Durango Boy Scout Troop 501 turns 80, despite rocky time for scouting

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Durango Boy Scout Troop 501 turns 80, despite rocky time for scouting

Group’s community service projects evident around town
Scouts and adults from Troop 501 hike the Colorado Trail between Molas and Coal Bank passes in 2016. The troop was founded in 1938 and expects to celebrate its 80th anniversary in the spring. It has about 20 active scouts.
Troop 501 alumnus and Eagle Scouts Trevor Snodgrass, Aaron Bumgarner, and Philip Wiley, from left to right, cross a creek at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, in 2016.
Eagle Scout Lance Townsend, right, works with Dillon Harris identifying poisonous plants at Chris Park Campground in July. Identifying hazards in the outdoors is a big part of a scout’s education.
Scouts Joel Thompson, Jamie Behrends, Zeke Ezell, Trevor Snodgrass, Phillip Kolter and Ryan Behrends, from left, learn about erosion while working to earn their Environmental Science Merit Badge in 2017.
Troop 501 scouts, from left to right, Davonte James, Phillip Kolter, Captain Paul Smedley, Alex Kolter, and Henry Williams sail in the Sea of Abaco in the Bahamas. They went sailing through a Boy Scout camp based in the Florida Keys.
Eagle Scout candidate Sean Bumgarner of Troop 501 uses a plasma cutter to cut his name out of plate steel as he works to earn a Welding Merit Badge in 2016.
Eagle Scout Lance Townsend, left, works with scouts Caleb Bates and Phillip Kolter and volunteer Robert Brown, a local stone mason, to build a gas fire pit at the Animas Alano Club on Aug. 11. The Alano Club hosts groups working to recover from substance use. Lance built the fire pit and put in the landscaping for his Eagle Scout project. He was awarded his Eagle rank on Dec. 5.

Durango Boy Scout Troop 501 turns 80, despite rocky time for scouting

Scouts and adults from Troop 501 hike the Colorado Trail between Molas and Coal Bank passes in 2016. The troop was founded in 1938 and expects to celebrate its 80th anniversary in the spring. It has about 20 active scouts.
Troop 501 alumnus and Eagle Scouts Trevor Snodgrass, Aaron Bumgarner, and Philip Wiley, from left to right, cross a creek at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, in 2016.
Eagle Scout Lance Townsend, right, works with Dillon Harris identifying poisonous plants at Chris Park Campground in July. Identifying hazards in the outdoors is a big part of a scout’s education.
Scouts Joel Thompson, Jamie Behrends, Zeke Ezell, Trevor Snodgrass, Phillip Kolter and Ryan Behrends, from left, learn about erosion while working to earn their Environmental Science Merit Badge in 2017.
Troop 501 scouts, from left to right, Davonte James, Phillip Kolter, Captain Paul Smedley, Alex Kolter, and Henry Williams sail in the Sea of Abaco in the Bahamas. They went sailing through a Boy Scout camp based in the Florida Keys.
Eagle Scout candidate Sean Bumgarner of Troop 501 uses a plasma cutter to cut his name out of plate steel as he works to earn a Welding Merit Badge in 2016.
Eagle Scout Lance Townsend, left, works with scouts Caleb Bates and Phillip Kolter and volunteer Robert Brown, a local stone mason, to build a gas fire pit at the Animas Alano Club on Aug. 11. The Alano Club hosts groups working to recover from substance use. Lance built the fire pit and put in the landscaping for his Eagle Scout project. He was awarded his Eagle rank on Dec. 5.
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