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!
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.
Burks celebrated Scouting Ministries Sunday on 2/9/14. Pastor Buck read Chris Alexander’s (Eagle Scout from Troop 166, 1980) words about his scouting experience at Burks:
“More than anything else, though, Ray Robinson was the heart of the troop and the core of my Scouting experience. Whatever mark Scouting made on my character – and it made a very big one – is his work. His boundless patience with our foolishness; his gentle good humor; his quiet confidence when we were tired, lost, hungry, hot, cold, blister-ridden, bug-eaten, sunburned, homesick, bad-mannered – or just downright bad; his unfailing self-sacrifice of time and energy – all of this and more made him one of the most influential people in my life. If ever there was a visible saint, it is him.”
Additionally, the Scouts read the scripture and said the Scout Oath and Law.
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
Troop 166 members had a great time at Skymont. On family night, several family members came up for dinner. The Scouts cooked hobo dinners. Merit badges taken this year include: Archery, Art and Sculpting, Astronomy, Basketry & Leatherwork, Camping & Hiking, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the World, Climbing, Cooking, Emergency Preparedness, Engineering, Environmental Science & Fish/Wildlife Management, First Aid, Fishing, Indian Lore, Metalwork, Nature & Forestry, Oceanography, Public Speaking, Reptile & Amphibian, Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Soil/Water Conservation & Geology, Space Exploration, Swimming, Weather, Wilderness Survival, and Woodcarving & Woodworking.
Troop 166 was awarded the Cracked Skilled Award at Skymont on Thursday. This is awarded on a daily basis for the cleanest Troop site. Daily winners join the Skymont tradition by painting a portion of the cast iron skillet with their Troop emblem. The skillet is awarded at the evening Flag Ceremony. The Troop that earns the cracked skillet are given the honor of raising and lowering the ﬂags the following day.