Woodbridge First Selectman Ellen Scalettar recently attended two Courts of Honor for local Boy Scouts, Jonathan R. Schwartz and Ryan Oleynik, who became Eagle Scouts. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. To earn this distinguished award, an Eagle Scout must have completed at least 21 merit badges, advanced through five lower ranks and demonstrated ideals of achievement, initiative and leadership including designing, organizing and conducting an extensive service project that benefits his church, synagogue, community or school. Fewer than five percent of Boy Scouts nationwide achieve this rank.
“I deeply admire the Woodbridge young men who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout,” said Scalettar. “Their volunteer work has been thoughtful, meaningful and impressive and has greatly benefited the Woodbridge community.”
Scalettar awarded each of the Eagle Scouts with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Board of Selectmen. Schwartz is a member of Troop 941 and Oleynik is a member of Troop 63.
Schwartz’s Eagle project was to design and construct an outdoor chapel at Congregation B’nai Jacob, including a readers’ table and nine benches. The outdoor chapel is a spiritual addition to the synagogue, affording a quiet outdoor area for prayer, Friday night services and use by the students at Ezra Academy.
Oleynik’s Eagle project was to improve the access path to the Stoddard-Rotary Memorial Pavilion by clearing brush, weeds and poison ivy and replacing them with native and deer resistant plants. The renovated and improved path provides a safe and pleasant walk to the pavilion that is enjoyed by people visiting the “Tot-Park” and attending the various games at Center Field.