Boy Scouts host recruitment event

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Leaders hope to show public benefits of boy scouts

The boy scouts are coming to a location near you.

The Boy Scouts of America will be hosting a fun-filled play and recruitment event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Legion in Cassville, located on Highway 112.

According to Scout Master Roy Edmondson, enrollment has not been quite as high as in the past, so local Cassville Troop No. 76, which has been in the area for over 75 years, is extending a special invitation to area parents and their children to learn what the century-old organization, dating back to 1910, has to offer boys of today.

Skills parents can expect their boys to learn in the scouts include: fire and knife safety, first aid, how to build fires, tie a knot, shooting a BB gun and other outdoor safety and self-sufficiency skills. A sampling of life skills taught include honesty, the importance of keeping their word, being courteous, patriotic and helping others.

"The boy scouts builds character," Edmondson said. "Another benefit is self-esteem. It teaches boys to have confidence in themselves. There is not a day that goes by that I don't use something I learned in the boy scouts.

"We're trying to build up the number of kids we have in the boy scout troop and the cub scout troop. Right now, there are only seven boys in the boy scout troop and around six or seven in the cub scouts."

Edmondson is in his third year as Scout Master and is working to get the organization back on its feet. Some of the past reasons he cites for low enrollment are a lack of leadership, lack of parent involvement and lack of community involvement.

"They haven't been as involved with the public as they should be in the past, and we're working on trying to change that," Edmondson said. "Events like the tree planting we did at the museum last week, or things we have done in the past such as the Christmas parade and chili cookoff, that's what I'm trying to bring back."

The group is also looking to recruit parents, as traditionally, parents have helped with activities and mentor members.

"The parents are more involved with the younger cub scouts, which are boys from first to fifth grades," Edmondson said. "The boy scouts are ages 11-18 years.

Edmondson said the scouts are hoping for a great turnout at the recruitment event.

"There will be range officers, which are boy scout leaders, at the event who are certified to supervise the kids," Edmondson said. "They have quite a bit of training they have to go through to obtain these certifications. We invite parents and kids to come out, have fun, enjoy free food and get a taste of what scouting is all about."

Event activities will include archery, BB guns, slingshots, water rockets, roasting hot dogs and racing pinewood derby cars. The event is free and open to the entire family, so boys and girls alike are welcome to attend and participate, but all youth must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, parents can call Scout Master Roy Edmondson at 417-846-3693 or Assistant Scout Master Bill Sims at 417-846-5056.

Parents may also learn more about the group by visiting its Facebook page, which is named "Boy Scout Troop 76."

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