In 2013, Hubert Middle School’s Boy Scout Troop 100 was disbanded when a large majority of the members graduated the eighth grade and dispersed on to different high schools throughout Savannah. “I thought that this spelled the end for Troop 100, one of Savannah’s heritage Scoutreach troops,” said Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America’s field director, Micah Donaldson. “But thanks to the enthusiasm of Principal Manning and two teachers, Mr. Ross and Mr. Dillon, along with several dedicated council staff members, the rebuilding process began last fall with the registration of 32 new Boy Scouts and all the energy and enthusiasm that only a room full of middle school boys can generate.”
We couldn’t be happier that Boy Scouts are back and working with our Paragon Male Academy boys, a school within a school housed here at Hubert,” said lead teacher, Mr. Will Ross.
“One of our objectives is to foster the development of strong ethics and values through positive male mentors and Boy Scouts offers us a program that does just that. What better goal for our boys than to instill in them the traits found in the Scout Law: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent? If Boy Scouts can help our boys incorporate these traits, we know they will be successful and productive in adulthood.”
“Troop 100 has accomplished a lot and had some great experiences this year,” said Mr. Ross. On Saturday, January 13, 2016, thirteen of the boys attended the Father/Son Freeze Out at Black Creek Scout Reservation, a day filled with competitions, games and outdoor activities. Then on Thursday, February 22nd, they spent the morning in Savannah Technical College’s Industrial Technology Department, shaping and sanding their pinewood derby cars and learning about the various programs offered within the Industrial Technology Department. Other activities have included a Lifesaving and Water Safety class presented by Chatham Aquatic Center, fire building, knot tying, citizenship, flag etiquette and outdoor woodcraft skills, taught by Scoutreach leaders.
Leadership development is emphasized at Troop 100, where the patrol method is employed during each meeting. Working together as a team, patrol members share the responsibility for the patrol’s success. They gain confidence by serving in positions of patrol leadership. “We have really seen the boys gain confidence and develop leadership skills this year. Two boys in particular come to mind,” added Mr. Ross. “Jamari, who was very quiet at the beginning of the year has really come out of his shell. He did a great job communicating instructions to his patrol at camp. Another boy, Kendrick, after taking on the role of patrol leader has shown exceptional leadership abilities and conflict resolution skills with his peers.” Scoutreach is funded in part by the City of Savannah and United Way of the Coastal Empire. For more information about Scoutreach or to join a Scout Troop near you, call Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America at 912-927-7272. The council website address is http:// www.coastalgeorgiabsa.org/ . Follow us on Facebook at Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America.
About the Coastal Georgia Council: The Coastal Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America serves approximately 6500 young men and women annually in coastal Georgia though Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Scoutreach and Explorer Post programs. The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program for character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.™”