ISLAND FALLS, Maine — Boy Scout Troop 202 bestowed the rank of Eagle Scout on two of its own on March 19 at the United Baptist Church in Island Falls.
Cousins Gabe Schenk, son of Allen and Jeannie Schenk of Island Falls, and Micah Rodgerson, son of Brenda and Douglas Rodgerson of Patten, were the newest inductees into the prestigious club.
“It’s an honor and it took a lot of work to get to this point,” said Schenk, referring to the highest rank that Scouting offers.
“It takes a long time to achieve,” he said. “We have probably been doing [Scouting] since fifth grade.”
Both Scouts completed service projects. Schenk built a picnic table with a canopy at the Island Falls playground, while Rodgerson redid the Patten Lumberman’s Museum sign. Dave Gordon of Katahdin Forest Products donated most of the material for the picnic table, while Schenk purchased the metal roofing for the canopy. Richardson’s Hardware donated to the sign project.
Schenk said Al Cowperthwaite helped put up the poles for the table and Rodgerson had help from his brother Doug, who works for Maine Public Service, to set up his poles to hang the sign. Both Scouts also received help from family members and friends on their projects.
“Your diligence and hard work has paid off,” said Jeff Brooks, scoutmaster of Troop 202, as he called both boys forward to receive their badges. “As an Eagle Scout, all the eyes of Scouting are upon you. The traditions of Eagle Scout are high. May you look up to these traditions, always guided by the spirit of Scouting.”
Rodgerson’s mother and Schenk’s mother then each pinned the badge on her son’s shirt pocket. The boys in turn presented their mothers with a pin and their fathers with a tie tack. Each teen also also received an Eagle Scout patch and a neckerchief.
Several dignitaries, including state representatives from the area and the Island Falls town manager also spoke or sent commendations that were read during the ceremony.
The two young men then took turns thanking members of their families and Scout leaders for their roles in their accomplishments.
Correction: An earlier version of this article was incorrectly attributed to BDN State Editor Rick Levasseur. The article is by Gloria Austin of the Houlton Pioneer Times.