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Thursday, November 29, 2012

KC Scout thanks Boy Scout Troop 178

Troop 178 From Nativity of Mary, Independence, MO

Posted by Nancy Powell
KC Scout Traffic Management Center Supervisor

As part of my duties at Scout, I often give group tours of our Traffic Management Center. One such tour occurred earlier this week with 16 young Tiger Cub and Webelo Boy Scouts from Nativity of Mary Scout Troop 178 in Independence, MO. These young people, accompanied by numerous parents and Scout Leaders, were a very attentive audience as I explained the history and function of KC Scout’s Traffic Management Center. Their questions were excellent! They wanted to know how cameras worked in the rain and fog; they asked if our cameras were equipped with night vision; they wanted to know if our equipment used antennas; they asked what happens when cameras stop working; they asked if we ever had equipment stolen or destroyed. They were eager to share what they knew about traffic safety rules such as moving over for emergency vehicles, and they were aware of the dangers that highway workers experienced on the job.

After all the questions had been answered, the den mother who arranged the tour earlier in the month, remembered our having discussed that my son had been involved in Cub Scouting many years ago and was now an officer in the US Army, once again deployed to Afghanistan. She handed me a stack of handmade cards from these young Scouts, honoring Veteran’s Day and thanking soldiers everywhere for helping to keep America safe. She told me the Troop would keep cards and letters coming and will hold my son and his troops up in prayer. Then a dad introduced himself as a dispatch officer with the Independence Police Department. He expressed his ongoing condolences for Scout’s recent loss of Clifton Scott, Motorist Assist Operator. Their personnel were also on scene that awful night and for them, as for us, the healing continues. My heart was touched and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet these young people and their involved parents and leaders. Thanksgiving Day has lasted all through the week! 
Thank you, Troop 178


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