Hudson - Litchfield News July 23, 2010 - 3
German Students Visit
Carl Orff Gymnasium German exchange students visited the Hills House as part of their stay with local families. Some of these exchange students are musicians that the
Alvirne High School Stage Band stayed with when they were in Germany last December. As part of their two-week stay, they will visit various New Hampshire locations and Boston sites
photo by Len Lathrop Stephen Burton Earns Rank of Eagle Scout
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Stephen Burton receives a Senate Proclomation from Senator Sharon Carson
by Doug Robinson
Stephen Burton has always dreamed about earning the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. Since joining Scouting as a Webelo only eight years ago as a part of Scout Troop 252 of St. Kathryn Church in Hudson, Burton has focused his energies, his time, and his talents to become one of the less than one percent of all those who enter the ranks of Scouting by becoming an Eagle Scout, which he has achieved. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting
program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Those who attain this rank are called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the
phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.” Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout spirit, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Now a senior at Alvirne High School and member of the Key Club, Burton will continue with Scouting as an Assistant Scout Master. “I want to help kids grow up from Tenderfoot to First Class and then enjoy Scouting,” he stated. Burton fondly remembers the many Scouting outings in which he has participated, which include trips to Northfield, Mount Monadnock, and Norton, ME. Whitewater rafting, camping, and fellowship among other Scouts will always remain vivid memories to Burton.
“When we joined Scouting as a family, it truly has been a family
effort,” states his Eagle Court of Honor Brochure. “Stephen’s Memere and Pepere were very supportive of him. They were family faces at pancake breakfasts and Courts of Honors. Fellow Scouts Matt Emanuelson, Mike Buxton, and Tim Hebert were older Scouts to whom Stephen has looked up to. We are grateful to all,” writes his program. Since May 2004, Burton has earned the Merit Badges of art, leatherwork, citizenship in the nation, emergency preparedness, first aid, fishing, swimming, rifle shooting, camping, citizenship in the community, golf, small boat sailing, and personal management. Burton’s leadership history included Assistant Patrol Leader,
Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Troop Guide, and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. To achieve his Eagle community service project, Burton teamed up with St. Vincent de Paul of Hudson. “I first thought of painting the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food
Pantry at St. John the Evangelist Church Parish Center on Library Street when I participated in the Scouting for Food drive, which we held last year. It was then that I realized that this wonderful organization needed some help,” stated soon-to-be Eagle Scout Burton. As outlined in Burton’s Eagle Scout application, he would paint all walls, the ceiling, the exposed joists, and the floor. Before authority by the BSA was given, Burton underwent seven
intensive reviews of his project by members of the BSA Review Board. Going before the Board of Review is the last major step for an Eagle Scout candidate. All his efforts peak at the Eagle board of review.
It’s akin to a job interview, but it allows the panel to
determine whether the candidate is worthy of the recognition. The interview focuses on the Eagle candidate’s attitude and his acceptance of Scouting’s ideals, according to the BSA. Burton, a Life Scout at the time, was required to plan, develop,
and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to his religious institution, school, or community. His project needed the support and approval of the organization benefiting from the effort, his unit leader, varsity Scout coach, crew advisor, unit committee, and the Council. “I remember how dark and dingy this pantry was when I first came here. I want to brighten up the pantry and make it really nice,” said Burton.
In order to paint the room, Burton had to first empty the room of all the food, shelving, boxes, and materials currently being used to provide food for the many needy families in Hudson. A major concern for Burton was to find a way for St. Vincent de Paul to be able to continue to provide over 2,500 meals to those in need while he was painting the room. Light fixtures were taped, electrical sockets were covered, and
refrigerators, chairs, and a desk needed to be removed from the room before the painting could begin. Shelves were dismantled and supplies were ordered. To paint the room professionally and properly, Burton consulted with professional painter Walter Buynowski. With his help, Burton purchased 25 gallons of wall paint, five gallons of light gray floor paint, and masking tape, rollers, paint brushes, plastic trays, masks, markers, towels, and trash bags—all necessary supplies.
Burton estimated that his project would require 23 hours of labor and would last one week. Burton’s plan listed the additional help of four Scouts and his parents to assist him with the painting of St. Vincent’s. During the first day of work, over a dozen friends, volunteers, and family members participated with the painting of the pantry.
Burton states that he is “very appreciative for the generosity of True Value of Hudson and the Kiwanis Club of Hudson, as they helped me with the expenses of this project,” stated Burton. With his newly earned Eagle
Scout ranking, Burton has joined those elite Eagle Scouts who have walked the same path before him: Sam Walton of Wal-Mart, Astronaut Neil Armstrong (the first man to set foot on the moon), President Gerald Ford, and film producer Stephen Spielberg.
before Stephen and his parents listen as the Scout Master presents the Eagle Badge
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