Brian "Frodo" Bonner received the Eagle Scout Award on Aug. 11, 2012, at a ceremony in Tionesta.
Bonner started in Cub Scouts in 2003 in Pack 100 in Greenville. He moved on to Pack 54 in McKean before finishing his Cub Scout experience with Pack 782 in Warren. As a Cub, he earned every Webelos Activity Pin, his religious award and earned the highest Cub Scouting Award the "Arrow of Light." Bonner also attended Cub Scout Camp each summer
Bonner moved on to Boy Scouting in 2008 in Troop 82, Tionesta. He has served as assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, senior patrol leader and troop bugler. He now serves his Troop as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.
Bonner became an Ordeal Member of the Gyantwachia Lodge #255 Order of the Arrow in 2009 and a Brotherhood Member of the Lodge in 2010. He has attended two summer camps each year and worked on summer camp staff at Camp Olmsted. Bonner has earned a total of 60 merit badges so far. He has earned four Historic Trails Awards in the Boy Scouts of America.
For his Eagle Scout Project, Bonner refurbished the neglected Asbury Chapel Cemetery in Venango County for the Historical Society. He planned the project and gave leadership to more than 50 people who cut trees, cleared brush, cleaned nearly 100 gravestones, photographed and cataloged the graves, and reconstructed an old iron fence. The project entailed nearly 400 man-hours of work. When completed, Brian assembled a book about the project which included a history of the church and burial ground, photos of all graves, and who was buried in each plot on a grid. He presented the book to the Venango County Historical Society for their use as a reference piece.
He has been on his school basketball team for five years and is now plays on varsity. He has been a member of the school trap shooting team for two years. Bonner lettered in both basketball and trap. He has been involved in the school play as an actor and also involved in the school's Civil War Club. He is a member of the TCCS Marching Band and Concert Band, playing the trumpet. He serves on student council and is a member of the National Honor Society. He also participates in the school Red Cross Blood drives.
In the community, Bonner has volunteered to help at the Allegheny River Cleanup. He also helps the Warren Rotary Club with their annual fund-raising event.
Bonner is a sophomore at TCCS and is the son of Kevin and Beth Bonner of Tidioute. His father and his brother Daniel are also Eagle Scouts.