Thank you, Acorn, for covering Troop 127’s Eagle Court of Honor and the celebration of its 100th Eagle Scout.
My son joined Cub Scouts when he was 8 years old in 1995. Being part of Cub Scout Pack 227 and Troop 127 was the best thing my family—not just my son— ever did. We made connections and long-lasting friendships that continue to this day.
Scoutmaster Geoff Gunn and previous Scoutmaster Steve Hanton created a wonderful environment for our sons to be boys and to grow into good men.
They learned to manage themselves and learned skills far beyond camping and hiking. They also learned canoeing, sailing, team building, leadership and mentoring.
Our boys worked together throughout Scouting to help each other earn their Eagle rank. They are still good friends today, attending each other’s marriages and staying involved with each other.
We were, and still are, a village— the Scouting moms and dads are still here for our now-grown sons, who still welcome each other’s parents into their lives. We are grateful that we all have been a part of Troop 127.
Gunn is the ultimate Scoutmaster. He has always been able to let the boys be boys, guiding them without having to regiment their every move. That’s why the boys enjoy Troop 127 so much.
The older Scouts assume leadership roles in running the troop, and in doing so they emulate the behavior and leadership that younger Scouts begin to incorporate into their own demeanor.
Gunn’s sons are Eagle Scouts. Both sons and their daughter, who earned the Gold Award in Girl Scouts, taught skill classes at Camp Emerald Bay on Catalina Island as teenagers and as adults.
Today, like their parents (Gunn’s wife is a teacher), his children all work in jobs that serve others. His daughter is a teacher. One son is a wildland firefighter and the other son is the camp director at Emerald Bay Boy Scout Camp on Catalina Island.
Thank you for honoring Troop 127 and especially for honoring Geoff Gunn.