Boy Scout Troop 218
Thursday, Sept 8th 2015Welcome to Troop
Our next meeting will be, Sept 13th, 2015
Troop 218 begins the Fall Season with a full schedule
and new offices of responsibility!
Tuesday, Sept 6th, 7pm
Our troop reconvenes after a trip to Camp Barnhardt for Summer Camp. We have new positions of responsibility.
We've got an exciting Fall Season planned with beach & forest camping, fund-raising, key community service
and lots of fun in between. We'll see you there in complete Class A with your troop backpack and a fresh year ahead!
Troop 218 Welcomes the new Pack 218 Cub Scout unit!_________________________________________________________
The new Cub Scout unit has 17 scouts now registered and will meet each
Tuesday night 6pm-7pm in Chadbourne Hall at WPPC. The first meeting is
Oct. 6th, 2015. We're excited to have this unit join us at Winter Park
Presbyterian Church. For more information please contact Sam Burgess or
Mike Prevatte of our troop.
Troop 218 Awards 23 Merit Badges at Sept 2015 Court of Honor
Our Sept 29th, 2015 Court of Honor awarded 8 scouts 23 merit badges, which were mostly earned during
our Summer Camp week at Camp Raven Knob near Mt. Airy, NC. We also reviewed our Heat Smart community service, where we distribute blankets to families in need through Duke Energy. We
discussed our current fund-raiser, selling popcorn through Trails-End popcorn and our upcoming
camping trip at Camp Bowers for the Klahican Lodge OA Day of Service. Thanks to the families
that provided our Court of Honor Refreshments! (click here for COH pics).
Troop 218 Meets the Challenge of French Broad River Rafting with NOC!
Seven scouts and 2 leaders traveled to Asheville, NC to enjoy a day of river rafting on
the French Broad River with the Nantahala Outdoor Center, July 31st-Aug 2nd. We camped
within 20' of the river and simply had a blast! As our popcorn bonus trip, we grilled burgers
and hot dogs and had "all you can eat pizza" at Cici's in Asheville. The rafting was completed
in both 6 man rafts and rubber "ducks" or inflatable kayaks over class 2 & 3 rapids. The NOC provided excellent instruction, guidance and a lunch on the river.
Thanks to everyone that participated!
(click here to view 88 photos of our trip)
Troop 218 Enjoys a week of Summer Camp at Camp Raven Knob
Troop 218 had 11 scouts and 4 leaders spend the week at Camp Raven Knob of the Old
Hickory Council in the mountains of Mt. Airy, June 28-July 4th. Activities ranged from Rifle
& Shotgun shooting, to swimming, sailing, wilderness survival and a historical version called "Mountain Man". The lake was it's usual cool temperatures, the food, it's consistently good
menu & the experience, it's expected high quality fun, adventure and achievement.
(click here for pics and more being added daily)
_________________________________________________________Congratulations Cole Schumann on becoming
Troop 218 Completes the Spring Season with our June 2015 Court of Honor
In spite of threatening weather our Troop was prepared and moved our June 2105
Court of Honor indoors to the safety of the WPPC. We congratulated and celebrated
our scouts that had earned rank advancement, merit badges and achievements in
addition to our full schedule of camping, hiking, canoeing and community service.
(click here for pics)
Congratulations Alex Blaisdell, Troop 218's 52nd Eagle Scout!
Alex Blaisdell successfully completed his Eagle Scout Board of Review this past
Tuesday, May 13th. Our troop is proud of his accomplishment and hard work.
Alex plans to begin engineering classes this August at NCSU. Alex has been a
member of Troop 218 since 2008 Congratulations to both Alex and the Blaisdell
Troop 218 Celebrated Zach Hutchinson's Eagle Court of Honor
April 26, 2015
Zach Hutchinson was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout becoming our 50th Eagle Scout.
Zach joined our troop 7 years ago and worked his way up through the entire Scout rank
process participating in troop activities from Summer Camps to hikes & camping trips
to community service. We joined his family & friends in celebrating, congratulating him
and wishing him the very best in his bright future.
(click here for more pics)
Troop 218's 51st Eagle Scout!
On April 6th, Cole Schumann successfully completed his Eagle Scout Board of Review
and became our troop's 51st Eagle Scout. Cole has been a member of Troop 218 since
2009 and has been very active in the Klahican Lodge of Order of the Arrow serving in
numerous Lodge leadership positions. We're very proud of Cole and his hard work!
Troop 218 Canoes 20 Miles on the Lumber River
Fri-Sun, April 10-12th!
Our troop travelled Friday, April 10th at 6pm to head for the Lumber River. We set
up camp at Lumber River State Park and then canoed back to the park Saturday
for 9.0 miles. We then canoed south another 11.7 miles from the park to Fair Bluff
bridge on Sunday and returned late afternoon. In total we canoed/kayaked 20.7 miles.
We were joined for camping by Webelos & leaders from Pack 732. Both groups enjoyed
cooking with dutch ovens Sat. night with Scoutmaster Blaisdell's apple berry cobbler
& Den Leader Boone's incredible double chocolate delight. When combined with dinner
ranging from nuclear chili, chicken quesadillas, chicken and dumplings and a pot roast,
both groups dined and slept well. We had a awesome weekend, saw many parts of the
river, learned new skills and made new friends. Thanks for joining us, Pack 732 Webelos!
You're welcome anytime!
