By Elizabeth Burtner

We're growing. Okay, not just our waistlines from our Thanksgiving feasts, but also in Troop 11 and Troop 1260. We've gained one new Boy Scout named Kendrick and we're currently at 88 Girl Scouts. Feeling fuller but there's always room for more!

Boy Scout Troop 11 has new contact info. If you're interested in Boy Scouts please contact: Laura Nelson-Rogers at Our interim Troop 11 Scout Master is Randy Merkel. If you're interested in Girl Scouts at Troop 1260, please contact Sandy Elder at

The Boy Scouts will be getting ready for their Court of Honor and Farewell for Orie Heist, a trusty Scouter who's devoted many years to Troop 11 and Chestnut and his community as well as the O.A. and Pipsico Scout Reservation as a Busy Beaver Worker.

The Girl Scouts have been busy with outings. The Daisy and Brownie Scouts have recently gone to Fire Station Number 6 and learned about Fire Safety. They met Sparky the Fire Dog Mascot, who's 71 years old this year. And, Chestnut's Jeff Senter even had a free Sweet Frog Vendor treat setup for the first 200 children. The older girls from the troop went to Virginia Beach to experience an Adventure Park. They ziplined and had all kinds of fun. MacKenzie, a leader, even drove the church bus for them.

In closing, step out of your comfort zone to grow. From learning to stop, drop and roll on the floor to being harnessed up in the tree tops to glide about through the canopy of nature by zipline. You can choose life and the adventure path that awaits you. Allow the spirit to move you on this journey. Carpe diem. Until next month, everyone.



Points of Contact for Scouting at Chestnut:

Girl Scouts, Troop 1260: contact Sandy Elder,
Boy Scouts, Troop 11-B (boys): contact Orie Heist,