Troop 496

Welcome to Troop 496!

Troop 496 in McKinney Texas is an exciting adventure! Our goal is to help boys grow to be strong and responsible MEN. We do this by stretching their “comfort zones” and helping them develop their leadership skills. While many troops claim to be “boy-led”, T496 truly does allow the boys to lead. The adult leaders are there to provide guidance and wisdom and to ensure the ongoing safety of the boys.

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Our troop meets weekly, camps monthly, actively pursues merit badges, sponsors a variety of fun events throughout the year, and supports our community through volunteer activities. We plan a variety of outdoor and indoor activities to appeal to the varied interests of our scouts, – camping, day events, road trips (Houston Space Center, Longhorn Caverns, Red River Ski Resort) and high adventure (Boundary Waters-Summer 2013, Philmont-Summer 2011, Current River-Missouri, and much more).

We are a unique troop. Our focus is on teamwork. Troop 496 builds camaraderie by working together and by appreciating the unique attributes of each scout regardless of age, rank, and background. Our four patrols mix younger boys with the older, and newer scouts with more experienced boys because we believe in passing the wisdom of our seasoned scouts on to newer members. As a result, each patrol is richly diverse. This approach also enables scouts to assume increasingly greater leadership roles under the oversight of those who have done it before. The older boys mentor and guide the newer scouts, ensuring that all are given ability-appropriate responsibilities and opportunities.

If you are interested in attending one of our meetings, or just want to get more information about Troop 496 or the Scouting Movement, feel free to contact our Scoutmaster, Glynn Smith at kismith@mckinneyisd.net. We look forward to hearing from you!

Upcoming Events

Apr
27
Sun
2:00 pm ASM Meeting @ Trinity
ASM Meeting @ Trinity
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Agenda will be emailed before the meeting.
May
4
Sun
3:00 pm Committee Meeting @ Trinity
Committee Meeting @ Trinity
May 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Agenda will be sent before the meeting.
May
10
Sat
all-day USPS Food Pantry
USPS Food Pantry
May 10 all-day
The Post Office Food drive is scheduled for Saturday, May 10th. This is a major service project for the Troop and everyone is expected to participate. [...]
May
18
Sun
2:00 pm ASM Meeting @ Trinity
ASM Meeting @ Trinity
May 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Agenda will be emailed before the meeting.
May
25
Sun
4:00 pm Carry The Load @ Reverchon Park
Carry The Load @ Reverchon Park
May 25 @ 4:00 pm – May 26 @ 12:00 pm
Carry The Load @ Reverchon Park
Carry the Load is May 25-26 at Reverchon Park, Dallas.  This is an event organized to help bring back the meaning of Memorial Day.  [...]

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