SPARTA, NJ – Girl Scout Gold Award and Eagle Scouts filled the council chambers on Tuesday night for special recognition by the Township Council.
Three boy scout troops and a girl scout troop were represented, as the scouts and their leaders received proclamations and a gift from Mayor Gil Gibbs on behalf of the township.
Gibbs announce each scout and invited them to speak about their projects:
Girl Scout Troop 715: Elizabeth Battoni – promoted healthy relationships through workshops and social media video
Boy Scout Troop 82:
Brenden Brusberg – created a brick walkway at the Sparta Historical Society to access the reconstructed cupola
Garrett Potter – created an outdoor patio for the Sterling Hill Mining Museum at Ogdensburg
Boy Scout Troop 95:
Will Nicholas – build a pergola at the Sparta VFW
Will Somma – did a large landscaping project at Our Lady of Grace Shrine at Reverend Brown School
Matt Salerno - built 25 benches that convert into a half picnic table for a church in Haiti
Brian Schoch – build benches for the learning garden at the Alpine Elementary School
Stephen Campana – rebuilt the patio and repainted the stairs at the Sparta Historical Society (Campana was unable to attend the meeting as he was at college)
From Troop 150:
Tyler Holden – removed and replaced main sign for Immaculate Conception Church in Franklin
Andreas Oleinyk – created an interpretive walking path that included directional signage and a small bridge at the Sparta Historical Society (Oleinyk was unable to attend the meeting as he is at college.)
Ben Schultz – constructed a paver walkway from the parking lot to a pavilion at Sparta Methodist Church
Erich Schwarzrock – constructed three large raised vegetable gardening beds for the Shephard of the Hills Lutheran Church’s Food pantry
Sam Suhoke – replaced flooring at Sparta VFW including removing old flooring, leveling concrete subfloor and installing new wood floor (Suhoke was unable to attend as he is at college)
Quinn Van Es – planned and held a Child Safety Awareness day that included a child fingerprinting program
Chris Zachok – reconstructed to historical standards the original fencing around the vegetable garden at the Sparta Historical Society
Christopher Hakkenberg from Troop 850 in Laffayette now Troop 150 Mulched the sunken garden at Lake Mohawk and built a kiosk box next to the bridge for the Lake Mohawk Preservation Socitey to post notices about the ecology of the lake.
Frank Wood recently became Scout Master for Troop 82. They currently have 14 boys, meet at the First Presbyterian Church and camp every other month.
Troop 95 is sponsored by the Sparta VFW though they meet at Helen Morgan School, according to Scout Master Donald Fowler. The troop has 37 scouts and camp each month. They plan to go on two high adventure trips this summer.
Troop 150 Scout Master Joe Fucito spoke on behalf of the troop that meets and is chartered by Sparta United Methodist Church. The troop currently has 50 boys and camps every month. The troop just raised $8,000 for their annual adopt a family holiday shopping event to provide gifts for more than 44 families -200 area people Fucito said.
There are 265 girl scouts in Sparta from kindergarten through grade 12 according to Betty Garger, CEO of Girl Scouts of North Jersey and Sparta resident.
“It’s great to have so many scouts and volunteer leaders in Sparta,” Garger said.