Five Scouts from Poland Troop 2 were honored at the recent Fall Court of Honor for receiving rank advancements. Shane Starling and Robert Kurta were honored for achieving their Star Rank. Matthew Brennan, Thedore Ovaska, and, Michael Scavina received the Scout Rank.
"Five scouts advancing is not unusual," said Julie Brennan, public relations representative for Troop 2. "The boys in the troop are quite active and advance quickly."
Poland Troop 2 was founded in 1920 and was chartered with the Poland United Methodist Church. The troop still holds its meetings at the church as well as numerous activities including the Fall Court of Honor. Scouts advance by ranks that begin with Scout, followed by Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star Scout, Life Scout, and finally the ultimate goal of Eagle Scout. In Troop 2, there are a total of 94 Scouts who have achieved their Eagle Rank over the years.
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Poland Troop 2 Scouts Shane Starling, Robert Kurta, Matthew Brennan, Thedore Ovaska, and not pictured, Michael Scavina, were recognized for a rank advancement at the Fall Court of Honor.
According to Brennan, the Scout rank is earned by the younger Scouts when they first become active in the troop. To earn the scout rank these young Scouts must repeat the Pledge of Allegiance, demonstrate the Scout sign (salute and handshake), and understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath, Scout Law, motto, slogan and the Outdoor Code, among other requirements.
The Star Scout rank is much more advanced. These boys have earned six merit badges - it takes 21 merit badges to become an Eagle - have performed six hours of service work, and must hold a troop position for four months.
Currently Troop 2 has 21 Scouts in its membership roll, The boys have several yearly events. Most recently, they held their Thanksgiving Campout at Camp Stambaugh where they prepared a full turkey dinner for their families.
The Troop 2 scouts camp at various scout camps at least every other month. In January, the Scouts will compete in the Klondike Derby at Camp Stambaugh.
"As far as service goes, one of their biggest yearly events is the Scouting for Food Drive held each year in the spring," Brennan said. "They also participate in the Mill Creek Park clean-up in the spring and they sponsor a spaghetti dinner fundraiser in February of each year."