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Sam Bower

With a party of over 100 present at his court of honor, Samuel Bowers was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in Scouts BSA on August 14. Samuel is a member of Boy Scout Troop 267 in Fredonia, and is the son of Ron and Marianne Bowers of Sheridan.

He passed his review board on June 27, his official Eagle Scout date. He achieved this goal at just 13 years old, significantly younger than the average Eagle Scout.

The Eagle Rank award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well maintained by the Boy Scouts of America over the years. Only about 4% of all Scouts achieve this rank.

The ceremony was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Hall in Silver Creek. Scoutmaster Jim Stenger presented the award, while Troop 267 Committee Chair Dr. Cynthia Smith acted as master of ceremonies. Senior Patrol Leader Cooper Stenger, Assistant Scout Leader Brian Noody and other Scouts attended throughout the ceremony. Eagle Scout Joseph Bowers, brother of Samuel, delivered the Eagle Charge.

Samuel was honored with the presence of many special guests and was honored with speeches by Assemblyman Andy Goodell, Chautauqua County American Legion Scouting Chairman Jay McManus, Silver Creek Mayor Jeffrey Hornburg, Fredonia Mayor Doug Essek and Project Eagle beneficiaries of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn and Rev. Mark Wolski. In fact, Mayor Hornburg has officially declared August 14 Samuel Ronald Bowers Day in the Village of Silver Creek.

Eagle Scout Bowers himself recognized his uncle Frank Pagano with the Mentor pin; as well as his mother with a miniature Eagle Pin and his father with the lapel pin.

Of the many requirements needed to achieve Eagle Scout rank, one of the most notable is the Eagle Scout draft. The Scout must develop, finance and manage a service project for the benefit of the community. The Samuel’s Eagle project consisted of a complete renovation of the funeral chapel in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel cemetery.

The project was a major undertaking, inspired by a very personal experience after the death of his grandfather. The project lasted about a year and was first put into operation after the death of her grandmother. Samuel was able to realize this meaningful project thanks to very generous donations from parishioners, community members and businesses. He was assisted in the design and installation by his uncle Frank Pagano, his uncle Mike Pagano, his uncle Louis Pagano, his father and other family members, scouts and friends. The renovation included new walls, flooring, landscaping, seating, interior decorating, building repairs, and the addition of heat and power. The project was graciously and enthusiastically supported by the parishioners of the church.

Bowers is also a member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society, as well as a national graduate of youth leadership training. Bowers was elected and served as his troop’s senior patrol leader, and was recently awarded the Chautauqua County American Legion Scout of the Year in June 2022. He participates in monthly camping trips to various locations including Camp Merz, Camp Gross, Elk Lick, Pa.; Woodstock, Ontario; Angelica, NY, Ovid, NY; and attends summer camps at Camp Merz as well as Camp Pioneer in the Adirondacks.

Eagle Scout Bowers is an honor student who attends Silver Creek Central School. He is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and recently received the State Comptroller’s Office Achievement Award, as well as the New York State Attorney General’s Office Triple C Award for Courage, L commitment and character.

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