story & photo
by Christopher Annino
George and Robert Wollschlager, Boy Scout Troop #76, Mystic, were inducted as Eagle Scouts. Both of these young men are scholar athletes and are valuable assets to the community. Robert, vice president of his senior class, St. Bernard High School, built a new ticket booth for his high school as part of his Eagle Scout project. George, a graduate of St. Bernard’s, collected and filled back packs with toiletries and non perishable items and donated them to St. Vincent De Paul Homeless Shelter, Norwich.
“This is the pinnacle of what you can achieve as a Boy Scout. These boys acted more as guides to the other scout masters. They have dedicated their time to assist us with many projects and I am very proud of them,” said Tom Downie, Scout Master, Troupe #76.
On June 14th, at St. Patrick’s Church Parish Hall, Mystic, over 100 friends, family, and community leaders attended a party to commemorate the brothers and their achievements. Also in attendance were State Representative Dianna Urban, First District Selectman Ed Haberek, Town of Stonington, Father Romanowksi, Lt. Law Lamar Agar III, Father Joseph Tito, and Ken Barbour, Mohegan District Commissioner. George and Robert were presented with several plaques from the state, including a special certificate signed by former US President George W. Bush. At the end of the night, Selectman Haberek and State Representative Urban declared June 14th as the offical George and Robert Wollschlager Day, in the Town of Stonington.
“These boys are great leaders, and have gone above and beyond in recruiting and helping the younger kids,” said Mike Buechel, assistant Scout Master, Troupe #76. George and Robert agree that the Boy Scouts of America helps to teach respect, leadership, and survival in life.