Troop 1 Seekonk
Troop 1 Seekonk’s Newest Eagle Scouts
On Sunday, June 30, 2019 Troop 1 Seekonk held an Eagle Court of Honor for Kenneth Boardman and Casey Merola. They were recognized for their achievements in front of friends, family, scouts and community leaders at the Seekonk Senior Center on Arcade Ave. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program of the Boy Scouts of America. Since its inception in 1911, only 4% of Scouts have earned this rank.
Kenneth J. Boardman, Jr.
Kenny’s Eagle Project was to reshape/resurface the Yellow and Blue Trails behind Seekonk Town Hall. He led a team of volunteers over the course of 3 weekends to rake the trails, widen paths, lay down weed cloth to prevent regrowth, remove and place fallen tree trunks/limbs along paths to create borders, and cover the trails with wood chips. This not only made the trails’ appearance more appealing but made them safer for all visitors to continue to enjoy.
Kenny has earned 32 merit badges, his NOA-Camping Award, Order of the Arrow, attended National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) as a participant and then as a staff member, and has earned both his Bronze and Gold Eagle Palms. It was an honor for him to obtain his Eagle Rank during his last year at Camp Yawgoog last August. All the camping, hiking, canoe adventures/mishaps, and of course Mass Jam 2018 will remain lasting memories of great times with Troop 1 Seekonk.
Kenny graduated from Seekonk High School in May and will be attending New England Institute of Technology this fall enrolled in the Digital Media Production Degree program.
Casey Q. Merola
Casey’s Eagle Project was the construction and installation of two trail map kiosks and the marking of a walking trail for the town of Seekonk. Casey and his volunteers cut, sanded, and stained wood, shingled two roofs, and assembled two kiosks. They installed one at the Newman YMCA trailhead, and the other near Arcade Avenue. They also laid down weed control fabric and stone dust on the trail extending from the Newman YMCA to the back of the fire station. Casey and 24 volunteers contributed a total of 179 hours to complete this project.
During his time with Troop 1, Casey earned 38 merit badges and Bronze, Gold and Silver Eagle Palms. He was inducted into the Order of the Arrow and made Brotherhood. Casey rarely missed a scout trip and recorded well over 100 nights of camping. Because of this, he was able to climb every high point in the northeast while on trips. He attended Camp Yawgoog from 2012-2018, and the highlight of his scouting years was his trip to the National High Adventure Sea Base in Key West, Florida. Casey was also a Cub Scout in Pack 88 from 2007-2012.
At Seekonk High School, Casey was a member of the Audio-Visual and Ski Clubs, and he played trumpet in the Jazz and Symphonic bands. He was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with High Honors in May. Casey will be attending UMass Lowell in the fall and plans to major in Electrical Engineering.