Meet Troop 1 Seekonk’s Newest Eagle Scouts
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program of the Boy Scouts of America. Since its inception in 1911, only 8% of Scouts have earned this rank.
This summer, Troop 1 Seekonk is proud to celebrate our scouts who have earned the prestigious Eagle rank during the pandemic, including the following 3 scouts who call East Providence their hometown.
Each Eagle Scout is required to propose, manage, and complete an Eagle Scout project of their choice. During these service projects scouts demonstrate leadership to others while putting into practice various skills they’ve learned over their scouting careers. We are thankful for these scouts and the projects they’ve completed for our community.
Michael’s Eagle Project was the construction and installation of flag retirement boxes at Seekonk American Legion and Mount Saint Charles Academy. These boxes are publicly available to drop off flags that need to be retired. Although the two boxes look nothing alike, they both serve to bring American flags from local communities in for a proper retirement by our troop.
Michael has earned 36 Merit Badges and Order of the Arrow: Brotherhood. He has also earned his Bronze, Gold and Silver Eagle Palms and attended NYLT. Michael joined Cub Scouts Pack 88 Rumford as a tiger, and attended for all 5 years, then later came back as a Den Chief for 3 more.
Michael’s favorite trips to go on were the bike, canoeing, and white-water rafting trips in the summer. These were always awesome trips he looked forward to months in advance. Michael had the opportunity to go on a high adventure trip to Florida Sea Base. This was one of the most unique and memorable trips ever. He wants all the scouts to know “If you ever get a chance to go on high adventure, DO IT!”.
He is looking forward to attending Western New England University in the upcoming years as an Information Technology student. Michael is a member of the WNE Drumline, campus food committee, and Applied Computer Machinery clubs.
Andrew’s Eagle Project was the construction of a path and mulch circle at Seekonk Congregational Church Fall River Avenue. A team of volunteers cleared and mulched the path and circle. They also installed fences along the side of the path. This path allows those with mobility concerns to get up to the raised level on the church’s property.
During his years in scouting, Andrew has earned 22 merit badges, joined the Order of the Arrow, and participated in many scout outings. He enjoyed all of the camping, canoeing, hiking and white-water rafting trips he went on and especially enjoyed going to Yawgoog.
Andrew graduated from East Providence High School in 2021 and is currently attending the University of Rhode Island for Electrical Engineering.
For the longest time, Matt had wanted to work on a historical cemetery as his Eagle Project. In his three years as a Life Scout, a lot of his time was given to finding the right location. He searched all across Rhode Island, using the cemetery database made public by the RI Historical Cemeteries Commission (he would like to thank the Commission for their endless support of his project). After searching over 5000 cemeteries, he chose one in Scituate, known as SC119, as the location of his project. He and 12 volunteers focused on clearing the area of poison ivy, outstanding roots, tree stumps, and dirt mounds; they used D/2 Biological Solution to safely and effectively clean the gravestones of their mold and rot. Overall, he spent 34.5 hours planning, preparing, and executing the project – with over 70 community service hours collectively given to volunteers.
In Scouts, he has earned some interesting merit badges, including Personal Finance, Plumbing, Citizenship in the Nation, and many more. Matt received honors such as being elected to the Order of the Arrow, being elected as Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 1, and more. He says he’s learned the frustrations of leadership, discipline, responsibility, and commitment. He’s also been on incredible journeys, had many highs and few lows. Matt has seen the tops of mountains and been in countless forests. He’s experienced happiness and sadness, joy and anger, understanding and confusion. He has gone through all the motions of being a kid and has matured to a functional adult. As he prepares for his career as an industrial welder, he will use all the lessons that he learned from Scouts and will not soon forget what it has taught him.
We wish our Eagle Scouts all the best in their future endeavors!
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