Merit badges had been presented and supporters of Boy Scout Troop 41 were recognized during a Court of Honor Sunday afternoon at the JC Naz Church in Junction City. But there was one final surprise presentation. State Rep. Lonnie Clark, Junction City, presented Scoutmaster Peter "Pete" Paras with a framed proclamation in recognition of his years of service with the Boy Scouts.
Clark said the troop leaders that work with Paras requested the proclamation. "Knowing Pete since my grandson is in his troop, he is 110% dedicated to the Scouts, does a great job with these young men."
Paras said he was surprised at the presentation. "I was very, very surprised. This is the Scouts day but it was quite an honor for Lonnie Clark to present that to me. Acknowledgement was nice but it's all about the boys."
Paras first became a Boy Scout himself in 1963, and later served 18 years with the Cub Scouts and then 15 years with Troop 41. He said the Boy Scouts are a program to turn boys into men. "We focus on them, celebrate their boyhood. We celebrate them as young men. We're trying to steer them straight and the whole program of Boy Scouts of America is teaching them morals, values, ethics, and respect for God, so many things we try to do."
During the Court of Honor numerous members of Troop 41 received merit badges that they have earned during the past year.