Boy Scout Troop 218     

Coastal District, Cape Fear Council,
Wilmington, NC  USA

Wednesday, October 7th, 2014
Our next meeting will be October 14th, 2014.

Welcome to Troop    

Troop 218 Camps this weekend at Cliffs of Neuse State Park

Our troop travels to Cliffs of Neuse State Park for a full weekend of camping & hiking.  We meet at WPPC Sat, Oct. 11th, 7am and return after noon on Sunday, Oct. 12th.   Watch your email for our event Liability Release form from Scoutmaster Blaisdell.  Troop competitions will be held. 
Contact your Patrol Leader for questions about your menu, shopping list & duty roster.  

The forecast is for possible rain Sat. night.  Lows in the 60's and highs in the 80's.
See our Camping Checklist page (above) for your suggested gear list.

We Sell Trails-End Popcorn until Nov 1st!

We're halfway through our 2014 Popcorn fundraising season which lasts until Nov. 1st.  We're right on track to reach our goal as long as everyone continues to sell in their neighborhoods.  Thanks for each scouts and his family's support and excellent effort! 

This is our annual troop fund-raising acitivity and lots of fun. 
Don't miss it!
Here are the popcorn packages
Click here to see schedules
Here to see order forms & rewards


Our Troop celebrated our September Court of Honor
Sept. 30th, 2014

We awarded rank and merit badges from this summer's Summer Camp at Camp Tuscarora, which inlcuded 48 merit badges and Scouter J. Honeycutt earning his rank of Tenderfoot.
Congratulations to all!
(click here for pictures)


Upcoming Eagle Scout Ceremonies for J
acob Smith, Hinton Carter, David and Joseph Roberts 

Troop 218's newest Eagle Scouts!

Jacob & Hinton successfully completed their Eagle Board of Review to become our troop's 48 & 49th Eagle Scout.  We're proud of their accomplishments and excited about their futures.  Joseph and David Roberts passed their Eagle Scout Board of Review earlier this year and in 2013.

Our Eagle's families will host their Eagle Court of Honors at the following times & locations:

Hinton Carter: Sat. Oct 4th, 11:00am-2:00pm, St. James Parish, 25 S.3rd St., Wilm, NC 28401
Jacob Smith: Sat. Oct 4th, 4:30-7:00pm, Weslyan Church, Sidbury & Market St.
Joseph & David Roberts, Oct. 26th, 1-4pm, Winter Park Presbyterian Church


Our Troop went to the US National Whitewater Center, July 18-20th


We had 6 scouts and 4 leaders camp at this year's bonus trip. 
We camped at the McDowell Nature Preserve on Lake Wylie and spent a day at the
US Nat'l Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC rafting, kayaking, paddleboarding, climbing, mtn biking, zip lining & high ropes skills.  We had a blast!

(click to see 191 pics of our trip)


Our Troop Returns from Summer Camp at Camp Tuscarora
June 22-28th

The camp is an 1100 acre camping facility located near Four Oaks, NS and features a BMX track, skateboard park and updated waterfront and much more.  Everyone should have their physicals and merit badge schedules in plance.
We meet at WPPC Sunday morning and drive to Camp Tuscarora for the week.
(click here for link)


Our Final Troop Meeting of the Spring Season and Court of Honor
was June 3rd at 6:30pm at WPPC. 

Rank advancement, Spence Somberg's Eagle Ceremony
& Mrs. Irwin's 19 Years of Service Award were presented.

Our troop met for our final season meeting and celebrated many milestones and welcomed many friends and family.  After pizza we began our tribute, followed by cake.  Thanks to everyone that participated and celebrated these achievements!

(click here for pics)


Congratulations to Joseph Roberts, Troop 218's newest Eagle Scout
and the 47th Eagle Scout of our troop!

Joseph Roberts passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review, Monday, April 21st, 2014.  Joseph's Eagle project included the cleaning and repainting of WPPC's parking lot.  As a member of our sponsoring church, Joseph's project offered the chance to "give back" to the church that provides our troop charter, sponsorship & safe haven. 

