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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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Thanks for visiting, and we hope to see you at our next Scout Meeting.

June 28th, 2015

Scout Day at the K

By Nathen Barker

On Sunday, April 19 approximately 20 boys and leaders attended Scout Day at the K. The Royals
played the Oakland A.s, their rivals. It was an intense game and was kind of like a roller coaster
ride because the score went back and forth pretty much through the whole game. It was a
rough game and had a lot of unsportsmanlike conduct. Five Royals’ were thrown out of the

Even though it sprinkled a little bit, it seemed like all the boys from 282 who attended the game had
fun and enjoyed the game. Some of us enjoyed that Nacho Helmet, even if the price was high.
Mr. Norton didn’t want the nachos, but he was glad to get the helmet.
The K was packed with approximately 14,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, families and leaders. Hope to
see you there next year!


June 28th, 2015

Camp Staff Life

By Mark Mangels

People who know me very well noticed that I have been serving as part time volunteer staff at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation the last couple of years. I just got back from 2nd session this week. They often are curious about what it is like and why do I do it. They see it as a place that is dusty, rocky, windy, rainy, sweaty, insect and animal infested and hot. I see it as a place of scouting history, shade everywhere, full of learning, a place to teach, make new friends, rekindle old friendships, reflect and meditate with 3 square meals and canvass over my head. I love my reservation. It really is a place of strong medicine and especially a chance for me to help scouts and scouters. Nights are like going to an art museum where you see the Sun set and stand in awe at the night sky blanketed with stars. I can go to sleep listening to a choir of critters. I can wake up to the Sun rising in the East. Yes, I am very busy working all day, but if you enjoy it, it’s not really work. Most of all, I can think. And think. And think. Time spent with the Great Spirit goes a long way in our busy lives back in the big city. Time goes by quickly. Each year Troop 282 sends several scouts to Bartle as full time staff and volunteer part time staff. If one session of camping is not enough each summer? Consider applying for CAMP STAFF.

June 28th, 2015

Lone Star Staff 2015

By Dillon England

This year, I am down working at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. I work in the camp I’ve camped in since I was a Tenderfoot, and I couldn’t imagine it any differently. Go Lone Star! There are many things I enjoy about being on staff, whether it be the experience, the interactions, or just the involvement.
The fun that I am having down here is simply that of a camper ten-fold. I get to sing songs every day, do what I love, and promote the scouting program. It’s a fantastic option to take if you’re serious about scouting. I teach First Aid at the Scoutcraft Lodge, where the basic skills of being a Boy Scout are taught – and no, it isn’t where Pottery is.(Haha.)
My personal favorite part about being down here, you might ask? Interacting with all of the campers. Down here, I realize that there are just so many great people out there. My job specifically allows me to interact with those that are of the most crucial age group in the Boy Scouts of America; the first year campers. Along with teaching the First Aid merit badge, I also teach in a program called Trail to First Class. In said program I go over a specific set of requirements each day and the scouts can return to their troop with more knowledge than they had yesterday. Just doing that, piquing their interests, and making everything fun for them is enough to keep me going all summer long.
My involvement in the staff is significant, and ever growing. It is the same for each and every staff member. All of the program wouldn’t be what it is without everyone here. For me, on top of teaching an Eagle required merit badge and working with first year campers, I may also become a Runner in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say third session. I’ll have the opportunity to be involved in one of the most thrilling parts of scout camp — Call Night. Believe me, seeing things behind the scenes is amazing. It takes great coordination and determination to uphold the program that I love, and the one I know we all love too.


The (basic) requirements for joining camp staff are as follows:
-Must be at least 15 years of age
-Follow all principles of the Boy Scouts of America

If you are interested in going down on staff for the 2016 camping season, come see me. I’ll be able to tell you all about it. And if you want to see me at camp, I’ll be down the hill at Scoutcraft; the lodge will always be open to you.


May 18th, 2015

Troop 282 Visits McConnell Air Force Base

By Ben Wyatt

We finally got to go to McConnell Air Force Base again, and it was a blast. The last time I went, I was only a first year. This time far surpassed my expectations. It was a great time. We got to get up close with the KC-135 refueling jet. We also went to an air traffic control tower and got to see a simulation, as well as go bowling later on in the night. This trip was already a good time from my past experiences, but this time it was even more fun.

Large Aircraft

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.

Klondike Derby Firebuilding

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

Four Boys with Medal and Plaque

January 6th, 2015

2014-2015 High Adventure to Disney World

By Stacy Howell

Wow! The Disney World High Adventure Trip was amazing. Although there were many bumps along the road, overall the trip was very successful. Basically I was the only one who encountered the bumps in the road, however the participants experienced 7 days of fun & excitement. The group spent many hours of fundraising to reduce the overall cost of the trip and we even had fun while fundraising. By the time we boarded the plane to Orlando, FL, we were one big happy family.

This was the troop’s first experience flying as a group. Overall, the flights were great & if the troop chooses to participate in another High Adventure Trip to Disney World, we will definitely be flying again. We stayed at The Disney All Star Sports Resort which is located within the Disney World complex. This resort is a great option for groups. A few of the participants tried out the swimming pool but I heard they didn’t stay in the water long because it was quite chilly. Each participant also had a MagicBand which is pretty amazing. Everyone got to choose the color of their MagicBand and they also have each person’s name inside the band. The MagicBand was used to access your room, to enter the amusement parks and access the FastPasses. The six Boy Scouts earned 3 Merit Badges, American Cultures, Movie Making and Aviation. 

We were divided into two groups. Our group had 15 people and we went almost non-stop to ensure that we saw almost everything there was to see in the four Disney World amusement parks. Everyone in the group stayed together except when we were in the resort rooms. Although the parks were very full because of the Christmas holiday, we did not spend much time standing in line because we utilized the FastPass option which allows you to reserve a time to ride the attractions. The few times we did stand in line, we visited, laughed and got to know each other better. 

The entire group of 29 participants spent the last few hours of New Year’s Eve together in the Magic Kingdom amusement park. We watched the Electric Parade and the ‘special edition’ of the New Year’s Eve fireworks. All I can say is, ‘WOW’. I don’t think I have ever seen so many fireworks in such a short time. I will never forget such a great New Year’s Eve celebration with 28 great people (and the thousands of other people). 

Disney World Group Photo

I would like to thank the other 28 participants for making this trip great. I truly hope everyone enjoyed the experience. I especially would like to thank Melinda Newberry for taking the time to purchase a beautiful glass Mickey Mouse head Christmas ornament and a cute Cinderella’s Castle phone case as a gift of appreciation from all the participants. I am ready to start planning the troop’s next High Adventure trip to Disney World. Is anyone else going with me?

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 Many Troop Members Donating Food and Timeorganize 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 a1496736_1509727575965397_2001268922486233144_n 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.