Montoursville graduate achieves rank of Eagle Scout

Benjamin “Ben” Watts, a member of Boy Scout Troop 21 and recent graduate of Montoursville Area High School, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout Dec. 11, 2018, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Watts is the son of Todd and Kathi (Heim) Watts.

For his eagle project Benjamin built shelving units for the Family Promise House of Lycoming County in Williamsport. The shelves will serve as storage for the pantry and those in use of the home.

Watts has been in scouts since kindergarten and earned his Arrow of Light award in Cub Scouts along with his God and Family religious award. He was elected to the Order of the Arrow lodge in 2015 and is currently a Brotherhood member. Ben held the ranks of Scribe, Quarter Master and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He has attended summer camps at Karoondinha, Brule and Tuckahoe, went to Jambo at Kutztown University four times and completed the Gettysburg historic trails program.

Watts received a bronze, gold and silver palm for earning 18 merit badges above the 21 that are required for Eagle rank. At a Court of Honor ceremony in April, Ben was formally presented with the Eagle Scout award at Faith United Methodist Church, Montoursville. Ben received congratulatory citations from the Marine Corps League, State Representative Garth Everett, Governor Tom Wolf, and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush.

Ben will be attending Ashland University, Ohio, in the fall as an Ashbrook Scholar, majoring in political science and political economy.