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Boy Scout Troop 21 85th Anniversary

The Boy Scouts of America Troop 21, Dickson City, will celebrate their 85th Anniversary during February, 2014.
The Boy Scouts of America Troop 21, Dickson City, will celebrate their 85th Anniversary during February, 2014.  Being a key part of the community for so many years leaves many scouts and leaders with decades of fond memories. Remembering camping trips, traveling, fishing and earning merit badges and rank, the scouts of the past are now grown, some have passed on. Enjoying scouting with their children and grandchildren, the Boy Scouts of America has become a family tradition for many.  Keeping with family and community bonding, scouting has been a regular part of Dickson City for as long as most can remember.
 
Troop 21 was founded in February of 1928 by the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Chester Golinski and Monsignor Stanislaus Szpotanski. There were 14 boys on the original charter. The number grew with each passing year. The Troop has been meeting in the former St. Mary's School from the very first meeting through present day. The only change made was that meetings changed from Friday to Thursday. Originally created to develop youth leadership in the church, the Troop became an essential part of the local boy's adolescent years. Now led by Scoutmaster Enrico Galassi, the troop welcomes all boys ages 11-17, beginning in the fifth grade, to visit the troop and see all that scouting has to offer. Enjoying camping, hiking, boating, first aid, participating in community functions and many other activities, each scout can work on badges and rank at their own pace. The troop spends a week each August at Goose Pond Boy Scout Reservation. Forming patrols with boys their own age, each boy can feel comfortable achieving their own personal goals. The rank of Eagle is the much aspired goal of many scouts.
 
Cub Pack 21 was founded in 1941, sponsored by the church, allowing a younger group of boys to enjoy all that scouting has to offer. Cub Pack 21 is the longest operating pack in the NEPA, Dan Beard council.  Cub Pack Master, Jeff Allan, invites local families to attend. Boys in grades 1-5 are welcome. Cub Pack 21 participates in various Cub Scouting activities including: harvest fun, crafts, contests, camp outs, outdoor adventures, community events, day camp & summer resident camp at Camp Acahela. 
 
Troop 21 & Cub Pack 21 offer a uniform recycling program and financial aid for uniforms is available. Fundraising for camping assistance is encouraged. Troop 21 collects aluminum cans to help offset the cost of camp for each scout. All boys are welcome, regardless of residency & denomination.

 

This year, Pack 21 has held a Halloween costume contest, a spagetti-bridge building competition, a Pack camping weekend at Rickett's Glen State Park  and the annual Pinewood Derby.  Rounding out the year will be a Raingutter Regatta, Bottle-Rocket building/launching and an Arrow of Light ceremony, celebrating graduating Cub Scouts to the perspective Boy Scout Troop of their choice. 

 

Troop 21 has held a pancake breakfast at Applebee's, a camping trip to Gettysburg, volunteering at Cub Pack and community events and many merit badge and character building events. February not only brings the 85th Anniversary of the Troop, but also the Klondike Derby. The Derby is held each year at Goose Pond, Lake Ariel.  The Klondike Derby consists of ten different stations where the scouts test their scoutcraft skills and leadership abilities. The scouts earn points toward a final score, competing against other local scouting troops.

 

To celebrate and commemorate this milestone, an anniversary patch was created to represent the 85th Anniversary. This patch is the result of a design contest among the boys of both the pack and troop. Troop 21 is also building a time capsule, under the direction of Nick Arnold.  An anniversary dinner is being held on Scout Sunday, February 2, at Mia Amore (formerly the After Five Supper Club), located on Main Street in Dickson City.  Dinner begins at 1:00.

 

More information on Troop & Cub Pack 21 can be found online. The Troop website is:  www.vbvm.org/troop21. The Pack website is:  www.cubpack21.org.

(Thank you to Sheila McDonough for this information)

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