PANAMA - A ceremony was held at Our Lady of the Snows in Panama to honor Brian Radka, Ashville Troop 141's newest Eagle Scout.
In attendance were many friends and local family along with the entire troop, Wayne Schuver from Boy Scouts of America's Allegheny-Highlands Council office and many Eagle Scouts who were previous members of Troop 141.
Brian began his scouting career as a Wolf Cub and worked through to Webelos, where he earned the Arrow of Light Award, the highest award available to Cub Scouts. Brian then continued on in scouting, joining the Ashville troop, participating in many scouting events including several Klondike Derbys, which are held during the winter months at Camp Merz. He also attended summer camp at Camp Merz, which showed him camping in warmer weather with many other troops, making friends with scouts from Ohio and other parts of New York and Pennsylvania.
Brian also has participated in Memorial Day parades honoring veterans and also more recently has been helping with the placing of flags at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Ashville prior to Memorial Day. Brian has also participated in many parades and laying of wreaths during Memorial Day ceremonies.
Other activities include attending the Monster Mash in the fall at Camp Merz, golf outings, hiking trips, bike hikes and most recently the troop's trip to Gettysburg, where the boys learned about history.
Part of being a Boy Scout also requires that the youth give time for service hours for which that benefit the community. Brian has worked many hours as an altar boy at Our Lady of the Snows church, worked at its chicken barbecue, the Ashville Library book sale, planted crosses at the cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day and also has helped clear walking trails at the Waltonian Club in Ashville. Brian has also participated in yearly food drives. These activities are in addition to Brian's school sports activities, such as wrestling, tennis, football and modified track. Brian has also been his class treasurer, been in the National Honor Society, been in the school band as well as being on the Band Council and participated in the senior play.
Brian had to complete an Eagle Project which required hours of preparation, planning and carrying out. For his project, he oversaw the construction from start to finish of an 8-by-12-foot shed for the Ashville Library for outdoor storage.