Boy Scout Troop 16 held a Court of Honor on Sept. 28 at the Club West clubhouse in Ahwatukee. Scoutmaster Joe Debbins and Senior Patrol Leader Mason Flowers presided over the evening’s ceremony. Over 100 combined Merit Badges, Ranks and special awards were presented to the Scouts. It was a special time of celebration. Some of the troop’s Scouts attended Camp Geronimo, earning the Big G Silver Award as well as many Merit Badges. The troop also had a group of Boy Scouts who went to Philmont Scout Ranch, backpacking over 80 miles in 12 days in the rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s largest national High Adventure Base.
DJ Kempson, of Boy Scout Troop 17, earned his Eagle award on Aug. 26. His project was to improve parts of the Arizona CAP Trail. The CAP trail runs along the CAP canal throughout the state. This trail has multiple recreational uses, which benefit joggers, walkers and bicyclists. The trail was in desperate need of repair, which DJ discovered while hiking the trail with his troop back in March. In July, he lead volunteers to create new trails and install 18 sign posts over a two-day period. DJ and his family recently moved to Brisbane, Australia, but they plan to move back to Ahwatukee in three to five years. DJ is only 14 years old, and recently joined a Venture Crew in Brisbane to continue his scouting career. He is looking forward to earning the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement, which is awarded to scouts who have exemplary knowledge and experience in performing high-level outdoor activities. He has earned two of the three segments required already and looks forward to earning the last and most difficult one in Australia.
It’s been two years since the first beds opened at the Garden of Eatin’ Community Garden at Esperanza Lutheran Church. Now the group is excited to announce they’re expanding quickly with nine new beds open to the public and eight more coming by the end of the year.
Will Richmond, of Boy Scout Troop 16, had the opportunity to interview Jill Norgaard, candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives. Richmond has been learning all about citizenship and the interview fulfilled a Citizenship Merit badge requirement. If you’d like more information about Troop 16, visit www.aztroop16.com.
Michael Debbins and his Boy Scout Troop 16 completed a major outdoor renovation project at Keystone Montessori in Ahwatukee, providing a functional backyard environment for the lower elementary classrooms. The project included repurposing existing pavers, relocating composters, moving existing ground-level planter beds and stonework, and adding custom-made raised planter boxes and handcrafted benches to create a more beautiful outdoor space for the school children. Over 150 man-hours were invested on project day.
Local Girl Scout Troop 1156 has announced that all girls in the troop have been inducted into the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society. Girls in Troop 1156, which is led by Libby Bender and Anita Schanberger, include Schuyler Schanberger, Kacee Roberts and Erica Bender, who all attend Seton Catholic Preparatory High School; Anna Jacobs, who attends Horizon Community Learning Center; and Becca Waypa and Kyla Jacobs, who attend St. John Bosco Catholic School.
Lucas Selby is on his way to attaining the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America. There are many requirements in getting this Eagle rank, one of which is leading a service project in the community. Selby chose the town of Guadalupe for the community he wanted to affect.
Travis Seideman, of Boy Scout Troop 16, was recognized for attaining his Eagle Scout rank at a Court of Honor on May 24 at Desert Foothills United Methodist Church in Ahwatukee. Seideman’s Eagle Project included the design and completion of a community garden for the Ahwatukee Community Senior Center at Pecos Park. The garden, which includes an in-ground watering system, features above-the-ground planters that enable senior citizens to plant and maintain gardens while standing-up.
Cub Scout Pack 478, operating out of Ahwatukee’s Lagos Elementary School in Lakewood, hosted the Arrow Of Light graduation ceremony on April 15 at Western Star Park. The Arrow Of Light is the highest honor awarded to a Cub Scout, honoring the hard work and dedication needed to graduate. Last year’s graduating scout’s, who are now in Boy Scout Troop 16, returned to assist in the ceremony and honor their achievement. The Arrow Of Light recipient’s were Adam Cooper, R.D., Matthew Knowles, Patrick Koehler, Will Richmond and Gunner Pettit.
A tour of Michael Pollack’s three museums show a man who revels in a past that started well before his entry into the world. One is loaded with memorabilia from bygone days, things that used to linger behind the glass panes on department storefronts to convert window shoppers into spenders. A couple other pieces have a “one of these things is not like the others” ring to it given their relative modernity, like the mini statue of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Boy Scout Troop 118 in Ahwatukee Foothills celebrated the advancement of six of its longtime scouts to the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor on Feb. 26: Jake Alme, Michael Burnett, Conner Perkins, Aidan Schramm, Benjamin Shurgrue — all Desert Vista students from Ahwatukee Foothills — and Jacob Cassavant from Chandler.