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Boy Scout Troop 97 awards rank advancements, hands out merit badges and honors during court

Posted 1/9/19

Londonderry Township’s Boy Scout Troop 97 had a lot to celebrate during the holiday season.

Star Scout Mason Barrick served as the master of ceremonies for the troop’s holiday Court of …

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Boy Scout Troop 97 awards rank advancements, hands out merit badges and honors during court

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Londonderry Township’s Boy Scout Troop 97 had a lot to celebrate during the holiday season.

Star Scout Mason Barrick served as the master of ceremonies for the troop’s holiday Court of Honor banquet held at the Londonderry Scouting Complex. The troop recognized the reason for the season along with awarding six rank advancements, more than 25 merit badges and almost 50 special awards.

Jaime Gallick and Jesse Reigle were recognized by Life Scout Christopher Kiessling and Scout Master Matthew Pauley, who administered the Tenderfoot rank oath. Their new rank badges include an eagle and a shield symbolizing freedom and a willingness to defend that freedom. Two stars on their patch stand for truth and knowledge. Jaime and Jesse are at the beginning of their Scouting adventure and will continue to expand their knowledge and expertise in numerous subjects.

Jesse also earned the rank of Second Class Scout. Star Scout Luke Spangenberg acknowledged Jesse for his Scout spirit, his helpfulness and his ability to follow the Scout Law. Scout Master Chris Hoyt delivered the rank advancement oath to Jesse. The Second Class rank badge displays a knot suspended from a scroll reminding Jesse to do a good turn daily.

Life Scout Owen Wealand and Committee Chairman Mark Gallick delivered the rank of Star to Mason Barrick and Luke Spangenberg. Owen stressed the importance of leadership, thoughtfulness, consideration, enthusiasm and responsibility for this rank advancement. The star on their rank badge reminds Mason and Luke to encourage younger Scouts and to serve their troop and community.

Leo Nissley was sworn in as a Life Scout by Life Scout Ben Spangenberg and Scout Master Kevin Little. As a Life Scout, Leo has learned that life is a series of doors into the future. Doors will open with preparedness and when problems are addressed as opportunities to be creative in finding solutions. The heart on his rank badge encourages him to address obstacles and possibilities with his heart and soul.

Committee members Julie Myers and Ted Pauley presented more than 25 merit badges to the troop. The electronics and radio merit badges were the most popular among the Scouts. Merit badges in communication, cooking, citizenship in the nation, emergency preparedness, Indian folklore and personal fitness also were awarded.

Scout Master Garrett Little and Charter Representative Tim Nissley presented more than 50 awards to those Scouts who attended the National Jamboree on the Air and the USS New Jersey camping trips. Patches were also given to those who helped with the national Scouting for Food effort where Troop 97 collected more than 1,200 nonperishable items with Cub Pack 97 for neighbors in need.

Mason Barrick recognized Scout Master Kevin Little as the Volunteer of Honor. Little has been involved with Scouting for more than 13 years. He served scouts as a Cub Master in 2007 with Pack 97 and then became Troop 97's Scout Master in 2011. He has led Scouts on trips including the Florida Sea Base sailing expedition in the Keys in 120 degree heat, and hiking more than 130 miles in New Mexico at Philmont at 13,000-foot elevations. He paddled more than 65 miles in the backwaters of Northern Tier in Atikokan, Canada, and took a group of Scouts to the National Jamboree in the hills of Bechtel, West Virginia. He said he has enjoyed taking Scouts on winter klondikes and has led them to numerous summer camps on the East Coast. Little teaches more than a dozen merit badges.

The members of the troop “roasted” him with their favorite memories or “Kevinisms” from over the years. There was one common theme ... his sense of fun, adventure, positive attitude and love of Scouting. Little said a true leader knows when to pass the baton to the next leader. Bill Lee took over as Scout Master Jan. 1. Little will remain in the troop as an assistant Scout master, where he will focus on leadership training skills.

The holiday-themed celebration ended with a festive gift exchange game complete with Jamie Barrick serving as one of Santa's elves to deliver a story that brought smiles and laughter to all.

Recent and upcoming events for Troop 97 include Klondike winter camping at Seven Mountains in Spring Mills as well as numerous Eagle Scout projects.

For more information, contact Kevin Little at 717-944-1957 or Ted Pauley at 717-944-2766.

Troop 97 is sponsored by the Londonderry Fire Company.