Boy Scout Troop 140 celebrated the achievements of six Eagle Scouts with an Eagle Court of Honor on May 18 at the Ludwig’s Corner Fire Company Griffith Hall in Glenmoore.
The Eagle Scouts are Hendrik Burger, Robbie Clark, Eric Griesser, Doug Hornung, Tyler Maute and Andy Mento. The celebration was attended by Representative Hennessey and Senator Rafferty, who presented the scouts with recognitions. The scouts will also receive certificates from the Sons of the American Revolution recognizing their achievement.
There was also a special speaker, Lieutenant Commander Navy Fighter from WWII, serving on the USS Intrepid, who was the grandfather of Eagle Scout Eric Griesser. Personalized plaques were also presented to each scout by the troop.
Hendrik Burger, 18, a 2014 graduate of Owen J. Roberts High School, is the son of Hendrik Sr. and Jessica Burger of South Coventry Township, Pottstown. He was involved in Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, 7-ups Choir, Indoor Drum Line, and was Drum Major for 2 years. Hendrik has been involved in scouting since he was a Cub Scout – Bear. He has held the positions of Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leader in the troop. His High Adventure trips include Florida Sea Base, and he received his scuba certification. He has earned 33 merit badges during his scouting career. Hendrik’s Eagle project was a restoration of the Adirondack Trail in Warwick County Park. It involved replacing the wood chips, removing rocks, replacing three benches and placing new tree identification/description tags along the trail. Hendrick completed his project in March of 2013 and his Board of review was in April 2013. He plans on studying Bio-Chemistry in college.
Robbie Clark, a 2014 graduate of Owen J. Roberts High School, completed his Eagle Board of Review January 2013. He is the son of Jane Raser Clark (with whom he resides), Glenmoore and Lt. Col. George E. Clark USAFR (retired reserve), West Chester. Robbie has an interest in video production. He has held the positions of Scribe and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and attended High Adventure at Florida Sea Base. He has been involved in scouting since joining as a Tiger Cub in 2002 and has received 41 merit badges and four palms. The palms are achieved by completing additional merit badges after becoming Eagle Scout. This is quite an achievement that requires a lot of persistence and hard work on scout’s part. Robbie’s Eagle project was to stain and install period correct tongue and groove wall boards, trim, baseboards and chair rail in the machine shop at Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association in Kinzers, PA. He was assisted by volunteers for Rough and Tumble and members of BSA Troop 140.
Eric Griesser is also a 2014 graduate of Owen J. Roberts High School and is the son of Tom and Liz Griesser, residing in Elverson. In school he was a member of Latin Club and Chess Club. He has been involved in scouting for 10 years and has earned 32 Merit Badges. His High Adventure experience includes Philmont, in New Mexico and Florida Sea Base. He held the positions of Troop Librarian, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader. Eric’s Eagle project was the restoration of an 1885 Metal Lathe for the Rough and Tumble Historical Engineers Association, in Kinzers, PA. His project was completed in August of 2013 and his Board of Review was February 2014. The lathe has already been used successfully at demonstrations at Rough and Tumble.
Doug Hornung, 18, is a 2014 graduate of Owen J. Roberts High School and the son of William and Ann Hornung, Elverson. He has been involved in scouting for 13 years, since he was a Tiger Cub. Doug has earned 24 merit badges and has held the positions of Patrol Leader and Chaplain Aide with the troop. His Eagle project was the construction and installation of directional signs for trails at Coventry Woods. He completed his project in November of 2013 and his Board of review was February 2014.
Tyler Maute, 18, is a 2014 graduate of Owen J. Roberts High School and the son of Steve and Deb Maute and resides in Pottstown. He participated in concert band, marching band and jazz band at OJR. He has been involved in scouting since he was a Tiger Cub. Tyler earned 24 merit badges and attended High Adventure camps at Philmont in New Mexico and Florida Sea Base. He is a member of Order of the Arrow. Positions Tyler held in the troop were Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leader. For his Eagle project he created a trail/path from the cemetery to the back of the church at Coventryville Methodist Church, cleaning up some of the landscaping while completing the work. Tyler plans to attend Temple to study psychology in the fall.
Andy Mento, 17, is the son of Daniel and Kimberly Mento, Pottstown, and completed his junior year of high school at Owen J. Roberts High School in June. He is involved in the Junior Classics League and the Owen J. Roberts Rowing Team at school. Andy has been involved in scouting since he was a first grade student at the Rank of Tiger Cub. He has held the positions of Troop Guide and Historian and is also a member of Order of the Arrow. Andy has earned 21 merit badges thus far. His Eagle project was to blaze a mile long trail, re-blaze another trail and install a wooden and stone bench at Green Valley Association. He also built and installed five sign posts with directional maps at the Association. He completed his project on October of 2013 and his Eagle Board of Review was February 2014.