SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – James Scacifero is Scotch Plains-Fanwood's newest Eagle Scout from BSA Troop 104. His Eagle project was to reconstruct a historical stone wall in the Deserted Village of Feltville in the Watchung Reservation.
"The wall has been covered with fallen trees and leaf litter, and most of the stone has been lost over the years," Scacifero explained.
"Over the course of a month, my volunteers and I were able to restore the 365-foot long wall to its original condition, and improve its features by adding a gravel patch at the base of the wall and creating a sign commemorating its history," said Scacifero, a junior at Union Catholic High School.
Eagle status is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. To earn the rank, a Scout must progress through the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life Scout and earn 21 merit badges or more.
Famous Eagle Scouts include astronauts Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, and James Lovell of Apollo 13 fame, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, former NJ Senator Bill Bradley, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg, President Gerald R. Ford, and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.