GRASONVILLE — Robert Mayo of Grasonville, a member of Boy Scout Troop 278, sponsored by Kent Island American Legion Post 278, recently received the coveted Eagle Scout Award. The Eagle Court of Honor was held at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville, where Robert did his Eagle Service Project.
Approximately only 4 percent of all boys who join Boy Scouts of America complete all the requirements to earn the Eagle Award. Youth are permitted to join BSA at age 11. After progressing through the ranks, starting as a Tenderfoot Scout, then 2nd Class rank, 1st Class, Star and then Life rank, the Scout can begin planning an Eagle Scout Service Project that must have prior approval from the local BSA Council and be deemed to “benefit the community.”
Robert’s project was the demolition of a dilapidated pier and duck blind at CEBC and then the construction of a new one its place. While speaking at the Court of Honor, CBEC Assistant Director Vicki Paulas said It was one of the best Eagle projects she’s seen completed there.
Besides progressing through the ranks, to become an Eagle, a Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, 11 of those are mandatory “Eagle-required badges,” the others are from the Scout’s choice of the more than 100 merit badges offered. Many promote interests in hobbies and career exploration badges.
Robert earned a total of 33 merit badges, well beyond the required number. Here is a list of the merit badges he earned: *Citizenship in the Community, Aviation, *Communications, *Environmental Science, Horsemanship, *Citizenship in the Nation, *Emergency Preparedness, *First Aid, *Swimming, *Citizenship in the World, Fire Safety, Plumbing, *Camping, Canoeing, *Personal Management, Chess, *Cooking, Personal Fitness, Archery, Robotics, Small Boat Sailing, Wilderness Survival, Kayaking, Search and Rescue, Oceanography, *Family Life, Model Design and Building, Radio, Snow Sports, Motor Boating, Architecture, Drafting, and Engineering. (* donates Eagle required)
Of those, Robert said, “Communications was the most difficult in my opinion. There was a lot of paperwork, and I also had to talk in front of everyone at summer camp (Camp Barton in 2014). It was my first ever summer camp.”
He added, “Small Boat Sailing was my favorite merit badge. I enjoyed spending time on the water after long and hot summer camp activities.”
“My most memorable Scouting memory is when I attended the annual horseback riding camping trip in the fall of 2015,” said Robert. “In the middle of the night, there was a bad storm, and our tent poles snapped, so we were unable to continue camping. It was pouring and pitch black outside. We quickly packed everything up in my tentmate Ryan Conway’s dad’s car and made the long journey home at 3 a.m.”
During his Eagle Court of Honor, Robert presented an Eagle Mentor pin to longtime Troop 278 Assistant Scoutmaster Craig Patterson, an great honor for any adult. Robert also presented Eagle Scout grandparent pins to all of his grandparents who attended, some coming from as far away as North Carolina for the ceremony.
Robert has graduated with the Class of 2019 from Kent Island High School, where he was also a member of the school’s National Honor Society and Interact Club. He was a member of the JV Soccer and Varsity Tennis teams. Outside of school, he was a member of Wye Bible Church Youth Group and local food pantry volunteer.
Maryland Del. Steve Arentz, a personal friend who has known Robert since Robert was 5 years old, also spoke at the Court of Honor. Wye Bible Church Family Pastor Jim Rayner gave a blessing.
Robert is the son of proud parents Joseph and Amy Mayo.