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Troop 282

Blue Elk District • Heart of America Council, BSA

A Chartered Organization of Trinity Episcopal Church


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Boy Scout Troop 282 meets every Monday night from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church located at 409 N. Liberty, Independence, MO.

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February 21st, 2015

Making History at the 2015 Klondike Derby

By Mark Mangels

Troop 282 sure made some history at this years’ Klondike Derby. It is one thing to have one of your patrols place, but to have both of the patrols represented place in each of their categories has got to be historical. Does that mean if we had taken three sleds we would have won three awards? Let’s find out at Klondike Derby 2016.


Congratulations to the ORANGE AUTOBOTS who took 2nd place in the Intermediate category, while the PINK SHARKS took 1st place in the Challenge division.


December 20th, 2014

Help for the Holidays 2014

By Dillon England

Every year, Troop 282 in association with Fairmount Christian Church helps to gather and distribute food for the holidays. It’s a process of multiple weeks, and various stages. Many gather to help families in need. The whole food drive every year is always a success. The amount of food that is donated is always appreciated. It’s truly amazing to see how many households throughout the community are willing to assist us in our cause.

We always start by mass-delivering fliers with lists of items that can be donated.  This doesn’t take too long, maybe part of day. It spreads the opportunity to help the community to everyone that wishes to. The next week, we go and collect the food from the people that donate. This too is a hopeful task as it is great to go through neighborhoods and see all of those who give what they might think is only a small donation, but in reality goes toward a greater cause. We transport all of this food back to wherever it may be stored that year. The numbers on the food items definitely adds up.

After the collection is all said and done, the food has to be sorted. We organize all of the items based on what kind of item they are. Many help behind the scenes organizing all of the food and packing the food boxes. While it’s important to have a lot of boys to do some heavy-lifting, it’s also vital to have dedicated adults to keep everything organized and on-task.

All in all the food drive helps many families within the community. Our efforts help to feed families not only during the holidays, but in the times after as well. Our contact at Fairmount and a leader of Troop 282, Mr. McLeod, says that he truly appreciates the help of everyone with this caring task. This group effort is always a spectacular show of how when you work together, even a small role can make a tremendous difference in the bigger picture.


November 19th, 2014

Fort Osage Overnight

By Ashton England

The Fort Osage overnight was a different experience than previous ones. I learned many things about the fort that I did not know. My favorite part would have to be playing the game in the dark where we had to sneak around the leader. It was also interesting to sleep in the same style quarters of soldiers back in the day. Overall, it was a fun overnight, with good food, good history lessons, and getting the true scouting experience.


By Dillon England

This overnight was definitely one of the best for me personally, right up there with visiting active military facilities and going to far off places. I’m very interested in history and I like to learn as much as I can when I have an opportunity such as this one. We did and saw much more than I thought we would on our historical site visit to Fort Osage.

We were given a tour around the fort the morning after we’d arrived. We’d already been introduced to the quarters, where we were allowed to sleep in the same style bunks that the actual soldiers did back in that time. We were shown the courtyard, the trading post, and even the living spaces of George Sibley. The trading post was a large building, with the floor for main business (trading of course), the basement, a level for crafts and tinkering, and private quarters. It was a very nicely constructed building. 

The man playing the soldier at the fort showed us the firing for a rifle of that time. He took us down by the river to fire it off. Of course, it is illegal to fire actual projectiles across a body of water. He fired blanks, but all the same, we were intrigued by the firearm’s power and capacity to make such a loud boom. The shots echoed across the water, being heard multiple times from only one shot. If there was a conflict, you were going to know about it back then.

After dark, we played one of the most awesome games in the giant field near the fort. A leader sat atop of a large hill within the vicinity of a pole which was our target. The objective was to reach the pole without being hit by the beam of a flashlight held by the leader. If we were hit, we had to return all the way to the fort and try again. I think that without exception every single boy liked playing this game. It tested our skills not only to work together as a team no matter the size, but kept us actively having fun as well. It’s a game we’ll definitely have to try to recreate sometime.

In the daylight, we were able to see how a blacksmith would go about his work. We were given a couple of decorative hooks as tokens to take home. It was a very nice gesture, something for us to look at and remember the overnight. Another thing they let us do was throw spears.1 I’d most certainly never thrown a spear before, and I can almost bet none of the other boys had either. The men set up a target of wood for us to throw at. The boys enjoyed it very much. When it was my turn, (I went close to last), I don’t think anyone expected me to do well. I didn’t even expect to do well. However, to mine and everyone else’s surprise, I threw and stuck the target every time. The last time I threw, I went right through the bulls-eye and stuck the fort wall behind the target. It was definitely something I won’t forget anytime soon.


