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Scout Troop 599 Newsletter
   Week of August 24th
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Welcome Back to an Exciting New Year of Scouting
T hunderbird family:
Welcome back - Duncan Hilton, our new Senior Patrol Leader, and Adam White, our Scoutmaster, are excited to start the 2015-16 school year with a bang.  The staff and scout leaders, under the leadership of our SPL and with the guidance and assistance of our adult leaders have been working hard over the summer putting together the details for an exciting year with Troop 599.
Please be sure to join us for our first meeting of the year on Tuesday August 25th.  We will be covering the outings planned for the year, the speakers and events we hope to present throughout the year, as well as preview ideas for Summer camp and High Adventure.  See you there.   Don't forget, we will be meeting in Wesley Hall at 7:00 p.m. for this Welcome Back and Program Preview.  
Also, be sure to check out the Troop website and join our Facebook page for the latest information including the Troop calendar. For those who went to summer camp or earned merit badges, you will want to be sure to note the dates of the next scheduled Board of Review and Court of Honor.
This year will be exciting and we look forward to having you as a part of the activities.  
Duncan Hilton, Senior Patrol Leader
Adam White, Scoutmaster
Walter Brookhart, Committee Chairman

Registration Time Is Here Again
Every fall, Troop 599 must re-charter with Sam Houston Area Council.  Part of that re-charter requires that all returning scouts re-register with the Troop.  Registration is accomplished by completing our short re-registration packet and paying your dues for the 2015-16 scouting year.  The packet is available by clicking on the following direct link  [insert link here] or by going to the Troop website (,  clicking on the Troop Forms link and clicking on the Registration Packet link on the Forms page.  You should be able to complete the re-registration packet in less than 10 minutes, including 5 minutes to find your pen and checkbook.  Most of the information requested is needed to update our communication and transportation databases.  Please complete and return to our Committee Chairman, Walter Brookhart, as soon as possible and not later than September 8.  Thank you in advance for your prompt response!
Walter R. Brookhart
Committee Chairman

2015-16 Troop Calendar Posted on Website
The 2015-16 Scout Calendar for Troop 599 has been finalized and is now available on the website.  Go to and click on the calendar link on the Home Page or the calendar link on the drop down menu on the Forms Page.  If you are a scout, please print and put in your scout notebook and/or post on your home bulletin board (or refrigerator, if that is where you spend all of your time.).  Updates and last minute changes, as needed throughout the year, will be noted in the weekly emails and monthly newsletter. 

We have an exciting year planned and you can get a quick preview by checking out the calendar.  See when we will be going on outings, where we will be going and what we will be doing.  Leadership classes have been returned to a monthly format; see when they meet so you can be sure to attend, if you are in a leadership position.  See when other important events are scheduled, e.g., Courts of Honor, Food Drive, Scout Sunday, Eagle Courts of Honor, NYLT, Camporee and summer camp. If you are an adult volunteer, see when the Troop Committee and Patrol Advisers will meet.  And for appropriate scouts, adult leaders and parents, see when we will present programs such as Life to Eagle, Climb on Safely, Beyond FCE and Introduction to the troop for New FCE Parents. 

Welcome Back to the Best Year of Scouting Ever,
Walter Brookhart
Committee Chairman
Troop 599 Training Programs:



High Adventure and Outings 
SEPTEMBER OUTING, Sept 18th - 20th, 2015
Sign up for the September Outing is now ONLINE.
This outing will be a great way to start the new Scout Year.  We will be going to Huntsville State Park and you will have the opportunity to Horseback Ride, to Fish, to Bicycle, to Hike and to hang out around camp and Lake Raven.  Please sign up as soon as possible so we can get final headcounts and how many of you will be Horseback Riding.
33rd Annual Spring Break Ski Trip
Sign up for the 33rd annual Troop 599 Ski Trip is now ONLINE on the Outings page on the Troop website.
The Troop will be going to Keystone, Colorado again in March 2016 (11th-19th) for our annual Ski Trip.  We need Scouts and Adults to sign up for this exciting trip.  Everyone that signs up no later than SEPTEMBER 6th will get a discount on their lift tickets as I am able to buy tickets at a considerable (30%) discount by Labor Day.  After that you will have to pay the higher price.  Currently the total cost of the trip is estimated to be $1,000 per participant (without the early signup discount) which includes transportation, condo, food, Ski equipment and Lift tickets. Additional information will be posted soon on the website. If you have any questions please see Mr. Beebe.  
Order of the Arrow

As your OA Rep, I want to invite all members to our monthly chapter meetings (3rd Thursday of each month).  The OA chapter is the first level that Arrowmen are expected to serve, after our troop. Our meeting on August 21st was a great start to this year. Plenty of ice cream for all. The yearly calendar was handed out. See me if you need any upcoming dates. Will see everyone at Tuesday's troop meeting
Zach Tittle 
Patrol Advisers
As a reminder, each patrol has an adult mentor who has volunteered to advise the scouts of that patrol in various matters such as preparation for camp outs and rank advancement, and execution of their duties in their POR in some circumstances. The currents assignments for these Patrol Advisers is as follows:


Badgers - Keith Moriarty

Dragons - Yash Sbar

Bobcats - David Ladyga

Rams - Chip Saegert

Phoenix (FCE) - Alex McDonald/Jeff Pyle (Asst.)

Lightning - Lynn Christiansen

Raptors (FCE) - Dave Gilbronson

Rattlesnakes - Juan Carlos Brugo

Scorpion (FCE) - Tim Napp

Thunderbirds (Staff) - Adam White

Wolves -Bill McPhillips

Upcoming dates - 

8/24/2015 - Troop Meeting and Welcome Back program (No FCE)
8/26/2015 - Patrol Advisers Meeting.
8/27/2015 - Boards of Review (last day for September Court of Honor)
9/1/2015 - Troop Meeting and FCE Meeting - Tents Distributed
9/8/2015 - Court of Honor (No FCE)


Please review the full calendar by visiting this link!