MINT HILL, NC – At the recent Boy Scout Troop 140 Court of Honor in Matthews, Commander Bonapart spoke briefly about the Legion’s support for BSA and a partnership with Boy Scouts that began at the Legion’s first national convention in 1919. He noted that today Legion posts sponsor more than 2500 Scouting units across the country.
Commander Bonapart acknowledged the work and support that Post 555 provides to local BSA troops, and he praised the hard work, including the demonstrated leadership and citizenship efforts, of the Scouts of Troop 140. Commander Bonapart then presented the North Carolina American Legion 2020-2021 North Carolina Troop of Year award to Senior Patrol Leader Joshua Ivey and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Jackson O’Donoghue representing the deserving members of Boy Scouts Troop 140.
The Department of North Carolina annually provides scholarships to Scouts to attend BSA High Adventure Camps that provide Scouts with the opportunity to connect with the adventure of Scouting from Leadership Training to camp development and high adventure treks. Commander Bonapart also presented a High Adventure Scholarship to Eagle Scout Connor Kincaid of Troop 140.
Connor also used the Legion Scholarship to attend the BSA National Advanced leadership Experience (NAYLE) program at the BSA Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve, located in West Virginia.
Mint Hill American Legion Post 555 has supported Scouting since it’s inception in 2019 with a Temporary Legion Charter, and with their Permanent Charter since 2020. The Post has attended many Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremonies in Mint Hill at Troop 65, Troop 144, and in Matthews at Troop 140.