At a recent Court of honor, we presented four Mark Herhold Camping Awards to four scouts who had accumulated over 100 days and nights camping in their scouting tenure so far. The four scouts, were excited to get the award but what made it even more special was that Mark Herhold, the scout for whom the medal was named, was in attendance. Mark was the Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 26 back in the early 70’s, earning his Eagle Scout Award, and attending both Northern Tier and Philmont. During that time he never missed a campout, a summer camp, or a troop meeting. What made that record truly remarkable was that he was also active in his church, Good Shepherd Lutheran, played football and baseball, and was an excellent student as well. Those are the reasons the medal bears his name. The troop made a special presentation of the Mark Herhold Camping Award….to Mark Herhold. Pictured with Mark are Alex R., Mitch H., Nick B., & Logan S.
And so, it begins for me in 1969. These are some of my first scouts. Alan Cougler (the first patrol leader of the Piranhas), Mark Herhold (the first Patrol Leader of the Vikings), Paul Smith (younger brother of my first SPL, Neil Smith), Duncan and David Cox, and Woody Reece. Those were such great kids and a terrific start to that first chapter in my role as a brand new Scoutmaster.