Roseland : Boy Scout Troop 32 Says Thanks!

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Photos By Tommy Stafford : Members of Roseland Boy Scout Troop 32 dedicate a tree to thank Scoutmaster, Steve Crandall.
Photos By Tommy Stafford : Members of Roseland Boy Scout Troop 32 dedicate a tree to thank Scoutmaster, Steve Crandall.

Roseland – Nelson County, Virginia

Seldom do you hear about the ,small, but great things happening day to day in life. Seems like all we hear is how bad the economy is. How much money the market lost today. By next year, how we all will cease to exist…..

It was a nice break from all of that negativity to see a group of young men do something meaningful for someone who helped them as they have been growing up. “This is a special way to say thanks to Steve {Crandall} for all of the memories and the hard work and sacrifices he made to make it all possible,” says Tom Saunders of Piney River, Virginia who helped organize a special tree planting earlier this week in Crandall’s honor.

Troop 32 members dig holes for an Appalachian Red -  Red Bud and three Hydragenias.
Troop 32 members dig holes for an Appalachian Red - Red Bud and three Hydragenias.

Crandall organized and went on two different scout trips for Troop 32 over the past few years taking members on trips they probably would have never gone on otherwise. “These are trips the kids went on that they never would have done on their own, not even considered,” Tom continues.

One of the scout trips Troop 32 went on with Crandall in August 2007 to Wyoming.
One of the scout trips Troop 32 went on with Crandall in August 2007 to Wyoming.

NCL followed the 2007 Wyoming trip on our site here.

“It’s very cool. I get as much out of this as anything in life. It’s nice to see people to think enough of what I have done to do something nice like this,” says Steve after being surprised at his Roseland home by his fellow scouts.

Members of Roseland Boy Scout Troop 32 pose for a shot after the planting.
Members of Roseland Boy Scout Troop 32 pose for a shot after the planting.

“We planed three hydragenias as a way of saying thanks to his wife, Heidi, for giving us her husband for those three weeks,” laughs Tom.

The first trip was to New Mexico where scouts were on the trail for 11 days, hiking over 100 miles, crossing 5 peaks over 10,000 feet in elevation, including one that was 12,500 feet.

Many of the scouts in Troop 32 are now already in college or will soon be entering their first year.
Many of the scouts in Troop 32 are now already in college or will soon be entering their first year.

One for the good stories out there! Way to go Troop 32!

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