To the editor:

There are many reasons to love a Scout.

  • A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean & Reverent. That is the Boy Scout Law.
  • When we make a 75-mile backpacking trek in New Mexico, we are trustworthy to do so successfully and safely.
  • When we wear our neckerchiefs we are loyal to our troop, our country and to Frederick Y. Holjes and Robert Porter Sheppard, Troop 200 Scouts who gave their lives in the Vietnam War.
  • When we participate in community service projects - like creating the YMCA Community Garden, building a playground at the St. Anne’s Center for homeless women and children, and multiple improvements in Hunterdon County Parks and places of worship - we are helpful. 
  • When we sing Christmas carols at Veterans Haven in Glen Gardner and chat with the veterans there we are friendly. 
  • When we open doors for our elders, (yes, we really do put away our cell phones to do this), we are courteous.
  • When we send care packages to soldiers in Afghanistan we are kind.
  • We are obedient when we follow Scouting rules for rank advancement and earning merit badges.
  • When we run a display during the Earth Day celebration at Echo Hill Park we cheerfully encourage children to participate and learn.
  • When we use mess-kits and reusable cutlery while camping we are not only being good to the environment, we are being thrifty.
  • When trying things for the first time - like scuba diving in the Florida Keys, cooking at Ockanickon Scout Reservation, and public speaking during Courts of Honor at Immaculate Conception Church - we are brave.
  • We are clean of mind and body when we are doing all of the above.
  • And when we earn the Ad Altare Dei Emblem Catholic Award, the Ner Tamid Jewish Award, The God and Church Presbyterian Award, or any of the seventy religious awards Boy Scouts can earn, we display our reverence to God. 

Troop 200 meets Mondays at Immaculate Conception Church.  For more information about Troop 200 visit us on Facebook or go to  For information about Scouting visit

Pam Nemeth, Troop 200, Annandale