LINCROFT, NJ – BSA Troop 32 River Plaza proudly honored Troy Furlow and Nicholas Grippo at an Eagle Court of Honor in May. At the ceremony, Scoutmaster Brian DeShong praised Nicholas and Troy as committed scouts, saying, “Our community will continue to benefit from the leadership and skills both Troy and Nicholas gained as scouts.” Indeed, leadership and commitment stand paramount as both scouts chose to enter service programs in college. In July, Nicholas Grippo began his career as cadet at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. And in August, Troy Furlow joins the Scarlet Knights Battalion of the U.S. Army ROTC Program at Rutgers University. As excellent role models, both young men carry forward the ideals and abilities afforded them as Eagle Scouts.
For their Eagle Service Projects, both Troy and Nicholas gave back to organizations that supported them. Troy’s project involved replacing the sign for the Middletown United Methodist Church where he has been an active member for many years. Nicholas created a fenced in area at De La Salle Hall on the grounds of Christian Brothers Academy, where he attended high school. Both young men drew upon a great amount of personal determination and practical scout skills to plan and complete their projects.
Eagle Scout Troy Furlow
Troy is a graduate of the Academy of Allied Health and Science in Neptune, where he completed his EMT certification and, as a member of the Health Occupation Students of America, competed in state competitions. As a senior, Troy served as leader of the Fitness Club. He also played alto-saxophone for the Middletown High School South Jazz Band and in the Municipal Eatontown Community Band and will minor in Music in college. Upon graduation, he was awarded a U.S. Army scholarship for Rutgers University. This summer he won an opportunity to attend the Rutgers Leadership Quest. This fall Troy will be majoring in microbiology and hopes to pursue a career as an Army surgeon.
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Troy’s Eagle Scout Service Project installed a new sign and landscaping for the Middletown United Methodist Church. As Troy put it, this sign, “now serves as a beacon to welcome new members to the church.” The decision to complete a service project for the church was an easy one for Troy, who maintains that the church has given him more than he can ever repay.
In addition, Troy credits scouting for providing, “a great life experience and an amazing amount of fun.” Troy said, “Beside the usual scout skills that go along with camping and hiking, I learned teamwork, problem solving, conflict resolution, and interview skills. With guidance, the boys run the troop and because of that, I gained an incredible amount of leadership experience as Senior Patrol Leader, running a troop of 50+ scouts.”
Eagle Scout Nicholas Grippo
Nicholas is a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey. In May, Nicholas received his EMT Certification, and he serves with the Lincroft First Aid and Rescue Squad. Swimming is the main sport in Nicholas’ life. He swam for his high school team and for the YMCA Team, where for three years he competed in the National Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Nicholas also plans to compete at the college level on the U.S. Merchant Marines Swim Team. In addition, Nicholas participated as a member of the Technical Crew for play productions at Christian Brothers Academy.
Nicholas’s Eagle project involved creating a fenced in garden and sitting area at De La Salle Hall on the grounds of CBA. It provided an enclosed area and created a safe outside environment for the hall’s residents, retired Christian Brothers. Nicholas’ motivation for this project stems from personal experience. “A member of my family suffers from Alzheimer’s,” Nicholas explained. “Now the residents can enjoy the outdoors and their caretakers know they are safe.” Nicholas liked the idea of giving back to the Brothers who gave so much to others.
Nicholas considers scouting a major part of his life. “I believe scouts taught me many skills you can not learn anywhere else,” Nicholas said. As an adult leader, he hopes to continue to pass along to younger scouts the knowledge he has learned through the program. “My favorite part of scouting is camping,” said Nicholas. “I enjoy the outdoors and high adventure challenges.”
BSA Troop 32 heartily congratulates these two exceptional young men.