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An important part of Scouting is Service to Others. This concept of giving back to the Community is something that the Boy Scouts of America feels is important to nurture in young people.
This is shown in the Promises and Oaths of Scouts at all Levels and in the Scout Law.

Service projects provided to the Lakeville community.


Thanksgiving Baskets
For 18 Years, Boy Scout Troop 263 has collected food for Thanksgiving baskets given to needy families in the Lakeville area.
Each Novembr, 20 to 25 baskets containing food donated by local families and turkeys purchased by the Troop from Rainbow Foods in Lakeville are given to families.

These families are identified by Hosanna! Care Ministries organization headed by Pastor Pat Moe.

Thanksgiving Baskets The photo shows (Left to Right):
Scoutmaster, Mark Andres
Scouts: James P., AJ B., Jamie N., Joey B.
Troop Committee Member: Cheryl Prince
Senior Patrol Leader: Max W.
Hosanna! Care Coordinator: Violet Larson
Assistant Scoutmaster: James Neild


4th of July FoodShelf Collection
For the past 8 Years, Boy Scout Troop 263 has collected food and money for the local foodshelf at the July 4th Fireworks celebration and the Pan-O-Prog Grand Parade.

Foodshelf Presentation The photo shows (Left to Right):
Scoutmaster: Mark Andres, Nate A. AJ B., Quin S.
Scouts: David B, Grant D., Cormac P.


Haunted Forest
The Lakeville Parks and Recreation Department sponsors an October Haunted Forest in celebration of Halloween. Volunteer groups set up stations in the Haunted Forest Trail.

Troop 263 is one of the oldest, continuous volunteer group to help with the Haunted Forest, participating for over 14 years. Each fall, the troop will organize and plan a theme. Then, the patrols get together and set it all up at North Park.

Haunted Forest The best part of it all is scaring people, we love seeing a grown man scream!


Highway Cleanup
The Adopt-a-Highway program helps keep roadsides clean. Volunteer groups clean a designated segment of approximately two miles.

We cleanup County Road 70 over by McStop twice a year. The troop has been doing highway cleanup for the past 7 years.

Highway Clean  


Service to the Community
Service to the community is an important part of Boy Scouts. The troop performs a number of community service activities through Eagle Scout service projects. An Eagle Scout service project is a major effort which is planned and carried out by Life Scouts as part of their Eagle Scout requirements. Boy Scout Troop 263 has participated is over a dozen Eagle Scout community projects in the past three years. Some examples include a landscape garden at Aronson Park, a new retaining wall at North Park, park benches and trees at ISD 194 Area Learning Center and repaving a parking lot at a women’s shelter. A list of our service projects can be found on Our Eagles web page.

Haunted Forest

Updated 11/25/2013