FLORHAM PARK, NJ- Local resident William Alexander Schwartz was honored at the Florham Park Borough Council Meeting for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in local Boy Scout Troop 34.

Making it to Eagle Scout is no small feat. First of all, there is no guarantee that any Boy Scout will attain this rank. In fact, only about five percent of all boy scouts make it to eagle according to the National Eagle Scout Association. This award represents the pinnacle of all that scouting has to offer.

“I was privileged and honored to attend the Eagle Scout honor guard a couple of Sundays ago,” said Mayor Mark Taylor. “Tonight I would like to give to William a recognition from the town and the mayor for the honor of making Eagle Scout.”

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The recognition is worthy considering the award of Eagle Scout is a performance-based achievement and has kept lofty standards for acceptance since its inception in 1912. To achieve this rank a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. Included in this process are a minimum of 21 merit badges spanning from First Aid to Personal Management and Environmental Science. The applicant must also show a dedication to service through the participation in service projects and leadership positions.

Schwartz now joins an elite family of more than two million Boy Scouts who have achieved this honor.

 “I would just like to say thank you to everyone in troop 34 and all of scouting,” Schwartz said after the meeting. “It has been a great experience and my life would be so different if I hadn’t done it.”