Scout given God and Country award |

Scout given God and Country award

Staff reports

Erik Curtis of Boy Scout Troop 495 was presented with the “God and Country” award on Sunday, March 29, at Coventry Cross Episcopal Church.

It was presented to him by the Right Rev. Stewart Zabriskie, Bishop of the Dioscese of Nevada, in a special ceremony. Fellow Scouts and church members participated in the ceremony, including Mark Winter as acolyte and Erik’s brother Jeremy Curtis as flag bearer.

Scoutmaster Mike Riggs also attended the ceremony. The women of the church supplied decorations and refreshments. Erik is the son of the Rev. Shep Curtis and Joy Curtis.

The “God and Country” award is a religious award program that requires both Bible study and service projects. Erik has been studying on Sunday mornings for the past year with his mentor, Robert N. Morgan. He has studied the Bible, history of the Christian church and God’s interaction with mankind, and has done personal reflections.

His service has included being a lector upon several occasions, helping with flood cleanup last year, visiting shut-ins, participating with the Scout Troop in its annual food drives and being a volunteer junior life guard at the Carson Valley Swim Center, among other activities.

Erik has the rank of Life Scout, was a chaplain aide for the troop and is currently the troop quartermaster.

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