Post 178 makes donation to the Marta V. Balboa-Griffith Memorial Scholarship fund

Post Commander Fred Rogers presents Donation to the Troop 22 "Marta V. Balboa-Griffith Memorial Scholarship" fund.

Post Commander Fred Rogers presents Donation to the Troop 22 “Marta V. Balboa-Griffith Memorial Scholarship” fund.

In Honor of Marta Balboa-Griffith, Grandmother to two of our scouts, most ardent supporter,  cheerleader, and unofficial “Godmother” to all our scouts; her family has created a Memorial Fund in her name, offering financial help to underprivileged boys from single parent homes; something she herself experienced after being widowed at a young age.

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Troop 22 Scoutmaster Earns Wood Badge Beads

Wood Badge is a Scouting leadership programme and the related award for adult leaders in the programmes of Scout associations throughout the world. Wood Badge courses aim to make Scouters better leaders by teaching advanced leadership skills, and by creating a bond and commitment to the Scout movement. Courses generally have a combined classroom and practical outdoors-based phase followed by a Wood Badge ticket, also known as the project phase. By "working the ticket", participants put their newly gained experience into practice to attain ticket goals aiding the Scouting movement. The first Wood Badge training was organized by Francis "Skipper" Gidney and lectured at by Robert Baden-Powell and others at Gilwell Park (United Kingdom) in September 1919. Wood Badge training has since spread across the world with international variations. On completion of the course, participants are awarded the Wood Badge beads to recognize significant achievement in leadership and direct service to young people. The pair of small wooden beads, one on each end of a leather thong (string), is worn around the neck as part of the Scout uniform. The beads are presented together with a taupe neckerchief bearing a tartan patch of the Maclaren clan, honoring William de Bois Maclaren, who donated the £7000 to purchase Gilwell Park in 1919 plus an additional £3000 for improvements to the house that was on the estate. The neckerchief with the braided leather woggle (neckerchief slide) denotes the membership of the 1st Gilwell Scout Group or Gilwell Troop 1. Recipients of the Wood Badge are known as Wood Badgers or Gilwellians.

Newly appointed Scoutmaster David Grandfield after being awarded his  Beads, Woggle and Neckerchief signaling completion of his Wood Badge training.

Wood Badge is a Scouting leadership program and the related award for adult leaders in the programs of Scout associations throughout the world. Wood Badge courses aim to make Scouters better leaders by teaching advanced leadership skills, and by creating a bond and commitment to the Scout movement. In the United States Wood Badge is the highest level of adult Scout leader training available.

Courses generally have a combined classroom and practical outdoors-based phase followed by a Wood Badge tickets, also known as the project phase. By “working the tickets”, participants put their newly gained experience into practice to attain ticket goals aiding the Scouting movement.

The first Wood Badge training was organized by Francis “Skipper” Gidney and lectured at by Robert Baden-Powell and others at Gilwell Park (United Kingdom) in September 1919. Wood Badge training has since spread across the world with international variations.
On completion of the course, participants are awarded the Wood Badge beads to recognize significant achievement in leadership and direct service to young people. The pair of small wooden beads, one on each end of a leather thong (string), is worn around the neck as part of the Scout uniform.

The beads are presented together with a taupe neckerchief bearing a tartan patch of the Maclaren clan, honoring William de Bois Maclaren, who donated the funds to purchase Gilwell Park in 1919 and for improvements to the house that was on the estate.

The neckerchief with the braided leather woggle (neckerchief slide) denotes the membership of the 1st Gilwell Scout Group or Gilwell Troop 1.

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Troop 22 and American Legion, Peter J Courcy Post 178 celebrate Installment of new Scoutmaster

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I promise to do my best, to be worthy of my office as Scoutmaster, for the sake of my Scouts, This Troop, and the World Brotherhood of Scouting.

This is the Scoutmaster’s Oath of Office.  Taken by David Grandfield during the Court of Honor for Troop 22 on February 8th 2017.

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Texas Boys State “Learning by doing.”

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By Mike Strand

It is with a great deal of pleasure that I share with you a letter I received from one of our recent Boys Staters, Mason Lee. As you will see, Mason is a special young man and has a lot of potential. Mason’s dream is to serve in the US Army as a military intelligence officer or helicopter pilot by attending either West Point or an Army ROTC program at UT, Austin.

