NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Ten Boy Scouts in the past eight months have earned the rank of Eagle in New Fairfield Boy Scout Troop 37 — setting a new record for the troop.
The impressive number of scouts achieved the goal in eight months time, from October 2015 to May 2016, said leader Gerri Youngblood.
Since then, the 10 "have entered into colleges this fall and they are having busy, but good times."
The impressive troop achievement is a record breaker, said Youngblood, whose son, Sean Youngblood is one of the Eagles.
The scouts were celebrated over the summer at an Eagle Court of Honor. It had to be held in a ballroom at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, "because the group was so large," Youngblood noted.
The troop has additionally announced since the fall, four more scouts have become Eagles in Troop 37. Their Court of Honor is pending.
"That brings the grand total to 14" in as many months, she said.
The Eagles and their accomplishments are:
- Sean Youngblood: For his project, he built a microscope table at Old Quarry Nature Center in Danbury.
- Tristan Rentsch: He built a raised planting bed to allow access for people with disabilities at New Fairfield Community Garden.
- Eamon Flaherty: He re-marked trails and created additional signage at Bear Mountain Reservation. The project is notable because the park's extensive trail system is confusing and extensive, and where a lost hiker had to be rescued by a helicopter.
- Kai Kindred: He built stairs so students can view minerals and rocks from a display at Old Quarry Nature Center.
- Tyler Cannale: He built raised beds for organic gardening at New Fairfield Community Garden.
- Ryan McKenzie: He built custom wooden bookcases for New Fairfield Children's Library.
- Christopher "Chris: Hoy: He built custom picnic tables for Mount Regis Shelter on the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut for the Appalachian Mountain Club.
- Christian Pasquariello: He built a wooden kiosk sign to display information and maps at Old Quarry Nature Center.
- Joshua "Josh: Pasquariello: He made repairs to a barn and did major trail maintenance at Komlo Preserve, a New Fairfield Land Trust property.
- Sean Wall: He conducted a massive food drive for St. Edward Catholic Church and food banks in the surrounding towns. Over 7,000 pounds of nonperishable food items were collected, along with several thousand dollars for gift cards to buy food.
- Liam Beninson: He refurbished the New Fairfield's food bank storage area at the Senior Center of New Fairfield.
- Zachary "Zac: Webb: He cleaned, resealed and repainted the hulls of sailboats used by Girl Scouts of Connecticut at their Candlewood Lake property in New Fairfield.
- Anthony Slater: He ran a campaign at the Brookfield YMCA to sign up donors for the National Marrow Donor Program, through their Be The Match registry. Twelve donors signed up in the effort.
- Tyler Cherry: He cleared and blazed a new mile-plus trail at Old Quarry Nature Preserve in Danbury, allowing greater access for local hikers and horseback riders.
"The path to Eagle is arduous. The program is cleverly designed by the BSA to train scouts to be leaders. It also instills a strong sense of community and the responsibility to give back as adults," said Youngblood.