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Troop 907 Celebrates Three More into Eagle Ranks

Troop 907 Celebrates Three More into Eagle Ranks

Troop 907 of Woodbridge is pleased to announce that three (3) scouts have recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.  Eagle is the highest rank a scout can earn.  Since the inception of Boy Scouts of America in 1910, only 4% of scouts achieve the prestigious Eagle Scout award.  To achieve the Eagle rank, scouts must earn 21 merit badges; demonstrate Scout Spirit; hold leadership roles within troop and plan, develop, and lead an extensive service project that demonstrates both leadership and a commitment to duty.  After all requirements are met, the scout completes an Eagle Scout board of review.

This year’s proud Eagle Scout recipients are Jason Luciani, Felix Liu and Ryan Proto.  Each of these young men have dedicated themselves to our troop and the community.  Their Eagle Scout projects epitomize how the scouting program transforms young men into the leaders of tomorrow.

Ryan, a cancer survivor, wanted to give back to the YMCA Camp Jewel that he attends during the summer.  Rebuilding the three deteriorated gaga pits, 20’ hexagon pits where dodge ball games are played, became his passion for months.  After 3 weekends of hand milling over 100 pieces of lumber from local camp trees, the task of removing old rotten structures and rebuilding new game pits took over 900 scout hours to complete.  The rebuild involved staining the lumber, lag bolting octagonal assemblies in place, installing drainage gravel, backfilling each unit and grading to ground level.  The new structures will last many years and be enjoyed by hundreds of campers.

 

Felix has come to love hiking in the woods, so his project to rebuild a 170-foot long section of the Alice Newton Street Park walking trail, which traverses a muddy area of trail and small brook, was a natural match.  His project involved removing old rotten lumber, sourcing new durable materials and installing new platforms.  The platforms consisted of three parallel 2×10 elevated planks supported by 4×6 lumber and rocks to prevent sinking into the mud that forms when the snow melts in the spring.  Local residents can now safely transverse the area and enjoy the trail beyond.

 

 

Jason, as well as all Troop 907, has always had a high respect for veterans.  During our annual troop flag replacement event, at all local cemeteries, he noticed more and more graves were not marked and flag holder/placards were missing or broken.  He embarked our troop on what became a 3-year saga taking over 1200 scout hours to permanently cement over 450 veteran flag holders in the ground and build three veteran memorial trail signs.  His initial concept to “fix and replace” holders evolved into a multistep process which involved researching 200 years of town and online veteran records as well as adopting a design from a local cemetery board member in order to cement the flag holders into the ground.  The project also involved sourcing hundreds of holder assemblies and new holder placards, designing and constructing 9-foot high cedar enclosures with 5’x3’ Vinyl digital site maps, and creating maps that pinpointed veteran burial locations and the war they served.  For many years to come, the location and tribute to our local veterans who served our great nation will always be identified.

These young men, having met all the requirements for Eagle, are looking forward to upholding the Scout Oath and Law and continuing active service in their local community.  Ryan plans to study abroad next fall in Asia.  Felix and Jason are working towards engineering degrees at Purdue and Iowa State University, respectively.  The Court of Honor for Mr. Proto was held November 30, 2019 and the Court of Honor for Mr. Liu and Mr. Luciani will be held on December 29, 2019.

Founded in 1968 and based at the First Church of Christ, Troop 907 has awarded the rank of Eagle Scout to over 90 Scouts in its 50-year history in Woodbridge.  The troop welcomes new members all year round.  Troop 907 is very active in both the local community and BSA events.  For more information, contact Scoutmaster Tom via the “contact us” link at Troop907.org or come visit us at Troop meetings on Thursdays 7:00-8:30 PM at the First Church of Christ, Meeting House Lane, Woodbridge.

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