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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2013 Troop Calendar Now Online

Filed under: Calendar — Webmaster @ 6:14 pm

The 2013 Troop Calendar in PDF format is now available online.  There is a link in the right column.  The 2012 calendar will also remain linked in the right column through the end of the year.

Monday, November 26, 2012


Filed under: Troop History,Website Updates — Webmaster @ 7:02 pm

My name is Ethan. I will be the troops new webmaster. I am very excited to be the webmaster and I think I will bring a lot of good stuff to the website. I plan to make the website a good source for information so that everyone will be using it.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Scout Sunday 2012 Sermon

Filed under: Events,Troop History — Webmaster @ 5:18 am

Here is the wonderful sermon delivered by Bruce Jackson on Scout Sunday 2012 celebrating Troop 479′s 50th anniversary.

Bruce is an Eagle Scout from Troop 479, and his dad is a past Scoutmaster of our troop.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


There was a lot discussed at the last PLC.  Here are the results…

Aug. 6-Pool Party (more info coming soon)

  • Signed permission form and $30 for lake Eufaula camp out
  • No siblings

Aug. 10-12-Eufaula camp out

  • Camp out planing for the next year and summer camp.  Summer camps need to be within a days drive(500 miles or 8 hours) this year.  Also, remember to be prepared with lots of info on your camps to sell every one on it.
  • Remember we will be on the water so bring a life vest and goggles.  If you don’t, there will be extra life vests.  Remember if you are like me to bring a lot of sunscreen.
  • This is a very fun water camp out.  Hope everyone can make it.
  • A special thanks to the Cook family who lets use their property every year for this camp out.

Aug. 13 -Normal meeting

  • Mad Cows-Set up
  • Rangers-Opening
  • Cherokee-closing

Aug. 20-Elections

  • Flaming Eagles-Closing

Aug. 27 -Court of Honor

  • Flaming Eagles-Soda and closing
  • Warriors-Finger food
  • No’s-Pop
  • Mad Cows-Food – any kind you want to bring
  • Rangers-Dessert
  • Cherokee-Paper goods

Friday, July 27, 2012

Seth’s Eagle Court of Honer

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Congratulations to Seth who had his Eagle Court of Honor today. Seth earned his Eagle badge on July 27 2011 (a year ago today).  Seth is a very accomplished scout holding many awards and is currently holding the  positions of A.S.P.L. and Secretary of MaNu Lodge.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Summer Camp 2012 – Day 7

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Tired but at the same time sad to see it ending, T479 spends their last full day at Camp A on Friday. It’s a time for making up any missed merit badge work, special events like the Iron Man competition, and a general fun free day.

Chillin’ by the pool

These are memories that will last a lifetime.  Yours truly enjoyed two different summer camps with his scout son at Camp A, and there really is something magical about the place.

Such a very special time

Preparations will be made tonight, and load out will begin in earnest Saturday morning.  We pray safe travel for all scouts and scouters departing Camp Alexander and look forward to seeing our own on Sunday.  Pictures have been uploaded to Friday’s gallery, and the Summer Camp 2012 Index has also been updated.

The question is now:  Can this year’s T479 contingent exit the mess hall on Saturday morning with the same musical prowess as their predecessors?

Summer Camp 2012

Filed under: Summer Camp 2012 — Webmaster @ 10:15 pm

Troop 479′s Summer Camp contingent is bigger than ever and headed to Camp Alexander in Lake George, CO for a week they will never forget.

2012-07-14 · The first leg of the journey to Camp Alexander on Saturday

2012-07-16 · Monday (includes Sunday)

2012-07-17 · Tuesday was the 2nd day for merit badge classes

2012-07-18 · Archery, CPR, hiking, and a little overnight pranking on Wednesday

2012-07-19 · Thursday was the last day of merit badge classes

2012-07-20 · T479′s last full day at Camp Alexander

2012-07-21 · Saturday

2012-07-22 · Sunday

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer Camp 2012 – Day 6

Filed under: Summer Camp 2012 — Webmaster @ 11:43 pm

Ah yes, Thursday:  The last day of regular merit badge classes, Wilderness Survival overnight campout, and adult leader steak burn.  It’s easy to see that T479 scouts and scouters have been having a blast at Camp Alexander, one of our favorite destinations.

