MONTVILLE, NJ – Two scouts from Troop 74 attained the Eagle rank on Jan. 12, with Cedar Hill Elementary benefiting from their projects.

Richard Deary, IV and Matthew Krase led teams that built a shade structure for the upper field (Deary) and a retaining wall for the school’s new electronic sign (Krase), resulting in their attainment of scouting’s highest rank.

Deary’s project was a structure to allow kids to get out of the sun and sit during recess and gym, making the upper field behind the school more usable for the students and staff of the school.

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As reported in TAPinto Montville here, Krase’s project involved building a wall for the school’s sign. The new sign was installed after a car accident took out the wooden sign that used to be in place. The retaining wall acts as a barrier for the base due to the hilly terrain the school is on.

Representing Cedar Hill, secretary Lauri Schmitt spoke at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor, which was held at St. Pius X Church, and thanked the scouts for their projects. As the mother of three Eagles herself, she said she knew that the scouts had worked hard, and had to have “not only a plan B, but a plan C and D as well.”

Deary said scouting has had a huge influence over his life and that what he learned carrying out his Eagle project will continue to benefit him in the future.

Krase’s parents were pack leaders, and he said he wanted to be a Cub Scout from the time he was three years old.

“Little did I know how much scouting would change my life,” he said. “The merit badge program provides opportunities to learn things that schools don’t teach. I owe so much of who I am today to Boy Scouts.”

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