Daniel Joseph Scalia, son of Julia Grimes and Joseph Scalia, started his scouting career as a Tiger Scout at Holy Trinity School’s Pack 73. This experience in local, civic and community organizations events laid the foundation for his appreciation of the outdoors and community activities. He bridged to Troop 73 Boy Scouts to continue that tradition.

During the ensuing years he attended several weekend backpacking trips, winter cabin camping, Winnebago Scout Camp for six consecutive summers, canoed the Wading River and spent one week wilderness canoe camping in the Adirondacks. The pinnacle of his scouting outdoor life was achieved in the summer of 2014 during his two week adventure at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico where his crew backpacked over 110 miles at high altitude.

Some other Scouting related accomplishments include: Volunteered for 45.90 hours on service projects (not including his own Eagle project). He camped for 78 nights, hiked a total of 187 miles and canoed over a hundred miles. He earned numerous leadership roles including patrol leader and instructor.He was Senior Patrol Leader for Camp Winnebago. Furthermore, he completed a total of 38 merit badges. Daniel was a consistent top seller for the Christmas plant fundraiser, a Scholar Athlete Scout recipient and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow. He attended the American Legion’s Jersey Boy State in 2017 and participated in a mock state government.Lastly, he earned Eagle Palm Bronze, Eagle Palm Gold and Eagle Palm Silver.

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His Eagle Scout Project was a beautification and enhancement of a memorial garden at the Westfield chapter of the Knights of Columbus in memory of a Knights of Columbus member who had originally wanted this to be a garden for fallen members, but passed away before he was able to complete his plan. Daniel’s project was awarded the BSA Hometown USA Award.

Daniel is currently finishing his senior year at Academy for Information Technology High School in Scotch Plains, where he has been involved in student government, Relay for Life, tour guiding for prospective student and announcing the daily student news. Daniel has been a three season varsity runner for Westfield High School for four years.

He is an active member of St Helen's Parish serving as a peer minister and Passion Play performer. He is an assistant coach for Holy Trinity School running team. He is indebted to his brothers Anthony (who achieved Eagle status in 2016) and Jonathan, his parents and the many adults who championed his success in scouting.

Since 1936, Troop 73 from Holy Trinity Church has advanced 143 scouts to the rank of Eagle. Our community has benefited through these efforts, not only in receiving projects that enhance our neighborhood, but the addition of young men who have grown, and experience 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 Seamus Cunningham at seamusandmichele@gmail.com