Adam D. Reichard, son of Duane and Pati Reichard of Lehighton, and a member of Boy Scout Troop 82, Lehighton, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
Adam's Eagle project involved restoring a staircase at Preacher's Camp boat launch at Beltzville State Park. This included resetting and leveling the concrete steps, replacing the handrails and painting a crosswalk.
Reichard's achievement was recognized on April 28, at a Court of Honor ceremony held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lehighton. Troop 82 Scouts, friends, family members, clergy and local dignitaries attended the ceremony. Tom Maloney, master of ceremonies, said he made the transformation from being led to becoming a leader of others.
Reichard attained the Eagle Scout rank by fulfilling the requirements in areas of leadership, community service, outdoor skills and continuing his rank advancements through Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star Scout, Life Scout and, finally, Eagle. Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting.
In addition, Reichard served as patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader and instructor within Troop 82, and he attained more than the necessary 21 merit badges required to earn the rank of Eagle.
His uncle, Warren Semmel, offered the Eagle Charge. Semmel is a member of the BSA Council Executive Board at Alleghany/Highland Council. Fifty years ago, Semmel also wore the Troop 82 emblem.
"You have been judged by the Boy Scouts of America as being worthy of this honor. All who know you rejoice in your achievement," Semmel said. "This award, as you will know, is one of honor and responsibility. You are a marked man. As an Eagle Scout, you have assumed a solemn obligation to do your duty to God, to Country, to your fellow Scouts, and to mankind in general. This is a great undertaking. As you live up to your obligations you bring honor to yourself and to your brother Scouts."
An honor guard, Sean Maloney and Tyler Helmer, who are also Eagle Scouts, escorted Reichard forward to receive the Eagle Scout badge, which was presented by Scot Wingert, scoutmaster. The Eagle Scout pin was pinned to his lapel by his mother. He in turn presented his mother with the Mother's Pin and his father with the Eagle Scout certificate. Reichard then presented his father with the Mentor's Pin.
Making presentations were State Rep. Doyle Heffley, who is an Eagle Scout. Heffley presented Reichard with a letter and Certificate of Recognition. Heffley said that Reichard has learned leadership skills that he will use the rest of his life.
A proclamation from Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein also highlighted Reichard's strong skill set.
Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig proclaimed that April 28, 2012 was Adam D. Reichard day in Lehighton in his honor.
Also making a presentation was Nick Hawkey, representing the Carbon-Mountaineers Marine Corps League 996, who presented a Good Citizenship Award.
Gail Maholick of the Beltzville Lions Club also presented a Community Service Award to recognize Reichard for his leadership skills and service to the community.
He was also recognized by Shawn Keiser, representing Trinity Lutheran Church and presented a hand carved "thank you" Eagle Scout plaque by Judy Wingert, Troop 82, from Troop 82.