CLARK, NJ – Boy Scout Troop 145 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor to recognize two of its members on Sunday, Feb. 22. Nicholas John Witting and Samuel Morse Guskind achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. These two young men add to the total of 52 scouts from Troop 145 to have reached Eagle Scout status since 1995.
The Boy Scouts of America bestow this rank 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.
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, practiced, 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 boy scout, Witting earned 35 merit badges, served in many leadership roles and completed his Eagle Service project on the grounds of Hehnly School in Clark. Witting planned, designed, fundraised and completed a large landscaping project. He set out with a team of fellow scouts to “make his first school a better place to learn and play.” Witting, a graduate of Arthur L. Johnson High School (ALJ), is currently attending Union County College pursing a degree in Business. He plans to attend Rutgers University next.
Guskind earned 39 merit badges while a member of Troop 145. He too served in many leadership roles throughout his scouting history and completed a service project. Guskind’s project involved the designing, planning and building of a 911 Memorial at the Clark Volunteer Firehouse. His project took over 550 hours to complete and includes a piece of steel from the original World Trade Center. Guskind is a junior at ALJ with plans to join the US Navy, as family members before him have.
The Troop 145 Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held at the Clark First Aid Squad and attended by scouts and their families. The ceremony included a review of the scouting careers of both young men, a presentation of the award as well as a challenge to fellow scouts to aim high and reach for the same achievement.