Ostrowski earns Ea­gle award

Record Observer - - Community - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — Among four young men who earned their Ea­gle Scout Award in 2016, Ryan Ostrowski added his name to the long list of Scouts from Troop 278 who have earned Scouting’s high­est award. The troop is spon­sored by Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 278 in Stevensville.

Pos­si­bly the great­est honor pre­sented to Ryan dur­ing his re­cent Ea­gle Court of Honor, his grand­fa­ther Ed Nor­ment of Brownsville, Texas, trav­eled here for the cer­e­mony. Grand­fa­ther Nor­ment of­fered the open­ing prayer for the event, but be­fore pray­ing added words of wisdom from his own Scouting ex­pe­ri­ences more than 60 years ago.

Nor­ment said, “Ryan has been blessed to have learned many valu­able lessons that will guide him through his life. Some of the same lessons I learned when I was a Boy Scout many years ago.” Nor­ment held in his hand his 1951 Boy Scout Hand­book and proudly dis­played it as he spoke about the val­ues ex­pressed in that book from so many years ago.

Af­ter hav­ing his Ea­gle medal pinned on his uni­form by his par­ents, Ryan spoke to all in at­ten­dance, say­ing, “When I look back at my Scouting ca­reer, I have done things that I would have never done had I not joined Scouts. Camped un­der the stars count­less nights, hud­dled around a camp fire in a freezing and snowy week­end af­ter real­iz­ing the jeans I packed were shorts! Placed flags at grave sites of vet­er­ans each Me­mo­rial Day, and wreathes on grave sites dur­ing Christ­mas hol­i­day. I’ve sailed off the coast of Key West for a week-long trip on a 50-foot sail boat at Scout Sea Base, hiked 100 miles up and down the Rocky Moun­tains of Colorado and New Mex­ico on a two-week trip to Philmont Scout Reser­va­tion while eat­ing Army ra­tions. I ca­noed over 75 miles through the bor­der lakes of Min­nesota on a week-long trip known as the ‘North­ern Tier.’ I cy­cled 50 miles one week­end along the C & O Canal tow-path in Western Mary­land, spent the night on a bat­tle­ship, and an­other night on a sub­ma­rine an­chored in Bal­ti­more Har­bor. I learned to ride a horse!

All of these op­por­tu­ni­ties would have not been pos­si­ble ex­cept through my troop lead­ers John DeYoung and Cliff Woodard along with all our as­sis­tant lead­ers — thank you!”

As all Ea­gle Scouts must do, Ryan served in his troop over the years in nu­mer­ous lead­er­ship po­si­tions. An Ea­gle Scout also must earn at least 21 merit badges and com­plete an Ea­gle Ser­vice Project that ben­e­fits his com­mu­nity. Ryan earned 37 merit badges to­tal, in­clud­ing the Ea­gle Re­quired badges in ad­di­tion to many elec­tive badges of per­sonal in­ter­est.

Here is a com­plete list of all of Ryan’s badges: Camp­ing, (all three) Cit­i­zen­ship in the Com­mu­nity, Na­tion, World, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cy­cling, Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness, Environmental Science, Fam­ily Life, First Aid, Hik­ing, Life­sav­ing, Per­sonal Fit­ness, Per­sonal Man­age­ment, Swim­ming, Amer­i­can Her­itage, Archery, Astron­omy, Avi­a­tion, Back­pack­ing, Ca­noe­ing, Climb­ing, Engi­neer­ing, Fire Safety, Horse­man­ship, Mam­mal Study, Na­ture, Pets, Pi­o­neer­ing, Ri­fle Shoot­ing, Small Boat Sail­ing, The­ater, Wilder­ness Sur­vival, Weld­ing, Game De­sign, Pro­gram­ing, and Cook­ing.

Ryan said, “Wilder­ness Sur­vival was most fun merit badge be­cause I en­joyed work­ing as a team to build a shel­ter to sleep in, and the el­e­ments let us know how well we did. Com­mu­ni­ca­tions was the most dif­fi­cult be­cause I had to over­come my fear of pub­lic speaking.”

Of all his Scouting ex­pe­ri­ences, “Def­i­nitely, Philmont Scout Reser­va­tion in New Mex­ico was the best,” said Ryan. “It was a long and treach­er­ous trip with some light­ning storms to make it ex­tra spe­cial.”

At the cer­e­mony, Ryan re­ceived ci­ta­tions of con­grat­u­la­tions from both Mary­land Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan and U.S. Se­na­tor Ben Cardin, through Cardin’s per­sonal com­mu­nity li­ai­son Kimberly Kra­tovil, who added, “Con­grat­u­la­tions from the Kra­tovil fam­ily too!”

Ryan is the son of proud par­ents Thomas and Karen Ostrowski of Kent Is­land.

Pic­tured with his par­ents and grand­par­ents, Troop 278 Ea­gle Scout Ryan Ostrowski (cen­ter) re­ceived his Ea­gle award Sun­day re­cently. Pic­tured, from the left, his grand­fa­ther Ed Nor­ment of Brownsville, Texas, dad Thomas Ostrowski, grand­mother Judy Nor­ment, Ryan, mom Karen Ostrowski, and grand­mother Dolores Ostrowski of Be­lair.

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