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Strohl attains Eagle rank

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Alexander M. Strohl, son of Barry and Lynda Strohl, has achieved Boy Scouting’s highest rank, that of Eagle Scout. Strohl, 16, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 150, sponsored by St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Orefield, under the leadership of Scoutmasters Rick Bishop, Joseph Turner and Scott Walker.

Strohl began his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub with Pack 79 in Coplay and continued through Cub Scouting to achieve the highest award, the Arrow of Light.

As a member of Troop 150, he has held numerous leadership positions including instructor, historian, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and senior patrol leader. He has earned 38 merit badges. Strohl attended National Youth Leadership training. He was inducted into the Order of the Arrow in June 2015. Currently, Strohl has earned 2 Palms.

Strohl has attended many camp outings at Akelaland and Camps Trexler, Minsi and Bayshore. He has attended two high adventures including SeaBase at St. Thomas and Philmont in New Mexico. He is scheduled to attend the Northern Tier in June.

For his Eagle Scout service project, Strohl brought the Buddy Bench program to his elementary school, St. Joseph the Worker. Not only did the project involve the installation and landscaping of the Buddy Bench, but he also scripted, directed and produced an instructional video, cast by third- and fourth-grade students, to play at the beginning of every school year as part of the school’s Virtues program. Additionally, he created curriculum materials and in-serviced staff, students and parents as to the meaning and purpose behind the bench. In total, the project took more than 400 manhours.

Strohl is a junior at Allentown Central Catholic High School and continues to be an active member of Troop 150. He reached his goal of Eagle June 28, 2017, and received his Eagle badge during a Court of Honor ceremony Sept. 24, 2017.