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On Thursday, August 15, Troop 10 celebrated an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for seven of their recent Eagle Scouts at Powers Hall in the Town Hall. Those Eagle Scouts included Cyrus Kurd, Justin Rocco Ochalla, Andrew McCaffrey Atallah, Kevin Patrick Grady, Andrew Patsios, Daniel Stephen Habermas and Nicholas Peter Savage.
Scoutmaster John Reichard of Troop 10 Needham described The Eagle Scout Award as the highest recognition offered by the National Council of Scouting. He went on to say that only six percent of all of those enrolled in the Scouting program in the United States earn Eagle Scout. These scouts each earned a minimum of 21 merit badges, progressed through leadership roles within the troop, took part in 12-plus hours of service projects, led other Scouts in an Eagle Scout Project helpful to the community, and demonstrated the values and traits laid out in the Scout oath and law.
“One of the absolute best parts of my role as senator is to recognize and lift up people who strengthen our communities in their own ways,” said State Senator Becca Rausch, who was on hand to celebrate the Eagle Scouts. “It is particularly wonderful to get to do this when the people displaying their deep commitments to our community are young people.”
Troop 10 Assistant Scoutmaster Gregg Duthaler and Troop 10 Committee Chair Ken Horton described each Eagle project and talked about each Eagle from their earliest days on Scout trips, during service projects, at troop meetings, and at summer camp - participating, teaching, helping, leading. They spoke about the indelible impact these Eagle Scouts have had on Troop 10, on the adult leaders, on the Needham and the broader global community, and on their family and friends.
The seven Eagle Scout projects included building a gaga ball pit, building boat racks for Rosemary Pool, building two “little libraries” for Rosemary Pool, GPS mapping historic Needham graves, recording instructional videos for Autism Housing Pathways, time capsules for Saint Joseph Catholic Church, and collecting prescription eyeglasses and more for VOSH New England.
Individuals with potential Eagle Scout project ideas are asked to reach out to Troop 10 Needham at Troop10Needham@gmail.com.