Local Youth Excel in Leadership

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Jack Ulses and Senior Patrol Leader Truman Custer tie the troop award pennant onto Troop 349's flag.

Several Falls Church boys were recently recognized as the best “senior” patrol during a Boy Scouts of America (BSA)“Camporee,” held in Bealeton, Va., this past weekend. Five hundred scouts from the BSA George Mason District participated in this year’s Camporee.

Preston Custer, Ian Griffin, Zachary Hunt, and David McAllister of the Boy Scout Troop 349 “Flaming Marshmallow” patrol excelled during weekend competitions of leadership, teamwork, outdoor skills, and first aid. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Matthew Hunt mentors this patrol.

At the conclusion of the Camporee, Truman Custer, Neil Johnston, Michael-Andrew Keays, and Jack Ulses were also recognized for their leadership when the entire troop was awarded second place in the cooking contest, second place in the category of “most organized camp site,” and as the number-two “overall best troop” in the district.

The George Mason district serves more than 2,000 scouts in Falls Church City and in Fairfax County’s Dunn Loring, Fairfax City, Oakton and Vienna.  Falls Church American Legion Post 130 sponsors Troop 349.

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October 7, 2010 

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