Jake and Michael, two of Troop 79’s Life Scouts, emceed this fall’s Court of Honor to a packed house of Scouts, parents and siblings.
The evening kicked off with a flag ceremony and included Committee updates, presentation of about 130 merit badges, many rank advancements and recognition of the troop’s newest leaders. A special “changing of the guard” was also conducted to hand over the Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant SPL roles from Elijah and Edward to John and Colin. Seemed like the clapping would go on forever!
Following all the pomp & circumstance, the audience was treated to several multi-media presentations of the summer’s highlights. Whether it was winning the Camp Cup at Owasippe, riding the 3/4 mile long zip line at Summit, or paddling / portaging over 175 combined miles at Northern Tier, there was a lot to share. Of course, the evening wouldn’t be complete without an inspiring minute from our Scoutmaster, Mr. Keats.
Many thanks to all the Scouts, Committee members and parents who support Troop 79 and help make it the fun Scout-led organization that it is.
[PHOTO] Court of Honor @boylesfour
What better way to kick off the Scouting season than with an overnight at 31st St. Harbor courtesy of the Chicago Sea Scouts! Besides our own Troop members, we also hosted about a dozen Chicago-area Webelos Scouts and their families to learn about T-79.
Our guests were treated to a cookout, games plus a tour of a working Coast Guard search and rescue boat. But then it was time to hit the water for real. Between a 28′ Catalina sailboat and the Sea Scouts with their high-powered Boston Whaler, the Webelos seemed to have a great day out on beautiful Lake Michigan.
By late afternoon all the Webelos families had gone home, and will hopefully consider Troop 79 when the time comes to bridge over to Boy Scouts. Afterwards, most of our Scouts went for an early evening cruise, while others kayaked around the harbor.
What an experience, watching a beautiful sunset over the city skyline from the deck of yet another Sea Scout boat, then settling in for the night on a 40′ ketch; some on deck and some below.
The next morning it was time to pack up, eat breakfast and head home. Not our typical camping experience, but that’s partly what made it so memorable! Thanks again to the Sea Scouts and Mr. Keats for so generously including their fleet in the overnight.
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[PHOTO] Webelos sailing @boylesfour