Local Boy Scout troops continue tradition

The local Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are part of one of the nation’s largest youth development organizations.




Posted February 7, 2014

By Lori Kesinger

The local Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are part of one of the nation’s largest youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for boys that builds character and promotes citizenship by combining educational activities and values with fun.

Boys ages seven to ten can join BSA with the beginning Cub Scout program. The program offers fun and challenging activities that build character, teach practical skills, and develop an awareness of community service. Boys can begin as Tiger Cubs as they finish kindergarten, and then move into the Wolf and Bear Cub Scout programs (second and third grade, or age eight or nine), and Webelos Scouts (fourth and fifth grade, or age ten). They then transition into Boy Scouts.

Boy Scouts is an outdoor program designed to develop character, citizenship, and fitness for boys ages 11 through 17. Boy Scouts take responsibility for the activities of the troop by planning and organizing activities. They develop teamwork and learn to lead as well as follow. Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting.

Fallon County Scouts serve locally when different needs arise, such as serving at community meals and helping during annual clean-up week. “This year local troops will be involved in the sage grouse initiative by marking the sage grouse areas,” said Scott Rabbitt, a troop leader.

They also have fundraisers to provide funds for their troops. “The popcorn sales and Christmas tree and wreath sales help fund their program for the whole year, which is how they are able to go to activities and camps,” said Shawn Sander, a troop leader.

The Fallon County BSA are part of the Shortgrass District in Montana, which also includes Carter, Powder River, Custer, Rosebud, and Garfield Counties. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts can be involved in community service projects, camping opportunities and many other district activities. The Fallon County BSA has helped build future leaders with many local young men achieving the Eagle Scout award.