Boy Scout troop leaders…
To the Editor,
My name is Carter and I am a Boy Scout from Troop 53 in Rushford. I want to bring up a topic that is not discussed nearly enough, the effort put in by the troop leaders. The leader of Troop 53, Tom Butterfield, is as good a troop leader as you will find. In my two years of Scouting, I have noticed the amount of work that Tom does for the Scouts. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the Boy Scout camps were closed. At Scout camps, merit badges are selected to do that you wouldn’t normally be able to complete. It is vital if you have your eyes set on the Eagle Scout Rank. One of Tom’s goals is to get every boy to their Eagle Scout Rank. With the camps closing, this would be difficult. Knowing this, Tom decided to have our own camp in Rushford. He and Wayne Johnson worked for weeks in advance, setting up tarps, an American flag, and areas for our tents. He found merit badge counselors such as Tina Darr, Jack and Jill O’Donnell, and Dennis Overland, who coached us through our selected merit badges all week. By the end of the week, I had completed the Wilderness Survival, Citizenship in the Community, Metal Working, and Wood Carving merit badges along with learning a lot of new skills. After camp, Tom and Wayne took all of it down. Tom worked very hard to pull this off, and we are very grateful for his effort.