Boy Scouts

Current Rank: Life Scout

OA Brotherhood Member


Boy Scout Troop 171

Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania

www.scouting171.org/troop

Positions Held:

Webmaster (May 2020 - Present): I maintain and edit the troop's website to be up to date with all things happening and advertise our troop to people looking to join a Boy Scout troop in our area. I also maintain the troop's electronic calendar, which is what we use to plan all meetings and activities. During my term so far, I redesigned the website to look more authentic and up-to-date (the original version of the site had not been updated in over 7 years), and am trying to introduce new electronic methods (ex. text alerts, form system for planning feedback, and redesigning the email list system) to make functions in the troop run much smoother. I also made a lot of more useful resources available to the troop through the website. I was elected for this position by the members of my troop.

Den Chief (November 2019 - November 2020): I assisted a den of our Cub Scout Pack (Webelos II) with den meetings, encouraged Cub Scout advancement, and served as a role model and mentor for the cubs. I helped prepare them for the time in which they would cross over into Boy Scouts, and I was the friendly face they already knew when they crossed the bridge over into Boy Scouts. I was appointed to this position by my troop's Scoutmaster and the Cubmaster of the cub scout pack.

Senior Patrol Leader (March 2019 - September 2019): Our troop is boy-led, with assistance from the adult leaders/scoutmasters. We, the boys, plan and carry out events/meetings, and the adults provide guidance. As Senior Patrol Leader and working with the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, I was responsible for the youth operation of the troop and took charge of troop meetings, of the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC), and of all troop activities. The Senior Patrol Leader is the highest-ranking position a boy can have in the troop. I was elected for this position by the members of my troop.

Patrol Leader: During this time, I was the acting Patrol Leader of my patrol, the Flaming Arrows. In this position, I was the head of my patrol. I represented it in the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) and at scouting activities such as summer camp, as well as working with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.

Assistant Patrol Leader: In this position, I was the assistant of the Patrol Leader for my patrol, the Flaming Arrows. I worked with him to make sure things ran smoothly and was there to fill in as Patrol Leader during any absence. I was elected to this position by the members of my patrol.

Scribe: This was my first position in the troop. As Scribe, I was the "troop's secretary." I took note of discussions during the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC), and also took attendance at every meeting. I was elected to this position by the members of my troop.

Me crossing into Boy Scouts (2016)

Troop 171 at Camp Barton (2016)

Troop 171 at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation (2018)

Eagle Scout Project:

As a Life Scout, I am currently working on my Eagle Scout project. This is the point in one's scout career where they develop a project to benefit a religious institution, school, or community organization, while demonstrating leadership to others to execute it. The goal of my project is to conduct interviews with local veterans to hear their stories, and shine a spotlight on them. We owe a lot to them, as they risked their lives to fight for our country. I hope that through this project, a space can be created for them to share their stories, and also for people to realize how truly important they are to the world.

Troop 171 at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation (2019)

Riley Snyder's Eagle Project (2019)

Ethan Jones' Eagle Project (2019)

Service Projects:

Boiling Springs Foundry Day: My troop and I participate every year in Boiling Springs' annual Foundry Day Arts and Crafts Festival, which takes place the first Saturday of every June. We deliver water to the vendors and also routinely go around and replace trash bag liners inside full trash cans.

Trash Cleanup: At least twice a year, my troop and I walk along a portion of PA-174 and pick up trash on and along the sides of the road.

Memorial Day Flag Placement at the Cemetery: Every year on Memorial Day, my troop and I lay American flags on the graves of veterans at two cemeteries (Springville Cemetery and Mount Zion Cemetery) in honor of Memorial Day. We do this together with the members of our local VFW post.

Jack O'Brien's Cemetry Eagle Project: My troop and I assisted Jack O'Brien in completing his Eagle project. His project's goal was to recognize the veterans buried at the Mount Zion Cemetery in Churchtown, PA. We went around to the graves with veteran markers and documented the information on each headstone. The information collected by us was then implemented into a catalog-style book.

Troop 171 at Arlington National Cemetery (2019)

Troop 171 at the United States Capitol Building (2019)

Troop 171 at the White House (2019)

More Service Projects:

Riley Snyder's Bench Marker Eagle Project: My troop and I assisted Riley Snyder in completing his Eagle project. The goal of his project was to identify benches that had memorial plaques, document the information that was on them, and make a map database of those benches. This would help benefit those who want to find a bench dedicated to a friend or loved one.

Boiling Springs Triathlon: We had a tent set-up at the end of the Boiling Springs Triathlon handing out ice cream to competitors as they finished the competition.

Kole White's VFW Garden Eagle Project: We assisted Kole White in completing his Eagle project. The goal of this project was to create a garden with a flag pole to have a U.S. flag fly there. This garden was planted outside of our local VFW post.

Ethan Jones' Stormwater Eagle Project: We assisted Ethan Jones in completing his Eagle project. The goal of his project was to identify storm drains around our township, and put them into a database. We also then went around and placed markers on them that promoted no dumping in the drains.

Troop 171 in Washington DC (2019)

Troop 171 at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation (2019)

Troop 171 at the United States Naval Academy (2019)