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Hamilton junior follows in father’s footsteps to become Eagle Scout

November 19th, 2016 development
Hamilton junior follows in father’s footsteps to become Eagle Scout

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski


Before Scott Bomberg was born, his mother and father yearned for him to be an Eagle Scout.

“I remember driving home from my first ultrasound almost 18 years ago and Scotty’s father and I talked about how we hoped he’d be an Eagle Scout one day like his dad,” said his mom, Joan Kilbey.

“Throughout the rest of the pregnancy, everyone referred to him as ‘The Little Cub Scout.’”

Scott followed his parents’ dream and became an Eagle Scout after planting 27 trees to renew Tumbleweed Park.

“I thought it went really well,” Scott said. “A lot of people came out to support us and they worked really hard. It was a good effort. We had a good 30 people at one point.”

Scott took his task seriously. He sought an Eagle Scout project for some time. After discussing ideas with his mother, they arrived at the tree-planting project.

“I feel like one of the reasons why it was a good project is because of a quote that I saw online, ‘Society grows great when people plant trees whose shade they will never sit in,’” he said.

“That’s really important. We take a lot of stuff for granted, like the things that generations past have provided for us. It felt good because we were contributing to society and giving our city something that other people might be able to see one day.”

The City of Chandler provided the trees through its wholesale nursery supplier, Kilbey said. Barro’s Pizza on Alma School and Germann roads donated the pizzas for the volunteer lunch. Becky Purinton of Mesa and Kilbey, who works for Better Homes and Gardens, Move Time Realty, supplied water, cupcakes and sodas for all the volunteers.

The experience just caps a terrific experience that Scott has had.

“To me, it’s one of my favorite things that I’ve been involved in,” he said. “I’ve been involved in Scouts since the first grade. I stuck with it. I love the camaraderie. Some of my best friends are there. We learn pretty interesting stuff.”

That includes serving as a counselor at Camp Raymond, between Williams and Flagstaff.

“I was on the climbing staff,” he said. “I learned a lot about knots and anchor systems. We were having scouts climb and rappel. The coolest thing about that is they were able to conquer their fears and do something a little crazy and fun.”

A junior at Hamilton High School, Scott has an idea about what he would like to study in college.

“When I graduate, I want to go to one of the colleges in Arizona,” he said. “I’m not sure which one yet. I’m trying to get scholarships and the like. I think I want to study medicine and go premed.”

Scott is quick to add that his scouting skills will come in handy.

“Being a Scout teaches you a lot about independence,” he said. “There is a lot of camping, but we don’t just live in the woods. They teach us to live on our own.

“You hear about people struggling with leaving their houses for the first time. I feel like I already did that when I worked at camp. Part of the reason why I’d like to go into medicine is I’ve done a lot of first-aid training and CPR certification through the Boy Scouts. I’ve learned a lot of important life skills there.”

Overall, Scott said it’s an honor to be an Eagle Scout.

“It’s something that not a lot of people get to complete in their lives,” he said. “It’s a really big deal.”

Kilbey is equally as pleased.

“His achievement of the Eagle rank in scouting is the realization of a very long-term, 17-year goal,” she said. “His father and I couldn’t be more proud. And we are appreciative of all the great life lessons he’s learned all through Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and the great program and youth leaders who have had a hand in that.”