LIFESTYLE

First Eagle Scouts take flight from Troop 413

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Kyle Hengst, Chris Bowman and Tim Milback make the Eagle Scout Promise Feb. 27 at Kauffman Ruritan Club. Seated is Daniel McGlothin, Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 413.

Boy Scout Troop 413 held its first Eagle Scout Court of Honor Feb. 27. Tim Milback, Chris Bowman and Kyle Hengst earned Boy Scout of America’s highest rank, becoming part of the seven percent of members of BSA. They belonged to a small club which had to find a new home a few years ago.

Kauffman Ruritan Club became the charter after Otterbein United Brethren Church, Greencastle, dropped its sponsorship of Troop 287 at the end of 2013. It had reacted after BSA National Council voted to remove a restriction denying membership to boys on the basis of sexual orientation alone.

Otterbein chose to offer an alternative program to youth.

The spin-off group was taken in by Kauffman Ruritan. The 32 members  agreed to add on a responsibility.

“Tom Bowman contacted us about a place to meet,” said Carlene Eby, Ruritan past president and Charter Organization Representative. “We voted to accept them and support them as a troop.”

The club provides the building space and financial help as needed.

“They accepted us with open arms,” said Bowman. “Whenever we needed something, they said ‘you take it.’”

The pact was mutually beneficial. Some of the Scouting adults joined Ruritan, and the Scouts volunteer to help at banquets and with other projects.

Troop 413 has been small since its inception. The roster of 12 at one time is now at six, with the three Eagles aging out. The leaders hope to grow membership, led by Scoutmaster Daniel McGlothin.

Bill Hengst was Scoutmaster for 287, and is now Assistant Scoutmaster for 413. He welcomes boys to the weekly Monday meetings, which start at 6:30 p.m. Activities include an outing every month, “whatever the boys want to do,” and a weekly camp in the summer.

Bowman will stay involved, though his son is gone. All ages of Scouts are welcome.

“It’s a great program.” he said. “It develops well-mannered young men. If they want to have fun and go camping, they should come.”

The new Eagles, all high school seniors, were founding members of 413, and are happy they reached the top goal.

“I put a lot of work into it,” said Tim Milback. “It feels good to finally get here.”

He attends Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School and Penn State Mont Alto. He would like to earn a Forest Technology degree there.

Chris Bowman commented on his accomplishment, “It’s amazing and a relief. It was hard work.”

He attends Greencastle-Antrim High School and plans to go to Pennsylvania College of Technology for cybersecurity.

Kyle Hengst appreciated Scouting in a small troop. There was a sense of interconnectedness with all parties involved, and it was easy for parents to be part of it.

“Everyone feels a sense of accomplishment because everyone had a hand in it,” he said.

He would like to attend college through Navy ROTC, studying nuclear engineering and physics.

Eagle Scout bios

Timothy J. Milback is the son of Steve and Cindi Milback of Shady Grove. He began his scouting career in September 2009 with BSA Troop 287, and went on to found Troop 413.  He held several leadership positions in the troop including: quartermaster, chaplain’s aid, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, and junior assistant scoutmaster.

Tim’s other scouting accomplishments include successful completion of National Youth Leadership Training and election to the Order of the Arrow (Guneukitschik Lodge 317). The Order of the Arrow is the National Honor Society of BSA. On his path to Eagle Scout, he completed 36 merit badges and an Eagle Scout project. That project involved the design, supervision of build, and installation of several nesting boxes at Tayamentasachta Environmental Center. This location is prime habitat for Northern Flickers and Red-headed woodpeckers. The project has vastly increased the number of suitable nesting sites for these native birds.

Tim completed his Eagle Board of Review on July 27, 2015, making him the first Eagle Scout in the history of Troop 413. He has been named to the Distinguished Honor Roll for all four years of high school and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is also an AP Scholar with Distinction and is a National Merit Commended Scholar. In addition to his academic pursuits, he has volunteered at Star Equestrian Center and the food pantry at Greencastle Presbyterian Church. Tim enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and camping.

Christopher J. Bowman is the son of Tom and Rita Bowman of Greencastle. He began his scouting career in March 2012 with BSA Troop 287 before becoming a founding member of Troop 413. His leadership positions include: quartermaster, scribe, chaplain’s aid, and assistant senior patrol leader. Chris’ scouting accomplishments outside the troop include successful completion of National Youth Leadership Training and election to the Order of the Arrow (Guneukitschik Lodge 317). On his path to Eagle Scout, he completed 25 merit badges, and an Eagle Scout project. That was planning and supervising the construction and installation of storage shelving in several buildings at the Star Equestrian Therapeutic Riding Center.

Chris completed his Eagle Board of Review on December 15, 2015 and is currently serving as an assistant scoutmaster in Troop 413. He is enrolled at Franklin County Career and Technology Center in the information systems and technology program. He has earned varsity letters in soccer, and track and field. He is a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. He enjoys running, swimming, camping, and playing the guitar and drums.

Kyle J. Hengst is the son of Bill and Traci Hengst of Greencastle. He was recruited to Boy Scout Troop 287 by Mr. Britt Salmon in January 2011 and then went on to become a founding member of Troop 413. Kyle’s troop leadership positions included: chaplain’s aid, scribe, quartermaster, and Senior Patrol Leader. He also completed National Youth Leadership Training and was elected to the Order of the Arrow (Guneukitschik Lodge 317). He was also a staff member at Camp Sinoquipe last summer. He held the post of Cultural Center Director and was presented the award for Outstanding Junior Staff member in August.

On his path to Eagle Scout, Kyle completed 31 merit badges. His Eagle Scout project was planning and supervising the layout and construction of a wooden bridge across a stream at Rhodes Grove Camp. In addition, he refurbished a nature trail, which runs along both sides of the stream, enhancing the beauty of the property.

Kyle completed his Eagle Board of Review on December 15, 2015. He is an honor roll student and taking AP courses. He earned his varsity letter in wrestling.