Zechariah Barton attains rank of Eagle Scout
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Zechariah Amadeus Barton, center, was honored Saturday for earning the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Scouting. With his are his parents, Alexis McAllister of Lehighton and Terry Barton of Kilgore, Texas.
Troop 145's newest Eagle Scout, Zechariah Amadeus Barton, was honored Saturday at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held at Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville.
Master of ceremonies was Cliff Cole, assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop Troop 216, Plymouth Meeting.
Ben Glueck, Scoutmaster of Troop 145, Mahoning Township, welcomed Barton's family, friends and fellow Scouts to the program and officially opened the Eagle Court of Honor.
Peter Phalen and Thomas Phalen presented the Boy Scout Law.
Barton was presented the Eagle Scout ranking by Bryan Buffington, director of the Lehighton Area High School music department. Buffington is also an Eagle Scout.
He presented a mother's Eagle Pin to his mother, Alexis McAllister of Lehighton, and a father's Eagle Pin to his father, Terry Barton of Kilgore, Texas. He then presented an Eagle Scout Mentor's pin to Brad Frable, his stepfather.
Cole outlined Barton's "Journey to Eagle," and said he joined Cub Pack 6 as a Tiger Scout 11 years ago, eager to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Rich. For over five years, Barton worked through Wolf, Bear, and Webelo ranks and earned the Arrow of Light Award.
He then became a full Scout, earning Tenderfoot rank, and attended Ockinickon Summer Camp and a second camp in Texas. Second Class Rank followed and he then explored the Aviation Merit Badge at Dover Air Force Base and he earned First Class Rank in May 2008. He attended Heritage Camp outside of Pittsburgh and then Treasure Island Summer Camp and earned the Order of the Arrow. Star Rank followed and then Life Rank was achieved in the fall of 2009.
He also earned Pennsylvania's State Wildlife Conservation Award and State Forestry Award, World Conservation Award, Snorkeling BSA and Leave No Trace.
Speaking at his program was state Rep. Doyle Heffley, who presented a Certificate of Recognition; attorney William Schwab who presented a Dedicated Service Award from East Penn Township and a Good Citizenship Award from the American Legion. He also was presented a Good Citizenship Award by Robert Gavin of the U.S. Marine Corps League. Also making a presentation was Nick Hawkey, representing the Carbon-Mountaineers Marine Corps League 996, who presented a Good Citizenship Award and Beltzville Lions Club presented a Community Service Award.
Boy Scout Troop 145 is sponsored by Mahoning Valley Fire Company. Barton joined Boy Scout Troop 145 after his family moved to Lehighton. Previously he had been a member of Boy Scout Troop 216 in Plymouth Meeting.
The rank of Eagle Scout is reached by only two out of every 100 boys in Scouting.
To become an Eagle Scout, a Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and hold positions of leadership and or responsibility. Barton earned 40 merit badges in various disciplines.
Potential Eagle Scouts must also complete a service project, which requires a minimum of 100 man hours and include planning, fundraising, obtaining the material, and organizing and supervising others.
For his Eagle Scout project, Barton designed and supervised an intensive service/leadership project at Riverview Park in Bowmanstown, where access stairs were added that join the parking lot to a lower area containing two prospective ice skating ponds, a picnic area and the back nine of the disc golf course.
Under his leadership, Scouts from Troop 145, Troop 216, Venture Crew 1345 and other volunteers cleared, trenched, built and backfilled this outdoor staircase.
In the fall, Barton plans to study electrical and mechanical engineering.
Barton also displayed congratulations from numerous other government officials, organizations and sports teams.