FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Five members of Franklin Township’s Boy Scout Troop 154 received commendations from the Township Council on Tuesday for earning the status of Eagle Scout. The Scouts that were honored were Albert Kraus, Joseph Richter, Brandon M. Belyk, Adam Timari, and Brandon Chesner. 

According to the National Eagle Scout Association site only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earn this distinction. Beyond providing leadership in their Troop and working to live by the Scout Law, a key requirement to reach the Eagle Scout rank is that a scout do a community service project. 

“It’s not just about one project or one year, this is many many years of dedication to the community to each other, and to the Scouting spirit,” said Councilman James Vassanella (Ward 5). 

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Albert Kraus’s project was the clearing away of the old Little League sign and replacing it with a new one, and landscape work for the entrance of the playing fields. Kraus’s work should give the communities of Franklin Township and Bound Brook (both towns use the fields) a more aesthetically pleasing view. 

“I am grateful that I was able to culminate everything into something that’s very special to me and that is very special to my peers, friends, and family,” said Kruas. “I am glad that I could give back by earning this rank and by showing what Boy Scouts are able to do.” 

Adam Timari’s project entailed structural and cosmetic improvements to Somerset Presbyterian Church. Timari created a walkway to make the courtyard handicap accessible, painted columns, added in new mulch, and built a wooden cross for the prayer garden. Due to his efforts Somerset Presbyterian Church can now use space that wasn’t being used. 

“It feels really nice to get recognized for this honor,” said Timari. “Most importantly, I learned to work together with others and trust my abilities.”  

Brandon Chesner’s project benefitted the Hillsborough township senior center, he built a bocce court and horseshoe pit for the senior’s to play. Chester used left over dirt to divert drain water from the backyard of the center.

“I really grew as a person during this whole experience, I gained leadership and confidence in myself, ability to speak in front of people,” said Chesner. “I learned many new skills and gained new interest and appreciation for the outdoors.” 

Brandon M. Belyk installed a new Pergo floor over the they old floor at Oak Springs Girls Scout Camp’s nature center. Belyk’s main goal was to create a safer and more accessible environment at the nature center. In addition to the new floor he added door transitions and molding to help him achieve his goal. 

“I am proud that I was able to stick with scouts the whole time and get this ring finally,” said Belyk. “It is also nice to be recognized.”

Joseph “Joey” Richter’s project was to organize and participate in the beautification of a senior citizen picnic grove. For the project Richter had to coordinate the addition of a new sign, the placement of 21 tons of gravel, planting new plants, and refurbishing picnic tables. 

“Realizing that others are recognizing that Eagle Scout is really important is something to be proud of,” said Richter. “It is the same as a high achievement.”

Boy Scout Troop 154 also had the honor of performing a flag ceremony and leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Bryce G. of Franklin Middle School also sang the National Anthem. 

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