CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Township Committee presented Jared Wilson and Andrew Noesner of Boy Scout Troop 80 with keys to the township and proclamations for earning the rank of eagle scout at Tuesday night’s meeting.

For his eagle scout project, Wilson worked with the parks and recreation department to create a 450-foot woodchip path along the street that serves as the entrance to the Orange Avenue pool. The path creates a sidewalk for people to walk along while vehicles exit and enter the parking lot.

“I’d just like to thank anyone who’s helped me throughout the process,” Wilson said. “I’m glad to be part of a community where everything is right in front of you – great leaders and so many opportunities. The fact that we have kids in Cranford going all the way to eagle scout is honestly a blessing. I’m thankful for everyone who helped me along the way.

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For Noesner’s eagle scout project, he worked with the Cranford First Aid Squad to build wooden lockers for volunteers. Previously, there was no secure place for volunteers to leave their belongings when they were out on a call.

“I’d like to thank everyone who donated to my project, especially my grandpa, my parents, Jared and everyone else who helped me along the way,” Noesner said. “I couldn’t have done it without you guys.”

Only two percent of boy scouts reach the rank of eagle scout, according to Mayor Thomas Hannen, Jr.

“Congratulations Jared and Andrew,” Commissioner Mary O’Connor said. “I think tonight, we get to see once again in Cranford the great role models that we have among our young people. I think it’s terrific.”