Ada Scoutmaster and former scout receive National Honors

By: Ashley Park
By: Ashley Park

ADA, OK -- Angus McFarlane has been the scoutmaster of Troop 4 in Ada since 1967, and last week he became one of 55 scoutmasters to receive the prestigious National Scoutmaster's recognition in Irving.

McFarlane says the award came as a surprise, but it was even more surprising to see one of his former scouts also receive the award out of 38,000 troops across the country.

"The chances of myself and one of my former scouts being selected for this group is probably one in a million...and that's quite an honor in just itself," McFarlane said.

McFarlane's former scout, Harry Evans, was in Troop 4 when he was younger, and is now the scoutmaster of the largest troop in Atlanta, Georgia, with about 140 scouts.

Evans says he was honored to be recognized with his scoutmaster, and says the lessons he learned from McFarlane have carried over to his Troop in Atlanta.

"If you start pulling on any thread of what we do, you'll see the DNA of Angus and Troop 4 woven into it because we've really built the program at Troop 370 in Atlanta...based on what happens at Troop 4 in Ada," said Evans.

Both award winners believe the Boy Scouts of America is an organization that helps transform boys into strong men, and with the recent policy change from their National Council to allow openly gay boys into the organization, they say all boys can benefit from scouting.

"Scouting is not an organization where sexuality is part of the program at all. So homosexual or heterosexual doesn't really have a place in scouting," Evans said.

"We still develop character and physical fitness. And so if we will focus on what hasn't changed, I don't think this will affect the scouting movement," said McFarlane.

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