A journey that began in 2004, when Matt Krebs joined scouts as a Tiger Cub, reached a pinnacle on a warm summer evening in Sprague Brook Park. On Wednesday, Aug. 17, a Court of Honor was held at the Casino Pavilion in the park to award Matt his Eagle Scout rank.
The event was attended by the members of his Boy Scout troop, dignitaries from the community, as well as friends and family. Matt is a scout in Troop 524, which is based in Springville, and is sponsored by American Legion Post 431.
Less than 4 percent of boys who join a Boy Scout troop earn the Eagle Scout rank. To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. In addition, a Boy Scout must lead an Eagle Scout service project.
Matt’s service project replaced the main sign for The Children’s League. Formerly called The League for the Handicapped, the Springville- based special needs school was in need of a new sign to reflect their new name. In addition, they hoped to make it easier for people to see the sign from the road. Matt led the design meetings, evaluated vendors, built a budget estimate, and raised over $3,200 in donations. In addition, he coordinated the demolition of the old sign, construction of the new sign, and landscaping around the site.
Matt said he learned about project management and fundraising during the year-long project. “It’s one thing to speak in public,” said Krebs, “but it is another thing to stand in front of a group of strangers and ask them for a significant amount of money.”
During the Court of Honor, Matt recognized all the organizations that donated money for the sign, including American Legion Post 431, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5260, Kiwanis Club of Springville, Springville Lions Club, and an anonymous donor. In addition, the project received key donations of supplies and material from Springville Lowe’s, Jake’s Greenhouse, Waterman’s Nursery, and Dave Miller’s Mulch.
Matt worked closely with Christine Lewis, the former Director of The Children’s League, in planning and coordinating the project. Matt stated that Lewis was a pleasure to work with, always kind and encouraging when challenges stood in the way.
Springville Mayor Bill Krebs, who is also Matt’s grandfather, presided over the Court of Honor. Scoutmaster Mike Fullington presented the Eagle award during the ceremony. This held special significance for Matt’s family, because years ago in 1988 Marty Krebs, Matt’s father, also received his Eagle from Mike Fullington, then Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 543 of Springville.
As a Cub Scout in Pack 642, Matt recalls fond memories of performing skits at the annual Blue and Gold dinners, launching water rockets at Sprague Brook Park, and racing Pinewood Derby cars. At the Court of Honor, Matt shared stories from his Boy Scout experiences exploring at Sabattis Scout Camp in the Adirondacks, canoeing in Algonquin, as well as mountain climbing and white water rafting in Maine.
Matt plans to continue community service and outdoor adventures while pursuing a dual major in physics and mathematics at Binghamton University.