EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jacob Iacullo, 15 year old resident of East Brunswick, has been selected for the 2019 Monmouth Council Eagle Service Project of the Year Award.

This award recognizes select Eagle Scout candidates for Eagle Scout service projects that are original and have a long-lasting impact on the community.

The National Eagle Scout Association established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams national Eagle Scout service project of the year award (ESSPY) to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by an Eagle Scout candidate to a religious institution, a school, community or other entity through completion of an Eagle Scout project. Regional ESSPY recipients are selected by each council’s regional NESA scholarship committee. Regional recipients will receive $500, to be available for their future educational purposes or to attend a national or international Scouting event or facility. (Local council will also receive a $500 award.)

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Jacob, along with fellow scouts and community members, constructed two artificial bee nesting habitats or “bee hotels” as part of his Eagle Scout service project.

The long term goal of a bee hotel is to increase the beneficial bee population in the area. They are each located in East Brunswick Community Garden and Great Oak Park respectively.

Jacob worked with The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission to develop his Eagle Scout service project. Only one in forty boys enrolled in scouting achieve the rank of Eagle.

Jacob is the 84th member of Troop 223 to earn the highest honor of scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout.

For more information on joining the Boy Scouts of America and East Brunswick Troop 223 please visit https://www.troop223nj.com/