Twine / Rope making jig

  • 2 gal ziplock bags

Crew Equipment

  • Breakfast ingredients and preparation items

  • Car wash sponge

  • Bailer

  • Dry bag

Let us know if you need to check out camp stoves or kettles (or any other equipment!)..


Colorado Bend State Park - Backpacking!

posted Sep 14, 2014, 5:07 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Sep 28, 2014, 7:47 AM ]

Colorado Bend State Park - Backpacking!

 Who  Crew 1409 & Troop 1409
 What  Backpacking & Hiking
 Where  Colorado Bend State Park
 When  Friday, September 26th Sunday through Sunday, September 28th
 Cost  $10 (excluding food)

Notes:  The park is about an 1 hour and 45 minutes from Austin. We'll likely travel in two groups. An early group will leave shortly after school is out to arrive and setup before dark. Folks who can't leave early will travel together at a later time. The early arrivers will help the late arrivers find the camp and setup.

The camping is PRIMITIVE. You'll have to hike in about a mile to the campsite. You have to carry in all your equipment!! Saturday we'll hike to Gorman Falls and back (about a 5 mile round trip hike).

If you don't know what to bring, lack equipment, or just need some help, let me know:
Jill Douglass
(512) 293-9022

State Representative Celia Israel Visits Troop 1409

posted Sep 14, 2014, 2:49 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Nov 1, 2015, 6:54 PM ]

Representative Celia Israel

Texas House Member

Representative Celia Israel
District 50
Austin, Texas
State Representative Celia Israel visited the troop house of BSA Troop 1409 the afternoon of September 14th, 2014.  She came to discuss the wide spectrum of transportation issues in the State of Texas, in specific Austin, Texas, home of Troop 1409.

Each scout was tasked with bringing at least one question for the visiting representative, however once the scouts became engaged in the conversation, there more questions and answers then time allowed. 

Questions ranged from metro-rail, bicycle lanes, traffic congestion elevation, and even time travel.   Everyone agreed that the health of the inhabitants of the city would drastically improve when better modes of transportation or current modes of transportation are improved.

The scouts were also working on their Citizenship series merit badges and some working on advancement to First Class.  The boys had to research the issue of transportation, as well as have at least one thought out question regarding transportation that must be asked while State Representative Israel was visiting.

Click the images to see larger versions.

Annual Troop Registration Due!

posted Sep 14, 2014, 12:44 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Mar 13, 2015, 7:44 AM ]

Annual Troop Registration is due by October 5th!

Annual Registration is $100 per scout, Adults $25.

So how do I pay for this?
  • If you scout has money in their scout account from fund raisers, you can use that money towards registration. 
  • You can pay with cash or check (made payable to “Troop 1409”) as well.
  • Or any combination of scout account, cash or check.
For those who want to use electronic banking, the troop can except both credit cards and electronic checks. 
So, please let the Troop Treasurer (treasurer@troop1409.com) know if you have any questions.

Registration requirements, for all (scouts and adults)
  • Registration Form
  • Payment (see above)
  • Medical A&B, if you did not submit for Summer 2014 camp, please submit.
  • ADULTS: Need YPT.   We will hold a formal training. 

Youth Protection Training!

posted Jul 13, 2014, 6:40 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Mar 13, 2015, 7:44 AM ]

Rich Michelson, our fearless Scoutmaster, will be presenting the Texas in-person Youth Protection Training at the Troop Meeting on August 24th at 2pm.

Every parent and adult who wishes to participate in any of the camp-outs, work with scouts on merit badges, or activities that the Troop participates in!

Required Training
  • Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers.
  • Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be re-registered.

BSA Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Q: Why do we have to take BSA Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training?
  • A: The on-line version of YPT Training offe red through the BSA is not, and will not be approved nor accepted by the State of Texas as adequate YPT Training for attending State Licensed camp programs.
  • Q: Who does this effect?
  • A: All adults (both BSA registered and non-registered) 18 years old and older attending or staffing a long term camping program.
  • Q: Which Camps does this effect?
  • A: The requirement includes but is not limited to: Council Resident Boy Scout Camp (Summer Camp and Winter Camp), Council Resident Cub Scout Camp, Day Camp, NYLT Courses
  • Q: When does this go into effect?
  • A: Effective date for this requirement is January 1, 2012.
  • Q: Can’t I just show my YPT training certificate?
  • A: No. A new training card will be issued at each BSA Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training which has the Texas State Course Code on it indicating that it is an approved course for compliance at camp.
  • Q: How much time do I have to get trained?
  • A: Training may be taken at any approved course before camp or within 24 hours after arriving at camp. If training is taken prior to camp, the adults must provide a copy of the card for the unit file. The card must be available to any camp inspector.
  • Q: How often do I have to take this course?
  • A: At this time, we’ve been told it is good for 2 years.
  • Q: Will this course count for my registration with the BSA?
  • A: Yes. The record of taking this course w ill be entered into ScoutNET for all registered adults. For non-BSA registered adults we w ill keep a database of course completions.

  • Q: If I want to visit my Scout at camp will I have to take the training?
  • A: No. Short term visitors are not required to have this training to come to camp. However, they may only stay for the day, they may only interact with their child and they may not facilitate or teach any classes or sessions or supervise youth other than their own.
  • Q: Is there a test to take?
  • A: Yes. There is a 26 question test after the video which you will be required to pass with 70% proficiency. If you do not pass the first time, you may re-take the test.
  • Q: Will this apply to Scout Units Leaders taking trips outside Texas, such as Colorado, Philmont, Northern Tier, Canada or the Bahamas?
  • A: This change is at the direction of the St ate of Texas and applies only to Texas camps.  If a unit is going to another state that has similar regulations, the camp will notify you of the regulations for that state.
  • Q: Does this apply to weekend (two night) Scout Camping?
  • A: This does not apply to unit weekend camping trips.

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