Three Boy Scouts now soar with the Eagles
The day was clear and bright as Boy Scouts Luke White, Garrett Moyer and Taylor Schroeder, of Troop 104, Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Krumsville attended their Eagle Court of Honor ceremony Aug. 5 at the Kempton Community Center.
The outdoor pavilion, filled with Scouts, family and friends, featured two tables of the Scouts’ memorabilia collected during their time in Scouting.
Troop 104 former Scoutmaster Jeffrey Schucker welcomed everyone to the Court of Honor.
He noted the average number of Boys Scouts who achieve the Eagle rank is 4 percent and, over the years, Troop 104 has achieved a higher percentage.
Schucker also explained the goal of Boy Scouting.
“The purpose is to build character and strength within them [the Scouts] to be productive and honorable citizens,” Schucker said.
Former Boy Scout Jon Bond of Kempton gave the invocation and provided some humor for the soon-to-be Eagle Scouts.
“Today’s a very important stage in your life,” Bond told the three young men. “[From here on out] things will get a little tougher.”
Bond also gave the Scouts some advice: “If you fail, try again. If you fail a second time, try again. If you fail a third time, find something different.”
As the three will be attending college in the fall, Bond told them, “Don’t try to lead the good life, lead a good life.”
Bond said he was unable to give them any advice on the girls they would meet in college.
He told the young men to introduce themselves to the person raking leaves or shoveling snow at the college, and to smile and say hello when they see people passing by.
State Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124th, told the gathering this was the 150th Eagle Court of Honor he has attended.
He complimented Bond on the advice he gave the Scouts, especially regarding girls.
“ ... No advice at all,” Knowles said with a smile.
Knowles then showed the Scouts all the certificates they would be receiving, including ones from the state House and Senate and state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-11th.
The families of the Scouts were then called to the lectern and the Scouts’ mothers placed an Eagle pin on the their son’s Boy Scout uniform.
The Press spoke to the recent inductees on their Eagle Scout projects and their experiences as Boy Scouts.
Luke White of Kutztown is the son of Paulette and David White.
“My Eagle Scout project was a three-panel, double-sided information kiosk at Leaser Lake. The kiosk includes various types of information from a map of the lake, to the various types of fish found around the lake,” White said.
White noted his gratitude the experiences Scouting gave him.
“Throughout my entire Scouting experience, I have been grateful enough to do many things that no one will ever be able to experience,” White said. “I have been able to hike on the mountains of New Mexico, and snorkel in the ocean at the Florida Keys.
“Not only have I learned hundreds of life-helping skills, but I will be able to share them throughout my entire life.”
Garrett Moyer of Lenhartsville, son of Michele and Brian Moyer, built a Gaga ball.
“For my project, I built and placed a Gaga ball at my church,” Moyer said. “This is essentially a modified version of dodge ball, but the players cannot grab the ball.
“Instead, they must swing at it with their hand (open or closed fist) and hit it at other players’ legs to get them out. This will be used by members of my church.”
The experiences of Scouting will remain with Moyer for the rest of his life.
For me, the Boy Scouting program has provided me with invaluable experiences that I will remember and keep with me for the rest of my life,” Moyer said. “I have had opportunities to do things that I would not have been able to do if I was not a member of the BSA.
“For example, I was able to take a 10-day backpacking excursion in the backcountry of New Mexico.
“Another experience I could be a part of was camping on an island in the Florida Keys for a few nights.
“These and many other experiences are ones I will never forget. I also gained skills such as leadership and personal skills on my journey of becoming an Eagle Scout and all throughout Scouting.
“I believe it is a great program with many benefits for all Scouts and leaders involved.”
Taylor Schroeder of Lenhartsville is the son of Beverly and Craig Schroeder.
For his Eagle Scout project, Schroeder built recycling bins for Leaser Lake.
“I built and installed fishing line recycling bins at Leaser Lake and then hosted a fishing day for children of the Miracle League,” Schroeder said.
Schroeder noted the skills Scouting has taught him.
“Scouting has taught me so many skills that I use every day and it has truly helped make me into the person I am. It has also added countless memories to my childhood including hiking in New Mexico, and Snorkeling in the Florida Keys,” Schroeder said.