Boy Scouts of America

Troop 282

Blue Elk District • Heart of America Council, BSA

A Chartered Organization of Trinity Episcopal Church


Archive for June, 2016

June 20th, 2016

Blue Elk Lodge

Have you ever looked intently at the pictures on our wall down in the scout room? If you have, you may have seen a picture of one Mr. Hammontree, our founding scoutmaster. Although many of you know our troop is in the Blue Elk district, and there’s an actual building at scout camp named after him, do you know much of anything else about him?
Mr. Hammontree not only founded Boy Scout Troop 282 in 1948, but he also held the position of Recording Medicine Man in the tribe of Mic-o-Say for a number of years back in the 1960s. While in that position, Mr. Hammontree, Medicine Man Blue Elk, built his reputation as a man boys could look up to, and strike up a conversation with at any time. As Dave Woodman will always say, Mr. Hammontree could be told your name once, and he would always remember it. A true friend, and a firm believer of the Boy Scouting program, Mr. Hammontree impacted the lives of many tribesmen, and non-tribesmen alike. After Mr. Hammontree’s passing in 1969, the Mic-o-Say records center was renamed in his honor, forever to be known as the Blue Elk Lodge. It is here that I have had the honor to take a position and work this summer on staff, to once again allow troop 282 to represent Mr. Hammontree’s legacy in the records center. It is also cool to know that Dave Woodman, Medicine Man Painted Elk, changed his tribal name to its current status because of his respect for J.D.
To represent troop 282 in Mr. Hammontree’s lodge is a big honor. It is a hard staff to get onto, and being asked to move into this position was a blessing. While in Blue Elk, I am constantly reminded of Mr. Hammontree by his picture on the wall, just as the one hanging in the scout room. It inspires me every day to do my job to the best of my ability so that maybe one day, I can say I had an impact somewhat close to that of our founding scoutmaster. I encourage each and every member of our troop to ask, and learn the history of our troop. Learning about Mr. Hammontree has been one of the most interesting aspects of working in Blue Elk, as I get to know more and more about the man we can only hear about at inductions. Also while working in his lodge, I have begun to truly see his impact at scout camp, and how much he truly meant to the Boy Scouting program in our area. Just as the Lone Star staff says, be proud of our past in troop 282. No other troop can say that they have a lodge at scout camp named after their founding scoutmaster. I would also like to encourage each and every member of troop 282 to come down on staff at least one summer. Maybe some day that will lead you to Blue Elk as well, such as my path has. It is impossible to put into words how much my love and respect for our scout troop and the program we run has grown by working on this staff. I am doing my best, and working my hardest to represent you, my fellow troop members, and myself as best as I can. I want people to know that 282 is a big deal, and we will continue to be a big deal for generations to come. People only have the highest of compliments for our troop, as they should. Can’t wait for you guys to come down to camp
Ashton England
Runner Black Diving Falcon

June 20th, 2016

Tribal Celebration

The Mic-o-Say Tribal Celebration is a great time for old friends, or even new ones, to come together at a place that is very near and dear to our hearts, the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. While at the celebration, all tribesman get an opportunity to further their knowledge of the tribe, or participate in the Chieftain’s Challenge. While at the celebration, troop 282 showcased our group of tribesman in the Chieftain’s challenge. Although we did not place, we had a great deal of fun, and worked alongside a few boys from another troop. Personally, I think we worked well as a team, and 282 should be proud to have these young men in our troop as part of our leadership core. Another exciting part of the celebration is the revealing of our new chieftain, which this year was Jim Hayes, our first chieftain to hold all positions in Mic-o-Say. I encourage our newest tribesman to keep coming back to camp, and to attend tribal celebration because you get to learn the true meaning of Mic-o-Say and you will have a greater impact in our troop if you do. As always, remember to think before you do anything, and keep the true spirit of Mic-o-Say alive in our troop for generations to come.


June 17th, 2016


On June 7, Scouts from our Troop served as Color Guard for the National Historic Trails Association. They served as Color Guard in the morning for the start of their meetings. Then again at 3pm for the dedication ceremony on the Independence Square. The ceremony has to do with artwork on a stone signifying the origin of the Oregon, California and Santa Fe Trails that originated in Independence Missouri. After the ceremony pictures were being taken by the dedicated trails marker. Then a young lady wanted a picture of the scouts on the courthouse steps, while their picture was being taken Frank White the Jackson County Executive came over and thanked them. We asked if he would take a picture with them he said sure. The Mayor of Sugar Creek, Matt Mallinson came over and thanked the scouts for doing a great job. We were also thanked and praised by spectators for doing a great job of being Color Guard. Being a Color Guard is a great honor. Our Scout Troop is asked because our Scouts know the proper etiquette and respect when they are the Color Guard. I am proud of the Scouts that represented Troop 282 as the Color Guard.