Ed Wolf Jr.
"He’s just like his father.”
One could say that about Ed Wolf Jr. and not be far off the mark.
Just like his dad, he is devoted to Boy Scouting.
His father, Ed Sr., was an Eagle Scout and has been associated
with scouting, off and on, for more than 25 years.
Ed Jr., 16, has a good chance of matching that number. He has
been in scouting since in joined Cub Scout Pack 70 when he was nine.
The highly decorated Boy Scout expects to attain Eagle Scout rank by
Wolf, a Newtown High School sophomore, was not emulating his
father when he chose to become a scout.
"No,” said Ed Jr. "I did it for me.”
He believes scouting has virtues that appeal to his generation.
"It builds good values and character,” he explained. "It adds a
whole new level of maturity and leadership skills.”
Two examples of his explanation of scouting’s worth stand out.
First, he saved a young boy’s life during a family white-water
rafting trip to the Lehigh Valley last year.
"I saw a kid with a life preserver that was too big for him,” he
said. "I warned his parents, but they couldn’t understand me. They
were Italian (tourists from Milan, Italy) and there was a language
Before anyone realized it, the young boy went swimming in the
"He got caught by the current. The water was forcing his too big
life preserver above his head,” Ed Jr. recalled.
Noticing what was happening, he jumped into the water, swam over
to him and pulled the boy to shore.
"Nobody realized I was saving the kid,” Wolf remembered. "Even my
mom didn’t. She saw someone pulling him and didn’t realize it was
There wasn’t any hesitation about undertaking that action by the
"I just did what I had to do. The kid was in trouble; I had to go
out and get him,” Wolf remarked.
Scouting, though, did contribute to his reflexive behavior.
"Scouting teaches you to use skills that you use in real life,”
he commented. "I learned life saving in scouting.”
The second example of scouting’s worth to Wolf was the use he
made of his leadership skills in his attempt to reach the rank of
"I planned and with the help of St. Rose parents and
parishioners, build a playground for their pre-school program,” Wolf
Eagle Scout is the highest rank in scouting, but Wolf began
reaching highest ranks — Arrow of Light — when he was a Cub Scout.
Currently, he is a Life Scout, the highest Boy Scout rank before
Besides NHS activities — he is a member of the drama club, tech
club and helps run NTV’s Channel 17 — Wolf is the Chapter Chief,
Order of Arrow in the Scatacook District of the Connecticut Yankee
Boy Scout Council.
The role of chapter chief entails being the liaison between the
council and the district.
"There are abut 100 Cub Scouts in this order in this district,”
Wolf reported. "You are selected by your troop (in this case Pack
70) and have to pass an ordeal to join,” he said.
"It’s a test of camping skills,” Wolf explained. "I don’t know
why it’s called that.”
Though Ed Wolf Jr. may have passed his "ordeal,” raising him has
been far from an ordeal for his parents.
Both his dad and mom, Barbara, are enormously proud of Ed Jr.,
the oldest of their three children (brother Nicky is nine, sister
Christina, 14) and his accomplishments.
What he does, he does on his own, his father said.
"I believe that the day my kids wake up and are doing something
because of me, because they think that’s what I want, that’s the day
they should stop.”