Scouts show appreciation



Earlier this summer, local Boy Scout and Cub Scout groups expressed appreciation to first responders and healthcare workers throughout the county by presenting them with BSA Camp Cards. The Camp Cards are discount cards that can be used at various locations to help local heroes save money as they shop.

Oneonta Boy Scout Troop 160 and Cub Scout Pack 53 presented 115 cards to Oneonta Police Department, Oneonta Fire Department, Blount County Sheriff’s Office, and St. Vincent’s Blount (above left) as a way to say thank you for all they do.

Hayden Boy Scout Troop 212 and Cub Scout Pack 152 presented the discount cards to Mount High Fire Department (above right), West Blount Fire and Rescue, and fire departments in Cleveland and Blountsville. Collectively, almost 200 discount cards were presented.

Currently, there are recruitment efforts taking place for anyone interested in joining a Boy Scout or Cub Scout group. There are Boy Scout Troops located in Oneonta and Hayden for boys in the sixth through 12th grade, and a BSA girl troop in Oneonta for girls in sixth through 12th grade.

Blount County has three Cub Scout packs that meet weekly. The packs accept boys and girls. This is a plus for families that have boy and girl siblings that want to be involved.

Hayden Cub Scouts meet each Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Kindergarteners through fifth graders can register to be a part of the group by contacting Cub Master Judd Davidson at 205-903- 8203, by email at, or on Facebook under Hayden Cub Scouts.

Davidson said the Hayden group has completed several community service projects over the past year in addition to the Club Cards. They have volunteered at the local food bank at Hayden United Methodist Church, helped with the cleanup of debris at Vera Vaughn Park in Hayden, collected reading glasses for the Lions Club to give to those in need, and painted benches at the Smoke Rise pool.

With a goal of building character and giving back, Davidson said these types of projects benefit both the Cub Scout and the community. Davidson also invites local guest speakers to the meetings on a regular basis.

The Oneonta pack meets each Tuesday night from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church. Keith Roddam is the point of contact and can be reached by email at Some recent activities of the Oneonta pack include cleaning up trash and spreading fresh mulch at the newly renamed Woodland Scout Park.

A new Cub Scout pack has started and meets at the Straight Mountain Fire Department each Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bret Stephenson can be contacted at for more information.

Although there is a push of recruitment activities over the next couple of weeks, the groups have an open invitation for anyone to join throughout the year. To learn all you need to know about scouting, be sure to visit the Boy Scouts of America website at