On Saturday, July 24, Warwick’s Boy Scouts of America Troop 45 advanced six more of its members to the rank of Eagle, raising the Ttoop’s total of Eagle Scouts to 134 since it was charted by American Legion Post 214 and first organized in 1960.
The statistics are remarkable because less than four percent of all scouts attain this rank, the highest one awarded in scouting.
Troop 45 presented the awards at an “Eagle Court of Honor” for Luke C. Blumenberg, Sean R. Gaynor, Maxx R. Hartmann, Gabriel M. Montalvo-Zotter, Johathan A. Vargas and Michael N. Velez-Cosgrove.
The event was held at Grace Community Church, which supports Troop 45.
State, county, town and village officials along with representatives of many local organizations were among those attending the Eagle Court.
To achieve the Eagle Rank, the scouts were required to complete a minimum of 21 Merit Badges, have leadership roles in and outside of the Troop and participate in community service. Each candidate must also complete a major community service project as the last requirement before attaining the Eagle rank.
Luke Blumenberg, inspired by a Town Board meeting report of low attendance at summer recreational programs, decided to build a gaga ball pit for one of the largest sports in scouting.
Sean Gaynor’s project was to manage the renovation of a campsite at Camp Warwick at the Warwick Conference Center.
Maxx Hartmann made a dog agility course for the Warwick Valley Humane Society.in order to train and make them more likely to be adopted by families.
Gabriel Montalvo-Zotter, a graduate of Don Bosco Preparatory School, restored the courtyard area in the center of DeSales Hall where the focal point is the statue of Mary with Jesus.
Johathan Vargas mapped out where military veterans are buried in Warwick Cemetery. The project will be helpful to those who place flags on each gravesite before Memorial Day.
And Michael Velez-Cosgrove built the Warwick Fire Department a Mask Confidence Maze to simulate some of the obstacles a firefighter could encounter.
- Roger Gavan