I believe that overnights like these are the gems of the scouting program. Having the opportunity to see and learn about things like this has the potential to teach and even inspire young scouts. Heck, I was captivated the entire time. I truly hope the troop gets to enjoy more overnights like this one.


1. We were very well supervised and the proper safety measures were taken. A range was established for us to safely throw spears.


October 12th, 2014

Overnight in October

By Mike Norton

The overnight was a two night overnight which is a favorite of mine. The reason is that you can do a lot more because you have more time to do things. And did the Scouts do things. There was a lot of activities scheduled on this action packed overnight.

First off we had some Webelos come out on Saturday to take part in activities and to spend the night. Well where do I start, so many activities. There was a monkey bridge that was put up that everybody was able to go across as many times as they want with older boys and adults stationed along it in case someone got tangled in the ropes but they all traversed it very easily. We had a geocache hike that all the boys went on where they use GPS to find a geocache. Which they did and as usual, they said it was too long of a hike. But I think they were just in a hurry to get back to camp to shoot off the rockets that were assembled at the previous Scout meeting. They shot off the rockets and really enjoyed that as they chased the ones that went up and the parachute opened up. Now most of the rockets were a success in going up but like anything that has to be put together you have a few failures(some that didn’t launch, went up a few feet or the parachute didn’t open). But I would say overall a big success on the launch of rockets.

I was very impressed with the wide variety of meals the patrols cooked on the overnight. There was pancakes, fried eggs, French toast, taco soup, spaghetti, bow tie spaghetti, cobblers in dutch ovens and pan bread pizza. I was very impressed with the boys trying new things. HOW-HOW to the patrols on the meal selection and cooking. 

Saturday night there was a campfire that all parents of scouts were invited to because after campfire there was a flag retirement ceremony. And once again the patrols did a fantastic job on their songs and skits for campfire. HOW-HOW to all patrols on their songs and skits. On a somber note we retired United States of America Flags that had done their duty and served their time. This was done by all who had come to pay respect to the flags of the United States of America that had served this great country that we live in. Thank you to all that attended. 



(Go check out more pictures from this overnight in the 2014 Troop 282 Photo Collection.)


October 7th, 2014

World War I Museum Overnight

By Gabe Drake

At seven o’clock our bus left the Trinity Episcopal Church parking lot. We arrived at the Bingham Waggoner Estate. We helped set up tables and chairs for the Someday. We played Capture the Flag. And then went to go sleep on the porch of the house. When we awoke we went to get something to eat (McDonalds).  We then went to the WWI Museum in Kansas City. We had a lot of fun looking at the cool stuff they had there. 


August 26th, 2014

Troop 282 Ice Bucket Challenge

Troop Ice Bucket Challenge

By Ben Wyatt

Well, our whole troop did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last night. I unfortunately didn’t get to participate in it, but I did get some good videos of it. We challenged all other Blue Elk District troops to do it, and I hope they all do it. I could tell it was fun for the scouts that did it, it sure seemed that way on the videos.



August 6th, 2014

Summer Camp 2014


By Ashton England

As you all know, I joined the Lone Star staff this year. All I can say is wow. It’s amazing being on staff, and meeting life long friends. If you would like to know more, talk to me in person or join the staff with me and hang on for the ride. It was great, and I encourage all of you to join staff, even if it’s only for 1 year.


Never Too Old

By Mark Mangels


This summer I was fortunate to be selected to serve as a Parry Lodge Commissioner. Not for 1 session, but 2. Troop 282 is blessed with several who have faithfully served their Bartle Reservation as full time staff members, and this year was no exception. The difference for me was that I completed my 3rd session of staff service and finally received my staff coups. A highlight for me because the first session I served on staff was as a Lone Star Campsite Commissioner in 1993! You are never too old to serve your beloved reservation.



(Go check out more pictures from Scout Camp in the 2014 Troop 282 Photo Collection.)


May 23rd, 2014

Scouting 500 – What a weekend!!!


By Mark Dudley

May 16-18 proved to be one of the best Scouting events the Heart of America Council (HOAC) has ever seen! Twelve thousand Scouts and Scouters took part in a weekend of fun and hands on activities at the Kansas Speedway. Our troop was delivered in the troop bus by Mr. Gramlich around 6:30 Friday night and after unloading and getting our gear in the newly acquired tents, we headed to the speedway to check out some of the activities. Prior to arrival, Mr. Hendren, Mr. Dudley, Mr. Blann (Taylor) and Garth Hendren went out early and set up camp.

