BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Boy Scouts of America emphasizes the importance of giving back to the community, as stressed in the organization’s slogan “Do a Good Turn Daily.” Scouts in Berkeley Heights Troop 368 place the same importance on service to the community.
This past month, the troop was recognized for having the highest total number of service hours for 2016 in the Watchung Mountain District. The troop logged a total of 1,908 hours, with an average of 26 hours per scout.
The scouts in Troop 368 took part in projects ranging from working the Rotary Club’s pancake breakfast, to setting up at the annual Relay for Life, to participating in Town Cleanup, to helping complete any of the troop’s many Eagle Scout projects.
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Last year, scouts Sailesh Prasad, Alec Duswalt, Joey Rosencrantz, Chris Friedlander, Chris Pirone, Andrew Stecher, and Joe McLaughlin all completed their Eagle projects. Some of their projects included excavating a historic Deserted Village building, creating aid kits for the GL Soccer teams, and restoring the VFW cannons; the Eagle projects from Troop 368 had a wide breadth of impact on the local community.
The troop was awarded a ribbon of recognition to affix atop the troop flag, along with other awards accumulated over the years. In addition, each scout received a commemorative patch, recognizing the service achievements of the troop.
Scouts in Berkeley Heights hold themselves to the highest standards to adhere to the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America, and not only “Do a Good Turn Daily” in their community, as the slogan would suggest, but learn the values of being prepared, maintaining high moral character, and leaving no trace on the environment, among other things. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining Boy Scouts, visit beascout.org to find a Pack or Troop near you.