Samuel Foote, a member of Troop 37 in Schroon Lake, will receive the Eagle Scout Award, scouting highest rank, in a court of honor Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club.
Samuel Foote believes in Boy Scouts.
“Scouting instills morals and values in you that you otherwise could not get,” Foote said. “It teaches you many things like leadership, dedication, helpfulness and many other things that are lacking in our world today.”
Foote, a member of Troop 37 in Schroon Lake, should know. A scout the past 12 years, he will receive the Eagle Scout Award, scouting highest rank, in a court of honor Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club.
“My scouting experience over the years has taught me many things, such as first aid, lifesaving, cooking and countless other skills that will stay with me for my entire life,” Foote said. “The leadership, outdoor and other training that I have received over the years is something that I will always remember and hope to give to others someday.”
Foote is the current chief of the Wakpominee chapter of the Order of the Arrow, scouting’s National Honor Society. He attended the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort AP Hill in Virginia and the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference that was held at Michigan State University.
Every Eagle Scout is required to complete a community service project.
“My Eagle Scout project was to put thermoplastic grave markers and American flags at veterans graves throughout 10 cemeteries in Schroon Lake and North Hudson,” Foote said. “Over 500 graves in our area now are permanently recognized. I decided to do this project because the veterans who fought for our country deserve to be honored and I have a close connection with all of the local veterans.”
Foote credits Schroon veterans Don Sage and Ed Donley with teaching him respect for veterans and the nation. He also thanked Tom Garcia for his help with the Eagle project.
The soon-to-be Eagle also acknowledged his scout leaders and parents. His father, Joseph, is now Troop 37 scoutmaster.
“My dad took over this position from Curtis McCoy, who was my scoutmaster for five years since joining Troop 37,” Foote said. “Mr. McCoy was has been a great help in teaching and guiding me in the right direction throughout my scouting career so far. He was always there for camping trips and activities even though he had no children in our troop. He continues to be an influence to me and hopefully to that scouts that will follow me.
“And my mom (Jacqueline) and dad took the time to get me to all the events that I wanted to attend,” he added. “They also stood by me and guided me to complete what I started, the difference between right and wrong, and gave me a chance to learn my own way.”
Foote also thanked members of the Twin Rivers Council and the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club, which sponsors Troop 37.
“I also want to thank two leaders, Jim Iannaconne and John Dillon, who helped me along my journey, and, even though they have passed away, they will be an influence on me for the rest of my life,”Foote said.
Foote expects to remain active in scouting, becoming an adult leader after reaching age 18. He also has big career plans.
“I am currently a senior in high school, a member of the National Honor Society, and am also in the BOCES New Visions Health Career Exploration program,” he said. “I want to thank all my teachers that have helped me along the way to guide me into the person that I am today. I am planning to go to college and study biology/pre–med. I then will hopefully go to medical school and become a cardiothoracic surgeon or an emergency medicine physician/surgeon.”