Chester County Boy Scouts to Recognize Two Eagles Who, Having Earned Wings Decades Ago, Still Soar
Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America, will honor two representatives of its leadership in a May 19 event at the RiverCrest Golf Club in Phoenixville.
The evening’s program includes the bestowal of the achievement of Eagle Scout to 156 members of the Eagle Scout Class of 2021. But it will also honor two scouting veterans who earned their Eagle Scout designations decades ago.
Allen Forssmark and Bob Beggs will be recognized with the 2022 Outstanding Eagle Award. This honor is reserved for individuals who have inspired others through their positive actions, reflected by recognized accomplishments and devotion to their professions, avocations, communities, and beliefs.
Forssmark earned his Eagle status in November 1968.
His influence today is evident throughout the Council. Forssmark’s volunteer efforts have augmented the Horseshoe Scout Reservation experience, a camp along the Pa./Md. border whose history dates to 1928.
There, Forssmark’s work has included oversight of the Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) course. This multistage set of activities tests scouts’ abilities to problem solve while executing climbs, swings, jumps, and rappels.
Forssmark has also provided maintenance services on camp essentials that include lighting, drinking water, and suspension bridges.
Beggs was elevated to Eagle Scout in 1974.
He is the Executive Director of Good Works, Inc., Chester County’s largest nonprofit home repair organization. He took on that role in 2014, after serving as the organization’s Operations Director for more than 25 years.
Beggs is also a fixed-wing pilot, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, and cofounder and trustee emeritus at the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester.
More information on this bestowal of traditional and Outstanding Eagle designations is online.
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