“We must change boys from a ‘what can I get’ to a ‘what can I give’ attitude.”

This quote by Lord Baden Powell, the founder of scouting, is one of many ideals the Boy Scouts follow in their daily lives.

Recently, Maple Lake United Methodist Church in Springbrook provided a beautiful candlelit setting to honor five Eagle Scouts and their families from Boy Scout Troop 132.

These five Boy Scouts achieved the most prestigious and highest rank in scouting over the course of 2017.

During the special banquet ceremony, many other boys from the troop were also honored with rank advancement and merit badges earned throughout the last few months.

The ceremony opened with a welcome address by Mr. Tom Strubert, Scoutmaster of Troop 132. Pastor Eric Luczak of Maple Lake Church provided a special prayer and blessing over the scouts and their families.

The five Eagle Scout recipients were awarded a certificate and a gift from the V.F.W Post 5207 by Past Post Commander, Mr. John Croom II and Past Commander Quartermaster, Mr. William Lamond.

Following a delicious dinner, fellow Eagle Scout and Attorney Mr. Frank P. Castellano of Moscow, addressed the guests and inspired the boys to always be a leader, be loyal, and continue service to others.

He encouraged them to live the of an Eagle Scout by following the Scout oath and law, and most importantly, reminded them to never forget that “you ARE an Eagle Scout” for the rest of your lives.

The ceremony concluded with a notable Court of Honor for the Eagle Scouts.

Each boy individually recited the Eagle Scout Oath in front of the guests and received their official Eagle Scout pin.

They promised to follow the scouting ideals and be a role model as they lead and guide other scouts on their trail to Eagle as well.

The rank of Eagle Scout is one that is attained through much hard work and dedication.

It requires countless service hours and earning many merit badges and rank advancements through the years.

In order to achieve Eagle Scout, a Scout must complete a leadership project to better the community as well.

The five boys from Troop 132 accomplished impressive service projects over the last year.

Austin Saylock constructed a case for a map at the Gouldsboro Train Station to boost local tourism for his community leadership project.  Steven MacDonald II created and cleared a challenging hiking trail at Lackawanna College Environmental Institute.  My brother, James Bianchi, designed and developed plans and a map for walking trails at Golden Park in Moscow.

Brian Castrogiovanni reconstructed, painted, and mulched Clover Park Playground in Harmony Hills.

Finally, Joseph Norvilas beautified the landscaping at the Jefferson Township Lions Club by staining the stairs and repairing and planting mulch and flower beds.

I wish these five boys good luck in the future and many congratulations.

May they continue their leadership and community giving in the years to come and always remember “the real way to gain happiness is to give it to others.” ~Lord Baden Powell