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Scouts recognize former Hebron Scout leaders

Clyde Frank, left, represents the Roughrider District Northern Lights Council in present James E. West Fellowship Awards to Alfred Underdahl, represented by his son and wife, Lynn and Karen Underdahl, and to Edmond Refert, represented by Ken Leggate. Press Photo by Linda Sailer.

The Roughrider District Boy Scouts of America recently recognized two former Scouting leaders from Hebron with the James E. West Fellowship Award.

The late Edmond Remfert and the late Alfred Underdahl were honored for their service to the Boy Scouts program during the annual Roughrider Roundup held at the home of Dickinson State University President, D.C. Coston and his wife, Debbie.

The Roundup was a fundraiser for the support and maintenance of the Heart Butte Boy Scout Camp at Lake Tschida.

The James E. West Fellowship Award is a recognition authorized by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America and presented for individuals who contribute $1,000 or more to the James West Fellowship fund. Organizations may contribute an award in honor of someone — an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver recipient, Council, District or unit Scouter, or in memory of a departed individual.

Ken Leggate accepted the award on behalf of the Edmond Remfert family while Lynn Underdahl and his wife, Karen, accepted the award on behalf of Lynn’s father.

Edmond Remfert

The late Edmond Remfert served 25 years as Scoutmaster in Hebron. He is remembered for the multiple trips he took with the boys to Black Hills of South Dakota, for building of the Boy Scout Cabin on the Lions Club park property in 1949, and for the 21 boys who earned the Scouting Award under his leadership.

He served as Scoutmaster for the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Valley Forge, Penn., , and as Scoutmaster at the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1960. Remfert became an Eagle Scout in 1937 and was awarded the Silver Beaver award in 1957.

Alfred Underdahl

The late Alfred Underdahl of Hebron was instrumental in promoting Scouting in Hebron for more than 80 years. He started as a youth in scouting and attending the first National Scout Jamboree in 1937. He strived to attain the rank of Eagle, but couldn’t pass the swimming requirement.

Underdahl continued as a leader for his son’s troop. He received the Silver Beaver in 1966 and was awarded the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award in 2008. He was the charter partner for the Hebron Cub Scout Pack and had helped restart the Pack numerous times. In recent years he recruited leaders and youth to get a Boy Scout Troop chartered in Hebron.

Scouting influence in Hebron is demonstrated when, every few years, there is a Scouting reunion in Hebron.

Underdahl was instrumental in getting the Southwest Water Pipeline in this section of North Dakota. He was an active Mason and had served as past grand master of North Dakota and past grand worthy patron for Order of Eastern Star of North Dakota. He also was an active member of the El Zagal Frontiersmen Shrine Unit.