A celebration and tribute to Boy Scouts of America took the form of Boy Scout Sunday at United Methodist Church Sunday morning. “Today, we are celebrating Scouting, in our community, nation and world,” said Eric Turner, scoutmaster of Troop 120.

A celebration and tribute to Boy Scouts of America took the form of Boy Scout Sunday at United Methodist Church Sunday morning. “Today, we are celebrating Scouting, in our community, nation and world,” said Eric Turner, scoutmaster of Troop 120. He reported that during the past year, the troop, earned 42 rank advancements, 247 merit badges and logged more than 1,000 community service hours. He noted that scouting is an activity for a lifetime. “Many who get involved to support their sons and daughters somehow find it hard to stop,” Turner stated. “The mentoring through scouting is a valuable resource that helps to support and reinforce strong family values in addition to those learned at home.” Scouting is about learning and the daily practice of good moral values, leadership skills and development, good citizenship and faith in God, Turner said. “It is our faith in God which makes all other development in our lives possible,” he said. “All of these principles affect us and those around us for a lifetime.” In his remarks, Turner also recognized Scoutmaster Chris Ruppel and the other members of Troop 121, which is chartered by the Chillicothe Elks Lodge and Grace Episcopal Church, who also were in attendance. Mike Gerhardt, who has served for more than 30 summers on the Boy Scout Camp Geiger staff and has served as a member of the Mic-O-Say Leadership Team and Tribal Council, was the guest speaker for Sunday’s program. He became involved in scouting when he was 10 years old and attained the rank of Eagle Scout when he was 14. In his remarks, Gerhardt reflected upon his childhood – being one of eight children – and how his character was shaped by a large and close family structure, parents with the U.S. Marine Corps service, an active church life, caring teachers and many Boy Scout friends and leaders. He told those gathered that God was going to put a lot people in their lives – some of them good, and some of them bad. “My challenge to you is to identify those good people in those good programs that God is going to put in your path,” he said. “Identify those people: your family, your friends, your teachers, Scout leaders, your church leaders. Identify those good people and listen to them. Listen to them as they give you advice as they try to get you to do this, or to do that. As my mother said quite a few times, “I think it’d be good for you.” Sunday’s program was led by the Boy Scouts. Dustin Buell, student ministry leader, welcomed those in attendance. Head greeters were Dennis and Sherry Savage. Greeters were Scott and Mary Cady, and Chris and Barbie  Cothern. The head usher was Brady Bernskoetter and ushers were Gabe Peterson, Gage Leamer, Brock Ward, Shane Murphy, Gavin Funk. Acolytes were Parker Savage and Clayton Savage. Liturgists were Edison Turner, Cayleb Cothern, Noah Crowe, Hayden Chapman, Josh Meservey. The Color Guard was comprised of Matthew Laferney (senior patrol leader), Ben Pithan, Rylan Phillips, Jonas Bernskoetter, Ryder Rempel. Presentations were made by Eric Turner, PRAY coordinator, and Angela Turner, Pack 120 Cubmaster, to recipients of the God and Family and God and Church awards. Those recognized for completing the God & Family program: Jonas Bernskoetter, Lucas Gramenz, Hayden Chapman, Colton Sullivan, Aaron Saul, Braden Mitchell, William Gauthier, Cole Hidy, Bryce Sieveking, Cristian Jimenez, Jaishon White, Gabe Meneely, Carter Lucas. Those recognized for completing the God & Church Program: Rylan Phillips, Gavin Funk, Noah Crowe, Cayleb Cothern, Edison Turner, Shane Murphy, Parker Savage, Clayton Savage, Layfe Chapman. Special recognition was given to Cameron Williams, who earned the Light of Christ last year and soon will be awarded the Parvuli Dei award at St. Columban’s Catholic Church. Eric Turner led the Eagle Scout presentation of Andrew Smith. Smith is the son of Vince and Jill Smith. “Becoming an Eagle Scout is a great accomplishment; being an Eagle Scout is an even greater responsibility,” Turner stated. “The Scout Oath and Law take on new meaning; the motto and slogan take on new urgency.” The foremost obligation of an Eagle Scout is to live with honor, Turner stated. “To the Eagle Scout, honor is the foundation of all character.” Turner went on to explain the Eagle Scout’s obligations also of loyalty, being courageous, providing service to others and vision. “As a leader, he must continue to blaze his own trail,” Turner said. “Just as a bald eagle soaring high above the ground can look far into the distance, so too the Eagle must look for into the future. Many people will follow him. Only with vision will he lead them in the right direction.” Another presentation made Sunday was the Training Award given to Vince Smith. Smith has served as an assistant Scoutmaster and helped with many fundraisers, campouts and service projects since 2010. He has completed all the required training plus all the supplement training necessary for his position in the troop.