On Sunday, October 12th Boy Scout Troop 63 of Newport held a Court of Honor at the Newport Recreational Center. The Court of Honor celebrated individual Scout achievements and was attended by parents, family, and friends. Scoutmaster Rod Charette, Assistant Scoutmasters Kelley Carter and Paul Leonard, and the Scouts participated in the ceremony.
Star scout Luke Charette welcomed the audience and served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Charette summoned the color guard and led the troop and audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and posting the colors. Life scout Connor Miholovich, Troop Chaplain, led the invocation.

Boy Scout Troop 63 at their Court of Honor Ceremony.
Life scout Sam Godsoe, lead the audience in the Scout Oath and Law. He was assisted by Star scout Matt Murphy and Star scout Brenden Carter who lit the candles as each law was read.
The ceremony continued with merit badge presentation. Scoutmaster Charette and Assistant Scoutmaster Kelley Carter presented fourteen scouts with merit badges. A number of scouts earned required Eagle rank badges; namely, camping, personal fitness, cooking, citizenship in the nation and world, swimming, and first aid. The following scouts earned merit badges: Camden Ardry – Aviation; Ken Basford - Crime Prevention and Camping; Brock Bubar - Personal Fitness and Cooking; Dexter Canning - Animal Science; Brenden Carter - Citizenship in the Nation; Luke Charette - Scholarship, Citizenship in the World and Camping; Sam Godsoe - Coin Collection; Michael Killam - Cooking and First Aid; Lucas Leighton – Camping; Josh Leonard - First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Swimming, Crime Prevention, Weather and Camping; Thomas Marcia - Woodworking and Citizenship in the Nation; Cameron McCrae - Citizenship in the Nation; Devin Plant - Citizenship in the Nation and Crime Prevention; and Owen Reed - Citizenship in the Nation and Small Boat Sailing;
Thomas Marcia, First Class scout, presented Donovan Kurt with Tenderfoot rank; Second class rank was presented to Cody Godsoe by First Class scout Devin Plant. Sam Godsoe, Life scout presented Cameron McCrae and Josh Leonard with Star rank.
Life scout, Ken Basford, was called forward by Luke Charette. He recently completed his Eagle Scout Service project and was recognized for such.
The Court of Honor closed with Charette leading the Color Guard in retiring the colors. Light refreshments were served.
For more information on Scouting, go to or contact Scoutmaster Rod Charette at 852-5017 or
Corinna’s Troop 65 Boy Scouts recently held a Court of Honor to present rank advancement and merit badges earned by troop members. The scouts also received emblems for their uniforms celebrating the 50 continuous years of sponsorship by the Corinna United Methodist Church. Logan LaBree was awarded his Life Scout ranking and also earned his Physical Fitness badge. James Boyd was awarded the rank of Second Class Scout. Both scouts earned their Canoeing merit badges at scout camp this summer.
Boys interested in learning more about scouting are invited to Boy Scout recruitment night on Monday, October 27th at 6 PM in the Corinna Fire Annex building.

Pictured left to right: Scoutmaster Raymond Young, James Boyd and Logan LaBree.
For the fifth year the boy scouts and leadership of Troop 63 of Newport will pitch their tents at the intersection of Routes 2 and 11 in Newport for their annual Camping for Food event. Beginning at 5 PM on Friday, November 7th through 12 PM on Sunday, November 9th, whatever the weather, the scouts and their leaders will make their home on the lawn in front of Bud’s Shop ‘n Save for the purpose of collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items to be donated to the Newport Community Food Bank. The Food Bank serves families in Newport, Plymouth, Etna, Dixmont and Palmyra and is located at 26 High Street in Newport.
Scouts will greet shoppers at the door of the grocery store to explain their purpose and their goal, which is to fill their scout trailer more than once with donated items. In 2010 scouts collected 1,500 pounds of food and $800. In 2011 and in 2012 the scouts exceeded these totals and last year the trailer needed to be emptied twice during the weekend. The trailer is weighed empty on Friday by the State Police and then weighed again before being emptied. The scouts are hoping to exceed last year’s totals.
The Newport Community Food Bank uses the donations to provide food to 30 to 50 families weekly. The Camping for Food event takes place shortly before Thanksgiving and allows the Food Bank to give out Thanksgiving baskets to all eligible families.
If you are unable to stop by the weekend event, donations will be accepted at the Newport Sebasticook Valley Credit Union. Cub Scout Pack 63 of Newport will also be helping on Saturday, November 8th by going door to door in town to pick up donations. Saturday evening, at dusk, there will be a flag retirement ceremony which the public is invited to attend.
For more information, contact Scoutmaster Rod Charette at
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