Scouting – Today and Yesterday…

SCOUTING TODAY:  St. Paul Cub Scout Pack 226 and Boy Scout Troop 226 Accepting New Members

September 19, 2019 was sign-up day for St. Paul Cub Scout Pack 226 and Boy Scout Troop 226.   If your child missed the initial sign-up, it’s not too late to join.  Both the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts will be meetings each week in the St. Paul Elementary School cafeteria on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.  Additional new members can sign up at these meetings.  Cub Scouts includes members from kindergarten through Grade 5.  Boy Scouts includes members from Grade 6 through Grade 12.

The character-building aspects of Scouting are widely recognized.  If you’d like more information, call Michael Bradley at 276-298-9107


SCOUTING YESTERDAY:   1978 Klondike Derby in St. Paul – Were You There?

From the brittle, yellowing pages of The Clinch Valley Times, March 30th 1978…

The Pellissippi District Klondike Derby was held Saturday [March 25, 1978] in St. Paul with 139 Scouts from Washington and Russell Counties, and St. Paul participating.  A total of 14 wooden sledges were pulled over the designated route which stretched from the St. Paul High School Football Field to the A. R. Matthews Memorial Park.

Ten check points along the route tested the Scouts’ ability to use a map and compass, practice first aid, build fires, pitch tents, perform physical fitness feats, and do various other tasks.

The day began with a weigh-in for the sledges, with each sledge being required to weigh at least 10 pounds for each boy pulling it.  A parade up Fourth Avenue began at 9:15 a.m., and the event officially began.  The final unit checked in at the St. Paul Fire Hall about 2:30 p.m.  After eating hot pork & beans, the Scouts took their sledges to the Matthews Memorial Park to await the presentation of ribbons.

First place in the Klondike Derby went to Troop 164, while Troop 239 captured Second and Third places.  Top score was 97 points out of a possible 100.  Local Scout units from Castlewood and St. Paul did not place in the top three, but scored in the high 70’s and 80’s.

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