NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Eagle Scout Court of Honor gave Steven Bronocco of Troop 1 the Eagle Scout Award for his hard work and dedication to improving the community last weekend. The ceremony was held in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in New Providence.
“When an Eagle Scout is younger, he does things like go camping and learn to tie knots. But when he is older, its harder for him to earn badges and advance in ranks,” said Dr. Donald Gomber, Eagle Advisor of Troop 1. “Scouting is all about advancement. And only those who really work hard and are committed like Steven succeed.”
Two Eagle Scouts escorted the parents of the Eagle candidate and then escorted Steven to the front of the altar. Before any awards were given, two scouts gave the presentation of colors and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, before the Scout Law and Scout Oath were chanted by fellow eagle scouts. And an invocation was given by Pastor MacPherson.
“Rotary is a lot like scouting. Two things that don’t leave an eagle scout are the leadership and service that he provides to his community and the same goes for those that are involved in Rotary,” said Pam Steiner of the Rotary Club. At the end of the speech, she awarded Steven the Rotary Club award and also gave his father an award for his contribution to Rotary. “Since 1977, Joseph Bronocco has worked improving the Rotary design,” she said. “He’s a great artist and we’d also like to give him an award for his hard work,” she said and presented him with a certificate.
Master of ceremonies Joe Kelly then announced for the candle lighting ceremony to begin. “The plaques before you represent the different ranks of scouting and the ranks each scout must surpass in order to become an eagle scout,” Kelly said. “Each candle will be lighted by a scout of each rank,” he said. “The journey of an Eagle Scout begins with the Tenderfoot rank,” Kelly said. “Then come the first and second class ranks where the requirements are harder and a scout has to work on his own to reach the end,” he said.
Michael Wagner, Scoutmaster of Troop 1, then formally introduced Steven. “Scouting offers so much to boys. It develops them into strong men and also provides them with memories that last,” Wagner said.
“Steven joined the Eagle Scouts in 2006, he was originally a Tiger Cub who worked hard to become an eagle scout,” he said. “He’s held many positions in our troop such as Troop Guide and Senior Patrol Leader and I have very fond memories of him. I recall once we went camping and he cooked some really good steaks,” he said. “He worked hard on his final project. He interviewed many of the Veterans from the American Legion Post and compiled a scrapbook that is currently there."
After the Eagle charge was given, Kelly gave testimony to Steven and the experiences they shared while scouting together. “Steven and I had a lot of adventures together,” he recounts. “He made food better, made it taste different, when we went on trips. And I remember this one time we woke up at 2am to see the sunrise and we went hiking a bunch of times together,” he said. “I just want to say congrats to a great scout."
Steven was given the Eagle Scout award before he gave his thanks to everyone who helped him on his journey to becoming an Eagle Scout. “Scouting has been a very enjoyable experience for me and I’d like to thank everyone for sharing it with me today. We did a lot of fun things over the years like make gingerbread houses for kids,” he said. “Eagle Scout Andrew Norton was a very important person to me. Wagner also helped me and Gomber helped me with all the paperwork.”
“I am also grateful to the scouts who helped me with my final project. We had a lot of fun together. I remember we went to Canoe track and to Philmont where we mountain climbed for 12 days. It was a life changing experience,” he said. “I learned a lot and I’d also like to thank Joe for being there with me,” he said.
Steven then presented his mentor with the Mentor pin. And Gomber congratulated him and gave him certificates from current and past U.S. presidents, senators and other politicians. “Steven became a scout when he turned 18. I recall that he was a little nervous, he went around trying to get signatures on the eve of his birthday, but he nonetheless got what he needed,” Gomber said. “He is one of the calmest young men I’ve ever met.”