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Wealand earns Eagle Scout rank

Posted 3/24/20

After 10 years of dedication to Scouting, Owen Wealand of Troop 97 in Londonderry Township has been recognized for earning the rank of Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America.

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Wealand earns Eagle Scout rank

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After 10 years of dedication to Scouting, Owen Wealand of Troop 97 in Londonderry Township has been recognized for earning the rank of Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank that the Boy Scouts of America offers. Only 4 percent of all Boy Scouts are able to reach the rank.

His Court of Honor was recently held at the Londonderry Scouting Complex in Londonderry Township.

Owen began his Scouting career as a Cub Scout in first grade with Pack 113 of Middletown. He transferred to Londonderry’s Pack 97 when he was in second grade. He then went on to join Troop 97 for Boy Scouts where he was a member of the Owl Patrol. While in Troop 97, he was inducted into the Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow, which is Scouting’s National Honor Society.

Committee Chairman Ted Pauley of Troop 97 bestowed the rank of Eagle Scout to Owen on behalf of the National Boy Scout Council. 

Community service is an important part of reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. Owen has completed 175 community service hours, including volunteer work for Adopt-A-Highway, Scouting for Food, disaster drill “victim” for Harrisburg International Airport, Middletown Home, Geyers United Methodist Church, Middletown National Night Out, Toys For Tots, Londonderry Elementary School May Fair and numerous Eagle Scout projects for fellow Scouts. In addition, Owen is the official dishwasher for the Londonderry Fire Company’s annual fish fries.

A community project that demonstrates leadership skills is required as part of the Eagle Scout rank. Owen organized a team to work on a lofty project at the Londonderry Scouting complex that involved clearing land and building a large Adirondack shelter. The facility will be used for Scouting events as well as for training purposes by the Londonderry Fire Company staff.

Owen recognized Butch Byers and Mark White during his Court of Honor with Mentor Awards. Butch and Mark used their expertise in carpentry to guide him through the undertaking.

Owen also demonstrated leadership by holding the positions of troop quartermaster, chaplain’s aide and assistant senior patrol leader for Troop 97. Owen was recently promoted to a junior assistant Scout master with Troop 97 so that he can encourage younger Scouts. He plans to help them develop their camping and outdoor skills.

Owen attended the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree in Bechtel, West Virginia, which he attended with 50,000 Boy Scouts from around the world in 2017. Owen also enjoyed one of Scouting’s high adventure camps when he canoed in the backwaters of Atikokan, Ontario, Canada, at the Northern Tier High Adventure Camp in 2018.

Owen has logged 66 nights of tent camping, 20 miles in trail hiking, 15 miles in cycling and more than 90 paddling miles to date with Troop 97. In addition, he has earned 26 merit badges in his Scouting career.

Owen was awarded his first Bronze Palm at his Eagle Scout ceremony by Eagle Scout Bob Hawkins. The Bronze Palm is awarded for completing five additional merit badges above the Eagle requirements. Owen plans to continue to earn Palms with Troop 97 until his 18th birthday, when he will age out.

Owen is the son of Ann and Tom Wealand of Middletown. Tom has been an active member of Troop 97 for more than six years and was awarded the Volunteer of Honor in 2018 as a result.

Owen is a sophomore at Middletown Area High School, where he is a member of the cross-county team. Owen is an avid outdoors-man and particularly enjoys spending summers on Hill Island, hunting and fishing as well as tinkering with motorboats in his free time.

After high school, Owen plans to attend a trade school to study to be an electrician or learn HVAC skills. Owen plans to continue his involvement with Troop 97 as an assistant Scout master upon completion of high school.

Boy Scout Troop 97 is sponsored by Londonderry Fire Company in Londonderry Township.