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Deerwood Boy Scout Troop holds court awards

DEERWOOD - The Boy Scouts of Troop 100, Deerwood American Legion Post, Monday hosted its spring court of awards at the American Legion Post to honor the accomplishments of the scouts.

The Scouts and leaders Mel Sutton and Diane Buchite pose Monday after the scouts conducted a candle ceremony during their court of awards, the ceremony highlights all 12 points of the Scout Law.
The Scouts and leaders Mel Sutton and Diane Buchite pose Monday after the scouts conducted a candle ceremony during their court of awards, the ceremony highlights all 12 points of the Scout Law.

DEERWOOD - The Boy Scouts of Troop 100, Deerwood American Legion Post, Monday hosted its spring court of awards at the American Legion Post to honor the accomplishments of the scouts.

"We presented the scouts with several merit badges they earned over the last few months and one scout was presented with his First Class rank," said Scoutmaster Mel Sutton.

According to the scouting.org there are more than 130 merit badges a scout can earn in subjects ranging from sports and crafts to business and trades. The point of the merit badge system is to introduce boys to a broad range of topics and help them experience things with an expert in that subject area. Each merit badge has a councilor who is a wealth of knowledge in that area by perhaps working in that area or having years of experience through a hobby.

Nathan Wind, 12, Crosby, was the recipient of his First Class rank, which is the fourth rank a Boy Scout earns in the program.

"This means I am now one step closer to receiving my Eagle," Nathan said. "That is my overall goal and I think it's the goal of everyone in my troop because it is a great accomplishment and a big honor."

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It was the second court of awards for one of the boys in Troop 100 and his first time earning merit badges.

Tanner J. Vipperman, 12, Ironton, has been with Troop 100 for about seven months.

"It's been really cool. I've learned a lot of great life lessons. I'm having lot of fun and getting to know the other members of my troop. Tonight I got to receive my first merit badges," Tanner said after the court of awards.

For the leaders of the troop, the court of awards is a chance to recognize the accomplishments of the scouts and take pride in what they have done. It was also an opportunity to thank the American Legion Post for its role in scout troop.

"This evening we had a chance to thank the Deerwood Legion for being our charter partner," Sutton said. "We presented them a copy of the charter that they will now display in the club. We wouldn't be here and there wouldn't a troop without them."

Scouting is making these boys more reliable and dependable, said Diane Buchite, assistant scoutmaster. "I'm very proud of these boys and all that they are doing."

For more information on scouting in the lakes area, go to www.BSACMC.org .

Related Topics: AMERICAN LEGION
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