Scout Troops hold court of honor
Scout Troops 78 and 278 held a Court of Honor and an Eagle Court of Honor on Feb. 23. Wyatt Smith earned his Eagle Award, and several other awards. Many Scouts were honored for their achievements during the Court of Honor.
The following Scouts earned merit badges: Adam Badgero — Fire Safety; Brandon Neumann — Fire Safety; Noah Pickelhaupt — Citizenship in the World, and Swimming; Maddox Chabot — Camping, Cooking, Family Life, Fire Safety and First Aid; Wyatt Smith — Fire Safety, Plumbing, Veterinary Medicine and Metalwork; Chase Stanley — Citizenship in the Nation.
Earning rank were: Adam Badgero –Scout; Brandon Neumann — Scout; Katherine Eller — Scout; Noah Pickelhaupt –Tenderfoot; Maddox Chabot — Star.
Earning awards were: Noah Pickelhaupt — Cyber Chip and Religious Emblem; Maddox Chabot — Paul Bunyan Woodsman Emblem, National Outdoor Achievement Award-Riding Segment; Wyatt Smith — Paul Bunyan Woodsman Emblem, National Outdoor Achievement Award-Riding Segment and Camping Segment.
For his Eagle Scout project, Smith made garden boxes for the residents of Turning Brook assisted living retirement community. He explained how he came up with the idea.
“My great-grandpa Al Bennett moved up to Alpena from Farmington and I wanted to do some kind of garden for him because of his love for gardens,” Smith explained in a written statement. “He and my great-grandma had turned their backyard into a flower garden. My parents tell me that my great-grandpa would spend hours out there planting, pruning and weeding. Both of them always enjoyed sitting in their sunroom watching the birds and squirrels that visited their yard. I wanted Grandpa and the residents at Turning Brook to have a garden that they would be able to enjoy.”
He said with the help of his “Papa Don” and Jerry Plohocky from Home Depot, he was able to construct elevated garden boxes that the residents could enjoy.
“I wanted the residents to be able to plant flowers and vegetables,” Smith said. “I made them elevated so that the residents can sit in a chair and plant instead of having to get down on the ground. The boxes are on wheels so that they can be moved easily.”
He is grateful to his family, the Scouts and the community for helping him complete this project.
“These boxes will give the residents that used to enjoy gardening the opportunity to do it again,” Smith said.
Smith advanced through the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, First Class, Second Class, Star Scout, Life Scout, and Eagle Scout. He held the following offices: Den Chief, Quartermaster, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader. He received the special recognitions, Arrow of Light and National Youth Leadership Training. He earned the following merit badges: Camping, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Cooking, Crime Prevention, Cycling, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, Family Life, Fingerprinting, Fire Safety, First Aid, Home Repairs, Horsemanship, Indian Lore, Leatherwork, Metalwork, Music, Painting, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Pets, Photography, Plumbing, Rifle Shooting, Search and Rescue, Small Boat Sailing, and Veterinary Medicine.