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Troop 30 inducts five new Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 30 honored five new Eagle Scouts on June 13th during a Court of Honor held at the troop’s charter organization, Woodside Presbyterian Church, Yardley.

The Scouts receiving Scouting’s highest rank were Matthew Humbert, Evan Wadley, John Yates and Gray Gibson of Yardley, and Tyler Hunsperger of Langhorne.

Over 100 people were present for the ceremony, including distinguished guests Senator Steve Santarsiero, Representative Perry Warren and a representative from Senator Tomlinson’s office.

Also present were Gus Cales, representing the Marine Corp League, BSA Washington Crossing Council representatives, Lou Mohr and Russell Kantner and honorary pastor, Debbie Heffernan.

During the ceremony, a representative from Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s office presented the Eagle Scouts with American flags flown over the US Capital building in Washington, D.C.

Matt Humbert’s Eagle Scout Project was completed at Five Mile Woods in Lower Makefield Township. Matt led a project to repair a section of water-damaged boardwalk along a heavily used trail.

The project involved power washing and cleaning the boardwalk, replacing damaged boards, and resealing a section of the boardwalk to improve its longevity and safety for hikers.

In addition to this work, Matt and his team of scouts and adult volunteers installed plywood shelving to the loft area of the 5 Mile Woods administration building to provide much-needed storage space for supplies.

Matt earned 23 merit badges during his time with the troop and served Troop 30 as a Patrol Leader, Instructor and Troop Guide. He is an Ordeal Member of the Order of the Arrow.

Matt, son of Tracy and James Humbert, is a 2019 graduate of Pennsbury High School. He will be attending the University of West Virginia where he plans to study biochemistry.

For his Eagle Project, Evan Wadley worked with the Falls Township Senior Center, where he planned and led a group of scouts in an intensive landscaping and construction project.

Together, the Scouts landscaped a 360-square foot area with new plants and stone beds and built a large six-foot-long raised flower box to be utilized by the center’s Garden Club.

Evan earned 33 merit badges during his time with Troop 30 and he assisted the troop as Troop Scribe, Patrol Leader and Troop Guide. He is an Ordeal Member of the Order of the Arrow.

Evan, son of Maria and Quinton Wadley, is a 2019 graduate of Pennsbury High School and will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall where he will major in chemical engineering.

John Yates chose his church, St. Mark Orthodox Church in Wrightstown, as the benefactor of his Eagle Project. For his project John directed a group of Scouts and adult volunteers in the creation of a trail and reflection area in the woods adjacent to the church.

In the reflection area, the scouts constructed a traditional Orthodox shrine honoring the Theotokos (“Mother of God”). 

John’s path to Eagle included earning 38 merit badges and holding troop leadership positions including Patrol Leader, Scribe, Instructor, Troop Guide, and Order of the Arrow Representative. He is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow.

John attended both the Sea Base High Adventure Base and the National Jamboree at the Bechtel Summit Reserve.  John, son of Sharon Burkett and Douglas Yates, is a 2019 graduate of Pennsbury High School.

In the fall he will be attending Juniata College where he plans to study psychology.

For his Eagle Project, Gray Gibson decided to meld nature and academia in the construction of two “Birdhouse Libraries” at the Abrams Hebrew Library in Yardley.

Under his management, the scouts designed, built and installed the birdhouse libraries in the outdoor classroom area of the school.

Gray’s tenure in Scouting included earning 26 merit badges. He held a number of leadership positions, including Chaplain’s Aide, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Instructor.

He is an Ordeal Member of the Order of the Arrow, and he received the Honor Camper Award during summer camp at Camp Ockanickon. Gray was also able to participate in a Sea Base High Adventure Trek in Florida.

Gray, son of Tara Gibson and Kerry Davis, recently graduated from Pennsbury High School and will be attending Lehigh University where he plans to study computer science.

For his project, Tyler Hunsperger worked with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to obtain items for teenagers’ entertainment, which he noted were lacking during a stay at the hospital.

He solicited stores, his Troop and his church for these items and led the sorting and distribution of the items at Children’s Hospital.

Over $3,800 worth of movies, video games and other items were collected and distributed for teenagers staying at the hospital.

Tyler came to Troop 30 by way of Troop 210 in Yardley. During his time in Boy Scouts, he earned 28 merit badges and served as Den Chief, Instructor and Assistant Patrol Leader.

Tyler, son of Jennifer and Wayne Hunsperger, graduated this year from Neshaminy High School and will attend Cairn University in the fall, majoring in Biology.

Troop 30 has been serving Boy Scouts in our community for 54 years and during this time has guided 131 Scouts to the rank of Eagle. Under the leadership of Edward Fallacaro for last nine years, the troop has participated in monthly camping trips and outings, including treks to several Boy Scout National High Adventure bases (Philmont Scout Ranch, Sea Base Florida, and the Bechtel Summit).    

PHOTO CAP: Pictured from left, Tyler Hunsperger, Gray Gibson, John Yates, Matthew Humbert, and Evan Wadley.