Scouts hold Court of Honor, Blue & Gold

A display of Boy Scout projects and memorabilia is open to the public at Pioneer Bank in John Day. The Eagle/HEATHER SHEEDY

JOHN DAY - Scouts from Pack and Troop 898 conducted the Court of Honor Feb. 5 at the John Day Elks Lodge.

During the ceremony, Second Class Scout Tim Jones advanced to the rank of First Class Scout with permission from the Blue Mountain Council. As a Tenderfoot Scout, Jones accepted the Scout Oath and Law and promised to do his best as part of his daily life. He also presented a pin to his mother for her support.

Brady Long and Tyler Webb became Star Scouts and advanced from First Class Scout to one step closer to the rank of Eagle. Long and Webb each received a Star Badge, with the admonition that "men on both land and sea find their directions by the stars." They were encouraged to wear their badges as a constant reminder that they will chart their courses by the star of truth. Each presented their mothers with miniature star badges.

Other acknowledgments were made to the following scouts: Cobras - Parker Burton, snow sports and computers; Bill Sevey, computers and basketry; Daniel Soupir, first aid; and Tyler Webb, computers. Snowboarders - Hunter Born, computers; Randy Dowdy, computers which was the last elective he needed to apply for Eagle Scout; Brady Long, citizenship in the world and scholarship; J.T. Sohr, camping; Zack Swindlehurst, computers and citizenship in the nation.

In addition, six scouts earned a Computer Merit Badge. Parker Burton, Hunter Born, Bill Sevey and Randy Dowdy completed the project and were awarded with hand-held radios for their accomplishments. Zach Swindlehurst and Tyler Webb achieved beyond the usual requirements and wrote a 100-word essay about computers and everyday life. They were awarded computers donated by community members.

The Blue and Gold Banquet was held Feb. 2 at the John Day Elks Lodge, where Scouts received the following rank advancement: Bobcat, the first rank in Cub Scouts - Kyle Pettyjohn, Jacob Batease, Connor Broemeling, Tommy Lane, Darrien Lippert, Malachi Wilson and Tanner Wilson. Webelo rank - Alex Kygar, Dakota Lippert, Michael Snyder and Thomas Wunz.

Those earning an Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouting, were David Jensen, Dustin Lane, Colin Petersen and Jake Reynolds. The Scouts then graduated into Boy Scout Troop 898.Display features Scout projectsJOHN DAY - Pack and Troop 898 have set up a display at Pioneer Bank featuring pictures and activities of the scouts.

The community and former scouts are invited to stop in and see the exhibit and sign their name listing where, when and the scouting rank they achieved.

The display shows memorabilia including ribbons from 1966-74 and an old parade drum inscribed "Canyon City Boy Scouts."

For more information, call Sherri Dowdy at 575-0207.

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