ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Christopher Federico, 18, son of Eric and Fiona Layton of Middletown, NJ has achieved Boy Scouting's highest rank: Eagle Scout. Less than 4 percent of all Boy Scouts attain this honor.
Chris is a member of Boy Scout Troop 22 in Atlantic Highlands, one of the first Boy Scout troops established in the United States who celebrated their 100 year anniversary in 2011. Troop 22 is sponsored by the United Methodist Church in Atlantic Highlands, under the leadership of Scoutmaster Allen Resch.
Chris began his scouting career as a Tiger Cub with Pack 47 of Leonardo and continued through Cub Scouting to achieve the highest award, the Arrow of Light.
As a member of Troop 22, Chris has held numerous leadership positions including Scribe, Assistant Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader. He has earned 29 merit badges and the 100-night camping award.
Chris has attended many summer and winter campouts at Forestburg, Quail Hill, and Citta Scout Reservations, hikes, canoe trips, as well as camporees sponsored by Monmouth Council and West Point Naval Academy. Chris was a crew member of a 100-mile expedition at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. This summer was his fourth summer staffing Forestburg Scout Reservation, promoted to Senior Counselor, where he taught younger scouts skills to earn merit badges.
For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Chris organized dune grass planting at Sandy Hook National Park in an effort to help sustain and protect the environment and community. He raised funds, purchased the dune grass, and attended a hands-on seminar presented by the Littoral Society to learn how to plant it. He led a team of scouts, friends, and family to plant the dune grass along a wide stretch of Beach E.
Chris has recently graduated from Middletown High School South where he was a National Honor Society member and on the varsity bowling team. He will be attending NJIT where he will study Engineering.