HUMC has sponsored Boy Scout Troop 52 and Cub Scout Pack 52 for over 40 years. The Troop meets Sunday nights in Fellowship Hall. Troop 52 is a scout led troop, meaning the boys run the troop under the guidance of the adult leaders. The patrol leaders council (PLC) is an elected group of scouts who make decisions on the monthly activities and plan troop meetings.
For more details about the troop and this year’s activities, check out the troop’s website.
The goal of scouting is to provide boys with adventures and growth opportunities that they would not normally experience outside of scouting. For adventures, in the recent past the troop has camped in a cave, slept over-night in a submarine, built and shot-off rockets, built giant catapults, backpacked the Kettle Moraine Forest in Wisconsin, mushed a dog sled, sailed in Devils Lake and in the Florida Keys, cycled for 6 days to their summer camp in Wisconsin, backpacked for ten days in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico (Philmont Scout Ranch).
For growth, scouts are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills by leading a patrol and guiding the troop, by teaching younger scouts camping skills, and by leading campouts and courts of honor. The scouts are given the opportunity to earn merit badges by becoming knowledgeable in 128 merit badge activities. Troop 52 has a strong support structure for attaining the highest rank in scouting – the rank of Eagle Scout. Over 110 scouts from Troop 52 have attained the Eagle rank since 1968.
Cub Scout Pack 52 coordinates dens for Tiger Cubs – 1st grade; Wolf – 2nd grade; Bear – 3rd grade, and Webelos – 4th and 5th grades. The pack meetings are held at HUMC 4 times a year.