Scouts BSA Troop 205, located in the Northeast corner of Fort Worth, Texas.
Mario Garza was the Cubmaster for Pack 205, in mid 1998, under the Alliance United Methodist Church leadership of Pastor Jerry Galloway, he asked why we didn’t have a Boy Scout Troop at the church. No one had taken the time to start one. He then said, “Well, why don’t you start one?”
We had several boys (Nunez & Andrews Families) that wanted to join a Boy Scout troop. We made announcements at the Pack Meeting and there were some older brothers who were interested. We also made an announcement at the Sunday Church service and received interest there as well.
So in the Fall of 1999 we started putting the plan together to start the Troop 205. A Troop 205 Committee was formed, Mario Garza was the first Committee Chair and Brad Andrews was the first Scoutmaster. The Nuñez, Richardson, and Garza families made up the first Committee and we were off. We chartered Troop 205 with 6 scouts and a Committee to start raising some money for equipment.
Our first activity was the Brazos Valley District Merit Badge College in 2000 in Weatherford, Texas. We had our elections and our first Senior Patrol Leader(SPL) was Joseph Nuñez a 2nd class scout (he had the highest rank at the time). The Gastineau Family joined shortly after that after moving to town and Tyler became the next SPL and Micah Culpepper shortly after that. All those SPLs eventually became Eagle Scouts.
In February 2000 we had 2 Webelos patrols crossover from Pack 205. In that group was Carl Dieffenbach our first scout to earn the Eagle Scout rank in the troop.
Alliance United Methodist Church has been our charter organization from the start and still is today. Scouts BSA Troop 205 provides a safe, fun environment for boys and young adults to build character, to learn the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness, all while learning valuable leadership skills!
The leaders of Troop 205 are the Scouts themselves. Empowering the Scouts to be leaders is the core of Scouting.
Scouts learn by doing. What they do is lead their patrols and the troop. Our Scouts have developed the Troop’s program for each month and for the coming year. Leadership starts with the Patrol. The Patrol Leader and his Assistant Patrol Leader guide their Scouts as they advance in rank, participate in activities, such as camping.
As Scouts advance in rank and experience, they are able to attain a larger leadership role. The Senior Patrol Leader not only leads the Patrol Leaders but he also has a staff that he leads for 6 months. His staff gives him the leadership and management capacity to ensure that the Troop runs smoothly.