By Cindy Zomar, Education Coordinator
MARLBOROUGH – Codey Daly will be recognized on Sunday, June 27 at the Troop 41 Eagle Scout Court of Honor as having earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts of America’s highest achievement.
Only a small percentage of scouts display the commitment and dedication necessary to complete the rigorous requirements demanded for this honor. But Daley has done just that.
To become an Eagle Scout, the scout must have earned at least twenty-one merit badges, been a Life Scout for at least six months, and conceptualized and organized a community service project demonstrating leadership skills.
Choosing the service project
Baseball has been a big part of Daly’s life, having started playing on Marlborough teams when he was just five. So, it seemed a natural conclusion that his Eagle Scout community service project should somehow benefit youth baseball in the city.
“At first, I thought about rebuilding the staircase at Stevens Park, but there were too many permits required,” Daly recalled. “Then I looked at the peeling paint on the snack shack and the graffiti on the Conex storage container and decided to power-wash and paint them instead.”
With the help of family and just two other scouts (COVID-19 restrictions made gatherings difficult at that time), the Stevens Park Babe Ruth facility was given two new coats of bright orange and black paint.
Owns Daly Landscaping
Daly recently graduated from the House Carpentry program at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, the Engineering Academy and the Principal’s Leadership Team.
He was also treasurer of the Student Council.
Through Assabet, Daly has held a cooperative education job with Valois Home Improvements out of Shrewsbury, doing remodeling work since February 2020. “We had to stop for about a month due to COVID, but started right back in, and I’ve been working there two days a week ever since,” he explained.
Daly also is the proud owner of his own company, Daly Landscaping, mowing about sixteen lawns each week.
“I have a couple patio jobs right now, too, and just bought myself a John Deere tractor,” he said.
A family calling
The call to service and the allure of baseball are Daly family traditions.
His father, Michael, serves as President of the Babe Ruth League in Marlborough, and his older brother, Corey, earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2017, building forty cubbies in the Stevens Street dugouts for players to hold their helmets and hang their bags.