Scouts in the News: Scoutmaster Sieg’s 100th Eagle Scout
Boy Scouts of America
The First Presbyterian Church of Columbus began its support of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in 1916, just 6 years after the organization was founded. Since that time, the church has chartered and financially supported four different troops, including Troop 24, which was organized in 1978 and has positively influenced the lives of hundreds of boys and young men in our community over the years. Troop 24 has an active camping program that effectively teaches Scouts the character attributes of preparedness, leadership, good citizenship, service to others, and self-reliance, while they are having fun in the outdoors.
Troop 24 Eagles
Troop 24 encourages each Scout to advance up the Eagle trail, with the goal of earning the highest rank of Eagle Scout. In this regard, the troop has a very rich history. Only a small percentage of our troop’s Scouts have attained the Eagle rank, but since 1983, Troop 24 has produced 66 Eagle Scouts so far. These young men include 5 bankers, 1 orthopedic surgeon, 1 family practice doctor, 1 dentist, 1 pharmacist, 3 teachers, 2 engineers, 2 print journalists, 2 television journalists, 3 lawyers, 1 real estate broker, 1 plumber, 1 graphic designer, 2 architects, 1 Air Force officer, 2 Navy officers, 1 Marine officer, 3 Army officers and 1 deputy sheriff. Many of our Eagles are still in high school and college and have yet to make their career mark in our world.
Our troop meets most Tuesday evenings in the basement Scout Room of our church between 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM, except during the late summer months. Scouts and their adult leaders go on monthly camping trips (that include backpacking, repelling and canoeing activities) during the 9 months of the school year, and they attend 1 week of summer camp each year at a BSA-run camping facility. Older Scouts may take part in a longer “High Adventure” backpacking trek through the beautiful and rugged, Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. The members of our troop also participate in a number of community service projects every year.
The leadership of Troop 24 believes that the Boy Scouts of America is the finest youth program in our country today. We encourage any boy, who thinks he would like camping and cooking in the woods, and who has completed the 5th grade and/or is 11 years old, to check out Troop 24. We also encourage fathers/grandfathers to take an active role with their sons/grandsons in our troop’s outdoor activities, and we welcome mothers in many behind-the-scene roles that are required to run an effective troop. If you wish to learn more about the Troop 24 family or wish take part in the Troop 24 Adventure, please visit a troop meeting or contact Assistant Scoutmaster “Bud” Paepcke at (706) 320-0621 or Assistant Scoutmaster Cory Loomis at (706) 536-0197.