READINGTON, NJ. - Readington Township resident Kyle Barrett has earned the Eagle Scout Award, the highest Boy Scouts of America rank.

He received the award in a Court of Honor ceremony Nov. 30 in Clinton.

Barrett is a member of Troop 186 in Three Bridges, and his scouting career began when he joined Cub Scout Pack 182 as a Tiger Scout in 2007. After earning his Arrow of Light Award as a Webelos Scout, he moved to Troop 186, serving as a troop patrol leader, troop instructor and junior assistant scoutmaster.

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Barrett has earned 31 merit badges, as well as the Bronze and Gold Palm.

For his service project, Barrett planned and led fellow scouts in building and replacing outdoor benches for Hackettstown Medical Center. He had to fundraise to raise money to purchase the expensive mahogany wood and other materials to make the benches last outdoors. Then, with his fellow scouts and family members, he had to cut the wood, build each bench and stain and polyurethane each bench.

The benches were then delivered to the hospital, and are now outside the emergency department.

Barrett, a 2019 graduate of Hunterdon Central Regional High School, is studying at Stockton University, and is pursuing a degree in exercise science, and ultimately a doctorate in physical therapy.