February 6, 2014 at 6:39 AM
CJ Scalera’s hard work and dedication to scouting had finally paid off when he received the honor of officially becoming an Eagle Scout in Troop 68 in Berkeley Heights. The new Eagle Scout has shown interest in the outdoors all his life. His love for wildlife and the outdoors can be seen through CJ’s favorite merit badge, Fishing. He started in the scouting program as a Tiger in Cub Scouts when he was six years old. In 2008, CJ became a Boy Scout and demonstrated great leadership in the program.
CJ Scalera’s Eagle Scout project was to clean debris from the wooded area next to the parking lot behind the Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad. The project took about 175 hours of diligent work with the help of 18 different scouts. Over the course of three days, these volunteers transformed the wooded area into a clean picnic area that will surely have a great deal of use. In addition, under CJ’s leadership, the volunteers planted ivy, added a rock garden, and fenced the perimeter around the area.
After all the years of dedication to the program, CJ can finally call himself an Eagle Scout, what all scouts strive to become. At his Eagle Scout ceremony, the privilege of being rewarded the “Mentor” pin was given to Bill Schulz, head of the Rescue Squad and a fellow Eagle Scout. This great achievement would have not occurred if it was not for the the leadership of Troop 68, specifically Mr. Bill Schulz, Mr. Cliff Boldt, Mr. Terrence Grossman, Mr. Hal Daume, and his father, Ciro Scalera. It is great to see another up and coming leader from the Boy Scout community.