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Poland scout earns Eagle

May 29, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Charles May, a Scout with Troop 44 from Poland Presbyterian Church, received his Eagle award at a special Court of Honor on Saturday, May 25.

May, son of Sherri and Charles Patrick of Poland, received his Eagle rank on April 15 when he was approved for advancement after earning 22 merit badges and completing his Eagle Project. For his project, May worked with Memorial Baptist Church in Poland. He recycled old picnic tables into benches for the volleyball and riverside areas. The project also included restoration to the church grounds.

The Eagle award requires the Scout to handle all aspects of a project. May had to first get his project approved. Next he had to plan, organize, lead and manage the project through its completion.

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Charles May

Since the ceremony was held on Memorial Day, May's Court of Honor was a special one.

"If you have never experienced an Eagle Court of Honor, it is usually an awesome experience," May said. "Because of Memorial Day we will be using the Troop's 50-foot flag for the ceremony. It is a sight itself."

Outside of scouting, May is a junior at Poland Seminary High School where he is an honor student and a member of the National Honor Society. May represents PSHS in football and track, and he performs for the Poland Seminary Singers, Poland Players and is a member of the Spanish Club. He has performed in PSHS's talent shows and Poland Idol. In 2012, he was selected to represent PSHS at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership conference. In June 2013, he will be representing PSHS at Buckeye Boys State, an eight-day leadership program sponsored by the American Legion.

His other scouting activities included spending two summers working at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation, one as a counselor in training and one as a staff member. At Seven Ranges, he taught merit badges and acted as a mentor, participating in the Hawk program. During a season, Seven Ranges provides a camping experience to about 3,000 Scouts. May enjoyed his summers guiding other Scouts and he continues to volunteer at the camp as his schedule permits.



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