About Us

Troop 1598 History

Boy Scout Troop 1598 was chartered in 1994 by our first Scoutmaster, Tommy Thomas.  It began with 8 scouts and 3 assistant scoutmasters.  Since then, we have grown to a stable 30-35 scouts in 3 patrols.  From 2006 to 2019, Colonel Mike Fossum, a former Air Force test pilot, NASA astronaut, and distinguished Eagle Scout, served as the T-1598 Scoutmaster.  In 2019, Lieutenant Cordt Cashen, a former fire department officer and current NASA engineering flight lead became the 3rd Scoutmaster in T-1598’s history.      

Troop 1598 is committed to training our scouts to succeed in the world.  We have been recognized as the best troop in the San Jacinto District multiple times at Camporees.  In our 25+ year history, 65 young men from Troop 1598 have attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Troop 1598 Philosophy

Troop 1598 is frequently called “hard-core” and we’re proud of it. We know when it’s time to work and time to play – and we’re the best at both! As skill-levels increase, the leaders are challenged to stay one step ahead as they plan new adventures to put them to the test.

We’re a medium-sized troop and enjoy the advantage of being able to do more fun things without all the chaos and confusion you find in the very large organizations. Every one of the Scouts in T-1598 is very important to us and never gets lost in the crowd.  We believe “Scout stuff is real stuff.”  Scouting is the best preparation a young man can have in preparing him for success in the outside world – first in school and later in life. The leadership skills and confidence developed in meeting exciting challenges will last a lifetime. And the friendships forged in the process will make the journey more fun along the way!

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Patrol Patches

Troop 1598 Patrol patches pay homage to and honor the service and sacrifice of those who have served in the U.S. Military. 

Grim Reapers

Two distinct U.S. Naval Aviation Fighter Squadrons have been called the Grim Reapers -  Strike Fighter Squadron VF-10 (1942-1945) and VFA-101 based at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. 

Jolly Rogers

Since the early 1950s, three U.S. Naval Aviation squadrons have used the name and insignia of the Jolly Roger: Fighter Squadron 61/17 (VF-61/17, active 1943 - 1953), Fighter Squadron 84 (VF-84, active 1944 - 1945), Strike Fighter Squadron 103 (VFA-103, currently active) and . They each share the skull and crossbones insignia and traditions. 

Pukin' Dogs 

Strike Fighter Squadron 143 (VFA-143) is a U.S. Naval Aviation squadron that has used the name Pukin' Dogs since the 1950s. Currently based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia, the Pukin' Dogs are an operational squadron flying the F/A-18E Super Hornet.

Black Aces (Senior Leadership - SPL / ASPL)

Strike Fighter Squadron 41 (VFA-41) is a U.S. Naval Aviation squadron that has used the name Black Aces since 1950. The Black Aces fly the F/A-18F Super Hornet and are currently based Naval Air Station Lemoore in California.

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