Bay Village Troop 41 celebrates 3 new Eagle Scouts
Bay Village Boy Scout Troop 41 honored three new Eagle Scouts at a Court of Honor ceremony held May 21 at Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church. Troop scouts, leaders, families and friends celebrated the accomplishments of Eagle Scouts Maxwell Kunze, Trevor Coleman and Scott Stover.
Commander Fred Green of VFW Post 9693 and Commander Stan Zeager of American Legion Post 385 read proclamations to the scouts and presented American flags to their parents. Ohio Senator Matt Dolan presented proclamations on behalf of the Ohio State Senate and House of Representatives, and Councilwoman Nan Baker read a commendation from the Cuyahoga County Council. Local representatives including Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar and Fairview Park councilman Angelo Russo were also present to offer commendations to the new Eagle Scouts.
The path to become an Eagle Scout is long, and nationally less than 5 percent of boys who enter scouting will achieve the rank of Eagle. During their journey to become Eagle Scouts, Trevor, Max and Scott completed the requirements to earn six rank advancements, at least 21 merit badges, and planned and executed a community service project.
Bay Village resident Max Kunze spent several weeks repairing and painting the porch of one of BAYarts’ historic buildings, in preparation for its dedication to former director Sally Price. Max transformed the porch from an old, creaky storage space to a fresh hangout spot with a Sally-inspired bright periwinkle floor.
Trevor Coleman built and installed “Buddy Benches” for each of the six elementary schools in his community of North Olmsted. Students who are feeling lonely or left out during recess can sit on the benches to signal that they are looking for a friend to play with. Trevor’s project was funded by the North Olmsted primary school PTAs, and was inspired by the need to redistribute Butternut Elementary School students throughout the district due to construction plans for their new middle school and high school campus.
Scott Stover built a “Little Free Library” and installed it on the grounds of his home church, Messiah Lutheran in Fairview Park. If you haven’t heard of them before, these libraries are spots where people can “Take a Book, Return a Book.” Scott also organized a book drive which collected over 200 books to stock his library, and he built and installed a bench nearby where anyone who borrows a book can sit down and read.
Trevor, Max and Scott have been very active participants in Troop 41 campouts, including a trip to the Northern Tier High Adventure Base in Minnesota where they canoed over 65 miles in six days. In July 2013, Scott attended the very first National Scout Jamboree held at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. Trevor and Max are looking forward to a trip to Sea Base in the Bahamas this summer, before returning to school in the fall.
Max will be studying engineering technology and computer science at Kent State University. Trevor will begin his senior year at North Olmsted High School in August. Scott plans to attend Bowling Green University to major in criminal justice. Troop 41 expects great things from their new Eagle Scouts in the future.