Another distinguishing event is the rare accomplishment that the Roberts family enjoys:  4 Eagle Scouts in one family!  Joseph joins his brothers David and Reuben  and their father, Bruce Roberts, as Eagle Scouts. 

Congratulations to the entire Roberts family and our troop for yet another scout earning his Eagle Scout rank.


Troop 218 hiked & camped in the Uwharrie National Forest
Apr. 11-13th!

 10 scouts & 3 leaders had a spectacular hiking & camping trip over a weekend with beautiful  weather in high 70's sunshine weather as well.  We met at WPPC Friday, Apr 11th at 4:30pm & traveled West about 3 hours.  Once there, we hiked in Friday evening, set up camp by 11pm and then continue dSaturday & Sunday.  We were primitive camping & packed accordingly.  Everything we needed was on our backs & we brought everything we didn't consume out with us.  Leave no trace camping was in effect. We crossed perhaps a dozen streams, saw 3 snakes (all non-poisonous!)  It was an awesome trip!
(View slides from the trip here)

Congratulations to Spence Somberg and Chase Crapo,
our two newest Eagle Scouts!

Both Spence and Chase completed their Eagle Board of Reviews, Tuesday, Feb, 4th, 2014.  We welcome them as Troop 218's 45th & 46th Eagle Scouts respectively.  Both scouts have been active in our troop and shown leadership in both their positions and activities.  We're proud of them both!


Troop 218 welcomes our newest troop members
C. Dennison, J. Honeycutt,
M. Santhuff & A. Kite as well as out newest adult leader, Mr. Bob Dennison

We Hiked & Camped at Jones Lake State Park, Mar 1-2

Our troop traveled to Elizabethtown to camp and practice hike as the weather changed Sat-Sun, Mar. 1-2.  We met Sat, Mar 1st, 7am and returned Sunday mid-day.  As this was a prep trip for our Apr. 11-13th Uwharrie hiking & camping trip, scouts brough their backpack & hiking gear & participated in a 5 mile hike.  The state park featured a beautiful lake and all types of wildlife. 

Troop 218 now sells Camp Cards for Summer Camp Fundraising

Our scouts now have the opportunity to sell the Cape Fear Council Camp Cards which provide scouts the opportunity to earn 50% of their sales toward Scout Summer Camp expense. See this link for more information. Contact Mr. Coble for your cards or further information. Cards sales run from
Feb. 1st-Arp. 28th.

Troop 218 went to The Climbing Place, Feb 8th for a day trip of climbing!


7 scouts, 2 guest visitors & 3 adult leaders traveled to the Climbing Place, a nationally known indoor climbing complex.  for a great day of climbing education and fun.  There we had the chance to "learn the ropes" so to speak as well as safety, repelling, belaying and climbing techniques.  We returned Saturday evening with the traditional stop for ice cream upon arriving back in Wilmington.  Scouts that enjoyed the activity can follow up at Summer Camp with the climbind merit badge.

(click here to see over 100 pics of our climbing!)


Troop 218 Celebrates Leaders Service at December Court of Honor


In addition to rank & merit badge advancement & popcorn sales awards, our troop recognized 3 long standing adult troop leaders for their contribution to our troop and their commitment to scouting. We celebrated Larry Murray's retirement from ouur troop as Asst. Scoutmaster, Committee member & OA leader, after 23 years of service and thanked Tom & Hope Hackler for their 8 years of troop record keeping & duties as Asst. Scoutmaster.  Kathy & Bob Coble have assumed our record-keeping duties for the troop.
Thank each of you for your diligent service and stellar leadership to our scouts.
(click here for more photos)


Rank Advancement included: J. Kunak -Tenderfoot, D. Blaisdell -2nd Class & Z. Hutchinson -Life Scout

Merit badges for Canoeing, Music, Communications, Citizenship in the Nation, Salesmanship & Family Life were awarded to scouts as well.


