Every year the Greater Western Reserve Council of the Boy Scouts of America holds a Celebration of Scouting breakfast to pay tribute to area Scouts, their families, and the hundreds of people who support Scouting in the Valley. During the event, one Scout is chosen to speak on what Scouting has meant to him. This year's speaker was Marcus Masello from Troop 46 in Boardman.
Marcus is the son of Tony and Kathy Masello of Boardman. He starting his Scouting career with Pack 60 after a visit to Loghurst Farm museum on U.S. 224 in Canfield Township.
"I was visiting the museum during a Civil War re-enactment," he said. "Cub Scout Pack 60 was there and I became interested in it."
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Celebration of Scouting breakfast in Boardman on Tuesday morning featured guest speaker and Eagle Scout Marcus Masello, pictured here with his parents Kathy and Tony Masello of Boardman. Marcus is a member of Troop 46 and earned his Eagle award for creating the time line at Loghurst Farm Museum on U.S. 224.
Eventually, he moved up to Boy Scouts and joined Troop 46 and started earning his 53 merit badges.
When Marcus got involved, so did his father Tony. He started as an adult leader and his path took him to service on a higher action.
"I serve on the committee that handles reviews for future Eagle Scouts," Tony said. "It is the last step to becoming an Eagle."
Becoming an Eagle was something that Marcus recently achieved. He returned to Loghurst and, as his project, researched and assembled a timeline for the historic farm museum. He started his timeline in 1780 and recorded events that happened every decade after that date. The project took him five months to complete in order to receive his Eagle award.
"The very place that my Scouting career began is where my Eagle award was earned," Marcus said.
Over his years in Scouting, Marcus said he learned a lot, from new skills to tools that he will carry the rest of his life.
"The biggest lessons were being prepared and leadership," he said. "We must always be ready for the unexpected, and Scouting makes you want to become a leader in society."
Scouting also teaches involvement. Besides his Scouting life, the junior at Boardman High School is a member of the speech and debate team, BHS chorale, the Envirothon Team, Key Club, Science Club, Link Crew, and serves as president of the Computer Club.
"Computers are my main interest," he said.
He and his family attend St. Charles Church where he is an alter server and a member of the church youth group.
For the future, Marcus already has his sites set on big challenges.
"I want to attend West Point Military Academy," he said.
Until he begins his military career, Marcus plans to continue participating in Scouting, saying it is an important organization that makes better citizens.
"Scouting taught me a different style of living," he said. "Scouting takes a young boy and turns him into a person that society can rely on."