Chris began his scouting career as a Weblo in 2001, in troop 361 Dupont. While there he earned all 20 activity badges for Weblos, all 17 academic pins and belt loops plus 12 sports belt loops and 8 sports pins. He also earned the conservation patch, compass emblem and all compass points, the Catholic religious medal Parvuli Dei plus the highest award in Cub Scouting, The Arrow of Light. Awards in auxiliary activities include first place in the Rain-Gutter Regatta 2002 and first place in the Pinewood Derby in 2003.
As a Boy Scout with Troop 316 Avoca, Chris earned 64 merit badges and received the Catholic Church‚??s highest award, The Pope Pius the XII.
For his Eagle project Chris planned and led the building and finishing of six benches, a CD/VCR shelf, and a large pamphlet rack for the Historical Society of Wilkes-Barre. He also donated $115 dollars to the Historical Society from the proceeds of his Eagle Scout bake sale held at St Mary‚??s/St. Peter‚??s and Paul‚??s church hall Avoca.
Chris credits his project‚??s success to the abundance of help from his family, friends, fellow troop members and their parents. The cooperation of Father Philip Sladika and the generous parishioners of St. Mary‚??s/St. Peters and Paul‚??s Avoca.
Jessica earned 14 merit patches and nine merit charms. She individually spearheaded a book drive for the ‚??shelf to shelf‚?Ě project sponsored by the area‚??s library systems.
She collected and delivered over 700 books to Albright Library to be dispersed among needy children.
Jessica credits her projects success to the generous donation of supplies from her mother and grandparents, Jimmy Champi‚??s Greenhouse in Exeter, Jake‚??s Auto Body, and Z &Z Auto Restoration, both of Pittston Twp. She also got labor help from Troop 316 and the cooperation of Father Paul McDonnell, the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary and novena attendants.
For her Gold Star project, Jessica refurbished five statues in the St. Joseph Oblates Grotto. The work entailed pressure washing, sanding, patching and repainting the grotto statues, pressure washing five other statues and landscaping. New top soil, flowers and mulch were added to the main flower area. She also replaced two dozen night light bulbs. A completion ceremony included a mass in the chapel and a procession to the grotto for its re-dedication and blessing by the Oblates seminarians. In conjunction with the ceremony Jessica held a light refreshment reception on site.
Both brother and sister each have a binder full of 35 plus congratulatory letters, including from President Obama to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Christopher and Jessica are the son and daughter of Sharon Kurtz and John Twardowski and siblings to Mike and Blase Twardowski, all from Suscon Road, Pittston Township. Their maternal grandparents are Hank and Marie Kurtz, Pittston Twp. Their paternal grandparents were Cassie and Joseph Twardowski Dupont.