PHOTO: Eagle Palm ceremony. photo credit: Fred Pachman
Middletown, New Jersey – Boy Scouts of America Troop 32 recently presented Eagle Scout Andrew Jablonski with the Silver Eagle Palm, a unique, rare award in scouting. Jablonski was presented with the award by Assistant Scoutmaster, Art Rimmele, Jr., who is the only other Eagle Scout in Troop 32’s history to also achieve this honor.
Eagle Palms are not a rank but are awards. Eagle Scouts who have not yet reached their 18th birthday are eligible for Eagle Palms by earning additional merit badges, five for each Palm level (Bronze Palm for 5 merit badges, Gold Palm for 10, and Silver Palm for 15). Additional requirements include being active in the Troop for at least three months after becoming an Eagle, demonstrating the Scout Spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law in everyday life, and continuing to develop and demonstrate leadership.
Jablonski, of the River Plaza section of Middletown, recently graduated Mater Dei Prep. He received an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, and is in attendance there. His 2014 Eagle project involved repairing and updating the fossil beds at Poricy Park in Middletown, which included cleaning the trail, constructing a foot bridge, and renovating the equipment box.
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.