Derek Curtis, story and photos
On November 21, 2016, Edmonson County Cub Scout Pack 597 celebrated the awarding of five Arrow of Light Awards, the highest award a Cub Scout can achieve. To achieve this award, the Scouts were led by Den Leader Aaron Willis, who was subsequently honored by the Scouts for his leadership over the past 4.5 years.
During their venture to achieve the Arrow of Light, the Scouts became efficient in first aid, camping, fitness, and citizenship to name a few. The Scouts achieving the Arrow of Light were Dakotah Curtis, Brycen Daniels, Tristan Lucas, Levi Meredith and Jason Willis. After the Scouts were awarded the Arrow of Light, the Scouts joined Edmonson County Boy Scout Troop 597.
Prior to joining Troop 597, the twelve points of the Boy Scout Law were read in depth: "A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent." All five Scouts agreed to live according to the Scout Law. The ceremony to join Edmonson County Troop 597 was conducted by the current Boy Scouts: Haydn Burrell, Dalton Curtis, Derick Jaggers, and J.T. Stewart. After the Scouts were accepted into Edmonson County Troop 597, a letter was read to the Scouts from Representative Brett Guthrie:
“Congratulations on officially becoming a Boy Scout! Your hard work and leadership are to be commended.
The Second District of Kentucky is fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated individual. I join your family and friends in applauding you, and I wish you every success in your future endeavors
– Brett Guthrie”
The Scouts recognized District Executive Jonathan Boles for his work to help establish Edmonson County Troop 597 by presenting him a Troop 597 Neckerchief that each Scout had signed. Edmonson County Cub Scout Pack 597 and Troop 597 are sponsored by the Edmonson County Lions Club.