Tuesday, February 19, 2013
On November 3, Boy Scout Troop 2 sponsored an overnight camping/hiking trip to Poinsett State Park with Webelos from Pack 759 and 725. The purpose of the trip was to introduce the Webelos Scouts to the life of a Boy Scout. After arriving at Poinsett State Park in Sumter County, all the scouts donned backpacks containing all the gear necessary to survive for the weekend to include food and shelter. The scouts and their leaders hiked four miles to their campsite where they set up tents and received instruction on proper knife handling and fire building techniques. After spending the night, the Scouts hiked two more miles the next day before returning to Summerville. Preparation for the trip included the Boy Scouts conducting training with the Webelos Scouts on how to properly pack their backpacks with as little weight as possible but with all the necessities needed, like a sleeping bag, water, food, a tent, and clothing.
December 1st, the Scouts spent the weekend camping out at James Island County Park while enjoying the Holiday Festival of Lights. Besides enjoying the lights close up, the scouts worked on some orienteering skills to include practicing their compass skills and making useful gadgets with different lashings they learned how to tie. The scouts worked together to cook a variety of different recipes using cast iron Dutch Ovens. The best tasting recipes included a chicken bog and rosemary and garlic potatoes.
As the holidays approached, the scouts spent an evening Christmas caroling at The Village of Summerville Presbyterian Home where several scouts have relatives. Finally, the Troop decided to sponsor a needy family for the holidays and provided toys, gifts, and a full Christmas meal for the family.
As 2013 begins, the Troop is making preparations to receive 10 new scouts into the troop as the cross over from cub scout to boy scouts and they all start training for a 50 mile hike that they will complete next Christmas. As part of the hike, the Troop will be raising awareness and money for Bladder Cancer research. On January 19, 2013 Troop 2 lost one of their biggest supporters to the Troop, Beverly Justis, mother to Scoutmaster Glenn Justis and grandmother (and adopted grandmother) to all the boys. Beverly lost her battle to bladder cancer but the Troop hopes to help others by bringing awareness and much needed funds to the disease. Bladder Cancer is the 5th leading type of cancer yet receives very little support in terms of funding for awareness and research. Together with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, Troop 2 hopes to make a difference in the lives of those suffering with this disease.
For more information on Boy Scout Troop 2 “The Deuce” or their efforts to combat Bladder Cancer, contact Scoutmaster Glenn Justis at email@example.com.