Boy Scout Troop 232 meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Milstead Scout Hut located at 242 Sayles Blvd., Abilene, TX.
Aims of Scouting
The Boy Scout program has three aims. The first is growth in moral strength and character. This is a boy’s personal qualities, values and outlook.
A second aim is participating citizenship. “Citizenship” in this context refers to the boy’s relationship to others. He comes to learn of his obligations to other people, to the society he lives in and to the government that presides over that society.
A third aim of the Boy Scout program is development of physical, mental, and emotional fitness. “Fitness” has three components: the body (well-tuned and healthy), the mind (able to think and solve problems) and the emotions (self-control, courage, and self-respect).
Scouting’s Bottom Line
What happens to a Scout? For every 100 boys who join Scouting, records indicate that:
- RARELY will one be brought before the juvenile court system
- 2 will become Eagle Scouts
- 17 will become future Scout volunteers
- 12 will have their first contact with a church
- 1 will enter the clergy
- 5 will earn their church award
- 18 will develop a hobby that will last through their adult life
- 8 will enter a vocation that was learned through the merit badge system
- 1 will use his Scouting skills to save his own life
- 1 will use his Scouting skills to save the life of another person
Scouting’s alumni record is equally impressive. A recent nation- wide survey of high schools revealed the following information:
- 85% of student council presidents were Scouts
- 89% of senior class presidents were Scouts
- 80% of junior class presidents were Scouts
- 75% of school publication editors were Scouts
- 71% of football captains were Scouts
Scouts also account for:
- 64% of Air Force Academy graduates
- 68% of West Point graduates
- 70% of Annapolis graduates
- 72% of Rhodes Scholars
- 85% of F.B.I. agents
- 26 of the first 29 astronauts
A Scout Troop can only operate when sponsored by an organization that shares the values of the Boy Scouts of America. Troop 232 is sponsored by such an organization, the Highland Church of Christ. Highland is chartered to operate Troop 232 by the National Council and our local Council. The Texas Trails Council supports the troops with the program, activities, camps and the other opportunities.
Members of the Texas Trails Council wear the patch of the council on their left shoulder. Symbolized on this patch is the colorful sunrise of a new Texas morning with an adventurer on the trail who is either coming or going. Designed to represent both, the Council’s patch shows an adventurer on a new Texas Trail AND an adventurer coming off the old trail of either the Historic Comanche Trail or the Historic Chisholm Trail. (These two councils combined in 2003 to form the Texas Trails Council.) For Scouts attaining the rank of Eagle, its meaning also reflects BOTH the trail to Eagle AND the trail of Service the Scout is continuing