READINGTON, NJ - Aidan Beardsley of Readington has earned the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
Aidan received his Eagle Scout Award in a Court of Honor ceremony held last month at Echo Hill Park in Clinton.
A member of Troop 186 in Three Bridges, Aidan’s 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, Aidan crossed over to Troop 186, where he proudly served as Troop Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Senior Patrol Leader, and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.
Aidan earned The Triple Crown of National High Adventure Award after completing a 90-mile hiking trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, a 9-day adventure at Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, and a 10-day canoe voyage at Northern Tier High Adventure Base in Manitoba, Canada. Aidan also was privileged to attend the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia.
In addition to earning the required Merit Badges, Aidan planned, developed, and led a service project to benefit the Woodlands Wildlife Refuge in Pittstown. Aidan’s project consisted of designing and constructing a large climbing structure for black bears to use while they undergo rehabilitation at Woodlands with the goal of releasing the bears into the wild. Aidan and his fellow Scouts and leaders salvaged cedar logs, transported them to the Refuge, and assembled a natural looking structure for the bears to climb. The bear enclosure and climbing structure can be viewed at www.woodlandswildlife.org.
Aidan and his family thank the Scouts, leaders, and friends who assisted him throughout his Scouting career - either with his Eagle project or other Scouting endeavors - and offer a special thanks to friends and neighbors who have helped Aidan and local Scouting with fundraising efforts over the years.
Aidan is a 2019 graduate of Hunterdon Central High School. He is currently studying mechanical engineering at The College of New Jersey.
Three Bridges Boy Scout Troop 186 is chartered by the Three Bridges Reformed Church and has been serving Youth and the community since 1949. The Troop meets at Three Bridges Reformed Church on Main Street in Three Bridges on Tuesdays during the school year from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Troop 186 belongs to the Hunterdon Arrowwood District of the Washington Crossing Council. For more information, email email@example.com