tanbannerGrace sponsors Boy Scout Troop 7, Cub Scout Pack 7, Venturing Crew 7, and Girl Scout Group 5775.  These four Scouting units provide training and encouragement to over 150 youth from North Augusta and the surrounding area.  The mission of the programs is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes.

Cub Scouts and Boys Scouts Programs

These programs are open to all boys from 1st grade through their 18th birthday.  The program changes as the youth grows and develops maturity.  A scout may enter the program at any age, but most commonly begins in elementary school as a Cub Scout and transition to a Boy Scout at the end of the 5th grade.  As the Scout matures, he will develop a deeper understanding of the three points of the Scout Law:  Duty to God and country, Duty to other people, and Duty to self.

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Cub Scouts

This is a year-round family- and home-centered program that encourages ethical decision-making skills. Pack 7 groups the boys into Dens based on their school grade:  Tiger (1st grade), Wolf (2nd grade), Bear (3rd grade), and Webelos (4th and 5th grades). The Tiger program introduces boys and their adult partners to the excitement of Cub Scouting as they “Search, Discover, and Share” together, providing opportunities to strengthen family relationships while having fun.  Wolf and Bear activities emphasize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.  Scouts complete a series of activities to learn basic Scouting skills such as cooking, whittling and teamwork. The Webelos Scouts participate in more advanced activities that begin to prepare them to become Boy Scouts.

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Boy Scouts

This is a boy-lead program with the goal that each Scout will learn the skills necessary to be successful in life.  The troop meets in the Johnny Outz building every Monday evening at 7, except for Monday following a campout.  Boys entering the program are taught basic Scouting skills through the rank of First Class Scout.  For the remaining ranks: Star, Life and Eagle, the youth are expected to take leadership roles in the troop, perform community projects and earn merit badges.  The merit badges allow the Scouts to explore hobbies, careers and learn specific skills such as swimming, canoeing and financial management.  The leadership roles provide the Scouts with a unique opportunity to practice mentoring and leading others.

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Girl Scouts

Girl Scout Mission: to build “girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”

Grace’s Girl Scout program is open to all girls from 5K through the 12th grade. The program years are Daisy in 5K and 1st, Brownie in 2nd and 3rd, Junior in 4th and 5th, Cadette in 6th – 8th, Senor in 9th and 10th, and Ambassador in 11th and 12th. The program engages girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. All of the programs have had youth reach the highest National awards available – Arrow of Light for Cubs, Eagle Scout for Troop and Crew, and Gold Award for Girl Scouts.

Venturing Crew

This program is a high-adventure, co-ed program open to young adults, ages 14 through 21, and age 13 who have completed the 8th grade.  The youth officers lead the crew arranging for outings and group activities including hiking, canoeing, camping and caving.

The opportunities for youth in Scouting are readily apparent, but there are significant opportunities for adults as well. Crew 7, Troop 7, Pack 7 and Group 5775 are blessed with more than 40 active adult leaders. Working with the Scouts and this leadership team is a wonderful experience. The Grace Scouting program strives to present as many adult role models as possible. Adults willing to teach a specific skill or serve as a Religious Program Counselor (e.g., God and Country mentor) are always sought. There is no requirement that an adult have a Scout in the program, nor is camping mandatory.

To find out more about the Grace Scouting Program, please contact the Grace Scouting Co-ordnator, Allan Coutts (803-215-6106); the Crew Advisor, Miran Tyrrell (803-215-0254); the Scoutmaster Don Wilson (706-831-0030); the Cubmaster, Wayne Catoe (803-450-8314), or Girl Scout Group Leader, Michele Chiswell (803-293-8045).