PHOTO: Middletown Boy Scout Troop 32 honors Joseph Pignataro in achieving Eagle Scout. From left: Brian DeShong, Scoutmaster Emeritus, Pignataro, and Ron Grippo, Scoutmaster of Troop 32.
Middletown, New Jersey – Boy Scouts of America Troop 32’s leadership, scouts, friends, family, and area dignitaries recently recognized the advancement of Joseph Pignataro to the Eagle Scout rank during an Eagle Court of Honor.
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 that this scout gave to his community, fellow scouts, and family and demonstrated 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 summit of one’s Scouting experience and a goal toward which every Scout should strive,” explains Ron Grippo, Scoutmaster of Troop 32. “The journey is different for each scout but the strong commitment remains, often balancing many scout activities with outside interests. And the Scout’s final project holds a special meaning for each Eagle candidate. The fact that we have honored Joe for his dedication to reach the rank of Eagle is a testament to his character, perseverance, and determination.”
Pignataro, of Middletown, is a graduate of Red Bank Catholic and a freshman at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He earned a total of 25 merit badges as well as the prestigious Order of the Arrow. Joe’s Eagle project involved extending the fossil bed walkway at Poricy Park, Middletown, to preserve existing vegetation and make the walkway more wheelchair accessible. To complete the project, three wooden sections were built and installed to extend the walkway to 24 feet, supported by cement-filled piers and tubes. Additionally, a small ramp at the end of the platform was created.
“The BSA Troop 32 family offers its sincere congratulations to Joe Pignataro,” says Grippo. “There is no doubt this fine young man will fulfill the Eagle Scout Charge and continue to serve his community and family 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.