CHATTAROY – Local Boy Scout Troop No. 321 recently took part in an activity packed summer camp at Camp Davey Crocket, located on Cherokee Lake near Rogersville, Tennessee.
At the camp, the boys earned several merit badges in areas such as golf, archery, rifle shooting, canoeing, wood carving, leather work, first aid, Indian lore, American heritage, insect study and disability awareness.
The camp provides scouts and troop leaders the opportunity to meet with scouts from other states. Over 400 scouts and leaders attended the camp.
According to The Boy Scouts of America’s website, 96 percent of parents would recommend summer camp to others.
In 2001, a Harris Interactive Study was conducted to study the impact summer camp has in the life of Boy Scouts, scout leaders and parents. The results were positive, indicating that summer camp allows boys to build caring relationships as well as personal values and character. It provides scouts with the opportunity to learn new things, test their skills and learn more about the environment.
The Boy Scouts of America organization is one of the largest and most prominent values based youth development programs in America.
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare the boys to make correct ethical and moral choices. There is a strong focus on citizenship and personal fitness. This is achieved by instilling the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
The Scout Oath states: “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the scout law: to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”
According to the Scout Law, a Boy Scout should be, “trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.”
Members of the Boy Scout Troop No. 321 are Garrett Spencer, Max Gilliam, Tyler Savage, Duffy Ferrell, Ty Dotson and Jace Dotson.
Boy Scouts are for boys age 11-18. If interested in joining, please contact Scout Leaders Matthew Gilliam 606-237-7446 or Barry Dotson 304-235-4057.
To learn more about Boy Scouts of America, visit www.scouting.org.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext.2279.)