Boy Scout Troop 77, chartered by the Vestry of St. Paul’s Church in Westfield, at an Eagle Court of Honor on Sunday, March 26, recognized four scouts who have achieved the Eagle Scout rank: Harrison Bailey, Matthew DeBenedetto, Philip Lizzo and Mark Kostyack.

 It takes quite a bit to become an Eagle Scout, and these scouts  earned 21 merit badges, demonstrated leadership within the troop and successfully planned and completed a service project within the community. In addition, the character of the candidates was confirmed by their parents, teachers, employers, neighbors and religious advisors.

Troop 77 has, over the last four years, had 13 scouts achieve the rank of Eagle. At the moment, five more of their scouts are working on their Eagle projects, and they expect that most, if not all, of them will complete their Eagle Rank by the end of this school year, to be recognized at our June Court of Honor.

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There are many notable Eagle Scouts, including President Gerald Ford, the astronauts Neil Armstrong and James Lovell, Sam Walton of Walmart and many others.

Troop 77 is actively recruiting for new scouts.  No prior experience in scouting is necessary and any boy ages 11 to 18 may join the troop.  They will hold an open house at their May 1 Troop Meeting, and anyone who’s interested in attending can contact Troop Committee Chairman Gary Schwartz at or our Scoutmaster John Lizzo at