Boy Scout Troop 218
Tuesday, December 17th, 2014
Our next meeting will be January 6th, 2015.
Welcome to Troop
Welcome Back Scoutmaster Blaisdell!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
We hope that all of our scouts, their families, friends and communities enjoy the Holiday Season!
Please remember to think & contribute to all of those in need during this season.
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)
We have Trails-End Popcorn still for sale!
Contact Mr. Beitel for additional orders.
We have the following for sale:
-Caramel Corn with Almonds & Pecans
-Buffalo Cheddar Cheese
It's been a very solid season of sales.
Thanks to all involved: Scouts, Leaders, parents, neighbors and patrons
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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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(click here for link to Camp info)
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!
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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
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)
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 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!)
Wrapping Up 2014!
-Dec 20th, 10am, Troop Community Service -washing the Church's bus, WPPC
-Jan 6th, 7pm, 1st Troop Mtg after Holidays, WPPC
-Jan 9th-12th, OA Winter Fellowship, Camp Bowers, White Oak, NC
-Jan 17th, Fort Fisher 150th Anniversary, Fort Fisher, NC
-Jan 24th-25th, Troop Dutch Oven Camping, Location TBA
-Jan 31st, Troop Recharter is due
-Jan 31st, 9am, District 2 School Nutrition Association Mtg., Holly Shelter Middle School
-Jan 31st, Camp Card Sales Begin, Cape Fear Council, Wilm, NC
-Feb 16th, 6:30pm, Troop Staff Meeting, WPPC
-Feb 21st-22nd, Troop Camping & Merit Badge College, Singletary State Park, NC
-Mar 6th-8th, OA Spring Fellowship, Camp Bowers, White Oak, NC
-Mar 20th-22nd, Coastal District Scout Show, Brunswick Forest, Brunswick County, NC http://www.sbilzi.com/
-Apr 11th-12th, Troop Camping & Canoe Trip, Lumber River State Park, NC
-Apr 17th-19th, OA Conclave, Camp Tuscarora
-Apr 20th, 6:30pm, Troop Staff Mtg., WPPC
-May 1st, Camp Card Sales End, Cape Fear Council, Wilm, NC
-May 1st-3rd, Spring Camporee, Location TBA
-May 15th-17th, OA Summer Fellowship, Camp Bowers, White Oak, NC
-June 2nd, 7pm, Troop Court of Honor & Final Mtg, WPPC
-June 28-July 4th, Summer Camp, Camp Ravenknob, Mt. Airy, NC
-July 24th-26th, Troop Popcorn Bonus Trip, Location & activity TBA
Recent Activities & Accomplishments
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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