Troop 150 honors newest Eagle Scout Jonathan Ramstein
By SANDRA STONE
On Dec. 15, during a Court of Honor attended by family and friends who braved the wintry weather, and flanked by fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 150, Jonathan W. Ramstein was inducted into an exclusive brotherhood, that of an Eagle Scout.
Photos by Sandra Stone
Jonathan Ramstein was inducted into the Eagle Scouts during a Court of Honor Dec. 15.
To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills, earning 21 merit badges along the way. Merit badges signify the mastery of certain skills, as well as helping boys increase their skill in an area of personal interest.
In addition to earning merit badges, the prospective Eagle Scout must develop and carry out a service project. This past summer, Ramstein cleared the trees in the memorial walk at the Veterans Cemetery in Radcliff. He then contacted Meade County Community Action for their assistance in identifying a needy family who heats with wood. Such a family was located, and the wood was donated to them.
Dr. William Denton presided over the honor court, recognizing guests and Ramstein’s fellow Eagle Scouts. “You’re looking at the best of the best right here,” said Denton of the five Eagle Scouts who served as Ramstein’s Court of Honor and Ramstein who would soon join their ranks.
Scoutmaster Joe Farrell reviewed the Eagle criteria and then declared Ramstein had earned that rank. His mother, Robin Ramstein, pinned the Eagle to his uniform shirt, and he pinned a miniature version of it on her in recognition of her support and sacrifice.
At this time, it would be customary for the Eagle Scout to present his father with the same pin. Robert Ramstein died when Jonathan was just 8 years old. “Even though he hasn’t been here to help me physically, without him, I wouldn’t be standing here,” said Ramstein. “I will present this later on when I go see him tonight.”
Robin Ramstein said she had promised her husband before he died that she would pin his Eagle on their son. She couldn’t find the pin for the ceremony, but she did find his uniform shirt, complete with the Eagle patch, and Jonathan slipped that on over his own uniform shirt.
Each Eagle Scout also receives a Mentor pin which he can then present to the person who has mentored him through his journey. Scoutmaster Joe Roe is currently working in Afghanistan. His wife, Marilyn, received the pin on behalf of her husband.
Ramstein, who just turned 18, is a senior at Meade County High School. He is the son of Robin Ramstein and the late Robert Ramstein. He has two sisters, Nicole Ramstein and Melinda Ramstein.
Eagle Scout Jonathan Ramstein is congratulated by the women in his life. From left: Grandmother Darlene Ramstein, sister Nicole Ramstein, mother Robin Ramstein and sister Melinda Ramstein.