Boy Scout Troop 218
Tuesday, Feb. 24th, 2014
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, Mar. 4th, 2014.
Welcome to Troop
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
M. Santhuff & A. Kite as well as out newest adult leader, Mr. Bob Dennison
We will Hike & Camp at Jones Lake State Park, Mar 1-2
Our troop will travel to Elizabethtown to camp and practice hike as the weather changes Sat-Sun, Mar. 1-2. We meet Sat, Mar 1st, 7am and return Sunday mid-day. As this is a prep trip for our Apr. 11-13th Uwharrie hiking & camping trip, please bring your backpack & hiking gear. The state park features a beautiful lake and all types of wildlife. Contact Scoutmaster Blaisdell for our liability release form and remember to bring your $10 food share.
It should be a great trip!
Be a Part of the 2014 Pinewood Derby!
Join Mr. Coble Sat., Mar. 1st from 9am-1pm at Independence Mall to help the Cape Fear Council's Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Championships. This is usually the most exciting activity of the Cub Scout year. It's more exciting than NASCAR!
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)
Our Trails-End Popcorn Order must be turned in
We completed our Trails-End Popcorn Show-N-Sell Oct. 6th!
Thank you to all whom participated!
(Click here for pics)
We continue Show-N-Deliver Sales until Nov. 2nd.
All orders must be turned in Nov. 5th
See details, products, forms & schedules under the Fund-Raiser page
Our popcorn campaign is divided into 3 sections:
-Show N Sell, (4 days of sales), Sept 28 & 29, Oct 5 & 6, Troop direct sales events anchored at various public locations
-Blitz Week, Sept 28-Oct 5, Each scout takes prepaid popcorn orders directly, door-to-door & online for the 1st week of the period
-Show N Deliver, Sept 28-Nov 2, Each scout continues to take prepaid popcorn orders directly for mid Nov. delivery until
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
Troop Camping & Canoeing at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Sept 14 & 15th
Our first camping trip of the year combined camping and working on the canoeing merit badge at the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, near Seven Springs, NC. Seven scouts signed up for the trip and enjoyed epic Indian Summer weather and a lot of fun both on & off the water. Scoutmaster Blaisdell & ASM Beitel proivided guidance and instruction for the trip.
(Click here for the entire trip album)
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)
Welcome to 2014!
-Mar 1-2, Troop Camping & Practice Hike, Jones Lake State Park, Elizabethtown, NC
-Mar 1-2, 9am-1pm, Scout Show Pinewood Derby, Independence Mall, Wilm, NC
-Mar 4th, 7pm, Our next troop meeting, WPPC
-Feb 1st - Apr 28th, Camp Card Sale (to earn $toward summer camp), See Mr. Coble for info!
-April 11-13th, Troop Hiking & Camping, Uwharrie National Forest, Troy, NC
-Apr 25-27, OA Conclave, Camp Bowers, Whiteville, NC
-May 2-4, District Camporee, Camp Kirkwood, Watha, NC
-June 22-28th, Summer Camp, Camp Tuscarora, Four Oaks, NC
-July 18-20th or 25-27th, Troop Popcorn Bonus Trip, US National Whitewater Center, Charlotte, NC
Recent Activities & Accomplishments
Scoutmaster Sam Burgess passes the torch to Scoutmaster Bill Blaisdell
at our December Court of Honor
During our final 2012 Court of Honor and after 22 years of continuous stellar service, our Scoutmaster, Mr. Sam Burgess has stepped down as Troop Leader. Mr. Burgess passed the leadership role to incoming Scoutmaster, Bill Blaisdell and was thanked by scouts, past scouts, leader, past leaders and family members from the past 22 years. During this time, Mr. Burgess, an Eagle Scout himself, oversaw 27 troop members achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, earned Council wide recognition, including the Cape Fear Council's Silver Beaver Award and mentored hundreds of young men. The troop presented Mr. Burgess with a plaque of appreciation and a custom scout quilt.
We thank Mr. Burgess for his legendary tenure as our scoutmaster, role model, leader and friend.
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