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Loren Murphy: values and leadership matter

Loren Murphy of Pittsford, a senior at Otter Valley High School, was presented with an Eagle Scout award at the Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony at Hildene, the Vermont home of Robert Lincoln, the son of President Abraham. According to Murphy, "an Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America; it's an honor less than 5 percent of scouts nationwide attain."

Murphy started out in scouting as a Tiger Cub, a member of Pack 110 in Pittsford. At that time, he was an eager first grader at the Lothrop School. As the young scout advanced through the ranks, his leadership skills were recognized early on. As a Cub, Murphy was awarded the Arrow of Light, the highest level honor for a Cub Scout.

Maintaining a commitment to the principles of scouting, Murphy moved up to Boy Scout Troop 110 in Rutland County. Again, his leadership skills were recognized and he assumed the positions of patrol leader for the "Phish" patrol and became the troop's assistant senior patrol leader.

Murphy's honors in scouting continued to gain attention: he was elected to the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts Honor Society, Ajapeu Lodge, and he became the Rutland County troop's representative. Later, he was elected secretary for the Boy Scouts' Ethan Allen Chapter. He moved up to lodge vice chief and then was named acting chief of the lodge.

Recently, members of the Pittsford Selectboard approved Murphy's Eagle project that involved construction of a trail message center and relief map for the Pittsford Trails and Recreation Park. The accomplished scout also worked with award-winning Vermont artist Woody Jackson in designing new Green Mountain Council patches that recognize the centennial of scouting.

This year, Murphy was elected as the Order of the Arrow section chief-the result being the Pittsford scout became the first youth from the Vermont Ajapeu Lodge to ever be elected to a national position in the Boy Scouts of America. Murphy's new responsibilities include section chief for scouts in Vermont, New York, Connecticut and Europe.

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