Quaker Valley senior earns Eagle Scout honors
After seven years in pursuit of the highest honor in the Boy Scouts program, Jerry Robb of Sewickley will receive the Eagle Scout rank at a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at The Presbyterian Church, Sewickley.
Robb, 18, a senior at Quaker Valley High School, recruited 17 members of Troop 243 and Scout parents to assist him in constructing a brick sidewalk and patio sitting area with a picnic table, as well as landscaping, at the office of North Way Christian Community in Sewickley.
“We had a great turnout. There were so many, I had a hard time finding everyone something to do. But, we did, and there were no idle scouts there,” said Robb, son of Jeffrey and Angela Robb.
Robb said he chose the project after noticing the entryway to the church office lacked an artistic side. The plants were dying, and the mulch was old.
“There was nothing on the porch, and it wasn't being used,” he said.
The project, completed with materials purchased with donated funds mostly from members at the church, took about three months of planning and almost three hours to complete.
Robb said in the past he helped his father construct a toy box for his brothers that they later turned into a rabbit hutch. He also has helped him build a treehouse and did landscaping at their former home in Ohio.
The Rev. Scott McCabe, North Way pastor, said Robb is a “fine young man” who “did a wonderful job pulling together all the resources and going out and buying what was needed and raising support and rallying helpers.”
He said the Scouts gave the small outdoor area “a face-lift,” and now, employees can sit outside to meet or have lunch and be more accessible to and greet neighbors who walk by.
The work also made the area a little safer, as stepping stones were added leading the way to the deck area.
“It's now a beautiful little outdoor area,” he said.
Robb started in Scouting while living in Ohio, where he was a member of Troop 90 in New Philadelphia, and he has been a member of the Sewickley troop for almost three years.
Robb completed 21 merit badges and seven additional ranks culminating in the Eagle rank. He was selected by his peers to be inducted into the Order of the Arrow, a national honor society for Boy Scouts for their leadership skills, spirit, experience and service to others.
He also achieved his Fifth Year Pipestone in his former Buckeye Council in Ohio for exemplary service at camp over a five-year period focusing on service, nature proficiency, swimming achievement and leadership.
Robb, who also is an avid hunter, a writer and a member of the North Way youth group, plans to pursue a degree in history or psychology at the Community College of Allegheny County and later at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.
After college, he said, if an opportunity would arise, he would welcome the chance to become a Boy Scout leader.
He said Scouting has helped him gain good people skills and social skills, speak in front of others and learn how to survive in the wilderness.
“It's important for all Scouts to try to aspire to achieve Eagle Scout. Only about 2 to 3 percent ever achieve it,” he said.
“It takes diligence, responsibility, hard work and perseverance.”
Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or email@example.com.
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