MORRIS COUNTY, NJ - The Morris County Freeholders recently honored two Eagle Scouts during a a Freeholder Board Meeting on July 8. Eric Joseph Warga, Troop 118 of Denville along with John Stephen Madaras IV, Troop 236 of Schooley’s Mountain were recognized for their efforts to "improve the communities in which they live, and to make this county a better place to live".
Both scouts were challenged to find a project that would benefit the community and an organization other than boy scouts. John Madaras worked with the nature Conservancy to construct a bird blind in the Budd Lake area, on the banks of the Raritan River. Eric Warga constructed a storage shed for the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morristown.
"I first got involved with the pantry while doing service hours for a lower scout rank. My Grandfather, Bob Zebick, worked for the pantry doing food deliveries and I got involved through him", stated Warga. "While I was doing service hours at the pantry, I learned that the pantry would be moving to a new location soon. When it came time for me to do my project, I sat down with some people from the food pantry and talked about opportunities for a project. They suggested the garden shed because they wanted to build the garden but the shed had to be done first".
In addition to the building of the shed, Warga raised $5,500 for the needed materials. After 7 years as a scout, Warga hopes to give back to scouts by volunteering within the organization. His future plans include college where he hopes to study biomedical or chemical engineering.