UNION, NJ – Daniel Robert Novak, from Boy Scout Troop 68, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in January, and friends, family, and troop members gathered at the First Presbyterian Church of Connecticut Farms on Sunday to celebrate his Eagle Court of Honor.

The gardens at Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University was the beneficiary of Novak’s Eagle Scout Service Project.  He constructed three stacking stone flower beds, with plants and wildflowers in two of them and English ivy to grow over a tree stump in the third flower bed.  Novak also restored five cast iron benches along the Serpentine Path and purchased a new cast aluminum bench.  Novak also installed 12 sign posts along the Serpentine Path for plaques to be installed by Liberty Hall.

Eagle Scout is the highest advancement in Boy Scouting. To earn the rank, a Boy Scout must progress through the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life Scout to Eagle. 

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During his scouting experience, Novak held many leadership positions including den chief, patrol leader, instructor and Jr. assistant scout master and earned 28 merit badges.  Novak performed over 41 service hours and achieved 73 nights camping.

On becoming an Eagle Scout, Novak said, “it’s an honor.  Scouting has given me so much from the people I’ve met, to the friends I’ve made, the skills I’ve learned, and the morals that I have been taught.  Scouting has shaped, taught and developed me into who I am.”

Novak has received letters of congratulations from former President Jimmy Carter, former President George W. Bush, the National Rifle Association, NASA, The United State Military Academy at West Point, the Blue Angels, Bill Gates, and the National Park Service among many others.