Middletown, New Jersey – Last month, Boy Scouts of America Troop 32’s leadership, scouts, friends, family, and local dignitaries, including Middletown’s Mayor Gerald P. Scharfenberger, recognized the advancement of four scouts to the Eagle Scout rank during an Eagle Court of Honor: Brian George, Christopher Grippo, Dan Fowler, and Sam Fowler.

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Boy Scout Troop 32’s newest Eagle Scouts, from left: Dan Fowler, Chris Grippo, Brian George, and Sam Fowler.  Photo credit: Fred Pachman

Held at the Middletown United Methodist Church, the ceremony honored the achievement of the highest level of scouting, a culmination of many years of dedication these scouts gave to their community, fellow scouts, and families and demonstrates a strong sense of leadership, citizenship, and responsibility. To become an Eagle Scout, a young man must complete at least 21 merit badges, 12 of which are required for the rank of Eagle and nine of which reflect the Scout’s personal skills/interests. The Scout also must hold positions of leadership within his troop, demonstrate scout spirit, and live by the Scout Oath and Law, as well as plan, develop, and provide leadership in an Eagle service project to benefit the community.

“Eagle Scout is the pinnacle of one’s Scouting experience and a goal toward which every Scout should strive,” notes Brian DeShong, Scoutmaster of Troop 32. “The journey is different for each one, balancing other activities with outside interests. Even the projects are special to each Eagle, whether it’s benefiting a neighborhood fire house, local park or athletic field; each one is special, like each of these young men. The fact that we have honored four Eagles is a testament to their character, perseverance, and drive in achieving such an honor.”

Dan Fowler is a graduate of Middletown High School South and a freshman at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. For his Eagle project, Dan installed a sprinkler system and landscaping at Lincroft Fire Company, which involved removing pine trees and stumps from the property, planting shrubs and plants, and putting in a watering system.

Sam Fowler is a graduate of Middletown High School South and a freshman at Brookdale Community College. Sam’s Eagle project involved attaching and installing more than 150 color-coded water pressure bands and five-foot-tall hydrant flags in Lincroft, assisting firefighters to locate and identify the water capacity of a water source at a glance.

Brian George is a graduate of Middletown High School South and a freshman at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. For his Eagle project, Brian installed a 340-square-foot brick walkway at Poricy Park’s historic Murray Farmhouse, which involved 1,500 bricks and close to 7.5 tons of crushed concrete and gravel and took three days and more than 300-man hours of service.

Chris Grippo is a graduate of Middletown High School South, and a freshman at Elon University, Elon, North Carolina. Chris’s Eagle project improved the Nick Trezza Field in Middletown, installing benches, building and installing picnic tables, and repairing and painting benches for the sports park as well as beautification by planting perennial flowers and shrubs.

“The BSA Troop 32 family offers sincere congratulations to Dan Fowler, Sam Fowler, Brian George, and Christopher Grippo,” says DeShong. “There is no doubt these fine young men will fulfill the Eagle Scout Charge and continue to serve their communities and families with honor, loyalty, courage, and cheerfulness.”

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.