March 1 was a day of celebration for Boy Scout Troop 7 in Elburn. An 85th anniversary dinner and Court of Honor was held at Kaneland High School and attended by nearly 200 people. The attendees included past and present Troop 7 members and leaders along with their families, including the Mayor of Elburn, Dr. Jim Willey (adult volunteer) and Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels (Troop 7 Senior Patrol Leader and Life Scout).
The afternoon program, emceed by Senior Patrol Leader John Michek, included remarks by Elburn Village President Jim Willey, who issued a proclamation setting March 1, 2009, as Boy Scout Troop 7 Day in Elburn.
Former Scoutmaster Charles Schmidt presented the Eagle Scout award to Sam McQuilkin. Based upon current records, 81 Troop 7 members have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout since the 1924 chartering. A total of 24 Eagle Scouts were present and recognized during the celebration-20 of whom were from Troop 7. Recognized also were Troop 7 scoutmasters, of which there have been 24.
Plaques were presented to three special friends of Troop 7: Tom Spalding, Randy Ream/Elburn Market and the Needham family, honoring them for their outstanding support and service to the Troop. Certificates of appreciation were presented to the volunteers who compose the Troop Committee and the committee which planned the 85th celebration. Also recognized were the sponsors of the event, C&D Auto Body and Fleck & Ulrich LTD of Elburn.
A video montage depicting each of the 12 Scout Laws was shown during the reception and dinner, along with a slide show of Troop 7 activities, created by Troop Historian Andrew Carroll.
Adult leaders displayed Scout uniforms dating back as far as the 1950s, Boy Scout books from their days as Scouts and various badges and patches. Each patrol set up a display to demonstrate a typical campsite: a tent, backpack, cooking equipment and knots that would be used around the camp.
Concluding the afternoon’s ceremonies was the Court of Honor, presenting merit badges, rank advancements, an Ad Altare Dei award and Philmont scarves to the Scouts of Troop 7.
The Community Congregational Church of Elburn is the chartering organization and has provided support and meeting space to the Troop for 85 years.