Schroon Lake Samuel Foote believes in Boy Scouts.
“Scouting instills morals and values in you that you otherwise could not get,” Foote said. “It teaches you many things like leadership, dedication, helpfulness and many other things that are lacking in our world today.”
Foote, a member of Troop 37 in Schroon Lake, should know. A scout the past 12 years, he will receive the Eagle Scout Award, scouting highest rank, in a court of honor Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club.
“My scouting experience over the years has taught me many things, such as first aid, lifesaving, cooking and countless other skills that will stay with me for my entire life,” Foote said. “The leadership, outdoor and other training that I have received over the years is something that I will always remember and hope to give to others someday.”
Foote is the current chief of the Wakpominee chapter of the Order of the Arrow, scouting’s National Honor Society. He attended the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort AP Hill in Virginia and the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference that was held at Michigan State University.
Every Eagle Scout is required to complete a community service project.
“My Eagle Scout project was to put thermoplastic grave markers and American flags at veterans graves throughout 10 cemeteries in Schroon Lake and North Hudson,” Foote said. “Over 500 graves in our area now are permanently recognized. I decided to do this project because the veterans who fought for our country deserve to be honored and I have a close connection with all of the local veterans.”
Foote credits Schroon veterans Don Sage and Ed Donley with teaching him respect for veterans and the nation. He also thanked Tom Garcia for his help with the Eagle project.