Rainbow Club Hosts Boy Scout Dinner
By Kelly Cole
Wyalusing Rainbow Club president David LaFrance welcomed Scouts from Troop 8 and their families on Nov. 14 to the meeting that was held at the Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street in their honor. LaFrance remarked that the club appreciated the Scouts and all that they do for the community. He had been a part of Troop 8 when he was younger and had fond memories of being a scout.
This was also a time that LaFrance mentioned the club had been sponsoring the troop for the past 58 years. Troop leaders, Don and Nancy Newell, were also marking their 29th year as having been active with scouting in the community. They began taking part when their boys were young and continue to lead other boys who have an interest in scouting.
Boy Scout Luke Cruver gave the blessing before those in attendance were treated to a lasagna dinner provided by the Wyalusing Hotel. LaFrance thanked the hotel for always being willing to accommodate their dinners and providing great food.
After dinner, the award ceremony began with the Scouts leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Bob Westover stepped before the group and shared a bit of Rainbow Club history by presenting meeting notes from Jan. 13, 1930. Westover chose to read the notes from that meeting, because it was close to the time when the club was formed in 1926, as well as showed how long the club’s involvement with the Boy Scouts had been going on for. Afterwards, Troop 8 proceeded in reciting the Scout Law and Scout Oath before their families and the Rainbow Club members. Nancy Newell took a moment to thank all the parents who helped them out throughout the year.
Newell also introduced four of the young men Dustin Bahl, Luke Cruver, Brandon Brown and John Chapman who were chosen to step forward during the ceremony and share with the audience four events that the troop did during the year. Dustin Bahl and Jacob Gibbs stood before their fellow troops and presented them with the following merit badges and awards:
Dustin Bahl: Citizen in the Nation, Personal Fitness, Painting, Soil and Water Conservation, Camping, Climbing, Cooking, Geocaching, Salesmanship, Farm Mechanics, Communications and Chemistry merit badges. Bahl is also working on finishing the requirements needed to earn his Eagle Scout Badge.
Brandon Brown: Fishing, Farm Mechanics and Soil and Water Conservation merit badges and Scout badge.
Atkinson Canfield: Cooking, Electronics, Environmental Science, Geocaching, Public Speaking and Farm Mechanics merit badges.
John Chapman: Hiking, Farm Mechanics, Salesmanship, Cooking, Environmental Science, Space Exploration and First Aid merit badges and Polar Bear Club.
Patrick Chapman: Hiking, Cycling, First Aid, Salesmanship, Farm Mechanics, Cooking, Wood Carving, Space Exploration, Weather and Soil and Water Conservation merit badges.
Luke Cruver: Cooking, Farm Mechanics, Salesmanship, Geocaching, Nature, Mammal Study and Environmental Science merit badges.
Kenny Fraser: Cooking and Farm Mechanics merit badges.
Jacob Hamm: Fishing and Farm Mechanics merit badges, Scout badge and Polar Bear Club.
Adam Harvey: Farm Mechanics merit badge and Scout badge.
Jacob Gibbs: Farm Mechanics, Salesmanship, Personal Management, Geocaching, Camping, Cooking and Family Life merit badges and Life badge.
Lucas Gibbs: Environmental Science, Photography and Basketry merit badges and Star badge.
Drew Girven: Farm Mechanics and Fishing merit badges and Scout badge.
Silas McCarty: Fishing and Farm Mechanics merit badges, Scout badge and Polar Bear Club.
Lance Reese: Personal Management and Camping merit badges and Life badge.
Dylan Sample: Painting, Communications, Farm Mechanics, Salesmanship, Cooking and Soil and Water Conservation merit badges.
Ben Shoemaker: Rifle Shooting, Music and First Aid merit badges, Star badge and Polar Bear Club.
Ash Sollick: Communications and Personal Management merit badges.
Dana Black, Lucas Hatton and Stefan Poost earned their Eagle Scout Badge.