PHOTO: From left, Tom Bogart, Monmouth Council Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Wood Badge Course Director; Kurt Kalafsky, Monmouth Council BSA President; Wood Badge honoree Fred Pachman; Lee Marconi, Monmouth Council BSA Scout Executive. 

Middletown, New Jersey – During Boy Scout Troop 32’s recent Court of Honor, here, when 49 Scouts earned 139 merit badges and six Scouts earned rank advancement, Scouts and their families witnessed a highly honored individual achievement.  Frederic C. Pachman, Venture Crew advisor and Troop committee member, received the Wood Badge, one of the most advanced training honors for adult leaders, in a special ceremony from the Monmouth Council Boy Scouts of America.

The Wood Badge is the embodiment of the Scouting spirit, involving intense training and carried out in the context of the Scouting ideals and service to young people.  The course is designed to bring out a dedication and spirit of brotherhood and fellowship.  Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of Scouting, directed the first course in 1919 and designed it so Scouters could learn, in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting.

At this Wood Badge Court of Honor, Pachman received accolades for his years of special training and detailed project work to collect, preserve, and display Troop 32’s decades-long history.  “As Troop 32 celebrated its 50th anniversary in April 2006, I realized there was a need to collect and organize the records that documented the history of our unit,” explains Pachman.

“As an archivist, librarian, and historian, I realized the time had come to gather and preserve the foundation documents of Troop 32, and build an archival legacy that would continue,” Pachman continued.  As part of his project, he collected Troop history from current and former members, organized and preserved materials, developed displays, prepared programs for district meetings, and wrote journal articles promoting troop historical collections. 

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.