Eagle Scout project helps community

Scouts from Troop 35 held a book drive to support the community, including the Epilepsy Foundation. The scouts sorted and boxed up hundreds of books as part of Robert W.’s Eagle Scout project. Many books will go to the Epilepsy Foundation, and some will fill a new book-sharing box for the community.

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Troop 35 scout participates in “Taps Across America”

Musicians from across the country, including Troop 35’s Noah B., played taps from their front porches at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day. Twenty years ago, Congress passed a law that 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day is “The National Moment of Remembrance.” It’s an annual event that asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, to take a minute to remember those veterans who have died in military service. Because traditional parades and ceremonies were canceled due to the pandemic, “Taps Across America” was formed as a way to honor the significance of Memorial Day, while remaining socially distant.

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Troop 35 announces latest Eagle Scout

Congratulations to Eric Richmond, Troop 35’s newest Eagle Scout. Because of the pandemic, Eric had his Eagle Board of Review virtually with members of the Three Fires Council and Troop 35’s committee. He says it means a lot to achieve Eagle, as it shows perseverance and character, plus love and dedication to scouting, especially Troop 35.

“Troop 35 has been and always will be a second home for me. The atmosphere and the people there really make it seem like a family. There is a ton of support from everyone.”

Eric Richmond, Eagle Scout, Troop 35

His advice to younger scouts wanting to achieve Eagle Scout?

“Never stop and rest. Never give up, and get to Eagle as fast as you can.”

Congratulations Eric! Troop 35 looks forward to celebrating with you in person soon.

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Scouts work on merit badges during pandemic

Even with the stay-at-home order, scouts from Troop 35 are working toward earning merit badges. Some of the badges scouts are working on include Cooking, Family Life, Music, and Reading. For Eagle-Required Family Life, you must complete daily chores plus finish both an individual and family project. You can see in the photos below, one scout is cleaning blinds for his individual project and another is assembling masks as part of a family project. For Eagle-Required Cooking, you must cook breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, using different cooking techniques. In the photos below, you can see the scouts pan frying breakfast and baking dessert. Although scouts may not be able to finish all of the requirements, they can accomplish quite a lot during the stay-at-home order, even meeting with their merit badge counselor over video calls.

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Troop 35 goes virtual during pandemic

Not much can stop Troop 35 from keeping up its Tuesday night meetings. Not even COVID-19. This week, scouts met virtually. They logged on to their phones, tablets or computers, and they linked together through videoconferencing. In the coming weeks, the scouts will learn more about merit badges and requirements they can work on from home. Troop 35 will continue to stay connected virtually, and scouts look forward to when they can meet face-to-face again.

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