Court of Honor is set for Eagle Scout

First Posted: 1/13/2013

Duryea Troop 285 will conduct an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Reception for Ryan Burdick, of Taylor at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the American Legion Hall, 329 Main St., Duryea. The reception will be hosted by Burdick’s parents, Kelly and Ken Burdick.

The grandson of Ruth Burdick and the late William Burdick and the late Martin and Jean Nealon, Burdick received his Eagle rank from the NEPA Council on June 20, 2012. Since this year is the 100th anniversary of the Eagle Scout, he will receive the commutative Eagle Scout Rank Badge.

Burdick began his scouting career with the Old Forge Cub Scout Pack 98 as a Wolf and Bear Cub Scout and transferred to Duryea Cub Scout Pack 375 as a Webelos Scout. He received the highest rank of the Arrow of Light in 2005.

That same year, he crossed the bridge at the Blue and Gold Banquet and received his Boy Scout Badge and became a member of the Eagle Patrol of Duryea Troop 285. He attended several Webelos overnight camping trips to Merli Sarnoski Park in Carbondale, the NEPA Council Traveling Camporee to Colonial Williamsburg and attended the Boston Camporee in October. He has attended Goose Pond Summer Camp for the past six years.

Having earned 34 merit badges, Burdick has also assisted with several Eagle Scout projects for his fellow Scouts.

His Eagle Scout project was done for the Taylor Historic Cemetery where he refurbished four benches by sanding and coating them with water sealant. He then removed all the debris from the rear stairway and added a new rock base to the existing stairs. He completed his project on Sept. 1, 2011.

A senior at Scranton Prep High School, Burdick plans to attend college in Boston to become a lawyer or judge and study business and chemistry.

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