Boy Scout Troop 27 is working to make a positive comeback among the Madison County community.
From flag ceremonies to camping trips, members and leaders are taking the steps necessary to rebuild their troop. John Hargis, the new Scoutmaster, has taken the troop to new heights, giving the boys some of the same opportunities he once had as a scout as well as introducing them to new ones. Hargis, an Eagle Scout, says he is determined to build the troop back to the respected entity he feels it should be. “I know parents are worried about the safety of their boys and I understand the concerns they have being a father myself,” Hargis said. “That’s why we are making sure all the necessary safeguards are in place at all times.”
He also explained that all adult leaders working with the boys must complete the Boy Scouts’ Youth Protection course , an adult leadership training course, and pass a background check. In addition parents are always encouraged to attend meetings to observe or interact with their Scout. Troop 27 spent a weekend at a camporee this spring at Camp Lewallen, in Silva, MO. They played Carpet Ball, rode four-wheeled scooters, built and operated a catapult, as well as many other activities while they camped.
When the Azalea Festival rolled around, Troop 27 decided to build wooden tripods with timber and lashings. They displayed these at the local festival along with a table they had made from the same materials.
Spring also brought an opportunity to serve the community with a flag ceremony for the grand re-opening of the newly remodeled Fredericktown Walmart. The troop cleaned up the new Scout Hut on Highway 72, across from Dollar General in Fredericktown as well. The use of the Scout Hut has been donated by Pense Brothers for scouting programs in Madison County.
Currently the Troop is working on landscaping at the airport as a community service project.
Anyone interested in the Boy Scout Program is welcome to come to a pool party August 3, at the Fredericktown Municipal Pool. Information about Boy Scouts will be provided. Anyone who signs up for scouts that night will receive a year of Boy Scout registration for free. Boys interested in Scouts are welcome at any meetings as well. Please contact John Hargis, Scoutmaster, at 573-561-4525, or Kyle Bastie, Assistant Scoutmaster, at 573-934-9822 for more information.