Southern Illinois Boy Scouts are doing something they have not done for a while.

Scouts from all over the area have formed a Jamboree troop. National Jamboree Troup 1118 is made of Southern Illinois boys and adults from the Kaskaskia and Egyptian Districts of the Boy Scouts.

Troop 1118 will attend the Boy Scout National Jamboree, which runs July 26 through Aug. 4, at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. This year’s Jamboree will include a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Scouting in America, as well as opportunities to improve and learn new skills, compete in a variety of areas and participated in training.

Also, Boy Scouts will try to set a world record for CPR and AED training during the Jamboree.

To get to the Jamboree, each boy and adult will have to raise about $2,500. The troop will camp during the event, but they do plan to make a few stops at historical locations while traveling. Two fundraisers are planned in the next couple of weeks.

A pancake breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday in Murphysboro Moose Club, 9663 Old Illinois 13, just east of Murphysboro.

Tickets are $7 for anyone age 12 and older and $3 for ages 3 to 11.

The event is sponsored by the Moose Club. Contact Cathy Schmidt for more information at 618-559-3501.

The second fundraiser is a murder mystery dinner theater called “Murder, Mystery and Mayhem” set for May 15 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Murphysboro. A night of good food and suspense awaits the participants of the dinner theater sponsored by Murphysboro Knights of Columbus 988 and Friends of Jamboree Troop 1118.

The doors will creak open at 6:30 p.m., with the mystery beginning at 7 p.m. The event will include a silent auction. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple and include a fried chicken dinner buffet. A cash bar will be available, meaning participants 18 or older. The KC Hall is located behind St. Andrews Catholic Church. Contact Angela Jackson at 618-525-0297 for information.

Between fundraisers, the troop is organizing patrols and creating patrol flags for a Jamboree contest. The group meets monthly and tries to complete one patrol team-building exercise at each meeting.

Officers of the troop include Brian Wiese, Nick Raubach of Marion, Chris Walter of Royalton and Joseph Jeralds of Ava. Chuck Wiese is Scoutmaster and Matt Ahfeld is the assistant scoutmaster.


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