Scouts young and old attend ceremony of honor
Chances are good that somewhere in your community, there is a project that was completed by a Boy Scout as part of his climb to the top ranking of Eagle Scout.
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the highest achievement in Boy Scouting, about 30 Eagle Scouts attended a special dinner and presentation event that was hosted recently for all Scouts from Mt. Pleasant area troops.
Eagle Scout and committee member Mark Kelley of Mt. Pleasant organized the event.
“We have Scouts here that span seven different decades,” committee member Doug Sestock said. “We have father and son pairs and four brothers who were all Eagles Scouts.”
One of the four brothers was Phillip Klocek who traveled from Mt. Holly Springs to be a part of the evening that was filled with much reminiscing.
“My Eagle Scout project was over at Transfiguration Cemetery,” Klocek said. “I cleaned up the front area and then did work in the cemetery.”
A Scout is required to fulfill numerous steps while also earning badges up to the top ranking of Eagle Scout. Although a community project is now part of the process, it was not a requirement prior to 1961.
“I didn't have to do a community project,” Eagle Scout Lee Briercheck said. Had earned his ranking in 1950. “I did all the requirements but a lot of what you need is now changed.”
Modern technology has changed some of the requirements but it only adds to the overall learning experience.
“There is a lot that they have to do and some of that has changed as the times change,” Kelley said.
Kelley's son, Christopher Kelley, 16, is also an Eagle Scout and finds that his Scouting experience has taught him useful information and skills.
“I've been involved in Scouting for years,” Christopher Kelley said. “I've learned a lot about first aid and it's things that I could use to save someone's life.”
Ross Michael, 16, did his Eagle Scout project at the Verna Montessori School, which he once attended.
“I rebuilt a shed there,” Michael said. “They did so much for me while I was growing up and going there to school that I wanted to do something in return for them.”
Most of the Eagle community projects are completed through donations and contributions.
“A lot of these boys look for ways to fund their projects so they won't cost anything to the people that they are doing them for,” Mark Kelley said.
With the numbers down in active Scouting, Mark Kelley hopes the celebration of the ranking will bring needed attention to the world of Scouting.
“I think that Scouting can be an important part of any boy's life,” Kelley said. “It not only teaches these boys skills, it teaches them responsibility and respect.”
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- North Huntingdon church shaken by youth pastor’s child porn rap
- East Huntingdon man, 91, finds 2nd career as a woodworker
- Westmoreland group gets pet oxygen masks for area fire departments
- Scottdale appoints borough solicitor
- Seat in 32nd District deemed crucial for Pennsylvania Senate control
- Greensburg merchants offer soup for a charitable Claus
- Derry man jailed in scuffle with police
- Hempfield Hunt Club gets waiver to speed construction in New Stanton
- Westmoreland County may relax free ride-share rules
- Latrobe police officer sues councilman, city for slander
- Forbes: Dinner to benefit ‘Shop with a Cop’ program