Scout troop recognized by state comptroller’s office

Boy Scout Troop 40, based at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sycamore, received a service award at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield from Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

The award, which reflected the troop’s “dedication and service to the people of Illinois,” was presented Aug. 11. The Scouts were among more than 150 Scouts and parents from DeKalb County troops to travel to Washington, Illinois, last spring for a clean-up effort to help in the town’s recovery from a November 2013 tornado.

While the service project was graced by enthusiastic participation from Boy Scout units all over DeKalb County, the Scouts of Troop 40 chose to arrive a day early to extend their service to the people of Washington. This extended “Good Turn” and hard work in the clean-up brought about the state recognition.

“We accept this award on behalf of all the Scouts of the Kishwaukee District who worked at the cleanup in Washington,” Scoutmaster Jeff Voigt said. “This recognition reflects well on the selfless character of all the boys involved, and on the Scouting program for helping to instill those values.”

Troop 40 will participate in a drive-thru pork chop dinner fundraiser with Feed‘em Soup from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 122 S. First St. in DeKalb. For more information, call 815-310-0903.

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