CUBA CITY—Honoring the long-time service to the Boy Scouts program, Troop 775 presented Jim Bussan with a personalized walking stick during the Court of Honor ceremony. Bussan has served the troop for 27 years.
Bussan started assisting the Boy Scouts when his son joined as a Webelo in the Cub Scouts. When his son crossed over to the Boy Scouts in 1991, Bussan was approached by the scoutmaster asking for help.
“I’ve been there ever since,” Bussan said.
He went through the leader training and 1 ½ years after getting more involved, the scoutmaster moved away, leaving a leadership vacancy.
“I was the only one at the time with the training, so they named me scoutmaster,” Bussan said. “I served in that role until 2000.”
He has served the group in many capacities over the years, including district chair for 5 ½ years and the council executive board.
“I like the program,” Bussan said. “I sincerely believe in it. It’s one of the few places young people can excel and be good citizens. It teaches them all sorts of things.”
Bussan said he will stay with the program as long as he is physically able.
The walking stick is a tradition in scouting. Bussan said leaders typically have a walking stick and use it on hikes.
This particular walking stick is engraved with the names of the troop, leaders and current Scouts.
“It was a surprise to me,” Bussan said. “I was pleased, gratified and humbled with the gift.”
Troop 775 currently has 14 Boy Scouts.
“It is one of the best organizations boys can be in,” Bussan said. It teaches citizenship, leadership and skills you can’t get anywhere else.”