Troop 868 in Action


(Saturday, April 13, 2013)
Troop 868 Home Page      Troop 868 in Action

Boy Scout Troop 868 has assisted the Okolona Little League Baseball Association by supplying a color guard for their season opening parade for many years.  After Pack 868 was started, the Cub Scouts have also joined in.  But this year the Cub Scouts were away on a camping trip, so the entire contingent consisted of Boy Scouts.

The parade is held on a Saturday morning, usually in early April.  The participants, in addition to the scouts, include the Okolona Fire Department, the Metro Louisville Police Department, various local dignitaries, and, of course, all the teams that play baseball in the Okolona league.  The marchers form up in the parking lot of the local Home Depot store.  At precisely 9:00 AM, the police close Preston Highway between Blue Lick Road and Southern High School and the parade begins with scouts carrying the U.S., state, and unit flags.

The parade route runs from the Home Depot approximately 1/2 mile south down the middle of Preston Highway to Southern High School.  The baseball fields are located on school property at the rear of the school and are shared by the high school teams and the recreational baseball association.  Once at the baseball complex, the teams proceed as groups into the outfield of field #1 with the scouts positioned with the flags between the pitcher's mound and second base.  The national anthem is sung then a series of short speeches are given by a handful of league officials and local politicians.  The ceremonies at the field typically take only 15~20 minutes and always conclude with the traditional command to "PLAY BALL!"


A fire truck and a command vehicle from the Okolona Fire Department led this year's parade. Troop 868 scouts followed behind carrying the American Flag, the Kentucky state flag, and Troop 868's flag.
The marchers this year included Tyler (American Flag), Nicholas (Kentucky flag), Brixton (Troop flag), Micah, Eric, and Dawson with the Troop's banner,  Toby, Preston, Gavin, Kenneth, Andrew, Ronnie, Zach, and Assistant Scoutmasters Jimmy Frye, Tom Jacobs, Jeff Hagerman, and Martin Moore.  Scoutmaster Meek and Den Chiefs Andrew and Noah were camping with Cub Scout Pack 868.
Dawson waves as he, Eric, and Micah walk past carrying the Troop 868 banner. Assistant Scoutmasters Martin Moore, Tom Jacobs, and Jimmy Frye are at the end of the procession.