Sioux Center's Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual Indoor Fair at the All Season Center mid-March on Wednesday and Thursday. Our Troop assists with this community event through clean up after the fair ends. This is another great way to show our appreciation to businesses that support our Troop and to the community of Sioux Center. We are very fortunate to live in such a great community and be able to serve! You can learn more about the Sioux Center Indoor Fair HERE.
Troop 211 teams up every year on the Saturday of Easter weekend with Sioux Center's Pack 211. Sioux Center's Hy-Vee & Fareway allow the Scouts to stand in front of their stores for the 6 hours and ask customers to pick up a few extra items when they are shopping to go to the Hope Food Pantry right in Sioux Center. Our Scouts are blessed each year with not only plenty of donations but also the chance to help someone in our community that is in need.
Something new that the Scouts tried this year (2013) is packing Snack Packs for kids in the community that are in need. These packs include nutritious items that help kids that don't have food or gives kids whose parents work on the weekends something easy to prepare. Sioux Center is blessed to have such a great program like this! Our Scouts again were helpful and ready to serve those who are in need. These packs are then distributed privately to those who need them at all the schools in Sioux Center.
Every year our Troop shows our support to those who have fallen in battle over the years during Sioux Center's Memorial Day Parade. We start out from the Sioux Center Public Library around 9:15 AM on that Memorial Day Monday and march down Highway 75 to the Memory Gardens' Veteran Memorial where a service is put on for the fallen. Flags are lowered as names are read off of those from Sioux Center. After the last is lowered, 21 rounds are fired in honor of those brave soldiers.
Each year to kick off Sioux Center's Summer Celebration, the Pork Producers hold an annual Pork BBQ for the community. The Boy Scouts are always there to help clean-up after everyone and also help tear down the food lines and the tables. Each Scout is always asked to bring a plastic bag or two to fill with garbage. Our Scouts are always willing to lend an extra hand for our community.
We have been blessed to have great sponsorship to have purchased our awesome trailer! So what a better way to show it off than in the Summer Celebration Parade! We get a BRAND NEW diesel pick-up from Mouw Motors in Sioux Center and have Scouts march in front. It's just another way to show what our Troop is and maybe hook a few new boys into wanting to join.
Typically every other year, the Sioux Center Post #199 American Legion hosts an American Flag Retirement Ceremony following the Summer Celebration Parade. Scripts are read and caps are removed, Scouts and Veterans salute, while other put their hand on their chest for the burning ceremony. Some times, if we are lucky, one Scout is selected to ignite the flags. It is always a great experience for our Scouts to show how much people care about our flag and how serious the retirement ceremony actually is.
Troop 211 Scouts and families run around Sioux Center for an evening and help rake the lawns of the elderly in the community. We go for 2 hours around town trying to get as many of the house done. It is a fun time for all and gives Scouts the feeling of helpfulness. Oh, and we get pizza when everything is done too!
The tradition of laying wreaths to honor our veterans during the holiday season began in 1992, when Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Company (Harrington, Maine) was stuck with a number of extra wreaths at the close of the holiday season. Remembering a boyhood trip to the Nation’s Capital, and the sacred grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, he donated 5,000 wreaths to be placed at the headstones of an older section of the cemetery. What began as one man’s gesture, has now grown into a national movement - when in 2006 Wreaths Across America was formed as a non-profit. Today, more than 500 locations participate on National Wreaths Across America Day on a Saturday in December in laying the wreaths out of remembrance and respect for our nation's servicemen and women. Find out more about the program HERE.
The Chamber Office also asked us every year to help clean-up after the Women's Expo in October and the Bridal Fair in January. This typically involves taking down tables and chairs, but sometimes Scouts help carry items out to vehicles for those who need it! Visit the Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce page for more information on upcoming events.
Our Troop with it's long history and high Eagle Scout percentage, we have given back to the communities many time through these great leaders! One of the requirements for the Eagle Scout rank is to preform a service project that gives back or that the community will benefit from. We have had a great range of projects from step building at Sandy Hollow, refurbishing playground equipment, landscaping churches, holding fundraising suppers for a defibrillator for a church, a bench along the bike trail, and the list could continue. We have been blessed with such a great group of future leaders in our Troop! Visit out our Eagle Scout Honor Roll to see the list of 75 youth that have contributed.