Troop 529's
Home Page
About Us
Adult Training
Eagle's Flight
Committee Chair Note
About the Committe
About the Leaders
Advantages of Scouts
Boy Scout Ranks
Order of the Arrow
Service Projects

Boy Scout Troop 529
(Mount Pleasant, South Carolina)
ScoutLander Contact Our Troop Member Login

Scout Master - Chris Sjolander

Hello, my name is Chris Sjolander (Show – lander), and I’m the Scoutmaster of Troop 529.  I’ve been involved in scouting since 2013, with my son, Nikolai.  I was an Assistant Den Leader in Pack 505, and was also on the Troop 529 Committee before being asked to serve in this capacity. 
In my time with Troop 529, I’ve found a troop with a group of leaders that have a wealth of scouting experience.  We have several boys who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and another handful on the journey from Life to Eagle Scout.   Beyond that, we have a very active bunch of younger scouts.  

Professionally, I am an engineering teacher at Wando High School.  Prior to that I was an Automotive Engineering at Ford Motor Company.  I enjoy boating, camping/outdoor activities, and traveling.  

Kirk Taylor ASM

Kirk has lived in Mount Pleasant since 2008 with his wife of 20 years, Mary Helen, and son Merritt.  He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Clemson and has worked for the MWV Specialty Chemicals Division for 20 years.  In that time, he spent 13 years in various roles in a chemical manufacturing plant.  Since 2008 he has work in the Division Headquarters office in Sales and Operations Planning.

Kirk has been very active in scouting for the past five years.  He served as his son’s Den Leader for all five years in Pack 505.  Kirk also served as the Pack IT/Webmaster for several years and the Pack Secretary for his last year.  Kirk has been a Unit Commissioner and Assistant District Commissioner for the Etiwan District for the past few years.  He is currently the Etiwan District Commissioner.  He is fully trained in all his previous Cub Scout roles, is fully trained as an Assistant Scoutmaster and recently earned his Wood Badge beads.

Prior to being involved in Scouting, his hobbies included radio control airplanes and he is the past president of two animal shelters.

As a youth, Kirk was in the Civil Air Patrol and completed that organizations equivalent of Life Scout, the Amelia Earhart Award.

Kirk’s email is and his cell number is 843-813-0265.

Thad O'Brien - Assistant Scout Master


"Thad O'Brien lives with his wife ,Mary and their 3 sons Jamie and John (new scouts to Troop 529) and Tommy (Webelos, Pack 505) in Mount Pleasant. They have been active members of St. Benedict's Parish for 10 years. Thad is a managing principal of Soundview Financial, an Investment Advisory firm, for 21 years and has 31 years years experience in the financial services industry. He studied at the University of CT (BA-English), the University of Bridgeport, CT (MBA-Finance), and is a graduate of the College for Financial Planning CFP program.  He was a Star Scout as a youth in Wilton, CT and serves as an Assistant Den Leader in Cub Scout Pack 505. He enjoys many sports and outdoors activities and continues to study Tang Soo Do karate (2nd degree black belt). He's an active volunteer at East Cooper Montessori Charter school."
He has Scout Master training, Merit Badge training, CPR certified, Wilderness First Aid certified, Venture leader training.