The Boy Scouts of America was founded on February 8, 1910. Since then more than 2.4 million youths have participated in the program. The organization has the goals of teaching self-reliance, citizenship, community service, and character development. Locally, Buckskin Council Troop 321 is learning how to achieve these goals.
Growing up, Matthew Gilliam was a cub scout. Although, he didn’t stay through to Boy Scout rank he remembered what he was taught during scouts and the fun he had in it. When his son, Max was in 1st grade, Matthew decided it was time to get involved with scouting again. Ten years later, Matthew continues to be involved with the organization serving as Scoutmaster for Troop 321.
“Scouting is important for the youth today so they can learn leadership skills, character development, and community service. Times change. Sometimes kids are more interested in their electronics and it’s important for them to learn other skills”, says Matthew.
Do a Good Turn Daily
Troop 321 takes the Boy Scout slogan, “Do a Good Turn Daily!” seriously. The troop has participated in various restoration projects for Williamson, like repainting historical marker signs. The group completes community clean-up projects in the Tug Valley area too. Scoutmaster Gilliam says the troop hopes to complete more community restoration projects soon. One project the Troop has enjoyed in the past is serving meals at Jacob’s Well, a local mission that provides free meals to those in need.
The troop takes regular hiking trips to local spots around Williamson, like “Death Rock”. Camping trips and survival camping trips happen throughout the year. The Scouts also take advantage of kayaking on the Tug Fork River.
Boy Scout Troop 321 started in 1990 as part of the Mingo/Pike District. Later, they became part of the Chief Cornstalk District. Over the years they have been chartered with different businesses and organizations, with their current charter listed under the Williamson Kiwanis Club. For more information go to, www.Buckskin.Org