Comment from the SM

“Eagle Factory or Quality Program”

On Sunday, March 12, 2006, The Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, DD, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Providence and an Eagle Scout, presented our troop with National Gold Medallion Award (National Catholic Committee on Scouting), Pope Paul VI Award (NCCS) and the Annual Unit Award of the Catholic Committee on Scouting of the Diocese of Providence. Six of our scouts earned individual religious awards.

Our troop is a Quality Unit of the Boy Scouts of America and a Commissioners Award Troop of the Narragansett Council.

This past year we had three new Eagle Scouts. Recently, we were again referred to as an “Eagle Factory”. I suppose looking in from the outside one may get that perception. However, from the inside one can see that the program we are offering keeps the young men in our troop. Those who wear the Eagle Badge from Troop 7 are high caliber young men. Anyone who has met them can attest to this. They are leaders among leaders. Our Eagles are college graduates, one of which holds a graduate degree, college students, members of our military (4), members of our community’s work force and high school students. They are men and young men that we are very proud of. Presently, two of our Eagles are serving their country overseas; one in Iraq and the other at the demilitarized zone in South Korea.

Twenty out of forty two active scouts are in high school. A great scout retention level.

One major key to our success is the White Stag Junior Leader Training Program. Scouts are sent there every year. This past June two of our scouts attended the program at the Champlin Scout Reservation. Our junior leaders train the boys that follow them. One present JASM’s is the SPL for White Stag Troop 32.

Our scouts combined with a strong dedicated team of adults and having an outstanding sponsor make up Troop 7 Buttonwoods. We are who we are because of STRONG SCOUT SPIRIT AND TEAMWORK.

So, I ask these scouters who comment on us; Eagle Factory or QUALITY PROGRAM?

CONGRATULATIONS to the Scouts of Troop 7 for all your accomplishments. I am proud to be your Scoutmaster.

Mr. Ken Andrade, SM

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