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Troop 665 serves as Honorary Chairs for Great American Clean Up
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Boy Scout Troop 665 are the 2011 Great American Clean Up Honorary Chairs for Rincon's Great American Clean Up Saturday. - photo by Photo provided

The City of Rincon is proud to honor Boy Scout Troop 665 as our 2011 Great American Clean Up Honorary Chairs. Troop 665 has donated their time to the beautification of our city since 2009.   

Boy Scout Troop 665 will be 34 years old this November 2011. More than three decades ago, WEBLOS scouts walked from Rincon United Methodist Church, across Highway 21, to the little garage located near the First Baptist Church.  This was the beginning of Rincon’s only Scout Troop in 1977, Troop 665. They started off with five patrols, Staff, Grizzly, Eagle, Panther, and Black Sheep. Since that date, they have been a strong and vibrant Scout Troop. In 32 years, the troop has camped more than 600 nights, hiked 824 miles and rafted more than 99 miles. 

The Troop’s Scoutmaster is Ken Luikart.  Assistant Scoutmasters are Roger Lafond, Roger Moore, Bill Ross, Tim Madere, Kirt Witte, Lewis Miles and Thomas Curtis. The troop committee chairman is Ellie Mcloud and troop advancement chairman is Heidi Longenberger. The Institutional Representative is Reverend Larry Bird. 

The most interesting accomplishment the troop completed in the last two years was the development and establishment of two historical trails in Savannah. The “Savannah Historical Churches Hike” winds its way through downtown Savannah for about 6 miles and visits more than 18 churches and cemeteries. The questions and hiking syllabus are available from the Coastal Empire Council to anyone who wants to hike this trail as a group or as individuals. The second trail, “Savannah Historical Christmas Hike” will be sponsored by the American Trails Associations. It is a 4.5 mile hike that runs the opposite directions and covers many Civil War items of interest in downtown Savannah.

The dynamics of scouting require a vigorous outdoor program, duty to God and Church and duty to your country. Service projects are a big part of our program. The average EAGLE service project will usually be between 100 and 300 hours. In the last 33 years we have awarded 77 EAGLE awards.

The troop is strong and looks forward to many more years of service in the community.  If you are between the ages of 11 and 19 you may join scouts. The troop will establish a venture crew for girls between 14 and 21 in the near future. Please call Ken Luikart at 826-2159 for more information. It’s not too late to join Troop 665 for our summer camp at camp Rainy Mountain near Clayton Georgia.

This local boy scout troop has made efforts to Keep Rincon beautiful by picking up trash along Lisa Street. Their efforts are to be commended and they are appreciated. It’s our community and our responsibility. Feel free to join Boy Scout Troop 665 and other members of the community on May 14 at Rincon City Hall from 9 a.m. to launch the 2011 Great American Clean Up. For volunteer information, contact Rincon City Hall at (912) 826-5996.