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Russell Maranto
Name: Russell Maranto
Year Joined: 2001
Age: 19
Rank: Eagle with 3 Silver Palms
Troop: 316
City: Castle Pines, CO

Rock Canyon High School senior Russell Maranto received the Congressional Award Bronze Medal from Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman on August 8, 2011.

The Congressional Award is a public/private partnership created by U.S. Congress in 1979 to promote and recognize achievement, initiative and service in America’s youth. Award recipients focus on four goal setting areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and learning expeditions.

Maranto is an Eagle Scout with Troop 316 in Castle Pines. He has earned 122 merit badges, been awarded triple Silver Palms for his outstanding leadership and abilities and is the holder of several scouting religious emblems. Maranto has served on the Big Horn National Youth Leadership Training staff three of the last four years, completed a 90 mile trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM in 2009, and was a patrol leader at the 2010 National Jamboree at Ft. AP Hill, VA. He is also the 2010 winner of the Colorado Sons of the American Revolution Eagle Scout program.

I Got Involved in Scouting Because:

Great after school activity at first, making best friends second, and then all the activities and learning experiences.  Now, I work summers at scout camp and it’s great.

Scouting Prepared Me For Life By:

I learned great time management skills, to work hard to reach a goal, really appreciate different learning experiences (and keeping an opened mind when trying new things) and the value of friendship.

My Most Memorable Scouting Moment:

Philmont has by far been my favorite scouting experience, but while backpacking and activities are certainly important by themselves, they aren't the entirety of the program. I liked going to Philmont because it was the quintessential scouting experience: cooking, camping, orienteering, climbing, first aid and backpacking. With everyone joining together as a complete team, working together all for a completely unified goal, was by far the defining moment.

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