Moving Up to Boy Scouts

November 24th, 2008 by Peter Schmelzer

For the past several years, I have served the Cub Scouts in Northfield as a Den Leader, Cubmaster, Committee Member and a Charter Organization Representative. These have been fun years!

Now I am stepping up as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 313 in Northfield. Troop 313 is chartered by St. John’s Lutheran Church and is one of the oldest troops in the district. I’ll be accepting the leadership reins from Kent Smith, who has provided fine leadership for the past seven years.

I’m excited about Boy Scouts. As an Eagle Scout, I understand the value each boy can receive and give back to the troop and society at large. My role will be to guide the boys as they lead their troop, helping them learn leadership and core values while having a lot of fun, since much of the program involves outdoor activities of all sorts.

Interesting: The value of leadership popped up several times while I attended the American Institute of Architects Convention in Minneapolis this month. Once regarding the success of a national restaurant chain’s vision and once regarding successful operation of architecture firms. This hardened my resolve to help our youth learn to lead and to follow, which is core to becoming men of good character and strong citizens.

If your son falls into the 11-17 age group and is interested in camping, climbing, hiking, and team work, I invite your inquiry. Troop 313 meets every Monday night at 7:00pm, except when there is no school, in the lower level at St. John’s.

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