Wilderness Survival overnight shelter

Sometimes it’s hard to concentrate when there is so much natural beauty around you.  And cameras taking pictures.

The last day of regular MB classes

Thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Riffell and Mrs. Gani, we have another day’s worth of pictures to enjoy.  You can visit Thursday’s gallery or see the Summer Camp 2012 index.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Summer Camp 2012 – Day 5

Filed under: Summer Camp 2012 — Webmaster @ 11:00 pm

We have pictures of yesterday’s thunderstorm clouds, Wednesday morning’s discovery of a little good-natured overnight pranks a la Sharpie, archery, and hikes.

Tim wearing his hamburger hat!

The blue sky at Camp A is amazing.  It’s a hue not seen anywhere else.

Archery under a beautiful blue sky.

Many of us think about the same thing during the Camp Alexander experience …

Now he walks in quiet solitude the forest and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake

And the Colorado rocky mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply
Rocky mountain high

Wednesday’s pictures have been uploaded to our private Facebook Group thanks to our tireless adults toting camera phones from class to class to camp then finding the scant signal that exists here and there.  The day’s pictures have also been collected and placed in the Wednesday Gallery for Summer Camp 2012.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer Camp 2012 – Day 4

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Monday gave the boys a chance to find their merit badge classes and get their feet wet. Tuesday was the day to dig in and get running.


Bryan Cook is once again our summer camp Scoutmaster which gives Pat a break, a chance to take training of his own with other adults, and to simply enjoy the troop and the scenery.

Dr. Cook and Mr. Cook – Scouting’s finest.

Thanks to once again to Mrs. Riffell, Mr. Wyckoff, and Mrs. Gani for providing today’s images via upload to the Troop 479 Facebook Group.  The public gallery is located here, and the Summer Camp 2012 picture index is here.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer Camp 2012 – Days 2 and 3

Filed under: Summer Camp 2012 — Webmaster @ 10:43 pm

We are loaded to the teeth with pictures today!  Included in the Monday Gallery are pictures from both Sunday (Garden of the Gods) and Monday’s first day at camp.

Ready for the day.

Looks like everybody is charged up and ready to go.  Perhaps the adults are still acclimating to the 8,200 foot elevation?

Where did the air go?

Please share your gratitude for these pictures with our prolific photographers/uploaders Mrs. Riffell and Mr. Wyckoff.  They have demonstrated a remarkable ability to find WiFi or cell signal where none exists in nature.  You can see daily images as they are uploaded to our Troop 479 Facebook Group and then enjoy them here and share with non-Facebook scouters.  Here’s Monday’s Gallery which also includes Sunday’s stop at the Garden of the Gods.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Summer Camp 2012 – Day 1

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On Saturday, our contingent made the trip from Edmond, OK to Koshare Kiva in La Junta, CO. There they enjoyed remarkable Native American dance from the Koshare Indian Dancers then spent the night. Koshare Kiva (KO-shar-ay KEE-vuh) has the world’s largest self-supporting roof. It is constructed from six hundred and twenty logs that weigh over forty tons and span across a room sixty feet in diameter. The construction combined with the priceless pottery and art.

Taking a break on the way to the kiva.

The scouts and scouters actually get to sleep inside the kiva after the dance program is complete and the regular guests have been excused.  The whole experience is truly a unique treat.

Bedding down for the night inside Koshare Kiva.

In the morning, our crew will pack up and make the relatively short trip to Camp A.  Intelligence reports from the ground indicate that a small side trip will be made to visit Garden of the Gods.  Saturday’s pictures are in a daily gallery for the 14th.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Updated Health Form Available

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On our forms (479 and bsa) page linked at right you will find a new link for a consolidated 2012 Health Forms.  It is an 8-page PDF compiled by Mrs. Curran complete with computer fill-in fields.

