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April & Boy Scouts

April & Boy Scouts

Post below written by 17 year-old Troop Webmaster.

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April Weaver spoke with the Scouts at Westwood Baptist Church.

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Post below written by 17 year-old Troop Webmaster.

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5k Run at Westwood Baptist Church where the troop volunteered at the Brookledge Pharmacy Booth.

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Troop 220 Cleanup Crew

Troop 220 Cleanup Crew Click Pic for more Pics

It was very hot Saturday. However that did not keep Troop 220 from getting out and doing their part to keep Alabaster beautiful and to practice Leave No Trace. Troop 220 has teamed up with Pack 220 and the Westwood Baptist Church youth group to keep Alabaster Blvd clean in partnership with the Alabaster Beautification Board. Troop 220 takes every third month to get on the side of the road and get their hands dirty. This Saturday not only did they get dirty hands but they got sweaty faces as they unselfishly removed garbage from the side of the road.

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Troop & Adult Leaders in TLT

Troop & Adult Leaders in TLT - Click picture for more pics.

Troop 220 conducted its semi-annual Troop Leadership Training at Area 51.  Area 51 is the building that the Youth Group of Westwood Baptist Church meets in.  Something interesting to note here is that 7 of the 11 boys present for training are also in the Westwood Baptist Church Youth Group.  The Troop got permission to hang out there on Friday evening, spend the night and then work on training in the upstairs play room.  It was a really nice place to hold the training.  The Troop had elected its new leaders just the Monday before and it was time to get them up to speed before they took office the Monday following next weekend’s campout.

Friday night they just ran wild and free and played a lot of games on the inside and on the outside.  It was hard to get them to do lights out at 11pm.  The leaders slept in the foyer downstairs and I heard whispering and footsteps upstairs all night long or at least it seemed like it.  They were still up earlier the next morning than I wanted to be so I had to scramble to get packed up before they came down and ran me over like a herd of stampeding wildebeests.

The Scoutmaster is a super duper great guy and brought in egg-sausage biscuits and OJ for everyone and coffee for the adults who drank coffee.  The Scouts came downstairs and scarfed down some biscuits.  You would have thought they had been on an over night hike as hungry as they were.  Maybe it was because they had been up all night.

After breakfast we got down to the Troop training.  It was good to see the lights start coming on as the boys began to understand their roles in the Scouting program.  The boys elected some really good leaders and I am excited about what the next six months holds for our Troop.

That evening the Scouts gathered around the ping pong table and decided on their camping plans for the next year.  I still don’t know what they decided on as they were doing such a good job by themselves that I fell asleep on the couch across the room.  The clicking of cameras is the only thing that woke me up.  🙂

Once the planning was done we cleaned up the place, packed our stuff, called the parents and hit the road.  It was a very successful and fun training event.

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Boy Scouts Serious About LNT

Boy Scouts Serious About LNT - Click picture to see more pics

Troop 220 signed up to to clean Alabaster Blvd for Westwood Baptist church.  Above is the crew that turned out the first time.  We are scheduled to do this occasionally through out the year so I am expecting that the ones above will be getting after the ones that didn’t show up about showing up.  It took a long time with just the bunch above but it was impressed upon them how easier and faster it would have been had the whole Troop showed it.  It is amazing the lessons that Scouts learn as they progress through the many things that they are involved in.  I was proud of the group above though.  They cleaned up the entire side of the road, even picking up cigarette butts.  What a nasty job.  They even removed some debris from a house that the city wouldn’t pick up.  YEA Boy Scouts!

Edit 1/19/2010 – I just found a link on the City of Alabaster web site that has some pictures of us at this event.  Check it out.

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