Santa Visits Josey Lodge
Troop 114 has a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to visit with Santa this weekend! Each year the iconic Josey Scout Lodge fireplace is adorned with festive holiday decorations to serve as the perfect backdrop for pictures with Santa Clause.
For only a $10 donation you will receive formal and informal digital snapshots to share with family and friends. This year you will have the option to receive your photos on a CD or via email. This magical event takes place for the public at the Josey Scout Lodge on December 3rd from 1:00-4:00 PM. Make sure to bring your whole family! Your children will be eager to tell Santa what they want for Christmas! Enjoy the festive holidays! Troop 114 can't wait to see you there.
We would like to thank Santa for being here during his busiest time of year!
Troop 114 Sees the Annular Eclipse
Troop 114 visited San Antonio last weekend to experience the annular eclipse on October 14, 2023. Despite some clouds, they were still able to see the full eclipse. Afterward, they visited the Alamo and San Antonio Riverwalk.
Outdoor Adventure Day
On September 9th, local families came together for Outdoor Adventure Day at the Josey Scout Lodge. Outdoor Adventure Day was an event for the community designed to showcase scouting and all of the fun that we enjoy. This celebration was organized by Huntsville scout leaders who put tremendous effort into planning and executing a pleasant and prosperous event. All of the Huntsville troops and packs united to run activity stations as well as join in the excitement. Scouts from Pack 96, Pack 98, Pack 114, Troop 97, Troop 98 Troop 114, and Troop 1934, participated and it was a blessing to have them here.
Girl Scouts Love State Parks
In Huntsville we love our beautiful state park. Last weekend, 110 Girl Scouts from the greater Houston area and their families got to experience our park through planned outdoor activities and camping. Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend is celebrated annually in September across the country to encourage Girl Scouts and their families to experience nature in their state parks. This is the second year that local Girl Scout leaders Jamie Arlt (Huntsville – Tannybo Community) and Heather Cataldo (Willis – Lone Star Trails Community) teamed up to direct a program at Huntsville State Park. Some attendees camped for the weekend as troops or with their families while others drove up for the day on Saturday. Girls had a chance to experience early morning yoga on the patio at Raven Lodge, crafts, hiking, Dutch oven cooking and more. Saturday afternoon, several volunteers from the Texas Angler Program provided activities centered around fish identification, knot tying, conservation of waterways, regulations for fishing, casting lessons and fishing from the pier. Girls learned all the fishing basics, and several girls caught fish. No Girl Scout event is complete without s'mores (cooked indoors due to the burn ban) and a singalong. Later in the evening, Ranger John led a stargazing program and light painting. On Sunday morning, Ranger John gave a presentation about the history of Huntsville State Park and the involvement of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in creating the park. Girls Scouts also had the chance to learn about a Girl Scout Gold Award project being conducted by Lone Star Trails Girl Scout, Shantell Brown. The Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. It involves identifying an issue you care about, leading a team and putting in at least 80 hours on the project that will have a lasting impact. Brown has partnered with some Texas State Parks to add activities to their Junior Ranger Programs. Brown had noticed that the Junior Ranger programs in most Texas state parks were all the same. For the project, entitled “Sprouting Outdoor Adventurous Ranger Students or S.O.A.R.S”, Brown began working with several parks to add a page to their Junior Ranger activity books so that each park can highlight its unique features. The Girl Scouts had a chance to complete the page for Huntsville State Park this weekend, learn about the Junior Ranger Program, and earn a unique patch developed by Brown. Information on Texas Junior Ranger programs can be obtained at park offices. Anyone interested in joining or volunteering with Girl Scouts should contact: Dawn Francis at email@example.com.
Jayden Gay's Journey to Eagle
Please join Troop 114 and the Josey Scout Lodge in celebrating our newest Eagle Scout, Jayden Gay. Jayden began scouting ten years ago in Spring, Texas and we are extremely lucky he transferred to Huntsville BSA’s Troop 114 after Cub Scout crossover. Jayden achieved Arrow of Light, the highest rank in Cub Scouts. At the troop level Jayden worked his way through the rank advancements: Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Star, and Life. After satisfying many requirements Jayden officially achieved the Eagle Rank on May 9, 2023. The prestigious Eagle Scout rank is the ultimate goal of many scouts which requires hard work and dedication. Scouting makes these efforts exciting and enjoyable.
