Scouts brave the cold

First Posted: 2/10/2015

January and February have been busy as usual for Troop 160. Several campouts passed by and are to come, and the Scouts took many opportunities for advancement. The Boy Scouts in Troop 160 even helped the Cub Scouts of Pack 160 at one of their favorite events.

In the middle of January, the Scouts went on their annual Polar Bear campout. Appropriately named for the freezing temperatures the Scouts endure, it got colder than 10 degrees. These frigid conditions were no match for the Scouts, though because of their hard work and preparation. Nothing can break the spirit of a Scout on a campout.

Also around this time, the troop got together with the rest of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council at Merit Badge College. Merit Badge College is a great opportunity for Scouts to earn those tricky merit badges that are hard to earn on their own. The troop is happy to say that almost every merit badge that our Scouts attempted was earned.

On Jan. 31, the Boy Scouts of Troop 160 helped lead the Pinewood Derby for Pack 160. Each Cub Scout den (Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos 1/2) raced their cars against each other. With five winners from each den, the champions competed for the overall winner. With service being a large part of Scouting, the Boy Scouts were happy to help and will continue to help for years to come.

On Feb. 7, Troop 160 joined the Dan Beard District of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council of the BSA at the annual Klondike Derby. The large amounts of snow and low temperatures allowed the Scouts to walk on top of Goose Pond at Goose Pond Scout Reservation. The Scouts visited every area of the pond and did each activity with the equipment they pulled on their sleds. Just as always, the Scouts had a great time and are eager for next year’s derby.

Without the help of the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, Troop 160 would not exist. The troop cannot thank the church enough for its generosity. In order to show how much Troop 160 appreciates the church’s hospitality, Scouts attended the church service on Feb. 8. “Scout Sunday” is one of the things the troop does to thank the church.

As always, Scouting recognizes advancements of its youth members and takes it very seriously. The following Scouts recently advanced in rank: Charlie Wright received his First Class rank, Matthew Molnar received his Second Class rank and Matthew Kelleher received his First Class rank. Congratulations to these three Scouts. I

n addition to these Scouts’ achievements, this columnist received Eagle Scout rank on Dec. 17, 2014, and David Boeth received Eagle Scout ranking on Jan. 21, 2015. Congratulations to all Scouts who have advanced.

As you can see, it has been a jam-packed month for the Scouts and they have much work to do in the future. Remember, a Scout is reverent.

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