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Three Hasbrouck Heights Boy Scouts Earn Eagle Scout Rank

Hasbrouck Heights Boy Scouts (left to right) Alex Severino, Peter Neumann, and Adrian Kulesza were awarded their Eagle Scout ranks. Credits: Andrea Gaffney

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Boy Scouts, family members, friends, and community leaders gathered on Saturday afternoon at the VFW in Hasbrouck Heights to celebrate not just one but three Boy Scouts from Troop 17 achieving their Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.

Adrian Kulesza

Kulesza began Scouting when he was nine years old and joined Pack 17 as a Wolf. He completed the Cub Scout program and earned all Webelos awards and the Arrow of Light. As a Boy Scout, he attended NoBeBoSco summer camp in Hardwick, Warren County, for three years. He also attended the 2013 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, which draws Scouts from across the country and is held every four years. In the Troop, he held various leadership roles including Quartermaster, Troop Guide, and Ordeal Member of the Order of the Arrow.

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He earned his Eagle rank in May 2017. For his Eagle project, he organized and executed improvements to Woodland Park, including the walking path, and constructing, painting, and installing benches. He oversaw a team of one dozen volunteers that spent three days working in the work.

Peter Neumann

Neumann began is journey in Scouting in the fall of 2006 as a Tiger Cub in Pack 17. He earned all 20 Webelos awards and the Arrow of Light. As a Boy Scout, he has earned 23 merit badges. He attended camp NoBeBoSco from 2011 through 2016. He has also participated various troop activities like the food drives and parades. He also assisted other Eagle Scout candidates with their service projects. In the troop, he served as a Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide and Ordeal Member of the Order of the Arrow.

For his Eagle project, Neumann held a Used Sporting Equipment Drive. Growing up, he participated in both recreational and competitive sports leagues. He realized the high price that sports equipment costs and partnered with the non-profit organization "Let's Play It Forward," which collects sports equipments and distributes it. With the assistance of the Troop, friends and family, he collected over 2,000 pieces of sports equipment.

Alex Severino

Severino started his journey in Scouting as a Tiger Cub in Pack 17 in the fall of 2005. He earned all 20 Webelos awards and the Arrow of the Light. He also earned Parvuli Dei and Ad Altare Dei, the Catholic Awards in Scouting.

As a Boy Scout, he earned 27 merit badges and attended camp NoBeBoSco from 2010 through 2014 and served as a CIT Staff (Counselor in training) in 2014. He also attended the National Scout Jamboree in 2013 with seven other members from the Troop. He served in several leadership positions, including Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader and Troop Guide. He participated in the Hasbrouck Heights food drives as well as the Meadowlands Basket Brigade, and assisted with other Eagle Scout projects for other Scouts.

For his Eagle project, Severino constructed and installed four picnic tables in Indian Lake Park in Little Ferry. He raised the needed funds through donations from individuals and local businesses and organizations. He coordinated with both the Little Ferry Borough Administrator and DPW, and supervised the purchase, construction and installation of the benches in April 2017.

(Andrea Gaffney contributed to this article.)

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