Did you know we have a forms page? We do!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Camp Alexander

Filed under: Activities,Campout Reports,Events,Summer Camp 2012,Troop History — Webmaster @ 10:23 pm

Camp Alexander is almost here.  It will be a lot of fun.  We will be loading the trailer this Friday the 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Remember not to pack your uniform or entertainment for the car ride. Make sure to pack your neckerchief and sash so
you can possibly advance a rank or two while at camp. There should also be an OA day, so OA people pack your sash.
Hopefully, unlike me, ya’ll are already packed!

Remember that it will get cold at night, tonight it is supposed to get down to forty-nine degrees with a thirty percent chance of rain.  Remember that if it does rain the temperature will drop even more.

Due to mini bears (chipmunks) food will most likely be stored in the trailer at night.  Make sure your snacks are in a bag with your name on it.  I would recommend this be a zip-lock style bag to keep the scent down during the day.  For any nonbelievers on the mini bear threat:  Three years ago when we went to Camp A there was a Flaming Eagle named Reed whose mom sent him a four pound brownie.  Reed was eating his brownie and got up to offer it to some of the older boys in their hammocks.  While he was sharing his brownie, a mini bear ate through the box and ate the rest of it!   Fear the mini bears, don’t lose your brownies!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Car Wash

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We had a very successful car wash this year rasing over $1,000.  Special thanks to Mr. Randall for organizing this event.

Monday, May 14, 2012


Filed under: Troop Updates — Webmaster @ 3:19 pm

Congrats to Reed Powell (former Troop 479 scout) on earning his Eagle!!!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

2012 Eagle District Camporee

Filed under: Campout Reports — Webmaster @ 7:31 pm
Camporee 2012

High-tech Orienteering

Troop 479 scouts had a blast at the 2012 Eagle District Camporee held at John Nichols Scout Ranch.  There were several competitions that tested scout skills and problem solving.

Scoutmaster Hollingsworth was kind enough to capture many wonderful images from the day’s activities.  They are available now in the Eagle District Camporee 2012 photo gallery.  Want to see T479 pictures dating back to 2005?  They are all here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Delicious Cream Pie!

Filed under: Activities,Troop Meetings — Webmaster @ 6:59 pm
Roady serves up some pie.

Roady serves up some pie.

Guess what happens when you sell a large number of Baked Potato Luncheon tickets?  You get to “serve” a cream pie to one of our adult leaders!

The starting tier is committee member.  Mid-level sales earns the choice of committee member or Assistant Scoutmaster.  Top sales will afford the choice of serving your pie to a Scoutmaster (present or past), any ASM, or any committee member.

Those who qualified for the Scoutmaster tier couldn’t pass up the chance to decorate Mr. Hollingsworth and Mr. Simpson with a fluffy pile of whipped cream, so naturally they got creamed.  We had several committee members who were good sports even if a little reluctant for the extreme makeover.

The ASMs also took it all in stride.  Even our newest ASM gladly participated in the mayhem.

There were some interesting takeaways from Monday night’s fun.  First, whipped cream is a tasty yet effective hair mousse.  Secondly, the troop’s excitement indicates that we’re on track to see record ticket sales for 2013′s Baked Potato Luncheon.

Thank you to all of our adults young and old who agreed to take one (or more) for the team.  You have demonstrated once again your commitment to our boys and had a little fun in the process.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Troop Leadership Training (TLT)

Filed under: Activities,Events,Training,Troop Updates — Webmaster @ 5:33 pm

Troop Leadership Training (TLT) is Saturday April 14 8:00a.m-12:00p.m at the church.  All Staff and Troop Leadership positions need to be there.  All Scouts are encouraged to attend, especially new Scouts.  This is a great opportunity to learn how the Troop works.

Camp Cards (Fundraiser)

Filed under: Fundraiser — Webmaster @ 5:02 pm

We have camp cards for you to sell. Each card is $5.00.  You will earn $2.50 for each card sold.  Monday is a PLC meeting. However, Mrs. Gani will be at the church from 8-8:15pm if you wishes to check out cards.  Otherwise, Mrs. Gani will have them at our next meeting on the 9th. The cards must be signed out. You will be responsible for turning in money and/or left over cards in a few weeks. You are responsible for any lost, washed, or otherwise misplaced cards.

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