At a recent Court of Honor held by Troop 8 Boy Scouts, sponsored by the Sawkill Fire Department in Sawkill, N.Y., the following awards were presented:
Rank Advancements Tenderfoot Scout — Jonathan Bloom, DJ Masterson, Kenny Hanley, William McDonough, Conrad Witte, Patrick Snyder and Aiden Gardner.
Second Class Scout — Jonathan Bloom, Kenny Hanley, DJ Masterson, William McDonough, Nicholas Myer, Zachary Schmidt and Dillon Watzka.
First Class Scout — Nicholas Myer and Zachary Schmidt.
Star Scout — Russell Diers.
Life Scout — Russell Diers, William Reload and Patrick Watzka.
Merit badges Jonathan Bloom — First Aid, Geocaching and Public Speaking.
Christopher Decker — Search and Rescue.
Russell Diers — Citizenship in the Community and Emergency Preparedness.
Nathaniel Farmer — Music.
Aiden Gardner — First Aid. James Joy — Geocaching. DJ Masterson — First Aid.
William McDonough — First Aid, Family Life and Public Speaking.
Nathaniel Mitzel — Communications, Personal Fitness, Robotics, Space Exploration and First Aid.
Nicholas Myer — Snow Sports, Family Life, Public Speaking and Geocaching.
Zachary Schmidt — Geocaching and Snow Sports First Aid.
Tanner Scott — Camping, Geocaching, Law and Space Exploration
Patrick Snyder — First Aid.
Brendan Treloar — Drafting and Space Exploration.
William Treloar — Public Speaking and Space Exploration.
Patrick Watzka — Fishing, Geocaching and First Aid. Conrad Witte — First Aid. Milo Witte — Drafting and Space Exploration.
Attendance Bars 1 Year Bar — Jonathan Bloom.
2 Year Bar — Kenny Hanley, William McDonough, Nicolas Myers, Zachary Schmidt, Patrick Snyder, Dylan Watzka and Conrad Witte.
4 Year Bar — Russell Diers.
5 Year Bar — Nathaniel Farmer, Nathaniel Mitzel, Tanner Scott, William Treloar and Milo Witte.
6 Year Bar — Christopher Decker and Patrick Watzka.
7 Year Bar — Brendan Treloar.
1 Year — Kenny Hanley, DJ Masterson, William McDonough, Nicholas Myer, Zachary Schmidt, Patrick Snyder, Dylan Watzka and Conrad Witte. 2 Year — Aidan Gardner. 3 Year — Russell Diers and Ethan Montfort.
4 Year — Michael Bigler, Nathaniel Farmer, Eric Gorman, Nathaniel Mitzel, Tanner Scott, William Treloar and Milo Witte.
5 Year — Christopher Decker and Patrick Watzka.
6 Year — Brendan Treloar, James Joy and Hunter Wells.
The Troop 8 Scout of the Year Award and Medal was presented to William Treloar.
Winter Fest, Camp Henderson, Sawkill Invitational 12th Annual Campout, Scouting for Food, Popcorn and Coffee Sales, Winter Trek, Scout Show, First Aid Meet Patches and Ribbons were awarded and all Parade and Ceremony participations acknowledged.
Troop 8Scouts Russell Diers, Nicholas Myer, Tanner Scott, William Treloar and Milo Witte were nominated into the Half Moon Lodge No. 28 Order of the Arrow and performed their Ordeal Ceremonies. Scoutmaster Jim Treloar and Assistant Scout Master Paul Myer were elevated to Brotherhood. Additionally, Christopher Decker was elected as Chief of Half Moon Lodge No. 28.
Committee Chair Kim Decker completed the Catskill Fire Towers requirements, and Assistant Scout Master Mike Decker completed the Catskill 3500 Club requirements; patches awarded.
Rip Van Winkle Council Recognized Troop No. 8 for obtaining the Journey to Excellence Gold Award for 2016, Fair Share/Friends of Scouting GOLD Level Award (>135 percent of Goal), Highest Unit Total for Scouting for Food, Product Sales Total Popcorn Sold and Fair Share Highest Unit Total.
Selected to attend the 2017 National Scout
Jamboree as part of the Rip Van Winkle Council Contingency from Troop 8 were Scoutmaster Mike Decker, Senior Patrol Leader Christopher Decker, Patrol Leader Michael Bigler, Chaplain Nathaniel Farmer, Bugler Russell Diers, Assistant Quarter Master Tanner Scott, James Joy, Nathaniel Mitzel, Nicholas Myer and Zachary Schmidt.