Orland Park Boy Scout Troop 383 Shark Patrol leader Jaden Mossman lights the candles for his fellow first-class Scouts Colin Motzny, Jake Monnett, Mitchell Kramer, Chris Pearson and Steven Fechtner look on. | Supplied photo
Updated: August 1, 2013 6:03AM
Orland Park Boy Scout Troop 383 recognized those who had earned merit badges and rank advancements at its Spring Court of Honor.
“The boys were looking forward to this Court of Honor because so many of them advanced rank,”
Scoutmaster Gerry Klotz said in a press release.
Five of the troop’s eight founder Scouts who formed the troop in 2010 were recognized for reaching the rank of Life Scout, one level away from Eagle Scout: Bob Burns, Will Davis, JT Jakstavich, Tim Klotz and Vince Scaravalle. They also are candidates for the Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society of Boy Scouts, having participated in the ceremony at the Nishnabec District’s Spring Camporee in mid-May.
“A few of us finished our rank requirements before the others, and we kept pushing them to get their stuff done because we wanted to advance together,” senior patrol leader Tim Klotz said. “We started Troop 383 when we were finishing Cub Scouts and we promised each other we’d stay together.”
A Life Scout rank is earned by fulfilling additional leadership positions and service hours and earning merit badges. A Life Scout is expected to be a role model and leader in the troop.
“Other troops have older boys who help the younger guys,” assistant senior patrol leader Will Davis said. “We are the older boys, and we’re in seventh grade, with one eighth-grader. ... we had no older boys. We learned what to do with our Scoutmaster’s help and through our training.”
“I like our troop because it’s small and we’re all good friends,” assistant senior patrol leader Bob Burns said. “We work together to help the new scouts coming in, teach them what they need to know and let them know how everything works. We make sure everyone feels welcomed.”
Six scouts were honored for reaching the rank of First Class: Steven Fechtner, Mitchell Kramer, Jaden Mossman, Jacob Monnett, Colin Motzny and Christopher Pearson.
Shark Patrol Leader Mossman represented his peers, lighting the ceremonial candle for the First Class rank.
The newest member of Troop 383, Kevin Carroll, was recognized for earning the rank of Scout.
Nearly 50 merit badges were presented.
Orland Park Boy Scout Troop 383 is a national award-winning troop in the Nishnabec District of the Calumet Council of Boy Scouts. It is chartered by the village of Orland Park Veterans Commission.
Membership is open to boys up to 18 who have earned the Cub Scouts Arrow of Light or have completed fifth grade.
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