Troop conducts Court of Honor

Fredonia Boy Scout Troop 267, sponsored by American Legion Post 59, recently held a Court of Honor. The evening began with the advancement of colors and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Senior Patrol Duke Medema. Chaplain Walter Sedlmayer led the invocation. Committee Chairman Paul Wallenhorst welcomed the Scouts and their families.

Scoutmaster Christopher Eichmann presented the Tenderfoot rank advancement badge to Christopher Annear, Zachary Dawley and Colton Kuzdal; Second Class rank badge to Bob Johnston; and First Class rank badge to John Banach, Glen Bennett, Michael Block, Elijah Robb and Joshua Tuggy. Service stars were presented to Bennett, Block, Johnston and Robb for one year; Andrew Field, Duke Medema, Brandon Powell and Jamison Ryan for two years; Adam Essek and Chris Miller for three years; Tim Cerrie for four years; Cody Cunningham for six years; and Assistant Scoutmaster Dennis Bouquin for three years. Merit badges were presented to John Banach, Jordan Cooley, Corey Dawley, Adam Essek, Andrew Field, Jack Fiorella, Corey Haertel, Casey Huber, Scott MacKinnon, Christopher Miller, Ty Miller, Brandon Powell and Jamison Ryan. The merit badges included Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Camping, Snow Sports and Coin Collecting.

Life Scout Andrew Field was recognized for being selected as the Chautauqua County American Legion Scout of the Year. Charter Organization Representative Ron Bouquin presented the Troop with a plaque recognizing Troop 267 as the American Legion 8th District Troop of the Year.

Messenger of Peace awards were presented to the Scouts for participation in caroling at the County Home and for the annual Spring Scouting for Food Drive. Troop 267 qualified for Scouting’s Gold level Journey to Excellence program for the second consecutive year. This program measures unit quality using many parameters for the Scouts, Leaders, and Troop Committee. Program activities, including plans for summer camp at Elk Lick Scout Reserve near Smethport, Pa., and for the High Adventure canoe trip to Algonquin Provincial Park were reviewed for the summer. A slide presentation of the various activities from the past school year was viewed.

The evening concluded with the retiring of colors. Baked desserts, punch, and coffee were served with Holly Field, Kathy Rock and Deni Trippi in charge of refreshments.

Troop 267 meets Mondays at 7 p.m at Memorial Post 59, 156 E. Main St. in Fredonia and is open to all boys who are at least 11 years of age or have completed the fifth grade. Troop 267 maintains a website that can be found with a simple search, and can be found on Facebook. Information about joining Scouting can also be found online at