Ceremony held for new Scout unit

HOWLAND – A Boy Scout troop officially reformed with a dedication ceremony Troop 122 of Howland.

Bob Sincich, who has served as cub master when the boys were in Cub Scout Pack 122, said the official ceremony has the boys crossing over to Boy Scouts with the new troop.

“They are the founding initial members of the troop,” he said.

Sincich said years ago there was a Boy Scout Troop 122, which ended and was replaced by a Cub Scout Pack 122. The original Boy Scout Troop 122 had existed in the late 1960s through the 1970s before being dissolved.

The ceremony took place at Howland H.C. Mines School, where each scout and his parents walked across a small bridge to be inducted as founding members. Each scout was given a special emblem.

Local Woodland Native American Lenape Tribe performed as part of the ceremony and also shared stories and tales of their traditions and customs. Chief Bob “Quiet Wolf” Thompson said, “It is always an honor to be at events like this where this new troop has been formed and the scouts learn about ways to preserve Mother Earth.”

Thompson said it is important that the new generations be part of scouting and take the lead.

Sincich, who will now become a scout master for the troop with Rob White and Nathan Plesea as assistant scout masters, said the Webelos cross over at their age to scouting and feel honored to be part of a newly formed troop.

James Rapone, a scout leader and program leader with Greater Western Reserve Boy Scout Council, said as part of the ceremony, troop leaders were to blow the kudu horn to show the sign of the formation of the new troop. A kudu is an African antelope with large horns.

Sincich said the significance of blowing into the horn was it was the first horn sound heard when the first Boy Scout Troop was formed.

He said the new troop has information available on its website at www.howlandtroop122.com