(click here to see 107 pics from the trip)
Christopher Hoenig Speaks to Troop 218
on the Value of Becoming and Eagle Scout
Mr. Christopher Hoenig, a Vice President of TD Bank & Eagle Scout from Troop 13,______________________________________________________________
spoke to our troop about the value of being an Eagle Scout. Mr. Hoenig shared his
scouting experiences from Philmont, the Northern Tier and Camp Bowers, as well as
how becoming an Eagle Scout has helped him in acceptance into NCSU and establishing
his career within the finance industry. He currently works with the Cape Fear Council
as a Scout Executive, advising, planning & fund-raising. We wish to thank Mr. Hoenig
for his time, inspiration and guidance as each of our scout's work toward this personal
Troop 218 Camped for the Cape Fear Council Scout Show
Our troop participated March 13-15, in the Cape Fear Council Scout Show held in______________________________________________________________
Brunswick Forest. We experienced the full range of weather conditions and ended
early with thunderstom warnings. Our troop highlighted our dutch oven cooking
skills for the public to see and enjoy.
(click here for pics of the event)
Troop 218 attended Scout Sunday, Sunday, March 1st!
Our troop attended the 10am service & sat together at Winter Park Presbyterian
Church (WPPC) for this annual event. 10 troop members attended the 10am service.
We showed our thanks to the wonderful church and its membership that hosts our
troop as well as enjoyed a moving sermon by Pastor Emile Harley. Thank you
Winter Park Presbyterian Church for your continued support of our troop!
Troop 218 camps at Moores Creek National Battlefield
Jan 24-25th in chilly temps
Ten scouts and three leaders camped in rainy weather that cleared and turned colder______________________________________________________________
to just above freezing on Sunday morning at the newly completed Camp Caswell
campsite constructed by Troop 220 at Moores Creek National Battlefield. We enjoyed
a hike around the battlefield and some dutch oven cooking Saturday evening.
Thank you Troop 220 & the park ranger's staff for a great weekend!
(click here for pics)
Our troop met Jan 20th
at the Wilmington Police Department
Mr. Kunack provided a tour of the Wilmington Police Dept. Headquarters and
facilities. Fourteen scouts were able to tour a number of the sections including
the fingerprinting area. Thank you Mr. Kunack & the Wilmington Police
Our December Court of Honor was fun!
On Dec 16th at 7pm we held our December Court of Honor for our troop and their families. We recognized & celelbrated scouts earning 8 merit badges and 2 rank advancements.
Congratulations to both A.Coble & J. Small on earning the rank of Star scout.
We also congratulated our top scout popcorn salesmen:
J. Small, D. Blaisdell, Z. Wilson & A. Coble. Thank you to all whom participated!
After reviewing troop plans for the coming year, we concluded our evening with birthday cake for
scout C. Dennison. Happy birthday & Happy Holidays to all!
(Enjoy pics from our COH here)
Troop 218 Camped on the Beane Property
Nov 15th & 16th
We enjoyed cool temps, a relatively dry weekend, a great nature scavenger hunt,
learned to split firewood, sharpen our cooking skills, played manhunt & steamed
some local oysters. Thanks to the property owners, caretaker and Mr Canady for
coordinating the event.
(click here for pics)
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)
Troop 218 Camps this weekend at Cliffs of Neuse State Park
Our troop traveled to Cliffs of Neuse State Park for a full weekend of camping & hiking.
We met at WPPC Sat, Oct. 11th, and returned after our troop tradition of ice cream
on Sunday, Oct. 12th. We had a great weekend of hiking, cooking, manhunt and even
found a tree swing.
(click here for more pics)
We celebrated Eagle Scout Ceremonies for Jacob 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 hosted 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
Nine scouts and 4 leaders attended Camp Tuscarora this past June. 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. Scouts enjoyed everything from the waterslide into the lakefront
to skits and merit badge classes of all types.
(click here for pics) (click here for link to Camp info)
-Sept 13th, 7pm-8:30-pm, Our next troop mtg., WPPC
-Sept 17th, Troop Community Service, TBA
-Sept 24-25, 8am-8pm, Popcorn Show-N-Sell, Harris Teeter, Lumina Commons
-Oct 1-2, 7am-1pm, Popcorn Show-N-Sell, Craft Hardware
-Oct 4th, 7pm, Troop Court of Honor, WPPC
-Oct 7-9th, Cape Fear Council Jamboree, Camp Bowers, White Oak, NC
-Oct 22, Climbing Merit Badge, Camp Bowers, White Oak, NC
-Nov 6, Community Service, Good Shepherd, Wilm, NC
-Nov 12, OA Conclave, Camp Bowers, White Oak, NC
-Nov 24th, Thanksgiving
-Dec 3-4, Troop Camping, TBA
Dec 13, 6:30pm, Troop Court of Honor, WPPC
Recent Accomplishments & Notices
Troop 218 Honors Leaders for Years of Service
This past year Troop 218 had the pleasure and honor to recognize 4 of their leaders for exceptional service from 9 to over 22 years to our troop. In Dec 2013 we thanked Mr. Larry Murray for over 22 years of service as Asst. Scoutmaster & OA officer. Mr. Tom Hackler and Mrs. Hope Hackler were also thanked and recognized for almost 10 years of service as record keeper and Asst. Scoutmaster as well. In June the troop recoignized and extended our gratitude to Mrs. Peggy Irwin for her over 20 years of service as Chariman of Finance. bookkeeper & record keeper for our troop. All four scout leaders have helped build our troop into the quality unit that we are proud to be part of today. Thank each of you for your time, energy, guidance & mentoring for many Eagle Scouts and exceptional men in general. Your contribution will remain a model for each of us for many years to come.
Scoutmaster Blaisdell & Mr. & Mrs. Coble receive Council awards at 2014 Leadership Dinner
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 Dinner. Mrs. 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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