Thirteen adult leaders from Pelathe District completed Venturing Leader specific training. Many of them came from the new all-female Venture Crew 2052. Venturing is a Scouting program for young men and women that focuses on building character, teamwork and personal responsibility through outdoor activity and community service.
Individuals who completed their training were Robin Robertson, Tammy Barta, Michelle Mailand, Scott Braden, Laurie Marienau, Ralena McCurdy, Gwen MacPherson, Nancy Wilson, Lori Tilson, Myra Cosgrove, Rose Wagner, Jerry Ohlsmeier and Cille King. Included among the training staff were Case Jones, Curtis Barnhill, Sue Grote, Danny Keller and Joe King.
Boy Scout Troop 52, chartered to First United Methodist Church, had a campout Nov. 16-17 at Camp Naish. They worked on achieving the Orienteering Merit Badge. The boys also hiked on the Rim Rock Trail and had a worship service led by Nick Joseph, chaplain's aide and Jack Berkowitz, patrol leader. Boys who attended were Todd Roberts, Jesse Walburn, Jack Berkowitz, Justin Wellman, Steve Wilson, Nick Joseph, Dwayne LaForce, Justin Deaver, Mason McCurdy and Henry Reiske. Adults present were Wayne Deaver, Rodd Zinn, Nancy Wilson, Rachel Kaslaitis and Ralena McCurdy.
Members of Cub Scout Pack 3057, chartered to the Lawrence Catholic School PTO, collected pet supplies for donation to the Lawrence Humane Society in honor of St. Francis at their October meeting. In addition to the supplies collected by the boys, John and Jean Pfeifer, den leaders, arranged for 1,700 pounds of dog food to be donated by the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Ottawa.
Second-year Webelos from Pack 3057 and their families recently took a trip to Salina and Abilene. They stopped at the Rolling Hills Wildlife Refuge in Salina where they made a donation to sponsor an American alligator, iguana and water monitor for one year as well as to buy an engraved brick for the future Bobcat House.
They also stopped at the Flywheel Museum, where each Scout operated a manual rope-making machine and were shown how a hay baler from the Civil War era operated. The group camped at the museum campgrounds, and the boys made a donation to the museum in appreciation. They visited the Aquarium of Native Kansas River Species at the Salina Mall.
The group attended mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina and went to Abilene to visit the Eisenhower Center and the Russell Stover Factory.
Boys who attended were Henry Hodges, Dom Reiske, Michael Smith and Ethan Vogelsang. Family members who accompanied them were Harry and Cathy Smith, David Hodges, Sue Reiske and Lucas Vogelsang. Henry Reiske, a Life Scout from Troop 52, also accompanied the group.
Cub Scout Pack 3462, chartered to Langston Hughes School, had its monthly pack meeting Nov. 21. Sean Franklin of the Lawrence Police Department gave a talk on "Kids Against Crime." He discussed bullying, stranger danger and preventing theft. The Scouts also had their Second Annual Father/Son Decorated Cake Auction to raise money for the group.