Mason speaks fluent Korean and played outside linebacker for the Wakeland varsity football team and was recently named to the Texas Army National Guard and Texas Football Coaches’ 2016 Academic All State Football 2nd Team. Additionally, Mason is President of Wakeland’s National Honor Society and serves as Senior Class Treasurer.

This type of young man exemplifies why our post so actively promotes Texas Boys State for our Frisco youth. Please join me in wishing Mason all the best in his pursuit of a career in the US Army.

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“To: Members of Peter J. Courcy American Legion Post 178

My name is Mason Lee, I am a senior at Frisco Wakeland High School, and I was fortunate enough to attend Texas Boys State during the summer of 2016.

My ultimate goal is to attend a prestigious university and become an Officer in the United States Army. Recently I was selected to receive a 4-year Army ROTC Scholarship to the University of Texas in Austin and a Congressional nomination from Congressman Michael Burgess to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point and my goal is becoming a reality.

Before attending Texas Boys State, I believed that receiving the scholarship and the nomination for West Point was a long shot for me. However, my counselor and everyone who ran and coordinated Texas Boys State believed in me more than I believed in myself and selected me to attend the program.

The Texas Boys State program helped me build and develop leadership abilities I never knew I had. I held numerous leadership positions such as holding office and leadership positions in football, National Honor Society, and the Young Conservatives of America but I had no knowledge on how to lead these teams and organizations.

Texas Boys State gave us total control of the program and this really proved that the Boys State approach of “Learn by Doing” was effective in building our leadership qualities. This made us more interactive with the other Texas Boys State boys and helped with making sure that the program ran smoothly while also helping us make friends that will last a lifetime.

I had a very busy summer. After attending Texas Boys State, I went to the Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar and also attended the Southwest Youth Leadership Conference. Even though all these camps and programs were great, Texas Boys State was the most entertaining and educational and by far my favorite.

It was not fun waking up early and marching in the 100 degree Austin heat with jeans on, but looking back at it, I would do it again in a heartbeat to spend time with the boys that I met there and learning about our government in a hands on experience.

Thank you for believing in me and selecting me to attend Texas Boys State, the best week of my life. As a result of this experience I will be actively encouraging other Wakeland students to compete to attend Texas Boys State.

Very respectively,
Mason Lee
Frisco, Texas”

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Post 178 & Troop 22 Congratulate their first Eagle Scout!

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Pictured L to R: Ken Boydstun, Troop 51 ASM and Iron Horse District Advancement Representative, James David Grandfield, Troop 22’s New Scoutmaster, Conner Speaker, Eagle Scout, Alex Balboa, former Scoutmaster and new Troop Committee Chair, and Eagle Board interviewers Sherri Grandfield, Sabrina Havron, and ASM Heather Vancil, not pictured.

15 year old Conner is a Sophomore at Heritage High School. He has been involved in Scouting for over 6 years, first as a Cub Scout, achieving its highest honor; The Arrow of Light.

He has been a Boy Scout for over 3 years, and has also earned his religious knot/medal. Conner is also a member of the Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society of Scouting. He has also earned the following awards:

World Conservation Award
National Outdoor Achievement Award
Attended both Council Oak Leaf Training and
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
Messenger of Peace Award
The Recruiter Strip
The Founders Bar
Totin’ Chip
Firem’n Chit
Cyber Chip
and 6-Year Service Star

Conner is Troop 22’s very first Eagle Scout. He transferred from Troop 298 as a First Class Scout, and earned his last three ranks over the course of 28 months. While with Troop 22, he has served as as a Troop Guide, Troop Quartermaster, and most recently as the Senior Patrol Leader. He now serves as the Vice President of Venture Crew 178.

To date, Conner has recorded well over 81 nights of camping, over 75 hours of community service, (not including his Eagle Project,) hiked over 46 miles, cycled over 52 miles, and paddled over 5 miles.

For his Eagle Project, Conner distributed information packets to over 300 of his neighbors, detailing conservation facts, figures, and opportunities in order to save natural resources, water, electricity, and even his community money.

Congratulations from American Legion, Peter J Courcy Post 178!

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Coach Was Furious When His Players Disrespected National Anthem, So He Does THIS To Teach Them A Lesson!

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