ROXBURY, NJ - Christopher Merring first joined the scouting organization as a Bobcat in 2008, where he rose through the ranks as a Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos. He earned many service awards and the Arrow of light.
When Merring crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 188 in Landing, he quickly started working on rank requirements to make Scout and Tenderfoot. When it came to work on the first and second class ranks, he earned both in such quick session that he received the badge for the ranks at the same Court of Honor. He earned Star and Life ranks with speed and diligence, making life at 14 years old.
Among the prestigious commendations and things he did in his scouting career: Founding the second Venture Patrol of Troop 188 and being the crew leader when they went to the legendary Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.
He has earned five gold service awards totaling 100-plus community service hours. He set the troop record in merit badges at 56. He is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow and an active member of the Boy Scout Venturing Crew 276 in Byram. He has received immense training in Youth Protection, Wilderness First Aid, CPR/AED, and many more.
When he was patrol leader of the Blue Phoenix Patrol, Merring won the patrol excellence award two years in a row. He has held numerous troop positions including Librarian, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Troop Quartermaster, Axe Yard Instructor, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader.
His Eagle Scout project was definitely a huge and challenging undertaking. Merring took on the challenge to refurbish a World War II 57mm anti-tank gun for the West Orange National Guard Armory.
The project involved moving the cannon to the island in front of the armory, stripping down the original paint to bare metal and repainting the cannon. He also installed paving stones for the cannon to rest on so it can be a small memorial for years to come for those who served and sacrificed for our country. Merring took a year and a half to accomplish this feat. He finished it with sheer grit, determination, luck and a huge help from his father, Chris Sr. He couldn’t have done it without the love and support of his parents, family, friends, and his brother scouts.
Merring, now a senior at Roxbury High School, plans on enlisting in the United States Marine Corp after he graduates.