Christian Carr earns Eagle Scout rank

Holland resident Christian Blake Carr recently earned his Eagle Scout Award and was recognized in a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony on November 23rd.

Christian, a member of Boy Scouts of America Bucks County Council Troop 147 out of the Northampton Presbyterian Church in Holland, earned Boy Scouts’ highest honor after successfully completing his Eagle Service Project, a memorial garden at Holland Elementary School.

It had been a tradition at the school to honor former students and staff with memorial trees and markers. Unfortunately, many of the trees and markers were displaced due to renovations on the school property.

Christian’s project involved the design and completion of a memorial pathway, permanent placement of markers at the base of the trees, placement of benches and a memorial sign, and clearance of an adjacent, overgrown area of unused property. The garden is adjacent to the school parking lot. The project involved fundraising as well as contributions of equipment rentals and material discounts from multiple area businesses. Christian personally spent more than 50 hours completing his project, and enlisted the assistance of adults both inside and outside of his troop, as well as his fellow Scouts, for a total of 225 hours. Through this project Christian was able to objectively express his gratitude to his former school for the support they provide to him and his family during the multiple absences of his father for active service in the military.

Christian, son of Dr. Marcus (Marc) Carr and Mrs. Sheryl (Sherri) Carr is a junior at Council Rock South High School. He participated in soccer and football during his middle school years and subsequently has been a member of the cross country and track teams at CRSH. He is also an active member of the Robotics Club at South, and he attends Davisville Church.

Christian currently serves as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 147.  He received the Arrow of Light award from Cub Scout Pack 147 prior to crossing over into Scouts. He is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, and has earned 49 merit badges. He went on high adventure trips to Philmont Scout Ranch and Sea Base in the Florida Keys. He is also a full time councilor at Camp Ockanickon Scout Reservation, where he has worked for the last three summers.

Christian’s father is an Eagle Scout (1963) and serves as an Assistant Scout Master with Troop 147. Christian’s brother, Stephen Carr, is also a member of Troop 147 and currently holds the rank of Life Scout.

Christian says, “My Eagle Scout Project was an opportunity for me to give back to the school that has always been there for me. I think I have gained confidence as a result of being expected to take a real leadership role in the work.”

Christian would also like to thank his family, friends, leaders, Scouts, and the families from Troop 147 who donated time and money to help make his project a success.  He would also like to thank Mr. Andy Sanko, principal at Holland Elementary School, for allowing him the opportunity to complete his project on the school campus. He would also like to recognize the Holland Elementary PTO for their generous financial contribution.

PHOTO CAP: Christian Carr

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Langhorne Eagle Scout’s project greets visitors to Middletown’s Veterans Memorial Park

 

by Robin Prestage

A depiction of the Revolutionary War seems an appropriate place to begin a walk through Middletown Township’s Veterans Memorial Park, built to honor those who served and sacrificed for their country through more than two centuries since independence.

The image is a reproduction of a photograph of re-enactors at the township’s tri-centennial celebrations in 1992 and is featured on one side of a new wooden signboard erected close to the park’s entrance as an Eagle Scout project by Kyle Denton, of Langhorne’s Boy Scout Troop 21.

The other side of the signboard lists those benefactors who contributed to the creation of the park, on a site alongside Veterans Highway (Route 413) on part of the property once occupied by the township’s administrative offices and that now houses the highways department.

On achieving Life Scout status in late 2011, Kyle began to think about a project for his elevation to Eagle Scout, a significant and challenging honor reached by less than two percent of boys who join a Boy Scout troop.

Seeing a new signboard at Washington Crossing Historic Park inspired the idea that a similar signboard at Middletown’s new Veterans Park might be a suitable Eagle Scout project.

“Once you reach Life Scout, you have six months to decide on an Eagle Scout project,” said Kyle, 18, in his family home in Middletown. “A certain number of service hours and merit badges are required. Most notable is the service project itself. You have to go out into your community and find some sort of need to fulfill or add to.”

Important requirements of the service project are for the Scout to demonstrate leadership and management skills, budgeting and fundraising abilities and collaboration with others on the work to be done.

Kyle submitted his design blueprints for the signboard, which featured a shingle roof, for approval to the local Scout council and the township and then started getting together his team, which included his older brother Bradford and other family members, friends and fellow Scouts.

Hardware chain Lowe’s, which supports Scouts’ and other community projects, gave a 20% discount on the materials, while the shingles for the roof were donated by local contractor and roofer Ralph Graber. Levittown carpenter Bill Hein helped out with some of the specialized cuts.

All together, the project took nearly six months from start to its completion. Kyle says that in the past few years he has worked as a team member on about six projects for others seeking Eagle Scouts honors, including building park benches, a practice wall for a soccer team, painting and repairing a gazebo at Washington Crossing and work at a local church.

Among Kyle’s merit badges are those for archery, citizenship in community, communications, environmental science, first aid, public speaking, space exploration and swimming. He has attended Scout summer camps nearly every year since 2005.

An Eagle Scout Court of Honor acknowledging his elevation to Eagle Scout was held at Langhorne United Methodist Church in May and guests included James Peet, chairman of Middletown Township Veterans Committee, State Representative Frank Farry and US Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick.

Also taking part in the award ceremony were Scoutmaster Peter Menninger and other members of Langhorne Troop 21, as well as the Rev. John Lutz, pastor of Langhorne United Methodist Church and representatives of Boy Scouts of America.

Kyle’s parents are David and Linda Denton and he has two older sisters. His father is a patrolman with Middletown Township Police Department and a Navy veteran of the first Gulf War.

Kyle graduated this summer from Neshaminy High School and in September begins a two-year course in general studies at Bucks County Community College.

