During four decades at the helm of Hatboro Troop 3 as scoutmaster, borough resident Bob John—an Eagle Scout himself—led 110 boys to attain the highest rank in scouting.
Earlier this month, many of John's accomplished scouts, accompanied by his friends and family, came together to honor him for his 40 years of service as scoutmaster.
Some of the 260 in attendance shared some of their most cherished memories of John.
All present enjoyed a multi-media presentation of John's life in scouting. He received proclamations and letters of praise from President Obama, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, the Vatican, Gov. Tom Corbett and State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf.
State Rep. Tom Murt presented John with a proclamation from the state assembly.
Hatboro Federal Savings President Joe Tryon, Cradle of Liberty Council, BSA, Executive Tom Harrington and Hatboro Troop 3 Chairman David Cooper all applauded John for his dedication to scouting. During his tenure, John, a Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce since 1977, received more than a dozen scouting awards.
Stuart Gentry accepted the challenge of continuing the traditions of Hatboro Troop 3 as its new Scoutmaster.
Scouts of Troop 3 participated in the evening's program as well as presenting gifts to John and his wife, Barbara.
The boys carried in the troop's newest canoe, which will bear a plaque recognizing John's 40 years as scoutmaster.