Fall Court of Honor
Instead of a regular troop meeting, this week, we held our fall Court of Honor. Scouts received their merit badges from summer camp, and those who earned a new rank over the summer received rank cards and (for some) patches. First we began with our flag ceremony, put on by the Serpents. After that, our Chaplain’s Aide led a prayer and Seamus G. (the SPL) welcomed everyone and gave a few announcements. Then it was time for the presentation of those eagerly awaited merit badges. Matt B., one of our troop guides, did a great job handing them out. There were way too many to mention here, but nearly fifty Scouts were given merit badges that they earned this summer. Once all the merit badges had been given out, all of the names had been read, and all the clapping and congratulating had stopped, it was time for rank presentation. Several Scouts each had earned Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, and Life.
The lights went out, the projector screen lowered, and Max B. and Alex S. came forward to tell us about Sea Base, which was this past summer’s high adventure trip. They showed pictures, described the trip and the things they did, and told a few interesting stories about their experiences on the boats. After that presentation, the patrol leaders and others who were elected last spring were sworn in. Then Mr. Todd gave his Scoutmaster Minute, and we had a closing prayer and flag ceremony.