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Boy Scout Troop 884
(Manassas, Virginia)
 
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Phil Kellogg became Scoutmaster of Troop 884 in October 2014 after serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster and outdoor activity coordinator.  He has one son who became an Eagle in 2018 and two sons still in Troop 884, a Life Scout working his way toward Eagle, and a Scout who is doing the same.

Phil spent seven years serving on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, separating in 1992, and has been a civil servant with the Department of Defense since 1994.  He is currently the Deputy Director for the Defense Industrial Base in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security.

Phil believes in camping and outdoor activity as the best vehicles for teaching Scouts a range of skills including cooking, fire-building, first aid and, above all, leadership.  He is committed to following the Patrol method of scouting and believes every event should be an opportunity for fun, learning, advancement, and the building of boys’ character.

Scoutmaster Phil is indispensably supported by Assistant Scoutmasters Dean Wence, Andy Dalrymple and Scott Minke.
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Assistant Scoutmaster Andy Dalrymple - Bio coming
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Assistant Scoutmaster Dean Wence - Bio coming
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Scott Minke - Updated bio coming.

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The Scoutmaster’s Minute is brief in duration but one of the most important parts of a troop meeting. Occurring at the closing of the meeting, it is the thought that will go home with the boys. It is the time to teach one of the ideals of Scouting. The Scoutmaster’s Minute is a special time when you have the attention of all the boys in the troop, and it is your opportunity to convey a special message of inspiration.


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Scoutmaster Kellogg - Dec 03, 2014

"Sticks and Stones"

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!”  A noble thought, perhaps, but pretty much completely untrue.  We don’t often think of it this way, but there are few forces in the world to rival the human tongue for sheer power, either for building up or for tearing down.  The things we say to people – the words we use, the tone and manner in which we speak – can have a powerful impact on them, for better or for worse.  So think about what you say before you say it – there is an awful lot in life that is better left un-said.  Think also about how you say it – do you really need to be harsh or cutting to get your point across?  And, when you’re angry or emotional, take a pause before saying anything at all because our tongue is at its most destructive when we’re angry.  Don’t gossip or cut people down with your words – by definition it always comes at the expense of another person, and people matter even if you don’t know or like them.  One final thought; what you say and how you say it says as much about you as it does about whatever you are talking about.  In this Christian tradition the bible says “from the volume of the heart, the mouth speaks”.  What do your words, what does your tongue and how you use it, say about the volume of your heart?   

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Scoutmaster Kellogg - Nov 19, 2014

Most of you probably woke up this morning and, as you do on most mornings, showered, got dressed, ate breakfast and went to school.  The house you woke up in and the school you went to are heated in the winter and cooled in the summer, and so is the bus you might have ridden on.  When you showered the water was clean, free of germs and piping hot on a bitter cold morning.  Your breakfast was also hot, probably tasted pretty good and was more-or-less nutritious.  If it wasn’t it’s probably because you made a choice to eat junk – nutritious food is around us in abundance.  Around noon, you took a break from schoolwork, had another more-or-less nutritious, filling meal, and then went back to your studying.  A couple of hours later you went back to a warm home, relaxed a little, ate dinner, did homework and went to sleep in a warm, clean, dry bed.

 

All of us pretty much go through our days without a lot of discomfort.  And because most of the people immediately around us do the same thing, we take these things for granted and naturally assume that everyone in the world lives pretty much the way we do.  But it isn’t that way at all:

 

·      Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty, that's less than $1.25 a day.  80 percent live on less than $10 per day.

 

·      According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty

 

·      More than 1 billion people lack adequate access to clean drinking water and an estimated 400 million of these are children

 

·      121 million school-age children do not go to school

 

·      Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year because they are too poor to afford proper treatment

 

·      1/4 of all humans live without electricity — approximately 1.6 billion people

 

I don’t tell you these things to make you feel guilty, but to make you understand that as Thanksgiving approaches all of us have much to thank God for.  We are blessed not only with the basic necessities of life, but with freedom of thought, of religion, freedom of expression and association, and a hundred other liberties that in many ways are unique to the time and place in which we are living.  So as you gather next week with your families and your friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, make sure you spend some time thinking about these things and the many other things for which we all have reason to truly be thankful.


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Scoutmaster Kellogg - Nov 12, 2014

If I say, “Failing to plan is….”, you know the response is…”planning to fail.”  It’s a famous saying familiar to all of us and attributed to a lot of different people, but it’s only one of many things that have been said or written about the importance of planning.  Dwight Eisenhower, the commanding General of Allied forces during World War II who, by the way, oversaw the planning for the invasion of Normandy, popularly known as D-day, once said “Plans are nothing; planning is everything”.  What Eisenhower meant by this is that plans are rarely used or executed as they are written, especially in battle.  Circumstances change, things go awry and what ends up happening may look very different from “the plan”.  But take note of the second part of the quote; planning is everything.  The process of planning forces us to think through what we are about to do in a methodical, deliberate way, to consider alternatives, decide on what resources we need to execute the plan, what specifically needs to happen and when in order to accomplish what we want to accomplish.  For Scouts the ultimate manifestation of the planning process is the Eagle Scout project.  But in reality every event you participate in as scouts is an opportunity to practice planning skills that will serve you throughout the rest of your life in a thousand different ways.  Planning weekly meetings, planning campouts – deciding who will cook, who will provide tents, etc. are all elements of planning - to individual PLs having a weekly plan for what they want to do with the scouts in their patrol, are all examples of planning.  Like anything else in life, the more you practice these important skills, the better you become at them and the more comfortable you are doing it.  So, take advantage of the opportunities you are given and make the most of them!


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Assistant Scoutmaster Nalls - Oct 22nd, 2014

On My Honor...  A Scout is Trustworthy... Have you ever heard these words before.  These are the first words of the Scout Oath, and Scout Law.  Have you ever heard the phase "my word is my bond", or "You are only as good as your word"?  Your honor is something no one can take away from you, but you can give it away little by little every time you tell a little fib or lie, and once you give it away it is hard to get back.
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Minke's Moment - Oct 15th, 2014

A Scout is Reverent:
BeingReverent is not something a scout does once a week.  You do it when youare at a campout, enjoying everything the Creator has made.  You show itwhen you think of the blessings of being in a troop, and the friendsyou are making and the skills  you are learning.  You do it when youthink about the blessings of your Family.  There is a holiday coming upwhich is all about being thankful for the various blessings you havebeen given.  One thing my family does for Thanksgiving is we go aroundthe table and something we are thankful for.  It will be missed thisyear, as I am away from them.  But think about all of your blessings andgive thanks.

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Minke's Moment - Oct 1st, 2014

Your reputation is like your shoe!  You wear them every day and people judge you by them.  So do you take care of them and keep them clean, or are they worn and ragged looking?


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