Story Share By: Adeline Ziino, Bridgewater, MA
The Ziino family from Bridgewater has been involved in Boy Scouts for almost 60 years and recently added their third Eagle Scout to the family “nest”. On March 7th my family gathered in Indianola, Iowa to celebrate with my son Mark and his wife Deanna as we watched my grandson Nate receive his Eagle pin and a Bronze Palm from his Troop Scoutmaster. What made this ceremony extra special was having my other son Rick, a 1972 Eagle Scout with two Palms, and his son Eric, a 2010 Eagle Scout with two Palms, and Nate’s father all participating in their scout uniforms in the ceremony. And to top it off, Nate presented me with a Grandparent lapel pin for me to wear when I am out and about letting people know that my grandson is an Eagle Scout. What they won’t know until they ask me is that I now have three Eagle Scouts in my family. How my husband Dick would be so proud.
The Ziinos began scouting in the mid 1960s when our sons Rick and Mark joined Bridgewater Cub Pack 30. As the boys advanced through Cubs, marching in parades, racing pinewood derby cars, making all those crafts and working towards all those badges and pins, Dick and I also joined the ranks of Scout leaders. I helped as co-Den Leader for a couple of years and Dick went on to become the Cubmaster which he served for thirteen years. When Rick joined Boy Scout Troop 30, so did Dick serving as a Committee member while still leading Pack 30. Mark joined the Troop two years later and the boys hiked the Blue Hills reservation and New Hampshire’s Mount Liberty, attended campouts and summer camps, served as Patrol Leaders and advanced in rank. They participated in the long-gone town wide paper drives and the annual Troop fundraiser of going door to door selling gift items from the cardboard Tom Watt salesman “suitcase”. And as an annual event, the Troop marched with the Issac Davis Minuteman Company from Acton to meet up with other Minuteman companies at the Concord Bridge for the annual reenactment of that famous April 19, 1775 morning. Dick enjoyed campouts as well spending his Saturday afternoons in camp baking pies from scratch in his Dutch ovens for Saturday evening dessert. The scouts would always find excuses to come by his campfire just for a smell. All the while, my daughter Laurie was involved in Brownies and Girl Scout Troop 618 with one of her highlights as selling the most Girl Scout cookies in her group one year resulting in a living room was full of cookie boxes to be delivered. In 1972, we celebrated Rick becoming the Ziino’s first Eagle as he became Troop 30’s first Eagle Scout. This was a big day of firsts for all.
In 1974, Dick started Boy Scout Troop 31 where his Cub Scouts would continue their Scouting adventures. Rick and Mark followed their father with Rick serving as Junior Assistant Scoutmaster and Mark achieving the rank of Life Scout. As the boys headed to college, they left scouting while Dick continued serving Bridgewater scouts until he retired from Pack 30 in 1979 and Troop 31 in 1983. He would be proud that his troop is 46 years strong and has recently celebrated its 60th Eagle Scout.
After an absence from Scouting, Rick and wife Julie stepped back into Scouting in 2000 as their sons Zach and Eric became Cub Scouts in Godfrey, Illinois. The boys rose in rank as they raced their pinewood derby cars, sailed their rain gutter sail boats, marched in parades, annually attended the Lincoln Pilgrimage in Springfield, Illinois and camped and hiked in preparation for Boy Scouts. And from the beginning, Rick followed as Pack Treasurer and then as Cubmaster for five years, like his father. When Eric crossed into Boy Scout Troop 7, so did Rick as Assistant Scoutmaster and then Committee Chair, again like his father. As Eric advanced in rank, he camped and hiked and served as Patrol and Senior Patrol Leader. And in September 2010, my family gathered to celebrate Eric receiving his Eagle Pin and to welcome him into Eagle’s “nest”. He would finish his scouting career with a Bronze and Silver Palm and served as Assistant Scoutmaster into his college freshman year while Rick finished his term as Committee Chair.
Mark returned to the scouting world when his son Nate joined Cub Scouts in Indianola, Iowa in 2008. Mark followed his father’s footsteps serving as Pack Committee Chair while assisting Nate’s Den Leaders doing all those Cub Scout activities that scouts were doing – racing pinewood derby cars, building a monkey bridge, making crafts, hiking and camping, parading and earning badges and pins. When Nate crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 122, so did Mark, just like his father. As Nate hiked and camped, performed community service projects, advanced in rank and served as Troop Librarian and Grubmaster, Assistant Senior Patrol and Troop Order of the Arrow Representative, Mark served as a Troop Committee member and the Fundraising Chair. In addition, he also served as the Activities Chair for two Scout Districts. Nearing his eighteenth birthday, Nate completed his Eagle Scout Service Project with the Indianola American Legion and passed his Eagle Board of Review. So my family excitingly gathered again to celebrate Nate’s pinning as our third Eagle Scout and to welcome him into the Eagle’s “nest”.
Like I said, my husband would be so proud of the Ziino boys and how they have achieved to be Eagle Scouts and scout leaders. And so am I. The Scouting Ziinos are now on another short scouting hiatus but I have no doubt that the next generation of Ziinos, my great grandchildren, will add to the Ziino Eagle’s “nest”.