History of Troop 226
In the fall of 2004, Lori Green hosted a meeting at Mardel to gauge the level of interest in starting a Boy Scout Troop for Christian homeschool families. Quite a few people showed up for that first meeting, including Theda Green (no relation to Lori) and her son, Britain, who came with their completed forms ready to go. The Boy Scout district office was anxious to help the group get organized before the end of 2004, so they allowed the young troop to charter with just two boys, less than the typical minimum requirement. Lori completed the charter application and the paperwork for her son, Austin, and the group was “official.”
From the beginning, the Troop was established to serve the Christian homeschool community. Originally chartered by the Plano Educational Association of Christian Homeschoolers (PEACH), Troop 226 is now chartered by the North Texas Christian Homeschool Association (NTCHA).
The nascent troop found their first Scoutmaster in Jim Vorgert, who had previously served as the Cubmaster for Pack 226. Before he would agree to serve, Mr. Vorgert required that the troop obtain a trailer, a place to meet, and at least one older Scout. The Lord faithfully provided all three. As Lori Green recalls, a “man from Plano called and said, ‘I hear you are in need of a trailer. I have one and will bring it to you.’ I have no idea how he got my name or number and neither did the district office.”
The older scout that offered to help mentor the boys wasn’t able to continue in the troop, but several churches agreed to provide their facilities for the new troop. Mr. Vorgert was convinced that God wanted him to help start the new troop, and he agreed to serve as the first troop scoutmaster.
In February of 2005, the first group of four Webelos crossed over into the troop. Soon after, Chris Vorgert decided to switch from his current troop and became a part of Troop 226. In less than 5 years, Troop 226 grew from those first two boys to over 50 scouts, outgrowing two trailers and their meeting facility in the process. Today, God continues to bless Troop 226 with wonderful boys and adult leaders.
Founded on the wisdom of Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it,” the purpose of Troop 226 is to help parents train and equip their sons – through the Scouting program – to be capable Christian leaders. This training is built upon the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Scout Oath and Law.
Troop 226 is committed to support parents in training up their sons in the way they should go. It is our intent to help each young man under our care to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Scout Oath and Law.
Troop 226 is dedicated first and foremost to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, making it a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path, and an instrument to prepare young men to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes. We deliver a quality Scouting program that honors the Lord and equips young men to be prepared and to live out the Scout Oath and Law.