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Austin Boy Scouts Take Field Trip To County Offices

August 3rd, 2017 Comments off

Austin Boy Scouts (from left) Miles Moate, Noah Leightley, Ethan Gola and Christian Siebert joined Scoutmaster Thomas Hurd for a roundtable with Commissioner Paul Heimel and Community Development Director Jennifer Rossman at the Gunzburger Building.

Members of Austin Boy Scout Troop 524 received a crash course in county government, constitutional rights, volunteerism and related topics during a visit to the county seat. What started out as a merit badge assignment for troop member Miles Moate became a half-day give and take on topics raised by four scouts as they met with Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel and Community Development Director Jennifer Rossman. “Both of us were impressed with the sincere interest as well as the commitment to service that these boys demonstrated,” Heimel said. “I think they came away with a broader perspective on citizenship and serving others, and I came away with stronger faith in the next generation of leaders.”

Noah Leightley, Ethan Gola and Christian Siebert joined Moate for the roundtable, which began with an emotional program on the importance of volunteerism – and the potential consequences of an apathetic populace. The scouts learned about the importance of voting and being informed on public policy. They were encouraged to become involved with the local government and ask questions. They also discussed lessons that could be learned from 1911 Austin flood, caused by the fairlure of a poorly engineered and constructed dam. Scoutmaster Thomas Hurd discussed the storied history of Troop 524 and current activities.