CLARKS SUMMIT — Seven Boy Scouts of Troop 160 were inducted to the Eagle Court of Honor on Sunday, June 5 in front of family and friends at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church.
Jeramie Glynn, Alec D’Elia, Colin Florey, Logan Lombardo, Joe Fulton, Nathan Gronsky, and Wyatt Sebring earned the rank of Eagle Scout by performing community service projects in the Abingtons.
Scoutmaster John D’Elia, Alec’s father, made welcoming remarks and conducted the ceremony, and state Sen. John Blake also attended the event.
“The medals that present these Eagles this afternoon are not decorations, but rather symbols of knowledge and their ability to make their families, our community, nation, and world better places to live,” said John D’Elia.
Alec D’Elia earned his award by constructing a bocce ball court at Hillside Park in South Abington Township, which he completed in November. D’Elia, who enjoys playing the game with his grandparents, said he wanted the park to be open to people of all ages.
“I always loved playing it (bocce ball),” he said. “I wanted to share it with the community.”
During the ceremony, Scouts’ mothers awarded medals to their sons, and fathers presented their sons with certificates. John D’Elia then distributed the blue neckerchiefs synonymous with the Eagle Scout rank.
“We’re very proud and thankful,” said Robert Lombardo. His son Logan Lombardo earned his rank by repainting a retaining wall at the Chinchilla Fire Hall.
“I feel very accomplished and honored,” said Logan.
Each Eagle Scout recited a speech acknowledging the support from family members, Scoutmasters, and fellow Scouts.
Gronsky acknowledged his mother, Eulaine Gronsky, for being one of the den leaders and his father, Joe Gronsky, for teaching him everything he knows about camping, hiking, and Scouting. He also thanked his brother Matt Gronsky and his sister Sarah Gronsky for their support.
“Scouting has been an unbelievable experience, which has prepared me well for the challenges I face in life,” he said. “I learn to always try to do my best with whatever task I face. Scouts has taught me to work with others to accomplish my goals and to listen to their concerns and ideas. It has also taught me to take on leadership roles with confidence.”
For his Eagle Scout project, Gronsky held a drive to collect winter coats, hoodies and sweatshirts locally for those in need. Collection boxes, donated by Waste Management Systems, were distributed in nine locations, such as the Abington Community Library and the Abington VFW Post 7069 building.
Other projects included a blood drive held by Glynn at the Abington Community Library in conjunction with the Geisinger Blood Bank; a pavilion reconstruction at Bedford Park organized by Florey; a care package drive for the United States Marine Corps organized by Fulton; and a ran shelter constructed at Hillside Park by Sebring.
“I’m proud of all of our Scouts who earned the award,” said John D’Elia. “It’s a major milestone in their life that they can always look back on with pride. We as troop leaders are a small part of their success. A lot of it comes with their families as well.”