Boy Scouts honored at annual banquet

Imari Scarbrough

March 1, 2014

Anson Boy Scouts met for their annual banquet last Monday, Feb. 24. Several individuals were recognized for their contributions to Scouting, and the food collected during their drive for Anson Crisis Ministry was collected.

The Scouts collected a combined total of 1,701 pounds of food. They also collected $442.43 in donations (each dollar represents 7 pounds of food). Pack 530 collected 361 pounds of food and $300 in donations, Troop 170 collected 286 pounds and $142.43, Troop 589 collected 387 pounds, Pack 505 collected 251 pounds, Troop 503 collected 91 pounds, and Pack 229 collected 45 pounds. One or more groups (no unit number was placed on the bags) collected 80 pounds of food. After the ceremony ended, Crisis Ministry director Ann James and several Scouts loaded dozens of bags of food into a van.

James said the food and monetary donations were appreciated and would help feed many people in the county. She stressed the ministry’s need for the donations and thanked the Scouts.

Several people received awards at the banquet. Claudia McSwain with Pack 530 was named Den Leader of the Year. The Cubmaster of the Year was Laura Laney of Pack 530. Chris McCormick of Troop 170 earned the title of Assistant Scoutmaster of the Year. Kenny Brower of Troop 170 was named Scoutmaster of the year. Joe Warer was named Scouter of the Year. The District Award of Merit with to Chris McCormick.

Two awards of appreciation were also given, one to Mike McCormick of C&M Auto Supply and one to Falecha Hixson, the Twilight Camp director. Attendees also remembered the late Tom Buckingham, a former district executive for the Central N.C. Council of Boy Scouts of America. A “campership” designed to help send Scouts to camp was created in his honor. Several individual troops and packs earned awards, such as the Quality Unit award and an attendance award.

Laura Laney, cubmaster of Pack 530, said that the Scouts enjoy the annual food drive and presenting the food to the Crisis Ministry every year.”All of the packs and troops participated,” she said. “It’s an annual service project we do. We like to do it for our local ministry. The Scouts went to different neighborhoods to college the donations. I’m proud of the boys and those who supported them and look forward to doing it again next year.”