CRESTVIEW — A local exhibit shows that scouting founder Sir Robert Baden-Powell's legacy is strong in the Crestview area, with multiple troops and packs continuing the movement he founded more than a century ago.
Through August, Crestview Public Library visitors can get a look at scouting as they view merit badges, Pinewood Derby racecar kits, caps, patches and souvenirs.
Materials cover all ages of scouting, beginning with Cub Scouts and continuing through Webelos, Boy Scouts and Venture Crew.
The Crestview area has five Boy Scout troops, five Cub Scout packs and a co-ed Venture Crew, said Unit Commissioner Rae Schwartz of the Gulf Coast Council's Choctawhatchee District.
The Cub Scouts will host School Nights when classes resume, Schwartz said. Boys will hang posters and bring home fliers announcing each elementary school's event.
"Scouting is really one of the best youth activities available in our area," Schwartz said. "You don't need to be an athlete to be a scout. If there's something you're interested in, chances are there's a merit badge available for it."
Want to join scouting?
North Okaloosa Boy Scout troops meet Monday evenings as follows.
Troop 30: First United Methodist Church, 599 Eighth Ave.
Troop 773: Knights of Columbus, 701 E. James Lee Blvd.
Troops 731 and 732: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3 Del Cerro Camino
Troop 532: First Baptist Church of Holt, 532 W. Highway 90
Cub Scout pack meeting times vary, as follows:
Pack 799: First United Methodist Church, 599 Eighth Ave.
Pack 530: chartered to the Elks Club, meets at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 2250 P.J. Adams Parkway
Packs 731 and 732: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3 Del Cerro Camino
Pack 532: First Baptist Church of Holt, 532 W. Highway 90
Venture Crew 773: First Presbyterian Church, 492 N. Ferdon Blvd.
Contacts: Unit Commissioner Rae Schwartz, 585-5672, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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