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Hudson - Litchfield News

April 9, 2010 - 3

The Bears Invite You to Support ‘Zach’s Stadium’

by Tina Wilson

So young, so vibrant. So unexpected. Yet, the gripping story of Zach Tompkins doesn’t end with his passing; in fact, it’s just beginning. “They say dreamers can teach us to soar” —a profound lesson whispered to us by the words and actions of Zach Tompkins. You see, in addition to being a scholar and a respected member of our Bears’ community, Zach Tompkins dreamed as if he’d live forever. Not only did he envision greatness, but Zach eter- nalized it. Shortly before his death, Zach crafted a piece of art in his own hand, on which

he wrote: Hudson-Litchfield, ZACH’s Stadium, Home of the Bears.

Exhilarated, Zach shared his dream with his mom that someday, he wanted a stadium

of his own. A dream that supercharged Zach, and only a few short weeks later, took his parents’ breath away. A dream that proved stars need darkness to shine their brightest. A dream that compelled his parents, friends, and community to reach up to the stars, take action, and now make it theirs. Again, Zach’s words spoke volumes; he wanted to make a difference and never lose sight of his dream, further characterizing his legacy as a true champion, on and off the field. It’s time to listen to his words and give meaning to the next chapter of Zach Tompkins’ story. We invite you to support Zach’s wishes and help his dream come true by joining us to: find a space for the complex, raise funds for this community facility, and then build it. Five sites are being explored, but today, all is just still a dream. To begin this journey, join

us Friday, April 16th @ 7 pm, The Hudson Recreation Center, Oakwood Avenue

Necole Tompkins, Zach’s mom, wistfully looks to fulfilling her son’s dreams

(by Dr. H. O. Smith School).

The Tompkins family and friends are supported by State Senator Sharon Carson; State Representatives Bob Haefner and Russ and Lynne Ober; Hudson Selectmen Rick Maddox, Roger Coutu, and Ben Nadeau; Hudson School Board member Lee Lavoie; Hudson Town Planner John Cashell, Hudson Town Engineer Gary Webster; Hudson Recreation Committee members Michael Regan and Sue LaRoche; Mike Roberts, President of Hudson-Litchfield Youth Foot- ball & Cheer, Developers Manny Sousa and Billy Tate; and many community players to undertake this project. Zach has given us a positive push and has empowered us with

optimism and hope, reminding us that together we can turn a possible dream into a probable dream. Let’s make a difference and work towards the happy ending Zach’s story deserves.

A commemorative platter represents Zach’s stadium dream

A SDIC3 foundation has been set up with an account at TD Bank, 80 Derry Street, Hudson, where donations may be made for Account #27059428.

The Road to Becoming an Eagle Scout

by Doug Robinson

Nearly 80 out of every 100 Boy Scouts state that “I will make it to

Eagle.” The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest achievement that can be earned by a Boy Scout. The truth is that only two of those one hundred will actually

achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. The rules, regulations, and requirements for America’s youth who enroll into the Boy Scouting of America program are specifically designed to separate the wheat from the chafe. “The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance, not only in Scouting, but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service. The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about two percent of all Boy Scouts do so. This represents more than 1.7 million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1912. Nevertheless, the goals of Scouting – citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness – remain important for all Scouts, whether or not they attain the Eagle Scout rank,” states Boy Scouts of America (BSA). To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. Although many options are available to demonstrate proficiency in these areas, a number of specific skills are required to advance through the ranks— Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. To advance, a Boy Scout must pass specific tests that are organized by requirements and merit badges.

Merit badges signify the mastery of certain Scoutcraft skills, as well as helping boys increase their skill in an area of personal interest. Of the 120 merit badges available, 21 must be earned to qualify for Eagle Scout. Of this group, 12 badges are required, including First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Environmental Science, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Camping, and Family Life. In addition, a Scout has a choice between Emergency Preparedness and Lifesaving, and a choice between Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming.

Beginning with the Star rank, and continuing through Life and Eagle, a Scout must demonstrate participation in increasingly more responsible service projects. At these levels, he also must demonstrate leadership skills by holding one or more specific youth positions of responsibility in his troop. While a Life Scout, a Scout must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project to any religious institution, school, or community in order to earn his Eagle rank. As a demonstration of leadership, the Scout must plan the work, organize the personnel needed, and direct the project to its completion. The Eagle service project is an individual matter; therefore, two Eagle candidates may not receive credit for the same project. Eagle Scout leadership service projects involving council property or other BSA activities are not acceptable for an Eagle service project. The service project also may not be performed for a business, be of a commercial nature, or be a fundraiser. Routine labor, or a job or service normally rendered, should not be considered. An Eagle service project should be of significant magnitude to be special and should represent the candidate’s best possible effort. The Scout must submit his proposed project plan and secure the prior approval of his unit leader, unit committee, and district or council advancement committee, and the organization benefiting from the effort, to make sure that it meets the stated standards for Eagle Scout leadership service projects before the project is started. This pre-approval of the project does not mean that the board of review will accept the way the project was carried out. BSA Council Member Bud Brown told local Boy Scouts during a meeting designed to prepare them to become Eagle Scouts that they “must have completed their service project before the 18th birthday. In today’s fast-paced and challenging environment for our youth, Boy Scouts must learn to budget their time and plan their service project, meetings with their local troop, meetings with the BSA Council, and meetings with the local organizations with whom there are providing their service project. Most service projects fail because the Scout did not plan their time correctly and do not make the deadline of their 18th birthday.” “For nearly 100 years,” according to Business First, “Boy Scout

programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Law. Scouts pledge: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives. Scouting also provides youth with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce

ethical standards. These opportunities not only help them when they are young, but carry forward into their adult lives, improving their relationships, their work lives, their family lives, and the values by which they live.

In fact, according to the Harris Interactive survey taken in 2005,

83 percent of men who were Scouts agree that the values they learned in Scouting continue to be very important to them today. That survey also provides a number of other interesting findings.

Men who were Scouts, especially those with five or more year’s tenure, say Scouting has taught them to always be honest. Scouting has helped them develop dependability in following through on tasks they set or that others set for them. “Do my best” is near the beginning of the Cub Scout Promise and the Scout Oath. Scouts agree that Scouting teaches them to give their best effort in everything they do. They also say Scouting has encouraged them to set goals for their future. As Eagle Scouts, they have done their “best.”

Alvirne’s Kuhns Receives NH Institutional Award

submitted by NH Institute of Art

Eighteen students

were awarded scholarship money at the Annual High School Drawing Exhibition reception on Saturday, March 20, at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. The High School Drawing Exhibition is on display through April 11 in the French Building Gallery, located on 148 Concord Street. The Drawing Exhibition serves as a nationwide-juried competition for high school students. This year’s show consists

of 100 pieces from 59 high schools in 15 states. Karen Kuhns, a student at Alvirne High School, was one of three recipients of a $1,000 NH Institutional Award. Kuhns’ art piece is currently one of the exhibits being displayed in the halls of Alvirne High School.

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