Two Missouri Military Academy Troop 1889 Boy Scouts, Cadets Lukas Joiner, and Joshua Miller attended the weeklong Great Rivers Council Scouts BSA Camp at Lake of the Ozarks, from June 11 to 17, 2023, where they worked on obtaining a variety of merit badges including blacksmithing, plumbing, welding, rifle and archery. They also participated in jet skiing, canoeing and swimming.
"It was a privilege to have the MMA Scouts with us," said Dennis Kerns, the camp director. “Cadets Joiner and Miller are excellent examples of what Scouts are.”
Cadets Joiner and Miller guided the entire Scout camp (300 Scouts) into the proper formation for lowering the flag and taught other Scouts about respect for the flag.
"The MMA cadets stepped up to get the troop in order and it was an honor to have them be part of our troop," Kerns said.
"When I heard these comments, I was so proud to be part of Scouts and MMA," said MMA Scoutmaster and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Robert Silbaugh who attended the camp one evening to visit the cadets. "What we are teaching them on a daily basis is instilling in them the confidence to succeed in life."
The lessons learned in Scouting are the same core principles, values and skills that are at the core of an MMA education. MMA’s unique environment, both campus and culture, provides the optimal structure, consistency and opportunities to advance as a Scout, while enhancing the brotherhood experience. Both middle school and high school cadets are welcome to join Troop 1889.
Cadet Joiner is a rising high school sophomore from Sullivan, Missouri. Cadet Miller is a rising high school freshman from Claremore, Oklahoma.