MILLBURN, NJ - At the end of its scouting year, Millburn Boy Scout Troop 17 honored three of its members for acheiving the highest ranking in the organization.

Shikhar Gurung, Rahul Patel and Arjun Patel, all juniors at Millburn High School and members of Troop 17, were presented with the Eagle Scout Award. Since 1945, Troop 17, which is chartered through Saint Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills, has had over 130 Scouts earn the rank of Eagle.  

For his project, Gurung volunteered at the Valley Settlement House in West Orange to teach children computer coding. Additionally, Gurung raised $3,000 for a school in Nepal damaged by a 2015 earthquake. As part of his project, Gurung will be traveling there this summer to help the school set up a multimedia library.  

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Rahul Patel worked with the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills and the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit to build solitary observatory bee boxes. Solitary bees are those that are not social and do not live in colonies. Patel also worked to write informational articles to help educate the public about how they can help solitary bees.

And Arjun Patel, completed his Eagle Scout project by creating maps, signposts and bog bridges in the South Mountain Reservation. By working to build the trail exploration infrastructure and resoureces, Patel looked to improve the accuracy of the maps and help people stay on the trails, thereby preserving the reservation and local flora and fauna.

All three scouts were awarded at the ceremony. Additionally, the formation of a new troop, also based out of St. Rose, was celebrated. Troop 19 was recently established after the Boy Scouts of America national organization made the decision to open the program to girls. At the ceremony, Troop 19’s Scoutmaster, Mr. Daniel Cannon, and its eight founding members were formally recognized.