Boy Scout Troop 218     

Coastal District, Cape Fear Council,
Wilmington, NC  USA

Sunday, March 25th, 2015
Our next meeting will be March 31st, 2015

                 Welcome to Troop    

       
                             
        Troop 218 welcomes visitor A. Logan
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     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 goal.

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             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.
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               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!


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      Congratulations Zach Hutchinson on becoming
Troop 218's 50th Eagle Scout!



Zach Hutchinson successfully completed his Eagle Scout Board of Review Feb. 10th to become our 50th Eagle Scout. ZAch joined our troop 7 years ago and has 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 join his family & friends in congratulating him and wishing him the very best in his bright future.



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National Youth Leadership Training offered this Summer

    
  National Youth Leadership Training will be offered in 3 Summer  sessions this summer at the remote Foxfire campsite, near  Hiawassee, VA. Scouts must be 13 year old & at least First Class  in rank to attend.  The 6 day course is based in an outdoor  setting with specific goals of developing a scout's leadership skills  from goal setting & communication to planning & problem solving.
              For more information click this link.  


                              Dates are: June 14-19, June 28-July 3 and July 5-10

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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)

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   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 Department.

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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)


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          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
-Kettle Corn
-Bacon Ranch
-Buffalo Cheddar Cheese

It's been a very solid season of sales. 
Thanks to all involved: Scouts, Leaders, parents, neighbors and patrons

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               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.
                                                        (click here for more pics)

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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

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     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)

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

            

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)


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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.






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 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 Saturday & 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)


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Upcoming Events
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Welcome to 2015!


-Feb 1st-May 1st, Camp Card Sales Begin, Cape Fear Council, Wilm, NC

-Mar 29th, Harlem Globetrotters, UNCW, (contact Mr. Blaisdell for details)

-Mar 31st, 7pm-8:30pm, Our next troop meeting, WPPC


-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





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Recent Activities & Accomplishments
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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.
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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 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.

Use this NEWS link or Click on the Picassa image below to view our 8000+ photos of our troops activities:





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Scout Discounts
Use your BSA troop membership card to received valuable discounts at such companies as:
        -Dick's Sporting Goods
        -Great Outdoor Provision Company
        -Campmor online
        -Domino's Pizza

    Ask one of your troop adult leaders for more information*

 

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Our troop email is
bsa218nc@gmail.com 

       

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. 
winterparkpres.org
For more information call:
910-231-4479


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