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Two Troop 71 Scouts earn Eagle Scout honors

Damon Smigielski and Alex Thomulka received the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor recently at Macungie Memorial Park. The two Scouts are members of Boy Scout Troop 71, which is sponsored by Solomon’s United Church of Christ in Macungie.

Damon Smigielski, son of Robert and Jen Smigielski, joined Cub Scouts with Pack 71 of Macungie as a Tiger Scout in 2006 with his father joining as his den leader. After Cub Scouts, Damon chose Troop 71 to continue his Scouting career.

As a Boy Scout, he earned 26 merit badges and held various leadership positions including patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, Troop guide, instructor, Order of the Arrow Troop representative and senior patrol leader. Damon is a member of the National Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scout Honor Society made up of Scouts elected by their peers. He also earned the O.A. Brotherhood honor.

He renovated the Oberholtzer Pavilion at Macungie Memorial Park for his Eagle Scout project.

Alex Thomulka, son of Cade Upanavage and the late Ken Thomulka, joined Troop 71 in 2011. Thomulka earned 26 merit badges and held various leadership positions in the Troop, including senior patrol leader, patrol leader and Troop guide. He was elected to the Order of the Arrow and achieved the Ordeal rank.

Alex renovated the library at the Allentown Rescue Mission for his Eagle Scout project.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAlex Thomulka and Damon Smigielski recently celebrate their Eagle Scout honors in a ceremony at Macungie Memorial Park.