Boy Scout Troop 7 was recognized with a proclamation by the McAllen City Council in celebration of the Boy Scout Troop’s 50th Anniversary at St. Mark United Methodist Church located at 301 W. Pecan in McAllen.

Steve and his son, Marcos Shimotsu, Johnathan Weisfeld-Hinojosa, and his mother, Rosalie Weisfeld, and Samuel ‘Sam’ A., and his father, Samuel Saldivar, Jr. a McAllen school board member; were honored to represent the troop at the ceremony. The three scouts have been together since they were Cub Scouts.

Marcus and Sam have earned their Eagle badges and Johnathan is in the final weeks of completion and application of his Eagle award. For information about joining Boy Scout Troop 7 contact Rosalie Weisfeld at 956.793.5814 or email rweisfeld@rgv.rr.com or for general information about scouting call the BSA office 956-423-0250.

In February 1960, St. Mark United Methodist Church helped establish BSA Troop 7 in McAllen which has been operating for the last 50 years with a proud history of serving the McAllen area. Hundreds of youths have participated and benefited from the scouting program at St. Mark’s. Troop 7 has produced 117 Eagle Scouts including renowned NASA Astronaut and McAllen-native, Michael Fossum. In 2009, six Scouts earned the Eagle rank: Josh Gaslin, Christopher Martin, Christopher Noe, Jarred Prater, Sam Saldivar and Marcus Shimotsu.

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nations largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. Scouting provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. For nearly a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes - and through nearly a century of experience - knows that helping youth is key to building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society.

The troop meets at St. Mark’s on Monday evenings at 7 pm. All boys between the ages of 11 and 17 years old or in 5th - 11th grades are invited to join. The Scoutmaster is Doug Timmmer.