BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Berkeley Heights Boy Scout Troop 68 held its annual Spring Court of Honor on Sunday, May 19. In addition to recognizing nine new Scouts into the Troop, and several rank advancements for the year, Michael J. Higgins became their 115th Eagle Scout.
The Eagle Scout rank is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts and is only attained by a small percentage of young men who join Scouting. At the National level, past Eagle Scouts are many accomplished individuals including Steven Spielberg, Neil Armstrong, Michael Bloomberg and Gerald Ford.
The Eagle rank requires the completion of a rigorous set of goals and includes a substantive service project, designed to benefit the local Community. Eagle projects require significant hours of effort on behalf of the Scout and volunteers.
Higgins' Eagle project was completed at American Legion Post 433 in New Providence and came from his desire to honor Veterans who served our Country. He constructed a patio and bench to provide an outside tranquil space for Veterans. The patio and bench sits adjacent to a small stream that feeds the Passaic River. The project required extensive planning and work including debris, shrub and poison ivy removal, leveling, laying of brick pavers and finally the construction of the bench.
Halls Garden Center in Berkeley Heights and Jaeger Lumber in Stirling generously donated supplies at cost to complete the project.
Higgins served in several Troop leadership positions, among them Den Chief, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Junior Assistant Patrol Leader. He was a winner of the Patriots Path Council Scout Scholar Athlete award for Track. He is planning to attend Loyola University in Baltimore in the Fall.
Troop 68 was established in 1934 and has been chartered for 85 years and offers many challenging and varied activities for youth. The troop meets Mondays at 7:30 pm at the Mary Kay McMillin School, 651 Mountain Ave in Berkeley Heights, NJ. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.