Honoring three volunteers of Boy Scout Troop 44

Bresetts-and-BrownBoy Scout Troop 44 of Granville recently held its annual summer picnic and court of honor to recognize  and present awards to scouts that have earned merit badges and those who have advanced a rank.

The ceremony also included special recognition for three volunteers that officials said helped make Troop 44 so successful.

Cy and Ardyce Bresett were honored for their 20 years of continuous service to the troop.

“As it goes, their two sons, Neil and Joshua, wanted to become boy scouts; their parents were eager to help them grow and volunteered for some open positions in the troop committee,” officials said.

Cy Bresett became the troop’s committee chairman and his wife, Ardyce, was in charge of advancements and the troop’s treasury. The couple was involved in many troop meetings, hikes, overnight campouts and countless miles paddling canoes, and both of their sons were awarded with the Eagle Badge, the highest award in scouting.

“These two volunteers have helped many scouts grow into young men over the years of whom we are so proud. To give these young scouts your time, the direction and the means to achieve their scouting goals and to help them succeed in life offers great satisfaction,” officials said.

Norman Brown, who is retiring after five years as scoutmaster, was also honored. Norman and his wife Judi also helped their son Corey through the scouting program and helped him earn the rank of Eagle Scout by volunteering for the troop committee.

Norman spent many weeks of his vacation time over the years at Camp Wakpominee with the scouts helping them to earn their advancements. During many troop meetings Norman taught knots, first aid and fire building.

“Our humble thanks can never be enough for having such an individual willing to give so much for our scouts,” officials said.

Troop 44 wants to give thanks not only to its volunteers but to all the people in the community that help the program by donating their bottle deposits, all the people behind the scenes, and most of all, its continuous sponsor since 1936, the Granville Rotary Club.

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