Friday, March 25, 2011

Berwick Resident Achieves Eagle Scout Award

Ross Andrew Conroy of Troop 313 in Berwick, Maine, recently earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award. Only 2% of Boy Scouts nationwide earn this award. Ross was 15 years old when he completed the requirements and attained the rank of Eagle on November 24, 2010.
Ross was recognized in a formal ceremony on March 12, 2011 at the First Parish Federated Church, in South Berwick, Maine, with over 90 friends, family and fellow scouts in attendance. Joining them were Maine State Senator Ron Collins, Maine State Representative Beth O’Connor, Cabela’s retail store manager of Scarborough, Maine, Rich Pschirrer, Mr. Glen Walsworth from the American Legion Charles S. Hatch Post 79, as well as numerous representatives from the York District and Local Troop 313.
Ross earned over 30 merit badges and successfully completed a community service project to earn his Eagle Award. His project was building wildlife enclosure for the Center of Wildlife in York, Maine. Through donations from local businesses and individuals,Ross raised in excess of $1,000 in cash and materials for construction to build a wildlife enclosure for recuperating small mammals.
Rick Raynes, the Scoutmaster of Troop 313, met Ross in his first year as a Webelos Scout in 2005, at an outdoor winter event with temperatures below zero. According to Raynes, who spoke about Ross at the Eagle Court of Honor, “It was evident that Ross showed a lot of promise, as he started his own fire to enjoy a warm lunch.”
Numerous scouts participated in the Eagle Court of Honor in South Berwick. Scouts Cody Farwell and Casey Wallbaum read the Scout Law, as it was interpreted by John Wayne when a Scout ranch in California was dedicated in his honor.
State Senator Ron Collins presented Ross with a flag that flew over the State House in Augusta, and spoke to the importance of leadership. Representative Beth O’Connor read a formal recognition from the state of Maine, “This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service...”
Ross is the son of Drew and Janet Conroy of Berwick, Maine. His younger brother Luke is also Webelos Scout, who opened and closed the ceremony with a few musical arrangements played with fellow Webelos Scout Noah Safford on their trumpets. Ross would like to thank all the sponsors and fellow scouts who have supported him along the way.
Photo caption: Ross Conroy of Berwick recently received his Eagle Scout Award in a formal ceremony on March 12. (Photo courtesy Rebecca Chasse)