Boy scouts and leaders, Galena Village council and staff members, family, and friends gathered recently to dedicate a bench and weeping cherry tree in Miller Park in memory of Sally Hopper to commemorate her long service to scouting, the Village, and her country.
Boy Scout Troop 387 purchased and installed the bench and planted the tree to commemorate Hopper’s nearly 13 years of exceptional service as a Cub Scouts den leader and pack treasurer and Boy Scout Troop 387 assistant scout master and treasurer.
Hopper was very involved in scouting and served on staff for Webelos Woods, which is an introduction from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. She earned the Green Bar and Wood Badge, advanced scout leader training. Hopper also served on the staff of the Boy Scouts National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), an annual leadership camp held for senior scouts. She accompanied the troop to scouting events at Ft. George, Dorchester, and West Point and to every troop summer camp until she became ill.
Hopper’s sons, Andrew and Zachary, have been involved in scouting since first grade. Andrew is an Eagle Scout and Zachary is an Eagle Scout candidate.
Hopper, who passed away in April after a two-year battle with cancer, served 21 years in the Navy and Navy Reserves. She also served nearly 30 years as Galena’s Zoning and Planning Clerk.