TAYLOR COUNTY—The Boy Scouts of America 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.
Every year during the first full week of February, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) celebrate their anniversary. To help commemorate their institution, the BSA celebrates Scout Sunday, which is typically held the Sunday before observance of National Boy Scout Day on February 8.
However, according to their bylaws, it is appropriate for Scout Sunday to be scheduled during any Sunday in the month of February. Scout Sunday is a day for chapters of the organization to recognize the contributions of youths and adults to Scouting.
BSA, founded on February 8, 1910, is one of the largest scouting organizations in the United States, with over two million youths participating. There are also one million adult volunteers.
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.
The group traditionally meets at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Tuesdays, beginning at 6:30 p.m., but due to the Coronavirus disease, they have been meeting in the pavilion above Tygart Dam.
“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.