It's been 12 years since Wade Dufresne Rosko first joined the Boy Scouts of America. Now, countless merit badges and hours later, the Summit High School senior will be awarded the organization's highest honor - the Eagle Scout Award. Wade started out as a Cub Scout in first grade and has been active ever since. It's no surprise that he became involved for so long; both of his parents participated in scouting when they were his age. "It's been really great," said his mother, T.J. Dufresne, who said she was involved in Girl Scouts as a girl and takes time nowadays for various volunteer projects. "Seeing the boys grow, all of them, has been really awesome."
When Wade joined the Boy Scouts, his father T.A. Rosko did too, taking over the task of Scoutmaster for Wade's troop. Though he never made it all the way to Eagle Scout, Rosko remembers being a Boy Scout back in southern Ohio and was eager for his son to have similar experiences."It's both exciting and challenging," he said of his role as both father and Scoutmaster. "I've followed him through the whole time. It was cool because we got to spend a lot of time together."The reason Rosko has invested in the time spent in Boy Scouts has to do with the various programs and activities on offer."That's why I'm in Scouts so much," he said, "Because of the leadership opportunities for the boys - figuring out problems, being in the outdoors. We're a very active troop."Wade's troop, Troop 188, hosts 30 Scouts in total, Rosko said. They meet several times a month and go on frequent camping trips."One of the great things that I really like about their troop - Wade really made it a part of himself," Dufresne said. "They do a lot of community things."
Eagle Scout is the highest ranking that a Boy Scout can achieve. The Eagle Scout Award entails demonstrating proficiency in leadership, service and outdoor skills at multiple levels, all before or by the age of 18. There are two main achievements each Scout must complete for the award - earning at least 21 merit badges and designing, organizing and completing a community service project.For his service project, Wade chose to improve the Mesa Cortina Trailhead, building two bridges over streams and a quarter-mile of new trail. Wade worked with the open space & trails department to coordinate the location of his project, studying the slope and the lay of the land to determine the best place for the new trail. The rest was up to him.Wade arranged for location and approval of the project, then coordinated the materials and manpower necessary to complete the job. Despite a bit of a rocky start on the first day, by the second day Wade had more than 30 people under his command. They cleared away vegetation, leveled out the trail area and built two bridges, one at 14 feet long and the other, broken into two sections, at 20 feet and 18 feet long. "I'd say getting people together and working with people that aren't in my Scout troop," Wade said about the most difficult part of the undertaking.Overall, Wade clocked in 323 hours for his Eagle Scout project. In addition to earning a prestigious award, Wade said the project taught him a lot, especially "that if I make a plan, I know I can get something done and despite any difficulties that may crop up, I can overcome them and finish my project and get to my goal."Looking back on his achievement, Wade feels pride and excitement."It feels awesome," he said. "All my years from first grade to now have been working up to this point and I'm excited."He's not the only one. His parents are also proud."It's been a lot of work, a lot of dedication. It's pretty awesome," Dufresne said.Wade's Eagle Scout ceremony and celebration will take place Sunday at 6 p.m. at Dillon Community Church. Community members are invited to attend."I think he did a great job. He really stepped up," Rosko said. "It's nice that he started something and finished it and followed it through. I think that's the biggest accomplishment."