This spring, Urbana High School junior Charlie Giglio earned his Eagle Scout after completing a service project for Urbana Middle School.
When Giglio was thinking about what kind of service project to do, he was put in touch with Urbana Middle School Principal Stacey Hiltner. “I am blessed to have a community around me,” said Giglio. “I knew the former principal of Urbana Middle School, who was able to put me in touch with the current principal.”
When Giglio learned that students were dropping their Chromebooks during lunch, he began to think about how he could help. He surveyed the cafeteria area, found a wall to place shelving on, and then designed shelving for the school. “I’m an engineer at heart,” admitted Giglio, who studies in the engineering program at the Frederick County Career and Technology Center. “It was good to have this real-world project,” he said. “I had a lot of opportunities to use the (CAD software).”
Giglio first built a prototype. He then changed his material from plywood to a birch laminate. “It has a better grain,” he explained, “and is easier to varnish and to work with.” He built the shelves in five sections.
After building one section, he recruited family and friends to help with the sanding, cutting, assembly and varnishing of the other four sections. He added a rubber trim to the edges of the shelves.
Giglio pursues many opportunities to fulfill his passion for engineering. He and fellow members of the 2017-2018 Frederick County Career and Technology Center InvenTeam were awarded a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant to help fund a system they designed to remediate well water for Melka Olba School, in rural Ethiopia. He is also participating in International Submarine Races, an event hosted by the Naval Surface Warfare Center. Competitors design and race human-powered underwater vehicles.
Giglio became a Cub Scout in the first grade and has enjoyed his scouting experience ever since. When he was 15, Giglio attended Northern Tier, a Boy Scout wilderness camping experience in Minnesota’s Great Northwoods.
“We were paddling and portaging,” said Giglio. Scouts paddle through the wilderness and, when moving on land, carry their canoes. It was challenging, but Giglio appreciated “the solitude experience … and (experiencing) what real nature is like.”
In addition to his time with Troop 796, which he “Eagled out of,” Giglio was one of the founding members of Troop 1775 and served as Troop 1775’s first senior patrol leader for seven months under the mentorship of Kevin Mason, Troop 1775’s founding scoutmaster. Giglio said he has gained invaluable experience with meetings, agendas and other tasks that come along with leadership. Giglio credits Scoutmaster and 1st Sgt. Kevin Mason, United States Marine Corps, with having a profound influence on his life.
Giglio has earned 27 merit badges. When asked what his favorite was, he chuckled and answered, “plumbing.” When Giglio was in eighth grade, the toilet in his house had a blockage. Giglio and his father rented a snake auger and unclogged the toilet as a part of his
merit badge requirements. “I learned this really valuable skill,” Giglio said. “(It was) one of my most memorable badges.”
It is that kind of experience that Giglio finds to be one of the most valuable aspects of Boy Scouts. “I don’t think you can replace the on-the-ground opportunities to do so many things.”
“Boy Scouts is a real family,” Giglio said. “I recommend everybody do Boy Scouts.”