CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – A Canfield scouting troop reflected on its success while celebrating the 110th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.
The Boy Scouts of America began on Feb. 8, 1910.
Scouting first came to Canfield in 1913 with Troop 1 of Canfield until disbanding in 1920 producing Canfield’s first Eagle Scout, Robert Manchester III. It restarted in 1926 as Boy Scout Troop 25 at Canfield Methodist E. Church
Scoutmaster Kevin Prus has been in his position for just under 26 years. He’s only the fifth Scoutmaster in the local program’s history.
Canfield’s troop has served over 3,000 children over the years, as well as 183 Eagle Scouts.
Sunday, Prus joined his troops and fellow mentors for a pancake breakfast, celebrating the success of past scouts.
“Most Eagle Scouts go on to become independent business people, or they work for big corporations down the road, but it’s all skills they learned in scouting as a kid growing up,” Prus said.
Suzanne Heino is the newest Scoutmaster for the troop. Just last year, the Boy Scouts of America opened up to accept young women as well.
Heino said that has made a big difference here in Canfield
“To watch the girls do everything and get credit for everything that they’ve watched their brothers do all along — and they wanted to participate in it — it helps them realize they can do it, too,” she said.
Both Scoutmasters agree that life skills learned as a Scout pave the way for success in life.