By Kevin Shannahan
Twelve young men from Boy Scout Troop 60, sponsored by The First United Methodist Church of Natchitoches, attended Summer Camp at Garland Scout Ranch south of Shreveport this past week. They joined over 100 other Scouts and adults from Louisiana and East Texas in a week-long program of earning Merit Badges in a variety of areas including archery, climbing, metal working, canoeing and welding among others.
The Scouts didn’t let a little rain from Tropical Storm Cindy get in the way of the fun. The Scouts earned a total of 55 Merit Badges and 7 rank advancements as they clinbed towers, welded, learned swimming, lifesaving, and shooting sports and above all had fun doing it.
Troop 60, under the leadership of Scoutmaster Sarah McFarland, meets at 7:00 every Thursday night at First United Methodist Church, 411 Second Street. They will be taking July off and will resume meeting when school starts up again. Membership in the Troop is open to any young man from the age of 11 to 17. One does not have to be a member of the church to join Scouting.