Westborough Scout earns Eagle rank

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Jack Howarth
Jack Howarth

Westborough – Westborough Boy Scout Troop 100 will award the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout to Jack Howarth Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Evangelical Congregational Church of Westborough, the chartering organization for Troop 100.

Howarth crossed over to Boy Scouts in March of 2007 from Cub Scout Pack 100 of Westborough where he earned the Arrow of Light Award. As a Boy Scout, Jack earned 36 merit badges as well as the World Conservation Award. He has held important leadership positions for Troop 100 including walkup coordinator, troop guide, patrol leader, senior patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader.

Howarth was a very active camper on monthly trips in the region as well as national adventure treks. In the summer of 2012, he was one of 12 scouts and adults who traveled to Cimarron, N.M., for the ultimate backpacking expedition at Philmont Scout Reservation. The trek involved over 70 miles of backpacking along the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains.

In 2012, Howarth was elected to the Order of the Arrow and has achieved Brotherhood in the Chippanyonk Lodge. More than 180,000 members strong, the Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s National Honor Society, recognizing Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.

For his Eagle Project, he led a team of volunteers to construct a staircase on a trail in the Bowman Conservation Area that circumnavigates the Westborough reservoir. The steps significantly increase access to a section of trail that previously required a steep climb that could be very challenging even in good weather conditions. These steps provide safe access for many less mobile community members. Over 200 hours of work were required to complete the section of steps which receive heavy use by town residents.

The son of Jill and Patrick Howarth of Westborough, Howarth graduated from Westborough High School in June and is currently attending Fitchburg State University where he is studying media communications.