PHOTO: Congratulations to the Troop 32 members honored at the annual Twin Lights District Dinner. From left:  Hometown Heroes Dennis Fowler, Chris Santiago, Lidia Santiago, and Twin Lights District Award of Merit honoree Brian DeShong.  Caption credit: Fred Pachman.

Middletown, New Jersey – Monmouth Council Boy Scouts of America recently held its annual Twin Lights District Volunteer Recognition Dinner at Yesterday’s Restaurant in Hazlet, during which several members of Boy Scout Troop 32 (River Plaza) received special honors.  Troop 32’s Scoutmaster Brian DeShong received the Twin Lights District Award of Merit for his many years of service to the troop, the district, and the community.  Additionally, Troop 32’s former Scoutmaster Dennis Fowler and former Life Scout Chris Santiago and his mother, Lidia, received recognition for their tireless community assistance during Hurricane Sandy with a Hometown Hero award.

“We are lucky to be part of a community of Scouts and Scouters that takes such good care of its citizens,” notes Brian DeShong, Scoutmaster of Troop 32. “I’ve said many times that our troop is like a family, and families help each other in times of needs.  Whether it’s through ongoing food drives to assist Lunch Break and St. Anthony’s Church in Red Bank, or helping those affected during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy at our local churches and community buildings, our Scouts and leaders think of others first.  To be recognized for helping others is not why we volunteer our time, but it’s always nice to feel appreciated with such honors.”

Founded in 1956, the leadership of BSA Troop 32 believes teaching a boy outdoor skills, self reliance, respect for nature, and respect for others, while promoting community service increases his ability to give back to his family, his country, and himself.  Troop 32 provides an active outdoor program and reinforces the ideals put forth by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.  Troop 32 believes strongly in giving back to the community, which includes conducting food drives for local pantries, participating in civic events, and completing Eagle Projects aimed specifically to assist local organizations.