TROOP 63 OF NEWPORT
Fifteen scouts and three adults conquered Borestone Mountain at the Southern end of Maine’s “100 mile Wilderness” forest on June 1st. Members of Boy Scout Troop 63 of Newport hiked the full 4.6-mile round-trip despite the constant swarming barrage of blackflies. Scouts reached the nearly 2,000 foot peak by 12 PM and stayed just long enough to take in the spectacular 360° views, snap a few pictures, and grab a quick lunch before returning down the rugged descent. The trip was another great success story for the Troop. To find out how to join Boy Scout Troop 63, contact Scoutmaster Kelley Carter at 852-0647 or scoutmaster@troop63bsa.me.

Pictured from left to right: Isaac Bryant, Brenden Carter, Robert Canning, Owen Reed, Sam Godsoe, Josh Rader, Donovan Kurt, Nicholas Carter, Dexter Canning, Lucas Leighton, Matt Murphy, Travis Godsoe, Zach Mitchell, Ken Basford, Camden Ardry, Kyle, Michael Killam.
TROOP 63 OF NEWPORT
Boy Scout Troop 63 of Newport held a Court of Honor Ceremony on Sunday, May 18th at the Sebasticook Valley Middle School. The Court of Honor celebrated individual Scout achievements and was attended by parents, family, and friends. Scoutmaster Kelley Carter, Assistant Scoutmasters Rod Charette, Paul Leonard, Jesse Caron, and the Scouts, participated in the ceremony, as did members of Venture Crew 63, lead by Advisor Ron Potvin.

Boy Scout Troop 63 at
Court of Honor Ceremony
Life Scout Dexter Canning welcomed the audience and served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Senior Patrol Leader Sam Godsoe called forth the Venture Scouts, followed by twelve Scouts, each carrying a candle, lighting it, and delivering a message on each point of the Scout Law. Godsoe summoned the color guard and led the troop and audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Seven scouts advanced in rank. Tenderfoot rank: Ashton Caron; Second Class: Michael Killam and Lucas Leighton; Star: Luke Charette and Owen Reed; Life: Dexter Canning; Silver Eagle Palm: Ellory Goode.
Committee member Bill Goode presented the Totin’ Chip badge to Ashton Caron, Nicholas Carter, and Lukas Krahn.
Star Scout Owen Reed announced the recipients of many merit badges: Chess - Nicholas Carter and Dakota Godsoe; Collections - Nicholas Carter, Dakota Godsoe and Michael Killam; Computers - Nicholas Carter and Dakota Godsoe; Crime Prevention - Luke Charette; Fishing - Luke Charette and Thomas Marcia; Robotics - Kenneth Basford; Law - Brenden Carter; Engineering - Kenneth Basford; Camping - Matthew Murphy; Citizenship in the Community - Luke Charette; Citizenship in the Nation - Dexter Canning, Luke Charette and Brock Bubar; Citizenship in the World - Dexter Canning and Brock Bubar; and Personal Management - Luke Charette
Troop elections were recently held and the following Scouts were recognized in their new capacity, with Scoutmaster Carter presenting their leadership patches: Senior Patrol Leader: Sam Godsoe; Assistant Senior Patrol Leader: Matt Murphy; Junior Assistant Scout Masters: Ellory Goode and Jacob Holt: Troop Guides: Brock Bubar, Austin Bradstreet, Dexter Canning and Owen Reed; Patrol Leaders: Brenden Carter, Ashton Caron, Josh Rader and Luke Charette: Librarian: Camden Ardry; Chaplain Aide: Connor Miholovich; and Quartermaster Ken Basford.
Venture Crew 63 President Noah Potvin presented Jacob Holt with two bronze awards: sports and outdoors. Three scouts were awarded the Catholic Parvuli Dei religious award: Ashton Caron, Nicholas Carter, and Luke Charette.
Scouts who participated in Scout Sunday in February at Grace Linn United Methodist Church were recognized and awarded their Scout Sunday Patches.
Troop 63 as a whole was recognized for the strength of its program and awarded the 2013 Journey to Excellence - Silver Level, as designated by Boy Scouts of America.
Scoutmaster Carter addressed the scouts and audience with his Scoutmasters Minute. He encouraged the scouts to aim high as a Troop and also as individuals.
The Court of Honor closed with Connor Miholovich offering the benediction followed by Sam Godsoe leading the Color Guard in retiring the colors. Light refreshments were served.
For more information on Scouting go to www.katahdinareabsa.org or contact Scoutmaster Kelley Carter at 852-0647 or scoutmaster@troop63bsa.me.
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