Troop 166 welcomes Scouts crossing over from Pack 3266. Eight Scouts crossed over recently at a crossover ceremony including ceremonialists from the Order of the Arrow. Thanks to those that helped with the ceremony and welcome to those joining the troop.
Did you know the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America are two of five civic youth-serving and scouting organizations recognized by the Book of Discipline as ministries of the United Methodist Church? On Sunday, February 12th, Burks and about 5,000 other churches are recognizing the approximately 700,000 youth and adults who are part of the United Methodist Scouting ministry. Burks has sponsored Cub Scout Pack 3266 (currently 101 boys and 27 adult leaders) and Boy Scout Troop 166 (30 young men and 25 leaders) since 1963, and we host a Girl Scout troop with about 15 members.
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.
The Cub Scouts had a wonderful time at Cub and Partner finding Pokemon. In addition to all the fun, the pack also won the Best Campsite award. Congratulations to all.
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.
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.
Cub Scouts, parents and siblings packed the gym for the annual Halloween party. The Scouts had a parade showing off their outfits. Some were scary, some were super heroes, and some were uniquely cool. They also decorated cookies with all kinds of sweet stuff, although there was no need for extra sugar! Thanks to those that volunteered to make this happen.
Over 30 Scouts and their families from Pack 3266 have enjoyed Cub and Partner weekends at Skymont Scout Reservation this October. Activities include arts and crafts, BB and archery, hiking and all kinds of other Scouting fun. Depending on the weekend, some even earned their Polar Bear patch – brrrrrr!
About 45 Scouts and leaders attended Scout Sunday this year. Scott Grinstead spoke about who he thought was the first Boy Scout. After the 11:00 service, Scouts and their families enjoyed eating pizza. Thanks to Burks for its support of Scouting Ministries.