Boy Scout Troop 6 receives donation from local veteran organization


TAYLOR COUNTY—A local organization that understands the importance of brotherhood and service to community recently extended a helping hand to another group that holds some of the same core values.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) recently made a donation to the Boy Scout Troop 6 in the amount of $100 to help them achieve goals they had set.

“They also offered to help sponsor a boy for camp this year,” said Boy Scout parent Ashley Knotts.

VFW Past State Commander Trenton Pauley disclosed that the amount to send a boy to camp came in close to $200.

According to the scouts, camping isn’t just about being outdoors, roughing it in the woods. It provides a creative, educational experience using the natural surroundings to help promote physical, mental, spiritual and social growth.

Not only does it help encourage good health, but it can also be a catalyst to help campers learn self-reliance and resourcefulness, two key components that will help them later in life.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) provides a wonderful way for young men to learn, grow and flourish through various programs and camp opportunities. Locally, youths do this through their time with Troop 6.

For over 100 years the BSA has helped youth create memorable experiences and develop future leaders. Members of the organization are encouraged to participate in troop meetings, engage in challenges, take part in service projects, go on outdoor adventures and do team-building exercises.

According to www.scouting.org, scouting helps youth develop self-confidence and ethics, as well as leadership, academic and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives. To do so, BSA provides activities and programs that help boys try new things, provide service to others and reinforce ethical standards.

They are taught that doing the proper thing should come first and foremost, and that honesty and integrity are core values that should be upheld.

Scouts are instructed to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, kind, brave and courteous in all that they do. As a scout masters certain skills and achievements, they are awarded with new rankings and pins.

Locally, Boy Scout Troop 6 has been helping shape and mold pre-teen boys for nearly 44 years, meeting the needs of young people within the community through mentoring, lifelong learning, faith traditions, healthy living and teaching the importance of serving others.

The troop is always ready to welcome new members, but those who would want to get a feeler for what Scouting has to offer, Scoutmaster Randy Lewis suggests attending a meeting before making the commitment. 

“Feel free to come and check us out and see what we are all about,” voiced Lewis.

To find out more about Boy Scout Troop 6 and their endeavors or to learn how to apply for the program, please contact Lewis by phone at 304-657-9341.

For more information on the Boys Scouts of America, be sure to visit www.scouting.org.

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