Troop 1 Eagle Scouts: Jack Leonard, Jacob von Linden, Michael O’Neil
On October 29, Troop 1, Lancaster held an Eagle Court of Honor for Jack Leonard, Jacob von Linden & Michael O’Neil. All three attend Nashoba Regional High School: Jack and Jake are sophomores, Mike is a senior. They began their journey as Cub Scouts at the age of six. They have worked hard to achieve Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank. Only 4% of scouts earn the status of Eagle Scout.
To become eligible for this rank a scout has to earn 21 merit badges, attend numerous campouts, hold leadership positions within the troop, and complete his Eagle Project, which benefits the community.
Projects were varied and serve the community around Lancaster:
- Jack’s project was done at the Lancaster town beach. The bath house was prepared for painting, a drainage ditch was created to mitigate erosion, platforms were built for trash receptacles, and new signs were made for the men’s and ladies’ rooms. These changes were not merely aesthetic, they were necessary to preserve the building and surrounding area.
- Michael’s project involved the restoration of the walkway from the Bullfinch Church to the municipal parking lot, the historic Lancaster Town Pound, the Memorial School basketball court, and the Frank DeMeo Memorial at Nashoba Regional High School. Each was a former Eagle project that had fallen into disrepair over the last several years. Following a great deal of cleaning, repairing, replacing, and repainting, these Eagle projects have been restored to their former glory.
- Jacob’s project was to replace two irreparable picnic tables at Lancaster town beach. New ones were built with Trex decking table tops and bench seats for durability. The second part of the project was to clear a 250-foot path to access the canoe/kayak launch which had become overgrown with brush.
Each project was completed with the help of Troop 1 scouts.
The Eagle Court of Honor was held in Lancaster’s historic town hall. Well over 100 people were in attendance, including Scouts, leaders, family members and town dignitaries.
Congratulations to the new Eagle Scouts! Photos from the ceremony are below.