Boy Scout Troop 585 of Seymour held their fall Court of Honor Monday evening at Seymour United Methodist church, with troop chair members looking to the event as a way to recognize the scouts for their summer camp achievements.
While the troop hosts three to four Court of Honor ceremonies each year, its fall event tends to be the largest because of the amount of work each scout puts into their summer camp, where a large number of merit badges and rank advancements are achieved.
This quarter there were a total of 53 merit badges achieved and 13 advancement-in-rank awards and 11 special awards earned. There are currently 36 scouts in the troop ranging in ages 11 to 17.
It is important to recognize the scouts for their efforts during summer camp, also to honor them for their continuous dedication throughout the year, one reason for hosting so many ceremonies. The scouts are learning to become young men. These badges and awards are not easily earned. There's a lot of hard work put into each one and they should be recognized for that.
They're learning about responsibility, leadership and citizenship with each merit badge and we acknowledge their efforts for that.
Each scout is expected to abide by the 'Scout Law' of 12 different qualities including being trustworthy, friendly, courteous and kind.
Scouting has a lot of traditional values instilled in the many elements that make up their troop, and in order to move up in rank, scouts need to prove they've learned to live by each of the 12 qualities.
What is also beneficial to each of the scouts is that their advancements and earned merit badges are self-paced. The boys are able to work hard for themselves and their own personal goals instead of geared through competition.
Scouts are able to choose which merit badges they plan to achieve for their own personal reasons, whether it be for future career paths, hobbies, or rank advancement goals.
All the scouts have worked incredibly hard to earn these awards and we like to take the time to honor them and show how proud we are of them.
This quarter Committee Chairman, Robert Adams, thought it would be fun for the boys to have a door prize drawing. Several of the boys received Scouting items ranging from an emergency whistle to an emergency blanket. The grand prize winner was David McConnell, shown in the picture with his Lodge Cast Iron Skillet.
“Thanks Robert! It was a Great idea!”
Pictured (L to R) front: David McConnell, Marshall Keiffer, Kevin Campbell, Jordan Mariande, Alex Stokes
2nd row: Cody Bullock, Ryan Grubb, Steven Quilliams, Colton Ascencio, Josh Gibson. 3rd row: Murphy Monceaux (Scout Master), Blake Huff, Robert Adams (Committee Chairman), Josh Vick, Dalton Monceaux, Jonathan Quilliams, Clayton Baldwin, Tom Moak (Troop Commissioner), Joe Keiffer, Larry Long, John Huff (Assistant Scout Master)