Troop 166 assisted the Aldersgate Sunday school class and other members of Burks United Methodist Church with preparing shoeboxes for the UMCOR ministry, Christmas Shoe Boxes for Third World Children. Burks is now a hub for collecting shoeboxes and this first year as a hub, collected 370 shoeboxes. Contributions came from Burks and other nearby churches and organizations, including Troop 316 and Pack 3256 from Flintstone United Methodist Church. Burks collects boxes, verifies their content, separates them by boy or girl, packs them into cases, and delivers them to the UM Disaster Warehouse in Decatur, AL. Troop 166 assisted with verifying, and decorating the boxes. For more information on this ministry, visit http://umdisasterwarehouse.com.
Congratulations to those OA members that participated in the Fall Ordeal. Troop 166 had a dozen Scouts and leaders participants. Mr. Jeff Butler became a Brotherhood member and Mr. Robert Wilson became a Vigil member. Congratulations to them and thanks to all for the service performed at Skymont.
Troop 166 had a successful Summer camp at Camp Woodruff. Twenty-five Scouts and five adults attended camp. Scouts took various merit badge classes, some of which included motor boating, fishing, rifle shooting, swimming, and wilderness survival. They also enjoyed whitewater rafting on the Nantahala river. Thanks to the leaders for their support.
Congratulations to the Scouts and Scouters that participated in the Talidandaganu’ 293 Lodge’s Spring Ordeal. Troop 166 was well represented with one Scout going through the Ordeal process and nine others going through the Brotherhood process. For more information about our lodge, please visit http://tali293.org.
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.
Nine leaders, Scouts, and adults were recently trained in CPR. Thanks to Colin Jordan for providing training and to Bob Crawford for providing additional manikins.
Troop 166 collects flags that have reached the end of their life and retires them. As a sevice to Burks United Methodist Church, Webelos from Pack 3266 and Boy Scouts from Troop 166 camped to monitor equipment set up for Burks’ Fall Festival. Historically, the troop has used this event to invite Webelos to camp and to get to know the Troop. After enjoying an evening of fun activities, the Scouts concluded the evening by retiring over a dozen flags.
Scouts from Troop 166 visited the Yorktown. They saw the Yorktown, a great selection of aircraft, a submarine, and experienced what it is like to sleep on an aircraft carrier. They also had an opportunity to work on the aeronautics merit badge. The photo was taken as they left the ship.
Scouts from Pack 3266 and Troop 166 participated in a program to honor veterans and POWs. The Scouts presented the colors and Neil Carriker spoke briefly about Scouting and how many of the things taught in Scouting, like honor and duty, apply to military service. We thank those that serve and have served in the military.
Troop 166 has an annual campership honoring the memories of Ray Robinson, Jr. and David Rackley, two outstanding young men who exemplified the ideals of scouting and whose promising lives were cut short. The campership is awarded by the scoutmaster to the young man who in his opinion, during the troop’s annual summer camp, best demonstrated the leadership, initiative, and skills development that are what scouting is all about. The award, which consists of reimbursing the family for the camp fee and adding the scout’s name to a plaque, is presented at the court of honor following summer camp. This year’s recipient is Reid Dotson