Troop Celebrates Scouts’ Accomplishments, Looks Forward to Summer Adventures

Scouting America Troop 618, previously known as Boy Scouts of America, held its Spring Court of Honor on June 11, to celebrate the scouts as they earned rank advancements and merit badges. The evening included a slideshow of activities and events the troop had participated in over the past year, such as biking, camping, canoeing, caving, hiking, skiing, and ziplining.

When the scouts weren’t engaging in exhilarating activities, they took part in numerous service projects. They participated in the River Hill Community Association Pull and Plant, a Middle Patuxent Environmental Area conservation project, a cleanup of Cradlerock Road, the Scouting for Food program,
and a project at the Baltimore National Cemetery to place flags in honor of fallen Service Members.

The troop’s summer activities will include a visit to Camp Rodney, a scout camp located at the head of the
Chesapeake Bay, and a high adventure trip to Sea Base in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. Sea Base is a
unique scouting program that offers aquatics programs, such as fishing, sailing, snorkeling, swimming, and
scuba diving, along with the opportunity to learn about astronomy, navigation, fish identification and
coral reef ecology. One crew will spend a week in the Florida Keys living aboard a large sailing vessel and
snorkeling some of the most beautiful reefs in the region.

Another crew will travel to the Bahamas to snorkel the pristine reefs of Marsh Harbour, to wade among the many small cays, and to fish for abundant gamefish in the Abaco Islands.

Troop 618 is a boys troop that meets most Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., at Clarksville Middle School during the school year. They welcome boys starting in 5th grade up to 17 years of age. For more information about the
troop, visit their website: columbia618.mytroop.us or contact Matt Eidson, Scoutmaster, at mathawho@gmail.com or Kelly Cao, Committee Chair, at yoochang@gmail.com.