Boy Scout Troop 368 of Berkeley Heights and Mountainside celebrated its 8th Eagle Scout in a year with a joint Court of Honor for Andrew Krasny and Matthew Allegra on March 10. To obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, a boy must complete a number of leadership, service and skills requirements before he turns 18.  Eagle candidates must also design, plan, raise funds for, and manage a service project for the lasting benefit of the community.  Together the 8 Eagle Scouts managed teams who contributed hundreds of service hours for the benefit of the community.

Eagle Scout Adrian Medeiros refurbished Sage Eldercare’s kitchen and food area, and built them a game wheel. Eagle Scout Daniel Sullivan refurbished the outdoor shrine at the Church of the Little Flower in Berkeley Heights, while Eagle Matt Allegra re-roofed the parsonage building at St Josephs Shrine in Stirling, and then went on to landscape the grounds around it. Readers who have enjoyed the picnic tables in the park at Snyder Avenue, Berkeley Heights, were using Andrew Krasny’s Eagle project. Eagle Scout Andrew Krasny organized a team of Scouts and friends to construct the picnic tables and also to remove trash from the wetlands. Eagle John Friedlander created a fallen soldier memorial and garden at the VFW  in Berkeley Heights, and Eagle Scott Brooks rebuilt the Volleyball court for the Berkeley Heights Community pool.  Eagle Keiraj Mumick organized a team to build a Desk and storage areas for the Berkeley Heights  YMCA, while Eagle Jason Ross relocated a storage shed, built a pathway, and refurbished a memorial garden for the Faith Lutheran Church.

The combination of leadership, service and life skills explains why the rank of Eagle Scout is a prized achievement recognized by personal letter from the President of the United States, members of the Cabinet and State legislators. “Eagle Scout” on a resume can help college and job applicants long after they have turned 18. Fewer than 5% of Scouts make it all the way to Eagle but whatever the rank achieved, Scouts grow their leadership and confidence, and graduate ready to build a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society as adults.