2 Whitehall teens to become Eagle Scouts
Chris Collins and Dan McGervey have a couple of things in common.
They both graduated from Baldwin High School in May and they both will officially become Eagle Scouts on Nov. 25 at a Court of Honor Ceremony at Baldwin United Presbyterian Church. Collins and McGervey will be the 99th and 100th Eagle Scouts from Troop 323 that meets at the church.
“It wasn't an easy thing,” to earn,” said McGervey, 18, a freshman chemical engineering major at Penn State in State College.
To become an Eagle Scout, you have to earn 21 merit badges and do an approved project that benefits a community, or organization. The Eagle Scout candidate has to lead the project from conception to completion.
McGervey, the son of Dan and Roberta McGervey of Whitehall, completed a deer management study, an idea he said he got from talking with the Whitehall Wildlife Management Committee. Like many municipalities in Allegheny County, deer are a problem in Whitehall Borough.
McGervey and a group of volunteers contacted nearly 400 borough residents and asked what they thought of the deer.
“People believed deer are a problem, but they were split on how the community should spend money to fix it,” said McGervey.
Dan McGervey said he is proud of his son.
“After 12 years of adventures in scouting, Danny has finally accomplished his ultimate goal with the Boy Scouts and as his parents, we couldn't be more proud of him.”
Collins, the son of Kimberly and Craig Collins, also of Whitehall, did a project near and dear to his heart; the renovation of stairs leading down to Leland Field in Baldwin.
“I have been playing baseball since I was young and have always been around the field,” said Collins, 18, a freshman accounting major at Duquesne University.
Collins said the stairs were old and rickety.
Along with his father and Matt Zalar, who he knew from being on the Baldwin swim team, Collins tore the old stairs out and replaced them with concrete stairs complete with metal handrails.
The project took two months to complete — March to May — and was finished in time for the opening of baseball season.
“It was a good project to do and was definitely appreciated,” said Collins, who raised some of the project funds through a GoFundMe page and donations.
He also contributed some of his own money. “It is cool to see the completed project.”
Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-871-2346.