Written by Alexander Howden & Ryan Rauschenberger

Every couple of months Boy Scout Troop 25 of Madison comes together at the Madison Presbyterian Church to celebrate the advancements and accomplishments of its scouts in a Court of Honor. This past Court of Honor in June celebrated the advancements of six scouts who achieved the very pinnacle rank of Eagle Scout.

After proceeding through the normal Court of Honor awards, a special ceremony was carried out to give the distinguished title of Eagle to scouts Connor Bender, Alexander Howden, Liam Bill, Doyle Keane, Douglas Hoeflin, and Ryan Rauschenberger.

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To achieve the rank of Eagle, a scout must earn 21 merit badges and demonstrate both leadership and community service through organizing and executing an Eagle Project. Many of these scouts’ projects were aimed at improving the environment and all of them were within the communities Troop 25 serves.

  • Connor Bender, a Florham Park resident, constructed a trail off of Brooklake Road for locals to enjoy.
  • Florham Park resident Alexander Howden built native species floating islands for Spring Garden Lake to help maintain the well-being of the lake.
  • Liam Bill, a Florham Park resident, constructed a pollinator garden at Spring Garden Lake to benefit the pollinator insects and animals.
  • Madison resident Doyle Keane constructed flower beds and coat racks for the students at the Madison Cooperatives Nursery School.
  • Douglas Hoeflin of Madison built bat boxes at Spring Garden Lake to protect the endangered bat species population.
  • Florham Park resident Ryan Rauschenberger removed a type of invasive species from the Spring Garden Lake, and in their place planted a native species garden.

These scouts continued to work even through the restraints of the pandemic. For example, as SPL, Connor led the transition from in-person meetings to Discord and eventually Zoom. Throughout the pandemic, they continued to work and now their hard effort has finally paid off.

Now, as these scouts move on to the next part of their Scouting journey, the Troop continues forward to develop the next generation of Eagle scouts and new leaders.

For information about Madison Boy Scout Troop 25 or to attend a Troop 25 meeting, call Scoutmaster Philip Deane at (973) 307-7997 or email redpod4@gmail.com.