33rd Annual Camden County Distinguished Citizen Award Reception 2011
Lucien’s Manor, Wait... What?
By Dan S.
An email was sent, an email was received, and a team of scouts was called up to venture into the unknown of a council event. This is how only a few days prior to the reception, Troop 48 was selected to perform the opening ceremony at the 33rd Annual Camden County Distinguished Citizen Award Reception (boy, that’s a mouthful). This reception, called together a large group of rather wealthy business sponsors for the Southern New Jersey Council of the Boy Scouts of America. These sponsors managed to raise a total of $43,000 and this event was to honor their contributions and the contributions of three specific men who received awards. These men were, Dan McDonough, who received the Good Scout Award, James Kehoe, who received the George Meany Award, and Dr. Joseph Conway, who received the Whitney M. Young Award.
When the four of us who were assigned with the task of representing our troop at this event arrived, we realized we may very possibly be at an event that was rarely attended by any member of Troop 48, and we were somewhat taken aback. The atmosphere and class around us revealed that this was indeed a meeting of many people whom more than likely sponsored boy scouts. Some sort of underlying theme of the event involved Camden Boy Scouts and one troop in particular, Troop 123, which was present from a Camden charter school. As it so happened, Jiff, Paul, and myself, were involved in the opening ceremony. This entailed, the carrying of the American and Council Flag down a flight of steps and placing them in their appropriate bases. Along with this, we were supposed to lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath, and Scout Law, but the presenting congressman, took it upon himself to lead those parts making our job extremely easy. Paul was also selected to give the opening prayer as well as speak on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, exemplifying it’s impact in his life. This he did resoundingly with a story involving a latrine. When this was all completed the awards were presented to the aforementioned men, and Jiff was chosen to carry the awards to the recipient along with another scout from Troop 123. This strung us out till the end of the reception, and then we departed, in a state of amazement at the event we just participated in which we were all unprepared for