The Bellaire & Southwestern Texan (Bellaire, Tex.), No. 28, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 26, 1969 Page: 14 of 28
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THE BELLAIRE TEXAN
Wednesday, November 26, 1969
Boy Scout Troop 820 Small But Active
were “already familiar with the
They were really interested,
Attendence to the Troopneet-
ings and camp-outs is near per-
fect and en.husiasm is high.
"Help from the fathers is no
problem, because every father
is a member of the troop com-
mittee and attends every meet-
ing,” McKusker said.
Since the troop was organized,
the youngsters have participated
in an estimated 40 days of camp-
ing, active in Camporees; re-
treats and summer camps.
"An interesting note,” he said:
“The troop has earned the Na-
tional Camping Award two years
in a row.”
The Scouts participate in var-
ious activities, including the
Houston Rock and Gem Show
where their collections are ex-
hibited at the Shamrock.
In previous years, boys from
the troop have earned first place
awards for their collections.
Among fall activities slated
for the troop is the annual Court
of Honor, held recently in Bel-
"Highlighting the event was the
awarding of Merit Badges and
Rank advancement,” McKusker
During the recent Court of Hon-
or, Scout members John Taylor
and M’ke Steele were advanced
to second class. Steve Pickett,
Charlie Corbett, Tommy Jurek
and Jeff Wilkenson advanced to
Steve Pickett, Charlie Corbett,
Tommy Jurek and Jeff Wilken-
son earned the Public Health
John Taylor and Mike Steele
earned the Geology Merit Badge.
Tom Lorenz earned the Canoe-
ing Merit Badge.
Other troop officials in atten-
dance were Wes Pickett, Tom
Lorenz, and John McDowell, as-
Byron Wilkerson and Hansen
Steele committeemen, Charles
Corbett Sr., troop committee
active in Scouting for the past
seven years. This is his first
experience wdh the handicapped.
The troop was organized last
April by McKusker and Scout-
master Marvin Smith “becausea
few youngsters indicated an in-
terest in Scouting,” McKusker
"We heard there were young-
sters in Southwest Houston who
were interested,” he explained,
“but there were no Troops open-
ed to the handicapped.”
It was then that Smith and
McKusker decided to sponsor a
troop. And today they wouldn’t
trade their boys for the world.
“The important thing,” he
said, “is informing parents of
the troop. Youngsters come from
all over. We want more boys -
the thing is making people aware
that we exist.”
McKusker said when the Troop
opened, many of the youngsters
There are only seven young-
sters in Boy Scout Troop 820.
“It’s small, but the seven
youngsters participating put their
heart into their work,” said Don
McKusker, assistant Scoutmas-
“They care and they want to
The Troop, sponsored by Holy
Ghost Catholic Church, is one
of two in Texas for the physi-
cally handicapped. The second
troop is in Port Arthur.
“It’s a giant step for these
youngsters,” McKusker said.
“The meetings mean much more
“It’s fellowship,” he said,
“and the boys work hard toward
earning their merit badges.”
McKusker, of 8522 Braewick,
is an old time Scout enthusiast,
working several nights a week
with Southwest area troops.
The father of eight he’s been
Instructors look on during a
recent Court of Honors held
at the Bellaire Scout House.
Instructors help on various
projects as volunteers.
Scoutmaster Marvin Smith (left)
watches as Tommy Jurek receives
his merit badge. Tommy receives
help from his Mother, Mrs. Jurek.
Photos by Peter Whitney
Boy Scouts wait For awards during the recently held
Court of Honors. There are seven boys in the troop
but assistant Scoutmaster Don McKusker says "there
is room for all boys who are interested".
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Burleson, Darlenna. The Bellaire & Southwestern Texan (Bellaire, Tex.), No. 28, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 26, 1969, newspaper, November 26, 1969; Bellaire, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth566566/m1/14/: accessed April 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Bellaire Friends Library & Historical Society.