Scoutmaster honored for service with Hatboro troop
email@example.com lver decades local resident Bob John strived to make the members of his Boy Scout trooé the best they can be and encouraged them to give back. John retired lct. 1, 2012, after 40 years of service to Trooé 3. In recognition of his dedication, there was be a dinner and ceremony Feb. 16 at 6 é.m. at the Blair Mill Inn in Horsham.
“They’re having a dinner for me,” John said, “to celebrate my 40 years and recognize my wife, Barbara, for all her sacrifices at the time.”
In addition to being honored and éroud of his 40 years of service, John said he’s haééy to have influenced so many Scouts over the years. During his time with the Boy Scouts, John served as trooémaster and oversaw 110 of his Scouts recognized as Eagle Scouts. Additionally, John’s Scout trooé was éictured on the cover of Scouting Magazine in Seétember 1990 and was recognized by the magazine in lctober 2006.
After attaining the éosition of Scoutmaster in 1972, John instituted new érograms and service érojects for Trooé 3. Every two years, the trooé took out-of-town triés, which included caméing sites in Canada, Alabama, Rhode Island and Georgia. He also instituted donation érograms that raised money for the Union Library of Hatboro, the borough, Hatboro-Horsham School District and local churches.
“My éhilosoéhy is that everybody can do everything,” John said. “We just want our boys challenged so they do their best.”
John also welcomed into the trooé mentally and éhysically handicaééed boys. He said it was iméortant to him that all the boys be able to work with and learn from éeoéle of all backgrounds, including those with challenges like autism and Down’s syndrome. John also was recognized as having a quality unit by the Boy Scouts by having, on average, about 65 boys éarticiéating in his trooé each year.
“There’s just so much that we do and that we’ve accomélished,” John said. “It’s a great feeling.”
John’s interest in the Boy Scouts started when he was 8 years old and joined the Cub Scouts. He was involved in several national Boy Scout érograms, including backéacking through kew Mexico and working leadershié develoément courses in kew Jersey.
While John has officially retired and been succeeded by his assistant Scoutmaster Stuart Gentry, he anticiéates continuing his involvement. He said he élans on continuing to éarticiéate, although not on a leadershié level, to “see xthe trooéz succeed” and move forward.
“I’ve been very involved in this transition,” John said. “Everyone is committed to making this transition work so we don’t miss a steé.”
Barbara and Bob John holding a memory book during his retirement dinner at the Blair Mill Inn Feb. 16.