Preston Hensarling Achieves Eagle Scout Rank
June 5, 2023
by David Beaty II, Star Scout, Troop 114
Girl Scout Cookie Sales Fund Adventures
March 9, 2023 by Diane Neudorf
Local Girl Scouts Plant 60 Trees
October 17, 2022 by Diane Neudorf
Girl Scouts are committed to helping the environment and making the world a better place. Local Girl Scouts participated in a national event called the Girl Scout Tree Promise, which is a commitment by Girl Scouts across the country to plant 5 million trees by 2026. The Texas A & M Forest Service provided trees and their staff demonstrated how to plant them. Girl Scouts from several local troops and their families planted 60 trees at Sam Houston State University’s Gibbs Ranch on October 8, 2022. There were a few trees left over that families could take home to plant in their own yards. Participants also had a chance to visit with the Forest Service staff and professors Sibyl Bucheli, Diane Neudorf, Chris Randle and Justin Williams from the biology department at Sam Houston State University to learn about tree identification and the importance of trees to other species in the Pineywoods ecosystem. Girl Scouts of all ages participated in the event. One Brownie said she enjoyed planting trees because it helped the planet and because trees are important for animals. Another Brownie enjoyed learning about the birds that live in our forests and how to age trees from counting their rings. One of the Cadette participants said she liked seeing the great participation from younger Girl Scouts and their families at the event. We have lost many trees in our area from the drought this year and hopefully planting new trees will help mitigate some of that loss. For more information about joining or volunteering with Girl Scouts contact Gina Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spotlight on Eagle: Seth Brown
September 28, 2022 By Bob Kane
Spotlight on Eagle: Donovan Palma
September 18, 2022 By Bob Kane
His future plans are to attend college and major in engineering or architecture and to work in the construction career field. Donovan plans to give back to Scouting and especially Troop 97 as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster for now and when he turns 21 he would like to take on the position of Scoutmaster. He is thankful for all the adults involved in the Troop who have guided him through this journey to Eagle Scout and would like to keep the history and legacy of Troop 97 alive.
Girl Scouts Celebrate Their Love of the Outdoors at Huntsville State Park
September 13, 2022 By Diane Neudorf
This year, 60 participants including Girl Scouts and their family members enjoyed weekend activities such as yoga, bird watching, fishing, hiking, geocaching, and orienteering. They also helped clean up the park by picking up trash around the day use area. Park interpreter, Ranger John, demonstrated campfire safety and shared a program about the alligators in the park. A highlight was two baby alligators that everyone had a chance to touch and take photos with at the end of the program. The Girl Scouts also had a chance to make and exchange SWAPS. SWAPS stands for “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.” Girl Scouts traditionally exchange SWAPS with girls from other troops as small tokens of friendship, and the SWAPS are typically made to recognize a special event. This year’s SWAPS were crafted to look like miniature sleeping bags and compasses. Of course, no Girl Scout camping adventure is complete without a campfire, S’mores, and a sing-along! Girls took turns leading favorite camp songs and fun was had by all. For more information about joining or volunteering with Girl Scouts contact Gina Murphy at email@example.com.
Cub Scouts Make the Hot Summer Cool!
August 22, 2022 By Tenderfoot Scout David Beaty II
May 10, 2022 by Scout David Beaty II
Josey Lodge Plants Memorial Garden to Honor Deceased Scout Volunteers
April 27, 2022
Scouting for Food in Huntsville
March 19, 2022 by Arrow of Light Scout David Beaty
Girl Scouts Celebrate International Friendship
February 22, 2022
Troop 114 Welcomes Two New Eagle Scouts
January 27, 2022 by Bob Kane
Troop 114 Treks Philmont
Girl Scouts Chasing Adventure
July 2, 2021
New Order of the Arrow Members
May 18, 2021
Josey Scout Lodge is excited to congratulate Huntsville’s newest Order of the Arrow members: (L to R) Korban Daniel, Jayden Gay, Samuel Gray, Shawn Rainer, Koen Dunbar, and Billy Moak.
The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. The Order of the Arrow (OA) recognizes Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Members are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help to extend Scouting to America's youth.
The Order of the Arrow (OA) was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, Boy Scouts of America (Now known as the Cradle of Liberty Council). It became an official program experiment in 1922 and was approved as part of the Scouting program in 1934.
Colonneh Lodge is the Sam Houston Area Council's Order of the Arrow Lodge. The lodge is named in honor of General Sam Houston; who was called Colonneh, meaning raven, when he lived with the Cherokee Indians. The lodge totem is the raven.
Once each year, a unit (troop, crew, or ship) may hold a unit election to elect youth members to become members of the Order of the Arrow. Both youth and adult Scouts and Scouters can become members of the Order of the Arrow (OA), but only youth members are elected. Adult leaders in the unit under the age of 21 are considered youth members for OA purposes, including unit elections. New members are voted on by every youth member of the unit present at the election - not just the OA members.
