WATERTOWN — Sebastian A. Mastin, 17, of Watertown, recently achieved a goal he has sought for 11 years when he was pinned at a ceremony after achieving the rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America organization.
Achieving Eagle Scout rank involves a number of steps over a course of years.
Mr. Mastin joined Pack 17 Cub Scouts at age 6 and continued through Boy Scouts with Troop 33 of Watertown before it folded and finished the remainder of his participation with Troop 2 of Brownville.
He attributed his decision to join the Boy Scouts to the involvement of his father, Marcus Mastin, and his late grandfather, James Mastin.
“My grandfather was a big contributor to me being in Scouts,” Mr. Mastin said. “He was the troop leader for my dad and he died when I went into Boy Scouts. I devoted Boy Scouts to him and I just saw every experience as something he would love to do with me.”
He said he enjoyed working on his merit badges, which exposed him to fields such as first aid, citizenship, communication, environmental science and camping, among a handful of other things.
The completion of 21 merit badges is required to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. These badges, which signify knowledge and skills in certain areas, are earned over the years as a Scout moves up through six ranks.
A Scout is required to serve in a leadership capacity before top rank can be attained. Mr. Mastin assumed the role of assistant to the patrol leader and acted as second in command.
His leadership skills were also demonstrated through his service project of building flat pack picnic tables, inspired by blueprints made years ago by the late James Mastin. These tables, which lack nails or screws and are easy to assemble and disassemble, were donated to the Sally Ploof Hunter Memorial Library of Black River.
Mr. Mastin was bestowed with the Eagle pin by his father at a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
Attending the ceremony was a large crowd of family and friends as well as former troop leaders and Scout buddies he had not seen in years, Mr. Mastin said.
He also received a handful of congratulatory letters from sports teams, politicians and even President Donald J. Trump.
When asked what he has taken away from this experience, the Eagle Scout said, “I’ve learned that if you want something and you put your mind to it, nothing is impossible. If you work hard and include fun in whatever you want to do and achieve, there are no limits.”
Mr. Mastin plans to attend Jefferson Community College in the fall to study sports management with an overall goal of sports broadcasting.