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History of Special Needs Boy Scout Troop #105

The first recorded meeting to form a Boy Scout Troop for men with disabilities was on Monday, February 24, 1992.  The following Rotarians were part of this meeting: Bill Stacy, Edith Nash, Ken Boettcher, Ed Heuer, Dar Blanke, Bob Schuster, Bob Hewitt, Paul Fleming, Art Hayward, Maurice Mathews and Rob McGrath.  Also present were Scout leaders Bob Timmons and Martin “Bud” Gadow.

On April 13, 1992, Maurice Mathews provided an update regarding Rotary’s sponsorship of a Boy Scout Troop for special boys and on June 1, 1992 President Rob McGrath accepted charter from Bob Timmons and Bud Gadow for Special Needs Boy Scout Troop #105 sponsorship.

The original scouts in the troop ranged in age from 13 to 53 and enjoy companionship and recreation as regular scouts might do.  They are involved in the full range of scouting activities, including camping, crafts, rank advancement, leadership training, merit badge achievement and first aid practice.

A high point of the scouting year is the annual summer camp at Camp Tesomas near Rhinelander.  There, the scouts qualify for advancement in rank and for merit badges including wilderness survival, pioneering, cooking and archery.  Several of the scouts have been selected for recognition as members of the honorary Order of the Arrow.

Scout Troop #105 was featured in an ad that appeared in People Magazine on September 13, 1993.  The ad was sponsored by Toyota and featured a photo of the scout troop with Mark Olinyk, troop committee chairman.  The troop also appeared in the November 1993 issue of The Rotarian magazine.

Troop 105 scouts find time to help others, they serve in Scouting for Food to fill the local food pantries and take part in the annual Make a Difference Day.  Also with the support of local businesses, the scouts shop at Christmas for children of needy families.

Not only do Rotarians provide financial support to Troop 105, but club members are also actively involved as members of the scouting committee.  The club and Troop 105 combine meetings for an annual Court of Honor to recognize the achievements of each scout and to renew friendships and the club’s commitment to scouting.

Over the past twenty-five years, our club has taken great pride in sponsorship of Troop 105 and this relationship continues to be a very rewarding experience for all involved.
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
             
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