Scouts from Troop 60 (Natchitoches) celebrated a Court of Honor Thursday, June 28, to recognize their hard work and commemorate their many accomplishments since January. In addition to regular meetings and service projects, there is a lot of “outing” in “Scouting” for Troop members.
They earned three awards at the Iditarod campout and competition, backpacked and camped overnight at the Carolyn Dorman trail in Kisatchie National Forest, had an overnight lock-in at the Southern Stone climbing gym, completed an 8-mile hike on the Backbone Trail, and spent six nights camping at Summer Camp. Two Troop 60 Scouts, Austin Dees and Jacob Miller, also completed their Ordeal weekends after being elected into the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s honor society, and two adult leaders earned their Wood Badge beads. Scouts also volunteered service hours at the Cane River Food Pantry and other community projects.
Rank advancement and merit badges did not take a back seat to all these adventures, though! One Life Scout, John Parker Burrell, completed his Eagle Project by leading a group of Scouts to make improvements around the cross at St. Anthony Catholic Church on 5th Street.
Troop 60 Scouts also earned six rank advancements (including three Life ranks) and 59 merit badges, including Archery, Aviation, Citizenship in the Nation, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, Orienteering, Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Small-boat Sailing, Space Exploration, and Welding, among many others. Two of Troop 60’s newer Scouts, Cody Broadway and Alex Eldridge, earned “best in patrol” awards at Summer Camp by best embodying the Scout Oath and Law.
Boy Scout Troop 60 takes a break in July and begins holding regular meetings again on Aug. 16. Meetings occur Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches. Interested potential Scouts aged 11-17 are welcome to attend a meeting.