CLARK, NJ – Two Boy Scouts from Troop 145 in Clark were honored in a dual Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony recently. Matthew Janowski and Ryan Mendyk Cahill achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
To earn this rank, young men must meet standards and requirements in subjects such as outdoor skills, service, and leadership. In addition, they must earn at least 21 merit badges over their time in scouting. These badges signify a scout has studied, researched and mastered a skill in either a subject of personal interest or one of the 12 topics that are required for the rank of Eagle Scout. Each candidate for Eagle Scout must also complete an Eagle Scout Leadership Service project.
Over his career as a scout, Janowski earned 35 merit badges. He also attended a variety of Boy Scout functions including camping, five and ten mile hikes, historic trips, rafting, and even a high sea adventure trip to the Bahamas’ Sea Base where he and other scouts lived and worked on a catamaran for a week.
Janowski’s Eagle Service project aimed to beautify and make safer the grounds of the Clark Pool. The project included painting the snack shack awning and cabana frames, and adding reflectors to the parking lot fencing.
Janowski is a recent graduate of Arthur L. Johnson High School and will be attending Penn State University in September to study Engineering.
Cahill earned close to 50 merit badges while a member of Troop 145. He served in many leadership roles throughout his scouting history such as Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Color Guard Commander and Senior Patrol Leader.
In his career as a scout Cahill attended over 70 camps up and down the East Coast including the Bahamas’ Sea Base high adventure trip. Cahill’s service project included landscaping, painting and reconstructing the border of a playground.
Cahill graduated from St. Peter’s Prep in May of 2017. He is on his way to his first year at the Virginia Military Institute. He plans to study Computer Science and eventually commissioning into the US Army as an officer.
The Boy Scouts of America bestow the rank of Eagle on about only 5 percent of scouts nationally. Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is a significant undertaking and requires dedication over many years of scouting. As such, it carries weight in college admissions and on a résumé.
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