Local troop boasts five Eagles

Boy Scout Troop 321 now boasts five Eagle Scouts. Pictured above from left are Zach Murray, Ben Strosser, John Weingartner, Thadeus (Tad) Dan Danylo and Dylan Duerring. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

Following last Sunday's Honor Court at Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church, where John Weingartner was recognized for achieving Eagle status, Boy Scout Troop 321 now counts five Eagles among its 18 current members.

Another Eagle who crossed over into scouting from cubs to Troop 321, later moved to Troop 572 but maintains close ties with the Mt. Nebo group.

John Weingartner, Sr., John's father and scoutmaster of the troop for the past four years, said that the national average indicates that one scout in 20 will become an Eagle.

"What is unusual is that these six scouts crossed over into scouting from the same cub scout den and stayed with scouting for the past seven years. In my experience, at least two of six would leave scouting within the first three years due to competing interests."

The current congregation of Eagles reflects an ongoing success story for 321.

"From 1970 to 1999, we had Eagles. Since the year 2000, 40 Eagles have come through the troop," Weingartner said.

Weingartner credits strong adult leadership in helping the scouts to achieve that success.

"Troop 321 has 18 registered adults. Some do the very important behind-the-scenes work, such as ser-ving as committee chairmen, advancement coordinator and treasurer. The scoutmaster and assistant scoutmasters are responsible for the training of the scouts and organizing the camping trips. In addition, we have seven adults who counsel 30 different merit badges. It is the group effort of all the volunteers working together that enables a scout to advance through the ranks."

Weingartner said that scouts working toward Eagle badges have to be involved in outdoor activities. "Many of the requirements can only be earned on camping trips. We try to have a monthly camping trip and at least two backpacking trips a year."

While he takes obvious pride in the achievement of so many of his scouts, Weingartner stressed that "to be successful, a scout does not have to earn the rank of Eagle. If all he takes from scouting is to live by the Scout Oath and Law, he will be a success."

The current Eagles include:

Zach Murray, son of Butch and Holly Murray of Sewickley, built and installed benches around the lake at Christ Grove Church. Zach will attend Columbia College in Chicago.

Ben Strosser, son of Eric and Valerie Strosser of Sewickley, built and installed birdhouses around the Ohio Township Park walking trail. Ben will attend Penn State Behrend in Erie.

John Weingartner, son of John and Sharon Weingartner of Kilbuck, conducted extensive landscaping and shelter repair at Marmo Park in Emsworth. John will attend Robert Morris University.

Thadeus (Tad) Abramowich, son of Patrick and Susan Abramowich of Sewickley, renovated the juvenile waiting area at the North Regional Hearing Office. Tad will attend Penn State University.

Dan Danylo, son of Dave and Marcy Danylo of Ben Avon, built a walking trail with a small bridge over a creek at Avon Park. Dan will attend the University of Akron.

Dylan Duerring, son of Robert and Karen Duerring of Sewickley, renovated the Ben Avon borough building community hall. Dylan has enlisted in the United States Air Force.

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