Jack Keating, Nico Valerio, Jacob Outcalt and Chris Myers all met the Eagle Scout requirements last winter, and their Court of Honor was originally scheduled for May, but COVID-19 interfered with these plans. Just in the nick of time, before two of the young men left home for college, a proper socially-distant ceremony was held on August 9th, outdoors at VFW Post 6393 in Yardley.
Many local politicians and other honored guests were in attendance, and several of them addressed the new Eagle Scouts and their families, with meaningful words of wisdom and heartfelt congratulations.
Attendees included: Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, State Senator Steve Santarsiero, Lower Makefield Township Supervisors Frederic Weiss and John Lewis, Washington Crossing Boy Scout Council Assistant District Commissioner Russ Kanter, Marine Corps League Representative Gus Cales, and VFW Commander Russ Davidson.
John Wyatt “Jack” Keating is from Yardley, and is the son of John and Amy Keating.
His Eagle Scout Project involved building a fire pit with surrounding seating at the Yardley United Methodist Church.
Jack chose this location as a way to give back to the YUMC, which has supported Troop 10 for many years through the use of its facilities for Scout meetings. Jack is proud that church members now have access to this outdoor space to gather. He learned a great deal about leading a team, procuring the materials and planning the construction.
Nico Valerio is from Yardley, and is the son of Paul and Amy Valerio. For his Eagle Scout Project, Nico designed and constructed a shade structure that is installed next to the basketball court at the Lower Makefield Township Memorial Park.
The idea, as well as approval, came from the Lower Makefield Township Parks and Recreation Department. The shade structure Nico and his team constructed is appreciated by township residents, as the basketball area of the park has no nearby shade.
Jacob Outcalt is from Yardley, and is the son of Dave and Darla Outcalt. Jacob’s Eagle Scout Project was the restoration of two picnic tables on the grounds of the Yardley United Methodist Church, and the construction of a third picnic table.
This project required Jacob to raise the needed funds by hosting a pasta dinner for friends, family and fellow Scouts.
Through the project, Jacob learned much about planning, construction and teamwork.
Christopher Lee “Chris” Myers is from Yardley, and is the son of Steve and Jennifer Myers.
For his Eagle Scout Project, Chris took on a trench installation at the volleyball courts at the Lower Makefield Memorial Park, in order to provide the courts with much-needed drainage.
Chris learned first-hand that things can go wrong with projects such as this, and when the annual sand delivery to the courts occurred ahead of schedule, problem-solving became part of his project.
During the Court of Honor ceremony, each of the four new Eagle Scouts had a few minutes to express their gratitude to their Scoutmasters and other leaders for all of the support and help they received along their paths.
They also shared amusing anecdotes, and stories of their many adventures throughout the course of their years in Scouting.
PHOTO CAP: Troop 10’s new Eagle Scouts, from left, Nico Valerio, Jack Keating, Jacob Outcalt, and Chris Myers.