Scouting at Red Bank United Methodist Church is fun and challenging. Scouting delivers it promises to build character, teach outdoor skills, respect for God and country, patriotism, loyalty and challenges our youth to do their best. No other organization incorporates team building and individual goals to the betterment of the person and the community at this age level. If you think your youth would be interested in Scouting please call the church office for contact information or see below.
BSA TROOP 518, Eric Cassity Scoutmaster – 957-5447
Boy Scout Troop 518 began with 9 Boy Scouts when they came to Red Bank United Methodist Church in 2006. In 2007, we had our first Eagle Court with J. P. McManus, a member of our church, becoming the first Eagle Scout from Troop 518 in many years and the first from RBUMC. In 2012, Eagle Honor Courts were held for Cody Kyzer, West Cassity, Thomas Cole, A. J. Todd and Mason Rodgers. In 2013, Eagle Scout honored were Colby Steele and Nathan Middleswarth. In 2014 Eagle Rank was achieved by Beck Cassity, Harland Stevens and Jacob Garrett . In 2015 our Eagle Scouts was Prem Chockalingam and in 2016 Caleb Thompson. The troop has expanded greatly under the leadership of Eric Cassity, an Eagle Scout and Wood Badge Scouter. We currently have 45 Scouts on the roster and looking to receive as many as 8 Arrow of Light Scouts in March 2017. These young men work very hard in upholding all points of the Scout Law, participating in community events and assisting RBUMC at church events such as unloading pumpkins and parking at the RBUMC Christmas concert. In 2016/2017 the Boy Scouts participated in the God and Country program earning the Bishop’s Award for Excellence in Scouting. Troop 518 plans many exciting campouts such as sports shooting, snow skiing, hiking, ziplining, white water rafting and they attended the Indian Waters Camporee.
In 2014, 8 scouts and 3 adult leaders traveled to Bechtel, WV to attend The Summit, BSA's newest high adventure camp for Boy Scouts. They zip lined, mountain climbed, repelled, shot guns, archery, white water rafting and canoeing through the mountains of West Virginia on the first week the Summit opened. It was the ultimate high adventure week for the Scouts. In 2015 a patrol attended SeaBase in Florida. They spent a week on the high seas learning nautical skills and exploring reefs, snorkeling and swimming. In 2016 a Boy Scout patrol and members of Venturing Crew 518 attended Northern Tier participating in a canoeing expedition in Northern Minnesota. In 2017 the Troop will travel to Philmont High Adventure Camp in Cimarron, NM to hike the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) range of the Rocky Mountains. The Troop currently has 19 Scout leaders and 45 Scouts. For information on Boys Scouts contact Eric Cassity at 957-5447.
Venturing Crew 518 was formed in 2008. This is the branch of Boy Scouts of America that is high adventure and co-ed. It is open to teenagers, both boys and girls aged 14 – 21. In past years the Crew attended sports shooting and aquatics events at Camp Barstow. They participated in camping, skeet shooting, rifle shooting, archery, kayaking, sailing, skiing, snow tubing, camping and canoeing. In 2015, the crew added caving to their long list of adventures. The Crew is currently recruiting new members and planning an exciting 2017 year. For information on Venturing, contact Sara Rymer at 803.250.9666.