Once inside, the troop split into three groups and headed off to events. After a brief setback involving the go-karts, the Scouts tried zip line, bike riding on the actual race track, go-karting and four-wheeling. The evening went by fast and we headed back to camp around 10:00. Mr. Hendren broke out a cracker barrel for all to enjoy and then off to the tents we went to prepare for the next day. Now this being a Scout overnight, sleep was a little late getting started. Between the speedway parking lot lights being on all night and Scouts very excited about the next day (I’m sure that is what they were talking about well after Taps), we were all rested when Revival sounded at 7:00 A.M.

Saturday proved to be a full day. Breakfast at 7:30, the activities (called Pit Stops) opened at 8:30, and we went at it hard all day. Some of my favorites included the “Smokey and the Bandit” movie replica truck, cars and Sheriff; the police, fire fighter and military displays; and just watching the young men in my group have some fun. Remote control helicopters seemed to be a hit as well as putting on complete Army battle gear. There were 13 Pit Stops that included 100 events/activities for the Scouts to try. The volunteers running the events did a great job in allowing hands on experiences for the Scouts. My group’s last event of the day included autographing the official BSA NASCAR with our signature and Troop 282. We went back to camp, regrouped and headed back to the track for dinner and the evening activities.

Saturday evening started with a parade of troop flags and I am proud to say Dillon and Mr. England did the troop proud as they were one of about half the units that abided by the rules and had on full Class A uniforms. After that, we watched three races of 15 laps each from the Petty Racing Experience. Having walked across the high bank of the track earlier in the day, I cannot imagine driving 160 MPH around the oval. It was a blast to watch. After that, all 12,000 of us headed across the track infield for the awards presentation and concert. I must say listening to Baden Powell’s granddaughter speak was a huge treat. She encouraged all the Scouts to recruit a friend to join. Troop 282 Scouts, I hope you were listening to her. Our Scouts seemed to like the retro 80′s band, Zero, that provided the show. After the concert, we headed back to camp for another cracker barrel and sleep. Yes, sleep, as the entire group was pretty worn out. I think Mr. England’s pedometer showed somewhere around 10 miles of walking for his group. I think I added about another 5 miles doing other trips.

Sunday morning included breakfast, church, packing up and heading home. You can again be proud of Troop 282 as all were in Class A at church and participated in the service with reverence and enthusiasm. We even had Devin participate in the collection of the offering. Mr. Norton had the bus at the race track and we loaded up and headed home around 10:30. I hope everyone had as good a time as I did.

I want to thank everyone who helped make this a huge success. While we missed Mr. Howell, I hope he realizes that the boy run troop he oversees handled themselves as true Scouts in his absence. Keep 2018 open as the HOAC is planning an encore event.

May 14th, 2014

Eagle Projects Count


By Mark Mangels

In the last couple of weeks, Troop 282 has had some Eagle Projects completed. Garth Hendren completed the new and improved horseshoe sand pits at George Owens, Matt Copeland upgraded and enlarged the courtyard area at Proctor Elementary School with new concrete pads and tables. Finally, this past weekend a new block sidewalk was constructed at Trinity Episcopal Church thanks to Garrett Morris’ Eagle Project.

As I watched these projects progress under the leadership of the Eagle Scout Candidate and the labor of scouts and adult volunteers I was curious about how many projects take place annually in the United States. When I earned my Eagle, we put in service hours. Eagle Projects now require much more. Leadership and Brain Power are required to accomplish these projects.

As for 2012, there were 57,976 Eagle Projects completed, and I’ll let you figure out the hours of service generated from those projects. Good Luck!


April 25th, 2014

Do Signs Really Matter? JOIN TROOP 282


By Mark Mangels

It’s time to get those recruiting yard signs back in the yard. Spring is here and advertising days are upon us. Some of you may ask, “Do yard signs and bumper stickers really matter?” “Do they ever help someone make a decision or change their mind?” Consider this. Millions, if not billions of dollars are spent annually in the United States to promote candidates, businesses, houses for sale or rent, and even garage sales. And, it has been that way for years. My first political button was a NIXON’S THE ONE button that was from a bag of buttons dropped by a campaign worker handing them out at the Independence Halloween Parade in 1968. I wore the button, and was not even old enough to vote. I once bought a house after I saw the FOR SALE sign that pointed the direction. And, don’t you just love to read the bumper stickers on cars? I won’t give any examples, since often they may be a little inappropriate.

So, if you need a sign, we have them. If you need a new metal stand for the sign you have, we have those too. No charge!! Let’s recruit some more scouts!!