On Feb. 11 four members of Boy Scout Troop 172 Samuel Budd Blair, James P. Calvert, Jason Miller and Adam Makos, received the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor awarded in scouting.
Blair, son of Gary and Kaye Schuman Blair, began his Scouting career in September 1990 as a Tiger Cub Scout under the direction of Karen Makos.
Blair has achieved Arrow of Light. He receiving his Life Scout rank in June 1998.
During his years in Scouting, Blair attended various camps including the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Fort AP Hill, Va.
He also has held various troop positions including senior patrol leader and assistant. For his Eagle Scout project, Blair designed and constructed both a stage and a cabinet for the Church of Our Savior Lutheran, where he is a member.
Blair is a ninth grader at Montoursville Area High School, where he has played football for two years and is a member of the swim team and band. He is a member of the Montoursville Borough swim team for 11 years.
Blair is certified in life-guarding and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
Calvert, son of Paul and Leslie Calvert of Trout Run, joined Troop 172 in June 1993.
He served as patrol leader and held various other positions, including junior assistant Scoutmaster.
He had his Life board of review in 1997, which led to his Eagle project. For his project Calvert constructed a new sidewalk, installed fencing and planted shrubbery at Farragut United Methodist Church.
Calvert is a junior at Montoursville Area High School and is a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Miller, son of Paul and Susan Miller of Cogan Station, started Cub Scouts in Wolf rank in 1987. He received Arrow of Light and a religious award.
Miller became a Life Scout in 1996. He has been patrol leader, troop assistant, patrol leader, senior patrol leader,scribe, troop guide, bugler, den chief, and received Altari Dei and Order of the Arrow. He is
currently the assistant scoutmaster.
For his Eagle Scout project, Miller painted a concession stand, bleachers, made four picnic tables and cleared weeds for Mill Creek Little League’s Grange field in Warrensville. He graduated from Montoursville Area High School and is employed by Teamwork Graphics. He plays bass guitar in the band “44 Mag.”
Makos began his Scouting career as a Wolf Cub in 1988. He completed the Cub Scout program in 1991, earning the Arrow of Light.
Makos became a Boy Scout in 1992. He has been a member of Shark Patrol and Flaming Arrow Patrol. He also has been trained as a den chief and has served Troop 172 as patrol leader, senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and assistant scoutmaster.
Makos received his Life board of review in 1998 and his Eagle board of review last February.
For his Eagle project, Makos developed and maintained a peer-mentoring program for third and fourth-graders at Loyalsock Valley Elementary School.
The project, using high school student volunteers, began in November 1998 and continues today.
Makos is a freshman at Lycoming College where he is pursuing a business administration degree.
There he serves the community as a Service Scholar. He is also the editor/publisher of “Ghost Wings” Magazine, a quarterly aviation publication dedicated to honoring American Veterans.
Appeared in the February 20, 2000 Williamsport Sun-Gazette