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Boy Scout Troop 342 members celebrate 50th anniversary
Courtesy of Kim Wise:
Boy Scout Troop 342 members celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sept. 25. Originally formed in 1963, Troop 342 is chartered by St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Federal Way.
Troop 342 focuses on youth leadership growth — both individual and community service leadership. The troop’s members and families have contributed thousands of hours in service to the Federal Way community over the decades. In recent years, the Federal Way Food Bank, Federal Way Public Schools, city, state and national parks, and many community churches have benefitted from the Scouts' efforts.
The Scouts have enjoyed personal growth and adventure over the decades, with experiences canoeing in the wilds of Canada and Steel Lake; hiking the high backcountry of New Mexico; exploring the Florida Keys; surviving many trips on trail and afloat in the Pacific Northwest; and sharing Northwest adventures with other Scouts at national and world Jamborees.
Personal accomplishment has been a large part of Troop 342’s makeup. Since 1984, more than 50 of the troop's members have achieved the renowned Eagle Scout rank and can count themselves in the company of civic, business, and military leaders, as well as leading astronauts, scientists and legislators.
Troop 342 welcomes any boy between fifth grade (or 11 years old) and age 18 to visit, and encourages local groups to contact the troop if they need help with community service projects.
To find out more, contact Scoutmaster Warren Nedved at (253) 235-6597.
Pictured: Current Scoutmaster Warren Nedved (left) greets past Scoutmasters Gregory Vicars (center) and Theodore A. Reyhner as Boy Scout Troop 342 members celebrated their 50th Anniversary.