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New Boy Scout troop forms in Funkstown

March 25, 2012
  • Front row, from left, Boy Scouts Jared Harriman, James Becker, Will Hildebrand, Kaleb Morris, Dustin Worton and Jacob Pence. Back row, adult leaders Anthony Pence, Don Harriman, Kendall Morris, Buddy Rizer, Doug Hildebrand and Rich Gaver.
Front row, from left, Boy Scouts Jared Harriman, James Becker, Will Hildebrand, Kaleb Morris, Dustin Worton and Jacob Pence. Back row, adult leaders Anthony Pence, Don Harriman, Kendall Morris, Buddy Rizer, Doug Hildebrand and Rich Gaver.

A new Boy Scouts troop has started in Funkstown.

Troop 23 has six young men who will undertake the challenge of a lifetime in starting the new troop.

Unlike Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts is a youth-run organization. The adventure will teach them leadership skills, strengthen their civic support and mold them into model citizens, all while having fun with many outdoor activities. 

The last long-running troop in Funkstown was Troop 123, which ran from the early 1960s until 1985. A troop resurfaced for about a year or two around 2005, but was soon abandoned.

Troop 123 had many Eagle Scouts over the years, which is the highest rank the Boy Scouts offers.

With more than 48 boys in the Cub Scout Pack, there should be plenty of future Scouts to feed Troop 23.

With the skills that these boys have learned in Cub Scouts, it will give them a boost for the success of new Scout Troop 23.

Any boy who is at least 11 years old, has completed the fifth grade or is 12 years old and would like to join Boy Scouts, may stop by Funkstown Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. any Wednesday.

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