PHOTO: Boy Scout Troop 32’s Eagle Scouts at their recent Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony. From left: William Sperduto, Alexander Lindner, and Brendan McKeever. Photo credit: Fred Pachman.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ  – Boy Scouts of America Troop 32’s leadership, scouts, friends, and family as well as the town’s mayor, Dr. Gerard Scharfenberger, gathered earlier in March to honor newly appointed Eagle Scouts Alexander Lindner, Brendan McKeever, and William Sperduto. The Eagle Court of Honor, held at the Middletown United Methodist Church, celebrated the accomplishments of these young men, who achieved Scouting’s highest honor.

To become an Eagle Scout, which represents the highest levels of citizenship, leadership, and responsibility in Scouting, scouts must earn 21 merit badges: 13 required merit badges and at least eight additional elective merit badges; serve in troop leadership positions for a minimum of 16 months; and spend at least 12 hours on service projects, in addition to their Eagle Scout project to benefit the local community. Collectively, these three Scouts spent more than 246 nights camping, earned more than 78 merit badges, and completed more than 325 different requirements while in Boy Scouts.

“On behalf of Scoutmaster Herb Levens, it has been my pleasure to help lead this Troop and guide these three Scouts since they were young boys, and see them turn into fine young men,” said Brian DeShong, Scoutmaster Emeritus, at the ceremony. “From new Scouts to Eagle Scouts, you all have made a difference to us, hopefully we have made a difference in your lives and you, in turn, will make a difference in the world.”

Alexander Robert Lindner of Colts Neck is a freshman at Rowan University in Glassboro, majoring in mechanical engineering; his career goals are engineering in the aerospace industry. Last year, he graduated from Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft. Alex’s Eagle project involved constructing an outdoor Stations of the Cross at St. Anselm Church in Wayside, which was completed in June 2015. As a Boy Scout, he was elected to the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scout’s honor society. Alex also held many leadership positions within the troop, including Senior Patrol Leader, and he received the 50-mile hiking award, participated in two venture crews, and attended the Boy Scout National Jamboree at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve near Mount Hope, West Virginia, and the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.

Brendan Charles McKeever, of the Village section of Middletown, is a freshman at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York, working toward a commission in the Navy as a surface warfare officer (SWO). He graduated from the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at Sandy Hook in June 2015. Brendan’s Eagle project involved repainting rooms and adding a window sill to Harbor House (formerly Ocean’s Harbor House) in Toms River, which was completed September 2014. Brendan was a member of the Order of the Arrow and served in many leadership positions, including Senior Patrol Leader. He also attended Philmont Scout Ranch.

William Thomas Sperduto, of the Nut Swamp section of Middletown, is a freshman at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, majoring in business management with a minor in history. His career goals involve the operations field of business. He graduated from Middletown High School South in June 2015. Will’s Eagle project involved building a wooden bench around the large cherry tree in Middletown South’s courtyard. Made of pressure-treated wood and 10-feet long on each side, two seasoned carpenters, Bill Poandl and Philip Couch, helped plan and build the bench. Will’s project also involved landscaping around eight memorial plaques on the property; the project was completed in May 2015. He served in several leadership positions in the Troop, including Quartermaster, Scribe, and Patrol Leader.

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. For more information about Boy Scout Troop 32, visit our Web site: www.32bsa.org.