In a typical year, Boy Scout Troop 94 in Wading River honors one or two boys who earn the prestigious title of Eagle Scout.
This year, that number was five. The latest scouts to achieve the highest rank available were honored last Sunday; an additional seven scouts were awarded Eagle Scout rank in December, according to scoutmaster Frederick Stumm.
“To have 12 in one school year is really phenomenal,” he said. “Especially since our troop is not one of the largest troops in the area. These kids really rallied around one another.”
The five Eagle Scouts recognized Sunday in the dining hall at Schiff Scout Reservation in Wading River were Benjamin Allen, Sean Clahane, Matthew Hanson, Nicholas Mango and Joshua Stumm.
Becoming an Eagle Scout is a multi-year process during which the scout has to attain a number of lower ranks and meet more than 300 requirements. They must also earn 21 Eagle Scout merit badges and do a community service project, according to Mr. Stumm, a hydrologist at the New York Water Science Center in Coram.
For his Eagle Scout project, Joshua refurbished a flag depository box at the Volunteer Firemen’s Museum and field in Ridge.
Matthew built a map kiosk for the Veterans Memorial Trail and bike path at the Enterprise Park at Calverton.
Benjamin restored the Firemen’s Creed monument at the Volunteer Firemen’s Museum in Ridge by building a brick walkway and installing a flagpole behind it.
Sean built an old-fashioned outdoor woodworking classroom at Hallockville Museum Farm in Northville; and Nicholas built tables and chairs for visitors at the Firefighters Museum in Ridge and built checkerboards into the tables so people can play checkers or chess.
Photo caption: From left: Benjamin Allen, Sean Clahane, Matthew Hanson, Nicholas Mango and Joshua Stumm were honored last Sunday for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. (Tim Gannon photo)