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!
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.
Troop 166 won first and fourth place in the Zombie Ops camporee held at Camp Sydney Dew. The patrols overcame issues both within their patrols and with zombies, coming together to win. They had a fun scary time.
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/
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.
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.