Boy Scouts

Church of the Assumption sponsors Troop 810 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts Pack 810, collectively serving youth from ages 5 to 18.

A community-based program that offers character, citizenship and personal fitness and life skills training, Troop 810 is led by Scoutmaster Darrell Smith of Broadview Heights and six active Assistant Scoutmasters. There are 23 members of Boy Scouts Troop 810 drawing from Broadview Heights, North Royalton, Brecksville, and Richfield. Boy Scouts, for boys ages 11 to 18, perform various service projects throughout the year and participate in numerous trips, outings, and campouts. Members meet regularly on the first and third Tuesday of every month. The Patrol Leaders Council meets the second Tuesday of each month, and Committee members the fourth Tuesday of each month. Membership dues are $180/year. Registration is on-going and interested boys can come to any meeting to learn more.

Each month, a campout and/or skills weekend is held teaching skills such as first aid, fire building and cooking, as well as camps in the summer and outings during the year. Highlights include an annual flag retiring ceremony, various skills competitions and service projects raking leaves of older adult church parishioners and clearing park trails in Richfield and segments of Ohio’s Buckeye Trail. Members of Troop 810 plan monthly themes and leaders schedule and coordinate outings/activities based on the chosen themes. Trips have included Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, several local Boy Scout reservations, and High Adventure Camps at Philmont Scout Ranch, Sea Base, and Camp Merz.

Participating in Boy/Cub Scouts has numerous benefits, Smith said.

“Other extracurricular activities maybe lack the structure and discipline to accomplish goals. There are seven ranks, ultimately culminating in Eagle Scout. That moral compass and that structure is so important for youth, and I think it better prepares youth for the real world,” Smith said. “We live by our Scout Law that has 12 points in it. Those points are important to us and teach about society and our place in it.”

Scouts BSA Troop 810 is preparing for its annual Rigatoni & Meatball fundraiser dinner, which takes place Nov. 9 from 4:30-7PM in the Assumption Family Center. This dine-in event, with optional take-out, features a Large Dinner (three meatballs) for $10 and Medium Dinner (two meatballs) for $8. All dinners include salad, bread, and dessert. All proceeds assist Troop 810 activities, and food is being supplied by Augie’s Pizza and Ribs. Raffle baskets and 50/50s are also featured. Tickets for the Rigatoni & Meatball fundraiser dinner are available through Troop 810, at the Rectory, after select masses, and in limited quantities the day of at the door, Smith said.

To learn more about Troop 810, contact Darrell Smith at [email protected]