RANDOLPH, NJ- On November 3, 2019, at Saint Matthew the Apostle Church in Randolph, two members of Randolph BSA (Boy Scouts of America) Troop 109 were honored for reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. Pierce Laing (age 13) of Randolph Middle School and Christian Geuther (age 16) of Randolph High School both achieved the rank of Eagle and were presented proclamations from NJ Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, Randolph Mayor Jim Loveys and Morris County Sheriff James Gannon.
Laing attained the rank of Eagle on June 18, 2019 after completing his Eagle Project, which was to relocate a broken flagpole at his youth football field where he has played for 9 seasons. The flag was leaning badly and obstructed by trees; therefore, players couldn’t see the flag during the National Anthem.
Laing took the opportunity to relocate the flagpole, added solar lights for better nighttime visibility and installed a large paver patio with benches dedicated to five local youth football coaches. These five volunteer coaches dedicated many years to the program, teaching players discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Laing totaled 422 service hours completing this project.
Geuther attained the rank of Eagle on July 15, 2019 after completing his Eagle Project, in which he delivered a conservation project to benefit the ecosystem, neighborhood, community and town. The objective was to sustain a suburban habitat for honeybee pollination, attracting butterflies, birds, hummingbirds, insects and bats that are intended to compliment the ecology of a pond, bordering stream and woods within a 1.25-acre area.
Guether designed and built a sanctuary that contained eight bird houses, a mounted bat house, a garden with native perennials and a bee pollinator box. These welcomed additions, along with abundant trimming and clean-up have added significant environmental value and a welcomed view as attested by neighbors and community officials.
The project was dedicated to the first families that developed the area in the 1950’s, “Musiker Acres”. Guether totaled 199 service hours completing his project.
Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program. Since its inception in 1911, only four percent of Scouts have earned this rank after completing a lengthy review process.
The Eagle Scout rank has been earned by only 29 members in Troop 109’s history. The Eagle Scout must demonstrate Scout Spirit based on the Scout Oath and Law, service to others and leadership. An Eagle must earn at least 21 merit badges which includes; Camping, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Cooking, Emergency Preparedness, Lifesaving, Environmental Science, Sustainability, Family Life, First Aid, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Swimming, Hiking and Cycling.
Scouts that attain the rank of Eagle Scout carry this distinction with them the reminder of their lives; “Once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout”. Also honored at the ceremony were the mothers of the Eagle Scouts, Kristine Laing and Jennifer Geuther, who received seven red roses as a symbol of the seven ranks of Scouting. The mothers are traditionally honored, in addition to the Eagle Scouts, for their unique involvement with their sons Scouting journey.
Troop 109 Scoutmaster, Andre Chabanel, presented Pierce and Christian with an American Flag which was flown over the capital building in Washing DC, in their honor, at the direction of Congresswoman Mikie Sherril. Several special awards were presented to Pierce and Christian from Sons of The American Revolution, Veterans of the Civil War, Randolph Bulldogs Youth Football and Morris County Park Police.