This year's observance of Scouting Month in February has special meaning to the members of American Legion Post 191, who are sponsoring a new Boy Scout troop in Mount Airy.
Responding to the area shortage of troops for Cub Scout graduates, Post 191 approved the sponsorship of Troop 1191 a few months ago, said post Publicity Chairman Arthur Brett. The post has sponsored Cub Scout Pack 268 for many years.
Boy Scout Troop 1191 will start weekly meetings Feb. 21 and will soon have its charter presentation ceremony.
"We're only waiting for the paperwork to be returned," said Bill Self, a post member who is assistant district scouting commissioner.
By sponsoring the new Troop, Post 191 has agreed to abide by the rules of Boy Scouts of America and to provide leadership and a meeting place for the group, Mr. Self said. He is a local resident and longtime Boy Scout volunteer who is responsible for 13 troops and packs in the Francis Scott Key District's Linganore division.
Mr. Self said Post 191 has paid the troop's first year of insurance and donated $180 for the troop flag.
"We certainly do appreciate the American Legion sponsoring us," he said. "It's going to fill a real void in the area."
The purpose of Boy Scouting is to promote good character, good citizenship, and mental and physical fitness, said Mr. Self. Fun also is important. "If you don't have fun, you certainly don't have boys or leaders very long," he said.
American Legion posts are good sponsors because they follow the "duty to God and country" philosophy, one of the Boy Scouts' principles, Mr. Self said.
Troop 1191 is being chartered with four adults and seven Scouts. Legionnaire Kenneth Krantz, of Mount Airy, has volunteered to be scoutmaster.
Mr. Self said that being a scout master represents a large commitment of time and effort. Scoutmasters attend each weekly meeting, as well as monthly "round table" adult %o leadership meetings, training seminars, troop camping trips and one week of summer camp.
Other Mount Airy adults who are Troop 1191 volunteers include committee Chairman Bruce Eldridge and committee members Donna Smith and Tim Gallagher.
The best news is that Troop 1191 has room to grow. Boys between the ages of 11 and 17, who live in the Mount Airy area and are interested in joining a scouting program, are encouraged to call (301) 829-5080 or (410) 795-8894.
If pancakes are a Shrove Tuesday dinner tradition in your family, Boy Scouts from Mount Airy Troop 460 would like to serve you a flapjack feast Tuesday.
The pancake dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the downstairs social hall of Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St.
The pre-Lenten meal will cost $4 for adults and $2 for children. Proceeds will support youths who will attend Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico this summer.
Mount Airy's Community Lenten Luncheons will offer food for the spirit and body each Wednesday noon during Lent, beginning Feb. 16.
CAll of the lunches will be in the fellowship room of Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy. Churches will take turns preparing the lunches and arranging guest speakers.
The meals will feature soup, sandwiches and a message focusing on Jesus' words to the seven churches from the Book of Revelation.
Prospect and Marvin Chapel United Methodist churches will sponsor the first luncheon next week, with the Rev. Wendy Schullenbargar as speaker.
St. James Episcopal Church will sponsor the Feb. 23 luncheon. The speaker will be the Rev. Robert Herzog.
For information, call (301) 829-0358.
Boys and girls age 7 to 15 have until Feb. 18 to register for the Mount Airy Youth Athletic Association's 1994 Baseball Program.
The cost is $40 for the first child in a family, $40 for the second child and $20 each for additional children in the family.
The MAYAA program is affiliated with the Babe Ruth Baseball League and has a "must-play" rule for all age groups.
Teams are being organized for rookie, minor, junior and senior players.,
The association also is starting a baseball league for kids 16-18.
For more information or to register, call (410) 489-7799 or (301) 829-1452.
Members of the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company are sponsoring a benefit dance to help flood victims from Alexandria, Mo., Feb. 19 at the Lisbon Fire Hall on Route 94.
This event, which will feature the band Young Guns, will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets cost $10 per person for the B.Y.O.B. event. Setups will be provided.
For information or tickets, call (410) 489-4646.