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Scouting for Food benefits NKCS

April 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

Across the country, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts recently joined together for the annual Scouting for Food campaign. In the Rockford area, Boy Scout Troop 282 chartered to North Kent Presbyterian Church, Troop 228 chartered to Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, and Cub Scout Pack 3285 from Crestwood Elementary School collected food items to benefit North Kent Community Services. “The generosity of the Rockford community really shows each year during the Scout food drive,” according to parent Guy McLellan of Troop 282. Two large food collection containers were filled by the local Scouts just in time to meet the increased need for food items during the local schools’ spring break. Scouting for Food began in 1988 as part of the Good Turn for America initiative. Each year collection bags are distributed throughout neighborhoods for families to place items in the bag and leave on their front porch. Scouts then return at a designated time to pick up the donations. These are then redistributed to local food banks to help stock their shelves. Each year over 100,000 items are collected and redistributed throughout the Gerald R. Ford Council area, which services 12 counties in West Michigan. Members of Boy Scout Troops 282 and 228 and Cub Scout Pack 3285 would like to thank everyone who donated items to make this year’s drive another success to help fight hunger in our community.  

Scouts celebrate 87th Cub Scout birthday

March 17, 2011 // 0 Comments

Cub Scout Pack 3285 from Crestwood Elementary School celebrated the 87th birthday of Cub Scouting in the United States at their annual Blue and Gold Banquet on February 11 at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. They also honored their members for their rank advancements during the special evening of ceremonies. Earning Cub Scouting’s highest award, the Arrow of Light, was Webelos 2 Scout Sean McLellan. A fifth-grader, McLellan has been active in Pack 3285 since he began Scouting in first grade. During this time, he earned his all his Cub Scout rank awards, numerous belt loops and pins for sports and academic accomplishments, nine arrow points and 15 Webelos pins. To earn this award, he was required to complete only eight activity badges in addition to learning the Boy Scout oath, motto, slogan and law, and taking part in camping and troop activities with an older Boy Scout troop. The Arrow of Light is the only Cub Scout award that carries over to the Boy Scout level. Members of the Boy Scout Order of the Arrow, a national honor group of Boy Scouts, conducted a special crossover ceremony from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting. McLellan was welcomed by members of Boy Scout Troop 282 during the ceremony. Each den was also recognized for their achievements in special ceremonies. The 10 members of the second-grade den, Gavin Fredericks, Jack Gavan, Isaac Gould, Ian Henschell, Liam Knisley, Matthew Luxhoj, Michael Rozzano, Jackson Smith, Daniel Triesenberg and Zebb VanderKooy, received their Wolf Rank under the leadership of Tom Triesenberg and Kurt Henschell. Fourth-grade members Evan Coberly and Justin Fraula were awarded their Webelos rank with the guidance of their leader Greg Coberly. Scout leadership for the Pack was also passed from the Webelos 2 to the Webelos during a special ceremony. Members of the Tiger and Bear dens were rewarded with achievement beads that are used to track their progress in achieving their rank awards. Adult members Kelly and Guy McLellan were also recognized by the parents for their service to the Pack since 2007. Kelly served as Cub master and den leader and Guy as Pack committee chair. Pack members also took part in a special Scout/male adult partner cake bake contest with people’s choice awards given to the top three […]

Shuitman’s celebrate 50th anniversary

September 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

Bert and Linda Schuitman will be married 50 years on Thursday, September 9, 2010. They were married on September 9, 1960 at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church in Rockford. Their children are Scott and Dawn Schuitman and Susan and David Bilski of Rockford. Their grandchildren are Kari, Kevin (Kasie) and Kelli Schuitman, Amanda (Randy) Branderhorst, Andrew, Michael and Steven Bilski, and great-granddaughter Gracie. The Schuitman’s celebrated this very special occasion with family trips to Traverse City and Mackinaw.

Area groups install computers for Pine Ridge Reservation

August 27, 2009 // 0 Comments

During the second week of August, a group from Kent County installed 75 computers divided among eight community youth centers on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Home of the Lakota (incorrectly called Sioux) people, most of the reservation is in Shannon County, which is known as the poorest county in the United States. The project was a joint effort involving six people, Grand Valley State University (GVSU), the Rockford Rotary Club, Bostwick Lake Congregational UCC, Rockford Ace Hardware, and Van’s Delivery Service of Comstock Park. Two years ago, GVSU planned to replace many of its personal computers. Since the disposal cost runs as high as $100 per computer, GVSU looked for nonprofit organizations that could use the computers. Paul Jorgensen, of the School of Computing and Information Systems at GVSU, had been taking church groups to Pine Ridge since 1999, and he knew how to get things started. He contacted Carolyn Tail, wife of Eli Tail, a respected Lakota Elder. Carolyn originally lined up seven community youth centers, and in June of this year, Jorgensen visited each of them. Word spread, and an eighth community center was added (see the map). Through much of July, Jorgensen and David Lange (also of the SCIS) transported the PCs from GVSU to a warehouse at Van’s Delivery Service, where they took each computer apart, removed the hard drives and replaced the BIOS batteries. They also used a shop vacuum to blow the five-year accumulation of dust out of each PC. Also in July, Jorgensen and Todd Olson, vice president of Van’s, made a presentation to the Rockford Rotary Club, where both are active members. The result was a generous gift to rent a 16-foot truck from the Rockford Ace Hardware store. Pete Kruer, owner of the store, and another Rotarian, gave the group a rental truck at a discount price. The physical work began in the first week of August, when Pat Bailey, a professor at Calvin College, and Dan and Dave Davis of the Bostwick Lake church, joined Jorgensen and Lange to inventory 80 monitors purchased from CompRenew in Grand Rapids. The monitors and PCs all had to be packed on pallets. The first try didn’t work too well, so all the monitors were removed […]