Fredonia Boy Scout Troop 267, sponsored by American Legion Post 59, recently held a Court of Honor and kickoff 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 Corey Dawley.
Committee Chairman Paul Wallenhorst welcomed the Scouts and their families. Scoutmaster Chris Eichmann presented the Life Scout rank advancement badge to Casey Huber. Merit badges were earned by Christopher Annear, John Banach, Glen Bennett, Michael Block, Tim Cerrie, Jordan Cooley, Corey Dawley, Zack Dawley, Adam Essek, Andrew Field, Jack Fiorella, Casey Huber, Bob Johnston, Colton Kuzdzal, Scott MacKinnon, Chris Miller, Brandon Powell, Elijah Robb, Jamison Ryan and Joshua Tuggy. One-year service stars were presented to Banach, Cooley and Tuggy.
Troop 267 2013 summer camp participants.
Essek, Field, Robb, and Ryan completed Climb on Safely training and Huber received the World Conservation award. Fifty Miler Awards were presented to Cerrie, Cody Cunningham, C. Dawley, Essek, Field, Fiorella, Huber, C. Miller, Ty Miller, Ryan, Assistant Scoutmaster Dennis Bouquin, committee member Jeff Cunningham, Eichmann, and Scout parent Damion Field. Cooley, C. Dawley, Field, Haertel, C. Miller, Powell, Robb, Ryan and Tuggy received trained patches for completing Junior Leader Training. Assistant Scoutmaster Bryan Powell was recognized for completing Leader Specific training and Outdoor Skills training.
A commemorative Troop T-shirt was presented to the older Scouts and adult leaders who participated in a High Adventure Canoe Trip to Algonquin Provincial Park in August. Troop 267 also 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. A slide presentation of the various activities from the past summer was viewed.
The evening concluded with the retiring of colors.
The older Scouts participated in the Troop's annual planning conference several days before the picnic. The conference was led by Senior Patrol Leader Dawley. The boys set goals, planned meetings, chose themes and scheduled outings for the new school year and for next summer.
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 who have completed the fifth grade. Troop 267 maintains a website that can be found with a simple search and has a Facebook page. Information about joining Scouting can also be found online at beascout.scouting.org.