• Lockwood honored for service to Scouts

  • Fort Leavenworth Boy Scout Troop 66 honored Scoutmaster Rick Lockwood.

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  • Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
    Fort Leavenworth Boy Scout Troop 66 honored Scoutmaster Rick Lockwood during a Court of Honor May 22 at Eisenhower Elementary School auditorium.
    Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Shoffner presented Lockwood with the Commander’s Award for Public Service in recognition of his service as Scoutmaster of the troop from June 2000 until May 2017. Shoffner cited Lockwood’s leadership abilities and dedication to Scouting as being positive traits of the highest order.
    “Rick spent countless hours developing young men in leadership through teaching Scout skills,” Shoffner said. “His efforts resulted in producing better future adult citizens who will become our nation’s future leaders.”
    The Boy Scouts of America also awarded Lockwood the Unit Leader Award of Merit. Carol Gersema, district council representative, presented the award which recognized Lockwood for distinguishing himself through outstanding service to youth for more than a decade.
    “Rick served Troop 66 at Fort Leavenworth and several other military communities around the world through Scouts,” new Scoutmaster Marco Conners said. “His dedicated and selfless service to these communities made a significant difference in the lives of Scouts he led.”
    The award citation stated that Lockwood’s significant contributions in myriad volunteer assignments significantly enhanced the Boy Scouts of America. Further, his accomplishments as an educator and mentor for a new generation of Scouts will serve the country into the future.
    Lockwood, an Eagle Scout himself, said he was honored to have served as Scoutmaster. He said he appreciated the support of the other adult volunteers and the community through the years.
    “I have always enjoyed participating in Scouting. It is a constructive activity that progressively teaches all of the skills needed to succeed and be productive in life,” Lockwood said. “Scouting takes eager young boys who are willing to learn and helps build them into great men of good character.”
    The Boy Scouts of America created the Unit Leader Award of Merit to recognize the quality unit leaders like Lockwood who make that positive retention happen.
    Committee Chair Clay Easterling said Troop 66 is purposely a boy-led organization — meaning the Scouts take leadership roles and responsibilities that impact the quality of the work at hand. He said the adult volunteers perform vital functions that supplement the operational infrastructure.
    “We’ve got a good program, but it’s on the boys. That’s the thing about this troop,” Easterling said. “It’s true Rick set the tone and created the conditions for many of them to earn the Eagle Scout rank throughout the years, but they each had to do all of the hours of individual and collective work to achieve it.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Easterling said with Conners assuming the Scoutmaster position, Lockwood has volunteered to stay involved with the troop. He said this is good because volunteers are always needed, and they do not have to be a parent of a Scout or former Scout themselves.
    “Rick will remain with Troop 66 as assistant Scoutmaster. The troop still needs adult volunteers to fill key vacant positions,” Easterling said. “We have committee openings for Friends of Scouting, membership chair, activities chair, secretary and public relations.”
    Easterling said the Court of Honor, led by Eagle Scout Ted Conrad, was an example of the Scouts leading the way. Conrad distributed merit badges and promotions to Scouts who had earned them under the guidance of Conners.
    “Five boys have completed their Eagle Scout projects, four will have their Eagle Boards of Review before the end of the week, and three more projects are near completion,” Easterling said. “But, all of this is a reflection upon the boys because when it comes down to it, they have to want to do the work.”
    Easterling said Lockwood was a great motivator as Scoutmaster regarding bringing that positive focus out of so many boys.
    Deputy to the Garrison Commander and former Scoutmaster Jack Walker agreed with that assessment and said Lockwood was an exceptional Scoutmaster whose legacy includes many Eagle Scouts.
    “He is one of the great Scoutmasters of all time,” Walker said. “The impact of his influence will be positively tangible to our nation for generations to come.”
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