November is scouting sign-up month

Photo by Debbie Teofilo / Special to the Sun
Saluting the flag at the BSA Troop 711 recruitment open house on November 4 are from left, Scout Emily Blankenship, Scout Christine LaVeck, Leadership Committee Member Mary Deusenberry, Unit Commissioner Ron Ryan, Scout Andrew Blankenship, Lone Scout Counselor Shawnna Ryan (in back), Scout Christopher LaVeck, and Scoutmaster Josh Conoway.

By: Debbie Teofilo
Special to the Sun

The Scouting program in the Kern River Valley (KRV) is searching for boys and girls from kindergarten to high school who want to have fun with other kids their own age learning new skills and developing friendships.

A recruiting open house event held by BSA (Boy Scouts of America) Troop 711 at the Lake Isabella Senior Center on November 4 described the opportunities available to KRV youth. An all-girl Scout troop (ages 11-17) and a coed Cub Scout pack (ages 5-10) are being formed for year 2020 to join its already established all-boy Scout troop. Troop 711 is also exploring the formation of a Venturing crew of coed youth ages 14-20 to support the Kern Valley Search and Rescue team.

When asked why he wanted to join the group, prospective Cub Scout Bradley Morris said enthusiastically, “I think it would be fun!” Another young Cub Scout candidate, Russell Hacker, was the first one to raise his hand and ask the Scoutmaster a question, “When can we go find some animal footprints?”

BSA literature states it prepares the leaders of tomorrow by instilling the values of character development and citizenship through service to the community. But it’s clear that in doing so, the Cubs and Scouts have lots of fun engaged in activities and adventures that create lifelong memories for them.

The deadline for year 2020 applications is December 1, so parents are encouraged to contact Scoutmaster Josh Conoway this month at for information about sign-ups and adult leadership volunteering.