Troop 1836

We are a founding charter member of Trail Life USA, an exciting character, leadership, and adventure program. We invite all boys and young men Kindergarten through college to be part of our troop.

Our objectives are simple: teach valued skills, build confidence, develop strong moral character, and have tons-of-fun within an outdoor adventure program while maintaining a Christian world-view.

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Statement of Faith

The Statement of Faith is designed to affirm the need for those in leadership to follow biblical standards.



We believe there is One Triune God – God the Father; Jesus Christ, His one and only Son; and the Holy Spirit – Creator of the universe and eternally existent. We believe the Holy Scriptures (Old and New Testaments) to be the inspired and authoritative Word of God. We believe each person is created in His image for the purpose of communing with and worshiping God. We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit, Who enables us to live godly lives. We believe each of us is called to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.


We believe God calls us to lives of purity, service, stewardship and integrity:



God calls us to lives of holiness, being pure of heart, mind, word and deed. We are to reserve sexual activity for the sanctity of marriage, a lifelong commitment before God between a man and a woman.



God calls us to become responsible members of our community and the world through selfless acts that contribute to the welfare of others.



God calls us to use our God-given time, talents, and money wisely.



God calls us to live moral lives that demonstrate an inward motivation to do what is biblically right regardless of the cost.


Ted Hamilton

Ted Hamilton currently serves as Troopmaster for Trail Life USA Troop TX-1836, located in College Station, Texas. As a boy Ted began his scouting adventure as a Cub Scout, and was involved in scouting until he went to college. Ted earned the Eagle Scout award at the age of 14, and went on to serve in a variety of leadership positions within his local troop and as a summer camp counselor in the Central Florida Council. While in college, he served as a summer camp counselor at a private boy’s camp in the mountains of North Carolina, teaching boys from 5 – 17 years old. Following college and after joining the U.S. Marines, Ted served within the Boy Scouts as a Troop committee member, a Scoutmaster, and later in his career as a District Chairman.

Assistant Troopmaster
Todd Watson

In the early 1970s, Todd Watson became a Cub Scout. He stayed active in scouting all the way through Boy Scouts. Dr. Watson again became active in Scouting as a Cubmaster when his son became a Cub Scout. He later served as an Asst. Scoutmaster and a fully-trained Scoutmaster of a troop. As an Advisor for Trail Life USA Adventurers (9th-12th grade) in Troop TX-1836, he honors his scouting legacy while raising the standard for adventure, character, and leadership. Dr. Watson is committed to helping young men become Godly husbands and fathers.

Charles Lafon

Charles Lafon currently serves Texas Troop-1836 as Ranger, overseeing the program for the elementary-age boys in the troop. Charles grew up in the mountains of Virginia, where he learned to enjoy outdoor activities, from hiking to hunting to gardening. As a professor of geography at Texas A&M;, he teaches and conducts research related to his interests in exploring the earth. He and his son have been involved with Troop-1836 since 2014. Charles appreciates the way in which Trail Life integrates outdoor activities with spiritual training through which boys can develop godly character as they journey toward manhood.

Health and Safety Officer
Andrew Crutchfield

Currently serving as the Health and Safety Officer for Troop TX-1836, Drew Crutchfield is putting his experience as a paramedic to good use in an environment that he has always loved. Drew grew up in the rolling hills and hardwood forests of Southern Indiana where he developed an enduring love for God’s creation. He and his wife school their three children at home where character is at the heart of every lesson. Trail Life is a natural fit for Drew, allowing him to combine his love of the outdoors with the Biblical, character building, youth leadership training program that is Trail Life USA.

Trail Guide
John Moravec

Currently serving as one of the Trail Guides for the Adventures Patrol. Growing up in rural McLennan County, Texas Mr. Moravec learned the importance of faith, family, character, heritage, leadership and integrity.  Mr. Moravec and his son have been involved in Troop-1836 since 2014.  Additionally, Mr. Moravec assists Dr. Watson with the Navigator Patrols program delivery.  Hobbies include Outdoor Adventure/Ministry, Archery, Fishing, Czech Heritage, Blacksmithing and Adventure Motorcycling.  As a Homeschool Dad, public servant, active church member and involved in Outdoor Ministry and Youth for over the past twenty years, Mr. Moravec is proud to serve TLUSA in the call to instruct the youth of our area to live lives of purity, service, stewardship and integrity.