VNUMC officially started sponsoring Troop 1001 in 1996. Our troop currently has over 35 members and 15 adult leaders. The meetings are held every Monday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All males between the ages of 10 and 17 are welcome and encouraged to join the Boy Scouts of America. Adults age 18 and over are welcome to join as leaders.
Once a month, Troop 1001 participates in weekend camp-outs held at various locations throughout Florida. Occasionally, during a long 3-day weekend the troop has been able to travel to places further away from home, such as, the Florida Keys, Pensacola, and Alabama. The scouts have also spent the night on the USS Alabama and have toured the National Naval Museum on Naval Aviation.
Troop 1001 attends a Boy Scout Summer Camp annually to learn, build friendships, and earn merit badges. Every two years the Troop schedules a High Adventure Trip. This past summer the Scouts eligible for the trip hiked a portion of the Appalacian Trail.
VNUMC holds a “Boy Scout Sunday” once a year to recognize the members and leaders of Troop 1001. The Boy Scouts participate in this special service by lighting the candles on the altar and reading the responsive reading for the worship service. The Troop also participates in the Veteran’s Day Service to honor the Veterans in the Congregation.
Troop 1001participates in numerous volunteer Service Projects. The Troop has helped out at the In-Stride therapy fundraiser, Relay for Life and other worthwhile community service projects. The Eagle Scout Candidates have successfully completed a number of Service Projects in our community. We currently have over 30 boys who are Eagle Scouts and several more actively pursuing this goal. This is an asset not just to VNUMC Church but also to the community.
Troop 1001 is a self-supporting organization. Our annual fundraisers consist of candy sales, a car wash and selling Christmas wreaths.
Troop 1001 also performs Flag Retirement ceremonies to properly retire the American Flag when it is no longer serviceable as a symbol of our great nation. The Boy Scouts of America is one of the few organizations to be entrusted with this duty. One of our Eagle Scouts was featured on the front page of “Life Scout” for his Eagle project to collect flags that needed to be retired and to do it properly. He received 240 flags!
For more information about our Troop, call the Church Office at (941) 488-4137 .
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
And to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
Mentally awake, and morally straight.