Boy Scout Troop 184 celebrates 75th year and more during Scout Sunday

Submitted photo Scoutmaster Emeritus, Harold “Freck” Miller was honored for his 70th year of Scouting.
Submitted photo John J. Schultz was honored with the Lutheran "Servant of Youth Award" for his years of serving youth of Hamburg.

Honored guests, along with 45 Cub and Boy Scouts of Pack and Troop 184, attended a breakfast in honor of Scouting on Sunday, Feb. 9 for Boy Scout Sunday. This is the 75th anniversary of Troop 184 at St. John’s. The breakfast included sausage and pancakes, followed with a program reviewing the past year’s activities, along with skits. Immediately after, the Scouts attended worship, participating as greeters, ushers and lectors, along with all the Cub and Boy Scouts singing the prelude song “This is My Father’s World.”

John J. Schultz was bestowed with the Lutheran “Servant of Youth Award” for his years of serving the youth of Hamburg. John is a loving husband and father, who is actively involved in his community and his church. He has been a member for six years at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. His faith in God is evident as he and his family faithfully attend worship services every Sunday. Along with his family, he has and continues to serve the church in many ways. He is currently a youth group leader, Sunday school day camp teacher, and youth group advisor. John also cooks and serves meals to the congregation, organizes and assists in church and youth group fundraisers, and supports the church community in every aspect. In his everyday life John is a kind and caring person who is willing to lend a helping hand, be it in his congregation, community, school, or Scout Troop.

John has youth agency experience in Cub Pack 185 as Tiger Cub Leader, 2006-2007, Cub Den Leader, 2007 and 2008, and Webelos Leader, 2008-2010. In Boy Scout Troop 184 he was the Troops committee member, 2010-2011, and is currently the assistant scoutmaster when he started in 2011.

John’s son is in Boy Scouts, Troop 184, and attends all troop activities and is currently a: Life Rank Scout. Without the loving support of John, his son, along with the 16 youth in the Troop would not have the many opportunities that his guidance has provided. As a leader in Troop 184, he regularly attends meetings and keeps everyone informed of current events. He has and continues to help the scouts to raise money so that they may attend summer camp, campouts and high adventure trips so that it is not a burden on families. On Scout Sunday, and at all functions, John is always one of the first to help organize and show the youth how to prepare for the day’s events.

Besides doing work with the scouts, John has also found time to be a little league baseball coach for seven years, as well as helps out with his daughters Girl Scout Troop.

John is an outstanding individual who is selfless in his love of giving and a mentor to all youth whom are fortunate to have him in our congregation, troop and community.

Also on Scout Sunday, Scoutmaster Emeritus, Harold “Freck” Miller was honored for his 70th year of Scouting. He was escorted to the altar by Pete Schlenker and Roger Miller, who both earned their Eagle Scout badges under Freck’s leadership. After reading Freck’s accomplishments, he was honored with a standing ovation from his fellow church members. Wooden nickels commemorating Freck’s accomplishments were handed out.

Another interesting event for the troop that was celebrated, George Miller and Priscilla Fisher bestowed a gift to the troop; a tract of land encompassing 34 acres of Mountain Land adjacent to the 65 acres in Boy Scout Troop’s care since 1946, in honor of their father Arthur C. Miller. Arthur Miller’s great-great grandfather George Miller received the land originally as a land grant from the heirs of William Penn. This is the last remaining land that has been in the possession of the Miller family for six generations.

The final papers were executed in August to transfer the plot to the troop. Arraignments for the acceptance of the gift were made by George H. Miller and Dennis A. Miller of Boy Scout Troop 184 Hamburg, through Russell E. Farbiarz local attorney. St. John’s Lutheran church noted that the acquisition of the 34 acres of mountain land for the troop complements the existing 65 acres making a total of 99 acres in the care of Boy Scout Troop 184.

“It is with grateful heart and deep appreciation; we acknowledge the generosity of George H. Miller and Priscilla K. Fisher in honor of their father Arthur C. Miller of this land which has been in possession of their family for six generations. it is real evidence of American faith and civic charity,” said the troop.

Look for more on Harold “Freck” Miller’s 70th year of Scouting and the land grant in the upcoming weeks.