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One local boy scout group is proving to be a SUPER TROOP

Boy Scout Troop 134 is a veritable beehive of activity that has produced numerous Eagle Scouts in its 41-year history.
Started in the late 1960s, the troop was led by a steady stream of adults who believed boys needed to learn leadership and survival skills to be successful in the world, and that goal continues to be a prime reason adults help run Boy Scout troops.
Despite the historic popularity of being a Boy Scout, local Troop 134 is a young one, all of the older boys having earned their badges, achieved their desired ranks and moved on.
Twelve Cub Scouts who had already been together for several years were ready to move into the next rank, and that’s when Jonesborough’s Troop 134 welcomed them.
The boys are eager participants in their scouting programs and work hard to achieve their badges.
“I really like being a Boy Scout, and it will look good in the future on my college and job applications,” member Nicolas Wilson said. “I like shooting at the range and learning new skills, and I plan to work my way up to the rank of Eagle Scout.”
That sentiment is a shared one in the troop.
“My favorite part is being with my friends and learning new things,” Zachary Sauls said. “I especially like the crafts, and learning all the ways you can tie knots.”
Charlie Sedam inherited the position of Troop 134’s Scoutmaster last year from Jerry Dearstone Sr., who had held the office for the 20 previous years.
“It’s a real honor to be a Boy Scoutmaster, and I do everything with the boys. My wife says I’m reliving my childhood,” said Sedam, whose son Noah is a member of the troop. “I was a Boy Scout, and when I had a son, I knew I wanted him to have the same experiences I had as a Scout. And it’s not just my son. We really want every kid to have the opportunity to be everything they want to be.”
Noah, Sedam’s son, agrees with his dad’s assessment of scouting as a special way of life.
“I’ve been a part of this group for a long time, at least four years, first as a Cub Scout and now as a Boy Scout. These are my friends and we get to do special things together like going to camp, hiking in the mountains, trips, and learning new skills. I’m going to try for the Eagle Scout, and I want to be an important person in scouting.”
The scouting experience seems to run in families. Former Scoutmaster Dearstone was an Eagle Scout, his son is an Eagle Scout, and his wife is his partner in the scouting world. During Dearstone’s 20-year tenure as Scoutmaster, eight boys achieved the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.
Even though he has technically “retired” as Troop 134’s leader, Dearstone said he still stays involved with the boys and works at Boy Scout Camp in the summers.
Randy Gaspard, who is an officer with the troop, was a Boy Scout in South Carolina prior to coming to Jonesborough. He has found friends in the troupe as well as responsibility.
“It’s just a bunch of boys together . . . no girls. No sisters,” Gaspard said. “It’s just really fun. We go on camping trips and different functions – it’s so fun and the meetings are really encouraging.”