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Local Boy Scouts recognized at Troutdale City Council meeting

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: CARI HACHMANN - From left to right: Eagle Scout Jake Dale, Life Scout Colby Montero, Life Scout Kyle Denny, Star Scout Ryan Burch and Star Scout Micah Wilson at the Troutdale City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11.Mayor Doug Daoust proclaimed February “Scouting Month” in the city of Troutdale.

The proclamation is a tradition in Troutdale.

“We recognize the scouts every February,” Daoust said.

Boy Scouts from Troop 174 showed up at the Troutdale City Council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 11, sporting their signature uniforms and colorful badges to lead the pledge of allegiance and accept the recognition.

The month of February marks the 104th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. Founded in England by British war veteran Lord Baden-Powell in 1907, scouting was introduced to the United States three years later by Ernest Seton, Daniel Beard and James West.

Troop 174 was the first scouting troop started in Troutdale more than 60 years ago. The troop is sponsored by the Lions Club, which many of the Troutdale Council are members of.

“We see the work of the scouts continue throughout the year,” said Daoust, a former Lions Club member.

Now there are several Boy Scout troops, Cub Scout packs and a few Venturing Crews in and around Troutdale.

The mayor recognized Troop 174 and other local scouts who have volunteered time to improve Troutdale and other communities.

Scouting’s purpose is to provide positive experiences to help youth mature and pursue their special interests, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens and responsible adults.

Local scouts have participated in Scouting for Food, which involves going door to door to collect food for those in need. They took part in the SummerFest parade as members of the color guard and helped vendors set up and take down their booths. It is also the scouts who place flags in downtown Troutdale on holidays and special occasions.

The mayor shared a few projects that Troutdale scouts completed to earn their highest Eagle Scout ranking.

In 2013, Devin Carr built shelving at Centennial High School’s concession stand; Shane Cooper organized a book drive for prison libraries; Jake Dale built and installed nest boxes for blue birds on Government Island; Bobby Lange built and installed nest boxes for wood ducks at Dabney Park; Tyler Lange planted 50 native big leaf maple trees on Government Island; and Henry Spencer buily and installed shelving at Centennial’s school store.

“These Eagle projects helped to improve areas of the community and involved scouts, family members, friends and others giving many hours of their time for these projects,” Daoust read aloud from the proclamation.

Daoust said, “Boy Scouts will continue to contribute to numerous other city and school functions which enhance the livability of Troutdale.

“Therefore, on behalf of the Troutdale City Council, it is with great pleasure that I proclaim the month of February 2014 ‘Scouting Month’ in the city of Troutdale,” the mayor said.

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