ANSONIA – An Eagle Scout Court of Honor, focusing on Cullen A. Brown of Boy Scout Troop 114, was conducted last Sunday afternoon at the Ansonia United Methodist Church.
The ceremony took place in The Gathering Place at the church and included a welcome, opening prayer, presentation of colors, the audience repeating the Pledge of Allegiance, lighting of candles, an introduction of the candidate and his parents, presentation of the award, a talk on Brown’s Scouting experiences and his own brief speech and a project beneficiary response.
Scoutmaster Dave Staver welcomed the group and Assistant Scoutmaster Greg Baker took part in the Eagle Charge. Roger Emerson, pastor of the United Methodist Church, said prayer before and at the close of the ceremony.
The honoree pinned both his mother and father in the ceremony with their respective pins, while his father pinned Cullen’s Eagle badge on him.
“This is the end of a 12-year journey,” said Cullen in his acceptance speech. “We’ve been everywhere.”
Brown’s project in hopes of receiving the Eagle Scout Award was to put up a new flag pole at the veteran’s monument in Ansonia Cemetery.
“At our post, our biggest emphasis is children,” said Jim Kammer, representing the Ansonia American Legion which is benefitting from the project. “A new flag pole at the cemetery was really needed. We appreciate the job that was done. It makes it easier for us.”
Brown said it took about six months from start to finish on the project.
“We did their monument first,” he said. “It was moldy and dirty. We scrubbed it for a month and it started looking nice. Then, we put in a brand new flagpole.”
He said the American Legion provided the funding for the project.
Brown chose the project “because we always did our ceremonies there (at Ansonia Cemetery) as a troop.”
Brown is the oldest of four children of David and Regina Brown of Ansonia. His siblings, Ian, Aidan and Megan, were in attendance as were his grandmother, Marilyn Robbins, and Uncle Shannon Fritz and his family.
Cullen graduated this past spring from Ansonia High School and Miami Valley Career Technology Center, where he studied to be an electrician.
He is currently working for Buschur Electric and hopes to become an eligible foreman and have his own truck to run service calls.
“My job (at Buschur’s) and this project came at the same time. It was hard getting it all scheduled,” he said. “I had the initial paperwork process to do and had to have a plan set up. I got it approved by a local crew and then by the Scouting council. It was a pretty painstaking process.”
Staver said five of his Boy Scouts came in to Scouting at the same time and “hung with it.” Also receiving their Eagle Scout rankings within the past year were Robert Christman, Brandon Thornhill, Daniel Shaner and Brown, with Wyatt Baker in the process of earning his Eagle award.
Staver explained that a Boy Scout needs to earn 21 merit badges to earn the Eagle award.
“How long it takes to get it depends on the boy,” the Scoutmaster said. “A boy can join Scouting at 11 and become an Eagle Scout at age 13. Eagle Scouts have to show leadership.”
Under Staver’s leadership, others who have received the Eagle Scout Award have been: Greg Baker in 1989; Bill Staver in 1990; Brad Pearson in 1992; Nathan Midlam and Justin Lee, both in 2001; Andrew Riffle and Tony Koesters, both in 2004; and Ken Koesters in 2007.
PHOTO CAPTION: Cullen Brown stands in front of the Boy Scout flag following his Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony last weekend. (Linda Moody photo)