Jason Walter Phillips Jr., a member of the Boy Scout Troop No. 316 in Avoca, aattained Eagle Scout rank recently.
As an Eagle Scout, Phillips has earned 36 merit badges and has served his troop in a variety of leadership roles. He is serving as the troop senior patrol leader. Phillips was presented with a silver palm on his Eagle Award for the extra merit badges earned. Phillips recently took on the leadership role of the presidency for the Venturing Officers Association for Northeast PA. He also completed a major community service project, the Restoration of the Bernie J. Sklanka Pavilion and the addition of multiple birdhouses in Moosic. Phillips organized the volunteers in: painting of the pavilion, wood cutting for benches, construction of the benches, digging the hole for the bird house post and the placement of the additional birdhouses in different tree locations.
Phillips is a junior at Riverside Junior-Senior High School and plans to continue his education in residential construction. He has been accepted to Johnson College and started classes in dual high school/college enrollment in the fall. He comes from a family of scouts, with his younger brothers Joshua Phillips as first class, Jacob Phillips as a tiger cub, his mother Dawn Phillips who is a Cub Master of Pack No. 316 and his father, Jason Phillips Sr., who was also involved in scouting while he was younger.
Phillips received citations personally presented by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), state Rep. Mike Carroll, Moosic Mayor Jim Segilia, The Knights of Pythias and the Union Sons of the Civil War.