Penn Forest Troop 555 adds three Eagle Scouts
RICK GRANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Scoutmaster Ray Attewell, left, Adam Dachowicz, Sean Parrish and Phillip Slack.
Three young men in Penn Forest Township earned the highest rank possible to a Boy Scout this past weekend and were recognized by friends and family during an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held at the Christ Lutheran Church.
Adam "Indiana" Dachowicz, Phillip Slack and Sean Parrish are the three most recent Eagle Scouts coming out of Troop 555, a troop that has seen 34 young men earn the rank since 1980.
Ray Attewell, Scoutmaster for the troop, was honored by the three young men during the ceremony for his leadership. Attewell, who was presented with a gift by the new Eagles, has been a Scoutmaster since before the three began Scouting as young boys of 10 or 11 years old.
Attewell spoke during the ceremony, sharing stories about each of the Scouts and remarking on how they have grown and matured over the years.
Among the requirements for earning the Eagle Badge, Scouts are required to plan and implement an Eagle Project, generally a community service project. To complete these projects, the Scouts count on adult leaders from the community who help guide them and then sign off on the completed projects after they are completed. These leaders also spoke during the ceremony, commenting on the quality of the work completed and the benefit these young men have been to their neighbors.
Dachowicz worked on a new floor for the historic carriage house in Jim Thorpe.
Parrish constructed a new storage shed for the fire company and Slack built new cabinets for Christ Luthern Church after it had been destroyed by fire.
"Eagle projects are big," Dachowicz said, "but it's all about being organized and doing the work."
Boy Scout Troop 555 is sponsored by the Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1.