Scout receives Eagle Award

Coleman R. Wolfe, 17, of Hughesville, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America’s highest advancement rank. Wolfe is a member of Boy Scout Troop 26, Hughesville. His Board of Review was held Aug. 7 and an Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held Oct. 6 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hughesville, the chartering organization for Troop 26.

Don Reynolds, Scout master of Troop 26, opened the ceremony and Aaron Bassler, assistant Scout master was Master of Ceremonies. Wolfe’s grandfather, James Ritter, began the proceedings by playing the “Star Bangled Banner.” The Eagle Charge was delivered by Michael Istre, assistant Scout master.

Wolfe received many congratulatory citations during his ceremony, including certificates from the National Council of Boy Scouts of America, various state and federal representatives, the President Barack Obama and Gov. Tom Corbett.

On hand for the ceremony were Chuck Smith of the Marine Corps League, and Tony Kline, representative of the Sons of Union Veterans. Wolfe presented his mother and father with Eagle Scout mom and dad pins, respectively. He also presented his grandfather with the grandparent pin and Don Reynolds with the mentor pin. Wolfe concluded the ceremony by thanking those who have helped him throughout his scouting endeavors and by stating that he always has been proud to be a Scout.

Wolfe began his Scouting career in first grade, joining Cub Scout Pack 80 as a Tiger Cub and continuously working his way through Wolf Badge, Bear Badge and Webelos, earning the highest honor in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light. He then continued with Boy Scout Troop 26, earning his Tenderfoot, Second and First Class, Star and Life Scout ranks.

In addition, Wolfe has earned more than 31 merit badges and has held various positions in Troop 26 including, senior patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, chaplain aid, scribe, Scout instructor, Troop guide and OA representative. He also completed the National Youth Leadership Training program through BSA.

In 2010, Wolfe visited the 10th anniversary of the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Va., which is only held every four years.

For his Eagle Scout project, Wolfe refurbished a room in the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church by constructing a wall, rewiring, installing wainscoting, drywall and painting the floor and ceiling. The room will be used as a conference center for the scouts and the church.

In addition to Scouting, Wolfe is involved in Hughesville High School varsity football, Student Council, Varsity Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Big Buddy, school musicals, studies advanced biology and English, and attends church youth group.

He is the son of Mary and Stuart Wolfe, of Hughesville. His father is the committee chair of Troop 26 and also is an Eagle Scout. They are only the second set of father and son to be Eagle Scouts from Troop 26. Following graduation, Wolfe plans to attend college in the fall of 2014.

According to BSA statistics, less than 2 percent of all Scouts attain the rank of Eagle Scout.