Some of you are going to love this story from my July 28, 1988 issue of my Running Springs-centered newspaper. One of the top stories was the Court of Honor for Boy Scout Troop 252 which was sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Six boys and four leaders received numerous awards and those of you who were around the area at this time are bound to recognize some of the names.
“Boy Scout Troop 252 sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, held a Court of Honor recently. Six boys and four leaders received numerous awards.
Eleven-year-old Carlos Vance and George Hill both received six skill awards and advanced to the rank of Second Class. Their leader, Blaine Kemsley, received his nine-year service pin. This represents nine years of dedicated service as an 11-year-old Scout leader.
Four Boy Scouts were recognized for their recent achievements: Valoy Spoerl received two skill awards; Life Scout Brooks Webb receive one merit badge; Life Scout Travis Stratford received three merit badges and advanced to the rank of Life Scout; and Patrick Scullin was awarded three merit badges and advanced to the rank of Life Scout. Life Scout is only one step down from Eagle and the Troop anticipates adding three more pictures to their “Eagle Wall” in 1988. Keep up the good work Brooks, Travis and Patrick.
Scoutmaster Mike Brown was awarded his five-year pin and Assistant Scoutmaster Dennis Vance received his seven-year pin. Karen Webb received a much deserved Service Award after recently retiring as the troop’s Advancement Chairman.
Plans were discussed for the upcoming backpacking trip to the High Sierras. This is an annual event led by Mike Brown, Dennis Vance and Mike Scullin. After intense preparation the boys have the opportunity to spend at least a week in the wilderness, testing the skills they have acquired in backpacking, hiking, fishing and wilderness survival.”