SPARTA, NJ - On June 29 Troop 150 honored its latest Eagle Scout Ryan Balemian. ]The Court of Honor was held at the Sparta United Methodist Church, the troop’s sponsoring organization.
Balemian began his scouting career first with Cub Scout Pack 95 then Pack 150. He has fond memories of Pinewood Derbies, Father and Son Cake Bakes and various overnight adventures as a cub scout.
Crossing over into Troop 150, Balemian continued to be active, taking part in overnight camping trips, skills weekends and summer camp. He participated in State Trooper Camporee and Coast Guard Base Camp week end as well.
His path to Eagle included holding leadership positions within the Troop and required that he develop a range of skills from problem solving to outdoor survival. He became an integral part of the troop, creating lasting friendships and memories, especially those created at summer camp.
The Eagle Project Balemian undertook was to restore a portion of The Glen that had been devastated by flooding in 2009. Together with fellow scouts Balemian spent three weeks clearing some land to construct a picnic area for the community to enjoy.
They “endured the grueling heat, mosquitoes and poison ivy to complete this project,” he said.
More than 101 service hours were spent on the project. In advance of the physical work of the project he had to plan, get permission and secure supplies.
The ceremony itself began with the Color Guard, Pledge of Allegiance led by John Puszcz also an Eagle Scout. Scoutmaster Joe Fucito made the opening remarks. The Invocation was given by Brian Vohden, Vice President of Pope John. Both Fucito and Vohden are Eagle Scouts.
What followed was the candle lit ceremony that explained the Scout Oath and Law and what it means to be an Eagle Scout. Stan Puszcz, Assistant Scoutmaster discussed Balemain’s scouting experiences. Balemain took the Eagle Scout Promise and was presented with his certificate. He, in turn, presented his parents with their Eagle Pins.
Vohden read letters of accommodation that Balemain had received from notables including President Bush, President Obama, Senator Cory Booker, Governor Chris Christie, Bishop Arthur Serratelli and others.
“I would like to thank my friends and family for all of their love and support which helped me tremendously on my long trail to Eagle,” said Balemian.