Scouting ministry

Purple Chickens Celebrate 50 Years
at Monticello United Methodist Church

Boy Scout Troop 351, The Purple Chickens, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m., in Monticello UMC’s Fellowship Hall and on the church grounds. Church members are invited. Monticello United Methodist Church agreed to serve as the Chartered Organization for the new troop and has been the Home of the Purple Chickens ever since. Hundreds of boys from Shawnee, De Soto and Bonner Springs have been members of the Troop and almost 150 have earned the Eagle Scout rank.


Monticello UMC has long supported boys and young men through the Scouting Ministries. The Scouting Ministry helps boys "be prepared" for the future. Currently, Monticello is pleased to serve Troop 351, the Purple Chickens. "I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country." - from the Boy Scout oath.

Troop 351 was founded in 1969 by Herb Wood, an Eagle Scout and Korean War veteran. Boys aged 11 through 17 can join and participate in monthly camp outs, summer residence camps, high adventure treks, and many other Scouting activities and events throughout the year. Boy Scouts learn outdoor and Scouting crafts, perform service projects, and develop leadership experience. They learn self-reliance, citizenship, resourcefulness, cheerfulness, courage, courtesy, reverence, and other life skills.

Contact Chuck Isaacson, Chartered Organization Representative.

Visit the Purple Chicken's Web site here.