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Members and adult leaders of Boy Scout Troops and Packs 141 and 143, both of Carrollton, are shown at a flag retirement ceremony held at the Carrollton VFW Post 3301 on Chase Rd. in June.

According to Boy Scout oath, “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”

Members of local Boy Scout troops have been busy serving the community and fulfilling that oath.  Their community service continues with the annual “Scouting for Food” food collection for Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. 

Members of Boy Scout Troop #141 and Cub Scout Pack #141 will place bags on doorknobs throughout Carrollton Nov. 19 - Nov. 21.  Residents wishing to participate can fill the grocery bags with nonperishable food items and place the bags on their porch the morning of Nov. 24.  Scouts will gather the bags Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  All food will go directly to Loaves & Fishes in Carrollton for distribution. 

“Last year was good,” stated Mark Walters, scout master of Troop #141.  “We want to make it even better this year!  Anyone who wants to donate and lives outside Carrollton village limits can call me at 330-627-4707 and we will arrange to pick up the items.”

Troop #141 and Pack #141 will march in the annual Christmas parade after gathering food items. The parade begins at 1 p.m. at Carrollton High School.

Troop #143 will collect items for Scouting for Food Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Thorne’s Marketplace and Dollar General Market, both of Carrollton.

The following is a list of community service projects for 2012.
TREE PLANTING:  Boy Scout Troop #141 received 50 pine trees from Buckeye Council in April to plant in the community.  The troop chose to plant the trees along the side exit route from Bluebird Amphitheater.  Ten scouts, supervised by William Maag, Sr., committee chairman, spent an hour planting the trees.

In May, Sandy Eidem of Buckeye Council notified Walters she had 50 oak trees the Carrollton Lions Club purchased to be planted in the Carrollton area.  Troop members decided to plant them at Carroll Community Park on SR 39 east of Carrollton.  Two scouts and a leader worked approximately three hours at the site.

PAINTING:  During May, members of Troop #141 picked up their paintbrushes and painted park benches and trash can holders on Public Square in Carrollton.  Project number four involved scraping and painting the gazebo in the Dellroy Park located across from the school.  Assistant Scout Master Bob Burns supplied a pressure washer to help remove paint.  Between the two activities, with 10-12 scouts and three leaders present each time, they had a combined effort of 24 hours.

RELAY FOR LIFE:  Each year, Troop #141 assists with the annual Carrollton Relay for Life held in June.  Scouts clean up during and after the event and make a fire pit for those who wish to have a fire at their campsite.  Afterwards, they replace the grass and dirt in the pit.  This year the scouts were a Relay team and competed in the overnight events and raised around $500.

FLAG PLACEMENT & RETIREMENT:  Troop #141 was joined by members of Troop #143 in decorating veterans’ graves for Memorial Day.  Both troops assisted at a Flag Retirement during June at Veteran’s of Foreign War (VFW) Post 3301 on Chase Rd., Carrollton.  They also marched in the annual Memorial Day parade and attended the ceremony at Westview Cemetery.

SCOUT CAMP:  Troop #141 spent July 8-14 at Seven Ranges Scout Camp in East Twp. where 14 scouts earned 28 merit badges.  Three leaders also attended.

MISCELLANEOUS:  Ten scouts spent four hours teaching the staff at Camp Aldersgate how to build a rope (monkey) bridge.  Camp Aldersgate is a Methodist Church camp and since the scouts have campouts there, they took the time to work with the staff.

The troop is responsible for a 2-mile portion of SR 39 through the Adopt-A-Highway program of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), and have cleaned the roadway twice this year.

HISTORY LESSON:  This year scout members had the option of assisting with the Fighting McCooks Heritage Weekend Sept. 22 and 23.  Scouts cut brush, cleared fencerows and removed wire and helped with set up and tear down for the event.  Scouts had the opportunity to be recruited into the Union Army and battle Confederates during the event.  Recruits were dressed in period clothing and learned basic maneuver drills.

Troop members met at the First United Methodist Church for a five-mile hike to the Algonquin Mill Farm Complex Friday, Oct. 12 and camped during the annual Algonquin Mill Festival.  Members set up a rope bridge for visitors and cleaned the grounds each evening.

FUN & GAMES:  The troops camped two nights at the Carroll County Airport in conjunction with an all-day training to earn an aviation merit badge.  Scouts will complete the training with an airplane ride at New Philadelphia airport. 

The troop also went white water rafting at Ohiopyle State Park in Pennsylvania Aug. 18.

Walters said, “If you add the time scouts and leaders have put in helping the community so far this year, we have probably invested close to 500 hours of service.”

After the holidays, the scouts will participate in the Klondike Derby and begin a new year of service.  Walters also noted members of his troop have completed three Eagle Scout projects for the community.  More details will be released at a later date.

Anyone boy who has finished 5th grade or is 11 years old or older up to age 18 is welcome to visit a meeting.  Troop #141 meets each Monday from 6:30-8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on the corner of S. Lisbon and 3rd St. SE. in Carrollton. 

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