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BOY SCOUT TROOP 258 EARNS CORNUCOPIA OF HONORS...
1 SEPTEMBER 2006 - DATELINE COLONIAL BEACH, VA
By Frank A. Alger, Jr. Scoutmaster Troop 258, Colonial Beach, VA
Boy Scouts of Troop 258, Colonial Beach, Virginia, have been
working quietly behind the scenes and below the radar screen of
most citizens in the area.
may be hard to believe, because school is out, but the Scouts of
Troop 258 have been intently working on merit badges, planning
upcoming campouts, and electing fellow troop members to the
honor society of camping… The
National Order of the Arrow.
Troop is Comprise of: Eagle Scout Anthony King; Life Scout Jason
King; Star Scouts Timothy Alger, Ben Berry, and Joseph Slater; 2nd
Class Scout Brendan Turner; Tenderfoot Scouts Justus Austin and
Dylan Raehn; and Scouts Andre Watts and Alan Robey.
on merit badges since the end of the school year this small
Troop of 10 young men from Colonial Beach, Montross, and King
George, earned a total of 45 merit badges in the last 90 days.
These merit badges included: Archeology (3), Art (1), Climbing
(1), Crime Prevention (8), Emergency Preparedness (3), Geology
(1), Leather Work (2), Motor Boating (2), Nuclear Science (5),
Orienteering (1), Pottery (4), Rifle (2), Rowing (1), Sculpture
(4), Shotgun (1), Small Boat Sailing (2), Space Exploration (1),
Swimming (1), Weather (1), and Wood Carving (1).
Long-term Summer Camp, August 9th – 15th
2006, at Camp Lions, in the Tidewater Council of Virginia, the
boy’s teamwork received recognition by successfully earning
the Clean Camp Award with a score of 99.4% for the week. They
also worked collectively and earned both the Camp Lions’ Honor
Patrol Award and Honor Troop Award. Some of the extra volunteer
duties taken on by the Troop while at camp included helping out
in the mess hall by preparing food and acting as food servers
during lunch several times. One young man, Joseph Slater, so
impressed the camp staff that they invited him back next year as
a “CIT”, a “Counselor in Training”.
of our newest scouts, Dylan Raehn, not only completed the
“Huskanaw Program” for first time campers, he also completed
four merit badges and finished his requirements for 2nd
class rank. Justus Austin, not to be out done, completed five
merit badges while completing his 2nd class
I forget… the Adults in attendance threw themselves into camp
duties and requirements as asked of them by camp staff members.
One task was for at least one Scoutmaster to earn the
“Mamanatowick’s Mantle”… all four adults from Troop 258
earned the award. Troop 258 also succeeded in winning the
Scoutmaster’s Watermelon Shoot involving both archery and
rifle shooting. All four adults also took the Safe Swim and
Safety Afloat classes offered by the camp.
King and Maggie Austin seem to be everywhere at once… from
helping the scouts, mowing lawns, preparing food in the mess
hall, and attending merit badge classes all over camp. Mike
Berry and Frank Alger worked with the scouts between classes,
attended shooting sports with them, and worked in the mess hall
preparing food for meals.
Wednesday, Maggie Austin and Frank Alger, along with other
scoutmasters, helped drive and chaperone a large group of scouts
to the Surry Nuclear Plant for a tour of the facilities while
working on their Nuclear Science Merit Badges.
the Friday evening final campfire Star Scout Timothy Alger, Star
Scout Ben Berry, and Scoutmaster Mike Berry where tapped out as
Troop 258’s new Arrowmen in an Order of the Arrow Ceremony.
of the Troop at the final campfire included Cub Leader Carol
Alger, Eagle Scout Trevor Alger, Colonial Beach Chief of Police
Courtlandt Turner and his wife Mary Kay along with Brendan’s
older brother Adam.
Heart of Virginia Council added another honor to the troop’s
list by notifying them that they had attained the BSA’s 2006
Quality Unit Award.
Troop is now preparing for Scouting’s annual Trails End
Popcorn Sale and a Two District Merit Badge Camp-o-ree in
September, a Court of Honor and their annual Fear Fest Campout
at Kings Dominion in October, Scouting for Food the 4th
& 11th of November, and a possible attendance at
a Fredericksburg or Richmond Native American Pow-Wow.
Information on Joining Troop 258 CBVA
Website located at troop258bsa.tripod.com
interested in joining our Scout Troop, contact Scoutmaster
Now and Go with us to our annual “Fear Fest Campout”
As A Scout, As A Leader, Or As A Contributor.
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SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING SCOUTING IN CBVA
107 Hawthorne St, Colonial Beach, VA
Tel: (804) 224-9510
Colonial Beach Moose Lodge
Colonial Beach Masonic Lodge No. 199
500 Washington Ave., Colonial Beach, VA