Boy Scout Troop 609 to hold open house

Posted at 8:45 AM on Feb 28, 2018

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Boy Scout Troop 609 of Statesville will be conducting an Open House at 7 p.m. on Monday March 5, at the troop’s scout hut located at 2019 Davie Avenue, Statesville.

The troop is recruiting new members and encourages all middle school and high school age boys not already in scouting to attend and learn about scouting and Troop 609.

Troop 609 was established in 1980 and is sponsored by First Associated Reformed Church of Statesville.

Troop 609 is a very active troop and spends a considerable amount of time in the outdoors. In 2017 the troop attended summer camp at Camp Raven Knob near Mount Airy, backpacked on the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee, whitewater rafted on the French Broad River, camped at Hanging Rock State Park, backpacked in the Nantahala National Forest and biked on the Virginia Creeper Trail, along with many other outdoor adventures.

The troop is also very active in the community participating in numerous service activities.

Troop 609 has won numerous awards over the years, including receiving the Honor Troop distinction at Camp Raven Knob this past summer. Troop 609 is also a six-time winner of Camp Bud Schiele’s Best, awarded to the best troop each week in camp at Camp Bud Schiele.

Troop 609 has activities for all boys in middle and high school. The troop has four active patrols.

Patrols are made up of scouts of similar ages and abilities and led by a Patrol Leader elected by the patrol. Youth-led programs are part of what makes Boy Scouting so successful.

The older scout patrol, the Pathfinders, plans many of the troop's outings and conducts high-adventure activities on their own.

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 character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. Boy Scouting is the traditional Scouting experience for young men in the fifth grade through high school. Service, community engagement and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout. For more than 100 years, Boy Scouts of America has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.

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For more information about the open house or to join Troop 609, contact Scoutmaster Jim Mixson at 704-876-3852 or nctroop609@yahoo.com.

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