All of the Scouts presented their moms with a pin for newly achieved Scout ranks, signifying their appreciation for the role mom plays in their scouting life. Pictured (l. to r.) Lynne and Will Dodson, Nancy and Read Fernandez, Sue and Charlie Gibbons, Camille and Jack Resetar)
Troop 20 Scouts end 2018 with awards, fellowship
By Jeff Dodson. Photos by Mike Gibson.
A year-end awards ceremony and Christmas dinner is an annual tradition for Boy Scout Troop 20. Lifetime scouters, Troop 20 supporters, Scouts and family gathered at the Troop 20 Scout Hut to celebrate the season and another activity-filled year.
Spelunking, white water rafting, camping, hiking and service projects were just a few of the activities Troop 20 participated in this year. Scout leader Marc Resetar calls these events, “fun with a purpose.” He said, “These outdoor events, while fun, provide leadership and citizenship opportunities for our Scouts.”
Four Scouts received Scout Rank and merit badge awards:
• Senior Patrol Leader Jack Resetar was awarded the rank of Star Scout and received merit badges for Canoeing, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Citizenship in the Community and Mile Swim.
• Quartermaster Read Fernandez was awarded the rank of Star Scout and received merit badges for Canoeing, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Gardening and Mile Swim.
• Bugler Charlie Gibbons was awarded the rank of Star Scout and received merit badges for Personal Fitness and Citizenship in the Nation.
• Chaplain’s Aide Will Dodson was awarded rank of Life Scout and received the Communications merit badge.
At the end of December, Troop 20 attended five days of Winter Camp at Bert Adams Scout Reservation in Covington, Georgia and in January will complete a two-day backpacking adventure on the Appalachian Trail.
Lasagna fundraiser planned
Troop 20 is raising money to attend High Adventure Camp at Sea Base in the Florida Keys in July. The Scouts will participate in a week-long adventure of SCUBA diving activities. High Adventure Camp is a highlight for many boys in their Scouting experience.
To help fund this trip of a lifetime, Troop 20 has sponsored two very successful car washes and plans for another in the spring. In January, a different kind of fundraiser will be offered. Scout Mom Sue Gibbons, Culinary Arts Teacher at Pickens High School, will coordinate a frozen lasagna sale. Scouts will be selling two different sized pans of frozen lasagna: one size will feed 2-4 people for $25 and another size will feed 4-6 people for $35.
In addition to their fund raising activities, Troop 20 can accept donations made through Big Canoe Chapel.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build leadership skills, character development, and citizenship. For more information on Troop 20 (age 11 - 17), contact Jeff Dodson at 706-248-9818 or Cub Pack 20 (K – 5th grade), contact Tony Miller at 404-403-4874.
Ben Read, grandfather to Troop 20 Scout Read Fernandez, presented his grandson with the Star Rank patch he received in 1952.