UNION, NJ – Jason Curtis Rivera, from Boy Scout Troop 68 earned the rank of Eagle Scout on January 11, 2017.  Friends and family gathered at the First Presbyterian Church of Connecticut Farms on May 13 at his Eagle Court of Honor to celebrate his achievement. 

Rivera, 18, the son of Troop 68 Scout Master, Alex Rivera, has lived in Union his entire life and joined scouting as a cub scout, progressed and became a Boy Scout in Troop 68 in 2010.

Eagle Scout is the highest advancement in Boy Scouting. To earn the rank, a Boy Scout must progress through the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life Scout and earn 21 or more merit badges.  Jason earned 30 merit badges, held various leadership positions, performed over 39 service hours, and went on 98 camping trips.

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Rivera, completed his Eagle Project at The Columbia Club.  His Eagle Scout project included the construction of a play set and a teeter totter within the playground of Columbia Club #4504. There was also a wall near the playground that was washed, painted, and decorated with the Columbia Club’s name. 

“I chose The Columbia Club because it is frequented by dozens of families, whose kids play in the playground all summer long,” said Rivera. “These new additions added a new element of fun to their experience, as well as added safety.”

Jason has also been involved in the award winning Union High School Performing Arts Company. He was a part of the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Best Musical winning company of Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He has also been part of shows like In the Heights, Miss Saigon, Mary Poppins, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Cinderella.  He will be directing his own show, “The Theory of Relativity” in June.