Scout's honor! Brick patio named for Troop 99 founder and leader

Staff reports

The brick patio at the High Line Train Station was rededicated as the John E. Kinney Court of Honor during the 2022 Old Home Week reunion of Greencastle BSA Troops 13 and 99. 

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The historic train station on South Jefferson Street is managed by the Greencastle Area Youth Foundation and has been the meeting location for local Scouts for many years.

John Kinney
Bricks honoring the late John Kinney have been added in the patio at the High Line Train Station in Greencastle, where a ceremony in his memory was held during the 2022 Old Home Week reunion of BSA Troops 13 and 99.

Kinney, a World War II veteran who died on April 30, 2021, at the age of 103, was one of the founders of BSA Troop 99 and served as Scoutmaster from 1962 to 1974. 

A timeline display of Greencastle’s history and the brick patio were part of an Eagle Scout project led Troop 99 Scout Garrett Sutton in 2013. The picnic table and patio provide a place for members of the community to sit and enjoy the grounds of the High Line Train Station. 

Members of Greencastle BSA Troop 99 who earned their Eagle Scout awards in recent years received bricks for the patio at the High Line Train Station during an Old Home Week reunion. From left: Dylan Weibel, Jack Schemel, Ben King, Ian Long and Quentin Campbell. Not pictured: Eric Witmer and David Witmer.

The engraved bricks of the patio recognize BSA Troop 99 members who are Eagle Scouts, BSA’s highest rank. The patio also honors the Scoutmasters who guided them through their scouting years. 

Past and present scoutmasters who attended the 2022 Old Home Week reunion of BSA Troops 13 and 99 included, from left, Mark Rider, Mike Mummert, Kevin North, Josh Long, Dr. Jerome Harness and Bob Luger.

Scouts who have achieved the rank of Eagle in recent years received their bricks at the reunion and past and present Scoutmasters were recognized.