SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Has this quarantine led you to re-discovering your local parks: In particular, the little known gem known as Brightwood Park? You may have noticed some improvements that were part of Malcolm Kahora’s Eagle Scout Project completed last fall.

Malcolm, son of Sheila Grimes-Kahora and Ken Kahora, started his scouting career at Holy Trinity School’s Cub Scouts, Pack 73 in fifth grade. However, prior to joining Scouts his youth was marked by regular boating and fishing trips with his grandfather and numerous camping trips with his family. He bridged to Troop 73 to continue exploring the outdoor life with his Scouting brethren.

During the ensuing six years, he attended Winnebago Scout Camp for consecutive summers, several weekend backpacking trips, winter cabin camping, canoed the Wading River, and participated in two separate canoe camping trips in the Adirondacks.

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Some other Scouting related accomplishments include: volunteering 235 hours on service projects (in addition to his own Eagle project). He hiked over 50 miles and canoed a 100+ miles. He earned leadership roles as Patrol Leader, Den Chief for Pack 73, Asst Senior Patrol Leader for Winnebago Camp 2018. Furthermore, he completed a total of 25 merit badges. He was one of the high sellers for the Troop’s Christmas plant fundraiser and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow.

Malcolm earned his Eagle Scout rank on March 18, 2020.  Fun fact, Malcolm was Patriot Path Council’s first-ever Eagle Scout with a virtual Board of Review. Fittingly, as he plans to major in Computer Science at The College of New Jersey this Fall. (See photo)

Through the support of Westfield Town Council, his Eagle Project included improvements at Brightwood Park, where he designed, assembled, and installed a new entrance sign; designed, assembled and installed two doggy bag dispensers at the trailheads. Furthermore, with the help of the Girl Scout Troop 4695, his Troop 73 and family, he resurfaced the trail path with stone dust. This project would not have happened without the support of his parents, uncle Joseph Scalia and cousin Anthony Scalia.

Malcolm is currently finishing his senior year at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains, where he was on Cross Country, Winter and Spring Track teams as well as Volleyball for the high school. He was active in local volleyball club as well as NICA Mountain Bike racing with Princeton Progressive. He is an avid BMX biker. Malcolm is indebted to his family and troop’s members and adult leaders who championed his success in scouting.

On May 31, 2020 Malcolm will join five other Eagle Scouts Peter Munkittrick, Kevin Stokes, Eric Palia, Joshua Lang, and Stephen Jennings for Troop 73 first ever virtual Eagle Scout Court of Honor Recognition.

Since 1936, Troop 73 from Holy Trinity Church has advanced more than 150 scouts to the rank of Eagle. The local community has benefited through these efforts, not only in receiving projects that enhance our neighborhoods, but the addition of young men who have grown, and experienced the value of community service through their personal commitment with every aspect of their volunteerism and community involvement. For more information about Troop 73 visit our website at www.troop73nj.org or contact Scoutmaster Robert Lang at cowboyflint@gmail.com.