Movement in place to reestablish Boy Scouts

Published 2:22 am Thursday, August 3, 2017

Calling all parents of boys in Andalusia and Covington County, the Boy Scouts need your help reestablishing Troop 46.

Larry Newton, district executive for the Boy Scouts of America Alabama Florida Council, will hold an informational meeting Mon., Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. at Andalusia Elementary School.

“It will be an informative session on what scouting is,” he said. “It’s not a recruitment session.”

Newton said they need parent leaders to help establish the pack.

Newton said that the hope is to establish both a Cub Scouts pack for grades first through fifth and Boy Scouts for grades six through 12.

Newton said there is currently a pack in Straughn, but he would like to reestablish the Andalusia pack, and potentially start packs in Red Level, Pleasant Home, Florala and Opp.

All troops are chartered to a local organization.

According to the Boy Scouts’ website, scouting allows youth to:

  • Try new things;
  • Provide service to others;
  • Build self-confidence;
  • Reinforce ethical standards.

“ While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community,” the website says. “Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem.”

For more info, email Newton at