SOMERVILLE, NJ – Newly-installed Bishop James Checcio of the Diocese of Metuchen presented the Ad Altare Dei religious medal to nine Boy Scouts from three local troops at a June 4 mass at the Cathedral of Metuchen.

The Scouts all live in Somerville and Branchburg and are members of Troop 83, Troop 84 and Troop 185.

A total of 25 Scouts from different troops in the Diocese received the award.

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The local group had 16 meetings over the course of 26 weeks and all attended an 8-hour retreat to earn the Ad Altare Dei  (to the altar of God) religious award.

Seven of the Scouts attend church at Immaculate Conception of Somerville: Wesley DuBose, Griffin Leger, Christopher Myers, Seth Reno, Andrew Repak, Thomas Williams, Zachary Yachera.

Two of the Scouts attend church at St. Ann of Raritan: Ryan Dombrowski and Douglas Sullivan.