Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

July 1, 2013

Pleasant Hill Ramblings: Pleasant Hill honors scouts

By Jean Clark
Chronicle contributor

— Daisies, Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, their leaders, parents and visitors commingled at the end of May at the Troop 170 Court of Honor, enjoying refreshments provided by the Pleasant Hill Community Church, United Church of Christ. The church wished to show their appreciation for the dedication of the scout leaders and the good work accomplished by all of the scouts this past year.

The event was held in the Pleasant Hill Community House. Jeff Strain, unit commissioner, noted that Boy Scout Troop 170 has been chartered for 30 years and the all-ages Girl Scout Troop 2907 just started in 2012 in Pleasant Hill. He explained that both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have the same motto, “Be Prepared,” and the same slogan, “Do a good turn daily.”

The Girl Scouts earn patches for such activities as first aid, cooking, gardening, Hands Around-the-World, painting and many more. Scoutmaster Mike Cooper awarded the following ranks and badges: Jake Campbell, star rank; Kendall Cooper, star rank; Ethan Cunningham, life rank and the personal management merit badge; Ronnie Miller, star rank. Also each of the above boys earned the merit badges of Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World and Family Life.

Shawn Grove earned the rank of second class. Jody Marshall earned the rank of first class and the journalism merit badge. Joshua Northern earned the rank of tenderfoot. Dalton Smith earned the rank of tenderfoot. Tyler Stone earned the journalism merit badge. Joe Tecco earned the rank of second class and the journalism merit badge. Ezekiel Willier earned the rank of first class and the journalism merit badge. Isaac Willier earned the rank of first class.

Strain noted that Troop 170 now contains all of the ranks except Eagle. Ethan Cunningham will be working on that this summer with a project to clean up and restore the amphitheater in the woods next to the old Van Dyck Sanatorium in Pleasant Hill.

Cooper described some of the activities the Scouts have participated in this year. They include helping in community activities such as cemetery cleanup, the Pleasant Hill Town Festival, a church yard sale, camping, raising money at a car wash and barbecue. Several of the Boy Scouts will be attending Camp Buck Toms in July. Three of the Scouts will be attending the National Boy Scout Jamboree July 15-24 in West Virginia.

Cooper and Norman Cunningham, chair of the Scouting Committee, were fellow scouts achieving the coveted Eagle ranking in 1989 under Scout Master Bill Anderson, who was a teacher in the Pleasant Hill Elementary School. Cooper owns his own construction business. Cunningham is pastor of the Christian Church of the Cumberlands in Crossville. He took over Scoutmaster responsibilities in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Scoutmaster following Anderson and Cunningham for 14 years was Steve Gilpin, who proudly shepherded nine of the boy scouts to Eagle attainment.