Family and friends celebrated the 3rd annual Scoutreach year-end banquet on Thursday, May 7, at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Hartsville. A total of 31 scouts representing Southside Early Childhood Center (Pack 500), Washington Street Elementary (Pack 542), Thornwell School for the Arts (Pack 543), and West Hartsville Elementary (Pack 544) were recognized for their achievements during the 2014-15 school year.
Scoutreach is a program of the Boy Scouts of America, which is based on values, learning by doing and interacting with fun and positive role models. All scouts received a certificate of accomplishment for completing the year. Southside 4K and 5K students participate in the Scoutreach Learning for Life Program, which teaches the same values as the Cub Scout program for older boys. Den leaders, Jarwon Lucas and Chyrstal Taylor presented the Student of the Year award to Brayden Little. Maleek McCall received the Most Achieved award.
The Washington Street Cub Scout program presented the Scout of the Year award to Zechariah Brown. Dereon Rufus and Jeremiah James tied for the Most Achieved award.
Thornwell School for the Arts recognized Toney Cotton as the Scout of the Year. Logan Dilley and Sam Johnson tied for Most Achieved.
Showing school pride, West Hartsville had the most scouts in attendance. Den leader, Jaron Sanders proudly recognized each member of Pack 544. Fourth grader Timothy Webb was recognized for completing all the Webelos handbook pin requirements. Fifth grader Ken Dix was awarded the Past Scout of the Month award because he always remembered to wear his uniform on scout day.
“Scout Nathan Tolson is highly respectful and always represents scouts well. He also befriends everyone, he isn’t afraid to mingle and have fun,” says Sanders.
The banquet also served as a graduation for older scouts. “Scouts Johnny Flores-Perez and Reginald Cabbagestalk are leaving West Hartsville to go on to Hartsville Middle School, but have truly left a lasting impression and example for the all the rising fourth grade scouts. Clifton Davis and Robert Scott are also heading on to the middle school. They are truly the kind of scout every leader needs. They follow directions, always use their manners and are highly family oriented. They also encourage other scouts to do their best and not be afraid to try,” says Sanders.
After the ceremony the scouts played games and enjoyed the bounce house.