LOCAL SCOUTING SCENE: Scouts keep busy during the summer

May and June are two of the busiest months not only for Troop 160, but also many other Scout troops, Crews, Packs, and Ships everywhere. As usual, Troop 160 has gone to Council events and campouts. However, its members participated in the community and celebrated a very special event.

The Scouts at Troop 160 joined for a fun weekend of friendship and fellowship at Goose Pond Scout Reservation. The Spring Camporee is always made better with Troop 160’s attendance. The Scouts went around from station to station with several skills to demonstrate. As an added bonus, the Sasquatch Patrol (Troop 160) won the Animal Identification Station and was awarded an American flag. Congratulations to all the Scouts who participated.

On Memorial Day, the Scouts proudly displayed the American and Troop 160 flags in the Memorial Day Parade. At Troop 160, we thank all men and women who serve and have served in the military. Our favorite way to express this appreciation is to participate in this annual parade. The Scouts had a lot of fun marching along to support our veterans.

From June 5-7, several outstanding Scouts endured their ordeal for entrance into the Order of the Arrow. The Order of the Arrow is Boy Scouting’s “National Honor Society.” It is only open to the Scouts who best demonstrate leadership, service and Scout Spirit. Only through an election of one’s peers may a Scout be invited to go through his ordeal. We wish David Boeth, Logan LaClair, Benjamin Sebring, Caleb Gercken and Ryan Flinn the best of luck on their long journey.

Finally, eight special young men were recognized for their incredible achievements on June 7. Troop 160’s annual Eagle Court of Honor was a time of celebration for the new Eagle Scouts of the 2014-2015. These young men all deserve equal recognition for their commitment: Michael Robinson, Derek Wintovitch, Bryan Melliand, David Boeth, Logan LaClair, Josh Wagner and Kyle Napirella. The ceremony was beautiful and each speech was incredibly delivered (thanks, communications merit badge). Congratulations to Eagle Scouts everywhere for their great achievements and service to the Scouting program.

Contrary to May and June being the busiest months for Scouting, the summer months can be some of the slowest. However, Troop 160 plans to stay active and continue to have fun and give service to others.

Remember, a Scout is cheerful.

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