Gateway District Chairman Brian Boehm
Dear Three Harbors Council and Gateway District family,
A very special time in my life came to an end Saturday during an Eagle Court of Honor. Here are some quick numbers to a very special Scout patrol that is now aging out. Seven Scouts...all LIFE Scouts, FOUR became EAGLE Scouts!
Troop 544....PINE TREE PATROL
2,300: Amount of service hours these seven Scouts gave to the community in road cleanup, triathlon volunteering, Order of the Arrow Cheerful Service, High Adventure
service projects, and four very special Eagle Scout projects.
14,000: That is the amount of laundry in pounds the Pine Tree Patrol shared with their moms over the years.
1,100: Collective total of nights camping that these seven Scouts spent in the great outdoors, enjoying each other’s company and all the wonderful opportunities that Scouting has to offer.
223 : Amount of dirty socks that never made it back home due to family safety concerns.
97 : That is the amount of fishing lures Mr. Kruse had to untangle or lost helping these seven Scouts during summer camp fishing.
43 : No,that is not the amount of times Mr. Carlson taught the first-aid Merit Badge to Scouts, that is the amount of times he performed first-aid on these seven Scouts!!!
34: That is the collective total of High Adventures trips these seven Scouts and their parents went on. (20 for Scouts / 14 for Adults)
27: That is the number of bottles of Aleve and Ibuprofen I personally took to survive these trips with these seven Scouts over the past seven years. I will be seeing my doctor on Monday to check my liver. (Mr. Kreuser affectionately calls one...Vitamin I)
7: That is how many of these seven Scouts made it to Life Scout. I am very proud of all seven. I too am a Life for Life Scout. Seven is also the number of Triple Crowns achieved with this Pine Tree patrol family. (4-Scouts / 3-Adults)
4: That is how many of these seven Scouts achieved Scouting’s highest rank...Eagle Scout. Tremendous achievement!
1: There is only ONE Pine Tree Patrol...you Scouts are the best!
11: That is the amount of times Mr. Woller condemned / quarantined their smelly tents for health reasons. These seven Scouts learned how to sleep under the stars...literally.
0: Zero...That is the amount of days I regret being with these seven Scouts and their families. It has been my privilege and honor to share in their personal growth and life experiences over these years in Boy Scouts. I learned so much from you Nathan, Brad, Ben, Jacob, Alec, Karl and Trevor.... I thank you so much!
All in the Scouting Spirit!
Proud former Scoutmaster - Troop 544, Pleasant Prairie, WI
Mr. Boehm - Gateway District Chairman