Fifteen Scouts and adults from Troop 13 spent several hours recently in University Research Park, sloshing through Mallard Creek and digging through underbrush in search of trash. The Scout Troop, sponsored by University City United Methodist Church, filled a dozen trash bags and also hauled out four tires and an old orange construction barrel.
“We wore our uniforms that day, and we had quite a few people thanking us for what we did,” said David McKenzie, chair of the Troop 13 Committee.
Parent volunteer Kami Keeley, among several women leaders in Troop 13, led the greenway “treasure” hunt as part of her own Boy Scout leadership training. Before the Scouts began the creek cleanup, Scout Ethan Ivey gave an overview of the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace, particularly No. 3: Dispose of waste properly.
Adventure, learning and hard work
Founded in 1992, Troop 13 has about 45 members plus several adult leaders including longtime Scoutmaster Dan Schulte. Scouts learn many outdoor and leadership skills while earning various ranks and Merit Badges, taking part in community service projects and going on camping trips and high-adventure trips.
Scouting’s highest achievement is earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Since 1992, 88 boys in Troop have become Eagle Scouts.
Most Scouts will tell you that the best part of being one is going on trips. The ultimate for American Boy Scouts is spending time at the 214-square-mile Philmont Scout Ranch in rugged northern New Mexico. Troop 13 Scouts and leaders traveled to Philmont last summer, where they backpacked 80 miles over 10 days.
Next summer, Troop 13 Scouts will spend several days sailing, fishing and snorkeling off the Florida Keys aboard a 70-foot sailing schooner.
These activities cost money, and the Scouts work hard to pay their way. You can find Troop 13 Scouts and parents serving Bojangles fast food at UNC Charlotte 49ers football games this fall. The Troop also holds an annual barbecue and silent auction.
Want to join, help or learn more?
Boy Scout Troop 13 welcomes boys ages 11-18 from throughout the community. Church membership is not required. The Troop meets at 7 pm every Tuesday at University City United Methodist Church, 3835 W W T. Harris Blvd. at Sugar Creek Road.
- Learn more about the Troop at its web page and Facebook page or by contacting Troop 13 Committee Chair David McKenzie at email@example.com.
- The Troop depends on the community for its volunteer leaders, financial donations and gifts for the annual auction. Contact McKenzie to learn how you can help.