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PRESS PHOTO COURTESY OF BONNIE S. KELLER Eagle Scout Kurt R. Keller presents Darlene Ely, director of therapeutic recreation at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall Township, one of 25 shadow box frames he and his volunteers constructed for his Eagle Scout project. PRESS PHOTO COURTESY OF BONNIE S. KELLER Eagle Scout Kurt R. Keller presents Darlene Ely, director of therapeutic recreation at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall Township, one of 25 shadow box frames he and his volunteers constructed for his Eagle Scout project.

Scout builds memento boxes for Cedarbrook

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by The Press in Local News

Boy Scout Kurt Robert Keller celebrated with family, friends and fellow Scouts, including Troop 8 Eagle Scout Gregory Douglas Williams, during his Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony and dinner last spring.

Keller, who earned his Eagle Scout rank Oct. 12, 2011, began his Scouting career as a Wolf Scout in second grade with Cub Pack 8 at United Church of Christ Greenawalds in September 2001.

He earned his Light of Christ Roman Catholic religious medal along with the Cub Scout Arrow of Light.

After graduating from Cub Scouts in fifth grade, he joined Boy Scout Troop 8 in March 2005.

Keller had many positions of leadership within the troop.

He served as quartermaster, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, bugler, Order of the Arrow representative, assistant senior patrol leader and junior assistant Scoutmaster.

Keller is an active member of Scouting's national honor society, The Order of the Arrow, as a member of the local Witauchsoman Lodge.

He was a Brotherhood member until recently being honored as a Vigil member in September 2012.

Keller was the chapter chief of the Wapagokhos Chapter for the 2011-12 school year.

He earned 35 merit badges as a Scout including the 21 required to become an Eagle.

Special awards include the BSA's World Conservation award and the National Award for camping, Pennsylvania's Forestry award and also the Pennsylvania Wildlife Conservation Award.

For his Eagle Scout service project, he and his volunteers built 25 wooden shadow boxes (large photo frames) for Cedarbrook Nursing Home in South Whitehall.

These 2-foot by 1-foot wooden boxes with plexiglass lids hold mementos and photos for the 50 residents of the Alzheimer's and Dementia wing at Cedarbrook.

This project was done in memory of his late grandmother, Johanna Keller, who was a resident there.

Keller participated in many years of summer camp, along with troop camping trips and Order of the Arrow service and camping weekends.

A highlighted trip included a weeklong visit to Florida Sea Base in the Florida Keys in July 2009.

In July and August 2010, he attended the National Scout Jamboree held in Fort A.P. Hill, Va., where 100 years of Scouting were celebrated over 10 days with more than 42,000 Scouts and Scouting participants.

Keller, who graduated from Parkland High School in June 2012, was a member of the Parkland marching, jazz and symphonic bands, National Honor Society, German National Honor Society and German Club.

Currently, he is majoring in history at York College of Pennsylvania, York.

Keller is the son of Kevin and Bonnie Keller of Allentown.