Monette Troop 129 holds Court of Honor

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Monette Troop 129, Boy Scouts of America, members and their families gathered to celebrate the hard work and achievements of the troop and individual scouts in a Court of Honor held Jan. 16 at the Monette Volunteer Fire Station.

Monette Troop 129, from left: Back -- Peyton Milligan, Larry Tilley, Jace Couch, Griffin Varner, Drake Pipkin, Cannon Smith, Matthew Fraser, Andrew McFarlin, Gunner Bolar. Front -- Conner McCord, Taylor Gibson, Ty Finch, Blaine Wildy, Jon Marshal Milligan, Will Jackson, Dax Hurst, Chanse Rose, Hank Hurst.

The evening began with Senior Patrol Leader Dax Hurst leading the Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath, and opening prayer.

Scoutmaster Mark Hurst welcomed parents in attendance and gave a brief overview of activities over the last several months.

Dax Hurst and Jon Marshall Milligan then presented rank advancement awards. Several boys were awarded their Scout Rank: Jace Couch, Andrew McFarlin, Blaine Wildy, Ty Finch, Connor McCord, Gunner Bolar, and Taylor Gibson. Drake Pipkin and Chanse Rose were awarded the rank of Second Class Scout, and Dax Hurst was awarded the rank of Star Scout.

Many merit badges were also awarded to members of Troop 129: Griffin Varner, Indian lore and leatherwork; Larry Tilley, archery, canoeing, motor boating, and woodcarving; Cannon Smith, archery, fishing, and fly fishing; Chanse Rose, woodcarving; Kyle Rollins, art, sculpture, basketry, leatherwork, and space exploration; Drake Pipkin, leatherwork; Peyton Milligan, Indian lore and leatherwork; Jon Milligan, fishing, fly fishing, and leatherwork; Will Jackson, leatherwork, motor boating, and rifle shooting; Matthew Fraser, fish and wildlife, soil and water conservation, Indian lore, and motor boating; Dax Hurst, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the community, fish and wildlife, soil and water conservation, Indian lore, and space exploration.

Griffin Varner and Peyton Milligan were recognized for membership in the Order of the Arrow.

Scoutmaster Hurst concluded the evening by thanking those people who make scouting possible: The city of Monette, Mayor Qualls, The Monette Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Chief Bob Blankenship, Assistant Scoutmaster Bob Hurst Sr. and Bob Hurst Jr., and all of the parents for their continued support of the Troop and Scouting.

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