CRANFORD, NJ – The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest achievement a Boy Scout can obtain. Only 2% of boys who enter scouting achieve this milestone. Five members of the Cranford Boys Scouts were recognized by the Cranford Township Committee in June for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
The Boy Scouts who obtained the Eagle Scout rank are: Troop 75 – Timothy Joyce and Devin Kenney Troop 80 – William O’Connor, James Lynch and Matthew Capone.
All five received a Proclamation and a Key to the City from Cranford Mayor Andis Kalnins.
An Eagle Scout service project is required in order to obtain the rank. It must be a project that demonstrate the scout’s leadership ability and also benefit their community.
For his project Joyce made repairs and improvements at the Orange Avenue Pool facility. To raise funds he organized a car wash that earned $580 and earned the rest though summer jobs and umpiring. Joyce also obtained donations of picnic tables, flowers and mulch from local vendors.
With his fellow scouts and volunteers he repaired large cracks, resurfaced and painted lines on the basketball courts and added 4 picnic tables to the entrance of the facility.
“I wanted the basketball court in the back to be safe and enjoyable, so that camps and families will use it, thanks you to everyone who helped,” said Joyce.
Kenney assembled a greenhouse at Orange Avenue School. He led scouts and volunteers in assembling the greenhouse interior shelves and workbenches, so students in OAS can use the greenhouse as a learning environment.
“It’s already been used for the science programs and I hope in the future it will be a big help to the Environmental Club, thank-you,” said Kenney.
For his project O’Connor power-washed, sanded, sealed and stained the inside and outside of three press boxes at Memorial Field. Upon completion the press boxes are visually appealing and safety concerns have been removed.
“I saw they were worn down, they hadn’t been maintained, it was a successful project, I thank the boys who helped me and the rest of my troop.” said O’Connor.
Lynch chose a to do a renovation and beautification of the Cranford Dramatic Club. He replaced two ground level beds and replaced them with two raised garden beds on either side of the front doors of the CDC. The beautification provides a place for patrons to sit before shows and during intermissions.
“It was a lot of work but I was really proud of what we did, thank all the scouts that helped me and my troop,” stated Lynch.
Capone built an exercise station at Memorial Field which consists of three level pull-up bars and a dip-station. It is all contained in a black border filled with safety mulch. High-school athletes and residents alike can make use of the station.
Capone said, “I wanted to give back to the sports teams.” So with the help of his track coach, Mike Dow, the workout station was born. “It is huge success in the end, thank-you for the help that I got.”
Mayor Kalnins commented, “This is another example of the quality of children in our school system. Thank-you boys for your work and thank-you to the parents and leaders that have helped them. It certainly takes a community to build a good person.”
Deputy Mayor Mary O’Connor, Commissioner Tom Hannen, Commissioner John Mallon and Commissioner Patrick Giblin all offered their congratulations as well.