SANDOWN – Sandown Boy Scout Troop 268’s latest Eagle Scout, Christopher Robinson, was honored recently in a ceremony attended by fellow scouts, peers, family, friends and community leaders.
Robinson’s Court of Honor put him firmly within a family tradition of earning the rank. Not only does his father, Tim Robinson, longtime scout leader and founder of Troop 268, have his Eagle rank, but so do Chris’s two older brothers, Patrick and Andrew.
The pride of both his mother, Rhonda Robinson, and his father was evident as they stood beside their youngest son as he received the rank. The Eagle rank takes years to accomplish, as a young man works through the many badges and ranks of the Boy Scout program.
The Eagle Scout Investment Ceremony illustrates how a scout works through the ranks, the lessons imparted and the morals taught. But while the ceremony is often solemn, Chris Robinson made sure to keep the crowd laughing when he could.
Through a couple of well timed jokes during the process, the new Eagle had both his fellow scouts laughing as well as the whole room at times.
The Eagle Rank culminates with the completion of a community service project that the scout organizes, leads and fund raises. It’s an involved process requiring formal approval from various town and scout boards and committees, and relatively few scouts complete it.
Chris’s project was the creation of a memorial bench and landscaped area outside of the Sandown Public Library, which pays homage to beloved former resident and library worker and volunteer Hazel Marlow.
It’s a spot that family and friends of Marlow have praised as a good place to sit and as a meaningful homage to a wonderful lady. Library Trustee Diana True spoke about the bench, and all of the work she saw go into the project. Marlow gave so much of herself to the town, said True, and the library staff and trustees were deeply moved when Robinson suggested the project. She said the area serves as a way to remember their friend and help heal their loss.
The Eagle Scout thanked those who helped with the project, from library staff, to local businesses, fellow scouts, scout leaders, family and Marlow.
He praised his parents’ support, his brothers for providing good role models and the luck he had not only to call his father his scout leader, but also his dad. He noted how much time his father put into scouting, taking weekends and even entire weeks off to help the troop, and in pushing his sons to become the people they are today.
Robinson noted a few of his fondest memories of his time in scouting, from serious hikes up mountains, to less serious jaunts through Nantucket. His fellow scouts also spoke about their time with Chris and thanked him for good times and the support he gave.
One anecdote told of how as a young scout on a hike up Mount Katahdin, he became cold and angry with his dad, blaming him for not bringing the right attire for him. According to Chris, his dad produced extra gloves and a hat, but also a lesson.
“As an ignorant 12-year-old, I didn’t realize the significance of what he did,” said Chris. “I never went out unprepared again.”
The community also came out to honor the newest Eagle. State Senators Russell Prescott and Chuck Morse and State Representative Jim Devine congratulated the young man, as did representation from the Marine Corps League, Kingston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, and district and national scout leaders.
His brother Andrew spoke as well, joking that Chris has done a great job of coming out from behind shadows cast by his older brothers to do great work himself. He said that whatever else may come Chris’s way, it was of utmost importance to make sure he earned his Eagle Rank, as it was a family tradition.