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Three Hilltown teens earn Eagle Scout rank

From left, Brandon Weyant of Chesterfield and Jacob West and Andrew Krebs, both of Goshen, at a ceremony honoring their achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at the Chesterfield Congregational Church Sunday. The scouts are a member of Chesterfield'Goshen Boy Scout Troop 705.
PHOTO COURTESY OF DARRYL WEYANT

From left, Brandon Weyant of Chesterfield and Jacob West and Andrew Krebs, both of Goshen, at a ceremony honoring their achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at the Chesterfield Congregational Church Sunday. The scouts are a member of Chesterfield'Goshen Boy Scout Troop 705. PHOTO COURTESY OF DARRYL WEYANT Purchase photo reprints »

Andrew Krebs, 18, and Jacob West, 17, both of Goshen, and Brandon Weyant, 15, of Chesterfield were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a ceremony Sunday afternoon at the Chesterfield Congregational Church.

Family and friends looked on as the three young men, all students at Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton, received the honor from Scoutmaster Darryl Weyant.

“We are very proud of him. He worked very hard,” David West said of his son Jacob. “When you see your son taking on a real leadership role, it just makes you well up.”

Each Scout put in more than 100 hours of work designing and overseeing a project that would meet the requirements for Eagle Scout, the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve.

Krebs created numerous magnetized pouches to hold medical history information cards that can be filled out by each member of a household. The pouch, called a File of Life, can be attached to the refrigerator door so it is easily accessible to emergency responders. Krebs made enough pouches to distribute one to every household in Goshen.

“I actually got the idea from my grandmother,” he said. “Living in rural areas, many people are not close to a hospital. Having this information on hand can help emergency responders increase their response time.”

Krebs described his grandmother, Beverly Noyer of Las Vegas, as a “real powerhouse of support.” Noyer, who was on hand for Sunday’s ceremony, said she was thrilled to see her grandson become an Eagle Scout.

“He is my only grandson and I am his only grandmother. I wouldn’t miss this,” Noyer said.

West and Weyant each chose to work on parts of the Tilton Farm Trail that runs from behind the baseball fields on Main Street in Goshen to the Daughters of the American Revolution State Forest.

West said he consulted with the Goshen Open Space Committee and discovered that the trail was in need of attention.

“I refurbished and reblazed a section of trail that had been washed out,” he said.

Weyant, the youngest of the three Scouts and the son of Darryl Weyant, the troop’s scoutmaster, designed and oversaw the construction of an information kiosk at the head of the trail. The kiosk includes trail maps for visitors.

“I used to play baseball on the ball field and I always noticed the trail, but never really knew where it went,” Weyant said.

Family friend Brandt Slosser of Hawley, a carpenter, helped Weyant build the kiosk. “He is an amazing kid. I was happy to help,” Slosser said.

Before presenting blue Eagle Scout neckerchiefs to Krebs, West and Weyant, Darryl Weyant told them that the honor comes with responsibilities.

“As an Eagle Scout you become a guide for others, and people will expect more of you,” he said.

According to Weyant, it has been more than 20 years since a Scout in Goshen has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

“The Boy Scouts have always been very important in Goshen and Chesterfield,” said Selectman Joe Roberts, who attended the ceremony. “We are very proud of these young men and their families are to be congratulated as well.e_SDRq

West said he will attend Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield in the fall to study environmental science and criminal law. Krebs said he hopes to study biotechnology in college.

“Being a Scout has given me the opportunity to meet a lot of people and participate in many things,” West said. “If I had not had these experiences, I would be a very different person today.”

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