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Fostoria Focus - December 28, 2003

Boy Scout Troop 408 Holds
Its Court of Honor

By Leonard Skonecki
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Boy Scouts strive to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. One Dec. 16, Scout Troop 408 held a Court of Honor to recognize their accomplishments of the past year that help them learn those qualities and make them a part of their lives.

"A Court of Honor is a ceremony for the boys to recognize them and what they've earned during the past year in Scouting," said Troop 408 Scout Master Jay Hossler, a 20 year veteran of Scouting.

There are 17 boys in Troop 408. The Scouts who earned awards were Justin Angles, Nicholas Angles, Sean Cline, Ben Decker, Spencer Decker, Brian Doty, Eric Dunfee, Isaac Dunfee, Stuart Holman, Ben Hummel, David Hummel, Matt Keasal. William Myers, Shiloh Quimby, Carl Snowden and James Valachovic.

Altogether, 16 Scouts earned 113 awards in a variety of fields such as electricity, archery, first aid, citizenship, life saving, fishing, family life, nature, swimming, and fish and wildlife.

Boy Scout Troop 408 is sponsored by Grace United Church of Christ on US 23 North. The Troop is part of the Black Swamp Boy Scout Council which covers 13 counties in northwest Ohio.

Boy Scouts is an organization where adults help young men mature, learn and gain confidence in themselves. In addition to Jay, other adults active in the Troop are Tammy Cooper, David Hinkle, John Valachovic, Chuck Parsons, Jon Parsons, Gene Ritz and Nancy Dillon.

Tammy has been active in Scouting for 10 years and is the leader of Cub Scout Pack 408. This year the Pack has 65 Scouts up from 26 last year.

She estimates that roughly 35 percent of eligible youngsters are involved in scouting and 10 percent of Cub Scouts go on to Boy Scouts.

Some of the highlights of Troop 408's Scouting year included Scout Sunday, three Eagle Scout ceremonies, Salvation Army kettle bell ringing, a camping trip to South Carolina, the Boy Scout Pop Corn sale, and river rafting at Mohican State Park.

Chuck Parsons has been active in Scouting for 12 years.

"I want to congratulate all of you young men for what you have achieved," he told the Scouts. "I've watched these kids. I went to merit badge programs with them. If you're a parent and your son is sitting here, you need to give him a round of applause.

"It's amazing to watch what goes on with these kids. I'm just overwhelmed. I'm proud to be a part of Troop 408," he said.

It was a good year for Troop 408. The Focus wishes them a Merry Christmas and another good year in Scouting in 2004.


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