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Garner State Campout

posted Apr 30, 2013, 10:52 AM by Delfino Velasco   [ updated Apr 30, 2013, 10:53 AM ]

April 14, 2013

This weekend our Troop had the opportunity to campout at a different camp ground, Garner State Park. Garner State Park has been in existence for many years and even has a traditional song written and often played in the evening at the Dance Hall. Our campsite was close to the Frio River and many took advantage of swinging on the rope and playing in cold water. Many also participated in an enjoyable hike, which allowed for the opportunity to enjoy even more of Garner State Park. There was a point where all the boys were participating in an exciting game of tag football game. But the highlight of the evening was hearing about how many of them enjoyed the time at the Dance Hall, my understanding is that many had the opportunity to ask girls to a dance, must have been the AXE.

Overall, we had a really good fun-filled time at Garner State Park, and we are looking forward to returning to the campsite for future campouts.

Activities we participated in:

* Camped + cooked out

* Hiked

*Swam + swung on rope and into the water

* Played football

* Danced

* Hung around the campfire

***Had a great time!!!

Next Campout is Saturday May 4, 2013 at Llano State Park – Canoe and other activities are planned and should be another exciting campout.

Report by Jose Cavazos, Eagle Patrol Adult Leader

Freez-o-ree 2012 by SPL Domonick S.

posted Feb 15, 2012, 6:44 PM by Troop814 Webmaster   [ updated Feb 15, 2012, 7:02 PM ]

On January 20-22 was the annual Freez-o-ree. The theme for this year was shooting ("Make Your Mark"). The events of the day consisted of all kinds of weapons such as 22. Rifles, Compound and Recurve Bows, Shot Guns, and Paint Ball Guns. there were other activities to do to like the very popular GaGa Ball, Monkey Fist Toss, Litter Carry or Stretcher time trial, Rope Rescue Mission, Guess the number of M&M's, and the troop favorite the Cooking Contest! Every troop was paired with 1 or 2  other troops.
We were paired with Troop 55. Troop 55 had been in existence for only 1 month! If i do say so myself we showed go
od scout sprite and sowed Troop 55 how a good troop runs! I am very proud to say that Troop 814 volunteered to post and retire the colors over the camp! The color guard was our Historian Stephen S., the Liberian Matthew V
., and the Eagle Patrol Leader Andy M. They did an awesome job! We also volunteered some dads to help man theRope Rescue Mission station.
Thanks you for all your help with that! In the activities that we participated in, we performed very well especially in rifle. The Eagle Patrol formed a group of three scouts to compete in the Rope Rescue Mission. We crushed the old time record and set a new one of 23.5 seconds! Matthew V., Stephen S. and I made up this team. If I do say so myself we are awesome! At the end of the day the camp had one big GaGa championship tournament. Andy M. represented us but didn't win. He was the 3rd one to get out out of 7 scouts. Troop 814 won 1st in the Rope Rescue Mission, the Cooking Competition, Rifle. We won 3rd in total participation and were the first troop ever in all of Boy Scout history to shoot paint ball! All in all this was a great Freez-a-ree!
Your SPL Dominick S.


Bandera Hill Country Natural Area Campout

posted Oct 18, 2011, 8:04 PM by Troop814 Webmaster   [ updated Oct 18, 2011, 8:10 PM ]

Mark another successful campout for Troop 814 this month.  The two night campout provided the Scouts with new opportunities and challenges. These include a backpacking campout, hiking at night, gazing at a sky full of stars that cannot be compared to what is seen in the city, and a grueling 10 mile hike. 

 After arriving at the park after 7pm some of the new Scouts got their first opportunity to do a night hike.  After leaving the trailhead with backpacks on their backs all the Scouts and Scout Dads hiked about 2 miles into the park to our campsite.  Arriving in total darkness with headlamps and flashlights as the only source of light, tents were setup by the Scouts for the night. 


In the morning after cooking breakfast, another first for some Scouts, the Scouts prepared for a 10 mile
hike in the park.  Led by Dominick S., Senior Patrol Leader, the Scouts and Scout Dads took off on what turn out to be a very challenging hike.  But like all good Scouts they only looked at this as a challenge for them to complete.  After a long day of hiking up and down the surrounding hills in the park it was finally over. How many kids can say that they hiked for 10 miles in one day, well our Scouts can.


Even after the tough hike I was amazed to see how much energy all the Scouts had left in them.  They prepared and ate their dinner, ran around the campsite playing, and finally got together for a recap of the day’s events again led by Dominick S.  But like any other night it was time to go to bed so we could wakeup early for our hike back to the vehicles and the trip back home.


A special thanks to all the Scout Dads who participated in the campout.  Without their help and support our Scouts would not have been able to do this.  Be sure to check our website Photo page for more pictures from the camping trip.

Elks Lodge 216 Veteran's Dinner

posted Aug 20, 2011, 3:42 PM by Troop814 Webmaster   [ updated Aug 20, 2011, 3:53 PM ]

On August 12, 2011 Troop 814's Scouts were requested to help serve our country's veterans dinner at Elks Lodge 216.  This has become an annual event for our Scouts and is an honorable way for them to honor the men and women who have served our country. 
This year we had a great turn out. Ten Scouts and 3 dads showed up to represent Troop 814.  The Scouts were there early to help set up before the veterans arrived.  They placed eating utensils along with a deck of cards given by the Lodge to the veterans.
Once the veterans started arriving the Scouts started serving drinks and escorting the veterans to the tables.  With everyone anticipating a great dinner of BBQ chicken, potato salad, and beans, dinner was finally served.  Each scout helped serve a plate of the delicious meal to the veterans attending the dinner.  After dinner the Scouts also served a peach cobbler dessert.
But not only did the scouts served dinner they were there to talked and listen to the veterans. A way of creating comradery between the veterans and the Scouts.
Well after serving all the guest all attending Scouts and Scouters were treated to the same meal that was served to the veterans.  So not only did these Scouts experience the joy of helping others but they were fed and even got service hours for their attendance.   
But most of all from the looks on their faces the Scouts gain something more important - PRIDE.
For more pictures of this event visit our Photo Page and click on the Annual Elks Lodge 216  Dinner.

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