He served the cub pack for 10 years before moving over to Troop 193 where he has served as a volunteer leader, including three stints as the scoutmaster. Thomas, who earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1969 during his Scouting days in Columbus, is currently an assistant scoutmaster with the Kettering troop.
When asked how many Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank over the past 30-plus years with the troop, he said, “I never counted. There were numerous Scouts who reached Eagle and I was very delighted. A lot of great people served with me over the years and made some friends.”
Among the numerous Scouts who earned Eagle Scout rank, were his three sons.
As an adult leader, Thomas went on two backpacking expeditions to iconic Philmont Scout Ranch and into the hiking many miles into the rugged, mountain range in 1992 and again in 2016 with 50 Scouts in a crew.
“It was tough in 2016 (when he was age 61),” Thomas said.
When asked why he continues to volunteer as a leader, Thomas said, “It’s more of giving back to what I received from my Scoutmaster Lee Gilbert. People gave to me and I’m delivering the promise of Scouting by making sure kids stay with it and get the most out of it.”
In addition to serving the community as a Scouting volunteer, Thomas also coached youth football in the area from 1984 to 2020.