SPARTA, NJ - On Sunday, January 21, 2018 Scouts, parents and friends of Boy Scout Troop 150, along with members of the Sparta community, gathered at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church to celebrate the eight of the Troop’s newest Eagle Scouts.  Buddy Al-Aydi, Tyler Holden, Andreas Oleinyk, Ben Schultz, Erich Schwarzrock, Quinn Van Es, Zach Van Es and Chris Zachok attained the rank of Eagle by first completing the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life, then successfully planning, fundraising, and carrying out a service project that benefited their community.

Zach Van Es earned his Eagle badge on October 6, 2014.  For his project he created “first night” bags filled with supplies and toiletries for the homeless for the Hope through Care women’s shelter in Clifton, NJ. He served as an Instructor at Troop 150 and is currently a junior at Sparta High School.

Schwarzrock earned Eagle on February 1, 2017.  His project consisted of the construction of 3 large raised planting beds at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church to help grow fresh vegetables for the food pantry.  Schwarzrock served as Quartermaster in the Troop and is a senior at Sparta High School, where he’s a member of the National Honor Society.

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Quinn Van Es earned his Eagle on February 23, 2017.  He conducted a Child Safety Awareness Day in Sparta that included a child fingerprinting program for his Eagle project.  He was a Senior Patrol Leader in the Troop, and is a senior at Sparta High School, where he is President of the National Honor Society.

Holden earned his Eagle on June 18, 2017.  His project consisted of the removal and replacement of the main sign at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Franklin.  Holden has served as an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and is a senior at Sparta High School.

Zachok earned his Eagle on September 25, 2017.  His Eagle project involved reconstructing to historic standards the original fencing around the vegetable garden at the Sparta Historical Society Van Kirk Homestead.  Zachok served as a Patrol Leader in the Troop and is a senior at Sparta High School.

Oleinyk earned his Eagle on October 25, 2017.  For his project he created an interpretive walking path, including directional signs and a small bridge, at the Sparta Historical Society Van Kirk Homestead.  Oleinyk has served as Lead Instructor for the Troop and is a senior at Sparta High School.

Schultz  earned his Eagle on November 1, 2017.  His Eagle project consisted of constructing a paver walkway leading to the outdoor pavilion at Sparta United Methodist Church. Schultz served as a Troop Instructor and is a senior at Sparta High School.

Al-Aydi earned his Eagle on December 21, 2017.  For his project he constructed 3 concrete benches and planted 3 shade trees along the walking path at White Lake Fields. Al-Aydi has served as a Troop Instructor and is a senior at Sparta High School, where he is a member of the National Honor Society.

Life Scout Anthony Lombardo was the master of ceremony for the afternoon and Star Scout Alex Pegher provided some fun reflections on the Scouts’ adventures together, including treks at Sabattis Adventure Camp in the Adirondacks and the West Highland Way in Scotland.  Certificates were presented to the Scouts by the Sparta VFW Post #7248 and Mayor Joshua Hertzberg, and the Eagle Scouts thanked their fellow Scouts, Troop leaders, family and friends who have helped them throughout their Scouting career, and especially with their Eagle projects.

Troop 150 is chartered and meets at Sparta United Methodist Church Monday nights at 7 p.m.