WEST ORANGE, NJ - Nathaniel Hawkins, 18, received his Eagle Scout Badge during his Court of Honor ceremony that was held on Saturday, June 28, at Pleasantdale Presbyterian Church in West Orange.
Nathaniel was recognized for his outstanding achievement by the Boy Scouts of America, Northern NJ Council, along with Troop 6 of West Orange. According to the Boy Scouts, becoming an Eagle Scout is the highest honor and ranking attainable, and only five to six percent of all boy scouts achieve the rank.
In 2013, 56,841 Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank; and since Scouting's inception in 1912, 2.7 million of approximately 84 million scouts worldwide have become Eagle Scouts.
In attendance were Nathaniel's parents, Kathy and Carl Hawkins, West Orange High School Principal Hayden Moore, Board of Education President Sandra Mordecai, and Township Council President Susan McCartney, along with family, friends and troop members.
Nathaniel began his path in Scouting in first grade as a Tiger cub with Pack 106. During the years, he served as an Asst. Den Leader with Pack 106 and Asst. Sr. Patrol Leader for Troop 6. His favorite badges were Electronics and Swimming.
Hawkins' Eagle project consisted of rebuilding the area around Benedict Cabin at Camp Glen Gray in Mahwah, NJ. Under his leadership, members of Troop 6, family and friends, built two picnic tables, three benches, a tent platform and cleaned the fire pit. The site around Benedict Cabin was chosen because this is the location where Troop 6 usually lodges during their camping trips.
Nathaniel is a 2013 graduate of West Orange High School and just completed his first year of studies at William Paterson University, where he is majoring in Sound Engineering, with a minor in Music Management and a concentration in Classical French Horn. While at West Orange High School, Nathaniel was a member of the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Indoor Percussion Ensemble.
Nathaniel was also a member of the Essex Hudson Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, where he served as Teen President and Vice President. In his spare time, he enjoys playing lacrosse and is a new member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (national men's music fraternity).