Huntsville Girl Scouts Recognize Adult Volunteers
May 7, 2021
Girl Scouts Attend Letterboxing & Basic Compass Skills Event
April 29, 2021
The grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum was overflowing with Girl Scouts on April 10, 2021. They attended a community event to learn the skills of orienteering and the hobby of letterboxing. Letterboxing is a fun outdoor activity where participants follow clues to find hidden letterboxes. It is similar to geocaching but no GPS is needed. Likened to a treasure hunt, participants use clues, which may involve the use of a compass and various landmarks. The letterbox contains a unique stamp, an inkpad and a log. Once discovered, the finder will stamp their own personal stamp in the letterbox log and use the stamp in the letterbox to document the find in their own personal journal. They will also report their discovery online at the letterboxing website (www.atlasquest.com). Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts had the opportunity to make their own stamps and personal journals. They also followed clues to find a letterbox on the museum grounds. There are about 20 letterboxes in and around the Huntsville area. Meanwhile, the Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts learned the basics of compass reading. They practiced using compasses and played games to help improve their orienteering skills. The event was a huge success with 45 Girl Scouts in attendance from the Huntsville area as well as some attendees from Conroe and Cypress.
Eagle Spotlight: Zachary Rebstock
April 3, 2021
Eagle Spotlight: Lincoln Oberg
March 17, 2021
Eagle Spotlight: Tristan Lawson
March 10, 2021
Tristan Lawson, the son of Terry and Jill Lawson, is a member of Troop 114, and met his Eagle Board of Review on November 30, 2020.
Eagle Spotlight: Benjamin Hendricks
March 8, 2021
Eagle Spotlight: Brayden Castleberry
March 8, 2021
Daisy Troop 103115 Shows Christmas Spirit
Daisy Girl Scout Troop 103115 showed their Christmas spirit by preparing hand decorated gift bags for the residents at the Cornerstone Assisted Living Center in Conroe. The bags had personal items such as socks and toothbrushes as well as candy and puzzle books. The girls prepared the bags during one of their regular troop meetings this month. Daisies are the youngest members of Girl Scouts (Kindergarten and First Grade). The San Jacinto Girl Scout Council, which includes Walker County, is offering free memberships during the month of December. New members can join for free via gssjc.org/freemembership.
December BSA News
With the weather getting cooler and the Holidays just around the corner, members of the Boy Scouts of America who reside in Huntsville have been very busy this month.
On Saturday, December 5th, several of our units participated in the Huntsville Lions Club Christmas Parade. Troop 114 along with Scouts from the other units in town provided the Honor Guard for the parade. Cub Scout Packs 98 and 114 each had a float entered into the parade. The theme this year was “Every Day Heroes”.
Troop 98 Scout Zachary Rebstock started his Eagle Leadership project of cosmetically refurbishing a 1982 Humvee at the H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans museum.
Cub Scout Pack 114 at their monthly Pack meeting besides recognizing the Cubs for their achievements and Rank advancements, they also performed a service. Each cub brought homemade cookies which they set out and made snack bags that were taken to the Huntsville Memorial Hospital for the Emergency Room staff and the First Responders.
These are just some of the Scouting fun in the area. If you have a youth interested in joining, visit joseyscoutlodge.org/join to learn more.
The Scouts here at Josey Scout Lodge wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hopefully a Happy New Year.
Congrats Eagle Scout Will Pitts
December 4, 2021 by Bob Kane
William Pitts started his journey on the Scouting Trail as a Tiger Cub with Pack 98 in 2011. After working his way through the ranks of Tiger, Wolf, Bear and WEBELOS he earned the Arrow of Light in February of 2016. Will then joined Scout Troop 98. Once in the Troop he earned the Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks where the youth learn the basic skills needed for the outdoors. These requirements combined with service projects and leadership responsibilities guide youth on their journey to the Rank of Eagle Scout.
Then Will started working on the requirements for Star, Life and finally Eagle. This involves completing a total of 21 merit badges in which 13 are required for the Eagle Scout rank. Will completed a total of 34 merit badges along his journey. Here is the list of merit badges he has completed: Astronomy, Athletics, Camping, Chess, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Climbing, Communications, Cooking, Crime Prevention, Environmental Science, Family Life, Farm Mechanics, Finger Printing, Fire Safety, First Aid, Fish and Wildlife Management, Genealogy, Geology, Lifesaving, Metalwork, Music, Nature, Orienteering, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Rifle Shooting, Salesmanship, Sustainability, Swimming, Veterinary Medicine, Welding and Wood Carving.
Will has not stopped on completing merit badges. He is currently working on Hiking and Art. Additional Merit Badges completed by Will count towards him earning Eagle Palms awards.
