Ostrowski earns Eagle award
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.