Troop 21 gains a pair of Eagles

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Chris Rummler Jr., left, and Ryan Swartz accept the responsibilities of being Eagle Scouts. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) Chris Rummler Jr., left, and Ryan Swartz accept the responsibilities of being Eagle Scouts. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

PORT REPUBLIC – Boy Scout Troop 21 saw the swearing-in of its first two Eagle Scouts Saturday, Jan. 19 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

They were Christopher Joseph Rummler, son of Kristin and Chris Rummler of Port Republic and Ryan Nicholas Swartz, son of Laura and Harold Swartz of Galloway. Their fathers are founders of the troop and longtime leaders.

“I feel really proud,” said Swartz, who will continue as scoutmaster with two other sons in the troop: Matthew, 15, and William, 14, both having just made the rank of Life Scout, one down from Eagle.

“This is a great accomplishment for Ryan and Chris and the entire troop,” Swartz said. “It took a lot of effort from everybody to make sure that nothing stood in their way.”

In Troop 21, Scouting is fun by design.

“I urge them, don’t emphasize one thing,” Swartz said. “Don’t make it all about advancement. They should have fun, experience life and make friends along the way.”

Rummler’s father Chris, an assistant scoutmaster, said he was relieved the boys had attained their goal.

“They made it, thank God,” he said. “We finished Ryan’s paperwork at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 17 – we had a minute to spare.”

Rummler’s son, Chris, 18, is a 2012 Oakcrest High School graduate who said he is looking to enter Atlantic Cape Community College and eventually Richard Stockton College to study marine science or acting.

“I was in Scouts for eight years,” Rummler said. “For my Eagle project I made a weather station with a thermometer, a hydrometer, an anemometer, a wind sock and a rain gauge. It’s at the firehouse on Blakes Lane. I want it to be at city hall when it’s built.”

Rummler said he checked his equipment and it withstood Hurricane Sandy.

His favorite part of Scouting?

“The people,” Rummler said. “Without them it wouldn’t have been fun for me.”

Some of the fun, he said, has been working as a lifeguard at the Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation in Barnegat the past two summers.

“I also instructed swimming and rowing merit badges,” he said. “I wouldn’t give up that job for the world.”

Who nagged him the most to get to Eagle?

“Harold and my dad,” Rummler said. “The last month, I was procrastinating. They got on me. But it’s definitely worth it.”

Ryan Swartz said the road to Eagle was no straight path.

He said his father “dragged me screaming to my first Cub Scout meeting.”

But he came to love camping. Swartz said his favorite is camping in the rain.

“I really enjoy Camp Citta,” he said. “I was in COPE – Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience. They have a high-adventure and low-adventure courses. It’s my second home over the summer.”

His project is a three-sided kiosk featuring the highlights of Port Republic.

“My best friend is Chris,” Swartz said. “I love him like a brother. I love camping, earning merit badges and instructing others.”

His family pushed him the most, he said.

Mayor Gary Giberson told the new Eagles of their responsibilities.

“Becoming an Eagle Scout is a great accomplishment,” Giberson said. “Being an Eagle Scout is a great responsibility.”

Their first obligation is to live with honor, he said. Other obligations are to be loyal, courageous, serve others, and lastly – have vision.

“As a leader, you must now blaze your own trail,” Giberson said. “Just as a bald eagle soaring high above the ground can look far into the distance, so too must you look far into the future. Many people will follow you; only with vision will you lead them in the right direction.”

Giberson said that by meeting their obligations they can lead their troop, community and nation toward a better tomorrow.

Former Committeewoman Jackie Smith was master of ceremonies, Rev. Tom Sweeny delivered the invocation and benediction, and Scout Executive John Brilla opened the court of honor.

Other speakers were Bart Musitano, Isaac Maxwell, Marshall Burkhardt, Thomas Schroth, Will Swartz and Wayne Holmes.

Port Republic Troop 21 Color Guard opens the Eagles court of honor. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) Port Republic Troop 21 Color Guard opens the Eagles court of honor. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

Thomas Schroth addresses about 100 court of honor attendees. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) Thomas Schroth addresses about 100 court of honor attendees. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

Scoutmaster Harold Swartz speaks about his two Eagles: Chris Rummler Jr. and Ryan Swartz. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) Scoutmaster Harold Swartz speaks about his two Eagles: Chris Rummler Jr. and Ryan Swartz. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

Port Republic Boy Scout Troop 21’s first Eagle Scouts are Chris Rummler Jr., left, and Ryan Swartz. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) Port Republic Boy Scout Troop 21’s first Eagle Scouts are Chris Rummler Jr., left, and Ryan Swartz. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

Freeholder John Risley honors new Eagles Chris Rummler Jr., left, and Ryan Swartz. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) Freeholder John Risley honors new Eagles Chris Rummler Jr., left, and Ryan Swartz. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

Chris Rummler Jr. tells how he traveled the path to Eagle. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) Chris Rummler Jr. tells how he traveled the path to Eagle. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

Ryan Swartz speaks of what brought him to this point in his Scouting career. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) Ryan Swartz speaks of what brought him to this point in his Scouting career. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

Port Republic Mayor Gary Giberson addresses the audience and Eagles Chris Rummler Jr., left, and Ryan Swartz. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) Port Republic Mayor Gary Giberson addresses the audience and Eagles Chris Rummler Jr., left, and Ryan Swartz. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

From left are Harold and Ryan Swartz; Kristin, Chris and Chris Rummler Jr.; and Laura Swartz – the new Eagle Scouts, moms and dads. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) From left are Harold and Ryan Swartz; Kristin, Chris and Chris Rummler Jr.; and Laura Swartz – the new Eagle Scouts, moms and dads. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

From left are Harold and Ryan Swartz; Kristin, Chris and Chris Rummler Jr.; and Laura Swartz – the new Eagle Scouts, moms and dads. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) From left are Harold and Ryan Swartz; Kristin, Chris and Chris Rummler Jr.; and Laura Swartz – the new Eagle Scouts, moms and dads. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

Fellow summer camp worker honors his friends. From left are Marshall Burkhardt, Chris Rummler Jr. and Ryan Swartz. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) Fellow summer camp worker honors his friends. From left are Marshall Burkhardt, Chris Rummler Jr. and Ryan Swartz. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

Former Pack and Troop Committee member Jackie Smith honors Eagles Chris Rummler Jr., left, and Ryan Swartz as master of ceremonies for their court of honor. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) Former Pack and Troop Committee member Jackie Smith honors Eagles Chris Rummler Jr., left, and Ryan Swartz as master of ceremonies for their court of honor. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

Rev. Rev. Tom Sweeny gives the invocation. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) Rev. Rev. Tom Sweeny gives the invocation. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

Scoutmaster Harold Swartz, father of one of the new Troop 21 Eagles, prepares to cut a cake he baked from scratch and decorated. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) Scoutmaster Harold Swartz, father of one of the new Troop 21 Eagles, prepares to cut a cake he baked from scratch and decorated. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

Ryan Swartz proudly poses for his photographer grandfather. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) Ryan Swartz proudly poses for his photographer grandfather. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

Chris Rummler Jr. in his official Eagle Scout pose. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz) Chris Rummler Jr. in his official Eagle Scout pose. (Submitted by Whitey Swartz)

 


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