Look out Marco Island, there’s a new troop in town. Boy Scout Troop 2010, new to the Island as of September, has big plans for their group of 10 scouts.
Looking for an outreach opportunity, members of Marco Lutheran Church chartered the troop to encourage boys in their church and community to engage in community service.
“Boy Scouts teach values, morals and skills that last a lifetime,” said Danielle Pollitt, one of the three troop leaders.
During a kick-off carnival last Saturday at Marco Lutheran Church, the Boy Scouts looked to recruit new members for their troop, raise funds though a variety of booths and a raffle auction, and bring together the community on a warm, sunny evening.
Troop master Jeff Pollitt and his wife, Danielle, have had their son, Daniel, in scouting since Daniel was in the first grade. Now in middle school, the Pollitt’s believe in the values Boy Scouts instill in their members.
“The Boy Scouting program is 100 years old now,” Jeff Pollitt said. “They have an enormous amount of knowledge that I don’t want my son to grow up without.”
Ranging from mathematics to camping, journalism to engineering, Boy Scouts can earn 120 merit badges, which emphasizes positive reinforcement for their good behavior, Pollitt said.
“They really seem to thrive on it,” he said.
During the carnival, the Scouts of Troop 2010 were out and about, helping sell raffle tickets, teaching other children how to hook bait at the fishing contest and assisting in different game tables and stations set up in the church’s parking lot. From 11 years old to 15 years old, the boys seemed eager to help the younger attendants and bring in new recruits.
“We have a bunch of first-year Scouts here who have more skills than most adults,” Jeff Pollitt noted. “The boys vote on what they do and we help enable them with that they choose.”
Independence, a generous sense of adventure and curiosity are just a few of the traits found in the boys of Troop 2010, with each Scout encouraged to give back to their community.
When asked his favorite aspect of being a Boy Scout, 11-year-old Troop 2010 Scout, Sydney LaCost was quick to respond with: “Helping out the community and having fun at the same time.”
Although they’ve only been an active troop since the end of September, Troop 2010 has a busy schedule ahead of them.
Currently, the Scouts are planning to help the Marco Island Historical Society move into their new museum and work with the VFW to honor the local veterans, Danielle Pollitt said.
“We encourage them to contribute in any way they can,” Jeff Pollitt said. “Each Scout has strength and knowledge.”
For more information about Marco Island Troop 2010, visit its website: eTeamz.com/BSATroop2010.