A Franklin Township teenager was bestowed the coveted rank of Eagle Scout during a Court of Awards ceremony held Saturday at the Franklin Township Fire Company.

Tyler Helmer, son of Dennis and Bonnie Helmer, selected as his Eagle Scout project to install an illuminated sign at the fire company to replace a former painted sign. The sign enables firefighters to announce upcoming events at the fire station. As part of the project Helmer raised the funds partially through sponsorships and then installed the sign along with fellow scouts and firefighters. The project included digging up underground lines, replacing pipe fixtures, and engineering a retaining wall around the sign.

Helmer is a member of Lehighton Boy Scout Troop 82.

Serving as master of ceremonies was Thomas Maloney. Ed Kroboth, committee member, officially convened the Court of Honor and presented the recipient to those attending the program.

Scoutmaster Scot Wingert spoke about the obligations of becoming an Eagle Scout. He said that while becoming an Eagle Scout is a great accomplishment, he said it is also a great responsibility.

"The Eagle's Scout's first obligation is to live with honor," said Wingert. He also noted that Eagle Scouts must be loyal, courageous, provide service and have vision. Wingert presented the Eagle Scout Award to Helmer.

Helmer then presented an Eagle mother pin to his mother and an Eagle father pin to his father. He also presented an Eagle mentor pin to Mike Everett.

"Mike offered awesome encouragement and advice," said Helmer.

Helmer also accepted a Good Citizenship Award from Nick Hawkey from the Carbon-Mountaineers Marine Corps League. Lee Becker, representing Trinity Lutheran Church, presented a plaque from the church. Becker said that he was proud to be involved with Boy Scouts while serving on the Board of Review. He said that Tyler Helmer fulfilled the requirements to advance to Eagle Scout.While one in four boys in America will become a Scout, only four Scouts in 100 boys become Eagle Scouts.

Wingert, said, "Becoming an Eagle Scout is a great honor; it is also a great responsibility." As part of the program, Helmer was invited by Wingert to repeat the Eagle Scout Promise. "The words are similar to those you've said so many times before. Tonight they will mean more to you then they have ever have. When you pledge yourself on your sacred honor, you will be sealing your oath with the words which closed the Declaration of Independence."

Fellow Scouts taking part in the program were Justin Wingert, Devin Frantz, Jake Hoffner, Zach Shiner, Sean Maloney, Michael Everett and Darrin Arndt.

Arndt, also an Eagle Scout, presented the Eagle Charger, which outlined Helmer's obligations to bring honor to himself and fellow Scouts and help make America greater by dedicating his skills and ability to the common good.

Major sponsors of the project were Franklin Township Lions Club, Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company, Pocono Lake Supply Co., Blue Mountain Machine and Forest Inn Masonry.

While one in four boys in America will become a Scout, only four Scouts in 100 boys become Eagle Scouts.