TAYLOR COUNTY—A local organization that understands the importance of brotherhood and community service recently reached out to another group that shares some of the same core values.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) recently donated $100 to Boy Scout Troop 6 to help them achieve their goals.
“They’ve also offered to help sponsor a boy for camp this year,” said Boy Scout parent Ashley Knotts.
Former VFW State Commander Trenton Pauley revealed the amount to send a boy to camp was almost $200.
According to Scouts, camping isn’t just about being outdoors, roughing it in the woods. It provides a creative and educational experience using the natural environment to help promote physical, mental, spiritual and social growth.
Not only does this help encourage good health, but it can also be a catalyst to help campers learn self-reliance and resourcefulness, two key things that will help them later in life.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) provides a wonderful way for young men to learn, grow and thrive through various programs and camp opportunities. Locally, young people do this throughout their time with Troop 6.
For more than 100 years, BSA has helped young people create memorable experiences and develop future leaders. Members of the organization are encouraged to participate in troop meetings, complete challenges, participate in service projects, go on outdoor adventures, and do team-building exercises.
According to www.scouting.org, Scouting helps young people develop the self-confidence and ethics, as well as the leadership, academic and civic skills that influence their adult lives. To do this, BSA provides activities and programs that help boys try new things, serve others, and strengthen ethical standards.
They are taught that doing the right thing comes first and that honesty and integrity are core values that must be upheld.
Scouts should be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, kind, courageous and courteous in everything they do. As a scout masters certain skills and achievements, they receive new leaderboards and pins.
Locally, Boy Scout Troop 6 has been helping shape and shape tweens for nearly 44 years, meeting the needs of young people within the community through mentorship, lifelong learning, religious traditions, a healthy living and teaching the importance of serving others.
The troop is always ready to welcome new members, but those who would like to get a feel for what Scouting has to offer, Scout Leader Randy Lewis suggests attending a meeting before committing.
“Come and see us and see what we are,” Lewis said.
To learn more about Boy Scout Troop 6 and their efforts or to find out how to apply for the program, please contact Lewis by phone at 304-657-9341.
For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, be sure to visit www.scouting.org.