Local Scout attains the rank of Eagle

Courtesy photo Taking part in an Eagle Scout Court of Honor in recognition of Ryan Z. Kimberling’s achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout are (from left): John Kimberling, Ryan’s father; Lisa Kimberling, Ryan’s mother; Ryan Kimberling; L. Jay Burlingame, former Scoutmaster; and the Rev. Ralph Hamer, Scoutmaster.

Boy Scout Troop 117, sponsored by St. Mark Catholic Church in Altoona, held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Dec. 16 in recognition of Ryan Z. Kimberling’s achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout.

Kimberling is the son of John and Lisa Kimberling of Altoona. The eldest of the Kimberling’s children, Ryan graduated from Altoona Area High School in June 2019.

He joined Troop 117 in May 2012, where he earned the ranks of Scout, Tender-foot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life, and now the rank of Eagle Scout as well as a Bronze Eagle Palm (for five additional merit badges beyond those required for the Eagle rank).

He has served the troop as a patrol leader, senior patrol leader and instructor.

While in Boy Scouts, Kimberling attended summer camps at Camp Seph Mack from 2013 to 2015 and worked at CSM during the summers of 2014 to 2019.

He also participated in numerous other activities, including Camporees, Klondike Derbies, Igloo Camps, Day Hikes and various community service projects including Scout-

ing for Food and the

annual Memorial Day Flag project.

Kimberling was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, Allohak Menawi Lodge No. 57 in the summer of 2014 and sealed his membership by becoming a Brotherhood member in 2016.

His Eagle Scout Project involved raising funds for two U.S. flag retirement receptacles, purchasing them, customizing each box and installing them at United and Kittanning Trail Fire Halls in Logan Township.

Kimberling has been active as a volunteer fireman at United Fire Company for four years and is pursuing a full-time position as an Altoona City firefighter.

He is the 53rd Eagle Scout from Troop 117 since the charter was established 60 years ago in 1959.

He was the first Scout to earn the rank of Eagle in Troop 117 in 2019.