There is an event that happens at the Downtown Apex Fire Station on the First Saturday of each month that is good for Scouts and Scouters alike to participate in. It is a Bell Ringing Ceremony that is put together by the Apex American Legion Post 124. It is a somber affair that honors our fallen Soldiers for the preceding month.
Day: 1st Saturday of each month
Time: 12:00pm – 12:15 pm
Where: Downtown Apex Fire Station (Salem Street)
The flag is lowered to half-staff while the brave are honored in prayer. Following the flag ceremony, the bell is rung for each fallen soldier.
This is an event that could be of interest to Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts or Girl Scouts. I would highly suggest being in full Uniform for this event. Below is a video of the event. This particular one was during the peak fest so there are quite a few more people around than there are typically but it gives you an idea of the type of event. As you can see there are a few scouts at this event.
Feel free to just show up to the event or you can contact the Apex American Legion Post 124 beforehand. Contact information is on their webpage.
Apex has quite a few parks in the area. Many of which are good for Scout events. One in particular is the Apex Community Park. This Park has many features that make it a good fit for a scout unit event. It has two shelters that may be reserved for a fee which are located right next to each other. There are also small charcoal grills located next to both shelters. If your event involves cooking for more than just a few, plan to bring your own grill. There are also restroom facilities in the vicinity of the shelters. In addition, there is water to the site of the shelters as well as electricity.
The shelters are equipped with picnic tables and according to the Town of Apex can accommodate up to 100 or 50 people. The larger shelter rents for $70 for Apex residents, the smaller for $50 for residents. This reserves the shelters for a 4 hour block.
The shelter is also located right next to a 50+ acre lake that is stocked for fishing. If fishing is part of the event, an additional fishing license will need to be purchased from the Town of Apex for non-residents. Licenses are Free to residents of the town but the license will still need to be applied for. Anglers ages 16 and older will also need to have an NC Fishing License and will need to abide by regulations set by the NC wildlife commission. For more information on fishing licenses visit www.ncwildlife.org. There is a fishing dock that can be used for fishing in the lake.
In addition, there are over 3 miles of trails. One of which runs around the lake and leads to/from the picnic shelters. The trail around the lake is paved.
Another good feature is a playground which may be good for the younger siblings of a Cub Scout Pack.
Therefore, this park is great for Cub Scout packs looking to venture out for an outing that could involve a picnic, hiking, biking (on the trails) and fishing. The Hiking, Biking and Fishing Belt Loops could definitely be worked in at the Apex Community Park.
For more information on the Park, visit the Apex Community Park Website.