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A big thanks goes out to all the Scouts who helped with the roadside cleanup event last weekend! Great job, everyone!

Boy Scout Troop 357 Helps Out With Roadside Cleanup

NORTH FORK — On Saturday, January 28, Boy Scout Troop 357 spent several hours picking up trash along the road from the North Fork Scout Building to a point near the old mill site on Mammoth Pool Road.

Image of the Boy Scouts cleaning up trash along the side of a road in North Fork. The Scouts gathered up over five full bags of trash along the 9/10 mile span of road.

During a previous roadside service project several months ago, the troop cleaned the road from the Scout Building to the Post Office parking lot.

In addition to learning important life skills such as camping, hiking, first aid, and swimming, the Scouts participate in several service projects each year which benefit the community.

Image of Boy Scouts cleaning up a pasture in North Fork. Troop 357 meets every Monday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Scout Building in North Fork.

Boys age ten and in the 5th grade through age 17 are eligible to become Scouts.

For more information, please contact Scoutmaster Dave Smith at 559-877-2186.

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Scouting is family, fun, friends and a lifetime of adventure! It’s the place where young people can grow to become their very best future selves.

A Short History of the Boy Scouts

Image of the Boy Scouts logo. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was founded in 1910 by British-born American businessman, William D. Boyce. The organization was established to provide young boys with a program of character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. The BSA was modeled after the Scout Association in Britain, which was established by Lord Baden-Powell in 1908.

The early years of the BSA saw rapid growth, with troops forming across the United States. The BSA emphasized outdoor activities and skill development, including camping, hiking, and survival skills. By the 1920s, the BSA had become a major force in American youth development, with more than half a million members.

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A pinewood derby competition.

During World War II, the BSA played a significant role in supporting the war effort. Scout troops collected scrap metal, participated in food drives, and served as messengers and supplies carriers. The BSA also established a war service division to provide support to troops overseas.

In the post-war years, the BSA continued to grow, reaching its peak membership of nearly 5 million in the 1970s. During this time, the organization faced challenges, including declining enrollment, financial difficulties, and controversies over its stance on social issues.

Image of a Boy Scout. In recent years, the BSA has faced challenges such as declining membership and changing attitudes towards youth development. Despite these challenges, the BSA remains a significant organization, with more than 2 million members and a strong commitment to its mission of character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.

The Boy Scouts of America has a rich and storied history, playing a significant role in the development of American youth for over a century. Despite challenges and controversies, the BSA remains an important organization, committed to providing young people with the tools they need to become responsible and productive citizens.

Check out this short video on how you can get involved with Scouting! 

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