Ken Smith, a Chattanooga’s District 3 City Councilman, came by to the talk to the scouts last night. He spoke about government and city laws, and what it meant to be a citizen in a city. He kept them engaged by answering their questions about how the government takes care of our city. Afterwards, he took questions and chatted with the Scouts. – N. Wilson
Troop 166 rafted the Nantahala river recently. They had a great time in the cooold water. More pictures are available on the Troop Web Host site, http://www.troopwebhost.org/Troop166Hixson/
Cub Scouts from Burks’ Pack 3266 enjoyed Day Camp based on a Star Wars theme. Additionally, they had a swimming party, and toured Raccoon Mountain Cavern. Later in July, the Webelos, fourth and fifth graders, will attend Webelos Resident Camp at Skymont Scout Reservation.
For one of their service projects, the Cub Scouts have been collecting items to place in Christmas shoeboxes for children in Third-world countries. They and their parents will assist the Aldersgate Sunday School class in packing these, “Christmas in July.”
Although Scouts can join at any time, the majority of the new Scouts join Cub Scouts at the start of the school year. Currently, Cub Scout dens utilize almost every available classroom on Monday nights. In May, approximately 70 Scouts advanced to their next Rank. Leaders are trying to figure out how to deal with classroom space issues in anticipation of the upcoming school year and a whole new group of Scouts.
Twenty-four Scouts and four adults attended Summer Camp at Camp Buck Toms in Rockwood, Tennessee. Scouts attended vespers services and other fellowship type activities. The bulk of their time was spent in merit badge classes such as, Lifesaving, Canoeing, Swimming, Archeology, Forestry, Photography/Moviemaking, First Aid, Fishing, Wilderness Survival, Climbing, Astronomy, Nuclear Science, and Robotics.
The Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently awarded Neil Carriker, Burks’ Scouting Coordinator and Council Advancement Chairman, with the distinguished Silver Beaver Award. Introduced in 1931, the Silver Beaver Award is the highest recognition a Boy Scout Council can bestow on an adult volunteer. The award recognizes volunteers for consistent, dedicated service to the area’s youth, both in and out of Scouting. Recipients are nominated by their peers; their application is presented by the local council and approved by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Congratulations to Neil! Burks is unique in that it has several Silver Beaver Award recipients. Others include Ed Bailey, Troop 166 Committee Chairman, Laura Wilson, Troop 166 Committee Member, Robert Wilson, Burks Charter Organization Representative, and Bob Crawford, Troop 166 Advancement Chairman.
Burks’ Scouting Ministries Sunday was a great success. Approximately seventy Scouts and leaders attended the services. Scouts from Pack 3266 and Troop 166 participated in the service and helped with prayer, reading Bible versus, and the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
Following the service, Pack 3266 held its Pinewood Derby. Ninety-five cars were entered in the race and everyone had a great time.
Before the race, Burks Sunday School classes provided food for and helped serve the Scouting families. Thanks for all your help.
To see more pictures, visit Pack 3266’s Facebook Group.
Scouts from Pack 3266 and Troop 166 helped with the opening of a local Walmart in our community by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Cub Scouts, their families, and visitors, close to 200 in all, packed the gym for a pot luck Christmas party. They had stations for decorating cookies and crafts and a pingpong game run by the bears. The Scouts received a pinewood derby car as a gift from the pack.