Where to begin – this week our Leader Feature is the Troop’s Scoutmaster – Gary Hansen! Gary was a scout in Troop 485, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, as a youth also received the Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow and as an adult leader has received the Silver Beaver Award. Over his long scouting career, Gary has served on several National Jamboree staffs, has been a staff member for COPE at the Northeast Regional Camp School, has taken 2 Troop crews to Sea Base and has been to Philmont Scout Ranch 8 times – 7 with Council Crews as the Advisor and 1 time to the Training Center. He will be returning to Philmont as part of the Council contingent, in 2017 to hike an 8th trek! He holds a Wilderness First Aid Certification. His scouting career as a youth and adult, is long and adventurous. Among his many duties with the Troop and his role as an advisor for the OA Lodge, he has guided many young men in Troop 485 as they attained their Eagle Scout rank and continues to do the same today! He happily shares his extensive scouting knowledge of hiking, knot tying, camping, backpacking, first aid and more, with the Troop’s scouts and with scouts throughout the Council. Thank you for being our Troop’s guiding light!