Troop 890 was chartered in 1961 by Lake Highlands United Methodist Church. The Troop has remained at LHUMC over its 57+ year history. The Troop meets every Monday night at 7:00 pm except for the Monday after campouts and breaks over the Christmas holidays and summer break.
Charles Cook was the Troop’s first Scoutmaster and the first Eagle rank was presented in 1963. Over 525 boys have received their Eagle rank from Troop 890. Ben Kenyon was our 500th Eagle Scout and we had a huge 500 Eagles celebration in May 2016 for all 500 Eagles.
The Troop conducts a typical boy-led Scouting program. The Troop usually has monthly campouts with three in the fall semester and three in the spring semester, usually at locations close to Dallas so that Scouts can participate even if they have other non-scout activities planned for a weekend. The Troop attends a week of summer camp at Camp Constantin on Possum Kingdom Lake the third week in June.
Some of the typical campouts during the year include canoeing, climbing and rappelling, a capture-the-flag campout in January, the annual Olympics Campout in November, and a fishing campout at various properties around Dallas Fort Worth. In addition, an annual 50-mile hike takes place over spring break.
The Troop conducts an annual service project around the holidays with Lake Highlands UMC and an annual fertilizer and trash bag sale that gives Scouts the opportunity to raise money to help pay for their membership dues, summer camp and high-adventure treks.
Speaking of high-adventure treks, each year older Scouts participate in high-adventure treks across the country. Traditionally, we rotate high-adventure treks to Philmont Scout Ranch, Northern Tier Canoe Base, Sea Base in Florida, and the National Jamboree in West Virginia.
As you can see, we are a very active Troop, with an emphasis on giving boys an exciting exposure to the great outdoors. We live the Scout Oath and Law!