When he found her father’s 60-year pin, she knew “right where that pin should go.”
Then she added: “He and my dad were real close.”
As Lapham presented the pin to Dennis, he fought back tears as members of Troop 18 gave him a standing ovation at First Baptist Church in Middletown.
“It means a lot to because it belonged to Everett,” Dennis said after the Troop’s Court of Honor.
Dennis said he rarely wears pins on his uniform. He will make Sherron’s pin an exception, he said.
Toward the end of Sherron’s Scouting career, Dennis drove him to meetings because he was unable to drive.
Dennis said his brother, who later became an Eagle Scout, pulled him “by the ears” to his first Boy Scout meeting in September 1954. He stopped being active when he attended Miami University, then rejoined Scouts in 1972 after he graduated.
He has attended World Jamborees in Canada and England and traveled around the United States because of his affiliation with Boy Scouts of America.
“Scouting made a big impact on me,” he said. “I grew up with it and knew the values. What Scouting stands for and what they teach you.”
When he thinks of Scouting, he cherishes the good times and friendships he made with the young Scouts. His goal is to pass on what he learned “to the next generation.”