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Boy Scout of America Troop 529 of Shalimar, Florida has enjoyed an awesome partnership with the Shalimar United Methodist Church (SUMC) for over 30 years. Gulf Coast Council approved the chartering of Troop 529 by the Methodist Men's Club of SUMC of August 22,1966. The following adults were instrumental in the initial organization and activation of the Troop (in order taken from the original charter application):

Institutional Representative

Godfery James

Committee Chairman

Roy Pennington

Committee Member

John Southwick

Committee Member

Richard Millsap

Committee Member

Charles Walsh, Jr.

Committee Member

Jack Shotwell, Jr.

Committee Member

Michael Crane

Committee Member

Gerald Meeks

Committee Member

John Hennon, Jr.

Committee Member

Leonard Young

Scoutmaster

Algie Warren

Assistant Scoutmaster

Allen Hartley

Assistant Scoutmaster

Lee Thompson

Assistant Scoutmaster

David Walsh

The Troop met at the SUMC until a scout hut was built by the scouts and the men of the church in 1971 on property donated on Ferry Road across from the current Lutheran Church and next to the law offices beside the Waffle House. The land was leased to the SUMC for construction of the scout hut and continued use by the Troop.

The Troop has been blessed with great adult leadership through the years. It is well known for being very active with a Troop event every month in addition to the weekly meetings. The scout hut was shared with Cub Scout Webelos dens from Cub Scout Pack 522, chartered by the Shalimar Elementary School Parent Teacher's Organization, and even Sunday School classes when the church needed over flow classrooms.

In the Fall of 1988, the land upon which the scout hut stood could no longer be leased to the church for use by the Troop and so the 17 year era of having a scout hut for Troop 529 came to an end. In hopes of building anew somewhere near the church, the boys and adults dimantled the entired scout hut, rafters, studs, and insulation, and trucked to the Boy Scout camp, Spanish Trails Scout Reservation, near Defuniak Springs. There the pieces were stored under cover until it was possible to rebuild. Alas over the years, property could not be found and the pieces slowly disappeared to building projects at the camp.

Since the removal of the hut in 1988, the Troop has met in the old fellowship hall (now the music suite) of the SUMC. When the Christian Family Life Center was completed in December 1995, the meeting moved into one of the new classrooms, which is where the Troop meets now every Monday evening at 7:00 PM.

The Troop is still very active with an activity every month. The adult support is over- whelming. The support of the church is very much appreciated as they provide a meeting place, storage for camp equipment, kitchen facilities, and special acknowledgment every Scout Sunday.