Scouts volunteer for odd jobs

Kathryn Swan | J-C correspondent
Pawhuska Boy Scout Troop 33 and Venture Crew 33 are doing odd jobs to raise $4,000 for summer camp. They kicked off their service efforts recently by dismantling and loading industrial shelving and storage units. From left, Scout Master Randy Haddon, Suzann Hargus, Assistant Scout Leader Jimmy White, Thomas Long, Senior Patrol Leader Gary Arnce and Venture Assistant Trini Haddon. Kathryn Swan/J-C correspondent

Pawhuska Boy Scout Troop 33 and Venture Crew 33 are doing odd jobs as a fundraiser for summer camp. According to Scout Master Randy Haddon, their goal is $4,000 so that 10-15 members can attend Camp Kerr in Tishomingo, June 10-16.

This hearty group of young men and women recently came to my home to dismantle industrial shelving and load two storage units into a trailer. They were courteous, a lot of fun and completed the task quickly. I heartedly endorse their efforts to raise monies this spring so their members (and leaders) can attend summer camp.

As many locals may recall, Troop 33 has the distinction of being the 1st Boy Scout Troop in the United States. It was started in Pawhuska in 1909, a year before the Boy Scout of America movement, and is the only troop to be formed under a British Charter. Meetings are held every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Randy Haddon is scout master. Jim and Jimmy White are assistant scout masters. Trini Haddon is Venture 33 Crew assistant. Venture Crew meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. Both Scout and Venture Crew meetings are held in the basement of Pawhuska’s First United Methodist Church

Randy Haddon said, “Venture Crew 33 is part of the Boy Scout program and is open to both young men and women. The purpose of Venturing is to provide positive experiences to help youth mature and to prepare them to become responsible adults. Leadership is provided by the youth with adults serving as advisors.”

The Venturing program has a long history within the Boy Scouts. The program got its start in the 1930s as the “Senior Scout” Division for boys 15 and older. In 1969, young women ages 14-20 were invited to join special-interest Explorer posts. As the years progressed, the Explorer program was reorganized and ultimately became known as the Venturing program.

“Venture Crew 33 is sponsored by the Pawhuska First United Methodist Church,” said Haddon.

“Membership is open to young people 14 through 21. We do accept 13-year old students if they have completed the 8th grade. We welcome any boy or girl who is interested in Scouting or any adult who would like to volunteer. For more information, please call me at (981) 640-3635.”