Boy Scout Troop 218     

Coastal District, Cape Fear Council,
Wilmington, NC  USA

Monday, May 25th, 2015
Our next meeting will be  May 26th, 2015

                 Welcome to Troop    

       
                     
     Troop 218 welcomes our newest scout,  A. Logan
                         


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         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
family.


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  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)

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      Congratulations Cole Schumann on becoming
        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!

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          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)


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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.
                                        (click here for pics of the event)

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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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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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               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)

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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!
                                           (click here for pictures)

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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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Upcoming Events
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Spring-Summer 2015!


-May 26th, 7pm-8:30pm, Our next troop meeting , WPPC

-May 29-31, Troop Camping,  Umstead State Park, Cary, NC

-June 2nd, 7pm, Troop Court of Honor & Final Mtg, WPPC

-June 6th, Cole Schumann's Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Wesleyan UMC, 10255 Hwy 17N, Wilm, NC

-June 28-July 4th, Summer Camp, Camp Ravenknob, Mt. Airy, NC
RavenKonb.com

-July 24th-26th, Troop Popcorn Bonus Trip, River Rafting, French Broad River, Asheville, NC  NOC.com





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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.

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        -Dick's Sporting Goods
        -Great Outdoor Provision Company
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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. 
winterparkpres.org
For more information call:
910-231-4479


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