POTSDAM - Potsdam Boy Scout Troop 77 recently held a Court of Honor at the Pine Street Arena, Potsdam; and Jeffrey Guerard and Lucas Hanss earned prestigious national awards.
Mr. Guerard earned the Eagle Scout rank, scouting’s highest rank, which requires the scout to complete 21 merit badges and perform a substantial community service project where his leadership skills are tested. Nationwide, only 4 percent of scouts obtain this rank. Mr. Guerard is a sophomore at St. Lawrence Central.
Mr. Hanss earned his Life Rank and was voted into the Lowanne Nimat Lodge of the Order of the Arrow (OA) by his peers. OA is a national scout service organization; the Lodge is comprised of scouts from six counties - Cayuga, Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence. Hanss was also awarded the Silver Level of the National Outdoor Award for Camping recognizing that he has camped 125 nights. The National Historic Trails Award was awarded to him for his work with the Fort La Présentation Association’s annual War of 1812 Heritage Symposium. Mr. Hanss is a freshman at Potsdam Central School.
Mr. Guerard and Mr. Hanss recently completed the Boy Scouts of America’s National Youth Leadership Training held by The Revolutionary Trails Council, Utica. It is a six-day course designed to teach leadership skills, hone group work skills and public presentation techniques.