Gilford Boy Scout leaders surprised to be focus at award ceremony
Gebhardt, 72, the scoutmaster, and Doucette, 61, a senior leader, both recently announced their retirement from Scout leadership at the end of this year.
“We weren’t listed on the agenda that night,” Doucette said with a chuckle.
Honoring the two leaders was important, said Kurt Webber, who will take over as scoutmaster in January. Troop 243 has produced 30 Eagle Scouts during Gebhardt’s time as scoutmaster and 23 Eagle scouts during Doucette’s time, an impressive feat for any Scout troop, he said.
Scouts at the meeting congratulated them, and on the troop’s Facebook page, several former Gilford Scouts thanked their former leaders.
“It’s time to bring in some new blood,” Gebhardt said. “It will help to bring in younger people with new ideas; it will bring an infusion of energy.
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