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Aleks Murauskas, Randolph Resident , Achieves Eagle Scout

Aleks with former Scoutmaster Fred Hoffstetter, parent volunteer Cynthia Delane and Advancement Chair Scott Groner.
Aleks Muaraskas

RANDOLPH, NJ- Aleks Murauskas, Randolph resident and former member of Boy Scout Troop 53 of Shongum area received the rank of Eagle Scout at his official Eagle Court of Honor on Saturday, June 10, 2017.  Aleks graduated from Randolph High School in June 2016, awaited his Eagle Court of Honor while he spent last school year studying engineering at McGill University in Canada. Aleks is currently in his 2nd year at McGill University.

Below, is Aleks' account of his Eagle Project. ​

"My Eagle project involved several groups of two to three scouts in a vehicle with an adult. They were each assigned specific routes through Randolph, and recorded the GPS coordinates of any fire hydrant they could find. After all set routes were traveled through, the coordinates were compiled into a single map database layer, which was then be given to fire companies and loaded into their GPS enabled systems. Recording the GPS locations of fire hydrants enables fire companies to more quickly find fire hydrants while en route and plan ahead, therefore, increasing a fire engines ability to save lives and homes from fires. It also helps the water company track the maintenance of fire hydrants. It may not have been the most interesting project, but since our sponsor is the Shongum firehouse, how could I refuse their request. After all, the Eagle project is supposed to be about serving my community, not my own interests.

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I earned my Eagle rank on June 22nd, 2016. I’ve delayed my court of honor nearly a year because I have been in Canada studying engineering at McGill University. My father is from Montreal and graduated from McGill Engineering many, many years ago. I am sort of following in his footsteps in other ways; he too did a lot with Scouts. I will be working at the Mt Allamuchy Scout Reservation for another summer. It may not be the best paying job from a cash perspective but I find it rewarding in so many other ways that I cannot resist going back to be a counselor for one more summer.

All in all, I owe a lot to Scouting as an activity. But I owe just as much to the people it allowed me to meet. The scouts I met along the way, whether they be young or old, have all taught me lessons about myself, and I would not wish to forget any one of them. Every person that Scouting has led me to has improved my life in some way. I am most grateful for my parents that have always supported me, and set me down the path to become the man I now am, and hope to become."

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