Scout to host child ID and fingerprinting event in London

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Eagle Scout candidate Trevor Whetzel
Eagle Scout candidate Trevor Whetzel

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Boy Scouts are guided by the motto, “Be prepared.” Eagle Scout candidate Trevor Whetzel wants to help parents do the same.

For his Eagle Scout project, Whetzel is hosting a children’s identification and fingerprinting event from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 at First United Methodist Church of London, 52 N. Main St.

Parents are invited to bring their children to the event, where Scouts will help parents create personal identification cards to have on hand for emergencies. Each card will include the child’s photo, fingerprints, description (height, weight, hair and eye color), and pertinent medical information.

“The card is good to have in case something happens, like your child goes missing. You can just give the police department this card, and they will have everything they need to help,” Whetzel said.

The event is free. Participants need to bring a photo of their child (3×3 inches or smaller) and their child’s medical history information. The London Police Depart-ment donated the kits to make the cards.

“I’m going to have an officer teach my troop the Monday before the event how to do the fingerprinting. I’m working on getting an officer on-site the day of the event to make sure it’s done right,” Whetzel said.

Cards can be made for children of any age. Whetzel said his targeted audience is children in kindergarten through 12th grade. He is sending informational flyers home with students in the London City Schools system.

“This is the first time my unit has done a project like this, so we don’t know what to expect. My goal is to do at least 100 cards,” Whetzel said.

A senior at London High School, Whetzel has been active in Scouting for 12 years and is a member of Troop 104, affiliated with First United Methodist Church of London. He said his reasons for staying with Scouting for so long are many.

“I’m an outdoorsy person. Being a Scout means that being outdoors is something I could do all the time,” he said. “It’s also an opportunity to meet new people. The bonds you make are friends for life.”

In addition to activities with his troop, Whetzel has worked the past two summers at Camp Falling Rock, a Boy Scout camp located near Newark. One year, he helped visiting Scouts learn outdoor skills. The next, he helped Scouts via Foxfire, a program by which he lived like a pioneer from the 1700s for the summer.

After completing his Eagle Scout project, Whetzel said he hopes to serve as an assistant Scoutmaster for his troop until he leaves for the military. He plans to enlist in the United States Army.

Whetzel is the son of Tod and Tiffany Whetzel. His Scoutmaster is Shane Seidenstricker.

For more information about the children’s identification and fingerprinting event on Jan. 25, call Trevor Whetzel at (740) 845-1416.

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