Three Palmerton Scouts earn their Eagle award
From left, state Rep. Doyle Heffley; Dalton Hoffman; Dave Hawk, Troop 41 Assistant Scoutmaster; Sean Hall; Larry Arner, Scout Leader for Troop 41; Kyle Meckes; and Dave Savage, Troop 41 Scoutmaster. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Three Palmerton Scouts from Troop 41 based at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Palmerton earned their Eagle award.
Sean Michael Hall, Kyle James Meckes and Dalton James Hoffman are all friends who grew up in Scouting together, spending more than 10 years first with Pack 41, then with Troop 41.
All three graduated from Palmerton Area High School in June 2018.
Hall earned his Eagle Scout rank last spring, and his Court of Honor was on June 4.
Hoffman and Meckes earned their ranks over the summer, and their combined Court of Honor was on Dec. 17.
State Rep. Doyle Heffley spoke at the Dec. 17 ceremony, and his representative Donna Horn spoke at Hall’s Court of Honor.
All three Scouts received citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives at their Court of Honor.
Leaders of Troop 41 also participated: Scoutmaster Dave Savage; Assistant Scoutmaster Dave Hawk; and Scout Leaders Larry Arner, Trevor Jones, Dave Tworkowski and Tony Seo.
About the Scouts
• Sean Philip Hall is the son of Frank Joseph Hall IV and Theresa Hall.
For his Eagle Scout designation, Hall created a cemetery mapping database for the Jerusalem Lutheran Cemetery Association, logged in more than 1,000 grave sites from a handwritten record into a searchable format to make it easier for people to find the final resting places of their loved ones.
Hall also designed and erected a directional sign at the entrance of the cemetery that corresponds to the database to map out exactly where each grave site is located.
He served as den chief and senior patrol leader, achieved Order of the Arrow and earned 27 merit badges.
• Kyle James Meckes is the son of Arthur Meckes Jr. and Christine Meckes.
For his Eagle project, Meckes built a natural playground at Beltzville State Park behind the Environmental Interpretive Center. The playground featured elements that he built, including two benches, a carved wooden “Flintstones” style car, stepping logs and balance beams. All materials used in his project were natural: wood, stone and mulch.
He has served as quartermaster, assistant senior patrol leader, achieved Order of the Arrow and earned 21 merit badges.
• Dalton James Hoffman is the son of Justin Brian Hoffman and Amber Lynn Hamershock.
Hoffman’s project was to build and place quarter mile markers all along the Prairie Grass Trail at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. He raised more than $500 from a bake sale to fund the project. He had a printing business create 20 mile marker signs with the logo and mile number on it; purchased metal posts for the signs to be put on, and affixed the mile marker signs to the posts. For the actual project work, a few other Scouts came out and helped him carry everything to the trail, and using a mile tracker, figured out where to place the posts and installed them as they went along the trail.
He has served as quartermaster and assistant senior patrol leader. He earned 23 merit badges.