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Troop 878 holds Court of Honor

Friday, June 27, 2003 Posted 9:30 p.m. Reported by Don Gensler, Scoutmaster
On Sunday 22, 2003 Troop 878 held a Court of Honor. Prior to the Court of Honor a discussion of the 2005 National Jamboree was held. Eagle Scout Jacob Jarrett and Life Scout Brett Krug described the 2001 National Jamboree held at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia. The scouts were able to work on any merit badge that he wished to, from over one hundred badges. They were able to spend one and a half days touring Washington DC. The trip was a 13-day trip and unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

Fort A. P. Hill, located in the rolling hills of Caroline County, Virginia, near the towns of Fredericksburg and Bowling Green is an ideal facility to hold this major national Scout jamboree.

This 76,000-acre U.S. Army facility has served as the permanent site for the national Scout jamboree since 1981. The Boy Scouts of America uses approximately 3,000 acres of land to support a city of more than 40,000 Scouts and leaders. Program features reflect the skills of Scouting, our national heritage, physical fitness, environmental conservation, and the true spirit of Scouting. Daily activities include archery, bikathlon, buckskin games, confidence course, conservation programs, scuba, kayak fun, racing shell run, and raft encounters.

Regional action centers with rappelling towers are truly popular, as are trap shooting, an American Indian village, and the opening and closing arena shows, not to mention daily stage shows and many other activities. It's Scouting and American history at their very best!

The 2005 National Scout Jamboree will attract thousands of Scouts and leaders, and while it won't be the biggest city in Virginia, it will be the fastest growing on your day of arrival-July 25, 2005! Imagine 17,000 tents and 3,500 patrol kitchens popping up in a matter of hours. Amid the thousands of colorful tents that will house participants and provide program and support services, there is an infrastructure that provides a safe and secure environment at Fort A. P. Hill. Everything from bus and telephone systems to a hospital and first-aid stations, police and fire departments, post offices, food warehouses, a daily newspaper, and retail stores (trading posts) provide all the support and program services needed for an outstanding event. The cost will be above $1,100, but less than $1,500 and will end August 3rd. Broc Hovey has already signed up and more of the troop-s scouts are planning to go.

Jacob Jarrett open the Court Of Honor with Broc Hovey leading the Boy Scout Oath, and Patrick Tarmann leading the Scout Law.

Denis Rutledge, Scott Krug received the Totem Award Chip (knife safety and wood tools); Patrick Howell and Patrick Tarmann received the Cooking Merit Badge; Patrick Tarmann, Andy Krischel, Brett Krug and Scott Krug received the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge; Andy Krischel, and Brett Krug received the Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge. Brett Krug also received the Citizenship in the World Merit Badge, and the Collections Merit Badge

Broc Hovey was recognized as the new patrol leader, and he awarded Patrick Tarmann his Assistant Patrol leader patch, and Denis Rutledge his Quartermaster patch.

Denis Rutledge, and Scott Krug were recognized as new Scouts. Broc Hovey advanced to First Class and Brett Krug advance to Life scout. Brett also received his Eagle Scout packet; his scoutmaster challenged him to complete his Eagle rank on this time next year

The Illini Jamboree was discussed. Cost will be $33.00. Dates are September 5th, 6th, and 7th. We will be attending the U of I vs. ISU football game. The scouts will also enjoy two nights of camping with fireworks.

Troop 878 wishes to give Jan Hovey a big scouting thank you for putting together a list of merit badge counselors.

While at summer camp this year, fire destroyed the home of three scouts from Troop #106, Canton. The W. D. Boyce Council and Troop #106 are teaming up to help a local Scout family rebound from tragedy. On June 19th, while camping at Ingersoll Scout Reservation, the home of a Canton family was destroyed by fire. Three members of the family were Scouts. No injuries were reported. If you would like to help, please send your monetary donation to the

Scout Service Center,
Attn: Canton Fire Relief,
614 N E Madison Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603

Thank you for your help during their time of need.

If you are interested in joining the Minonk troop please contact Ron Redenius at 432-2320.