Troop 642 is a member of the Mustang District of the Sam Houston Area Council. The Troop is chartered by the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. You or your son do not have to be a member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church to be a member of the Troop. In fact, Scouts in the Troop represent over 30 different churches in the Houston area.
Troop 642 is one of the oldest Troops in the Houston area. We recently celebrated our 50th anniversary. The Troop has produced over 500 Eagle Scouts. This is one of the highest totals in the United States.
The Troop has a challenging program that we hope will better prepare the boys for the future. This program is based on the strength of the Scout leadership of older Scouts, heritage of the Troop and the extensive adult involvement of both parents and Scoutmasters. In its lengthy history the Troop has only had six Scoutmasters, strong evidence of the stable adult leadership that has been so important to the Troop. In recent years, the Troop has enjoyed continuing membership in excess of 100 scouts. The Troop is fortunate to have a large group of Scoutmasters. This group has been as large as 13 adult leaders including the Scoutmaster and 12 Assistant Scoutmasters. Many of the Scoutmasters were Eagle Scouts in the Troop in years past. Many now have sons who are also Eagles in the Troop. There are even three families that have had three generations of involvement in the Troop.
The many Eagle projects have added much to our community. There are any number of playgrounds, picnic areas, landscaped schoolyards, fences and other projects, which have improved our community all made possible by one of our Eagle Scout candidates doing his Eagle project. Countless organizations have benefited from the foresight, imagination and planning of these young men as they have completed their last major hurdle before obtaining the rank of Eagle. The are usually helped by other Scouts in the Troop who earn service hours by helping out with the projects.
The Troop camps monthly except during the summer and the month of December. The Troop is fortunate to be able to camp on private ranches on most camp outs. The Troop has demonstrated a high degree of success when competing in the District wide camporees, frequently with all of its patrols earning blue ribbons. Troop 642 is usually the only Troop to enjoy such success. We normally attend summer camp at El Rancho Cima near Wimberley, Texas. The Troop attends the first week of camp which is generally the second week of June. Attending camp is an important part of the advancement program in Troop 642.
The Troop generally plans a special trip each summer. We usually plan a High Adventure for alternating summers. The High Adventures usually occur during the odd number years. In even number years we usually have several crews travel to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for one of the premier outdoor adventures in Scouting. Our High Adventures have been to Washington State, Hawaii, Colorado and several trips on U.S. Navy ships.