UNION, NJ – BSA Troop 168, Union’s all-girl troop, held a Court of Honor Monday night to celebrate their one year anniversary, introduce new scouts, award rank advancements, install new patrol leaders, and recognize the troop’s accomplishments.

“We are happy to be able to recognize the troop’s achievements and the its new leaders,” said Scout Master Patrick Sheridan.  “They have worked very hard this year.”

Members of Troop 168 include Abigail Sheridan, Samantha Wright, Katrina Yapczenski, Megan Stedronsky, Ashley Haug, Tarrah Kelly, Brigid Kelly, and Kate Kepuladze, are all between the ages of 11 – 14.  New members introduced at the Court of Honor are Katelyn Castro, Elizabeth Devlin and Alyssa Miller. 

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On behalf of the Township Committee, Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio presented a resolution to the Troop.  “I think scouting is so important,” said Florio.  “You get a chance to make new friends and learn new things, but you also get a chance to do things for the community.  That’s a feeling of accomplishment that you can take with you throughout your life.”

Troop #168 was awarded first place at the 2020 Munsee Klondike Challenge in Watchung Reservation on February 8.  The competition tests the scout’s outdoor, first aid, camping and winter survival skills as patrols race sleds through the Watchung Reservation.  The Troop, called the Duck Tape Patrol for the Klondike Challenge, had the highest cumulative score for all the stations.

The Troop also achieved Gold status in 2019 on Journey to Excellence, the BSA’s planning, performance, and recognition program designed to encourage and reward the success of units, with Gold being the highest level. 

Awards and Recognitions at the Court of Honor were:

Advancements

Scout Award: 

Ashley Haug

Tenderfoot Award:

Tarrah Kelly

Patrol Leader Installations:

Senior Patrol Leader – Megan Stedronsky

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader – Katrina Yapczenski

Special Recognitions

Outdoor Ethics Guide:

Samantha Wright

Scout Sunday:

Kate Keuladze

Abigail Sheridan

Megan Stedronsky

Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation Historic Hike:

Brigid Kelly

Tarrah Kelly

Kate Kepuladze

Abigail Sheridan

Megan Stedronsky

Samantha Wright

Recruiter:

Brigid Kelly

Tarrah Kelly

Abigail Sheridan

Katrina Yapczenski

Journey to Excellence:

Ashley Haug

Brigid Kelly

Tarrah Kelly

Kate Kepuladze

Abigail Sheridan

Megan Stedronsky

Samantha Wright

Katrina Yapczenski