The Eagle Scouts Of Seton Catholic

Rebecca Vu, Writer

Boy Scouts don’t just help old ladies across the street. They also give back to the community, learning new skills along the way. In fact, earning the highest rank of Eagle Scout, which requires earning 21 merit badges, means great opportunities to develop countless new skills and insights.

The final step in the long journey to Eagle Scout is completing the Eagle Scout project, a project that the scout, selects, organizes, and leads. For a project to be accepted, it must benefit the scout’s community in some meaningful way.

No Scout at Seton is currently working on projects, but some previous ones are notable.

Bobby Voitik is one such eagle Scout. “It is supposed to represent your leadership abilities,” said Voitik, a senior. For his project, he built the picnic tables outside of Seton. He said it took a lot of time to decide what his project should be, but in the end, he decided to build the tables was the best to help his community.

 “It took a lot of time to reach the end, but it was very worth it,” Voitik said.

Patrick Ryan is another example of an Eagle Scout at Seton Catholic. For his project, Patrick built the ticket booth for Seton Athletic events. Like Bobby, he explained that his project took a lot of time as well as working with others.

Another seton senior, Vincent Pharo, completed his Eagle Scout project last year. He built the blue benches in the Seton hallways and commons. He learned how to deal with problems clearly and learned if he kept a cool head, everything would be alright. Vince had a difficult time choosing the right type of wood and making sure his cuts were clean and precise, but he overcame these problems by staying calm and thinking through it.

Outside of Seton, Eugene Vidales restored the American Legion Post 176’s Storage Unit. He and his group primed, painted, weeded, and added a layer of gravel around the area. In return, Eugene gained some new life experiences.

“My experiences with the project was great. I learned more about yard work, construction, leadership, and the American Legion itself,” he said.

Beyond skills developed, reaching the top rank in scouting also helps develop a set of personal standards.

“Being an Eagle Scout means you’re supposed to set an example you want other people to follow,” said Pharo. “And it means doing the right thing, especially when people aren’t watching.”

Time management was often a difficulty. However, they said pushing through and keeping their motivation paid off in the end.