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Boy Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 48 has suspended activities. 

For additional scouting opportunities and a list of currently operating Scout Troops in the area, please contact the Central Florida Council Boy Scouts of America.  They can be reached at 407-889-4403 or the website at https://www.cflscouting.org.

Boy Scouts of America is a world-wide youth movement for boys between the ages of 6 and 18 focusing on the theory that young men learn and develop life skills best when they have fun.

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Eagle Scouts

Less than 1% of Scouts nationwide have received Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout. Since its initial beginnings in 1932, there have been 58 Eagle Scouts at Park Lake. These Scouts have gone on to serve their country and communities with distinction. There is an Eagle Scout honor roll Plaque on display in Struble Hall. 

Over the years, Eagle Projects benefiting Park Lake were those of Eagle Bethel who erected duck nesting boxes around Park Lake; Eagle Barron who landscaped the small parking lot on the north side of the Education Building; Eagle Way who built the first nature trail around Park Lake (which was later refurbished and increased by then Life Scout Logan House, a Park Lake member); Eagle Barron who rebuilt the original duck boxes and added more; and Eagle Thrasher who built planters for the large parking lot on Highland Avenue.

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History of Scouting at Park Lake 

In 1932, the Session at Park Lake voted to sponsor the Boy Scout program, and Troop 29 was chartered. Its first Tenderfoot Scout and later its first Eagle Scout was Carl Langford, who later became Mayor of the City of Orlando and was the first person in the Central Florida Council, BSA, to be named a Distinguished Eagle.

During the World War II years, the Troop did not re-charter in 1945. However, it was re-chartered as Troop 48 in 1946 when the veterans began returning home and a Scoutmaster was found.

While early records are not complete, more than 40 Scoutmasters, most of who were Park Lake members, have led Scouting at Park Lake. Several have been adults who earned their Eagle badges at Park Lake. Others have been adults who earned their Eagle ranks as Scouts in other Troops such as, Elder Tom Price, who earned the rare Silver Award from the Exploring Scout program at Ormond Beach, which is an equivalent of the Eagle Scout Badge. 

The longest serving Scoutmaster was Elder Corb Sarchet, who served over a period from 1978-1987, with time out for a stint as President of the Central Florida Council from 1981-82, and then from 2002-2005. He was also an Assistant Scout Master and/or Troop Committee Chairman all other years from 1988–2001 and 2006-2013. Sarchet also was a holder of the Silver Beaver Award, and the Presbyterian Church’s God and Service award.

Over its long and distinguished history, scouting at Park Lake has touched and enriched the lives of more than 2,500 young men. The Presbyterian Church (USA) is one of the top five sponsors of Scouting units in the United States.

Of interest is that an Eagle Scout in Troop 48, Ta Ann Sung, was the first Scout to win the Buddhist religious award in the southeastern United States.

Park Lake’s Involvement in Central Florida Scouting

In addition to chartering a Troop, Park Lake has played a key role in Scouting in Central Florida. When World War I broke out, a young Don Cheney, who for health reasons was unable to soldier, at his father’s urging did his duty by agreeing to serve as Scoutmaster for a composite Orlando Troop, which was organized from three existing troops which had lost their Scoutmasters and other adult leaders to the war effort. 

At the end of WWI, Cheney continued his involvement in Scouting and became the first President of the Central Florida Council when it was organized in the 1920’s. By then, now a County Judge, Cheney played a key role in the development of Scouting in Central Florida and was a charter member of Park Lake Presbyterian Church when it organized in 1925.

In the early 1950’s, Judge Cheney laid the groundwork for what is now known as Camp La-No-Che, a sprawling Scout reservation near Paisley, Florida. Judge Cheney donated to the Council the first 50 acres on Lake Norris which became the camp. The camp’s name represents Lake (La) Norris (No) Cheney (Che), although generations of Scouts have been told it was the name of an Indian tribe which used to camp there, in ”The Legend of La-No-Che” which was penned by Judge Cheney and is still a part of the opening campfire of the annual summer camps.

Judge Cheney received the Silver Beaver award from the local and National Council for his service.