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Pleasant Gap scouts honored with awards

PHOTO PROVIDED At left, from left, bear scouts Caiden Szmal, Cooper Smith, and Nick Stucky, and Webelos, Lyrix Mukluk and Eric Burns.

PLEASANT GAP –Cub Scout Pack 23 in Pleasant Gap awarded three bear scouts– Caiden Szmal and Cooper Smith — the Dr. Luis Walter Alvarez award. Two Webelos scouts — Lyrix Mukluk and Eric Burns — received the Dr. Charles H. Townes awards at an awards ceremony at the pavilion at the American Legion. By earning these awards, the scouts have shown a desire to learn about science and the scientific method.

In addition to earning the adventure loop or pin for their level, the scouts must learn about the scientist that the respective award is named after. Additional requirements include keeping a notebook of requirement completion that is shared with a supernova advisor, visit with a member of the community who works in a STEM related career, and create an experiment and report your results.

“The requirements for this award are nearly as difficult as the Eagle Scout Badge in Scouts BSA,” said cubmaster David Stucky during the award ceremony. These boys worked hard on the requirements, and despite the pandemic were able to meet with David, who performed the role of the supernova advisor for the pack.

In addition to the awarding of the supernova awards, four scouts “crossed over” from cub scouts to scouts BSA. The crossover signifies aging out of cub scouts and becoming a scout in scouts BSA. Many more adventures await these youth.

The scouts who crossed over are Eli Martin, Troop 66; Keegan Timblin,Troop 34; Eric Burns, Troop 66, and Lyrix Mukluk, Troop 66. Scouts were welcomed to their respective troops by the Scoutmasters Brian Segwick and Matt Coll and members of the troop. The scouts were presented with their green loops, which signify being a scout, and the neckerchiefs of their new troop.

PHOTO PROVIDED The scouts who crossed over are from left, Eli Martin, Keegan Timblin, Eric Burns and Lyrix Mukluk.

Finally, the scouts from Troop 66 camped at their site in Greens Valley before the ceremonies, and distributed fliers for scouting for food. Scouting for food is an event that has been taking place each November since 1989. Scouts distribute fliers on the first Saturday, and pickup food left on the following week. Donations collected in Pleasant Gap benefit the Pleasant Gap food bank. All scouts in Centre County participate.

Cub Scout Pack 23 is chartered by the Pleasant Gap Rotary Club and meets on the second, third, and fourth Monday of the month at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Pleasant Gap. Troop 34 is chartered by the Faith Methodist Church in Bellefonte and meets Mondays at 7 p.m. Troop 66 is chartered by the Pleasant Gap United Methodist Church in Pleasant Gap and meets Sundays at 7 p.m.

Please note, due to Covid 19, meeting locations have changed to online. The pack and both troops accept boys and girls. Cub scouts is intended for children aged 5 to 11; scouts BSA for young adults aged 11-18.

For more information on becoming a scout, please visit https://beascout.scouting.org/

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