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Boy Scout Troop 299

Special badge helps troop celebrate 25th anniversary

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Dublin Boy Scout Troop 299 received a special badge during a recent Court of Honor.

Members of the Boy Scout Troop based at Indian Run Methodist Church this month received a badge that marks the group's 25th anniversary.

The Court of Honor that kicked off the celebration of the milestone, and the year will be filled with reminders for members of Troop 299.

"In the last three weeks we had a Scout Sunday, a nine-mile backpacker during the weekend," said Bob Widder, scoutmaster.

"We did a ski trip in northeast Ohio at Boston Mills. Next month we have a back to basics campout."

Troop 299 is known as the adventure troop, said Assistant Scoutmaster Ken Torrico.

"This is an opportunity to reflect on the activities and programs of the last 25 years," said Assistant Scoutmaster Chris Sherman.

"There are three important parts to our program: community service, leadership and outdoor adventure."

The troop does 10 activities annually such as whitewater rafting, biking around Kelleys Island and backpacking. The troop also visits a summer camp in Pennsylvania annually, Widder said.

High adventures have also taken the troop to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, Seabase in the Florida Keys, and other places throughout the country.

"We're covering not just camping, but teamwork," Widder said.

The troop has done more than enjoy the outdoors, though.

The troop does work for Indian Run United Methodist Church, holds an annual food drive for the Dublin Food Pantry and helps out Cub Scout groups, Widder said.

"Their work benefits the city, schools and local church," Sherman said.

Eagle Scout projects -- Troop 299 has produced 78 in its 25 years -- also benefit the community.

"They're expected to identify a need, plan and execute a project," Sherman said.

"It really becomes a leadership service project."

According to Torrico, Eagle Scout projects have resulted in a boardwalk at Glacier Ridge Metro Park, outdoor theater seating at the church and various landscaping projects at local parks.

Along with annual activities, Troop 299 is also planning an anniversary event in June. The Boy Scouts are hoping to draw troop alumni to a camping event with the help of committee members Robin Sherman, Kathie Torrico and Lynn Hausfeld.

"They want to make it inclusive to current scouts and alumni," Torrico said of the summer anniversary event.

A few alumni returned for the Court of Honor, but the troop is searching for others who participated in the troop in the past 25 years. Torrico is hoping to see a connection between the scouts and alumni.

"They've been on cool adventures to Philmont and canoe trips to Canada," he said. "We hope they stimulate these young guys to stick with it."

"We know we have former scouts all over the country," Sherman said.

"Some are just out of college, some are starting college and some are into their career right now," he said. "They'll relate to the scouts and the scouts may recognize some of the names."

Alumni of Troop 299 can contact leadership regarding the anniversary celebration via email at anniversary@troop 299skc.org or by searching for the "Troop 299 Dublin Ohio" page on Facebook.

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