Story by Sara Paul
Mason Carter Mann’s grandfather, Bruce Hallowell, was an outdoorsman and an Eagle Scout who unfortunately passed away when Mason was about seven years of age.
Now, three years later, Mason will remember and honor his grandpa when he moves up from Cub Scout to Boy Scout Pack 121 Den 12.
The young Greenwood Lake resident ever so proudly cherishes his grandfather’s original Scout knife and Handbook, family heirlooms passed on to the loyal lad.
“I’m really happy to be succeeding just like my grandpa did,” said Mason, a Scout for three years who looks forward to becoming an Eagle himself.
The lure of the life of a Scout is rooted in Mason’s upbringing and perhaps even runs deep in his sweet, ten-year-old soul.
“He has always just loved the outdoors, and it’s just all about the outdoors,” said his mother, Kristy Hallowell, noting that as a Scout, Mason enjoys kayaking, camping out, and also learning lots of life skills like first aid, cooking, setting up tents, and navigation.
A fifth grader at the Greenwood Lake Middle School, Mason is a Black Belt at the United Martial Arts Centers (UMAC) in Warwick, where he is also a counselor in training, assisting young kids in their classes five days a week and was recently names as the UMAC Student of the Week.
“He always wants to help people anyway possible and just has a heart of gold,” said Kristy.
While giving so much of himself and his time to community involvement and athletics, Mason’s educational endeavors and successes do not come easily. Mason was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) when he was six years old.
“Some days are very difficult, but every day he pushes forward to the best of his abilities and conquers a new task. It just takes a couple more sparks to get him interested,” said Kristy, explaining that she spends quite a bit of time working with Mason on his scholastic struggles, reading with patience, working on comprehension, and understanding an ocean of difficulties.
Mason receives essential services in school such as occupational therapy and also stays after school for assistance in writing and learning.
“It’s a struggle, but its not a bad thing to have a child diagnosed. We are not alone because we know that there are lots of other kids with similar difficulties,” said Kristy. “You’re not labeling them; you’re helping them!”
Pitching in at home with his little brother Zachary, 6, Mason also enjoys chilling with older sister MacKenzie, 17, and participating in baseball, basketball, and snowboarding.
His favorite furry friends are Chance, his five-year-old Boxer pup, and his six-month-old kitten, Daisy.
The tough, young hero has solid advice for his peers looking for adventure: “At least try something new because you might like it, and if you don’t then you can try something else.”
The Warwick Valley Dispatch would like to feature young people of Warwick who are doing meaningful things. Whether in school, athletics, in the community or at home, we know there are many moving stories that need to be told. These “hero” stories can be from the incredible to the mundane, from the kid who saved his dog from drowning to the teen who takes care of a sibling with special needs. For more information contact Sara Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-702-3091.