Christopher R. Argot, a senior at Hamburg High School, was recently feted for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. The recognition was held at his church, Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church of Bernville.
In his scouting career he earned 43 merit badges and served as Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 144 and Den Chief for Pack 144.
He thinks that the hardest merit badge was Physical Fitness.
“The three months of recording your physical activity is pretty tedious,” he said. “Also, the fact that if you miss a few you’ll have to restart the three-month period.”
His Eagle Scout project benefitted the Old Northkill Church Cemetery that dates back to the 1700s and the Revolutionary War. The cemetery is located in Bernville, behind Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Church where his father serves as pastor. Uprighted gravestones, cleaning gravestones, landscaping and tree removal were all part of the project that involved other scouts, family and friends as well as Scout leadership.
Through that project the younger Argot learned “that graveyards are more fragile than you think.”
“It’s incredibly easy for the stones to wear down and become illegible, especially older ones made of sandstone and such,” he said.
The new Eagle Scout is the son of the Rev. and Mrs. Robert Argot, Jr. of Bernville. Through the Hamburg Area High School he attends BCTC/RACC pursuing Mechatronics Engineering Technology. The Mechatronics program is offered through the Technical Academy for high achieving students. The Technical Academy is a partnership between the Berks Career & Technology Center, Reading Area Community College and Bloomsburg University. It allows college-bound students with the opportunity to develop advanced technical skills and earn college credit toward an associate and/or bachelor degree while still in high school.
Len Ewing, a member of Argot’s Board of Review, and Scoutmaster of Troop 149 of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Hamburg, and Greg Stull, also a member of Argot’s Board of Review and a long-time Scouter, presided over the recognition service.
The young Argot’s father, an Eagle Scout from Troop 98 in Brodheadsville, offered the welcome, and his grandfather, Robert G. Argot Sr., a retired pastor and educator, provided the Invocation.
Dr. Ryan E. Argot, Director of Federal Programs and Board Secretary for West Shore School District, the Scout’s uncle and an Eagle Scout from Troop 98 in Brodheadsville, gave the Eagle Charge.
“You are a marked man,” he told his nephew, a phrase repeated by other presenters during the ceremony. “As an Eagle Scout, you are expected to exemplify in your daily life the high principles and values expressed in the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. You have assumed a solemn obligation to do your duty to God, to your country, to your fellow scouts and to all other human beings. This is a great undertaking, which you are now just beginning. As you live up to your obligations you bring honor to yourself and to your brother scouts.”
“Honor,” he told his nephew, “is the first obligation of an Eagle Scout. It is symbolized by the white of the Eagle Scout badge.”
Other qualities of being an Eagle Scout include loyalty, courage, responsibility and service, he said, defining each one.
“I challenge you to undertake your citizenship with solemn dedication,” Dr. Argot said. “Be a leader, but lead only toward the best. Lift up every task you do, and every office you hold, with a high level of service to God and to your fellow human beings. Live and serve so that those who know you will be inspired to the highest ideals of life. I challenge you to be among those who dedicate their hearts and hands to the common good. Build America on the solid foundations of clean living, honest work, unselfish citizenship and reverence to God. Then, whatever others may do, you will leave behind you a record of which you may be justly proud.”
Various presentation echoed that charge as they recognized the young Argot’s accomplishment.
Rep. Barry Jozwiak presented citations from the PA House of Representatives and the Senate. Greg Stull brought greetings from Congressman Charlie Dent and presented Argot with a flag that had flown over the U.S. capitol in November.
Mr. Barry L. Kauffman, from the Sons of the American Revolution, reminded the Eagle Scout that he is “a member of the Eagle Scout fraternity forever.”
The ceremony included Eagle Scout Chris presenting his mother with the Mother’s pin and his father’s with a Father’s pin and a Mentor’s pin and thanking his parents for their help in his achievement as well as all those involved in his Trail to Eagle and the Eagle project.
A reception for family, friends and fellow scouts followed in the church social hall after his father sang the benediction to close the Eagle Court of Honor.