Boy Scout troop organizes in Lock Haven

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Brody Sparrow helps one of the cub scout packs during an activity at a meeting on Wednesday night.

LOCK HAVEN — After several years, Lock Haven has a Boy Scout troop again.

Troop 711 was started two months ago by three boys and their families to offer shorter travel distance than before.

Previously, Clinton County only had two troops — Troop 66 in Woolrich and Troop 54 in Beech Creek.

“It’s a middle ground for everyone. We’re hoping more boys will want to take advantage of the shorter distance,” Jennifer Crawford, advancement chairman for the group, said.

Scout Master Robbie Sparrow said there are three boys currently in the troop — Aden Dupert, Brody Sparrow and Dylan Crawford. All three boys operate as Den Chiefs and are assisting the areas cub scout packs each Wednesday night at Great Island Presbyterian Church.

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Dylan Crawford helps a Cub Scout clean some berries during an activity focused on making healthy and delicious snacks.

The scouts themselves hold meetings each Monday at the same location beginning at 6 p.m.

A total of 28 young boys are taking part in the Cub Scout pack, many of them will later join troops such as Woolrich and Beech Creek once they’ve advanced to scouts.

Sparrow said that by the end of March five Cubs will advance to the rank of scout.

“We’re trying to get the word out about this troop,” Sparrow said.

The troop is run by Sparrow with help from Crawford, Cub Master and committee chairman Ashley Sparrow and treasurer Kalee Dupert. Den leaders, many volunteers and parents of cub scouts, also assist each Wednesday night.

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS A Cub Scout participates in an activity.

The current Boy Scouts assist the den leaders throughout the evening, teaching crafts and skills or educating them on topics such as constellations.

The five boys who are expected to advance to scout status are tasked with teaching their fellow Cub scouts how to tie a knot, Sparrow said.

Beyond their weekly meetings, the troop has taken part in many outdoor events such as ice fishing and snow tubing with plans to go to Gettysburg and New York City later in the year, Crawford said.

Anyone who may like to join Troop 711 or has further questions can email LHtroop711@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page Lock Haven Boy Scout Troop 711.

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Sammy Mansfield focuses on tying a knot. Mansfield is one of five Cub Scouts who will advance to boy scout by the end of March. To earn the title he must first teach the younger Cub Scouts how to tie a knot.

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Boy scouts from Lock Haven Troop 711 pose for a photo. They are, from left, Dylan Crawford, Aden Dupert and Brody Sparrow.


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