Tony Callender

Scouting is more than rubbing two sticks together to make fire.

Boy Scouts these days are exposed to many careers, says Tony Callender of Troop 41 at Immanuel Baptist Church.

“Often, kids in high school are more interested in other things, not worried about careers,” said Callender. “In Boy Scouts, they get to learn about many careers, which helps them make a decision.”

Troop 41 has 16 members and has produced five Eagle Scouts, one who went to West Point. There are four leaders. One is a former helicopter pilot and one is a doctor, and they invite representatives from other careers to speak to the Scouts.

“We are God-centered and community-centered,” Callender said. “We want to get more involved in the community; we’re big on community service.”

Recently, the group has studied safety, including the benefits and dangers of fire.

The troop includes students from the sixth through the 12th grades. Immanuel Baptist Church also hosts a Cub Scout troop for elementary school students.

Troop 41 participates in helping with the annual Redlands Bicycle Classic, and marches in the annual Lincoln Shrine parade, the Redlands Christmas Parade and the Fourth of July Parade.

The troop is currently raising money to help pay for a camping trip.

For more information, call Callender at Immanuel Baptist Church, (909) 425-1777.

The Kiwanis Club of Highland meets Thursdays at 7:15 a.m. at the East Highlands Ranch Stone House, 7250 Club View Drive, Highland.

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