Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Meadow Vista Troop 6 Scouts Give Back

 For more than fifty years Troop 6 of Meadow Vista has been helping many area boys mature into young men through various activities and countless hours of community service. The next major community service project is the pickup and recycling of Christmas Trees, this upcoming January. More information will be delivered to Meadow Vista residents through the Mail in December.  Please watch for it.

 In recent years Troop 6 has served as Color Guard for the Pioneer Day Parade, Colfax July 4th Parades, served many Mothers and Grandmothers at the annual Mother Day Breakfast,  helped clean their meeting place and supported the Lions Club Christmas adventure when Santa arrives in our town. 

 “I really enjoyed giving the Mom’s flowers and seating families at the Mothers Day Breakfast,” said David Hunt, 15 year old Star Rank Scout. “You get a good feeling giving back to the community.”
 Scouting is exciting, fun and rewarding. Everyone knows the Boy Scout Motto “Be Prepared” but through various activities a scout also learns to be, “Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.”  Scouts learn these values through activities such as, camping, hiking, backpacking, compass navigation, overnight trips to Alcatraz Island, USS Hornet and Pampanito Museums, plus exposure to Science, Crafts, Trades and Business merit badges to mention a few.

 “The very best part of being in Scouts is the serenity of the woods when we camp together as a group,” said Jeffrey Holt, Life Scout currently working on an Eagle project for the fire department.  “Thanks to Scouting I have learned more skills than would have in any other setting such as Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness Survival, to mention my two favorites.”

 As a Scout progresses through various ranks, he shoots to earn the highest and most respected possible leadership rank of “Eagle,” the pinnacle award in Scouting. To achieve this rank, the Scout demonstrates his learned leadership skills and completes a major community service project.  To date our Scouts have provide thousands of hours to the community.  Eagle Projects you may have seen include the large Meadow Vista Park and Pool shade structures, Equestrian Trail picnic tables, Placer and Sierra Hills Nature area planter beds and irrigation systems, Placer Hills School and Methodist Church Signs, and expansion of address markers for residents to ensure that emergency services promptly  find locations, to name a few.

 If you are a young man ages 11 through 17 and being part of Scouting is interesting to you, we welcome you to join us on Tuesdays’ at Faith Lutheran Church (Combie Road, Meadow Vista), 7:00pm – 8:30 pm.   For more information please call 878-3798 or to support BSA Troop 6 write care of P.O. Box 754, Meadow Vista, CA 95722.  Thank you for the ongoing continuing support.

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