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Dear Scouts and Parents,

Welcome to Troop 840! We are honored to have you visit our web site and we invite you to visit our Troop anytime. We meet on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Valley Ranch Baptist Church at 1501 E. Belt Line Road, Coppell, TX .   

   

Our goal at Troop 840 is to deliver the promise of Scouting: Adventure, Learning, Challenge, and Responsibility. The first part of our promise is the great outdoors. We go camping every month and we go to summer camp each year. Summer camp is a perfect opportunity to focus on mastering your Scout Skills on the Trail to First Class. Usually, we also have a High Adventure activity for our Scouts 14 and older, like Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico, Northern Tier in Minnesota/Canada, or Sea Base in Florida.  Starting this year, a new high adventure camp will be opening in West Virginia; this is also the site of the National Jamboree this year.  

We have fun at Troop 840 and one of the fun things we do is have our Scout Buck Auction every May. Through out the year, Scouts earn “Scout Bucks” for various activities such as attendance at meetings and camp-outs, being in uniform, rank advancement and any other incentives deemed worthy of a reward. The boys accumulate these “Scout Bucks” which they then spend on camping equipment and other fun stuff. The auction is funded by our annual Chili Dinner at Austin Elementary School in December.

Please look over our great web site. You will see all of our outings listed and many of the photos from previous outings. You will also find other important information about our troop, including basic camp equipment and rules and procedures we live by. We always want to do what is best for the Scouts and stay within BSA policy. That includes Safe Scouting at all times.

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If I can help you answer any question, please feel free to contact me directly or anyone of our Adult Leaders via the Contact Us page. I again welcome you and look forward to meeting you in person.

Sincerely yours,

Phillip Morse
Scoutmaster
pmorse81@yahoo.com
Coppell. TX

   

A Quick History of Our Troop, by Former Scoutmaster Terry Smith

The first Scoutmaster was Mr. Gary Brewer, followed by Mr. Bob McCarty, and Mr. Forrest Broom (who provided much of this information). Next came Mr. Terry Tyler until he moved away, then back to Mr. Forrest Broom, until finally Mr. Waid Davis for a number of years, followed by Chris Wilt, and myself.  In January, 2013, Lawrence Paroski replaced me as Scoutmaster.  It is worth noting that the last three (3) former Scoutmasters are still active in Troop 840, which is a tribute to how much fun we have! Webmaster's note: On December 1, 2014, Mr. Paroski passed away. He was temporarily succeeded by former Scoutmaster Chris Wilt. Mr. Wilt has now been succeeded by Phillip Morse as of March 1, 2015.

The fire department was the chartered organization in the beginning, but the troop quickly outgrew the facility. By the fall of 1988 we started meeting at the middle school on Mockingbird (there was only one back then). We did that for about a year, until Sandy Lake Baptist Church took over our charter and provided our meeting place in the spring of 1989.

In August of 2007 we relocated to Valley Ranch Baptist Church in Coppell, and now have more meeting room space than ever before. We are still going strong with a current membership of 84 Scouts.  

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Troop 840 is operated as a boy-led group. The Scouts make the agenda and take a leading role in organizing all camp outs and troop activities. The troop is more than 25 years old now and has been graced with 140 Eagle Scouts, with several more on the way.

We currently run a monthly outdoor program consisting of camping, backpacking and other activities.
Our troop stresses boy leadership, responsibility, and an active program.

Where Do We Meet?
Troop 840 meets at the Valley Ranch Baptist Church in Coppell
1501 E. Belt Line Road Coppell, TX 75019
(by Beltline and MacArthur) every Tuesday evening from 7:00pm to 8:15pm.

Before each meeting, at 6:30 pm, we have an optional (but highly-educational) program (unique to Troop 840) called Knotmasters that is led by two of our Assistant Scoutmasters.  In the Knotmasters program, Scouts/Scouters learn around 40 knots, lashings, splices, and rope-making, after which they proudly display the Knotmaster symbol on their Scout uniform belt.   

To get directions and expanded views of our meeting location, use the interactive map from MapBlast.

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