CLARK, NJ – Thurman J. Furda, son of Steve and Chris Furda, attained the milestone rank of Eagle Scout at a special Court of Honor ceremony in Clark on July 2. Furda, a member of Clark’s Boy Scout Troop 145, is the troop's fourth scout to reach the rank of Eagle this year.
Earning the rank of Eagle requires long-term dedication, required prerequisites for rank advancement, and proven achievement in a variety of areas of study. Most young men cross over to Boy Scouts at the end of fifth grade and have until the age of 18 to complete all the requirements for Eagle Scout.
Throughout the extensive coursework of scouting, young men are required to earn 21 merit badges. These badges signify a trail of learning, exploration, exercises, investigation and eventually mastery of both required and chosen skills. During his time as a scout, Furda collected 33 merit badges.
Scouts are required to complete a community service project as the culminating activity on their path to Eagle Scout. Furda’s Eagle Scout project was completed in April.
Furda, a sophomore at Whippany Park High School, gathered, organized and managed a team of scouts and parent volunteers to build a patio beneath a scoreboard on the softball field at his former middle school.
The scoreboard was erected in the memory of Kaitlyn Okolita a sixth grader from the school that lost her battle with cancer. Furda wanted to make it a more permanent place where people could congregate, and work the scoreboard more easily.
During his ceremony Furda, received congratulatory letters from President Obama and former presidents, George W. Bush George H. W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter. He also received a Congressional Award from Congressman Frelinghuysen, and letters from Secretaries of State, Agriculture, Education and Commerce, the New York Giants, the American Legion and the National Parks Service.
Furda, son of Steve and Chris Furda is the 60th Eagle Scout graduated from Troop 145 since 1995.