Patch Whiz Kid/Team/Club of the Week: Louis Mollet, high school freshman
Whiz Kid's School/Church/Community Center: James Caldwell High School, West Caldwell
Whiz Kid's Accomplishment: After moving from France to the Caldwells just three years ago, freshman Louis Mollet has already left his mark on his new hometown, earning the coveted Scout of the Year title for , Caldwell. A Boy Scout since the sixth grade when he arrived in the states, Mollet began earning a wide range of merit badges, participating in social service activities, and attending all regularly scheduled scouting events. His dedication to the troop and scouting earned him the title that is presented to one scout in the troop each year.
Whiz Kid's Key to Awesomeness: Louis Mollet began his fourth year as a Boy Scout with a bit of a surprise—the Scout of the Year award for Troop 6. Bestowed upon one scout annually, the award is presented at the annual Court of Awards celebration in front of fellow scouts and their families. This year, scoutmaster Stan Rogacki presented the award to Mollet.
Mollet was active in scouting before moving to the U.S. in 2008.
“Before my Boy Scout career, I was a louveteau in France,” said Mollet. “A louveteau is the equivalent of Cub Scouts here from the second grade until the fifth.”
As a Boy Scout, Mollet has earned more than a dozen merit badges; participated in National Youth Leadership Training; and was recently inducted into the Order of the Arrow, scouting’s National Honor Society that recognizes Scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. In addition, Mollet acted as the ASPL (assistant senior patrol leader) for the troop, organized several scouting trips, went on numerous day and overnight trips, and helped the troop’s newer scouts.
“My favorite part of scouting is spending a weekend in the woods,” added Mollet. “This year, I earned the Environmental Science, Citizenship in the Nation, Lifesaving, Personal Fitness, Small Boat Sailing and Tracking (a historical merit badge) merit badges, and I am currently finishing my backpacking merit badge.”
So, what are Mollet’s future plans for scouting? “I want to become an in the future, but most importantly, I want to serve my troop to educate younger kids and share with them my experience.”