Ryan Sinclair, 18, has earned the highest and most coveted award presented by the Boy Scouts of America: the rank of Eagle Scout. He began his Scouting career as a Cub Scout in Pack 115 of Traverse City. Upon moving to Rockford, Sinclair continued Scouting in Boy Scout Troop 228, which is chartered by Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. Sinclair is a member of the Nacha Tindey Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, which recognizes Scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. When asked what he enjoyed the most, Sinclair enthusiastically replied that his favorite experiences were, in addition to camping, spending his summers on the Cub Scout staff at Gerber Scout Camp in Twin Lake. He is currently beginning his third year as the Trading Post manager at Cub Scout Adventureland. For his Eagle project, Sinclair saw a need for spectator and player benches at a local ball diamond. He designed and managed the building and installation of these benches at Ashley Baptist Church in Belding, where he is a member. During the execution of the project, he demonstrated his leadership abilities and organizational skills. He is now one of approximately five percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the rank of Eagle Scout and joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Roger B. Chaffee, cinematographer Steven Spielberg and the former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA Director, Robert Gates. Sinclair is a 2012 graduate of Rockford High School and plans to pursue a career in computer technology. He is the son of Clyde and Deborah Sinclair of Rockford.
Boy Scout Troop 228
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.
Ryan Siekman of Boy Scout Troop 228 was presented with Boy Scouts’ highest rank, Eagle Scout, at a special Court of Honor ceremony on March 6 at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. Siekman, the son of Dale and Cindy Siekman, began his Scouting career as a Cub Scout in 1998 with Pack 3228. During that time, he earned several belt loops, arrow points and Cub Scouts’ highest award, the Arrow of Light. He crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 228 in 2004. On his road to Eagle Scout, Siekman hiked over 100 miles, camped 50 nights and accumulated over 1,000 hours of community service. He has served his troop as a Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader and was elected by his fellow Scouts to the Order of the Arrow, a national Boy Scout honor society. He has earned 26 merit badges and the Polar Bear and Good Turn for Scouting awards. He has also served the local Gerald R. Ford Boy Scout Council as a counselor in training at Gerber Scout Camp. For his Eagle Scout project, Siekman planned, constructed and installed a chicken coop for the Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Education Center in Lowell. “Ryan exemplifies what it is to be a Scout and a leader,” according to Assistant Scoutmaster Lonnie Herrington. In addition to Scouting, this 17-year-old junior at Rockford High School is very active both in and out of school. He has earned letters in academics, sports and music. He is a member of the varsity rugby team, RHS marching band, and wind ensemble concert band. He attends Bella Vista Church and is a member of the Student Leader and Mentor program (SLAM), where he brings his leadership skills gained as a Scout to help guide younger students. He has dedicated time during summer and winter breaks to mission trips both in the inner city of Grand Rapids and the Winnebago Indian Tribe in Winnebago, Nebraska, where he is a favorite among the kids on the reservation. Siekman is looking forward to a career in which he can serve and honor God, but is unsure where that road will lead. He is currently exploring several local Christian colleges to continue his formal schooling.
FUN WITH A PURPOSE—Members of Boy Scout Troop 228, Collin Gates, Andrew March and Trevor Carlson, help the Webelos learn knot-tying skills. Boy Scout Troop 228 held their annual Cub Scout open house on November 5. The event is designed to give the Webelos-level Cub Scouts the opportunity to experience the next level of Scouting by visiting a Boy Scout troop. “Scouting is fun with a purpose,” according to Scoutmaster Jim Grissom. “The goal of Scouting is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. As a troop, the boys strive to grow in moral strength and character, to practice participating citizenship and develop physical, mental and emotional fitness.” Following the opening flag ceremony, the younger Scouts attended different work stations set up by the troop members. Each station allowed the older boys to demonstrate their skills in areas such as pocket knife safety, knot tying and outdoor cooking. Troop 228, chartered to Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, is open to any boy in grades 6-12 or have completed Cub Scout Webelos. To learn more about becoming a member, contact Scoutmaster Jim Grissom at (616) 361-6964.
Boy Scout Troop 228 held a Court of Honor Thursday evening, Aug. 27, at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. The evening began with a pot-luck dinner, followed by the Court of Honor. The Court of Honor opened with the presentation of the flag, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Scout Master Jim Grissom conducted the meeting and was assisted by Assistant Scout Master Lonnie Herrington, recognizing both Scouts and adult leaders for their leadership and accomplishments. The following Scouts were introduced as the newly elected troop leaders: • Senior Patrol Leader, Brandon Sinclair • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Isaac Blenman • Patrol Leaders, Adam Trapp, Andrew March, Kaeleb Brown and Andrew Manning Scouts and adult leaders, inducted into Scouting’s Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow (OA), were also recognized. The OA sets out to recognize those youth and adult Scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. The following individuals were “called out” this summer while at Camp Gerber: Jeff Agar, John Agar, Isaac Blenman, Nate Finneran, Brett Garchow, Britt Gauthier, Andrew Manning, Rick Manning, Brandon Sinclair, and Ryan Sinclair. The following individuals advanced to the Brotherhood level of the OA: Evan Cederquist, Jim March, Adam Trapp, and Kaeleb Brown. The following Scouts advanced in rank: • Tenderfoot—Trevor Carlson, Jacob Clapp, Ryan Yarger • 2nd Class Scout—Ryan Yarger • 1st Class Scout—William Gauthier, Nathaniel Gomez, Thomas Gomez, Austin Walters • Star—Kaeleb Brown, Gregory Clapp • Life—Andrew March, Tyler Winkles Eagle Scout Taylor Grissom received the Bronze Palm for additional achievement and his leadership. A total of 128 Merit Badges for subjects such as Citizenship in the Nation, First Aid, Camping, Space Exploration and Personal Fitness were awarded to 38 Scouts. With more than 100 Merit Badges to choose from, Scouts are encouraged to increase their skills and to learn about new areas of knowledge. The evening ended with the announcement of coming activities and the retiring of the Colors.