After 12 years as Scoutmaster for Troop 497 in Cedaredge, Rick Schaefer is retiring from Scouting leadership.
Schaefer has organized many activities for the Scouts in his troop and has helped a number of them in their successful efforts to earn Eagle Scout rank.
Thus, the troop has had a very positive impact on the community and it is hoped that the troop can continue to function.
However, because of school, extra-curricular activities, and time limitations, several boys have had to drop out or suspend their involvement in the Troop this fall and winter. Also, due to lack of available adult leadership, the troop has decided to dissolve until a further plan of action can be implemented and dedicated adult leaders can be found.
"Yes, it is time for me to hang up my uniform after many years of service and fun with the Cedaredge Scouts," Schaefer said. "Eight scouts achieved the rank of Eagle while under my leadership: Ryan Wilson, Seth Parker, Tim DaCosta, Erik Schaefer, Ryan DaCosta, Mathew Gallagos, Jordan Warner and Tim Ducat.
"We had a committee meeting last Sunday and because we could not fill all the positions to recharter, the decision was made to close down the troop.
"This was an emotional decision but without commitment from parents and other adults in the community it is impossible to operate the troop. We are basically moth-balling the troop for a while in case some community members step up and want to operate it. We would be happy to assist if this were to happen," Schaefer said.
Troop 497 has helped the community in many ways. It provided a safe and educational outlet for boys to expend their energy and have "guy time" while learning a variety of skills. Working with VFW Post 9221 in Cedaredge, Troop 497 has welcomed the riders of the Serenity Run with serving at annual pancake breakfast. They also helped with meals for veteran's events and holidays as well as lending a bugler for veterans' burial services when their own bugler was not available.
The community would be sad to see Troop 497 disappear, but parents are very hopeful that it will rise up again in the near future.
The troop's thanks go out to Rick Schaefer for leading the boys and showing them great times. His dedication will be missed and is greatly appreciated. Everyone wishes him much joy and many in the next chapter of his story.
The troop parents have been a wonderful help to the troop when needed for transportation, activities, or just moral support for the boys. Because several of these families have younger siblings to take care of, it has been hard for them to commit to the time it takes to help run the troop. They have nonetheless been very instrumental in the functions and everyone wants to recognize their involvement as well.
There was a "retirement party" held last week. "My retirement party was fun," Schaefer said.
"We had a few of the Eagle Scouts here: my son, Erik Schaefer, my stepson Ryan DaCosta, and Jordon Warner."
Others attending the event were Rick's wife, Jane Schaefer; Patrick, Scott and Christian DaCosta; committee chair Jessica Good and her sons Aaron and Zack; Bob Vader and his sons Lucas and Issac; Ray Klein ("one of our retired leaders who I can't thank enough for all his help in years past"); Mike and Peggy Warner and Peggy's sister Mary; Steve Sweat; Jon Marker; and Don and Evelyn Huckeby.
Rick added, "I would like to extend many thanks to others who have been instrumental in the success of Troop 497. They are Phil Berghauser, Russ Ooms, Bob and Sandy Wilson, Troy and Caroline Stumpf, Margaret Vader, Rita Anthes, Bonnie Graham, Jim Deck, Julie Johnson, Gary and Shannon Fitts, Albert Martinez, Slim Farnsworth, and any others I have left out of the list."blog comments powered by Disqus