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Troop 1033 Update By Jenny Kresge

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

Members of Troop 1033 and Pack 1031 with scout leaders and Pastor Andrea M. King during Scouting Sunday at Emmanuel United Methodist Church

The year 2023 is off to a busy start for Troop 1033! In January, for the MLK Day of Service, the troop joined forces with Cub Scout Pack 1031 to pick up trash and litter from the grounds of Beltsville Academy.

In February, we participated in the Klondike Derby, an all-day competition of scout skills that is themed around a dog sled race in Alaska. The scouts had to travel from station to station and demonstrate skills such as first aid, fire building, compass use, knot tying, animal identification, and shelter building. They also had to prepare a hot lunch and got to try ax-

Members of Troop 1033 at the Klondike Derby

throwing and using a two-man saw. All of the supplies they needed for the various stations had to be transported on a "sled," which the scouts and adult leaders designed and built. The troop spent a lot of time preparing for this event, and their hard work paid off as they won first place in their division!

Also in February, several scouts from both Troop 1033 and Cub Scout Pack 1031 joined the congregation of Emmanuel United Methodist Church for Scout Sunday. They presented the flags during the service and Scoutmaster Kevin d'Eustachio said a few words about the troop and thanked Emmanuel for its many years of continued support.

Big News! The Spring Mulch Fundraiser is almost here! Once again, the troop will be selling mulch and other garden products to be delivered to your Beltsville/Calverton home! The details are still being finalized at the time of writing this but watch your inbox as you'll receive a flier about it soon! We expect orders to be due in March for delivery in the beginning of April.

The Troop would love to share the fun of scouting with more people! We welcome boys ages 11-17 to join us as well as adults who enjoy working with youth! We now meet Sunday evenings at 6pm.

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