Boy Scout Troop 79 honored several of its scouts Dec. 3, 2018. Pictured are (back) Shawn Werdal, Danny Marincas, Andy Neumann, Assistant Scout Master Eric Blum, Scout Master Alex Marincas, (front) Mark Dailey, Ian Keller, Philip Sapienza, Nicholas Began, A.J. Koch, Jacob Decker and William Blum.

Boy Scout Troop 79 held a special Eagle Court of Honor Dec. 3 to honor and recognize the achievements of the scouts over the past six months and to celebrate the advancement of two scouts who achieved the rank of Eagle, Philip Sapienza and Nicholas Began.

Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting, and represents the culmination of years of dedicated work towards a single goal. In order to achieve the rank of Eagle, a scout must achieve 21 merit badges including 13 Eagle required badges as well as pass all of the rank requirements of the previous 5 ranks including Scout, First Class, Second Class, Star and Life Scout. By the time a scout reaches Eagle, he has participated in hours of community service ending with the completion of his own Eagle project.

For his Eagle project, Sapienza led the troop in collecting over 4,200 books for the school children of Trenton while Began chose to assist Robbinsville Township in the development of property on Meadowbrook Road into a firepit and recreation area.

Other scouts recognized at the court of honor were Andy Neumann, who achieved the rank of Life Scout, and A.J. Koch and Ian Keller who both achieved the rank of Second Class Scout. In addition, several scouts achieved merit badges including Jacob Decker for Environmental Science; Koch for Environmental Science, First Aid, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Archeology, Nature, and Signs, Signals and Codes; Grant Paulus for Rifle Shooting, Search and Rescue, and Engineering; Keller for Environmental Science, Geocaching, First Aid and Pioneering; William Blum for Electricity, Nature, Soil and Water Conservation, Signs, Signals and Codes and Engineering; Danny Marincas for Basketry, Forestry, Photography and Welding; Began for Public Speaking, Fingerprinting, and Leatherwork; and Neumann for Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World and Communication.

The Boy Scouts of Troop 79 meet every Wednesday night from 7:30 to 9 at the Robbins House on Windsor Road, and always welcome new scouts into the troop. For more information, contact Cheri Koch at troop79bsa@yahoo.com.