The scouts perform community service around town such as park cleanups, mapping park trails, and building bridges for Duck Pond.
“Everyone just has a good time, and we all try to help out,” said Sahil Nagpal, 16, Troop 22's senior patrol leader, as he manned the front entrance. Speaking about the importance of scouting today, he said, “All these skills that we learn over here are good for everyone. We might not use them in everyday situations, but it's good to have them in your arsenal.”
“It's good for the troops,” said Andrew Wortman, 22, an Eagle Scout and adult leader for Troop 22. “It's good for the community.”
Asked why he continues to stay as an adult, Wortman says he still loves the group and giving what he can.
“I feel like it's great for the youth to have someplace to go,” he said, “and learn how to become a member of the community. I feel like I have a lot more to offer.”
Holding the event on Super Bowl Sunday was no accident, either.
“Most people do a big bash at their homes today, so it provides them the morning off when they can relax, get something to eat quick, and then go home and have the rest of the afternoon prepping,” said Kevin, an adult Troop 22 committee member, as he flipped pancakes in the temple kitchen.
Roger Wortman, Troop 22's committee chairman, and Andrew's father, said even with the technological advances of today, the troops have the same important functions as decades ago.
“It's still the basic values, and stuff like that,” Wortman said. “We take young boys and make them into young men and leaders for the future. It's about teaching them to be leaders of other kids and be valuable members of society.”
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