Archive for Saturday, October 27, 2001

Scouting news

October 27, 2001


Trevor Mitchell, 15, a member of Boy Scout Troop 60 in Topeka, has received his Eagle Scout award. He formerly was a member of Troop 158 in Lawrence.

His Court of Honor will be at 5 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Topeka.

Mitchell has earned the Arrow of Light Award and Faith in God Award. While a member of Troop 158, he earned 22 merit badges, a Duty to God award, Order of the Arrow and Brotherhood.

His Eagle project was erosion control at Clinton Lake. He planted willows along the shoreline of Saunders Mound.

The Topeka High School student is a member of the football team, French Club and Future Business Leaders of America. He plays various positions for the Grantville Hornets and was chosen as one of the Jefferson County All-Stars.

He is the son of Michael and Betty Mitchell, Topeka. They are former Lecompton residents.

More than 130 Scouts and leaders attended the annual Pelathe District Fall Camporee Oct. 26-28 at Camp Bromelsick.

The Camporee was hosted by Boy Scout Troops 52, 60 and 158. Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol leaders had a steak fry and meeting after Friday's check-in.

Saturday's activities began with a flag-raising ceremony and a memorial to Randy Russell, former Scoutmaster of Troop 61. The Scouts then participated in skills relay, mud volleyball, canoeing, woodworking, archery and building a trestle bridge. Scouts also had the opportunity to participate in Scout Jamboree On the Air throughout the day. Scout Jamboree On the Air allows Scouts to speak to other Scouts from around the globe via radio. Jim Peterson, Troop 55, had a mountain man campsite, which was visited by many of the participants. A campfire and dutch oven cooking contest were held in the evening.

A worship service was held Sunday morning. Participating troops included: 52, 55, 56, 59, 60, 61 and 64. Six Webelos from Cub Scout Pack 3052 visited on Saturday.

Seven boys from Cub Pack 3055, chartered to the Westside Presbyterian Church, received their Bobcat badges at the Pack meeting on Oct. 9.

Bobcat is the first badge earned by new Cub Scout members. Scouts who earned the badge were Dustin Hoffines-West, Tyler Hunsaker, Sawyer Zook, Geoffrey Pate, Jack Garvin, Nick Pellett and Kory Robinson.

Boy Scout Troop 59, chartered to the First Presbyterian Church of Lawrence, held a special cake auction Oct. 3 for the Firefighter's Fund, which supports families of firefighters killed or injured in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Doug Raney, a Life Scout, led the participants in the auction, which raised $1,063.

Following the auction, the Troop held a candlelight recognition for Richard Kelly Jr., Lt. Vincent Giammona, Battalion Chief John Paolillo and Stephen Siller, who were killed in the line of duty. Their memorial services were Oct. 3. The ceremony ended with the reading of a message from Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen thanking them for their support and comfort after the death of more than 300 men under his command.

The Heart of America Council's annual Business Meeting and Recognition Dinner will be Nov. 14 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown in Kansas City, Mo.

Among other events at this meeting will be the presentation of the Silver Beaver Award, which is the highest scouting award to a volunteer.

For more information, contact Sarah Hight at (816) 942-9333, Ext. 125.

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