Aaron H. Weber, 18, a senior at Williamsport Area High School, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America.
The Eagle is the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouts and is earned by less than 1 percent of all Scouts.
Weber is the son of William and Rae Weber, Old Lycoming Township. He is a left-handed pitcher for the Millionaire Varsity Baseball team, a member of the 2013 Class Executive Board, a class senator for the Student Government Association and a member of the Youth Ambassador Council, school yearbook and Ski Club.
He has been involved in Scouting for the past 12 years.
Weber started his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub in Pack 14, sponsored by St. John-Newberry United Methodist Church. Weber worked his way through the ranks of Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos 1 and Webelos 2. Weber received The Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouts, in 2006.
Weber crossed over into Troop 14 at the age of 12. He has earned 30 merit badges and has held the following leadership positions: Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Chaplains Aide, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Troop Guide.
Weber is a member in the Order of the Arrow, being tapped out in 2008, and then becoming a Brotherhood member one year later.
A highlight for Weber in his Scouting career has been his high adventure scouting trips. In the summer of 2008, he went to the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., with his troop contingent. Here, Weber enjoyed hiking in the Southern Rocky Mountains not only with his fellow scouts, but with his father and brother, Nathan, who became an Eagle in 2007.
In the summer of 2011, Weber traveled to the BSA Florida Sea Base. Here, he enjoyed a week of deep-sea fishing and an excursion to Key West with his troop contingent. Weber also took the trip with his father, brother and Scout contingent.
He is an active member of his church, St. Joseph the Worker Parish. He has been an alter server since fourth grade and earned his Boy Scout religious award, Ad Altare Dei.
Weber is employed in the summers by the Williamsport Crosscutters baseball team, as the graphics operator on the scoreboard and works with the grounds crew team.
For his Eagle Scout project, Weber chose to assist the Saving Grace homeless shelter in Williamsport. He landscaped the exterior building, but first he had to remove the existing overgrown bushes and vegetation. His hopes were to assist the shelter to look more presentable in the community and welcoming to its residents.
Secondly, Weber refurbished an existing handicap ramp that did not need replaced but was in much need of repair.
Saving Grace is operated by the American Rescue Workers to provide homeless individuals in Lycoming County temporary shelter for up to 14 days while case managers assist them into transitional or permanent housing.
This project provided a much-needed beautification to the shelter that otherwise could not have been completed with their available funding.
Weber plans to attend college next year to pursue a degree in international studies. He enjoys government, history, politics and journalism, as well as national securities. He has quite a few career options available to him for his future.
Weber's hobbies include baseball, hunting, fishing, Penn State football and spending time with his family and friends.
Weber presented committee member William Dieter with a Mentor Pin.
The Mentor Pin is given by the Eagle Scout in recognition for someone who has been a positive influence during his time in the BSA program. Weber acknowledged Dieter's words of encouragement during a summer camp trip as well as his dedication to the Scouts of Troop 14.
Weber is the 119th Eagle Scout in a long tradition of Eagle Scouts at Troop 14.