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Kiwanians receive update on Scouting program in Monett

Friday, January 11, 2013

A high point of 2012 for Boy Scout Troop #38 members was their trip to Sea Base in the Florida Keys, the bi-annual high adventure trip. Submitted photo [Order this photo]
An update on Scouting in Monett was provided by Jon Funk, scoutmaster with Troop #38, at a recent meeting of the Monett Kiwanis Club.

Funk participated in the Boy Scouts as a youth. He served as assistant scoutmaster for six years in Troop #38 before becoming scoutmaster. Past Kiwanis president Eric Kean is an advance chairman for the Scouts' region.

The troop presently has 18 boys and nine adults participating. In 2013, Funk expects the troop to grow, adding a fourth adult who is active on a daily basis.

During 2012, Scouts contributed 252 community service hours in the community.

Projects undertaken by Scouts in the last two years include rehabilitating the 20-year-old bar aluminum Christmas tree decorations hung from utility poles in Monett. Many of the units needed welding and lights replaced.

A flag disposal drop box was added as an Eagle Scout project at the American Legion home. There are plans to add a second box at Monett City Hall. Scouts are considering building a second flag retirement incinerator at South Park.

Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout has always been a high mark for Scouts. While 2 percent achieve the goal nationally, 26 percent of Scouts in Troop #38 have reached the mark, Funk said.

Every two years Troop #38 undertakes a high adventure trip. Costs run around $1,600 per person for training, though fundraisers have reduced that cost to under $1,000 a piece.

Two years ago 18 persons went to Alaska. In 2012 nine Scouts and five adults traveled to Sea Base in the Florida Keys. Daily activities ranged from boating and swimming to fishing and photographing schools of underwater fish.

The boys caught and prepared their own meals most days. Advanced training focused on maintaining physical stamina and having support skills to handle the rigors of the trip.

In 2014 the local Scouts plan to attend the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M. for 10 days. Funk would like to take 16 boys and 10 adults. The 10-day trip will require rigorous preparation, as Funk expected the Monettans to walk over 100 miles while at the camp.

Kiwanis President Gordon Brown presided at the meeting. Program chairman Dayton Mackey introduced Funk.

The Monett Kiwanis Club meets at noon on Tuesdays for a meal and a program, usually at Happy House restaurant.

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