Pack 361 Blue & Gold Banquet highlights the benefits of scouting

Apr 23, 2024 | Around Ottawa County | 1 comment

William Osborne said Boy Scouts made him a better person.

BY SHERI TRUSTY

William Osborne, who is now 15, has been in Boy Scouts for about ten years. He said it improved his leadership skills and gave him the opportunity to “meet really great people.”

“I’m a more friendly person at work and school,” he said. “Scouts made me more accepting of other people. It made me a better person.”

Osborne, who is part of Pack 360, was among the many scouts who attended the Pack 361 Blue & Gold Banquet at St. John Lutheran Church in Port Clinton on April 14. Over 30 Scouts advanced in rank at the event.

Among the crowd at the Blue & Gold Banquet were Ottawa County Commissioners, from left, Mark Stahl, Donald Douglas and Mark Coppeler.

About 150 people packed the church hall for the annual dinner and cake auction. Among the crowd were Ottawa County Commissioners Donald Douglas, Mark Stahl and Mark Coppeler.

“The commissioners are always very supportive of scouting,” said Pack 361 Committee Chair David Barth.

Among the Boy Scouts at the event was the all-girls Pack 9370. Scout Master Gina Cox said her girls chose Boy Scouts because the organization teaches them practical skills and offers outdoor adventures. Assistant Scout Master Val Mannon said the girls learn societal skills like good citizenship, collaboration with others, and the importance of speaking up for themselves.

Alivia Ernsberger, left, is part of an all-girls Boy Scout troop led by Scoutmaster Gina Cox, right.

“For my girls, it teaches a lot of self-discipline and a lot of independence,” Cox said. “I find myself saying all the time, ‘You can do hard things.’”

Pack 9370 has 12 members, including Alivia Ernsberger, who earned Eagle Scout rank.

“Boy Scouts taught me a lot about how to survive. It made me confident,” she said. “It taught me about leadership. There’s a lot of good things about scouting.”

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1 Comment

  1. Scott Gresser

    The Boy Scouts has had its ups and downs. But I hope the public realizes there always was good people doing the best they can during the worst of times. And this article shows that.

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