By Shawn Stinson
To paraphrase a recruiting slogan from the U.S. Marines, Boy Scouts Troop 162 are looking for a few good boys.
There are approximately 11 members of the pack according to Jeff Nelson, the troop’s scout master. Nelson added the troop had been in jeopardy of folding prior to an injection of new members. He said there are plans to hold a recruiting event in September.
Members of the troop have been active in the community in recent years by assisting other organizations with their events. The group helped place U.S. flags at the cemetery in Brandywine with members of the South Fork Ruritan Club. Troop members along with the local Girl Scouts Troop assisted in burning U.S. flags during a ceremony hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9666 at the Richard Homan Memorial Park in Sugar Grove. Troop members have also assisted in moving books at the Pendleton County Library.
Nelson added Pendleton County residents can expect to see members of the troop doing more in the coming months. He said four members – Sawyer Apple, Jacob Mitchell, Jeffrey Nelson and Jonathan Nelson – will be working on their Eagle Scout projects in the coming months.
The troop recently celebrated Oliver Summers moving up from the Cub Scouts to the Boy Scouts.
In addition to the Eagle Scout projects, the group plans on assisting the South Fork Ruritan Club with its food booth at the annual Treasure Mountain Festival. The group will have recruiting information at the event to attract new members.
Troop members are expected to participate in this year’s Christmas Parade in Franklin.
If anyone is interested in joining the Boy Scouts troop in Pendleton County, contact Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.