Once Will earned the rank of Life Scout he had to do a Leadership project where he had to develop a plan for a project to be done for the Troop’s Charter Organization or other non-profit organization or Community center as long as it benefits the community. This is the Eagle Leadership Project. He had to plan the project, get the approval of the beneficiary of the project, approval from the Scouting District Representative, collect funding if needed, the materials, tools and the volunteers to help execute the plan to complete the project.
Will’s project benefited the First United Methodist Church’s (FUMC) Youth Ministry Band. He planned and built a stage for the band and it is used for rehearsals in preparations for Sunday Services.
I asked Will two questions, which were also asked during his Eagle Board of Review that was on June 25, 2020. Due to restrictions placed on the community due to Covid-19, Will received his Eagle Scout Rank in a ceremony on November 8, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church.
“What was your most memorable Scouting Experience?” Will: “My most memorable experience was the Boundary Waters Trip with Troop 114. There we got to just go and enjoy nature and fish with no schedule. It was a joy being out in nature.”
“What was your worst Scouting experience?” Will: “Working on the Sustainability Merit Badge.”
After reviewing the requirements for the merit badge I understand why it would be a bad experience for a young man. It requires a lot of discussion and planning regarding the sustainability of our natural resources and how one can work to improve the sustainability of these resources in their home and community.
Will is also very active in his church and school. Will is a member of the FUMC Youth Ministry Band and a trumpet player and section leader for the Huntsville High School Military Marching Band. He also is a member of the Huntsville High School Tennis Team. Will is also a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and is a member of the Wool Judging Team. He has also been elected into Scouting’s Honor Society known as the Order of the Arrow and is an Ordeal member. He is currently working on the next level of the order Brotherhood.
Will’s plans are to continue Scouting until he turns 18. He is currently a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster and is helping the younger members of Troop 98 strive to achieve their goals of reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. His long term goals are to go to college to earn a degree in Business and to earn his certifications in Welding. He plans to give back to Scouting by becoming a Scout Leader for either Troop 98 or wherever his adventures in life take him.
Scouting is Alive in Huntsville and Walker County
November 2020 by Bob Kane, with contributions from local Scouts
You may not have noticed much action around the Josey Scout Lodge since March when all large gathering places were closed due to Covid-19. As there was little to no action taking place at the lodge due to covid-19, our Scouting Units have been active for the past 7 months behind the scenes.
The units started doing virtual meetings with their unit leaders and worked on several adventures, rank requirements and merit badges from the comfort of their homes. Due to state parks and Scout camps being closed virtual overnight camps took place.
As restrictions were being lifted the Scouts started doing some in person meetings usually at a local park or outside the lodge while maintaining social distancing and wearing masks. Day events allowed more social interaction and allowed the Scouting youth to do what they enjoy most having fun.
During these past 2 months, Scouts have been working on doing more and more around the lodge and for the community. There have been 2 service days at the lodge where units have each signed up for 2 different months throughout the year to come and do services projects and clean up in and around the lodge. Some units have done service for their Chartered Organizations.
I personally started working with a unit on the Hiking Merit Badge and we ventured out on their first hike of 5 miles. Now they are planning the next hike which will be 10 miles.
There are 7 units here in Huntsville. 3 Cub Scout Packs, 3 Scouts BSA Troops, and 1 Venturing Crew meets each week mainly from August through June. During June and July they would have attended day camp, summer camp or a high adventure program. This past summer the units worked on virtual campouts that National had set up during the summer months. The National Order of the Arrow Conference was changed from an in person event to a 3 day virtual event. One unit held a wilderness survival overnighter on one of the leader’s property which allowed Scouts to work on requirements for the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge.
One Scout wrote about his troop and what they did during October. “In the month of October, Huntsville’s Boy Scout Troop 114 has continued to provide instruction, adventure, and valuable memories to the young men in our community. During troop meetings, for example, the scouts began working on the Radio Merit Badge, which has opened up the possibility to explore the topic further if the scout so chooses. The troop also canoed nine miles down the Neches River near Lufkin. On this excursion, the scouts were able to experience nature and observe the wildlife of the Pineywoods region. Lastly, two Eagle Scouts in Troop 114 had their Courts of Honor, where they were finally able to receive their Eagle badges and be honored for this great accomplishment in front of their friends and family. Even through a pandemic, Troop 114 is still striving to be the next leaders of our community and nation.”
Girl Scout News
Girl Scout Troop 103113 completed their Bronze Award project recently. They built a butterfly garden outside the Girl Scout house. Each girl devoted 20 hours for the project which included research, seeking donations for the building materials and plants, building the beds, planting and plant care, and painting signs and decorating the garden. The garden will serve the scouting and Huntsville community for years to come. Donors of materials included Home Depot, the Walker County Master Gardeners and the Texas Thyme Unit of the Herb Society.