SPARTA, NJ – The families of Troop 95 held a Court of Honor last month to share and celebrate the achievements of the scouts. Meeting in the all purpose room at Helen Morgan, the event began with a Color Guard salute.
Scout James Ilardi acted as host of the event, moving through the agenda announcing the scouts who achieved the next rank as well as the badges they earned. The evening was remarkable on two counts; once scout’s tremendous accomplishment and a proclamation delivered by Sparta’s Mayor.
Eagle Scout Ryan McQuillan did not rest after achieving Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank. He continued to work and earned all 138 badges a scout can earn. Ilardi announced McQuillan has earned seven Silver Palms and one Gold Palm in his quest to complete the task. McQuillan is part of the Civil Air Patrol and has done missionary work around the world. He has attended two national Jamoborees, served at summer camp and is a member of the Order of the Arrow.
Mayor Molly Whilesmith joined Ilardi and the other scouts at the podium to read a township proclamation honoring the troop’s 57th anniversary. The troop was chartered to Sparta VFW Post 7248 on March 1, 1962. The troop meets at 7:30 p.m. on Monday nights at the Helen Morgan School.
“The leadership of this troop does a great job moving the scouts from rank to rank,” Whilesmith said. She added her advice to “get your Eagle done before cars and girls,” garnered a few laughs from the parents in attendance.
According to Troop leader Donald Fowler the troop can count more than 100 Eagles in their history. Looking ahead, Sparta VFW will be chartering an all girl troop 1095 according to Fowler. Anyone interested in joining the troop can go to their website.
After all recognition was handed out and announcements made, scouts enjoyed a pizza dinner.