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Troop 25 recognizes Scouting anniversary week

March 2, 2012
Special to the Town Crier

Boy Scout Troop 25 chartered to Canfield United Methodist Church recognized Scouting Anniversary Week with their annual Scout Sunday Breakfast and Anniversary Dinner and Winter Court of Honor. The Scout Sunday Breakfast and Scout Sunday service took place on Sunday, Feb. 12 and the dinner and Court of Honor was on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Fellowship Hall at the church.

On Scout Sunday, Troop 25 serves a breakfast to the community all morning between church services and scouts from the troop participate in both services at the church with Senior Pastor Don Christensen (an Eagle Scout). This year's message was given by Jason Henry and John Wolboldt. Henry talked about what scouting meant to him and his thoughts on the "Fine Young Man Syndrome" and Wolboldt spoke about the history of Troop 25 and being an Eagle Scout.

At the second service, after Wolboldt spoke, he was presented with the National Eagle Scout Association's Outstanding Eagle Scout Award by the Greater Western Reserve Council, Boy Scouts of America for not only his continued service to scouting but more for his continued and wide spread service to the Canfield community exemplifying what it means to be an Eagle Scout.

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Boy Scout Troop 25's Jimmy Jones Outstanding Scout award recipient for 2011 was Michael Ramunno and, for the third year in a row, the Herman West Most Active Scout Award recipient was Donny Duda.

The annual Anniversary Dinner and Winter Court of Honor recognized the 102nd anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America and the 86th anniversary of the troop and honors the scouts who have earned rank advancements, merit badges and other awards in scouting.

Everyone was welcomed by the Scoutmaster Kevin Prus Sr. and the Court of Honor was opened by the troop's color guard, Troop Committee Chairman John Kightlinger served as master of ceremonies.

Scouts being recognized that evening and their recognitions are: Luke Bowser, Scout Award; Donny Duda, shotgun shooting; James McGarry, Scout Award; Branden Pine - Scout Award; Michael Ramunno, emergency preparedness; and Hunter Schwab, Scout Award.

A highlight of the evening was the awarding of several special Troop 25 awards.

Recipients of the Bob Roberts Memorial Back Patch Award Points were: C.J. Blaney, Eagle Scout; Donny Duda , Most Active Scout; and Michael Ramunno, Outstanding Scout.

Two special troop awards are named after Jimmy Jones and Herman West. Jones was instrumental in the development of Troop 25 in 1926 and kept it going for many years especially during World War II. West was an Eagle Scout of Troop 25 and later served as its Scoutmaster for many years.

Both were prominent citizens of Canfield and both had served as the postmaster of Canfield. The 2011 recipient of the Herman West Most Active Scout Award for the thrid year in a row is Donny Duda and the recipient of the 2011 Jimmy Jones Outstanding Scout Award is Michael Ramunno. The evening ended with a few words from the Scoutmaster Prus and everyone adjourned to the sanctuary for the Eagle Scout Court of Honor of Blaney.

Troop 25's upcoming calendar includes their annual Advancement Camp in March, participation in the Mill Creek MetroPark Earth Day Cleanup and a camping weekend for BTM Clays in April, a Camp-O-Ree weekend/hike and the Canfield Memorial Day Parade in May, a Survival Camp in June, the Canfield Fourth of July Parade and Summer Camp in July at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation in Kennsington, Ohio. and a visit to the Gettysburg Historic Battlefield and Historic Hike in Gettysburg, Pa., in August.

Troop 25 meets at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in the basement of Canfield United Methodist Church, 27 S. Broad St. For more information about the troop, contact Prus at 330-533-5616.



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