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Haring steps down as Scoutmaster, Schmit takes over Troop 548
By Jessica Mincoff
A decade of dedication and enthusiasm are traits Kevin Haring gave to Tomahawk Boy Scout Troop 548. And, although his resignation as Scoutmaster means he's stepping away, the same level of commitment to Boy Scouting will remain under the new leadership of David Schmit, members say.
A one-time Scout in the local troop, Haring served as an assistant before taking the top position as scoutmaster in September 1995, a volunteer job he held for 10 years.
Troop Committee Chairman Gordon Lovsletten noted Haring was influential in resurrecting, organizing and leading the troop's high adventure program by taking members on several canoe trips to the Boundary Waters, Manitowich River and backpacking in the Porcupine Mountains and Isle Royal.
"He's a very outdoors person," Lovsletten said. He also described Haring as a shining example of a person who lives by the Scout Oath and Law. In addition to his duties with the Boy Scouts, Haring is a patrol deputy with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department.
Eight Scouts have earned their Eagle Scout Award, the highest scouting honor, since Haring began as Scoutmaster. The troop consists of about 20 members. The troop also qualified for the National Quality Unit Award under Haring's leadership, and in May 2003 he received the District Award of Merit, the highest honor held by a Scoutmaster.
"(Haring) always related to the Scouts. He had good youth-adult leaderships skills," added Andy Kiander, assistant Scoutmaster.
Harings resignation was announced during a Parents Night Court of Honor, where Scouts are recognized for their achievements over a six-month period. He will stay involved with the troop as he is moving to a position on the Troop Committee.
The troop and fellow staff members thanked Haring for his service with a Norman Rockwell statue of the Scoutmaster engraved with his name and dates of services.
David Schmit named Scoutmaster
Schmit, a volunteer with the troop for 12 years and an assistant Scoutmaster for six, succeeds Haring in the position of Scoutmaster.
"Dave is a family man. He's a good pick for the job," said Kiander. He also added that Schmit's organizational and leadership skills will keep the troop moving in a strong direction.
Schmit, an engineer at Packaging Corporation of America-Tomahawk mill, says he will strive to keep the program moving in the right direction.
Committed to growing the troop, Lovsletten said Schmit implemented meetings where WEBLOS attended and interacted with the Scouts to ease the comfort level when the youngsters graduated to the top Scout spot in the organization.
"I can see this program do nothing but growing," said Lovsletten.
Kiander, Bud Vandenberg, Robin Myre, Chris Erickson and Jim Larkin, all assistant scoutmasters, will help Schmit in his new role.
Boy Scout Troop 548, which welcomes boys ages 11 to 18, meets every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the basement of the American Legion Post 93, located in downtown Tomahawk.