28 April 2002 - Wizard Ranch, Hellam Township, York
Ship 25's Boatswain's Mate for Program Joe Wills and Ship
25's Storekeeper George Kain received their Eagle Scout awards in a joint
ceremony at Wizard Ranch, Hellam Township, PA on Sunday afternoon, 28
April 2002. George and Joe chose Wizard Ranch for the ceremony
because it was here, seven years before, that they crossed over from
Webelos Cub Scouts of Pack 25 into Boy Scouts of Troop 25. The
ceremony itself was proof of the fact that the Great Skipper of All Sea
Scouts loves Scouts because it poured rain up until one hour before the
ceremony. The sun then came out, the birds were singing, and all was
right with the world. The ceremony went off without a hitch.
The new Eagles and their families went off to celebrate, the crew put away
all the gear and went home, and then (when all were safely out of the way)
a tornado came through York County and did extensive damage. The
important point to be thankful for is that no Sea Scouts were hurt in the
filming of this great event. Ship 25 extends a heartfelt thank-you to
Assistant Scoutmaster Bob Nelson of Troop 25 for taking the photos below.
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The color guard presents the colors. Ship 25's Boatswain Adam
carries the Ship 25 flag.
George and Joe in their seats of honor. Boatswain Adam in the front
row. Assistant Scoutmaster John Strine, Troop 25, is the master of
Skipper Kain (cleverly disguised as a speaker box), Mrs. Kain, George,
Joe, Ship Committee Member Mary Wills, Ben Bailey (Ship 25's Charter
Representative), Mark Robertson (York-Adams Area Council Executive Board),
Ship 25 Boatswain Adam, and Jack Nalven (York-Adams Area Council Executive
Board). Mr. Nalven has over 70 years tenure in Scouting, and was a
member of Skipper Kain's Eagle Board of Review 40 years ago in 1962.
Mrs. Kain, Skipper Kain (cleverly disguised as an Assistant Scoutmaster in
Troop 25), George, Joe, and Mrs. Wills.
George and Joe take the Eagle Scout oath. In the front row is the
color guard for the occasion: Adam (Boatswain, Ship 25 flag bearer),
Mike (Venture Crew 25 flag bearer), Chris (Troop 25 flag bearer), Matt L,
(Commonwealth of Pennsylvania flag bearer) and Matt J. (United States flag bearer).
Mrs. Wills pins on Joe's Eagle, Skipper Kain pins on George's Eagle.
Chief Lone Eagle presides. To the right of the podium is John H.
Strine, ASM Troop 25, and Martin L. Strine, ASM Troop 25. John and
Marty were Joe and George's Scout leaders all through Cub Scouts and Boy
Eagle Scouts George Hay Kain, IV and Joseph Benjamin Wills.
Congratulations, men, on a job well done! BRAVO ZULU.
Skipper Kain, ASM and Ship Committeeman Alan Miller, Mr. Wills, Joe, ASM
John Strine, George, Ship 25 Charter Rep Ben Bailey, and ASM Marty
Strine. All of these adults were instrumental in George and Joe's
Scouting career. A thank you as well to the adults who give their
time to help the youth of today become the leaders of tomorrow.
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