Troop 868 in Action
(April 9, 2011)
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For many years the Okolona Little League Baseball Association has called upon Troop 868 to carry the colors and lead their opening day parade down Preston Highway from the Home Depot to the ball fields behind Southern High School.  And we always invite the Cub Scouts from Pack 868 to participate with us.  After all, how often does one get a change to be in a parade, much less to LEAD one?

The Troop carries the American and Kentucky State Flags along with our Troop 868 Flag.  One of the Webelos carries the Pack 868 Flag.  And scouts from each unit carry the unit banners to let folks know who we are and where we're from.  After the parade, we present the colors on the field for the opening ceremonies which consist of the singing of the National Anthem and a few very short speeches by local dignitaries.  The whole event only takes about an hour and provides great visibility for the Scouting program.  We're happy to help out.

(Front to Back):  Nick (American Flag), Spencer (Kentucky Flag), Tyler (Troop 868 Flag), Tristan (Pack 868 Flag), Brixton and Toby (Troop 868 banner), Conor and Preston, ASM Jeff Hagerman and ASM Tom Jacobs, Scoutmaster Bob Meek and ASM Mike Canchola.  The troop is followed by scouts and leaders from Cub Scout Pack 868.
The Boy Scouts did a great job of keeping a slow, steady pace and carrying the flags and banner proudly. Cub Scouts and leaders from Cub Scout Pack 868 carried their banner and followed the Boy Scouts.
The scouts were followed by cars carrying local politicians and vehicles from a local antique auto club. The annual parade is almost as much of a "community event" as it is a baseball event.
The column turned into the parking lot at Southern High School and proceeded to the ball fields behind the school. The scouts took up a position in the infield with the color guard standing behind the pitcher's mound.
Then there was a several minute wait before the various ball teams, that had been following the anique cars, began to arrive. The ball players marched in with their teams and took seats on the ground in the outfield.