PHOTO: Middletown Boy Scout Troop 32 honors its Newest Eagle Scouts. From left: Timothy Katzgrau and Andrew Jablonski, both of Middletown.
Middletown, New Jersey – Boy Scouts of America Troop 32’s leadership, scouts, friends, and family recently gathered to honor newly appointed Eagle Scouts Andrew Jablonski and Timothy Katzgrau. The Eagle Court of Honor ceremony, held at the Middletown United Methodist Church, celebrated the accomplishments of these young men in achieving Scouting’s highest honor.
Eagle Scout represents the highest levels of citizenship, leadership, and responsibility in Scouting, which involves earning 12 required merit badges and many elective merit badges, serving in troop leadership positions, and spending at least 12 hours on service projects, in addition to their Eagle Scout service project to benefit the local community. Collectively, these two Scouts spent more than 178 nights camping, earned more than 60 merit badges, and completed more than 325 different requirements.
While many adult leaders support Troop 32’s program, the scouts are ultimately responsible for the troop’s overall scouting experience and their advancement through the Scouting ranks. These young men warmly noted the guidance provided by their advisors and family during the ceremony. “It is my pleasure and honor to stand before you,” said Andrew Jablonski. “I’d like to extend my gratitude to everyone who helped me on my trail to Eagle. I was inspired by Cub Scouts to continue as a Boy Scout and now, after my numerous experiences, I know that Scouting will always be a part of me.”
Tim also expressed his heartfelt appreciation, “Thank you to my three Scoutmasters and assistants who helped me advance through the years. I’d like to also thank everyone who helped me in my Eagle project.”
Andrew Jablonski, of the River Plaza section of Middletown, is a senior at Mater Dei Prep, Middletown. His Eagle project focused on the Poricy Brook Fossil Beds at Poricy Park in Middletown, which included cleaning the trail and constructing a foot bridge over an eroded gulley, as well as repairing the equipment box.
Timothy James Katzgrau, of the Lincroft section of Middletown, is a graduate of Middletown High School South and is in his first year at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where he is majoring in computer science. His Eagle project involved restoring the historic Grover family burial ground on Half Mile Road in Middletown. Details included removing fallen trees, clearing out brush, resetting gravestones, and providing information about the historic site.
Founded in 1956, the leadership of BSA Troop 32 believes teaching a boy outdoor skills, self reliance, respect for nature, and respect for others, while promoting community service increases his ability to give back to his family, his country, and himself. Troop 32 provides an active outdoor program and reinforces the ideals put forth by the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Troop 32 believes strongly in giving back to the community, which includes conducting food drives for local pantries, participating in civic events, and completing Eagle projects aimed specifically to assist local organizations.