PHOTO CAP: Kyle Denton next to the signboard he built for his Eagle Scout project

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Holland Scout earns Eagle rank

 

by June Portnoy

Kevin Kauermann of Troop 280 at St. Bede The Venerable Parish, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest award in scouting.

Kevin, currently a senior at Council Rock High School South, became a Cub Scout in third grade.

“My father, who was a Boy Scout in Troop 1 in Philadelphia, motivated me to become a Scout, recognizing all the benefits of joining,” says Kevin.

When Kevin was in sixth grade, he crossed over to become a Boy Scout, and in 2011, during his sophomore year in high school, he began preparing his project to become an Eagle Scout.

“Only two percent of Boy Scouts in the Unites States earn their Eagle Scout medal because it truly is a challenging, time-consuming process, but I knew it would be worth the hard work to earn it,” he says.

Kevin, who grew up near Tyler State Park and spent a lot of his youth bike riding through its trails, wanted to contribute something tangible to the park. He also wanted to do something constructive because he has an interest in mechanical engineering, a degree he plans to pursue in college.

Kevin met with the Manager of Maintenance at Tyler State Park, who mentioned that he had a need for somebody to assemble new picnic tables. The park had purchased these tables, but had nobody to put them together.

“I liked the idea of assembling these picnic tables because I knew I could go back to the park and see people enjoying them after they were completed,” says Kevin.

Part of Kevin’s Eagle Scout project included teaching his troop how to assemble the tables, so he initially went to the maintenance yard at the park with his father to be sure he knew how to construct the tables.

In addition to simply assembling the tables, Kevin took the project to another level by deciding to also stain them, so they wouldn’t rot and would be waterproof. He also wanted to add reinforcement to the tables so they wouldn’t sag.

“Because of these extra steps, I estimate that these tables will last about 10 years, as compared to the previous tables at the park that lasted around five years,” says Kevin.

While still at the maintenance yard, Kevin took pictures of the different steps involved in constructing the tables. He then created a user manual, which included step-by-step instructions on assembling these picnic tables, along with photos he took to visually describe how to build the tables.

“My hope was that this manual would help the scouts assemble the tables,” says Kevin.

Kevin selected 11 picnic tables in the worst condition at three of the park’s picnic areas to replace. According to Kevin, some of the tables were sagging into mud, while others had nails sticking out of them. After disposing of these tables, he needed to construct five tables at the Boat House picnic area, three at Hickory Run and three at Upper Plantation.

His project came to fruition on October 1st and 2nd, 2011 when about 20 of his troop members assisted Kevin in assembling the picnic benches.

“While watching Kevin oversee this project and delegate responsibilities to the scouts, I realized that he had developed strong leadership skills,” says his proud mom, Elizabeth. “He was very effective in getting everyone to follow his instructions.”

Says Kevin, “Today when I see people sitting at the picnic tables we built, I get a great sense of accomplishment.”

Following the construction of the tables, Kevin was required to put together a project summary, which included all the specifics of his project. This past October 15th, 2012, Kevin’s project passed the Scout’s Board of Review, meaning he became an official Eagle Scout.

He received his Eagle Scout medal during a ceremony held at St. Bede’s on November 24th.

Kevin, who plays the cello at high school, performed a musical piece with three other cellists, who coincidentally are also Boy Scouts.

“I felt so honored to receive my medal,” says Kevin. “As they say, ‘Once you’re an Eagle Scout, you’re always an Eagle Scout.’ And I plan to always live my life by the Scout law and oath.”

Kevin hopes that someday he will have a son, and like his dad, he will encourage him to become a Cub Scout.

PHOTO CAP: Kevin Kauermann

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Michael Reynolds refurbishes park for Eagle Scout Service Project

by Alyson Komyanek

Seven years after joining Boy Scout Troop 46, 18-year-old Michael Reynolds, then a senior at Pennsbury High School, desired to earn Eagle Scout status. In order to do so, he would need to complete a service project.

Feeling compelled to help out his hometown, he began searching for an assignment that would allow him to use his carpentry skills as well as do something nice for the neighborhood.

“The Boy Scouts taught me a lot,” said Mike. “So I wanted to do something to give back to the community for my project.”

He decided to check with local township officials to see if there were any community areas in need of a facelift.

“I went to the township building and asked what I could do. They gave me a few options, but the park was named in memory of a firefighter who died in the line of duty, so I decided to pick that one,” he said. Having played a few ball games at the park as a child, Mike knew exactly where it was and what needed to be done – the benches, trash cans and tables needed repair and the park’s sign was also in need of some TLC.

On March 10th, 2012 he enlisted the help of 25 friends, family and Troop members to renovate Von Hoffman Park in Fairless Hills. Mike said he was able to recruit so many helpers through the use of social media, phone calls and announcements during Troop meetings.

“We painted the sign and replaced the wood and polls on the benches, [trash] cans and tables. We also added new bolts and screws, but we were able to leave the frames,” said Mike.  

The project was not only good for the community, but it was also a learning experience for him.

“I learned responsibility and how to make a plan and follow through with it. Also the accountability of taking on such a large project, getting volunteers and making sure it all got done on time,” he said.

Mike added that several fellow Eagle Scouts had done similar projects in the past, and they were essential in helping him learn new skills.

For Mike, the best part of the day was not the completed project, but the response from children and parents who frequent Von Hoffman Park. “There was a ball game at the park that day and parents and kids came up to me afterwards. They thanked me for picking this project and doing the work. That really meant a lot to me,” he said of his experience.

Mike visited the park once since completing the project last year.

“I was there this past spring. I took a walk around the area and it is still very nice,” he said.

When asked to sum up the project in as few words as possible, Mike, now a physics major at West Chester University, called it “eye-opening.”

Von Hoffman Park is located at Edgemont and Cardiff Road and offers a basketball court, soccer field, walking path and playground.

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