Eight Scouts advance, Larsen installed as SPL
By Tom Collignon
Eight Mobridge Boy Scouts were recognized with advancement awards at a Court of Honor on Thursday conducted by the Mobridge Rotary Boy Scout Troop 65.
Tyler Larsen, son of Amy and Tony Larsen, was awarded the rank of Life Scout. This is the fifth rank for Tyler and puts him in a position to earn Eagle Scout next. Tyler has been a Star Scout for more than six months, participated in church and community service projects, served on the Senior Patrol Leaders staff as Troop Scribe keeping records of Scout attendance and participation, taught scouting skills to new Scouts and completed requirements for 16 of the 21 necessary merit badges to be an Eagle Scout. Some of those earned to date include: First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Family Life, Motor Boating, Personal Fitness, Camping and Environmental Science. In a separate ceremony Larsen was installed as the troop’s new Senior Patrol Leader. He will serve in that position for six months after being elected by his fellow scouts.
Britten Vogel, son of Karen and Dave Vogel, was awarded the First Class rank in a ceremony presided over by Senior Patrol Leader Larsen and Scoutmaster Mike Jerome. The First Class Rank is the third step on the path to Eagle and qualifies Britten to become one of the leaders in the Troop’s structure. Some of the requirements achieved by Britten were life saving skills including CPR and first aid certification, service to the community, physical fitness skills and outdoor activities.
Michael Borah, son of Amy and Todd Borah; Dylan Crossley, son of Amber Crossley; Braden Goehring and Bryston Goehring, sons of Candida and Paul Goehring; Tobie Hieb, son of Allen Hieb and Melanie Mertz; and Gabe Jerome, son of Michelle and Mike Jerome, received their Scout Badge during a Scout Investiture ceremony led by Troop Advancement Coordinator Dr. Marc McClellan. The new scouts are now able to begin work on the Tenderfoot rank, the next step toward Eagle Scout.
The Boy Scouts of America and the Mobridge Rotary Club are partners in providing Scouts with programs and activities that allow them to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence and reinforce ethical standards.