Boy Scout Troop 760
Lakeside Presbyterian Church has sponsored Boy Scout Troop 760 for sixty-seven years. The troop meets in the "Scout Hut", a building on the church property set aside specifically for troop activities.
Troop 760 keeps a full calendar of outings, and 2008 was no exception. The troop started out with a Merit Badge Weekend campout in February. It was a cold weekend but the boys did well in earning merit badges towards their rank advancement. Over the Spring Break from school some of the scouts and leaders took off for another 50 Mile Trek on the Appalachian Trail. This is the 5th trip to trek from Pennsylvania to the border of Virginia. When completed, the trip will cover almost 600 miles on the Appalachian Trail.
In the early spring the troop took a camping trip to James River State Park. The boys fished, hiked and visited the nature center. In May the scouts volunteered to staff the Cub Scout Campout at the Heart of Virginia Scout Reservation in Goochland for the weekend.
The troop's annual Summer Camp trip took them to Camp Raven near Mt. Airy, North Carolina. The boys spent a complete week of camping in tents and working on rank advancements. Scouts took classes on swimming, row boating, camping, fishing, shot gun shooting, rifle shooting, art, leather working and nature merit badges.
In August the troop took a fun trip to First Landing State Park campgrounds. The boys enjoyed surf fishing, swimming and some sight seeing of the lighthouses in the area. In September the troop took a canoe trip on the James River from a base camp at Camp T. Brady Saunders in Goochland.
Mr. Richard Brett, the Scoutmaster of the troop, was recognized with the Scoutmaster Award of Merit. Mr. Bruce Pettie has completed his 48th year of scouting with Troop 760. Bruce has attended summer camp for 47 of his 48 years in the Boy Scouts of America. Great job, Bruce!
Troop 760 saw the troop grow in 2008. The troop started the year with 15 scouts and ended the year with 18 scouts. The outlook for growth in 2009 is also good, In 2010 there will be another large group of Cub Scouts in the Pack that will cross over the Troop. We are looking forward to great things in the coming years!