Hill Air Force Base has faithfully supported the Boy Scouts of America for more than 50 years. Chartered in November 1953, Troop 55 has been an integral part of the people and mission of Hill Air Force Base. Hill's Cub Scout dens, Girl Scout troops and Boy Scout patrols are comprised of more than 75 boys and girls ranging in age from 7 to 17 years of age.
Troop 55's mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them a sense of values, building their confidence and teaching leadership skills.
Scouts are taught a variety of skills, such as basic safety principles, first aid, camping and survival skills, and how to work together as a team, among other things. The troop's Cub Scout program offers several activities throughout the school year, and the Boy Scouts enjoy monthly campouts and outings.
The Scouts support the base and local community in a variety of ways. They perform community service events and conduct flag retirement ceremonies within the local community. The troop also provides volunteers to help Habitat for Humanity, and routinely represents the base at area sporting events and official ceremonies.
Monday, March 22, is the beginning of the troop's "Scouting for Food" campaign. Base housing residents will see food donation bags placed on their porches on Monday by the Cub Scouts, and the Boy Scouts will pick up these bags with any donated nonperishable food items on March 27. These food items will be used to replenish Hill's Food Pantry.
For more information on Hill's scouting programs and upcoming events, please visit www.troop-55.com. If you would like to help or get involved in the scouting program on Hill AFB, or if you have any questions, please contact the base scout leaders at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the Scout hut at (801) 777-2555.