BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA Gavin Sonntag awarded Eagle rank
On July 28, family, friends and the members of Boy Scout Troop 12, gathered to celebrate the presentation of the Eagle Scout rank to Salisbury High School senior Gavin T. Sonntag.
The rank presentation celebrated Sonntag's achievements over 10 years of Scouting as a member of Cub Scout Pack 12 and Boy Scout Troop 12 chartered by Asbury United Methodist Church in South Whitehall Township.
The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank earned by a Boy Scout. It requires completion of 96 requirements for seven ranks and 21 merit badges.
Sonntag's Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project was the construction of a Prayer Labyrinth at Asbury. It required 646 hours of planning, coordination meetings with church members, and construction with the help of over 30 volunteers during evenings and weekends from July to November 2011.
Financing for the project was made possible by church members and donations of equipment and materials from several community businesses.
State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, was in attendance to make a special presentation to Sonntag. He was also presented with a flag flown over the Capital from Congressman Charles Dent, R-15th, to recognize his achievements.
Letters of congratulations were also received from President Barrack Obama and Michele Obama, Vice President Joseph Bidden, Senator Pat Toomey, Senator Robert P. Casey, Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, Governor Tom Corbett, The Pennsylvania State Senate and State Senator Robert Mensch, R-24th, Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners, Salisbury Township School District; Robert Mazzucca, chief executive and Rex Tillerson, president of Boy Scouts of America, The Sons of the American Revolution and Witauchsoman Lodge No.44 of the Order of The Arrow.