Scoutmaster promotes final Eagle Scout
Scoutmaster Richard Moore has promoted his last Eagle Scout for Troop 225.
Moore, the scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 225 in Roseburg, ended 10 years in that position when he officiated the Eagle Scout ceremony of Trenton Hoschouer on Dec. 17.
In his time as a scoutmaster, he has directly mentored 20 young men who earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest level of achievement for a Boy Scout.
For his Eagle project, Hoschouer renovated some buildings at the VFW Post No. 2468 on Northeast Walnut Street in Roseburg.Moore said he enjoys seeing the kids growing from 11-year-olds into adults who are better prepared to face the challenges that are out there.
“Part of it is just growing up, but I think a lot of it has to do with scouts, I think it’s just a great program,” Moore said. “The kids come in here bouncing off the walls playing on their phones and you have to try to get them engaged and get them going on whatever it is, and then they end up like Trenton.”
Moore started as a Cub Scout and didn’t get his Eagle badge, but he was a senior patrol leader for about four years. Moore got back into scouting when he moved to Roseburg in 1988 and his son got involved in Cub Scouts. But after 10 years of balancing his duties as a scoutmaster and his job at the Douglas County Jail, he decided it was time to make a change
“I really like doing this and I believe in it, but I think it’s time for someone else to take over,” Moore said.
For Moore, vacations have been attending meetings, camps and other scouting events. He still has to use his vacation time to be able to go camping with the troops, but he loves doing it.
Trenton Hoschouer began his scouting experience in the first grade, earning the Arrow of Light and finishing with the Eagle Scout badge. Learning under Moore, he said, was a valuable and life-changing experience. It gave him life skills that he will treasure.
“Richard was my scoutmaster for a really long time,”he said. “I learned leadership skills and the ability to work with people, and I know how to better interviews now because of scouting. It was a long road but it was worth it.”
Hoschouer coordinated the project to fix up dilapidated storage sheds at the VFW Hall. He had to coordinate the repair and painting of the outbuildings at the VFW and had to secure the funding to do it.
“There was damage done to it by the elements, and most of the damage was done to the door,” Trenton Hoschouer said.
He had to organize people to help with the project and also had to come up with the funding on his own.
“We were lucky, it was only paint and a little siding so it was relatively cheap, so we could just pay it out of pocket,” said Darren Hoschouer, Trenton’s father. “The scout has to figure out the financing.”
Moore says the community has been supportive of the Eagle Scout projects. He said it’s been a rewarding run in being the scoutmaster for the last 10 years and he’ll stay involved, just not as the scoutmaster.
“They learn things they don’t even know they’ve learned,” Moore said. “They go to summer camp and campouts, learn to cook, learn to build a fire, learn to work together, and directing projects like this Eagle project, they have design it from the ground up.”