Fredonia Boy Scout Troop 267, sponsored by American Legion Post 59, recently held a dinner and a Court of Honor.
The evening began with the advancement of colors and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Senior Patrol Leader Casey Huber. Chaplain Walt Sedlmayer led the invocation. Committee chairman Paul Wallenhorst welcomed the scouts and their families. A dinner of tacos, salads and desserts was held before the Court of Honor.
Scoutmaster Chris Eichmann presented the First Class rank badge to Christopher Annear, Zachary Dawley, and Colton Kuzdzal, Star Scout rank badge to Glen Bennett, and Life Scout rank badge to Brandon Powell. Eichmann then inducted Nicholas Frazier, Dylan Gee, Jonathon Mann, Justin Powell, Jacob Thompson, and Michael Zemrose into Troop 267. The new scouts were presented with the Scout Badge and troop neckerchief.
New scouts are inducted into Troop 267 in Fredonia during its recent Court of Honor.
Annear, John Banach, Bennett, Michael Block, Jordan Cooley, Dawley, Adam Essek, Andrew Field, Jack Fiorella, Kuzdzal, Ty Miller, B. Powell, Elijah Robb, and Joshua Tuggy received merit badges including Family Life, Fingerprinting, Personal Fitness, and Personal Management. Service stars were presented to Annear, Dawley, and Kuzdzal for one year, to committee members Kathy Rock for one year, Jeff Cunningham for four years, Vince Vecchio for seven years, and Assistant Scoutmasters Thomas Annear for one year and Bryan Powell for two years.
Senior District Executive Wayne Schuver, Jr. made a presentation for the Friends of Scouting program. Troop 267 qualified for the BSA's gold level Journey to Excellence Award for the third consecutive year. A ribbon for the troop flag was presented to Eichmann, and insignia patches for the award were presented to the troop members.
Troop 267 camped at Camp Merz and Camp Timbercrest this past winter and participated in the Two Lakes District's Klondike Derby where the scouts placed second overall. Recently the group camped at Camp Gross.
The troop's older Scouts visited the Niagara Climbing Center. Troop 267 has several spring camping trips planned which include attending the Invitation to Adventure Camporee at the Dunkirk Lighthouse in May.
The evening concluded with the retiring of colors. Several of the leaders and parents put together a display of scout memorabilia for those attending to enjoy. Several of the boys used the display to satisfy requirements for the Scouting Heritage merit badge.
Holly Field, Kathy Rock, Deni Trippi, and Candise Tuggy coordinated the taco dinner.
Troop 267 meets most Mondays at 7 p.m. at Memorial Post 59, 156 E. Main St. in Fredonia. Membership 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.