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Troop 315 Christmas newsletter

Troop 315 Christmas newsletter
Since the December Newsletter was a little sparse from hitting send before I finished it, it was obvious that I needed to send out a second update. Mike Julien will continue plumbing merit badge through December and hope to wrap up,  As for the rest of the month , we will break til after the new year after next Sunday.  Here is the short calendar for the up coming months
December 18 – Normal meeting
December 25 – No meeting Christmas
January 1 – No meeting New Years
January  8 – Fab 4 Court of Honor
January 15 – Meetings resume
Feb 3-5   Winter Camporee
Video Game night details have changed since Pirates Cove is no longer in business.  Scouts will be going to Rolling Thunder roller skating rink in Findlay on Tuesday, December 27.     6:00 – 8:00pm and then off to Wilsons Hamburg Shop.  Cost for skating is $5.00 plus food at Wilsons.    I will have the scouthouse unlocked at 4:30pm on Dec. 27 for the event.  Depending on snow, we may got to resevor to sled that evening after we get back.
Video game night consists of all night lock in at scouthouse with game consoles,  board games, scouts playing in park and tones of junk food.  There will be 3 – 4 leaders on hand to make sure scouts are safe.  Parents you are welcome to stay for the event which wraps up at 7 – 8am the next morning, pending they clean up the scouthouse.
Noah Hetrick is now an Eagle scout.  He completed his Board of review in November .  Noah makes the 7th eagle this year for troop 315 and breaks the record in our life as a troop.  We are very proud of Noah and his family.
Scouts who earned Eagle in 2016
Danny Crouse
Tyler Stimmel
Noah Pelton
Billy Trout
Hank Matthes
Cody Gerdeman
Noah Hetrick
Scouts who are working on eagle for 2017 ,   Kyle Gerdeman , Damon Dotson , Levi Trout and Wyatt Mowery.  This is an exciting time to be a Boy Scout in N.B.
The Fab 4 will have their Court of Honor on Sunday, January 8 at the NBMHS.  Time 2:00pm.   Danny, Tyler, Cody and Hank will receive the rank of Eagle.  All scouts are invited and required to wear full Class A uniform.  Some scouts will be assigned Color Guard and Honor Guard parts .  SPL will call the color guard and pledge.
If anyone needs more meat sticks,  I have extra in the computer shop,  Everyone has picked up their orders except Jordan K.  Stop by or I’ll bring them to next meeting.  Wreaths are still available as well.
The Christmas scout story.
In spite of the fun and laughter, 13-year-old Frank Wilson was not happy. It was true he had received all the presents he wanted. And he enjoyed the traditional Christmas Eve reunions with relatives for the purpose of exchanging gifts and good wishes. But, Frank was not happy because this was his first Christmas without his brother, Steve, who during the year, had been killed by a reckless driver.

Frank missed his brother and the close companionship they had together. Frank said good-bye to his relatives and explained to his parents that he was leaving a little early to see a friend; and from there he could walk home. Since it was cold outside, Frank put on his new plaid jacket. It was his FAVORITE gift. He placed the other presents on his new sled. Then Frank headed out, hoping to find the patrol leader of his Boy Scout troop. Frank always felt understood by him. Though rich in wisdom, he lived in the Flats, the section of town where most of the poor lived, and his patrol leader did odd jobs to help support his family.

To Frank’s disappointment, his friend was not at home. As Frank hiked down the street toward home, he caught glimpses of trees and decorations in many of the small houses. Then, through one front window, he glimpsed a shabby room with limp stockings hanging over an empty fireplace. A woman was seated nearby . . . weeping. The stockings reminded him of the way he and his brother had always hung theirs side by side. The next morning, they would be bursting with presents.

A sudden thought struck Frank : he had not done his ‘good deed’ for the day. Before the impulse passed, he knocked on the door. ‘Yes?’ the sad voice of the woman asked. ‘May I come in?’ asked Frank. ‘You are very welcome,’ she said, seeing his sled full of gifts, and assuming he was making a collection, ‘but I have no food or gifts for you. I have nothing for my own children.’

‘That’s not why I am here,’ Frank replied. ‘Please choose whatever presents you would like for your children from the sled.’

‘Why, God bless you!’ the amazed woman answered gratefully. She selected some candies, a game, the toy airplane and a puzzle. When she took the Scout flashlight, Frank almost cried out. Finally, the stockings were full.

‘Won’t you tell me your name?’ she asked, as Frank was leaving.

‘Just call me the Christmas Scout,’ he replied.

The visit left Frank touched, and with an unexpected flicker of joy in his heart. He understood that his sorrow was not the only sorrow in the world. Before he left the Flats, he had given away the remainder of his gifts. The plaid jacket had gone to a shivering boy.

Now Frank trudged homeward, cold and uneasy. How could he explain to his parents that he had given his presents away? ‘Where are your presents, son?’ asked his father as Frank entered the house.

Frank answered, ‘I gave them away.’

‘The airplane from Aunt Susan? Your coat from Grandma? Your flashlight? We thought you were happy with your gifts.’

‘I was very happy,’ the boy answered quietly.

‘But Frank, how could you be so impulsive?’ his mother asked. ‘How will we explain to the relatives who spent so much time and gave so much love shopping for you?’

His father was firm. ‘You made your choice, Frank. We cannot afford any more presents.’

With his brother gone, and his family disappointed in him, Frank suddenly felt dreadfully alone. He had not expected a reward for his generosity, for he knew that a good deed always should be its own reward. It would be tarnished otherwise. So he did not want his gifts back; however he wondered if he would ever again truly recapture joy in his life. He thought he had this evening, but it had been fleeting. Frank thought of his brother, and sobbed himself to sleep.

The next morning, he came downstairs to find his parents listening to Christmas music on the radio. Then the announcer spoke: ‘Merry Christmas, everybody! The nicest Christmas story we have this morning comes from the Flats. A crippled boy down there has a new sled this morning, another youngster has a fine plaid jacket, and several families report that their children were made happy last night by gifts from a teenage boy who simply called himself the Christmas Scout. No one could identify him, but the children of the Flats claim that the Christmas Scout was a personal representative of old Santa Claus himself.’

Frank felt his father’s arms go around his shoulders, and he saw his mother smiling through her tears. ‘Why didn’t you tell us? We didn’t understand. We are so proud of you, son.’

The carols came over the air again filling the room with music: ‘. . .Praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on Earth.’

Shawn Benjamin
nbtroop315@aol.com

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