The Boys Scouts of America, Greater Western Reserve Council, held its annual Scouting Breakfast on Tuesday morning, honoring three families for their involvement in Scouting. One of those families was the Hunts from Poland Troop 44.
Leading the family into Scouting, Dr. Robert Hunt earned his Eagle Award in 1971 at the age of 13. He was a member of Troop 321 based in Washington Township, N.J. He went on to graduate high school and finish college. He married and moved to Poland to raise his family while pursuing his career as an intervention cardiologist at Humility of Mary Health Partners in Youngstown.
"For my Eagle Scout Award, I researched and wrote the history of our town in New Jersey," Dr. Hunt said. "It had never been done before. It took me six months and then I presented it to our local library."
Mark Luke, chairman of the Scouting Breakfast Committee, poses with Jennifer and Dr. Robert Hunt who were one of three families honored Tuesday morning during the Greater Western Reserve Council of the Boy Scouts’ annual Scouting breakfast.
In Poland, Dr. Hunt and his wife Jennifer had two sons who were both encouraged to participate in Scouting. They became members of Poland Troop 44. Alex Hunt, 19, had worked his way up to earning his Life Scout Award. He presently attends Miami University of Ohio.
His brother Chris, 21, did make his Eagle Award in 2006 after he completed the information kiosk in Poland Woods at the end of College Street. Chris currently attends Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind., and couldn't make it back for the breakfast. He did send along some comments that were read by breakfast master of ceremonies Mark Luke.
"Scouting was unique in my early years for allowing me the freedom to pursue my personal interests in many interesting and original ways," Chris wrote. "Scouting opened up a world of interests, hobbies, and pursuits that I would have completely missed if not for my time in Troop 44."
Dr. Hunt said he is very proud of his sons and their achievements, and believes Scouting made them better citizens.
"It is the oldest and most successful leadership program in America, and I truly believe that," he said. "I remember juvenile court Judge Theresa Dellick telling me that she never had a Boy Scout in her court."
Even though Scouting is geared for boys, it does become a family affair. Jennifer has always been supporting of Scouting and she continues to pitch in where she can. Although both sons are off to college, Jennifer remains on the breakfast committee and does her share to see the program continues.
"Scouting did great things for our family, so I don't mind helping out," she said.