Troop 14 inducts city natives as Eagle Scouts

Scout Liam Ferry, 17, of Williamsport, son of Pascha and Dave Ferry, has been active in Boy Scouts for seven years.

Ferry became a Scout in sixth grade, when his friend Matthew invited him to check out the troop at a weekly meeting. His first trip was to the Tiadaghton Sportsmen’s Club, where he had the chance to (unsuccessfully) shoot at clay pigeons and partake in competitive games of Capture the Flag.

His favorite scouting memories include the many weekend camp-outs, camporees and outings — especially to Sea Base in June 2016. Ferry was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, and later returned to complete his Brotherhood and serve as an elangomat in 2017.

Ferry has earned 24 merit badges. Some of his favorites include building shelters for Wilderness Survival, Small Boat Sailing at Camp Karoondinha and Welding at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

His Eagle Scout Project involved replacing the parking lot stops at the West End Christian Community Center with re-purposed railroad ties.With the help of many scouts, soccer teammates and adults, the project went extremely smoothly.

Outside of Scouting, Ferry plays Williamsport High School varsity soccer and tennis. He is a cellist in the school orchestra and a member of the Strolling Strings. Ferry helped found the Williamsport Area student aerospace association club and is active in Model U.N. He also is a member of the Lycoming County Youth Development Task Force.

After graduating this June, he will spend a year abroad as an AFS exchange student before attending Middlebury College, where he plans to study the natural sciences.

Ferry is the 130th Eagle Scout in a long tradition of Eagle Scouts at Troop 14.

Scout Matthew Getgen, 18, of Williamsport, son of Bart and Beth Getgen. He has been actively involved in the scouting program for the past 11 years.

Getgen started scouting as a Cub Scout in Pack 14. He earned the ranks of Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos I and Webelos II. In 2010, Matthew attended a Boy Scout Jambo in Kutztown. He earned the God and Me religious award and received the Arrow of Light Award, the highest award in Cub Scouts, in 2012.

He crossed over and joined Troop 14 in 2012. He became a Tenderfoot Scout Feb. 4, 2013; a Second Class Scout Sept. 29, 2014; a First Class Scout March 16, 2015; a Star Scout June 6, 2016; and a Life Scout Feb. 13, 2017.

Getgen was very active in Scouting, attending most campouts, being a part of service projects, fundraisers and other Troop events. He has held many different leadership positions such as Chaplain Aide, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader.

He attended Camp Karoondinha every year he could as a Boy Scout. He was tapped out for the Order of the Arrow and completed his ordeal. He later became a Brotherhood member.

One of Matthew’s greatest Scouting memories was during his trip to Florida Sea Base where he spent five days on an island in the Florida Keys Filled with snorkeling, jellyfish, shark fishing, iguanas and a starry night.

For his Eagle Scout service project, Getgen cleaned and painted five youth classrooms at the Christian Church at Cogan Station. He started his project on July 17, 2017 and finished on July 20, 2017.

On the Trail to Eagle, he has earned 31 merit badges.

Getgen attends Williamsport Area High School and is a third year student in the Computer Information Technology program working on his CompTIA A+ Certification. He also enjoys participating on the Williamsport swimming and diving team and playing the tuba with the wind ensemble, marching band, county band, district and regional bands and the Williamsport Youth Symphony Orchestra. He also enjoys participating in the Model U.N. and aerospace clubs at the High School.

Getgen is the 127 Eagle Scout in a long tradition of Eagle Scouts at Troop 14.

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