Southlake Boy Scout Troop 168 Receives Special Recognition
Sep 11, 2015 08:28AM
● By Audrey Sellers
Mayor Hill declares September 1, 2015, as Boy Scouts of America Troop 168 Day
Not everybody gets a day named specifically for them. But Southlake Boy Scout Troop 168 did, and that day is September 1, 2015. Mayor Laura Hill officially designated this day as Troop 168’s day for its ongoing service to the community.
For the past five years, the troop has been actively involved in placing flags around the family park in Southlake Town Square. The first display started on July 3, 2010, and the troop has raised and lowered the flags on major holidays ever since as directed by the City of Southlake.
“The opportunity for our troop to carry out this service is very important to [us]. Scouting is about teaching our young men an appreciation of responsibility to others,” says Hector Reyes, Scoutmaster. “While we routinely engage in community service projects, it’s rare to have a chance to do something that impacts a city as a whole and also provides the opportunity to display our patriotism.”
Reyes admits that the troop was surprised when Mayor Hill and the City Council announced that they would be honoring them with a proclamation.
“We encourage our scouts to be selfless and really there is never an expectation of receiving anything back. The act of giving is its own reward,” he says. “But as you can imagine, the boys, adults and parents are very proud and grateful for the recognition. We hope that this will result in others hearing about our troop and come check us out.”
BSA Troop 168 was established in 2002 at St. Laurence Church in Southlake. Currently, the troop is led by Father John Jordan of St. Laurence Church, and includes approximately 35 scouts. To date, 42 scouts have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank a youth scout can attain.
Click here to learn more about BSA Troop 168.