Congratulations to J. Smith upon the completion of his 
Eagle Scout Project
Sat., Nov. 30th.
at Wesleyan Chapel United Methodist Church


Life scout J.Smith lead the installment of benches, building of a firepit & landscaping of the new church activity area.  Thanks to everyone for your support of this fine project.
(click here for pics)


Troop 218 completes the Canoeing merit badge Sunday, Nov 17th a at the Hanover Seaside Club, Wrightsville Beach, NC.

7 scouts completed this merit badge, with Mr. Blaisdell and Mr. Beitel on a beautiful, sunny  Sunday afternoon.  Thank you Hanover Seaside Club for the use of your facilities.
(Click here for pics)

Troop 218 Helps Honor Winter Park Presbyterian Church's Centennial Celebration


Our troop helped our host Church celebrate it's 100th year on Sunday, Nov. 3rd by showing some of our activities and contributions and thanking them for sponsoring our Troop since it's charter in 1953.  We were one of many groups taking part in the celebration and had scouts and leaders present showing memorabilia, our troop colors, charter, Eagle Scout plaque. uniformed scout plaque and a monitor showing this website. 

We thank all whom contributed and participated and again thank WPPC for all they have done and continue to do for our troop.


Troop 218 floats the Lumber River, Oct. 26-27th.


Our troop spent Sat. & Sun., Oct. 26th &  27th exploring the Lumber River, canoeing almost 10 miles between US Hwy 74 & US Hwy 76 & the Campsites at the Lumber River State Park.  The River is designated as a National Wild & Scenic River & was beautiful during this brisk Fall weekend.  Temperatures ranged from the lower 30's on Sat morning to the mid 60's on Sat afternoon.  6 Scouts lead by SPL A. Blaisdell were joined by 5 adult leaders for the trip.  We had an incredible time and are looking forward to our next trip.

(View all 117 pics here) 


Troop 218 Recognizes 4 Rank Advancements and 28 Merit Badges
at Sept 24th Court of Honor


Following our very busy Summer Camp trip to Camp Powhatan, our troop recognized scouts for their achievements at our recent Court of Honor.  Awards presented were 28 merit badges and the following ranks.  Congratulations to each scout and we commend you for your hard work!

First Class: J. Small        Second Class: A. Coble & B. Tisinger    Tenderfoot: A. Coble

Totin' Chip: A. Coble

(Click here to see COH pics)

Our next troop court of Honor will be Dec. 2013


We help "Stop Hunger Now"


On our way to camp & canoe at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park our troop helped unload foodstuffs for WPPC to sort and pack 10,000 meals to be distributed to those in need abroad.

Great job Scouts!
(see pics here)



Upcoming Events

Welcome to 2014!


-Oct 11th, 7am-12th, 1pm, Troop Camping, Cliffs of Neuse State Park

-Oct 14th, 7pm, Our Next Troop Mtg, WPPC

-Oct 26th, 1-4pm, David & Joseph Roberts' Eagle Scout Court of Honor, WPPC



Recent Activities & Accomplishments

Scoutmaster Blaisdell & Mr. & Mrs. Coble receive Council awards at 2014 Leadership Dinner

Scoutmaster Bill Blasidell was awarded the Golden Plunger Award for his initiative in becoming Troop 218's Scoutmaster and excelling in his first year of tro0p leadership at this year's Cape Fear Council Leadership Award DinnerMrs. Kathy Coble and Mr. Bob Coble also received recognition for their contributions to their past Cub Scout Pack in terms of organization and leadership for the Pack and the Council Pinewood Derby Championships.  We're proud of all of our leaders and thank them for their time and energy toward our program.

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Troop 218 meets weekly on
Tuesday nights at 7pm in Chadbourn Hall of our chartering church,
Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 4501 Wrightsville Ave., Wilmington, NC.
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