DAYTON, February 12, 2018 -
More than 20 Boy Scouts and adult scout leaders from Boy Scout Troop 8 of Dayton,
Texas represented the Three Rivers Council at the 69TH Annual Report to State gathering in Austin on
Saturday, Feb. 3.
Sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Dayton, Texas, Scouts from Troop 8 represented the Three
Rivers Council. They were among more than 3,000 Scouts and Scout leaders who marched in a parade
up Congress Avenue in Austin to the Texas Capitol for the annual event. Selected delegates from each of
the 14 councils in Texas were seated in the House of Representatives at the Texas and reported to Texas
Secretary of State Rolando B. Pablos, Gov. Greg Abbott’s designee to receive the Scouts’ annual report.
Life Scout Marshall Wells, Life Scout Christopher Lewis, Life Scout Sammy Wells, First Class Scout
Avery Wise, Scout Troy Griffin, Scout Alex Lewis, Scout Sheridon Graves, and Scout Texas Brown
were some of the seated Troop 8 delegates for the Three Rivers Council with Troop 8 Senior Patrol
Leader Sammy Wells delivering the council’s Report to State.
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Top Row (Left to Right): Paul Newton, Scoutmaster, Adam King, OA Representative, Marshall Wells, Troop Guide, Troy Griffin, Billy King, Assistant Scoutmaster. Second Row (Left to Right): Sammy Wells, Senior Patrol Leader, Christopher Lewis, Quartermaster, Regan King, Chaplain Aide, Texas Brown, Byrce Austin. Front Row (Left to Right):
Sheridon Grave, Patrol Leader, Alex Lewis, Avery Wise.
“We were honored to represent Three Rivers Council in Austin” said Sammy Wells, Troop 8 Senior
Patrol Leader. “We saw sights such as marching upon the State Capital from the middle of Congress
Avenue and experienced something most of our friends have never done. We got to sit in the same
chairs our lawmakers sit in on the floor of the House of Representative. It was awe inspiring,” said
“This is the 69th year for Scouts from across Texas to gather together to report to our elected
officials about the accomplishments that are occurring in our program,” said Paul Newton,
Scoutmaster of Troop 8.
“The values that Scouting was founded upon 107 years ago remain as relevant today as they were
more than a century ago,” said Newton. “We are proud to be instilling these values in the leaders of
tomorrow, those men and women who will be leading our state and country in the future.”
In addition to visiting the Capitol, Scouts, their leaders, and families also toured the Capitol Visitors
Center where they learned about the intricate details of the construction of Texas’ iconic center of
government while in Austin.
About BSA Troop 8 – Dayton, TX
Sponsored by First Baptist Church of Dayton, Texas, Boy Scout Troop 8 is the largest and most active Boy
Scout Troop in Liberty County and Trinity District. Being a full uniform, Scout run Troop, BSA Troop 8
holds monthly camping activities and regularly attends summer and winter camps in Texas and/or
Louisiana each year. Troop 8 meets weekly on Tuesday nights at 6:30pm at First Baptist Church in
Dayton and is open to any young man who has completed the 5th grade and at least 10 years old or is 11
years old, but has not reached age 18. For more information, please attend a Troop meeting or visit
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices
over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
The Three Rivers Council serves over 4100 boys and girls in Polk, Liberty, San Jacinto, Chambers,
Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, Tyler, Jasper, and Newton Counties. For information about Scouting in your
community, please visit 3riversbsa.org or call (409) 842-5240.