Venturing Crew 444 (formerly Explorer Scout Post) is sponsored by the Sullivan Rotary Club. Danny McMurphy reorganized the Post in 1988 and has served as advisor since the reorganization. The Post has brief histories in the 50's, 60's, and twice in the 70's. Mr. McMurphy also served briefly as advisor in the early 70's. The Post is considered an OUTDOOR Post and it is co-ed. The Post attended Philmont Scout Ranch in 1990,1992, 2001, and 2004. We also attended Sommer's Canoe Base in 1994, 1996 and 1998. In 1995 the Post combined with another Post and attended the Packard High Adventure Base near Salida, CO for backpacking on the Colorado Trail and whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River. Afterwards, the contingent visited three National Parks before returning to Missouri, namely, Mesa Verde, Arches, and Rocky Mountain. Post members and advisors also attended the Florida Sea Base in 1998. Monthly meetings are currently held at the Peace Lutheran Church in Sullivan, normally on the 3rd Thursdays of the month at 7PM. Currently our main communication is by e-mail. We officially became a Venture Crew on 3 November 1998 as part of a National B.S.A. reorganization.
Other activities that the Post may participate in throughout the year include spelunking, hiking, biking, camping, backpacking and social activities with other posts, including Council activities. Checkout these links: John S. Swift Base at the Greater St. Louis Area Council's(GSLAC).
Crew 444 last attended the GSLAC's Swift Base during June 2006. In the summer of 2007 we will again attend Swift Base. We will attend the Philmont Scout Ranch with Crew 84 in Rolla during the summer of 2008.
For more information on current Crew Activities E-mail Mr. McMurphy, Crew Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must be at least 14 years and have completed the 8th grade or 15 years old to join our Venture Crew. Mr. McMurphy can also be reached by calling (573) 468-4408. We encourage and invite members from all surrounding communities. Our next weekend activity will be the Exploring/Venturing Fall Fun Rally scheduled for the weekend of September 19-21 at the Beaumont Scout Reservation.
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