At the movies: activists, Whistle-Blowers and ordinary people.

Troop 60 met virtually again last night and had a very productive meeting. Scouts discussed lessons learned from the interview with Chris Paige, parish council member.

The troop then completed requirements for discussions of a movie assignment in which a citizen or group of citizens can have a positive affect on a community. The movies ranged from Wonder Woman to Angry Birds and all between. The lessons shared included incidents of people standing up for others at their own expense, that people can change for the betterment of the community over self. Some described people who stopped to help everyone, no matter how little or helped communities that were not their own. Stories were shared of teachers and coaches making a difference in the lives of students and students in the lives of teachers and peers. Excellent lessons about how an individual can make a difference.

Troop 60 discussed different charitable organizations and will research one that they are interested in and present their findings and experiences in volunteering next week.

Scouts selected a Class B uniform. Ordering information will be sent to parents soon.

Virtual learning

Troop 60’s newest Patrol is officially the Flaming Poptarts. They met virtually yesterday and worked as a group, lead by Troop instuctor, Koda Deblieux to decide on a name, a yell, a flag and an emblem.

Scouts working together to design a Patrol flag.

In an effort to comply with social distancing and help lower the curve, Troop 60 has been meeting virtually through Zoom for the past three weeks. We have been working on the Public Health Merit badge on Thursday evenings and working on scout and tenderfoot rank advancement requirements on Saturday mornings.

This week scouts continued to learn about diseases that impact public health and did presentations on Zika virus, influenza, botulism, syphilis, West Nile virus, meningitis and also learned about emphysema and hepatitis.

October 8th- Citizenship in the Community – Government official interview

As part of the requirement for the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge, Troop 60 interviewed Natchitoches Parish Council Member Chris Paige.

Scouts learned about the role of the parish council and the responsibilities of the council members. They asked Mr. Paige several questions regarding the position including the best and worse parts of the job and why he chose to run for the position. They discussed the controversy of giving local corporations tax exempt status. They asked about existing programs for the parishes’ underprivileged. And they asked Mr Paige some personal questions about his hobbies and history with scouts. It was a very good learning experience. Troop 60 appreciates Councilman Paige taking the time to meet with them and helping them grow in their knowledge of local government.