The above article and photo were digitized from a Trenton Times "For and About Boys" feature that was published on a regular basis back in the early part of the 20th century. The remarkable thing as I read the articles on the page and looked at the photo of Troop 14, was the fact that little has changed over the years for this wonderful organization of men and boys.
It was my privilege to sit in on an Eagle Scout award ceremony a week or so ago here at the Hamilton Township Public Library as young Eagle Scout Ben Mundt was awarded still another award in his 11 year career as a Boy Scout. The wheels started turning, I have long bemoaned the fact that one seldom hears words and phrases like "wholesome," "courteous," "good taste," "discipline," "self control," and other socially personal attributes that are ever rapidly being replaced by the sheer bad taste of much of today's societal ventures.
Through all these years, the Boy Scouts of America have clung to the belief that young boys need wholesome role models who show them how to be productive and valuable assets not only to their family, but to the community in which they live. Thus it was with young Ben Mundt. For his Eagle Scout project, Ben recruited a number of his friends, his dad and grandfather, and set about building the gazebo which now reposes on the lovely lawn at the Hamilton Township Public Library. From my window in the Hamilton Library Local History workshop, I had a great view of the construction of the project. Through the steaming heat of the summer of 2012, Ben and his crew diligently crafted a true masterpiece. Below is a photo I took just after it was completed.
Not a day goes by that a mom or dad with one of their young children stop in and rest in the Eagle Scout project so beautifully constructed by Ben Mundt and his hard working crew.