PHOTO: Boy Scout Troop 32’s Eagle Scouts at their recent Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony. From left: George Charles Allen III and George Stephan Putykewycz. Photo credit: Fred Pachman

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 32’s leadership, BSA Monmouth Council executives, scouts, friends, and family gathered earlier this month to honor Eagle Scouts George Charles Allen III and George Stephan Putykewycz at their Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony. 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 two Scouts spent more than 113 nights camping and earned more than 58 merit badges.

“We congratulate these Troop 32 Eagle Scouts on this well-deserved honor, acknowledging their years of hard work, drive, and determination to achieve this goal as well as commending the support of our Troop members and their families and friends,” noted Brian DeShong, Scoutmaster Emeritus, who spoke at the ceremony. “While the path to Eagle was different for each Scout, each was tested along their eight-year Boy Scout career, facing character challenges and mental toughness, and learning about themselves and their own perseverance. 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.”

George Charles Allen III, of the Lincroft section of Middletown, graduated from Middletown High School South in 2013, and he is pursuing a career as an airline pilot. He completed his Eagle requirements in 2013. His Eagle project focused on constructing a split-rail fence to create a corral for farm animals at Impact OASIS, in Middletown, which involved 325-linear feet of three rail-slip board oak fencing in 10-foot sections and also two seven-foot gates.

George Stephan Putykewycz, of the Village section of Middletown, graduated from Middletown High School South this past June, and he is pursuing a career in business. He completed his Eagle requirements earlier this year. His Eagle project involved refurbishing the Field House and Memorial at McMahon Park in Middletown, which included painting, cleaning, and reorganizing interior shelving and lighting as well as relandscaping the Memorial at the field.

Having earned his Eagle Award several months prior to his 18th birthday, George Putykewycz earned several more merit badges over the past year, resulting in earning Bronze and Gold Palms. For each additional three months of service and five additional merit badges earned, an Eagle Scout may earn a Bronze Palm, then a Gold Palm, and then a Silver Palm. In addition to completing additional merit badges to earn an Eagle Palm, a Scout must be active in his troop during those months, demonstrating the Scout Oath and Law, and continuing to develop leadership skills. At the ceremony, George also was awarded the Boy Scouts of America’s High Adventure Triple Crown Award: he attended the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, in 2012, and returned last year as a crew leader on a second 75-mile trek. This was followed by adventures at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, in Key West, Florida, and Northern Tier National High Adventure, in Ely, Minnesota.

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.