Welcome to Troop 68 located at 407 N. Mesquite in Arlington, TX. 76011-7128. Troop 68 is a member of the Cross Timbers District #29 of the Longhorn Concil of Texas. Troop 68 is located in North Arlington at the Richey/Yarbrough Scout Facility, across Mesquite street from the First United Methodist Church of Arlington.
Troop 68 started its first charter in October of 1929 and we have been going strong for over 80 years, graduating over 160 Eagle Scouts.
We are a High-Adventure, Boy-Led Troop with activities such as Camping, Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Rifle & Shotgun Shooting, Boating, Fishing, and Lots of Outdoors Programs to build Strong Leaders in the Troop. Our meetings are each Tuesday Night, 7:30 - 9:00 PM at our Scout Hut with a youth leadership meeting for patrol leaders and scouts in various positions of responsibility at 7:00 PM under Adult Leadership.
Troop 68 can also help your Den and/or Pack by providing Den Chiefs, a pack meeting program and bridging ceremonies for Tigers through Webelos. We can provide the ceremony document for you to use or we can provide you a full service where the Troop puts on the whole ceremony.
Monthly Campouts are Friday night through Sunday afternoon. Each campout has a theme. Like Capture the Flag, Rock Climbing, Rifle/Shotgun, Canoeing, Sailing, Cold Weather, etc.
High Adventure: Our Venture Crew takes week-long hikes in the Weminuche Wilderness, La Garita, Big Bend, Uncompahgre to get their High Adventure thrills, as well as canoeing and kayaking.
Summer Camp: is a week-long adventure in places like The Spanish Peaks, Colorado or Red River, New Mexico or beautiful Gunnison, Colorado. While camping in a pristine forest, you work on merit badges, outdoor skills, games & other activities led by our Merit Badge Counselors.
Facilities: Troop 68 meets in the Scout Hut across the street from First United Methodist Church, Arlington (our sponsor) on Mesquite street. The Scout Hut was designed specifically for this Troop, called the Richey/Yarbrough Scout Facility.
Transportation: Troop 68 has its own 60-person bus to safely transport boys on Troop campouts & activities away from the Scout Hut. ALL of our drivers maintain a Texas Department of Public Safety issued Commercial Drivers License for passengers.
Equipment: Troop 68 owns enough canoes for the whole Troop and a few sailboats from a Sunfish to an 18-foot sailboat. Troop 68 provides tents, cooking gear, backpacks, lanterns, chuck boxes and all the other supplies for camping trips. The boys need to only supply personal equipment.
Advancement: In our Troop, you earn merit badges and advancements (called ranks) that show the skills you have mastered. The highest and most recognized rank is the Eagle.
Leadership: Troop 68 is truly a boy-led Troop. With guidance from the adult leaders, the older boys plan the meetings and campouts and all aspects of the Troop functions. The Senior Patrol Leader and other support staff (older boys) run the weekly meetings. There has been times when the meeting didn't go according to plan, but our boys learn from their mistakes and grow in their leadership by doing.
Adult Leadership: Troop 68's Scoutmaster is Greg Browning. Over 45 additional adults assist him in all aspects of the program. The Boy Scouts of America performs a background check on all adult leaders. The Troop provides leaders with Youth Training and other BSA training and abides by the BSA child protective policies (YPT) in accordance with our Charter Organization.
Structure: Each patrol works as a unit within the Troop. The patrols compete against other patrols; learn skills together; camp together; plan and cook their meals together and learn to function as a team.
Ideals: The leadership skills, character and maturity acquired as a Boy Scout of Troop 68 help develop boys into respected and successful adults. The Order of the Arrow assists in the development towards manhood.
If Troop 68 doesn't look right for you, that's OK, just do us a favor and find a Troop you like and either get your boy started in Scouting or keep him in Scouting... it is the best thing you can do for your boy.[Top]
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No Previous Scouting experience is required!
Would you like more information about Troop 68? Contact Greg Browning, our Scoutmaster, at 8178465376 (or) contact our Committee Chairman, Brian Greer at email@example.com or 817-360-2382, or stop by and visit our troop during one of our meetings on Tuesday nights, 7:30 PM, with youth leadership meetings beginning at 7:00 PM before the meeting. Be sure to check our CALENDAR before you come out and [HERE] is a map of our location.
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- Registration (annual fee) is $70 per boy due before end of December. Men's Dues are $50 per year.
- Weekend Campouts: (leave Friday evening and return Sunday afternoon) $20-$30 for transportation, equipment and campsite fees with $10-$15 for patrol cooked meals and $5-$10 for lunch stop on return. . Sunday Lunch Fee: This is an extra $5 or $10 you stick in your boy's pocket for the stop on the way back on Sunday at an inexpensive fast-food restaurant. Patrol Meal Fee: This fee is usually not known till Friday when we leave. A boy in the patrol will be assigned (or volunteer) to be the food purchaser for all the boys in the patrol (3-8 boys). He purchases all the food required for his patrol to eat, and this fee is divided among the boys. Each Patrol creates their own meal plan and cooks their own meals (except the Fun Campout). Since some boys aren't able to purchase the food till that Friday evening, the amount is not known. This fee is usually around $10 - $15 and covers Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday breakfast... not bad for 4 meals.
- Summer Camp Fee: Approximately $250 one-time fee if you are going to Summer Camp. Roughly $100 for equipment and class supplies, $100 for food and $50 for transportation. This fee is not due till before Summer Camp, sometime in May, the deadline is the Friday we leave. This fee includes three meals per day (sometimes 4), snacks, dessert, lodging and transportation for 8 days, and any additional emergency supplies your boy may need. [Top]
|These are the men who helped shape many men's lives, old and young alike, at Troop 68|
|Scoutmaster||Dates of Service|
|Linus C. Thomas||1929|
|J. Boyd Lawson||1930 to 1957|
|Denzil Huff||1959 - 1960|
|Kirby Betts||1965 - 1966|
|David Karthauser||1967 - 1968|
|Fred Strange||1969 - 1971|
|John Bradshaw||1972 - 1973|
|Dr. Craig (Doc) Poindexter||1974 - 2013|
|Eric Maginnis||2013 - 2014|
|Greg Browning||2014 - Present|