The Monroe Boy Scout Troop 348, hosted a kickoff potluck event Sunday, Feb. 25 to mark the beginning of a new chapter for youth in Monroe.
The Boy Scout troop has reorganized and will be chartered by the Monroe United Methodist church. Youth and adult leaders have been in the process of organizing a troop since last fall.
The organizing committee has worked on placing adults in leadership roles and preparing youth to “cross-over” from Cub Scouting into the new troop.
Many outdoor activities are planned, including using the original restored troop canoe trailer with canoes, monthly campouts throughout the year as well as attending the annual summer camp in July at Camp Mitigwa near Boone.
The Scouts are currently fundraising to earn money for Scout Camp. They will be assembling Easter Baskets and putting them up for auction and various locations including the Leighton State Bank, Prairie City and Monroe Methodist Churches and the Baptist Church in Monroe.
The Troop invites all boys ages 11-17 to join by contacting any of the leaders or calling Jim Phillips at 641-259-3010.
Meetings are typically at 6:30 p.m. Sundays at the Monroe United Methodist Church. Adult leaders include, Jim Phillips (charter rep), Angela Clark (committee chair), Chris Valcore (scoutmaster), Greg Edgett (assistant Scoutmaster), Daphne Owens, Charlie Owens and Seth Shannon (committee members).
The goal of scouting is to develop skills in youth today, so they can serve as leaders tomorrow. The Scout organization is an activity offering a wide range of activities from outdoor adventures to developing personal skills that build confidence and encourage teamwork.