SOUTHBOROUGH – It’s been a banner year for Boy Scouts of America’s Troop 92.
Eight members of the troop have attained Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the BSA.
Five members of this group took part in a Court of Honor on Jan. 8, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
Sean Desmond, Jackson Harris, Owen Hart, Cameron Jackson and Noah LaBelle joined Jack Tommaney, Nathanial Boy and Nick McEvoy in attaining the rank reached by fewer than 2% of Boy Scouts.
“This is the largest [number of Eagle Scouts] in the troop’s history,” said Assistant Scoutmaster John Tommaney. “The troop was established 30 years ago.”
“We have a pretty large cohort of boys who went through the ranks,” he added.
Some of the new Eagle Scouts said the best part of scouting was in obtaining leadership skills.
“Scouting teaches you a lot of skills,” said Harris. “I picked up a lot of leadership skills I can carry [for later in life].”
“There’s a good connection between older Scouts and younger Scouts,” said Jackson. “Leadership skills are a plus.”
Their Eagle Scout projects
In addition to earning 21 merit badges and assuming leadership positions, Eagle Scout candidates are required to plan and execute a project.
Sean Desmond built a shed at Shifrin Field at Finn Elementary School for use by the Algonquin Baseball and Softball Association. The shed is used for storing various tools and materials required for Little League games.
Jackson Harris refurbished the snack shack at the Eric Green Field at Finn Elementary School.
Owen Hart built a large unit at the entrance of St. Mark’s Parish Hall to store rubbish and recycling bins.
Cameron Jackson built and installed four bat boxes at Neary Elementary School and Trottier Middle School. His idea for the project came in response to the increased risk of West Nile virus and EEE, which often shuts down town fields during the fall sports season.
Noah LaBelle built a community stargazing platform on the field behind Trottier Middle School to provide more opportunities for people to explore night sky watching. The platform is used in tangent with the Southborough Library’s telescope borrowing system.
The other Eagle Scout projects included bird boxes for Breakneck Hill; a new outdoor space at St. Matthew’s; and a new trail that’s part of the Southborough Connector.
For information on Troop 92, visit troop92southborough.webs.com.