TROOP 19, SPONSORED BY ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC CHURCH GRADUATES 6 EAGLE SCOUTS
The invitation read: Marcus and Donna Marquart & Boy Scout Troop 19, at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, in the Miami District of the Anthony Wayne Area Council, Boy Scouts of America would like to invite you to join them in an EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR – Honoring Justin Marquart, Joe Blombach, Tim Blombach, Don Hall, Paul James, and Landon Matuska, Sunday March 16, 2003 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4500 S. Fairfield Avenue, Fort Wayne, Indiana. (Please join us at a reception following in the church P.A.C.)
The program read: We are gathered here today to mark the end of a long journey, a journey up the trail to Eagle. Actually not just one journey, but six. Six different yet very similar journeys that all end here today in this ceremony. Because of its length and commitment, it is a trail only a few boys and eventually young men complete. In fact, out of every 100 boys who join Boy Scouts, only 2 will earn the Eagle rank. This trip along the trail to Eagle has touched these young men in many ways and will influence their lives forever. I’d like to give you a glimpse of the trail these young men followed as they found their own paths to becoming Eagle Scouts.
As new Scouts, their first task was to learn about scouting ideals: the Oath and Law, the motto and slogan. By pledging to live by those guidelines, they became full-fledged Scouts and earned the Scout badge.
Their new badge didn’t stay on their uniforms long, however. They quickly worked through the Tenderfoot requirements, memorizing the Oath and Law, going on their first campout, learning basic first-aid skills.
They now would wear the Tenderfoot badge. As they continued to be active in the troop, they learned about nature and orienteering and knot tying. They participated in a program on the dangers of alcohol, drugs and tobacco, and participated in several service projects to the community. Doing these things and more earned them the rank of Second Class Scout.
Soon, a year or so has passed. They’ve been on several campouts and hikes. By now they had been to summer camp, which for this group of young men included Camp McKee in Kentucky, Camp Ransburg in southern Indiana on the shores of Lake Monroe, and our council’s own Camp Chief Little Turtle by Ashley, Indiana. They had mastered the skills of First Class Scouts and they truly were First Class.
Along about this point, almost all of them attended Junior Leader Training sessions on how best to work with others toward a common goal and overcome obstacles along the way. All of which would be put to use as they all traveled to the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area via the Charles L. Sommers Scout canoe base at Ely, Minnesota. Some of them even had the opportunity to go to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
The next rank seemed no harder as Star. But they had already earned the easy merit badges; now they had to earn badges like: Personal Management, Personal Fitness, Citizenship in the Community, Nation, and World. They worked hard as troop leaders, completed more service hours and became Life Scouts – one step away from Eagle. The going got pretty tough now. They could no longer put off those really hard badges. And now they not only had to participate in a service project, but they had to plan and lead such a project.
Their Eagle projects finished, merit badges earned, they stand poised at the pinnacle of Scouting. Thank you for taking the time to be with us today. I hope you’ve enjoyed a glimpse into what these men have experienced on their treks to becoming Eagle Scouts.
In conclusion, for a Boy Scout troop to exist, an organization must agree to charter the troop. Troop 19 has been blessed to have St. John the Baptist Catholic Church as it’s chartering organization since 1939. With these young men in front of you today, St. John the Baptist can now lay claim to helping 84 young men become Eagle Scouts in the Boy Scout of America. Thank you St. John the Baptist for all your support.
Welcome the new Eagles:
Tim Blombach-2002 Graduate-Bishop Luers High School-Now attending IPFW-Member St. John the Baptist Catholic Church – For his Service Project, Tim led in the construction of a wheelchair ramp for a client of Turnstone.
Joe Blombach-Freshman-Bishop Luers High School-Member St. John the Baptist Catholic Church – Joe designed and built a wheel of chance game for the parish festival fundraiser as his Service Project.
Don Hall-Sophomore-Bishop Luers High School-Member St. John the Baptist Catholic Church – For his Service Project, Don orchestrated the rejuvenation of the concession stand at the Foster Park baseball diamonds.
Paul James-Senior-Homestead High School-Member Aldersgate United Methodist Church – Paul’s Service Project consisted of organizing and building therapeutic variable staircases for mobility training for special needs children.
Justin Marquart-January 2003 Graduate-Wayne High School – Justin Marquart undertook the construction of a footbridge to replace an unsafe existing footbridge across a channel at the Southwest Conservation Club as his Service Project.
Landon Matuska-Senior-South Side High School-Member Christ United Methodist Fellowship Christian Church – For his Service Project, Landon organized the painting of his church’s nursery.
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