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Clark's Troop 145 Watches Laraway Soar As An Eagle

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Brandon Laraway is BSA Troop 145's most recent Eagle Scout. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
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Eagle Scout pinning with Laraway and his mother. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
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Laraway receives Eagle neckerchief from Scoutmaster Ted McKewon Credits: Elizabeth Clee
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Welcomed as the newest member of the Eagle Scouts. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
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Ann Messler and her son Brandon Laraway at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
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CLARK, NJ – Boy Scout Troop 145 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the Clark First Aid Squad on Sunday March 26 to honor Brandon Laraway, the troop's latest scout to achieve scouting's highest rank.     

To earn the Eagle 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.

A Leadership Service project is the last achievement a scout must complete on in their path to Eagle. Laraway, with the help of his fellow scouts, refurbished and brought back to life a long uncared for outdoor area and playground at the Cranford Alliance Church for his project.  

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“We all have a task to do, good in the world, and that is exactly what he did by rejuvenating this neglected area," Pastor Tom Rice said. "We don’t have to wear a pin to have honor and to serve one another.”  

Laraway took a moment to thanks his family, friends, fellow scouts, church members and Pastor Rice.  

“To my fellow scouts, I hope to see you guys standing where I am now," Laraway said. "To my patrol, it’s been fun. To my mom, thank you for putting up with me and giving me a good kick in the butt when I needed it. You got me there, thank you.”

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.  

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