Sunbury’s Rease will receive Eagle Scout recognition on Sunday
Nicholas Rease, 14, Sunbury, is to receive his Eagle Scout Award in a court of honor ceremony to be held on Sunday, December 2, at Camp Lazarus in Delaware County. Nick will be presented this award by Assistant Scoutmaster Steve Sims of Boy Scout Troop 387, Galena, of The Simon Kenton Council.
This presentation is an important event for the young Eagle candidate, as this is the climax in all his Scouting efforts, as even Nick himself felt that “becoming an Eagle was an unobtainable dream”. As a mere 5 percent of all Boy Scouts do so, representing more than 2 million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1912, according to The National Eagle Scout Association. Nevertheless, the goals of Scouting — citizenship training, character development and personal fitness — remain important for all Scouts, whether or not they attain the Eagle Scout rank.
As an Eagle Scout, Nick is expected to live honorably, not only because honor is important to him, but because of the vital significance of the example he sets for other scouts. As a scout, Nick always felt this need “to be a good example for others”, it is in his character.
Nick began his journey as a Tiger Cub at age 5, he continued with Troop 247 advancing through Wolf, Bear and Webelos ranks. By 2007, Nick had earned the prestigious “God and Me” Emblem, and in less than two short years later, he further received honors with “the Arrow of Light” before bridging into Boy Scout Troop 844.
On the road to Eagle Scout, Nick joined Galena Charter Troop 387, with Scoutmaster David Blessing, where he would continue and complete nearly 40 Boy Scout merit badges. He has held leadership positions as Patrol Leader and Den Chief for Webelos Pack 247.
To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership and community service. For Nick’s Eagle Scout required project, he chose to help the Humane Society of Delaware County. Leading a crew of volunteers they built five dog houses and two cat condos, providing shelter to at-risk dogs and cats in Delaware County.
After months of planning, this challenging project took 240-man hours to complete. But just three days before his final work day on his project, Nick and his family lost their beloved dog Baily to cancer and age. This loss compelled Nick to dedicate his Eagle project to her memory. In addition to this emotional setback, on his last work day, a big storm delayed plans for final delivery. Yet, after a period of power outages and high winds, and a reduced work team, they still managed to finish the project only one hour behind schedule. Nick values the challenges of his project, as he feels “it has made him better prepared to be a leader”.
With one step at a time, Nicholas Rease has followed a trail blazed by others and has now blazed his own trail for others to follow. Keeping an eye on the goal, he has reached the top. There will be many mountains waiting to be climbed, some may seem insurmountable, but they can all be conquered. Nick feels “he can lead by example, if he continues to set his goals high and simply take the first step, while continuing to help others along the way.”
On a final note, Nick would like to thank the loyalty of his brother scouts from Troop 387, his family and the friends who helped him to accomplish these scout goals. Additionally, thanking the local businesses which helped make his project possible with donations, including, Carter Lumber, Ace Hardware, J&J Carpet, Jake Ball Construction, Sherwin Williams, Papa John’s Pizza, the R.B. Powers Co. and Leroy’s Auto Service.