RARITAN, TWP, NJ - Joe O'Brien, of Raritan Township, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in a court of honor ceremony held at Echo Hill Park, in Clinton, Sept. 21.

O'Brien, a senior at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, is the strategy lead for the Hunterdon Central robotics team, and captain of the academic team.

O'Brien has been a member of troop 186, in Three Bridges, since 2013, and completed all of the pre-requisites for the eagle rank, earning 31 merit badges, entitling him to wear the gold and silver palm awards as well.

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The Eagle Scout project was the creation of a prayer garden at his church, St. Magdalene De Pazzi, in Flemington. The effort required clearing and grading the ground, moving trees, building fences, landscaping the area and installing granite benches and stone tiles for flooring.

O'Brien completed the work in August 2018, and it involved more than 30 boys and took several hundred volunteer hours to complete.

In addition, O'Brien also received the Triple Crown of National High Adventure Award, which is earned by completing a 90-mile hike through the mountains of New Mexico at Philmont Scout Reservation, an eight-day sailing adventure from Seabase in the Florida Keys and a 10-day canoe journey at Northern Tier High adventure base in Manitoba, Canada.

Nationally, less than 4 percent of all scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

The troop is chartered by the Three Bridges Reformed Church, and has been serving the community since 1949. The troop meets at the Three Bridges Reformed Church on Tuesdays during the school year from 7 p.m. to 8:30 pm.

For additional information, please e-mail  Information@readington186.mytroop.us.