Founding members of all-girl troop earn Eagle, plus other positive news in Scouting this week

Three Scouts who helped found Troop 280 in Chatham, New Jersey, on February 1, 2019 — the date Scouts BSA was opened to girls — have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Just as importantly, thanks in part to their leadership, a group that started with eight girls  now has 51.

Photo credit: Troop 280 Facebook page

Sofia Maciejewski and Maria DiPasquale of Berkeley Heights, N.J., constructed two bridges over streams at a conservation trail.

Photo credit: Toop 280 Facebook page

Sabrina Wang constructed a raised bed and vertical garden for the parishioners of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. As a parishioner, Sabrina continues to help care for the garden, even though her project is complete.

Read more about this story from the Tap into Chatham website.

Eagle Scout gifts university with memorial to honor family members of veterans

Troop 365 member Joseph Brunner significantly impacted Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, with his Eagle Scout project when he installed a Gold Star Memorial on campus.

The memorial commemorates the university’s 25 Gold Star families — relatives of fallen service members — with custom plaques and newly planted trees. Joseph’s inspiration for the project came from a meeting with retired Army Major General Walt Lord, APSU’s vice president for Military and Veterans Affairs.

With help from his fellow Scouts, Joseph raised $5,000 for the memorial through various fundraising efforts. They even earned enough funds to put some towards a scholarship for a Gold Star family member.

At the dedication ceremony, Brunner credited the support of Troop 365, donors and volunteers, emphasizing that the project would not have been possible without their contributions.

Learn more about this story from the Clarksville Online website.

Eagle Scout project brings new look to 104-year-old baseball field

Photo credit: Troop 424 Facebook page.

Thomas Rowe of Troop 424 in Branford, Connecticut, undertook an Eagle Scout project focused on refurbishing the baseball grandstand at Hammer Field in Branford.

Built in 1920, the grandstand received extensive repairs, including bench supports and a fresh coat of paint in several areas. This marks the third refurbishment since the 1980s, initially by the Branford Lions Club and later through previous Eagle Scout projects.

Thomas coordinated a work party with assistance from his troop members and leadership. Recently, his efforts were recognized at a presentation event held at the grandstand. He received a certificate of achievement and an honorary citation award.

Read more about this story from the Zip06 website.

Scouts learn life lessons and more at Camp Geronimo

So far this summer, hundreds of Scouts have learned about many life lessons and values while visiting Camp Geronimo in Payson, Arizona. They’ve also worked on requirements for different merit badges. Check out the video below.

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Sheniece Chappell is an associate editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines.