The 2011 Fall Court of Honor and Pot Luck Dinner was another huge success! An ongoing slide show, lots of good food and good fellowship preceded the formal Court of Honor! The dinner was a huge success in itself, largely due to Mrs. Rose Poletti, Leah Lazzaro and Lisa Brown–thank you ladies!! As the Court of Honor that immediately follows summer camp, there were a number of merit badges and rank advancment patches to hand out. In addition, it was the announcement of the Annual Scout of the Year award and the Good Turn Service Award — the troop’s most prestigious awards! Scouts were awarded 106 merit badges, 25 scouts advanced in rank and numerous special BSA Awards were handed out!
The troop also surprised long-time sr. committee member, former Committee Chair and former Scoutmaster Richard Schraudner with a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by his long-time colleague Mike William (a prior year Lifetime Achievement Award winner).
The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the winner of the Annual Good Turn Service Award and the Annual Scout of the Year Award. For the Good Turn Service Award is given to the Scout with the most community service hours accumulated through Scouting, School, Religion and general volunteer work. The clear winner in 2011 was James T–even excluding his nearly 50 hours of community service as a Den Leader, James still had more community service hours than nearly every scout in the troop!
The Annual Scout of the Year Award is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement award and it measures a broad base of activities including advancement, leadership, training and participation. As well, adult leaders offer their perspective on various candidates and which scouts consistently display the best overall Scout Spirit throughout the past year. In 2011, lightning striked twice as there was a tie between Will B (a prior year Good Turn Service Award winner) and current SPL Chris L!! All in all, it was a very memorable evening for Troop 353 and its growing family, as these great pictures (Courtesy of Anita Rosner) will attest!