Fredonia Boy Scout Troop 267, sponsored by American Legion Post 59, recently held a Court of Honor and kick-off picnic at Russell Joy Park. The scouts and their families enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers and fresh corn on the cob along with a wide variety of side dishes brought by the families.
The Court of Honor began with the advancement of colors and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Senior Patrol Duke Medema.
Committee Chairman Paul Wallenhorst welcomed the Scouts and their families. Scoutmaster Chris Eichmann presented the Star Scout rank advancement badge to Adam Essek, Andrew Field, and Christopher Miller. The First Class and Second Class rank badge was presented to Casey Huber. Merit badges were earned by Glen Bennett, Michael Block, Essek, James Farwell, Field, Huber, Bob Johnston, Scott MacKinnon, Medema, Miller, Jamison Ryan and Joshua Tuggy. Eichmann then inducted Jordan Cooley, Elijah Robb, and Joshua Tuggy into Troop 267 and presented them with the Scout Badge and Troop neckerchief.
Troop 267 summer camp participants, from left: Scoutmaster Chris Eichmann, Andrew Field, Jamison Ryan, James Farwell, Adam Essek, Bob Johnston, Chris Miller, Duke Medema, Casey Huber, Michael Block, Glenn Bennett, JJ Tuggy and Pete Brown. Not pictured: Dennis Bouquin.
Cody Cunningham and Ty Miller were recognized for completing the BSA Lifeguard training. Block and Tuggy completed Climb on Safely training, and Medema completed Leave No Trace training. Cunningham received the Mile Swim award.
Post 59's Charter Organization Representative Ronald Bouquin presented Troop 267 with 2 plaques that were awarded this past summer. One recognized Troop 267 as the American Legion 8th District most outstanding Legion sponsored Boy Scout Troop for 2011-12. The second recognized the Troop as the American Legion Department of New York most outstanding Legion sponsored Troop of the year for 2011-12.
Troop 267 attended weeklong summer camp this past summer at the 1500 acre Elk Lick Scout Reserve near Smethport, Pa. The camp offered a wide variety of outdoor activities at their facility, which included aquatics and boating instruction at their pool and lake, many different nature courses, geocaching, and climbing instruction on their 50 foot climbing tower. The Troop also attended the 47th annual Calumet Camporee in August. A slide presentation of the various activities from the past summer was viewed.
The older Scouts participated in the Troop's annual planning conference earlier in the afternoon before the picnic. The conference was led by Senior Patrol Leader Medema. The boys planned meetings and chose themes and outings for the new school year.
The evening concluded with the retiring of colors. Scout-themed cakes made by Holly Field were served.
Troop 267 meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at Memorial Post 59, 156 E. Main St. in Fredonia and is open to all boys who are at least 11 years of age or have completed the fifth grade. Information about joining Scouting can be found online at beascout.scouting.org.