Scouting revival stirs in Franklin County

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Scout Troop 22 and Cub Pack 22 are going 850 strong! 

The groups participated in the St. George Island Fourth of July water parade and the July 5 trash cleanup. Recent meetings have included learning about the words “friendly,” “helpful,” “kind” and “compassionate;” sharpening knives and axes, delving into more in-depth first aid and planning upcoming events. 

Both programs meet in the blue building behind the Eastpoint First United Methodist Church at 317 Patton Drive.

The Cub program, for youth ages 5 to 9, currently has nine participants and meets every other Tuesday. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Aug. 16. At every meeting we learn something new, play a game and complete a craft. This program is about helping younger kids learn the basics of Scouting, work together as a team, learn life skills, gain confidence, and earn certificates and badges. 

We have completed one overnight camp out so far and are planning another one for September. Henry Newton and Joseph Busby have both completed all requirements to earn the Bobcat Badge in Cub Scouting. Way to go!

The Scout program is for youth ages 10 to 17 and currently has six participants. We meet every other Tuesday; the most recent meeting was on Aug. 9.

We have four youth that have earned their Scout rank and merit badges in both swimming and Indian lore. John Lehnert, Richie Lehnert, Bobby Landrum, and Jackson Landrum have recently received the rank of Scout and are only steps away from completing the rank of Tenderfoot. The goal of the program is to work towards achieving the highest rank of Eagle. To do that. a Scout must become well-rounded by working through the other six ranks, which leaves them with a solid foundation for whatever life may throw at them. 

Congratulations to all the youth for making strides on their Scouting and Cub Scouting journeys.

Retired Scoutmaster Larry Hale has been teaching us how to complete proper color guard maneuvers and we will be representing Scouting at future events.

These programs focus on helping to create upstanding citizens by completing community outreach and service projects. We participate in the annual Coastal Cleanup, and both the Chili Cook Off and July 5 trash clean ups. We will be working with the Eastpoint First United Methodist Church to build raised garden beds for fall and a gaga ball court, which is a milder form of dodgeball, for all of us to use. 

We will be at the Wallwood Scout Reservation on August 20 to maintain trails and help repair the facility and we look forward to working with the Dr. Julian Bruce St. George Island State Park Youth Camp to organize a service project sometime soon.

Right now our primary goal is to outreach to the diverse communities in our area. Having more youth involved in the programs helps us to create more events and expand. Adult leadership is also needed as the programs continue to grow. 

Plans for the future include camp outs, service projects, hiking, sailing, canoeing, cooking, fishing and more. 

Daren Hoffman is the scoutmaster of Scout Troop 22 and cubmaster of Cub Pack 22. Anyone who would like to join either program, as a participant or as a leader, please give her a call at (772) 626-5435 or email dhoffmansail@gmail.com.

Scouting, Franklin County, Cub Scout

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