Douglas County Boys and Girls Scout organizations are having their fourth annual Scouting Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Westside Presbyterian Church, 1024 Kasold Drive. Representatives from various Scout units will have displays. There also will be other exhibits and food available.¢
Scouts and adults from Troop 52, chartered to the First Methodist Church of Lawrence, attended summer camp July 25-Aug. 2 at Camp Alexander. They stayed at the Koshare Hostel, La Junta, Colo., where they watched American Indian dancers and visited the museum in Kiva.
They also toured the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs and then camped at Eleven Mile State Park in Lake George, Colo. While there, the boys earned 61 merit badges as well as other awards.
Cyril Cook, Justin Deaver, Philip Gilreath, Westley Hinkle and Henry Reiske took part in a wilderness adventure for older Scouts.
At the main camp, David Long was camp senior patrol leader and Jack Berkowitz was assistant senior patrol leader. Other boys at the main camp included Mark Ashley, Tim Barta, Peter Bray, Jake Brown, Evan Cloar, Michael Davidson, Rich DiBenedetto, Stuart Gilreath, Brendan Golledge, Logan Hinkle, Austin Holladay, Nicholas Joseph, Dwayne LaForce, Brandon Mailand, Asher O'Connor, Ian O'Connor, David Ohlhausen, Andres Ramos, Douglas Rawlings, Dominick Reiske, Todd Roberts, Matthew Rogers, Charlie Turner, Ethan Vogelsang, Justin Wellman, Stephen Wilson and Nathan Wycoff.
Adults who accompanied the boys included Scoutmaster Wayne Deaver, Rod Zinn, Tammy Barta, Charles Gilreath, Karen LaForce, Sue Reiske, Ron Wellman and Nancy Wilson. Mike McCurdy helped with transportation.¢
Scouts from Troop 53, chartered to the First Christian Church of Lawrence, attended the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness July 14-24 in northern Minnesota. The Scouts canoed for 10 days, covering about 75 miles. Scouts who participated were Jimmy Kelley, Hamilton Lewis, Andrew Schmidt, Julian Spangler, Brian Teefey and Brett Yulich. They were accompanied by adult leaders Ron Spangler and Mitch Yulich.¢
Boy Scouts and adults of the Pelathe District served on the staff at Rotary Camp Aug. 1-9 at Lake Jacomo, Mo. Rotary Camp is a camp for severely disabled Scouts. Each camper has a staffer assigned to him. The Heart of America Council is one of only three councils in the United States that has such a camp. Scouts who served were Bill Berkowitz, of Troop 52; Roland Klunt, of Troop 52, and Zack Owen, of Troop 59. Tom Sheely was camp director. Melody Volek was camp nurse. Dan Keller served as one of the unit Scoutmasters.¢
Members of Boy Scout Troop 53, chartered to the First Christian Church, attended summer camp July 27-Aug. 2 at Camp Alexander near Lake George, Colo. The Scouts earned 58 merit badges, and eight Scouts progressed in rank advancement. Scouts also participated in a Polar Bear Swim and Blue Mountain hike. They placed first in the Ironman Relay. Aaron Ideus served as the troop's senior patrol leader. Scouts who participated were Michael Bennett, Chris Berger, Joey Berger, Nick Chance, John Chumbley, Devon Griffin, Nathan Ideus, Jonathan King, Stephen May, Evan Mielke, Greg Muetz, Tim Muetz, Jacob Nissen, Ryan Pennington, Justin Saathoff, Zach Schmidt, Tom Stanley, Connor Stremel, Zak Stremel, Aaron Tilden, Alex Webster, Ethan Yocum and Jordan Yulich. Adult leaders who attended were Scoutmaster Ron Spangler, Kip Grosshans, Mitch Yulich, Jim Mielke and Carey Berger.¢
Cub Scout Pack 3056, chartered to the United Methodist Church in Lecompton, had its annual fishing derby Aug. 10 at Camp Bromelsick. The following Cubs participated: Jacob Stansell, Austin Sledd, Quinten Sledd, Justin Smith, Tyler Dark, Ethan Heckard, Brendon Neal, William McDiffett and Samuel O'Trimble. Jacob Stansell caught the largest fish. Tyler Dark caught the smallest fish. Justin Smith caught the most fish. Austin Sledd had the oddest catch.¢
The Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas recently awarded religious emblems to Scouts and adult leaders who had earned them during the past year. The participants attended a Mass at Christ the King Church in Topeka.
The following boys received the Ad Altari Dei emblem: Christopher Neal, Troop 59, Henry Reiske, Troop 52, of Corpus Christi Catholic Church; Brandon Mailand, Troop 52, Matthew Rogers, Troop 52, and Alex Anderson, Troop 59, of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Susan Bashinski, Troop 59, and Sue Reiske, Troop 52, both of Corpus Christi, received the Bronze Pelican Award for service to Catholic Scouting.¢
Boy Scout Troop 52, chartered to the First United Methodist Church in Lawrence, went camping June 20-22 at Clinton Lake. Scouts learned compass skills, went on a one-mile orienteering course and went swimming.
Scouts who attended were Brandon Mailand, Alek Joyce, Ben Bartels, Stephen Wilson, Tim Barta, Dom Reiske, Justin Wellman, Evan Cloar, David Long, Nick Joseph, Doug Rawlings, Brenden Golledge, Stuart Gilreath, Wesley Tedlock, Mason McCurdy and Michael Smith. They were accompanied by the following adult leaders: Scoutmaster Wayne Deaver, Jim Joyce, Tammy Barta, Nancy Wilson, Amy Wellman, Ron Wellman, Rowley Tedlock, Chris Golledge, Richard Rawlings, Richard Tedlock, Dudley Crow, Harry Smith and Sue Reiske.