Joseph Marold earns Eagle Scout Award

Staff Writer

The highest honor in Boy Scouting, the Eagle Scout Award, was presented to Joseph Marold of Troop 422, Kane, on Sunday, Aug. 9 during a special Court of Honor. Family, friends, fellow scouts, and dignitaries gathered to celebrate this occasion on the beautiful grounds of the Kane Manor Country Inn.
Glenda Buonanducci gave the Invocation, followed by the Presentation of Colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Scout Oath by members of Troop 422. Toni Ishman presented the “12 Points of the Scout Law” and the members of Troop 422 presented the “7 Obligations of an Eagle Scout.”
The highlight of the ceremony was the awarding of the Eagle Scout Badge to Joey, presented by Scoutmaster Robert Ishman. Eagle Scout Russ Marold led the “Eagle Charge” alongside his brother and the four other Eagle Scouts in attendance. A special citation from Pa. State Representative Martin Causer’s office was presented by Legislative Aide Jill Thompson. She also presented him with an American Flag that was flown over the Pa. State Capitol Building in his honor. Kane Mayor Yogi Osmer presented a certificate to Joey on behalf of the Borough of Kane. Assistant Scoutmaster John Rezzelle read and presented a few very special and unique letters from Jeep/Chrysler LLC, Lego Inc., and the Pittsburgh Penguins, all recognizing Joey’s hard work, determination, and achievement of the Eagle Scout Award. Committee Member Mike Bish presented Joey with a commemorative Case Eagle Scout Knife Set, a gift from Troop 422.
The most heartfelt moment of the ceremony was the presentation, by Joey, of his Mentor Pins. Joey presented his Mentor Pins to two special people in his life: Scoutmaster Robert Ishman and Custaloga Town Scout Reservation Camp Director Kristie Milliren. Joey recalled everything that Bob has done for him throughout his scouting career, and said that “if it weren’t for Bob, I wouldn’t be where I am.”
“Kristie,” he said, “has been like a mother to me for the past four summers. She takes care of me like her own.”
Joey said that he is truly proud to be working at Custaloga Town and hopes to go back next summer. Joey gave Bob and Kristie a special gift and then presented each with a framed Bald Eagle picture from Eagle Eye Photography of Kane. On the back of each print was the Eagle Scout Mentor Poem and a personal note from Joey.
Joey has been involved in Scouting for 12 years. As a Boy Scout, he earned a total of 44 merit badges, 13 of those required for the rank of Eagle. Joey is a Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow, Langundowi Lodge #46, and is a part of the Ceremonial Team, currently working toward the next rank in the OA which is Vigil. He worked at Custaloga Town Scout Reservation for the past three years as Nature Staff Instructor where he taught six merit badges. He recently completed his fourth summer at Custaloga Town as Director of Scoutcraft where he taught three merit badges. For his Eagle Project, Joey and his volunteers logged over 170 hours working on and restoring the three-quarter mile Bridle Trail in Ludlow. The trail connects Olmsted Manor and Wildcat Park. This Court of Honor is a culmination of Joey’s Scouting career.
At the end of the Court of Honor, the Benediction was given by Glenda Buonanducci. A reception was held immediately after to honor our newest Eagle Scout. Congratulations are extended to Joey on attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Remember: “Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle!”