NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley Scout Troop 147, sponsored by the Franklin Reformed Church, held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on December 17, 2019 to present Scouting's highest award to six Scouts, Anish Kumar, Edward Greig, Jake Shoemaker, Scott Bolton Jr., Anthony Gola, and Aakash Patel.
Senior Patrol Leader Anish Kumar opened the evening ceremony by leading the Scouts, parents, and guests in the flag salute with the help of new Scouts. This was followed with the Scouts reciting the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
Reverend Jill Fenske, Pastor of the Franklin Reformed Church, gave the invocation and also thanked the Scouts for the Eagle Scout service project three of the Eagles did that benefited the church.
This was followed by new Senior Patrol Leader Anish Kumar taking the Oath of Office from outgoing SPL Jake Shoemaker. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Archer St. Amant, and Patrol Leaders Ethan Wanko, Joseph O'Halloran, and Ryan Liu also took their Oath of Office for their leadership positions.
Scoutmaster Mike DeCarlo then presented Scout rank certificates to David Crecco and Clark St. Amant for Second Class Rank; Sumedh Ameti for Tenderfoot Rank; and Jacob Vazquez, Jeffrey Quinn, and Aiden Rosales for Scout Rank.
Troop Committee Chairman Mike Groome then opened the Eagle Scout Court of Honor and asked the new Eagle Scouts to come forward with their parents to receive their Eagle medal which was pinned to their son's uniform by their proud mother.
Each Eagle Mom and Dad received a miniature Eagle pin which they agreed to wear proudly.
Letters and commendations were received by the new Eagle Scouts from President Donald Trump, Senator Robert Menendez, Member of Congress Mikie Sherrill, NJ Governor Phil Murphy, Nutley Mayor Joe Scarpelli, and Northern New Jersey Scout Council Officials. Citations from the American Legion, BPO Elks, West Point Military Academy, Dept. of the Air Force, US Navy's Blue Angels, NASA, National Park Service, and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
Eagle Scout Anish Kumar, a Nutley High School Junior, earned Eagle in April and also received a Bronze Palm for having earned five merit badges beyond the 21 required for Eagle Scout. His Eagle Service Project involved the beautification landscaping at the Nutley Family Service Bureau where he led five Scouts and two adults totaling 138 hours of work. Anish has served as a Patrol Leader, Den Chief, Troop Guide, and is currently the Senior Patrol Leader, the highest boy leadership position in the Troop, where he recently took the Oath of Office from outgoing SPL Jake Shoemaker.
Eagle Scout Edward Greig graduated Nutley High School in June and is currently a Freshman at Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts where he is majoring in Interactive Media and Design/Computer Science. Ed went through his Eagle Board of Review in June and he has also earned the Gold Palm for 10 merit badges beyond the 21 required for Eagle. His Eagle Scout Service Project involved the storage room improvement at his church, the Academy at St. Mary's in Rutherford, NJ, where he led eight youth members and one adult totaling 102 hours of work. Ed has served as a Patrol Leader and Instructor in the Troop.
Eagle Scout Jake Shoemaker, a Senior at Seton Hall Prep, earned Eagle Scout with a Bronze Palm in June. Jake's Eagle Scout Service Project was dismantling the cemented in unused playground equipment and border fence at the Franklin Reformed Church Community House in Nutley to allow the church better use of the area. He led 16 Scouts and seven adults totaling 61 hours of work. Jake has served as a Den Chief, Patrol Leader, and for the past two years as the Troop's Senior Patrol Leader, the top boy leadership position in the Troop. Jake attended the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia in 2017.
Eagle Scout Scott Bolton Jr. is a Senior at Chapel Hill Academy in Lincoln Park, NJ. He earned his Eagle medal in August with a Silver Palm for 15 merit badges beyond the 21 required for Eagle. His Eagle Scout Service Project was the renovation and cleanup of the courtyard at the Franklin Reformed Church Community House in Nutley where he led six Scouts and six adults totaling 71 hours of work. Scott has served as a Troop Quartermaster and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. He is also employed at Trader Joe's in Clifton, NJ where he works after school and evenings.
Eagle Scout Anthony Gola graduated Nutley High School in June and is currently a Freshman at Caldwell University majoring in Sports Management. He earned the Eagle Scout Award in October, with the Silver Palm for 15 merit badges beyond the 21 required for Eagle. Anthony's Eagle Scout Service Project was the improvement of the Nutley High School Athletic Fieldhouse at DeMuro Park in Nutley, NJ. He led two youth members and three adults totaling 52 hours of work. Anthony has served as Troop Scribe, Patrol Leader, and recently as the Order of the Arrow (the National Boy Scout Honor Society) Troop Representative for the past three years. Anthony's Uncle Frank Ventura Jr. who had earned Eagle Scout in 1987 under then Scoutmaster Al Welenofsky was here to see his nephew receive his Eagle Medal.
Eagle Scout Aakash Patel is a Senior at Nutley High School. He earned his Eagle Medal with Bronze Palm in November. His Eagle Scout Service Project was the improvement and repair of the side entrance of the Franklin Reformed Church's 96 year old Community House in Nutley. Aakash led 10 Scouts and two adults totaling 88 hours of work.
The six Eagle Scouts totaled 512 hours of community service work in completing one of the requirements for Eagle Scout, namely to plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or the community.
All six new Eagle Scouts are also members of the Order of the Arrow, the National BSA Honor Society.
Each new Eagle Scout, after receiving their Eagle Medal, acknowledged their award by thanking the many people who helped and guided them on their long journey to this highest award, attained by only six percent of Scouts nationally, in the Boy Scouts of America. The Eagle Scouts also added a fond memory account of their time in the Troop plus a challenge for younger Scouts to attain this high honor.
In the 99 Year history of Troop 147, 132 Scouts have earned the Eagle Scout Rank.
Committee Chairman Mike Groome then recognized and thanked the many adults who helped the Troop in the past year.
Senior Patrol Leader Anish Kumar then led the Scouts in the closing with the Scout Benediction which was followed by refreshments prepared by the Scout parents and the Eagle Scout decorated cake provided by Scout parent Donna Shoemaker, A Secret Santa gift and White Elephant gag gift sharing ended the holiday festivities.