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Troop 159 Member Awarded Hans Wiken Spirit of Scouting

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Carter Michael Purple. COURTESY PHOTO

State Rep. James Arciero recently attended a special Boy Scout Court of Honor ceremony where Troop 159 member Carter Michael Purple was awarded the Hans Wiken Spirit of Scouting Award during this year’s virtual ceremony.
Purple was unanimously chosen by the selection committee and is the second member of the Purple family to earn the honor since 2019. Purple’s brother, Spencer, also earned the award in 2019. Nominees are selected by a group of boy scout leaders for their dedication and commitment to Troop 159 and Scouting in general.
The annual award is given in memory of Hans E. Wiken, an Eagle Scout, and former member of the Westford Boy Scout Troop 159, who passed away in an automobile accident in 2004. Wiken is remembered for his great love and respect for Scouting and his troop. Arciero presented Carter with an official citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives to commemorate his selection for this prestigious award.
Arciero is a former member of Troop 159 and is an Eagle Scout.

Purple was unanimously chosen by the selection committee and is the second member of the Purple family to earn the honor since 2019. Mr. Purple’s brother, Spencer, also earned the award in 2019. COURTESY PHOTO