Thursday, September 12, 2013
The Summer of 2013 was a very busy summer for the scouts of Troop 2 “The Deuce” chartered by Knightsville Baptist Church. On May 1st a contingent of scouts traveled to the Statehouse in Columbia, SC to receive a resolution declaring May 2013 as Bladder Cancer Awareness month throughout South Carolina. Local legislators, at the urging of Scout Joe Justis, introduced the resolution in honor of Joe’s late grandmother who died of the disease in January. Later that week the scouts held a Bladder Cancer Awareness rally and BBQ, raising funds for Bladder Cancer research and troop supplies. Several weeks later, a small group of scouts travelled to Awendaw, SC and hiked 20 miles of the Palmetto trail in one day as an effort to “scout out” the trail for a future planned 50 mile hike at the end of the year.
In July, 20 scouts attended summer camp at Camp Old Indian in Traveler’s Rest, SC where the scouts earned a total of 80 merit badges and were able to participate in a wide variety of aquatic activities and scout skills. Three scouts earned their Mile Swim Award. After returning from summer camp, 8 scouts left for West Virginia to participate in the National Scout Jamboree with 40,000 other scouts from across the country and from several foreign countries. During their 11 day adventure, the scouts were able to participate in a variety of activities such as hiking, whitewater rafting, BMX biking, mountain biking, zip lining, and many more activities.
In August, 18 scouts camped out on the USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point and visited Fort Sumter. While on board they toured all the exhibits and worked on their Astronomy merit badge. On August 29th the troop held a Court of Honor to award the scouts with all the merit badges earned this summer and award 14 scouts with rank advancement earned over the summer.
As school starts back, the scouts of “The Deuce” are preparing to hit the streets selling boy scout popcorn to help them earn money for all the activities they have planned for this year. Their next big adventure is a 50 mile hike starting the day after Christmas and lasting 6 days. The scouts are planning on using this hike to raise awareness and funds for bladder cancer and have partnered with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (www.bcan.org) to help fight this disease. The scouts will be conducting a series of two day and two night camp out/hikes throughout November and December to prepare them for the challenge of the 50 mile hike through the Francis Marion Forest along the Palmetto Trail. Scouts will carry all their gear in backpacks and sleep along the trail, rain or shine.
It will be a very busy four months for the scouts of Troop 2 but they are committed to doing their best and making our community a better place to live. For more information on Troop 2, contact Scoutmaster Glenn Justis at email@example.com.