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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Welcome new scouts!

In the past several weeks, scouts from Troop 35 have attended multiple crossover ceremonies, where Webelos “cross over” into Boy Scouts. Troop 35 welcomes new Boy Scouts with a neckerchief, neckerchief slide, Troop 35 patch and epaulets. The new scouts can participate right away attending meetings, campouts, and service projects. They can start working toward rank advancements, earn merit badges—and of course—make new friends. Welcome to Troop 35!

Here are some photos from crossover ceremonies:

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Troop 35 goes tubing; two scouts earn Polar Bear award

Troop 35 had a blast tubing at Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. The scouts stayed at Camp Oh-DaKo-Ta, near Burlington, Wisc. Most scouts slept and cooked inside the cabin, but two boys earned the Polar Bear award. For the Polar Bear award, you must camp outside when the temperature falls below 32-degrees. In the 24-hour period you are outside, your meals must be cooked over a charcoal or wood fire. Congratulations to Eric S. and Jack M.!

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Gary Church honors scouts; Troop 35 serves up cobbler

Scout Sunday took on special relevance this year as February 2020 marks the 100th anniversary since scouting officially formed a relationship with the Methodist Church. During the church service, Gary United Methodist Church honored scouts who completed the “God and Church” religious emblem program, including two scouts from Troop 35.

Scouts receive the “God and Church” religious emblem.

Troop 35 served up cobbler for the celebration at Gary United Methodist Church. The congregation enjoyed peach, apple, and chocolate cherry. Troop 35 also displayed decades of historical artifacts.

According to the United Methodist Church, United Methodist congregations have provided a home base for more scouts than any other denomination in America. Today, 3,111 United Methodist churches charter 9,611 scout units serving 309,739 youth, including Troop 35 at Gary United Methodist Church.

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Court of Honor celebrates achievement

Congratulations to the following scouts who advanced in rank since Troop 35’s last Court of Honor ceremony:

Scout: Eric S.; Tenderfoot: Logan A., Caleb B., Asher J.; Second Class: Noah B., Caleb B.; First Class: Ben A., Jack M.; Life: Ben B., Stephen W.; Eagle: Michael W.

Troop 35 also awarded many merit badges at the Court of Honor ceremony, including Canoeing, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Family Life, Nature, and Personal Management.

Scouts and parents heard a Friends of Scouting presentation, explaining the importance of fundraising for the Three Fires Council. Scouts also voted for the boys they thought worthy of the Order of the Arrow, BSA’s honor society. Congratulations to all scouts for your hard work!

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