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Boy Scouts Receive Recognition From Their Community During a Court of Honor


Troop 382 at the Court of Honor Sept. 28th. Back row (L-R): Adam Trotter, Mike Begley, Andrew Trotter, Ethan Long, Lane Christensen and Noah Begley. Middle row (L-R): John Blegen, Magnus Trembath, William Bastian, Hayden Christensen, Evander Long and Daryl Auwen. Front row (L-R): Quin Reilly and Alexander Auwen.

Boy Scout Troop 382 was recognized at a Court of Honor Wednesday, Sept. 28th in Watford City, for making rank requirements and fulfilling merit badge requirements. Troop Master Daryl Auwen has been leading Troop 382 for a year, and in that time, the troop has doubled in size with 13 members currently.

The boys had a lot of fun at this year's Wilderness Camp, which is a weeklong opportunity for them to put their skills into practice. While being immersed in the outdoors, they took part in activities like fishing, archery, shot-gun shooting, kayaking, and canoeing. During the camp, a violent storm came through the area, and camp staff moved everyone into the basement of a shelter, and when the storm was over, trees were down and vehicles were damaged. The inclement weather caused the troop to have to relocate to a new campsite, but also impressed upon them the importance of being prepared in all situations, which is what Boy Scouts is all about.

In the last year, Troop 382 has doubled in size and the current 13 troop members earned 44 merit badges that were given out during the Court of Honor.

"I was involved in scouts," said Eagle Scout and Troop Master Auwen. "When troop 382 ended up without a Troop Master, I was volunteering on the Boy Scout committee, and decided to step in."

Boy Scouts allows members to choose from 30 skill sets, with 121 merit badges available; scouts can choose the badges they earn based on their interests, and each merit badge has a different set of requirements that must be met before receiving it. Badges include camping, first aid, cooking, and journalism, and all Boy Scout Troops need merit badge consolers to volunteer their time, and teach kids specific skill sets.

Quin Reilly catches the big one to earn his fishing merit badge.

Troop 382 meet once a week at the First Lutheran Church in Watford City. The church serves as the troop's charter, or sponsor, providing them a meeting place. The troop does service projects for their charter, such as flag ceremonies, as well as their surrounding community.

Troop 382 would like to thank the community for their support in all past and present activities. If anyone has a service project they'd like the boys to work on, or is interested in joining, please contact Auwen at 806-236-2583. If anyone would like to make a donation, please call Mark Honstein at 701-692-0221.

"Both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are a great opportunity for boys of all ages," Auwen commented.


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