DENVILLE, NJ - Denville Boy Scout Troop 118 recently honored five Boy Scouts for earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
The scouts - Matthew Dixon, Michael Kuser, Quinn Logus, Joseph Nowacki and Nicholas Yi - were honored on June 11.
Below are short biographies of the new Eagle Scouts:
Matthew achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on November 17, 2016. He has participated in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts enthusiastically. His favorite activities were always outdoors, particularly the many hikes and camping trips. At the top of his list were the annual Klondike camping trips, in the snow each January and the 50-mile Sabattis canoe trek through the Adirondacks. He enjoys mentoring the younger scouts and has become and Adult Leader.
Matthew’s Eagle project was the rehabilitation of one of the Indian Lake beaches. Matthew selected this project because he lives in the Indian Lake Community and this beach was neglected and a bit of an eyesore for all that pass through our town of Denville. The cornerstone of the project was demolishing and replacing the beach’s pavilion. He worked with the architect and engineer the design, the town on permits and approvals, solicited donations from vendors and the community, and supervised many volunteers.
Other aspects of the project included repairing and painting the playset and the fence, power washing the buildings and painting the bath house, creating a butterfly garden, and building a raised planting bed for privacy along the road. He obtained donations of most of the supplies from concrete to stone and plants. The project took nearly 400 man hours.
Matthew will be attending Georgia Southern University in the fall, majoring in Biochemistry.
Michael achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on February 20, 2017. His scouting journey began in the third grade when he joined Cub Scouts as part of Pack 99. His favorite activities included Klondike and many high adventure camping trips such as a sea kayaking trip off the coast of Maine. Michael attended the National Youth Leadership Training, learning many skills that proved essential not only for his Eagle project, but also for when serving as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 118.
Outside of scouting, Michael was a member of the National Honor Society and Interact Club at Morris Knoll High School. He continues to give back to his community through his volunteerism by coaching an eighth grade lacrosse team, tutoring other students, and volunteering as a DJ for various Denville organizations.
Michael’s Eagle Scout project grew organically from the desire of the Denville Beaver Brook neighborhood to make improvements to the parking lot at the intersection of Ford Road and Beaver Brook Lane. He showed his
ability to lead by working with many township officials, Beaver Brook neighbors, and scouts. The project included the installation of 220 feet of wooden guard rail fence, placement of forty cement car stops, signage, painting a crosswalk, and creating an alpine garden on the corner of the lot. Michael obtained donations of supplies from gravel and concrete to topsoil and plants. More than twenty-six volunteers, both scouts and adults, worked together for almost 300 hours to see the project through to fruition.
Michael will be attending Pennsylvania State University in September where he will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
Quinn achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on May 22, 2017. He has participated in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts since the second grade. His favorite scout activities include hikes and camping trips. He never missed a trip or an opportunity to participate with the troop. His favorite trips include the National Jamboree in West Virginia, NYLT, and the Sabattis canoe trip in the Adirondacks. Quinn has earned 28 merit badges and acted as the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 118. He has learned many skills throughout his scouting career and his scouting spirit continues to spread to those around him. He enjoys mentoring the younger scouts and continues to offer his assistance to lead the troop while also acting as a leader in his school activities.
Quinn’s activities include the Morris Knolls Chorale and Madrigals, cast member of various theater plays, Vice President of the Interact club and Multicultural Club, and Treasurer of the Thespian Honor Society. He was also a peer leader in the St. Virgil’s Youth Ministry and an active member of the Appalachia Outreach program which traveled to Harlan, Kentucky to help rebuild houses for the less fortunate.
Quinn’s Eagle project was to plan, design and implement a professionally made sign and landscape for the Ayres Knuth Farm Foundation, which is listed in the National Register of historic places by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The sign also acknowledged the active Union Hill Farm and Knuth fields in Denville N.J. He worked with multiple businesses and officials in Denville Township and the state of New Jersey to see the project through to fruition. He was able to successfully finance the project through various means that included presentations, activities and a website that communicated the scope and need for the project. The project took over 400 man hours and a number of twists and turns, but Quinn persevered and achieved his rank as an Eagle Scout.
Quinn will be attending Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Advertising & Public Relations in the College of Communications.
Joseph Nowacki was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on March 27, 2017. He began his scouting career as a Cub Scout in Pack 222 at St. Elizabeth’s Montessori School in Parsippany. He later transferred to Denville’s Pack 99 and crossed over to Troop 118. Joseph loves climbing, swimming and spending time outdoors. He also enjoys teaching younger scouts outdoor skills, pertaining to hiking and climbing. He earned a total of 25 merit badges and held the following positions throughout his career as a Boy Scout: Instructor, Scribe, Den Chief, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader. He learned many leadership skills while at National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) which he utilized as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 118.
Outside of scouting, Joseph has excelled in academics and sports at Oratory Preparatory High School. He was inducted into the Cum Laude Society, which is dedicated to honoring scholastic achievement in secondary schools and consists of the top ten percent of upperclassmen. In addition, he was a varsity swimmer and served as a two-year captain of the swim team. He also ran cross country and played lacrosse. As a result of these achievements, he was nominated for and received the Scout Scholar Athlete Award in December 2016. He has also been active as a Carlton Fellow, was Deputy Music Director for the Music Ministry, Co-President of the History Club, participated in the Bridges Outreach Program, the Student Life Committee, and was a tutor in Latin, Science, English and Math. 2
Joseph’s Eagle Scout Project took place at Cook’s Pond in Denville where he is a lifeguard and swim instructor. He has worked at the pond for the past four years. After identifying practical needs, he worked to design his project and managed a team of volunteers in building, installing, painting and finishing two wooden benches and a wooden receptacle to store recyclables. The project totaled over 170 man-hours to complete.
Joseph will attend Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He plans to major in Neuroscience and attend medical school.
Nicholas Kim Yi
Nicholas joined the Boy Scouts in 2010 and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on March 8th, 2017. He enjoys playing football, basketball, and lacrosse. Nicholas also loves the outdoors, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and kayaking. His highlights were attending the 2013 National Jamboree in West Virginia and sea kayaking in Maine. Since joining the BSA, Nicholas has learned many life skills that have strengthened his character.
Nicholas’ Eagle project was the renovation of a den and installation of a patio area at Celebrate the Children’s (CTC) Adult facilities. CTC is a non-profit organization that provides education to children and adults with Autism. The “Adult Program” building is a separate facility on the grounds used as a setting for real life classrooms. Life and social skills are practiced to foster independence.
For the project, Nicholas solicited donations from vendors and received most of the supplies from the community’s local businesses. Workdays involved repairing the inside and outside walls of the den and its windows. Upon completion, everything received a new coat of paint. The outdoor patio required preparation of the grounds for laying gravel and steppingstones. Throughout the project Nicholas was responsible to coordinate and supervise volunteers. The project took approximately 180 labor hours.
The new area will provide more room for learning and give a relaxing area for the students. It is beneficial in helping the students address sensory needs and feel more connected to their surroundings.
Nicholas plans to attend Rutgers University majoring in Accounting and Agriculture and Food Systems.