Scouts rise in ranks during busy month

First Posted: 12/5/2014

The month of November was a very exciting month for Troop 160 with all the events going on. In addition, we look forward to many more incredible events to come in the near future. New and old events range from community service to campouts to advancements; therefore, this was a month to remember.

A fundraiser that seems to have been a very long time ago was the French Toast Breakfast held Nov. 8 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. The Scouts all did a great job serving, waiting and assisting visitors throughout the fundraiser. With a very successful turnout this year, we remain hopeful for next year to as successful. Troop 160 would like to collectively thank all sponsors of our annual breakfast. We could not have done it without them.

Troop 160 Scouts took the opportunity to help the less fortunate in our area by donating hours of their time to the Dalton Food Pantry on Saturday, Nov. 22. Sorting and packing items was the majority of their work, which is harder than it sounds when there are tens of thousands of items to be organized. The Scouts did a great job and all deserve thanks for their services to our community.

As always, advancement and recognition of achievement is taken very serious in Scouting. Due to this philosophy, we would like to congratulate Bryan Melliand on earning his Eagle Scout rank. This is an important milestone for all Scouts in the program as it is the highest possible rank to achieve. Bryan has done a wonderful job so far helping to lead Troop 160 as assistant senior patrol leader for the 2014-15 season. Andrew Gibson, a current Eagle Scout in Troop 160, recently earned his bronze Eagle Palm. Eagle Palms are optional awards that may be earned for demonstrating leadership and earning five additional merit badges since earning Eagle or the last palm. Additionally, Elias Gray earned his Life Scout rank and Tyler James earned his First Class rank. Congratulations, Scouts!

Speaking of Eagle Scouts, Jeremy Glynn will conduct his Eagle Scout Service Project on Saturday, Dec. 13. He will be leading his fellow Scouts at a blood drive sponsored by Geisinger from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Abington Community Library. Good luck to Jeremy on this project.

The Polar Bear Campout is right around the corner again happening on Jan. 17. Scouts will endure harsh temperatures that occasionally reach below zero; however, this rarely breaks the Scouts’ spirits. Also, an opportunity to earn some extra merit badges is coming up soon: Merit Badge College. On Jan. 10, Souts from Troop 160 will join other troops from around the council and attempt to earn some fun merit badges on that day. In case you are unaware, merit badges can range from Electricity to Disabilities Awareness to even Law.

Troop 160’s Scouts remain eager for future events, campouts, fundraisers and service projects. Surely, November has been a successful month and December seems like it will share similar results.

Remember, a Scout is cheerful.

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