Kiwanis of Lufkin, TX
The first project of any size undertaken by the Lufkin Kiwanis Club was the construction of a Girl Scout Hut in 1948. The "Hut" or "Little House" consisted of a building with a 16' x 20' room with an adjoining bath room located in the City Park, later renamed Chambers Park. The population of Lufkin at that time was less than 13,000.
The original building was built by Kiwanians with their own hands. Five of the members went to the bank and borrowed $500 on their own credit, bought lumber and supplies and then many of the club members spent nights, weekends and holidays working in the park on the building. It was finally completed March 3, 1948. Some of the members who were involved include Jim Waters, Burton Riley, John Smith, and Howard Walker.
The "hut" has since been expanded several times and is now about 3500 square feet.
After many years of planning and negotiating, a new Girl Scout House is to be built on the Red Barn Foundation property on FM 819. Ground breaking ceremonies will be held Tuesday Oct. 31, 2000.
Girl Scouts using this "Hut" in Lufkin number almost 300 with 36 leaders. They are Pine Shadows District 9. And if someone would give me some information on the local Girl Scout program I would be glad to include it. Email Fred Preston.
Dee's Girl Scout page with many links.
BOY SCOUT TROOP 518
In September 1987, the Lufkin Noon Kiwanis sponsored the new charter of Boy Scout Troop 518 in the East Texas Area Council. Since that time, the troop has become one of the premiere scout troops in the Lufkin area, due in no small part to the financial support of the Noon Kiwanis Club. The troop began with 8 scouts and has had as many as 47 during its tenure. Through the last 11 years, 9 Eagle Scouts have emerged and 7 more are currently on target for this calendar year. A number of dedicated and committed leaders have joined the troop in recent years and have been a great asset in developing and refining a plan of teaching and advancement. Ages in the troop range from 11 to 17 years and include boys from public school system as well as home school curriculums.
The leadership focuses on teaching primary scouting skills upon entrance into the troop, through the first three ranks. Merit badge achievement is an extremely important aspect of a scout's advancement as well as a binding force that helps insure his tenure and active involvement in scouting.
Troop 518 is active in projects that lend service to individuals and to the public, as well as to the troop itself. Other activities include monthly campouts, summer camps, high adventure and historical trips. In addition, Troop 518 spends many hours constructing a permanent troop campsite near Zavalla, TX. Construction materials are acquired from salvaged buildings, fences and other donations to the troop.
Troop 518 is an organization of adults and youth working together, through the Boy Scouts of America, to provide a positive environment within which boys can grow to productive young men, free from the negative distractions in which many of today's young people find themselves.
If you have a old cedar picket fence that is being torn down, contact Mike Cotton and the Scout troop will pick it up.
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Last updated 10/26/2000
Page by F. Preston