Zachary Craig’s parents came forward and his mother Jennifer was
instructed to install her son’s Eagle pin on his shirt. Zachary then
pinned his mother and his father as his parent supporter. Craig also
delivered his mentor pins to Scoutmaster Ed Robison and his
grandfather, Dennis Schilling.
Craig addressed Robison saying, “Thank you for checking on my rank
advancements, merit badge requirements, and (for) keeping me
motivated. As you said before, ‘get that Eagle project done before
the smell of gas and perfume. You were right, as it was a little
harder getting my project done after getting my driver’s license and
job. Our conversations will be remembered for a long time, and our
friendship will last forever. Thank you again, for all you’ve done
to get me here, and for all your dedication.”
Craig then called forward his grandfather, Dennis Schilling.
“Granddad, where do I begin? Let’s start back in my Cub Scout years.
When dad was working second shift, you stepped right in to help with
my pinewood derby, and attended camp with me. During those years it
was fun to hear your scouting stories with your brothers. You taught
me stamina and the will to complete a task as we completed the
20-mile Lincoln Trail together. Thanks for encouraging me and seeing
me along in my scouting career. Learning your standards in life,
such as family comes first, time management, willingness to serve
others, and love of God and country, have helped to make me the man
I am today. I look forward to spending more time with you and
showing you that I will always respect the man and grandad you are.”
In addition to his pin, Craig was gifted a special neckerchief worn
exclusively by Eagles. A plaque was also presented to the Eagle.
Following the pinning, a slideshow was presented representing
Craig’s scouting history. The show included narration from “Zac’s
shirt,” a permanent piece of his scouting career, the shirt reviewed
all the things that Craig had done in his career as a scout.
The pinning ceremony was repeated with Will Stambaugh. Will received
his Eagle Scout pin from his mother Sarah, then in turn presented
pins to his parents.
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Will then presented his mentor pins, but not before acknowledging
his father as a big part of his scouting career. “A mentor to me is
someone who is always there to encourage and guide me and push me to
complete my goals. A mentor always urges me to step out of my
comfort zone and become a leader, the one who taught me about
scouting and was at nearly every campout. While my dad was always
there to encourage me, he requested that I pick someone else (as
mentor), but I thank you dad.
“I’m giving my first mentor pin to Ray Papach. When I
began scouting, Ray was my first scoutmaster. He was at my first
campout and helped me set up my tent. He was always very encouraging
and told me how he knew I was going to become an Eagle Scout. He was
an Eagle, and all the boys looked up to him. Thank you Ray for being
on as many campouts as you could, for being positive and encouraging
and always having faith in me.”
Stambaugh presented his second pin to Scoutmaster Robison. “Thank
you Ed for always being there as well, from Monday night meetings to
campouts, you were there. You are a good leader and we all look up
to you even when you are playing Munchkins and back-stabbing us! You
shared your scouting experiences like your Eagle Court Review to
help and encouraged me in my review. I will never forget your
Stambaugh also had a slideshow presentation reflecting back on his
years and his progress from a young scout to an Eagle.
Robison, known to be a very good story teller, recounted his
experiences with the two scouts in their history together,
remembering camp outs and fun experiences.
He told the story of Zac challenging him to a jump on a skiing trip.
“I went up in the air a lot higher than I expected. My skis went one
way, I went the other. I’m laying there in a heap counting my limbs,
seeing if I’m still alive, and Zac flies by yelling ha-ha!”
Robison went on to recall his own youth, and how his father had been
one who loved knowledge and books, and had impressed on his son his
own standards in life. He noted that his father had stressed upon
him to always be prepared. He thought he was, but one day he asked
his dad what he really meant. His father had responded that Ed
should always be prepared to “defend your ideas and your faith to
Robison’s father told him, “As scouts, you separate yourself out.
People will look to you as you live your life, to point out to you
if you fail, and follow you if you lead. What I learned from my dad
was that means education, in whatever faith you practice. You need
to study your Word and understand. A lot of people may come to
ridicule you or oppose you immediately, but some people will come to
you for guidance, and you need to know what you are talking about to
help them. It is the same way with your political views and
Robison went on to say that the career as a scout helps with this;
he noted that the badges the young men earn relate to developing
that knowledge and leadership quality.
Robison also noted that being an Eagle did not mean there would be
no mistakes made in the future of the young men, it meant that they
would do their very best in everything they take on. He said, “Just
because you become an Eagle Scout does not mean that everything you
do is going to turn gold. It is harder than that, but it is the
ability to take your failure, analyze it, understand it, and move on
and to make the world a better place. Scouts is in the business of
creating productive and good citizens, and you two are (that
Robison then asked that all the adults who have gone on camping
trips with the scouts to please stand. He noted, “These are the guys
that have helped train these young men and I believe that they will
share the same sentiment, that I have gotten far more from these
boys than they got from me.”