Chartered in 1941 at Bexley United Methodist Church, Troop 166 was founded on the classic Scouting principles of developing strong minds, bodies and spirits while providing service to the community. The boys run the Troop. Scoutmaster John Fulton and his assistant scoutmasters provide adult advice and supervision. The members of the Troop Committee, lead by former Scoutmaster John Fenimore, support them.
The Scouts meet weekly in the Scout Room. Monthly camp outs this year will include Winter Survival Camping, Skiing and Backpacking. Longer trips include such things as Whitewater Rafting and historic battlefields as well as the yearly trip to Summer Camp.
In 2008, six of our scouts spent a week on Big Munson Island in the Florida Keys. In 2009, five of our scouts spent ten days canoeing in the Boundary Waters of Canada and Minnesota. In 2010 eight Scouts attended the 100 years of Scouting Celebration at the National Jamboree in Ft. AP Hill in Virginia. This summer (2011) a dozen of our Scouts will backpack through Northern New Mexico at the Philmont Scout Ranch.
The troop is always on the lookout to provide service to the community. Some of our service projects each year include the Bexley Easter Egg Hunt, the Fourth of July Parade and Block Party, the Labor Day Party, the Harvest Festival and the Pancake Breakfast.
Many members of our troop progress to join the rank of Eagle Scout. We currently have over 100 Eagle Scouts since the inception of Troop 166. Younger Scouts achieve rank advancement each year as well as earn many merit badges. lf you get a moment, stop by the display case in the lower level outside of the Scout Room for more history of this interesting Troop — including photos!
Many of our Scouts end Scout alumni have worked on camp staff at Camp Falling Rock north of Newark, Ohio. ln addition, several of our Scouts have been accepted as staff at the National BSA camp in Cimerron, New Mexico. They have worked as counselors, rangers, trainers end program directors. This summer several will be returning to these roles once again.
The boys and leaders of Troop 166 appreciate the support and participation of the Bexley United Methodist Church and hope to continue to make you proud with our service and achievement.