This past November, Frank Bollerman rose to the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of Bayport Troop 130. Joining three other men in his family, Frank is the fourth Eagle Scout in the Bollerman clan to carry on a proud tradition of community service and public good works.
Becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest honor of the Boy Scouts, is no easy feat; there are rigorous standards for both character and position to be met. With less than 6 percent of eligible scouts being given the rank of Eagle Scout, Frank has joined an elite group of leaders in his generation through his fortitude, courage, knowledge, and overall compassion for his community.
What was most striking about Frank is his reticent confidence, as he speaks humbly but strongly about his achievements both as a scout and as a productive member of the Bayport-Blue Point community. Dressed in his full Eagle Scout uniform, he boasted well more than the 21 merit badges required for the prestigious honor, but seemed nonchalant about the hard work to earn all those awards.
“I think with the experience I’ve gained, my confidence has grown. With every badge I learned to be a little prouder of myself and my abilities,” he said when asked what being a lifelong Boy Scout meant for him.
For his capstone project, Frank wanted to give back to the Bayport Methodist Church on Middle Road as they had been a longtime (82 years) charter of the Boy Scouts. (A national organization, each Boy Scout troop must have a chartering member, often a church or other community group.) Hearing from pastor Dave Czeisel that their parlor, a main meeting place for church and community events, was in disrepair, he stepped up and started fundraising for the renovation project. From car washes, a GoFundMe account and congregation donations, he was able to raise a whopping $2,500 towards materials for the significant overhaul.
Matthew Bollerman, Frank’s father, and his two uncles are all Eagle Scouts and were his mentors for his devotion to the organization. Originally, as a Cub Scout, Bollerman was not as interested (quitting twice), feeling a lack of connection and outdoors activities. After moving back to Blue Point during his middle school years, Frank was able to rejoin the scouts after his excitement of camping out once a month. As a member of the Senior Patrol, Frank often leads camp outings, delegating important roles and managing intra-troop dynamics. “In getting older and developing more confidence, I’ve learned how to be better with people and understand their needs or work with their frustrations at an issue,” Frank said of the responsibility of being a senior member. With Matthew as a scoutmaster for Troop 130, Frank has learned well from his father on setting agendas and gathering consensus from groups. Holding high esteem for his dad, coupled with the characteristic teenager ribbing, Frank said, “Seeing my father all these years has helped me learn how to make efficient and productive decisions and how important it is to show younger scouts how a well-run meeting happens, and also how to refrain from making a hard conversation become worse.”
Matthew cites his time in the Webelos Scouts as quite formative for him, despite his father (Frank’s grandfather) not being as enamored with camping and wanting to share that with his own son. Along with school sports, Frank has cited the Scouts as of paramount importance to his discipline and maturity and has said he would like to continue the tradition of scouting in the future with his children. For a family boasting four Eagle Scouts in two generations, the Bollermans have proven that community groups are best grown as a family.