Moving on from Burks’ celebration of our Scouting Ministries and the Pinewood Derby February 10, Pack 3266 held its annual Blue and Gold Banquet February 25. March activities include a March 4 Pack meeting and a March 11 cross-over ceremony, as our older Webelos move on to Boy Scouts. Troop 166 also is staying quite active, with youth patrol leader training February 18, merit badge colleges at Chattanooga State and Cumberland University March 16, the Sequoyah District Camporee March 22-24, and an April camp-out at the Sasquatch Museum at Cherry Log, GA. Come join us any Monday evening at 6:45 to get in on the fun!
Scouts will help in both services on February 12th, and Pack 3266 will have its annual Pinewood Derby that afternoon. All young men and women (and adult leaders) who are involved in Scouting should proudly wear their uniforms on February 12th to be recognized. Burks’ members will show our appreciation through the time-honored Methodist traditions of a hearty welcome and by sharing food with families of the Pinewood Derby participants that afternoon. More information on how you can help will be available in Sunday School classes February 5.
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/
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.