Scout Troop 318 is located in Waynesville, NC. Our troop focuses on fun and learning. We enjoy hiking and camping, and other activites. Our troop was founded in 1958, and we celebrated 50 years of active service this fall. (Coming soon - ordering t-shirts with our 50-year logo. )
Troop 318 meets each week in the Scout Hut, located in a city park in Waynesville. This unique facility gives us our very own space where we not only hold our meetings, but we can also build fires, have cookouts, and do outdoor activites as well. Check out our page with all the scout hut pictures.
We are an active troop that does things like camping, canoing, rafting, skating, and so on. Unlike most troops, we also take older scouts on backpacking trips in wilderness areas of Pisgah National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
For more information about how to join, click on the "Joining our Troop" link to the left.
At our recruitment night on March 16, Bill Lawrence our District executive, presented Troop 318 with the Troop of the Year award for 2008! Congratulations to our scoutmasters and all the boys for an outstanding year!!
Through a generous grant of $600 from the Waynesville Kiwanis club, we have bought 3 new 9-man tents. We plan to use them for the first time on our Labor day weekend campout.
Assistant Scoumaster Billy Dinwiddie was presented with the Leader's Training Award in June.
14 Scouts from Troop 318 attended Camp Daniel Boone June 21-27 and for the first time in our troop history earned the Long Rifle Award.
Congratulations to Andrew Dinwiddie, who became an Eagle Scout at our Court on Honor on September 21st.
We hosted the Rotary Lunch on August 7. See this article in the Waynesville Mountaineer.
June 6 was a geology field day. Blair Tormey, a geologist at WCU led 12 scouts as we toured the NC Museum of Gems and Minerals near Spruce Pine, Linville Caverns, and Linville Gorge where we hiked to see faults and folds in the rocks. We finished up at Gem Mountain Mine where the scouts raked in a large haul of precious and semiprecious gems.
On May 22-24 we went camping with 11 scouts at Santeetlah Creek Camp. The scouts hiked the Loop at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, went canoeing and swimming in Santeetlah Lake and had a great time playing at our campsite.
On April 16-19, the Troop took 7 scouts for a backpacking trip to Cumberland Island National Seashore, off the coast of Georgia. We saw wild horses, lots of armadillos, and even more raccoons who made off with some of our food. We also hiked 16 miles through a forest of huge live oaks and along the beach, caught some fish and saw one of the Carnegie mansions.