Middletown, NJ – Boy Scouts of America Troop 32’s leadership, scouts, friends, and family gathered earlier this month to honor newly appointed Eagle Scouts Matthew Grippo, Daniel McKeever, and Alex Walker. The Eagle Court of Honor, held at the Middletown United Methodist Church, here, 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 three Scouts spent more than 165 nights camping, earned more than 70 merit badges, and completed more than 300 different requirements.
“There is no one type of person who makes an Eagle Scout, and these three fine Scouts each have different personalities, life goals, and approaches to their trail to Eagle,” noted Brian DeShong, Scoutmaster Emeritus, who spoke at the ceremony. “All three have good character traits, high morals, respect for themselves and others, are reliable, and lead by example. The characteristics they have developed over the years will define the men they will be in the years to come.”
Matthew Ronald Grippo, of the Nut Swamp section of Middletown, is graduating this month from Communications High School, Wall. He is planning to attend Northeastern University in Boston this fall, majoring in business administration and interactive media. His Eagle project focused on the restoration of the Poricy Park Cotton Tract Trail, repairing neighborhood trails that had been destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.
Daniel Matthew McKeever, of the River Plaza section of Middletown, is a freshman at Florida State University, majoring in business. He graduated from Middletown High School South in 2014. His Eagle project involved painting, building, and installing six, three-chamber bat houses at Poricy Park.
Alex Joseph Walker of the River Plaza section of Middletown is graduating this month from Middletown High School South. Walker is planning to attend Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, majoring in computer engineering. His Eagle project involved renovating the Prayer Garden of the Middletown United Methodist Church.
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.