Scouts hike, and run, for heat

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Nov. 22, 2011
Holt Sihvonen, senior patrol leader for Lebanon Boy Scout Troop 180 and the organizer of this year's Hike for Heat, jogs around the town green during the hike on Nov. 19. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Holt Sihvonen, senior patrol leader for Lebanon Boy Scout Troop 180 and the organizer of this year's Hike for Heat, jogs around the town green during the hike on Nov. 19. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Holt Sihvonen is one of four members of Lebanon Boy Scout Troop 180 who have been involved with the troop since they were in the first grade. All now attending Lyman Memorial High School, the four have been troop members for more than 10 years. “They’re all in leadership roles, and I’m really proud of them,” said Assistant Scout Master Phil Johnson, at the Nov. 19 Hike for Heat on the Lebanon Town Green.

Sihvonen, who is the senior patrol leader for the troop, was responsible for all of the scheduling involved in putting together the Hike for Heat. His fellow long-term troop members are Ian Montgomery, Steven Shenkle and CJ Kanow.

Like many troop members, Sihvonen is an athlete, as well. A member of the cross-country team at Lyman, Sihvonen was using the hike as an opportunity to get in some training, as he jogged lap after lap around the green. “This is pretty good practice,” said Sihvonen, taking a short break. He hoped to raise at least $500 through the hike, which is a major source of funds for the town’s heat assistance program. “We help heat the homes of those in need,” said Sihvonen. “It’s a great way to raise some money to help. And a lot of our members are runners or soccer players, so it’s a great way to get in some running, too.”

Troop 180 currently consists of 15 Scouts, with Marty Shenkle serving as the Senior Scout Master. Assisting alongside Johnson is Mike Montgomery. The troop has several fundraising activities coming up. On Dec. 4, they will hold their annual Breadbowl fund raiser at the American Legion Hall during the town’s tree-lighting festivities. In January, they will hold their annual Scouting for Food drive to benefit the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program.


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