A walking path used by Washington Elementary school students and their families has been beautified by Westfield High School senior Tristan Orr. Orr, a member of Westfield’s Boy Scout Troop 77, earned his Eagle Scout rank after completing this project.

Tristan worked with the town to remove boulders on the path, which he replaced with flower planters. He then cleared out branches from the path to make it open so that the sun could get through. Finally he cleared debris to create a better environment for all those who use the path.

Orr was awarded the Eagle Scout rank at a Court of Honor held by Troop 77 at St. Paul’s Church, where the troop holds its regular weekly meetings. The Court of Honor was attended by Tristan’s parents and other family members, as well as his fellow scouts and their families.

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The bulk of the work to earn the Eagle Scout rank is in the preparation, planning, and leadership skills involved in the project. Orr first obtained permission from the Westfield town council. Then, coordinating the work required with the council, Tristan led a group of volunteer scouts from his troop in completing the work.

Orr has been involved in scouting for 11 years. To earn the rank of Eagle, he has progressed through Cub Scouts, then the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life Scout. Rank advancement is earned by Scouts who demonstrate outdoor skills essential for scouting, completion of 21 Merit Badges, community service, leadership roles within the troop, and finally the Eagle Scout project.