AMESBURY — On Tuesday, Sept. 10, Boy Scout Troop 4 will begin its 55th year. The civic organization encourages boys in Amesbury and surrounding towns to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
The troop meets at the Market Street Baptist Church on Market Street, with meetings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to their weekly meetings during the school months, the boys also camp out every month of the year.
During the scout meetings, the boys learn outdoor skills like camping and cooking, safe hiking and first aid, but also begin to develop leadership skills and learn good citizenship and how to help others. Campouts typically run for a weekend and are based around a theme like pioneering, cooking, skills competition and survival.
This year the scouts will also be a part of a statewide campout in October held at the Barnstable Fairgrounds. Scouts from all across the state will spend the weekend competing against other troops, as well as watching scouting and outdoor demonstrations.
The troop will continue its bi-monthly recycling program for the town, collecting paper and returnable cans and bottles with the proceeds being used for troop members to attend special weeklong leadership training programs. They also will participate in the “Scouting for Food” collection program benefiting Our Neighbors’ Table and local church food pantries.
This past summer, eight members of the troop traveled to “the Summit” in West Virginia to camp for a week with 30,000 other scouts from all around the United States. Close to 25 scouts and leaders camped at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation in Paxton for a week. This past weekend, under the leadership of Nate Kelley, more than 20 members of the troop spent the weekend climbing Mt. Greylock in western Mass.
To kick off the new year, the troop will hold it annual bike hike, traveling 20 miles from Hampton, N.H., to Portsmouth along the coast. They will spend the night at the Portsmouth Coast Guard Station and return the following day.
Boy Scouting is for boys ages 11 to 18 years old, and there is always room for more to join. For more information, call Scoutmaster Ron Fuller at 603-895-6640 or attend Tuesday’s meeting.