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Troop 1150 serves community, shapes future leaders

Patrick Kelly

Troop 1150 members Shane Balleck, Wyatt Seim, Johnathon Macks,Kuyler Balleck, Nathenial Mack and Cody Eckhoff proudly display their colors.

In communities across the nation, the Boy Scouts of America are making a difference.

As one of the United States' most prominent youth organizations — one of a few to hold a Congressional charter — BSA has taught young men self-accountability and community involvement for more than 100 years.

Members of Craig's Troop 1150 are quick to maintain that tradition and explain why scouting is important to them and the community.

"You have to learn how to give back to something that gives to you," 16-year-old Patrol Leader Johnathon Macks said.

Macks and his seven cohorts in Troop 1150 can easily list what draws them to scouting — camaraderie, opportunity, adventure and the chance to give back to their community.

Every Monday night, the boys run their own meeting where they plan upcoming troop activities and learn new skills.

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Scouts with enough experience take on the role of teacher and school younger boys on subjects like first aid. Meanwhile, adult leaders handle more advanced subjects like civics with the older Scouts.

Troop 1150's service to the community is obvious when it comes to activities like cleaning up sections of interstate, shoveling out fire hydrants for Craig Fire/Rescue and participating in holiday charity drives, but the real speciality is in the young men it breeds.

"I see Scouting as a leadership stand-by," said Assistant Scoutmaster Hunter Seim, an Eagle Scout.

Seim is one of seven adult volunteers with Troop 1150 and his 14-year-old son, Wyatt, is an active leader in the troop.

The adult volunteers play a big part when it comes to transportation and organization, but ultimately the boys are at the helm.

"You plan it, you're in charge," said Seim. "The ability to do that and make your plan is just tremendous. It's just incredibly valuable."

The sharp boys of Troop 1150 are swift to recognize how the skills gained as Scouts will can transfer into everyday life.

"Over all the fun and adventures you might have, you can still take home that little piece that you can always use," said Macks, echoed by his fellow troop members.

Scoutmaster Darrin Bevel said he was proud of all of the members of troop 1150 hopes more people get involved.

If you are interested in joining or supporting Troop 1150, visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BSATroop1150/